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DECEMBER 1, 2015


     The Ville Platte Rotary Club today (Tuesday) heard from the director of the Ville Platte Indigent Defender District, attorney Alex “Sonny” Chapman.  Chapman who has been serving as an attorney for 36 years has been serving as director since 2007.

    He reported that the indigent defender program drastically changed in the late 1950’s when Clarence Gideon of Florida filed a writ with the Supreme Court saying the Bill of Rights gives citizens the right to have the assistance of an attorney if they could not afford one. In 1961, the Supreme Court ruled in his favor.

   In 2007, the state began funding local parishes which provided Evangeline Parish with four felony attorneys and 2 juvenile attorneys along with 2 investigators. Two thirds of the funding to pay for the attorneys were coming from the state with the other third coming from local court fees.

    Chapman reported that each attorney works about 200 felony cases a year.

    Chapman was the special guest speaker of Rotarian Bill Brunet.


According to the Ville Platte Police Department, the following persons have recently been arrested and incarcerated:


Murphy Lamelle, age 35 of N. Stagg Street, arrested for Theft of Goods, Disturbing the Peace and Resisting an Officer.  Bond was set at $1,450.00 and he is currently out on bond.


Perkins Lafleur, age 53 of Derouen Street, arrested for Domestic Abuse Battery.  Bond was set at $1,000.00 and he is currently out on bond.


Kimberly Campbell, age 31 of Cemetary Rd, arrested for Theft of Goods.  Bond was set at $500.00 and she is currently out on bond.


Davante Frank, age 18 of E. LaSalle Street, arrested for Theft of Goods.  Bond was set at $500.00 and he is currently out on bond.


Kirby Simon, age 40 of N. Chatagnier, arrested for Domestic Abuse Battery.  Bond was set at $1,000.00 and he remains incarcerated.


Ashley Edwards, age 28 of N. Chatagnier, arrested for Domestic Abuse Battery,  Bond was set at $1,000.00 and she is out on bond.


Vernoski Collins, of Lee Street in Beaumont, arrested for Disturbing the Peace.  Bond was set at $2,000.00 and he is out on bond.


Shane Gaspard, age 39 of Pearl Road in Alexandria, arrested for Simple Battery.  Bond was set at $1,000.00 and he is out on bond.


DeKoleon Campbell, age 23 of E. Washington St., arrested for Remaining After Forbidden.  Bond was set at $500.00 and he is out on bond.


Johnette Godeaux, age 36 of Lester Street, arrested for Theft of Goods and Trespassing.  No information was provided on the status of her bond.


Stacy Smith, age 25 of Poplar Street in Beaumont, arrested for Domestic Abuse Battery.  Bond was set at $2,000.00 and she is out on bond.


Local High School Football Scores - Week of November 23rd (Third Round Playoffs)


Friday, November 27th


Class 2A


-Arcadia 22, Basile 20 (KVPI Game of the Week)



*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.



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.


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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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