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Rotary Club hears from Film Maker

Ville Platte Rotary Club Meeting September 20, 2022 The Ville Platte Rotary Club Tuesday heard from Anita Sugimura who has prepared a documentary film entitled “Battlefield: Home Breaking the Silence”. She is a native of California, how residing in Lafayette to care for her mother. The film discusses the challenges veterans face as they transition to a civilian life and the impact on their families. Her father was a Viet Nam veteran who returned back to Lafayette. She relates in the film the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, sociological and psychological issues of a military family once a soldier returns home. The film is being shown in community town halls to help educate families who are facing similar issues. She was the guest of Rotarian Nicole Wenger. Rotary members were reminded of the club’s upcoming Fall Social planned for October 4.

Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine was guest speaker at Tuesday's Rotary Club Meeting

Rotary Club Meeting August 23, 2022 The Ville Platte Rotary Club heard from Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine at its meeting today (Tuesday) at Café Evangeline. Mayor Vidrine said the city is getting ready to complete work on its initial 25 streets using grant funds. Once the work is done, an additional 28 streets are due to be re paved or repaired. On top of that, 30 additional streets are expected to be improved using federal infrastructure funds. She reminded residents that major streets like Main, LaSalle and Tate Cove road are not on the list of streets since they are state highways. Also, groundbreaking is planned soon for the new five million dollar city sewer plant that will replace the 40 year old sewer treatment facility. The new plant will take about 2 years old for construction. The city will have funding to rebuild the 21 sewer lift stations around the city. The city is expected to receive $400,000 in grant funds to make improvements to the Northside City Park and Martin Luther King South Side Park to add walking paths and playground equipment. Improvements will also be made to the Heritage Garden Park. The mayor said funds will be available to construct mini “pocket” parks in five areas around the city include: Demoncheveaux subdivision, Cotton Street, Stagg Street and other areas. The city is looking at commissioning a new mural on the side of a private building at the corner of Main and Railroad. The current mural painted on the side of city hall has won praise and an award by the Louisiana Municipal Association. The abandoned homes project continues in the city. The mayor reported that 148 old buildings and homes have been torn down. However there are still about 300 dilapidated buildings to go. The city is waiting on the supply chain issue to catch up. City officials are waiting to get new stop signs, 25 new street cameras and street signs as well as equipment like tractors and back hoes. Mayor Vidrine reported that fiber broadband service is coming to Ville Platte. LUS officials are planning to have an office in Ville Platte in the next two months to offer high speed internet service to local customers. LUS is expected to hire local residents to work for the company to connect people all over the city and parish. Also, the mayor announced that a new welcome sign will be installed on the East side of Ville Platte near Tobacco Plus that will include water fountains and lighting. In other business the club welcomed three new members: Pat Duplechain, Lauren Fontenot and Angela Fontenot.

Louisiana Orphan Train Museum Presentation

Orphan Train Museum Presentation August 23, 2022 Officials with the Louisiana Orphan Train Museum made a presentation to KVPI today (Tuesday) for publicizing the museum in special public service announcements. They presented a framed copy of the large mural depicting “An Historic Moment: The New York Orphan Train Arrives in Opelousas in 1907:. The original mural drawn by artist Robert Dafford can be seen at the museum. The presentation was made by Martha Aubert, Warren Lafleur and James Douget representing the Louisiana Orphan Train Museum to KVPI General Manager Mark Layne, Misty Parker and Swabby Soileau.

Evangeline Parish School Board Meeting

Evangeline Parish School Board Meeting August 3, 2022 Concerns were raised at the Evangeline Parish School Board Meeting Wednesday night over who has the authority to create new positions. Mamou School Board Member Mike Fontenot asked the superintendent about the apparent creation of three new positions by the superintendent. Fontenot said the three positions were a grants coordinator, inventory supervisor and a facilitator. Superintendent Darwan Lazard commented that those were not new positions. He remarked that someone already working for the system , a technology coordinator is handling inventory responsibilities. There were additional questions dealing with personnel issues that could not be answered due to the fact the board’s legal advisor was not present at the meeting. Superintendent of Schools Darwan Lazard and Board President Wayne Dardeau reported that the BESE board in Baton Rouge is considering changing the scoring formulas due to the fact that there are “too many A and B schools” in the state. The formula change would probably drive the scores down in schools around the state. In other business, the school board voted to approve raising the pay for English Language Leaner Tutors to $100 a day or $50 for a half day to attract more people to apply. Also, the school board voted to approve the purchase of a truck or van for the child nutrition program to transport food and supplies between school sites in the parish.

Drug Arrests by Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Department

Drug Arrests July 26, 2022 Evangeline Parish Sheriff Charles Guillory reported to KVPI News the following drug arrests: Last Saturday, July 23, the sheriff’s department narcotics unit conducted a traffic stop on two vehicles for traffic violations. Upon coming into contact with the first vehicle, the driver was identified and it was determined the vehicle she was driving was stolen and she had an active warrant for her arrest. Agents conducted a search of the car and located illegal narcotics. Agents then made contact with the second vehicle and identified the driver. After a short interview, the K-9 drug dog, Diego was deployed and gave a positive alert. Agents conducted a search of the car and located illegal narcotics along with over $11,500 in U.S. currency. The suspects were identified as Heidi Alaine Brignac age 24 of 7734 Veterans Memorial Highway, Ville Platte charged with Theft of a motor vehicle and Possession of Methamphetamine. Also arrested was Brandon J. Deshotel, age 25 of 325 Rue D’Aimme, Ville Platte charged with possession of Methamphetamine and Transactions involving drug proceeds On Tuesday, July 26, the narcotics unit conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a traffic violation. After a short interview, the drug dog was deployed and the authorities discovered illegal narcotics. The two suspects were identified as: Shawn Allen Murphy age 32 of 11 Martin Springs Road, Forest Hill charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and a traffic violation and Jamie Alexandria Allred, age 23, same address charged with Possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Also on Tuesday, the narcotics unit conducted a search warrant on a residence on Highway 167 North in the Bayou Chicot area. The action was taken after weeks of investigation into illegal drug activity. Agents entered the home and detained one female without incident. Agents conducted a search of the residence and located a large amount of US currency ($15,000), a stolen shotgun, 2.8 pounds of marijuana, scales and packaging. Agents also seized a large number of firearms. The suspect was identified as Mary Rebecca Rachal age 62 of 6050 Highway 167 North charged with possession with intent to distribute over 2.8 pounds of marijuana, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm in the presence of controlled dangerous substance and transactions involving drug proceeds

Complete List of Qualifiers in Evangeline Parish:

Candidate Qualifying July 22, 2022 Today (Friday) was the final day of qualifying for candidates seeking political office in Evangeline Parish, according to Evangeline Parish Clerk of Court Randy Deshotel. Here are the candidates that filed their qualifying papers today (Friday) : School Board: District One-Lonnie Sonnier; School Board District Two: Nicky Chaumont; School Board District Five-Chasessica Basco; City of Ville Platte: District B-Anna Frank and Jorie Randle; Alderman District D-Cortez Fontenot; Town of Mamou- Alderman at Large-Joe Paul Deshotel and Alderman District Four -Lisa Celestine; Village of Chataignier-Chief of Police Willtee Eric Gallow; Village of Turkey Creek-Mayor Joey Ducote; Turkey Creek Council member: Ashley Melancon; Town of Basile: Chief of Police -Allen Ivory Jr; Alderman at Large- Charetha Ceasar Rankins, Darrel Reed, and Carmen Cortez; Basile Alderman District One-Jessica Ceasar and Chesley Ortego; and Alderman District District Two- Jennifer Fontenot Ivory, Kristy Miller, Caleb Delafosse, Roger Cortez 2nd and Evelyn Lafleur Williams. Here is the complete list of candidates that qualified: Congressman Mike Johnson has been reelected with no opponents; Judge Gary Ortego has been elected with no opponents to serve as the Third Circuit Court of Appeals from the Third District; Marcus Fontenot has been elected as Judge from the 13th Judicial District Court, Division A with no opponents; For U.S. Senator, incumbent John Kennedy is seeking re-election with 12 opponents from around the state; For Public Service Commissioner incumbent Mike Francis is facing two opponents: Keith Bodin and Shalon Latour; For the special election for Police Juror in District Four: Incumbent Lelia Johnson Thrasher and Stan Leger; For School Board Members: District One-Incumbent Lonnie Sonnier has been reelected with no opponents; For School Board District Two-Incumbent Nicky Chaumont and Rebecca Wall Berzas; For School Board District Three-incumbent Karen Vidrine was reelected with no opponents ; For School Board District Four, Incumbent Wayne Dardeau and Bobby Godwin; For School Board District Five with no incumbents: Monica Blood Andrus, Chasessica Basco, Curtis Henry Jr., and Craig Whittington; For School Board District Six: Incumbent Mike Fontenot was reelected with no opponents; For School Board District Seven: Sheila Joseph was reelected with no opponents; For School Board District Eight: Wanda Skinner, the incumbent was reelected with no opponents; For School District Nine: Incumbent Scott Limoges and Kristy Briley; For School Board District Ten: Arthur Savoy, the incumbent and Fannie Soileau; For School Board District Eleven: Tanicia Doyle and Bobby Max Hamlin; For School Board District Twelve: Ellis Guillory Sr. incumbent and Calvin Leday Jr.; For School Board District 13:Incumbent Georgianna Wilson and Donald Anderson. For the City of Ville Platte: Mayor: Karl Bordelon, Renee Brown, Jennifer Vidrine, incumbent and Ryan LeDay Williams; For Chief Of Police: Neal Lartigue, incumbent and A. Perry Thomas; For Alderman: District A Councilman-Faye Lemoine was reelected with no opponent; Alderman District B:Anna Frank, Incumbent Jerry Joseph and Jorie Randle; For District C:Tracie Jagneaux and Shirleen O’Conner; District D Councilman: Incumbent Jordan Anderson, Cortez Fontenot, Renaldo Frank, Shawn Roy, and Vashansky Shanky Thomas; District E: Earl Edward, incumbent Christina Sam and Adam Toussaint; and District F: Brant Riggs and Leroy Robertson Jr. In The Town of Basile: For Mayor: Mark Denette, incumbent and Latoya Howze; For Chief of Police, incumbent Allen Ivory Jr. was reelected with no opponents; For Alderman at Large: Charetha Ceasar Rankins, Carmen Cortez, and Darrel Reed; Alderman District One: Jessica Ceaser and Chesley Ortego; For Alderman District Two: Kenny Burgess, Roger Cortez 2nd, Caleb Paul Delafosse, Jennifer Fontenot Ivory, John JJ Jenkins, Evelyn Lafleur Williams and Kristy Miller. For the Town of Mamou: Mayor-Leisa Deshotel and Incumbent Ricky Fontenot; for Mamou Chief of Police: Pat Hall and Incumbent Brent Zackery; For Alderman at Large: Cora Chretien-Veal, Joe Paul Deshotel, Ricardo “Reko”Goodley, and Jimmie “JT” Thomas; Alderman District One: Ricky Allison and Derrell “Sheaky” Thomas; District Two Councilman- Brook Chapman, incumbent reelected with no opponents; District Three: Allen Dicks, Eugene Manuel and Allen Noel Sr. and District Four: Lisa Celestine and Incumbent Robin Young; For the Village of Chataignier: Mayor-Incumbent Justin Darbonne and Henry Watson; for Chief of Police: Willtee Eric Gallow and Brandon Watz; Councimen: Three to be elected: Carilyn “Tu” Arvie, Maria Calvin, Tom Frank, Duncan Johnston, and Kelly Watz; For the Village of Turkey Creek: Mayor- Bert K. Campbell, Victoria “Vicki” Chaddrick, and Joey Ducote; For councilman, three to be elected: Eric Chapelle, Shawn “Heavy” Fontenot, Krista Hebert, Jessie Johnson, Billy Neal King Jr., and Ashley Melancon.

More candidates qualify on the second day of Qualifying

Evangeline Parish Clerk of Court reported to KVPI News the following candidates who qualified on Thursday during the second day of qualifying for the November Primary elections. School Board: District 7 Sheila Joseph-incumbent School Board: District 9 Kristy Briley Scott Limoges-Incumbent School Board: District 11 Tanicia Doyle City of Ville Platte: Mayor: Karl Bordelon Chief of Police: Neal Lartigue Alderman, District E Adam Toussaint Alderman, District F Bryant Riggs Town of Basile: Alderman, District 2 John “JJ” Jenkins Town of Mamou: Chief of Police: Brent Zackery Alderman At Large: Cora Chretien-Veal Village of Turkey Creek Council Members: Eric Chapelle Jesse E. Johnson Shawn “Heavy” Fontenot Qualifying ends Friday afternoon.

First Day of Qualifying for the November Primary Elections

As per Clerk of Court, Randy Deshotel, candidates that have qualified as of 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 20, 2022, to run for office in the upcoming Fall election are as follows: District Judge; 13th Judicial District Court, Div. A Marcus L. Fontenot Police Juror: District 4 Lelia Johnson Thrasher Stanley “Stan” Leger School Board: District 1 School Board: District 2 School Board: District 3 Karen Vidrine School Board: District 4 Wayne Dardeau Robert “Bobby” Godwin School Board: District 5 Craig Whittington Monica Blood Andrus Curtis Henry Jr. School Board: District 6 Micheal “Mike” Fontenot School Board: District 7 School Board: District 8 Wanda Anderson-Skinner School Board: District 9 School Board: District 10 Arthur Savoy Fannie Soileau School Board: District 11 Bobby Max Hamlin School Board: District 12 Ellis Guillory, Sr. Calvin Leday, Jr. School Board: District 13 Georgianna Wilson Donald R. “Don” Anderson City of Ville Platte: Mayor: Ryan Leday Williams Jennifer Vidrine Renee Brown Chief of Police: A. Perry Thomas Alderman, District A Faye Lemoine Alderman, District B Jerry Joseph Alderman, District C Tracey Jagneaux Shirlene O’Connor Alderman, District D Jordan Anderson Renaldo J. Frank Shawn C. Roy Vashanski “Shanky” Thomas Alderman, District E Christina F. Sam Earl Edward Alderman, District F Leroy Robertson, Jr. Town of Basile: Mayor: Chief of Police: Alderman At Large: Alderman, District 1 Alderman, District 2 Kenny A. Burgess Town of Mamou: Mayor: Leisa Deshotel Ricky Fontenot Chief of Police: “Pat” Hall Alderman At Large: Jimmie “JT” Thomas Ricardo “Reko” Goodley Alderman, District 1 Rickey Allison Derrell “Sheaky” Thomas Alderman, District 2 Brook Chapman Alderman, District 3 Allen S. Noel Allen Dicks Eugene Manuel Alderman, District 4 Robin L. Young Village of Chataignier: Mayor: Justin Darbonne Henry Watson Chief of Police: Brandon Watz Aldermen: Carilyn “Tu” Arvie Maria Calvin Kelly Watz Tom Frank Duncan Johnston Village of Turkey Creek: Mayor: Bert K. Campbell Victoria “Vicki” Chaddrick Council Members: Billy “Neal” King Krista J. Hebert

Rotary Club Hears from Mrs. Jackie Miller discussing French Table

Rotary Club Meeting July 19, 2022 The Ville Platte Rotary Club, today (Tuesday) heard from guest speaker Mrs. Jackie Miller. She is the host of the weekly French Table at Hundred Fold Coffee every Monday at 3;00pm. Since the month of March, some 10-20 people attend the weekly gathering to learn and speak French. She urged those wanting to learn our French language to attend the meetings and purchase a copy of “Cajun Self Taught” by Fr. Jules Daigle. Mrs. Miller is a retired legal secretary who worked for a number of local attorneys including Jules Ashlock. She was the guest of Rotarian Dan Poret who was in charge of the weekly program. Photo compliments of Ville Platte Gazette.

Armed Robbery Suspect being sought by Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office

On Sunday July 10, 2022, at approximately 2130 hours, the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division responded to an Armed Robbery in progress located at the Dollar General Store on the 1700 Blk. of the Chataignier Rd. just outside of Ville Platte. The victim reported that a Black Male, between 5-10 and 6 feet tall, medium build, wearing blue jeans, a long sleeve hooded shirt, and a mask resembling a skull, entered the store and pointed what appeared to be a small pink hand gun at the victim demanding money. The victim then immediately retreated from the suspect and locked herself inside the manager’s office. During that time, the suspect attempted to open the register but was unsuccessful. Prior to Deputies arrival, the suspect fled the scene on foot in an unknown direction. If anyone has any information in reference to this incident please contact the Evangeline Parish Criminal Investigations Division at 337-363-2161.

Mamou Police Investigations

Mamou Police was notified of a 4 wheeler theft that occurred in the early hours of June 22, 2022. After the initial officer answered the complaint, Chief Zackery, Assistant Chief Mitchell and Captain Benoit were notified of the theft and began an investigation. This case was able to be solved within the first 24 hours of the ATV being stolen. Through thorough investigations they were able to recover and return the ATV to the owner along with having a suspect apprehended. In another case, On June 23, 2022 Mamou Police were contacted about a residential burglary on the 600 block of 5th Street. Officers responded and started their initial investigation. Captain Benoit was then notified and assigned the case where he further investigated the incident. Chief Zackery, Assistant Chief Mitchell and Capt Benoit were able to gather information and leads to suspects that were involved in the burglary. Arrest warrants have been secured and executed on several individuals. Several firearms and an ATV has been recovered. Still missing is a 2006 Chevrolet Z71 pickup truck grey in color with a deer antler decal on the back glass. Officers are also seeking the identity of one juvenile suspect who goes by the name “Tuttie” or Pah-Tuttie”. If anyone knows or can identify this subject are asked to contact the Mamou Police Department. All calls will remain anonymous.

Acadian Ambulance Paramedic Guest Speaker at Rotary Club Meeting

Jacques Dupre, a 17 year veteran paramedic with Acadian Ambulance Service was the guest speaker at Tuesday’s meeting of the Ville Platte Rotary Club. Dupre is a resident of Baton Rouge and a native of Ville Platte. He is training to receive his funeral license through Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service. Dupre said he is happy to be back in his home town. He announced Acadian Ambulance Service is celebrating its 51st anniversary in business this year. The company has grown to operate some 600 ambulances throughout Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. The company receives an average of 1500 calls per day in its service area. He reported that an applicant to become an E.M.T. must be at least 18 years old, have a chauffer’s license and successfully complete the Emergency Medical Technician course. Dupre was the special guest of Rotarian Richard LeJeune.

Ville Platte 10U Girls Planning Fund Raisers to help pay for the World Series Next Month

Ville Platte 10U Girls Benefit June 29, 2022 The Ville Platte 10U girls softball all stars will be competing in the Pony League World Series in July. Coaches, Parents and players are planning a number of fund raising events to help raise enough money to make the trip for the girls. The following bake sales are scheduled: Friday 11:00am- 2:30pm at the Ville Platte Walmart; 11:0am to 2:30pm at Doucet’s Barber Shop; 2:30pm- 6:00pm at Ville Platte Walmart; Sunday 10:00am- 1;30pm- at B&S Grocery; 10:00am- 1:30pm- at Teet’s Food Store; 7:00am Mass at Sacred Heart; 8:00am Rev. Jack Mass; 8:00am- Our Lady Queen of All Saints Mass; 10:00am Mass Sacred Heart Mass ; `0:30am Mass-Our Lady Queen of All Saints; 4;00pm-Sacred Heart Mass. You are invited to purchase your baked goods or make a donation to the girl’s softball team.

Rotary Club Hears from Thomas Soileau of Progressive Tractor

Rotary Club hears from Thomas Soileau of Progressive Tractor and Power Sports June 28, 2022 The Ville Platte Rotary Club today (Tuesday) heard from Thomas Soileau, co-owner of Progressive Tractor and Power Sports. Soileau, a native of Ville Platte, now resides in Bunkie. He and his wife are the parents of four children. He is the son of Luke Soileau, former State Representative and part owner of G&S Implement Company in Ville Platte. Progressive began in 1991 with the purchase of G&S Implement and Dixie Ag as a Case Kubota dealer. The dealership expanded to Eunice, Cecelia, New Roads and Opelousas. In 2006, Soileau and his partners purchased the Progressive dealership. The company continued to expanded where it is now in 25 locations throughout Louisiana and Arkansas employing 435 employees. The company is utilizing the G&S location as a distribution center for parts and equipment. Recently the company purchased Boco’s Incorporated, the local Honda dealership. They are planning to move to a larger location, in the former Morein Motors dealership building in the next week as a Honda dealer and Bad Boy mowers and outdoor power equipment. The location will also be a satellite retailer for their Industrial Rental dealership headquartered in Lafayette. The company has expanded to own a Case Construction Equipment dealership in Lafayette. However, the company’s main focus remains is agriculture. Soileau told club members “We’re happy to be back in Evangeline Parish.” Soileau was the guest of Rotarian Steve Phillips. Last week, during the Rotary Installation Banquet, Kermit Miller and Dr. Joey Soileau were honored as Rotarians of the Year.

Sheriff''s Department arrest two jail deputies

Deputies arrested and charged June 21, 2022 Evangeline Parish Sheriff Charles Guillory reported to KVPI News that during the month of May, sheriff’s office investigators began investigating reports of drugs and contraband being smuggled into the parish jail. They soon discovered that a number of deputies were utilizing outside contacts in order to have drugs and contraband delivered to the outside grounds of the jail at night and during the early morning hours. Those items were later brought into the facility by corrections deputies. After obtaining multiple cell phones that were confiscated from inside the jail, investigators were able to link jail deputies involved in orchestrating multiple transactions with prisoners and providing them with drugs and other items considered to be contraband. Two deputies have so far been arrested and charged: Hadden Quebedeaux age 18 of Ville Platte and Martin Richard age 25 of Opelousas were both charged with malfeasance in office, abuse of office, taking contraband into a penal facility and criminal conspiracy.. Sheriff Guilory said the investigation is still pending and more arrests are expected.

Evangeline Parish School Board Recognizes Teachers and Principals, past and present

Evangeline Parish School Board Meeting June 21, 2022 The Evangeline Parish School Board Wednesday night honored a number of special teachers and educators. Supervisor Grace Sibley announced to the board, the school district has proudly had eight teacher and principal of the year award winners in the last eight year who exceeded the district level competition and placed on the state level: Cheri Fontenot of James Stephens Montessori, the overall Elementary State Principal of the Year winner; Brandi Marcantel of Vidrine, Elementary Teacher of the year Semin Finalist; Christine Bacon of W.W. Stewart, elementary state principal of the year semi finalist; Liz Chatelain of Mamou, High School State Principal of the year Finalist; Heather Demoruelle of James Stephens Montessori, elementary state teacher of the year semi finalist; Lisa Celestine of Vidrine, the overall Middle School State Teacher of the Year Semi Finalist; Kayla Joseph Jones of Chataignier, the middle school state teacher of the year semi finalist and Emee Aswell of Ville Platte High, high school state teacher of the year semi finalist. Also recognized were National board certified teachers in the district: Angelle Fuselier, Casey Fontenot, Grace Sibley, Julie Landreneau, Melissa Coreil, Cheri Fontenot, Kimberly Daire Soileau, Sheryl Fuselier, Althea Young, Kay Fontenot, Kimberly Jorden Soileau and Nina David. Three students were recognized for getting their Associates Degree from LSUE when they graduated from high school in the dual enrollment program: Erin Fontenot from Ville Platte High, Shawn Gaspard and Nathaniel Reese Romero from Basile High. In other business, the school board recognized the Jobs for America (J.A.G.) program specialist Diana Johnson for achieving all five national standards in her local program. Superintendent of Schools Darwan Lazard informed the school board that he has met with the sheriff to develop plans to beef up security at all parish public school in the parish following the shooting at Uvalde, Texas. They are working on having a single point of entry at schools, more fencing and cameras at schools. Former Mamou High Principal Liza Chatelain has been selected as grants coordinator for the new reimagine grant in Evangeline Parish; It was announced that there will be only one meeting in July: on July 13.

Sheriff's Office make Drug Arrests

Drug Arrests June 21, 2022 Evangeline Parish Sheriff Charles Guillory reported to KVPI News that a number of suspects were arrested on drug related charges after deputies executed a search warrant Sunday at a home on Crooked Creek Parkway. Agents arrived at the residence and detained a number of people. The owner of the home fled into the woods but was quickly captured without incident. The following suspects were arrested: Darold James Cole age 32 of Crooked Creek Parkway charged with possession with intent to distribute Methamphetamine, cultivation of Marijuana, Possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of Hydrocodone, Possession of Oxycodone, Resisting an Officer and Battery of a Dating Partner; Also, Rustin Ray Naquin age 39 of Crooked Creek Parkway charged with probation and parole violation and a warrant for failure to appear for court; Randy Ardoin age 58 of Harmony Road arrested for outstanding warrants; and James Woodruff age 25 of Jenus Road arrested on an outstanding warrant for Livingston Parish; Also on Monday, June 20, the sheriff department K-9 Unit conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle. K-9 Diego was deployed to conduct a free air sniff of the outside of the vehicle. The dog gave a positive alert and a search was conducted on the vehicle. Deputies arrested Justin Wade Carroll age 33 of Opelousas charged with possession of clonazepam.

Rotary Club hears from Library Officials

Ville Platte Rotary Club Meeting June 14, 2022 Dr. William Holmes, the new Evangeline Parish Librarian and members of his staff were featured speakers at today’s (Tuesday) meeting of the Ville Platte Rotary Club Meeting. Holmes is a native of Mamou and was previously employed at LSU Eunice teaching business and finance. He shared the following stats: the parish library system has 23,800 registered library card holders out of a parish population of 33,500; the library, last year during Covid, still had 31,000 patron visits to the various branches; 82,600 books were circulated last year while 16,500 E-books were circulated. He announced a major expansion to the main Ville Platte branch, an increase of 3000 square feet to the main branch. Plans call for additional parking, a new conference room, a new genealogy room and a children’s and adolescent room. The work should be complete by next year. Also, the library board is in the process of constructing a new Basile library branch. The land is being purchased on Stagg street. Also speaking were Outreach coordinators Suzie Lemoine and Keesha Ford discussing the summer Reading program. The speakers were the guests of Rotarian Kermit Miller. Rotary Club President Jimmy Leblanc reminded club members that next Tuesday, June 21, will be the annual Rotary Club Installation Banquet at Café Evangeline at 6:00pm. There will be no noon luncheon.

Ville Platte City Council Meeting

Ville Platte City Council Meeting

June 13, 2022

 

 

     The Ville Platte City Council, Tuesday, introduced its new fiscal year budget. Mayor’s Assistant Dirk Deville presented the budget figures to the city council and to those in attendance. The proposed budget includes 152 million dollars in funds to replace the city’s old gas lines. Deville remarked the federal government is mandating local governments to update their old utility likes like gas lines. The city is losing about 33 percent from leaky gas lines. The city has called a special meeting and public hearing to adopt the new fiscal year budget for June 27 at 12 noon with a public hearing at 11;45am.

 

    Sonia Christopher representing a group of volunteers assisting with the city animal shelter gave a report to the mayor and city council. She and her group met recently to prepare a policy and procedures manual for animal shelter workers. She also distributed a minimum list of requirements for animal shelters issued by the state. Mayor Jennifer Vidrine commented that many of the comments being made on social media about the conditions at the shelter are exaggerated and not factual.

 

     City Engineer Ronnie Landreneau said the street improvement project is about 70 percent complete with some 25 streets included in the original project. All asphalt streets except for those needing rebuilding have been done. Those still waiting to be done include Desoto, a portion of Hickory and St. Marie Streets. The work came in under budget so additional streets will be done.

 

          Ryan Williams addressed the mayor and city council over action taken last month. The city council on May 27 approved a financing plan  with a firm known as Sustainability Partners to pay off its bond obligations. Williams said 23 million dollars of business was conducted with no input from the city’s legal advisor.

 

          Councilmen Bryant Riggs and Mike Perron disagreed with Williams assessment. Riggs and Perron said the action taken was good for the city and the residents.

 

             In other action, the city council:

 

--heard from Mayor Jennifer Vidrine report that some 100 students have enrolled in the Girls and Boys Place;

 

--received news that there will be a fireworks display on July 4;

 

--heard from Fire Chief Chris Soileau report there were four structure fires, two vehicle fires and five grass fires in May;

 

--received the May police report from Chief Neal Lartigue: 1134 calls, 14 citations, 10 felony arrests and worked 17 accidents including one fatality. The council approved hiring two new patrol officers.

   


KVPI Issues Statement on Website Article

KVPI would like to correct a posting regarding a police matter that appeared on our website on May 27, 2022. The posting was about an incident involving Mr. Rufus Searile and did not mention any specific date. Some readers may have concluded the posting was about a recent event even though the incident mentioned in the posting happened in May of 2016 . KVPI does not know what made an incident from May of 2016 reappear on our website on May 27, 2022 but we apologize to Mr. Searile for any inconvenience caused by lack of clarity in that website posting.

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