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KVPI News on the Scene of Manhunt in Evangeline Parish Thursday Evening

KVPI News Director, Stephanie Ware was on the scene when the news first broke out about a manhunt for Brandon Messer (28) in the Turkey Creek area of Evangeline Parish Thursday evening. “He is being accused of threatening one individual associated with a church back there and approaching the residents of that person. And the individual was not home so he shot the dog. He’s also made other threatening comments about the church.” As soon as we get anything new, we will pass that information along to you through our various forms of media including 92.5 KVPI FM, Facebook, Twitter, and here at our website. Anyone with information can call the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office at 337-363-3345 or Louisiana State Police at 225-262-5880.

 

You can check out Steph being interviewed by KLFY News Channel 10 for their own report on this story below: 

 

 

Update: On August 24th Brandon Messer, who was being sought by the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office and Louisiana State Police, turned himself in.

Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce August Meeting

The Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce met today at Noon at Nick’s on Main. Renee Brown, the new Chamber President conducted her first meeting. Trey Prudhomme with Heritage Manor Nursing Home was the guest speaker and talked about the new facility being built on the West side of Ville Platte. He said the expected date of opening would be the Fall of 2016, but he suspects that date will most likely being January or February of 2017. The new facility will offer 126 beds. The current facility offers 145 beds. There will be a secured area for those patients with dementia and those rooms will house 2 people per room. All other rooms will be private but will have the option of connecting multiple ones, if needed. There will also be a large Evacuation Center built behind the facility that will house 236 people in case of emergencies.

There were two new members accepted into the Chamber of Commerce: Le’ Academie de Arts and Lakeview Park and Beach.

The next Chamber meeting will be September 16th.

 
 
 

 

Evangeline Parish School Board Meeting August 18, 2015

The Evangeline Parish School Board met last night in the School Board Media Center. Continued discussion regarding the transportation of student athletes was had. Principals, assistant principals and coaches in attendance, all in favor of continuing to transport athletes when necessary or if needed. Ms. Peggy Foreman asked that feeder schools, Chicot, Chatagnier and Mamou be allowed to let the administrator be able to determine that if needed, a student athlete, could be transported by personnel. Mr. Arthur Savoy and Scott Limoges attempted to do away with the entire transport of student athletes. Arthur made the motion to discontinue the service and Doctor Bobby Deshotel seconded it. Superintendent Toni Hamlin, said she had sent a request to all schools and all schools said they were not interested in changing anything. The issue of “Do it for one, do it for all.” Continued to be discussed. Every principal there made a comment that only student athletes were using this service. Other extra-curricular programs take place during school. The motion of canceling the service failed by a vote of 6-5.

The budget was discussed but there will be another meeting to discuss and vote on it.

The Board voted to enter into a new service contract with Republic Solid Waste, formerly Allied Solid Waste.

Superintendent, Toni Hamlin, spoke about the critical shortage of teachers and explained that if you declare a critical shortage you are allowed to hire retirees, which is what we have done in Evangeline Parish.

 

Ville Platte Rotary Club Hears from Dr. Harder

VILLE PLATTE ROTARY MEETING

AUGUST 18, 2015

 

        The Ville Platte Rotary Club today (Tuesday) heard from Dr. Natalie Harder,  Director of the South Louisiana Community College System. The 8 parish system has a campus in each parish. Here in Evangeline Parish, the campus is C.B. Coreil in Ville Platte. The local C.B. Coreil Campus Administrator is Carlene Jones.

        Dr. Harder reported that her funding has been reduced by 55 percent since  2009 so it has been a challenge. “We are committed to keeping the campuses in each parish  open and vibrant.” Unfortunately the system cannot offer the same courses in every campus which explains why 45 students from Evangeline Parish are taking courses at other campuses.

        She announced that the C.B. Coreil campus offers the following courses: Accounting, Business, Business Administration, Medical Assistant, Practical Nursing, Technology, General Studies and Welding. Student enrollment has increased 34 percent this fall. Many of these courses are transferrable to four year colleges.

        Dr. Harder asked rotary members to spread the word throughout the community about the programs offered locally at the campus.

Rotary Club Hears from Senator Eric Lafleur

VILLE PLATTE ROTARY CLUB

AUGUST 11, 2015

 

     The Ville Platte Rotary Club today (Tuesday) heard  from State Senator Eric Lafleur  discuss highlights from the recent legislative session in Baton Rouge.

      Lafleur said once again, the legislature used one time money to balance the budget. By using non recurring money, lawmakers will have to meet again early next year to overcome a one billion deficit.

      The senator said all of the major candidates for governor have announced if they are elected they will call a special session to help tackle once and for all the spending problem they face each year .

      This year, the state balanced the budget by raising certain taxes. For example, a tax on utility bills for large companies and industries was implemented.

      Senator Lafleur said Governor Jindal would not allow federal Medicaid dollars to expand Medicaid coverage for the working poor in the state. Over 30 states have expanded Medicaid coverage. He said it would provide medical benefits for low paid workers and would be beneficial to the state.

Evangeline Parish Police Jury August Meeting

The Evangeline Parish Police Jury

August 10, 2015

 

The Evangeline Parish Police Jury met tonight in the courthouse.  Registrar of Voters, Lucas Buller addressed the Police Jury regarding the upcoming October and November elections.  He advised the Jury that due to the upcoming Cotton Festival, the Ville Platte Civic Center will not be available to be used as a voting precinct.  He requested that the Jury approve moving the location to the Courthouse temporarily.  The Jury approved the measure. 

 

The Jury approved new appointments to the Keep Evangeline Beautiful Board.  They are as follows: Becky Buller, Susan Lahaye, Mary Alice Fontenot, Jessica Ducote Earles, Jim Robinson, Donald Bergeron, Diana Johnson, James Berthelot, Scott Fontenot, Mike Perron, Dagen Soileau, Hattie Johnson, Heather Cloud, Carmen Langly and Jackie Thomas.

 

Secretary/Treasurer, Donald Bergeron, advised that the appraisal for the “Old Library” has come back in the amount of $156,000.00.  On the recommendation of Juror, Eric Soileau, the Jury agreed to start the process of listing the property for sale.

 

The Jury re-entered into a Cooperative Agreement with the LSU Ag Center so as to continue to work together. 

 

Public Works Director, Chester Granger, reported that some of the parishes’ large equipment is currently out of order and it will take approximately a month to have repairs made.  This will put the chip & seal project behind.  He thanked the Jury for assisting him and thanked the public for understanding that due to the previous weather and equipment failure, projects have gone slow.  Eric Soileau commended Chester and his staff.  He stated “I know we have given you and your crew a lot to do.  And I know you put in a lot of hours.”

 

The Police Jury appointed Sandra Deville to replace Benny Ducote on the Lone Pine Fire Protection District.

Ville Platte City Council Meeting - August 6, 2015

Stay tuned to KVPI tomorrow for more details from the council meeting.

 

The Ville Platte City Council

August 6, 2015

 

The Ville Platte City Council held its monthly meeting tonight at Ville Platte City Hall.  There were quite a few announcements made.  Starting with the subject of abandoned properties, the Mayor, Jennifer Vidrine, said that the city’s legal department is currently constructing a “courtesy letter” that is about to sent to those who have abandoned properties, grass that is too tall or dangerous conditions.  The letter will tell property owners they have 30 days to perform a clean-up of the area or the City will step in and perform the service and the cost will be tacked onto owner’s property tax bills.  They will now be enforcing the current ordinance.

 

The Mayor reported that she accompanied a contractor to all 18 canals in Ville Platte to see the extent of what needed to be cleaned.  The contractor stated that he will be giving the Mayor a quote in the next 7 – 10 days.  The City Council voted that once the quote comes in, they will be asking the Evangeline Parish Police Jury to pay half of the cost.  She stated the canals are in very tough conditions.

 

Interim Fire Chief, Chris Harrison, was presented with a check in the amount of $41,477.24 from a 2% insurance rebate due to a great insurance rating.  Mr. Harrison stated the money will be used for additional equipment and equipment for volunteers.

The City will begin collecting a 1% Utility Tax on business customers.  This tax is not imposed by the City, but was voted in during the last legislative session.  The City will have to turn the funds over to the LA Dept. of Revenue.

 

The City has now received its long awaited Kubota excavator and backhoe that will be used to clean abandoned properties, culverts, etc.  They will soon be receiving a new tractor.

 

Tuesday, August 11th, the 8-year old All Stars who won the World Series, will have their banquet at the Ville Platte Civic Center.  A parade will begin at 4:00 p.m. that day and will start at Teets to Tate Cove and then to Lincoln to end at the Civic Center.

 

Ville Platte City Council Meeting - August 6, 2015

Stay tuned to KVPI tomorrow for more details from the council meeting.

 

The Ville Platte City Council

August 6, 2015

 

The Ville Platte City Council held its monthly meeting tonight at Ville Platte City Hall.  There were quite a few announcements made.  Starting with the subject of abandoned properties, the Mayor, Jennifer Vidrine, said that the city’s legal department is currently constructing a “courtesy letter” that is about to sent to those who have abandoned properties, grass that is too tall or dangerous conditions.  The letter will tell property owners they have 30 days to perform a clean-up of the area or the City will step in and perform the service and the cost will be tacked onto owner’s property tax bills.  They will now be enforcing the current ordinance.

 

The Mayor reported that she accompanied a contractor to all 18 canals in Ville Platte to see the extent of what needed to be cleaned.  The contractor stated that he will be giving the Mayor a quote in the next 7 – 10 days.  The City Council voted that once the quote comes in, they will be asking the Evangeline Parish Police Jury to pay half of the cost.  She stated the canals are in very tough conditions.

 

Interim Fire Chief, Chris Harrison, was presented with a check in the amount of $41,477.24 from a 2% insurance rebate due to a great insurance rating.  Mr. Harrison stated the money will be used for additional equipment and equipment for volunteers.

 

The City will begin collecting a 1% Utility Tax on business customers.  This tax is not imposed by the City, but was voted in during the last legislative session.  The City will have to turn the funds over to the LA Dept. of Revenue.

 

The City has now received its long awaited Kubota excavator and backhoe that will be used to clean abandoned properties, culverts, etc.  They will soon be receiving a new tractor.

 

Tuesday, August 11th, the 8-year old All Stars who won the World Series, will have their banquet at the Ville Platte Civic Center.  A parade will begin at 4:00 p.m. that day and will start at Teets to Tate Cove and then to Lincoln to end at the Civic Center.

 

Evangeline Parish School Board Meeting August 5, 2015

Evangeline Parish School Board

August 5, 2015

 

The Evangeline Parish School Board held its bi-monthly meeting tonight in the School Board Media Center, one week before the official start of the 2015/16 school year.  Perry Watson gave a presentation regarding improvements that are being proposed to WW Stewart Elementary School and Basile High School through a proposed election to be held in School District No. 7 of the Second Police Jury Ward and the Seventh Police Jury Ward to authorize the issuance of general obligation bonds.  The improvements, if approved would be funded through those bonds.  There will be a public hearing in September before the School Board will vote on whether to vote to have the election.

Lance Enkey with First Student gave a report on bus routes and changes that have been made to avoid overcrowding and more efficient bus routes for our students.  He said there are eleven new buses this year and all of the driver positions have been filled with local drivers.  Lance said the routes should be running efficiently for the first day of school.

There was much discussion back and forth about continuing to reimburse coaches for providing athletes with transportation for after school extra curricula activities, governed by LHSAA.  The question of why high school athletes are being provided the transportation, and not middle school athletes, was the main focus.  After lengthy debate, the Board voted to table the issue until they are given the monetary amount it would take to fund all schools in this manner.

 

 

 

Rotary Club Hears Police Juror Bryan Vidrine

VILLE PLATTE ROTARY CLUB MEETING

AUGUST 4, 2015

 

       The Ville Platte Rotary Club today (Tuesday) heard from Police Juror Bryan Vidrine who gave an update report on what is going parish wide.

       The primary issue facing members of the police jury is the problem of funding the growing cost of parish prisoners. He said usually the parish jail has about 5-10 prisoners over the limit. Right now, the sheriff’s department is having to deal with 60 prisoners over the jail capacity. Due to the Pine Prairie prison closing, the parish is having to send prisoners over the local jail limit to Caldwell parish where the daily cost is twice what the parish was paying at Pine Prairie.

      The police jury is reviewing several options to decrease the expenses including asking the courts to do more home arrests.

      Also, Vidrine said the parish owned Crooked Creek Park has been self sufficient for the past six years. The problem facing the jury is maintaining its electrical system inside the park. Also the jury is asking for entrepreneurs to step forward to invest in entertainment programs at the park.

     The juror said he had good news dealing with the problem of collecting overdue sewer bills. The jury now has a cooperative agreement with water systems throughout the parish . In the event, a customer of a parish owned sewer system does not pay their bill, the water system that serves that customer can cut off their water until their bills are paid. Under law, the parish cannot cut off a customer’s sewer bill.

  Vidrine was the special guest of Rotarian Robert Eastin.

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