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Chemical Spill in Ville Platte


On September 12, 2014 at approximately 7:15 pm the Ville Platte Police Department responded to a call regarding a possible chemical spill. Upon arrival officers and Ville Platte Fire Department personnel detected a smell of ammonia in the area and began evacuating nearby residents as a safety precaution.  Louisiana State Police and Louisiana State Police Hazmat division were notified of the situation. The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office also assisted with this incident. The Detective on call responded to begin an investigation.   The business owner reported hearing a noise and went outside to investigate.  When he went out of the door an unknown chemical hit his legs causing burns to both legs.  He was transported by family to Mercy Regional Medical Center.

Approximately 12 people were advised of a mandatory evacuation on East Washington Street and Railroad Avenue.  Others in the area of East LaSalle Street evacuated voluntarily.  Hazmat repaired the line and cleaned the scene and some residents were allowed to return to their residences that were not on East Washington at approximately 11:30 p.m.  Residents on East Washington were not allowed to return to their residences at that time due to the strong odor from the leak.   After Hazmat cleaned and cleared the area all residents but one were allowed to return home. 

Chief Neal Lartigue was on the scene during the incident and stated that he appreciates the assistance and fast response by everyone involved and that safety of residents was the first priority.  “People were evacuated for their safety and those not allowed to return to their residences that evening were kept away to protect them from inhaling fumes because a strong odor remained in the area.”

The cause of the leak is still under investigation.


Chief Lartigue asks residents to be aware of their surroundings and report suspicious activity by calling the Ville Platte Police Department at 363-1313.  Your call will remain anonymous.

Swamp Pop Museum Anniversary


SEPTEMBER 12, 2014


    The Louisiana Swamp Pop Museum celebrates its 4th anniversary this month. To celebrate the event, the museum will have an open house Friday Sept. 19 from 9-3. KVPI-FM Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI will be doing alive remote Friday morning with Jenn and Steph. Many swamp pop singers and musicians will be invited to attend the event. There will be no admission charge that day. Come view our musical heritage in the only museum that pays tribute to our unique South Louisiana music.

Sacred Heart Homecoming Activities


SEPTEMBER 11, 2014


     Sacred Heart High School has scheduled its 2014 Homecoming Festivities for Friday September 26. The school will honor the classes of 2015, 2005, 1995, 1985, 1975, 1965, 1955 and 1945. There will be a Homecoming Mass at 8:20am, Alumni Brunch at 9:30am in the High School Library, Pep Rally and Presentation of the of the Homecoming Court at 10:45am, Homecoming Parade at 4;00pm down Main Street at 4:00pm. The homecoming court is Sydney Buller, Natalie Earles,  Andee Fontenot, Ashley Fontenot, Ashley Hesnor, Hailey Lafleur, Morgan Manuel, Blakely McCoy, Ainsley McDaniel, Alex Pitre and Elizabeth Soileau. The Homecoming Game: Sacred Heart Trojans vs. Mamou Demons at 7:00pm. For more information call Kimberly LeJeune at 363-8050.


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The Louisiana Swamp Pop Museum operated by the City of Ville Platte is open to the public every Friday and Saturday from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Come view the amazing artifacts, photos, records, Wall of Fame and hear the music. Admission charge is $3 adults, $2 seniors and $1 for children under 12. The museum is located on Northwest Railroad Avenue.

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