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NOVEMBER 24, 2015


     The Rotary Club of Ville Platte today (Tuesday) heard from new LSU-Eunice Chancellor Dr. Kimberly Russell. Dr. Russell has served for the past sixteen years  at Tyler Jr. College in Tyler, Texas.

     In her comments to the Rotary Club, Dr. Russell said LSU E is partnering with business and industry in the Lake Charles area to pre for the 62 billion dollar investment in the oil and gas industry. She said the region will need nurses and other professions to meet the growing demand. The region is expecting to grow in population by 50,000.

     She reported LSU Eunice is looking to meet industry needs in the Lafayette and St. Landry parish areas. She noted that that the Krotz Springs area will be getting a $400 million dollar investment that will create 300 new jobs.

    LSU Eunice will be expanding its nursing program since there is a shortage of nurses. The college is working with the C.E.O’s of local hospitals to assist in filling the need.

    She recognized Dr. Renee Robicheaux who accompanied her who is in charge of the nursing program.

    It was reported that LSU E students transfer at a much higher rate than average two year universities. She said the average tutition cost for a student at LSU in Baton Rouge is $12,000 a year while at LSU E is only $3500 a year, much more affordable for the average family. Rotarian Dr. Ted Ardoin was in charge of the program.

    In other news, it was announced by Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine that the holiday lights will be turned on December 1 on city streets and at city hall.

   Rotary Club members welcomed its newest member Maggie Ortego from Cabot Corporation.



NOVEMBER 21, 2015


        Complete but unofficial election returns from Saturday’s runoff elections in Evangeline Parish shows that Daniel Arvie was elected as new juror in District 9 with 54% of the vote over his opponent Shawn Gallow who got 45 % of the vote. Arvie was elected with 792 votes to Gallow’s 652 votes.

       Basile area voters overwhelmingly approved an 8.5 million dollar bond issue to construct new classrooms for Basile schools. The vote 359 for the bond issue and 126 voting no.

      Voters also in the Basile area approved a 4.10 mill tax renewal for another ten years for the Acadia-Evangeline Fire Protection District. The vote was 360 yes and 129 voted no.

     Evangeline Parish voters voted in favor of an amendment to provide homestead exemption for disabled veterans. The vote was 4363 for the amendment and 1843 voting no.

     Also voters in Evangeline Parish by a 56% to 43 % margin voted for Democrat John Bel Edwards over Republican David Vitter. Edwards got 4720 votes to Vitter’s 3576 votes.

     For Lt. Governor, Republican Billy Nungesser vote 4315 votes to Democrat Kip Holden 3699 votes.

     Incumbent Attorney General Buddy Caldwell lost to challenger Jeff Landry in Evangeline Parish. Landry received 4311 vote to Caldwell’s 3364 votes.


Local High School Football Scores - Week of November 16th (Second Round Playoffs)


Friday, November 20th


Class 3A


-Iowa 41, Church Point 20


-St. James 30, Euince 19 



Class 1A


-Basile 35, Homer 7 (KVPI Game of the Week)



Class 2A


-Kinder 47, Bunkie 7


-Welsh 35, Oakdale 7


*Scores come from the Associated Press (AP). If scores are incorrect or you have scores from teams you feel should be included, please comment and we will see about updating this page accordingly.


Evangeline Parish School Board

November 18, 2015


The Evangeline Parish School Board met tonight for its bi-monthly meeting in the School Board Media Center.  Chief Financial Officer, Amy LaFleur, reported that eligible employees will be receiving a 14th bonus check this Friday along with their regular checks.  For full-time degreed personnel the amount will be $3,428.15 and for full-time support personnel the amount will be $1,542.67.  There are stipulations as to who will be receiving the extra check, however.  The School Board will be sending everyone an email describing the criteria for receiving the funds.  She also reported that to-date the School Board has received $926,801.77 in Timber Sales; however, they have expended $758,266.54, and spent more funds in replanting and spraying the areas leaving approximately $33,000.00 received.  Ms. LaFleur also stated that they received the result of the 2014-15 Financial Risk Assessment and the School Board’s status remains in “Excellent” status.


Superintendent, Toni Hamlin, reported that currently there are negotiations in Washington D.C. being had to give more “authority” back to the states instead of leaving decisions to those in Washington.  She also stated that the school performance scores should be out soon after the Thanksgiving holidays.  She stated that all public schools and the School Board will be closed next week and will re-open on November 30th.  She wished everyone a very nice Thanksgiving.


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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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