Local News Archives for 2017-04

Evangeline Parish Public Schools Closed Monday


APRIL 30, 2017


    In a statement to KVPI News tonight (Sunday), Supt. of Schools Darwan Lazard announced “All Evangeline Parish public schools will be closed for students on Monday May 1 as a result of the recent flooding event which has impacted our campuses and caused roads to be unsafe for bus travel. All Evangeline Parish School Board employees are to report to their assigned work site. Please dress in casual work clothes to assist in making your campus fully operational for Tuesday May 2 when we will resume our normal schedule.”

Dixie Youth Radio Auction


APRIL 30, 2017


       Despite the flooding conditions and poor weather conditions on Sunday, the 2017 Dixie Youth Radio Auction was a success.

        Many people took advantage of staying home, listening on the radio and calling in their bids. Later in the day as the water receded and weather improved, the civic center was busy with people viewing the items up for bids.

       A cooking crew prepared hamburgers for those wanting something to eat. There were two phone lines throughout the day for people to call in their bids and they remained busy.

       The items included everything from cakes and home made sweets to fishing and hunting trips. All of the items were donated to Ville Platte Youth Incorporated and Ville Platte Girls Incorporated to help fund the summer youth program for hundreds of young people.

       John Pitre of Ville Platte Youth Inc. and Shane Darbonne with Ville Platte Girls Inc. would like to thank the dozens of parents, coaches and volunteers who worked all day along with the many people who turned in bids and the many businesses who donated items for the two youth programs.

      The radio auction took place over KVPI FM 92.5 all day from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Election Returns

Election Returns

April 29, 2017


    Complete election returns from Saturday’s runoff elections show Evangeline Parish voters voted in favor of Candyce Perret for judge in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Complete but unofficial returns shows in Evangeline Parish shows Perret received 1796 votes or 76 percent of the vote while her opponent Susan Theall got 549 votes or 23 percent of the vote. Perret was elected the circuit court seat by winning 55 percent of the vote.

   Voters in Evangeline Parish overwhelmingly approved the renewal of three tax millages called by the Evangeline Parish School Board.

    Voters approved the renewal of a 10.35 mill tax for another years to help supplement the pay of school employees, both teachers and support workers, The vote was 2119 yes and 358 voting no.

   Also, a millage tax renewal was approved by the voters to renew for another ten years a 12.32 mill tax in consolidated District 2 to maintain school buildings. The vote was 1898 yes and 363 voting no.

   In the Basile School District, voters there renewed a 6.19 mill tax for another ten years for the upkeep and maintenance of school buildings. The vote 143 yes and 23 voting no.

   Special thanks to Clerk of Court Randy Deshotel for furnishing us these vote totals


This morning, friends and family are mourning the loss of and remembering Brett Fontenot who was killed in an overnight crash in Evangeline Parish.  According to the Louisiana State Police, on April 28, 2017, shortly before 2:00 am, Louisiana State Police Troop I was notified of a single vehicle fatality crash on US 167 near Alligator Lane.  The crash claimed the life of 22-year-old Brett M. Fontenot of Ville Platte.


The initial investigation by State Police revealed, Fontenot was operating a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado northbound on US 167.  For unknown reasons, Fontenot ran off the right side of the roadway, overcorrected to the left, entered a ditch and overturned.   Fontenot was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle.  Fontenot sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead on scene by the Evangeline Parish Coroner’s Office.   It is unknown if impairment was a contributing factor, but standard toxicology results were obtained and sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. 


This crash remains under investigation.  KVPI News will keep you updated on the status of the investigation and will bring you the funeral arrangements as soon as they are available.


The Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce held the 2017 Chamber Banquet Thursday night at the North Side Civic Center.  The Ville Platte Jr. R.O.T.C. presented the Colors.  Fr. Richard Vidrine offered the prayer.  Brent Coreil served as the Master of Ceremonies following that and throughout the event he would come to introduce Chamber President, Dr. Tojo Ward, Executive Director, Camille Fontenot and other guests.  Many Chamber members enjoyed the event as guest speakers, Lt. Governor, Billy Nungesser and Columnist/Author, Jim Bradshaw spoke to the crowd about the uniqueness of Evangeline Parish.  Nungesser also spoke about new promotions involving tourism in Louisiana and shared a few personal stories about his travels throughout the State.  Bradshaw shared in-depth views about the “heart” of Louisiana and kept the crowd involved as he spoke on different aspects of our state.


After attendees enjoyed a delicious meal, Director, Camille Fontenot, announced the nominees for Business Person of Year, Business of the Year, Man of the Year and Woman of the Year.


The nominees were as follows:


Business Person of the Year: Alana McClaskey – Owner of The Flower Patch; Carl Fontenot – President of Citizens Bank; Ronald Doucet – Ronald’s Janitorial Service and Victor Slaven – Kolder, Champagne & Slaven & Co.


Business of the Year: B&S Neighborhood Market; Cayenne Heating & Cooling; Citizens Bank; Flat Town Farm Supply & Hardware; The Flower Patch; Gobble Gulley; Thomas Construction Co.; Uptown Cake Company and Ville Platte Gazette.


Man of the Year: Rev. Matthew Alfred, Jr.; Patrick Derouselle; Leonard Glynn Fontenot and Donald Ray Thomas.


Woman of the Year: Nina Daire David and Stacey Freeman-Jordan.


The winners were:


Agriculture Persons of the Year: Kyle and Kane Fontenot


Man of the Year: Leonard Glynn Fontenot


Women of the Year: Nina Daire David and Stacey Freeman- Jorden


Business Person of the Year: Carl Fontenot – Citizens Bank and Victor Slaven – Kolder Champagne Slaven & Co.


Business of the Year: Flat Town Farm Supply and UPTOWN CAKES


Thank you to D.J. T-Rob Soileau for providing the music and a big thank you to all of the volunteers who served the food and beverages at the event.


According to Ville Platte Chief of Police, Neal Lartigue, on April 25, 2017 a warrant of arrest was issued and a suspect arrested in the shooting that occurred on April 23 on North Chataignier and East Jackson.  Tiberrious Wilson, 19 of 128 East Pine Street was arrested on the evening of April 25, 2017 and booked into the Ville Platte City Jail on the charges of second degree murder, attempted second degree murder, aggravated criminal damage to property, illegal use of a weapon or dangerous instrument and carrying of a firearm by a convicted felon.   Wilson was transported to the Evangeline Parish Jail where he remains incarcerated on a 1,425,000.00 (One million four hundred twenty-five thousand dollar) bond issued by Judge Chuck West.

Chief Lartigue would like to remind citizens that this investigation remains active and requests anyone with any information to please contact the Ville Platte Police Department at 363-1313.  Your call will remain anonymous.



Chamber Nominations for Man and Woman of the Year


APRIL 21, 2017


    The Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce officially announced the nominees for the 2017 Man and Woman of the Year Honors.

    The nominees for Woman are the Year are:


Stacy Freeman Jorden who is employed with Ville Platte Probation and Parole. She is married to Detective Duane Jorden and the mother of three children. She is also a volunteer leader in the Girl Scouts in changing girl’s lives for the better. Stacy is also active in her church serving as financial and corresponding secretary at the St. Peter Baptist Church and at the St. John Baptist Church;


Nina Daire David is an educator and is married to Biff David and they parents of three and they have two grandchildren. Nina is a master teacher and is currently a librarian at Mamou Lower Elementary School. She was the President of Keep Evangeline Beautiful and worked hard with groups to keep the parish clean through various projects. She served as Ville Platte City Clerk. She loves hiking and the outdoors.


The nominees for Ville Platte Man of the Year include:


Donald Ray Thomas who is the owner of Thomas Construction. He is married to Jessica Doucet Thomas and the parents of four children. He is a member of the Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church and serves on the Evangeline Parish Solid Waste Commission, His nomination letter says “Donald will go the extra mile for anyone.” He loves to volunteer and help people whenever he is asked.


Leonard Glynn Fontenot, a retired Cleco employee after 35 years who served as Vice President of Generation. He is married to Mary Alice Fontenot and they are the parents of four children. His service to the community include: a Eucharistic minister, President of the Queen of All Saints Parish board, Babe Ruth baseball organization president, participated in the Contredanse as a dance team, served on the Humana Hospital board and the Ville Platte Citizen Cabot committee, retreat captain for Ville Platte at the Our Lady of the Oaks Retreat House and past member of the Sacred Heart school foundation board.


Patrick Derouselle is married to the former Jerianne Ruggles and is the father of three children. He is the executive director of the Evangeline Parish Solid Waste Commission.  He is active as president of the Evangeline Parish Communications District 9-1-1 Board, a member of the Ville Platte Emergency Preparedness Committee, a member of First Baptist Church of Ville Platte and President of the Louisiana Cotton Festival Association. He is also a 30 year volunteer firefighter. He was also involved in the Ville Platte Jaycees and past chairman of the Ville Platte Planning Commission Board.


Rev. Matthew Alfred Jr. is the moderator and president of the Eastern Seventh District Baptist Association. As the president he is inspirational in developing mentor programs to lead the youth along their journey in spiritual growth and maturity. Rev. Alfred is a father, husband and a humble leader. Alfred has a great passion for making his community distinctive and an enjoyable place to live.


The announcement of Ville Platte’s 2017 Man and Woman of the Year will be made at the Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce Civic Awards Banquet Thursday April 27 at the Ville Platte Northside Civic Center. Tickets are now available at the chamber of commerce office.

Shooting suspect charged with Attempted Second Degree Murder



UPDATE: Shooting on Buzz Lane

Sheriff Eddie Soileau, of the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office has released the following:

On April 17, 2017 Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office was called out to 1813 Buzz Lane in reference to the shooting of a person.

During the initial investigation, investigators were able to identify Floyd Porche Jr as the shooter. The motive determined was that Floyd Porche Jr. shot at Stacy Porche after having an unsettled dispute amongst family.

Stacy Porche was AirMed to Lafayette General Hospital where she was stabilized and is doing well as of today. Stacy suffered from wounds to her right hand and the left side of her right breast area.

Floyd Joseph Porche Jr was arrested and charged with Attempted 2nd Degree Murder. His bond was set at $250,000.00 by 13th Judicial Judge Chuck West.

Evangeline Parish Authorities Searching for two suspects in Vehicle Pursuit

UPDATE: Ville Platte Police Department Vehicle Pursuit

Sheriff Eddie Soileau, of the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office has released the following:

On April 17, 2017 at about 1651 hours Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputies joined a vehicle pursuit already in progress by the Ville Platte Police on Foreman Road in the Bayou Chicot area. The fleeing vehicle traveled through St. Landry and Avoyelles Parishes on Highway 115 before returning to Evangeline Parish and coming to a stop on Bayou Torreau Road. The two occupants of the vehicle fled the scene on foot.


After further investigation the driver was identified as Samuel Lee and the passenger as Ashley Lamb. The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office has issued Warrant of Arrests on both individuals in connection with this incident.

Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office Detectives are in search of Samuel Lee and Ashley Lamb for their arrest.                                                   


Anyone with information of their whereabouts is urged to contact the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division by phone at 337-363-2161. All callers with information will and always remain anonymous.

Ville Platte Chamber Announces Nominees for 2017 Man and Woman of the Year


      Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Camille Fontenot announced the nominees for the 2017 Ville Platte’s Man and Woman of the Year.

      The nominees for Ville Platte Woman of the Year are: Stacy Freeman Jordan who is employed with Ville Platte Probation and Parole and Nina David, an educator at Mamou Elementary School.

      The nominees for Ville Platte Man of the Year are: Rev. Matthew Alfred, local minister, Donald Ray Thomas, local business man, Pat Derouselle, director of the Evangeline Parish Solid Waste Commission and Leonard Glenn Fontenot, retired Cleco official.

      We will have additional biographical information about each nominee in the next few days.

      Ville Platte’s Man and Woman of the Year for 2017 will be announced at the Chamber of Commerce Civic Awards Banquet Thursday April 27 at the Ville Platte Civic Center.

Ville Platte Police Department Arrest Report

According to Ville Platte Chief of Police, Neal Lartigue, the following individuals have been recently arrested and booked into the City Jail:


Sheamous Frank of 1110 N. Chataignier – Arrested for Criminal Trespassing and out on a $500.00 bond;


Brandi Soileau of 410 Wilson – Arrested for Theft of Goods with a $500.00 bond;


Terrell Green, age 32 of 1726 State Avenue – Arrested for Resisting Arrest and Battery on a Police Officer and currently out on a $3,250.00 bond;


Bonnie Leday, age 53 of 109 E. Jefferson – Arrested for Disturbing the Peace by Intoxication and Sexual Battery and out on a $1,200.00 bond; and


Bryan Weston, age 18 of 629 N. Long Street – Arrested for Criminal Damage to Property and currently incarcerated with a $700.00 bond.

KVPI Representatives Speak at Rotary Club


     The Ville Platte Rotary Club today (Tuesday) heard from representatives of KVPI. KVPI General Manager Mark Layne, KVPI News Director and Non Blonde Café Host Stephanie Ware and Co-Host Lisa Crane.

    Layne announced to club members that KVPI has won the radio station of the year award for the seventh year in a row for its community service. For the first ever, KVPI won a second award for Best Morning Show for “The Non Blonde Café” with Stephanie Ware. The awards were presented at the annual Prestige Awards banquet held last month by the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters.

    Club members were able to view the actual video nomination clips that the judges reviewed. Special thanks to Suzie Lemoine with the Evangeline Parish Library for the use of their audio-video equipment.

   Ware said she was proud of the reception she is receiving from the growing number of listeners on air and on social media for her daily morning show.

   Crane said she was proud to be a part of a radio show that gives back to the community through community service programming. Crane is co-host with Stephanie Ware on “Women on Wednesday” during the Non Blonde Café.

   Layne thanked the business community of Ville Platte for their support through the years. He expressed his appreciation to President Rhonda Fink Pucheu, a second generation broadcaster for her backing and guidance. He said he was proud that the radio station has never changed its primary goal of “Keeping Ville Platte Informed and Entertained” since 1953 when the station first signed on.

  Rotary club member Jimmy LeBlanc was in charge of the program.


Earl Voting Begins in Evangeline Parish

   Early voting has begun in Evangeline Parish and elsewhere for the April 29 election.

   The only candidate race facing voters parish wide is the runoff race for Judge in the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals between Candyce Perret and Susan Theall. The district includes Evangeline, St. Landry, Acadia, Vermillion, Allen, Iberia, Lafayette, and St. Martin parishes.

  Also, voters in the Basile School District which includes parts of Evangeline and Acadia parishes will decide the renewal of a 10 year, 6.19 mill property tax for the upkeep and maintence of school facilities in the Basile School district.

   Voters parish wide will vote on whether to renew a  ten year, 10.35 mill property tax to help fund the pay for school employees.

   Voters in District 2 which is the entire parish except for Basile will vote on the renewal of a ten year, 12.32 mill property tax to continue the upkeep and maintenance of school buildings.

   Early voting is going on now through Saturday April 22 at the Registrar of Voters office in the courthouse.


KVPI and Southwest Beverage teamed up once again this year for the Annual Bud-N-Boiling Contest.  Listeners had to call our hotline at 506-2666 when they heard the “Budweiser Cue to Call”.  We took the 5th caller each time and qualified them for the big Grand Prize Package.  Each qualifier was given a 12-pack of Budweiser and other Budweiser gear like t-shirts, koozies, and Mardi Gras beads.  Our drawing was held on Wednesday and Desiree Hundley’s name was drawn.  Congratulations!  Keep listening for more chances to win on Acadiana’s Greatest Hit Station Classic Hits 92.5.



According to a News Release from the Louisiana State Fire Marshall, investigators are looking into whether unattended cooking may have led to a house fire at 1314 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive just after 10:00 p.m. Tuesday night.  Investigators were dispatched to the scene and while conducting suppression efforts, firefighters discovered the body of 55-year-old Jessie Bias in the living room of the wood-framed structure, which suffered heavy interior damage as a result of the fire.


After being examined by investigators, the victim's body was released to the Evangeline Parish Coroner for autopsy.


While no official determination has been made as to what caused the fire, investigators have established that the fire originated on the stove in the kitchen where melted remnants of a cooking pot were discovered.  The investigation into the fire continues.


Jessie was cherished by his fellow classmates from Ville Platte High Class of 1981.  According to Landreneau & Associates in Ville Platte, Mr. Bias had been employed with their firm since 2014 as an inspector on engineering projects in and around Ville Platte and Evangeline Parish.  

City of Ville Platte Preparing Ordinance following complaints of Loud Noise outside of Bars

Ville Platte City Council Meeting

April 11, 2017


     Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine, Tuesday during the city council meeting, reminded citizens that the city is preparing a new ordinance dealing with complaints about loud noise outside at bars, night clubs and other facilities. The remarks came following a public hearing where local residents complained about the noise coming from nearby clubs and night spots. The council is preparing an ordinance requiring nightclubs and bars to have a commissioned security officer to be present while they are open.

    In a related matter, it was announced that the city is working with the planning commission to adopt a city zoning code to zone off businesses away from residential areas of the city.

   The city approved a corporate endeavor agreement with the Smoked Meat Festival Association. Festival representatives Daniel Fruge and Mike Ardoin announced that this year’s festival has been moved up to early June rather than later in the month. The festival dates will be June 2 and 3 with most of the events taking place at the new Grand Pavilion area. The festival will bring back carnival rides again this year.

   In other news, the city council:

--approved the hiring of George Golan as a new police officer;

--got the following March report from Police Chief Neal Lartigue: 22 traffic accidents, 59 people arrested including 11 felony arrests and 27 traffic citations;

--received the March report from the fire chief: 19 calls including 3 structure fires, three grass fires and five vehicle extrications;

--the mayor urged families who cannot afford to pay the registration fees for their children to participate in Dixie Youth and Ville Platte Girls to go ahead and register. She said there are funds available through Cleco to help pay the registration fees.;

And reminded residents that  registration dates for the new soccer league will be May 10 and 11 for young people ages 5-12. League play will begin in September and October.

Rotary Club Hears From Two Guest Speakers Tuesday

    Laura Balthazar spoke to the Ville Platte Rotary Club at their noon meeting today (Tuesday. She is the executive director of the St. Landry/Evangeline Sexual Assault Center headquartered in Opelousas. The center is a non- profit organization that receives its funding from federal grants. They have one full time person and four part time people on staff. The group has 35 volunteers assisting. The center has a representative of the group visiting Evangeline Parish at the Ville Platte North Side Civic Center three days a week.

   In 2016, the center saw 147 clients with 39 referrals to the emergency room. The organization has seen victims as young as babies and seniors as old as 85 years old. She said, every 98 seconds someone becomes a victim of sexual abuse in this country. Also, one of our every four women before age 18 will become a victim of sexual abuse. Balthazar was the special guest of Rotarian Ronnie Landreneau.

   Also speaking to the Rotarians was Yvonne Johnson, a teacher at Pine Prairie High School. She said two members of the Pine Prairie Future Business Leaders of America chapter have been invited to the national convention: Cort Fuller who is the FBLA District President and Vernonica Bernal. The students are trying to raise the funding to pay for the costs of the trips.

  In other rotary club news:

--Last Saturday’s work day at Heritage Park was a big success with club members and eight Sacred Heart Interact students helping in the clean up project;

--the rotary club will be cooking BBQ sandwiches Saturday April 22 at Chicot State Park  for the Grand Hoorah Festival.


Out of the nominees submitted, the KVPI March 2017 Teacher of the Year was chosen Tuesday and we send a big “Congratulations” out to Mr. Saul Duos, a 4th Grade Teacher at Mamou Elementary.  Mr. Duos was nominated by his student, Kelci Fontenot. 


She wrote in her nomination:

“Mr. Saul, you are the best teacher I have ever had.  You are a little crazy, but you’re the best that way.  Do you know what I wish for?  I wish when I go to a new school, you could move with me like when I go to 5th grade.  You could come and teach me in every grade bot just in 5th.  Just a reminder, your haircut is still cute even if you don’t barely have any hair.  If you can’t be my teacher forever, then promise me you’ll never change.”

-Kelci Fontenot


Congratulations to Mr. Duos, who is now eligible for our Teacher of the Year drawing in May.  Our Teacher of the Month will be coming to pick up his prizes Friday afternoon.


Evangeline Parish School Board invites you to an evening of celebration to honor its Teacher of the Year and Principal of the Year state candidates and winners from each school on Thursday, April 13 at 5:00 pm at Ville Platte High School Auditorium.


The theme, “EPSB Teachers and Principals Help Students SOAR (Succeed Over All Roadblocks),” will come alive when Michaella Fontenot serves as guest soloist. Local singers will lead the audience in singing, “I Believe I Can Fly.” Students from several of the public schools will brighten the night with original cheers and chants, while a group of students from Tim Comeaux’s science class will delight everyone with original student-made musical selections to demonstrate sound, pitch and rhythm while real “dragons” soar higher heights! As a free gift, all attendees will be given dragonfly colorchanging LED lights that will glow in the dark during the participatory candlelight ceremony.


Following the event, honorees will be driven from the school in a limousine or sedan to an elegant evening dinner at Cajun Catfish and Steak House in Ville Platte (on the Chicot Road). School board members, supervisors, judges, students, teachers, and principals will dine there together. As a special treat, Mayor Jennifer Vidrine will present city baskets to the three district Teacher of the Year winners, Middle School Principal Sherral Tezeno, and High School Principal Liz Chatelain. Come out and SOAR with the Board!


According to Ville Platte Police Chief, Neal Lartigue:

On June 24, 2016 Officers with the Ville Platte Police Department responded to a call in the 600 block of Vidrine Street.  Upon arrival Officers learned that a black male had broken into a residence and attempted to rape the homeowner.  The victim was able to press an alert button which frightened the suspect which caused him to flee the residence. 

Detectives were called to the scene to begin their investigation.  Evidence was collected and turned over to the Acadiana Crime Lab. In April 2017 the Ville Platte Police Department received information from the Acadiana Crime Lab that listed Dwight Thomas as the suspect in this incident. 

On Friday April 7, 2017, Dwight Thomas, 36, of 814 Owen Street, Ville Platte, was arrested and charged with attempted rape, aggravated burglary and sexual battery of the infirmed.  Thomas was booked into the Ville Platte City Jail and then transported to the Evangeline Parish Jail where he remains incarcerated on a $ 325,000.00 bond set by Judge Chuck West. 

Chief Lartigue reminds residence of the importance of reporting suspicious activity.  If you have information on any type of illegal or suspicious activity you are asked to call the Ville Platte Police Department at 363-1313.  Your call will remain anonymous.

Dr. Phillips special guest at Rotary Club


    The Ville Platte Rotary Club today (Tuesday) heard from Dr. Tanyanika Phillips, medical oncologist with Savoy Cancer Center.  Dr. Phillips is a native of New Orleans and received her training at Johns Hopkins University and Vanderbilt. She is seeing patients at Savoy Cancer Center two days a week and three days at Christus St. Francis Cabrini Medical Center in Alexandria.

    She reported that medical science is making great strides in the fight against cancer. “We want to educate our patients to make informed decisions for their cancer care”, she commented.

   Evangeline Parish has among the highest rates of colon cancer cases in the state. Dr. Phillips blames our lifestyle and our diets for the high rates.

   Dr. Phillips was accompanied at the meeting with Savoy Medical Center C.E.O. Gene Burge, Chief Nursing Officer Laurie Manuel and Marketing Director Jackie Riche’. Rotarian Nick LeBas was in charge of the program.

   Club President Peter Strawitz reported that the Rotary Club will team up with the Sacred Heart Interact Club in doing a cleanup project at the Heritage Park Saturday morning from 9-1.

   Rotarian Maggie Ortego reported that the club will once again sponsor its “Choices” program in schools throughout the parish the week of May 8. Members of the rotary club will visit 8th grade classes throughout the parish to encourage students to remain in school.

   Club President Peter Strawitz reported that the club will be cooking a meal for guests visiting the Grand Hoorah Festival at Chicot State Park on April 27 at Chicot State Park.

Evangeline Parish Police Jury Discuss Lawsuit


APRIL 4, 2017


    The Evangeline Parish Police Jury and its committees met Monday for their regular monthly meetings last night at the courthouse.

     The jury went behind closed doors in executive session with its attorney to discuss a lawsuit against the jury, the sheriff’s office, the city police and the city of Ville Platte. The lawsuit was filed following an investigation by the US Justice Department on local law enforcement agencies using “illegal holds” to detain subjects. After the closed door session, the jury approved a recommendation by its legal advisor, Ass’t.  District Attorney Marcus Fontenot,  to engage the services of  attorney Jacques Pucheu to represent the jury. The jury will asked  to be released from the lawsuit since the jury only provides housing for prisoners and does not set policy in regards to arresting people.

    In other business, the executive committee asked its engineer to decide whether to approve the purchase of high definition or standard definition security cameras for the parish jail and first floor area of the courthouse. The cameras are being purchased by a $35,000 grant;

   The jury set a public hearing on May 1 to abandon Adeuse Road, from LA 363 to Harrison road in the Faubourg area in District 5;

    Also the jury hired Darren Caesar as a new CDL driver for Region A;

    The police jury approved a trail ride for the Piney Woods Riders on May 7 in the Ward Four area;

     Secretary Treasurer Donald Bergeron reported that sales tax collections amounted to $201,547 which is less than last year.

     The jury also approved attendance for three people to the La. Emergency Planning Conference in Lake Charles May 1-4.

Boggy Bayou Festival This Weekend in Pine Prairie


APRIL 2, 2017


   The 33rd annual Boggy Bayou Festival is scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 6-8 at the festival grounds located one mile south of Pine Prairie on LA 1172 (Heritage Road.)  All of the proceeds go for the benefit of the Prairie Manor Nursing home.

   The festival royalty includes” Boggy Bayou Festival King is Pine Prairie Mayor Quint West. Outgoing Queen Shelbi Ryals will crown the new festival queen Saturday at 2;00pm. The Senior King is Calvin Lavergne age 70 of Opelousas and Senior Queen is Ethel Fontenot, age 75 of Pine Prairie. Both are residents of Prairie Manor Nursing Home.

Thursday- 3;00pm- The festival and carnival opens; From 3-7pm-Pay one price for unlimited carnival rides; 5:0pm- Flag raising and opening ceremony; 5;30-6:30- and again 7:30-8:30pm- Amazing Magic of Marty magic show. 6:45pm- Hula Hoop contest7:00-7:30pm- Pine Prairie Cheerleaders. Admission $3 per person.

Friday: 3:00pm- Festival opens with 3-7pm- pay one price for unlimited carnival rides; 4;00pm- Budin eating contest; 4:15pm- Amazing magic with marty magic show5-6pm- Music by Donna Harmon’ 6:00-8:30pm- Mitch Attales and the Burn House Band; 7-11pm- Pay one price for unlimited carnival rides; 8:30pm-Auction on stage;9:30pm- Wicked Waters Band; Admission $6 for 13 and older and $3 for 12 and under.

Saturday: 10;00am- Festival opens; 11:00am- 1:00pm- Cajun music by Jamie Berzas and Cajun Tradition; 1-5pm and 6-10pm- Pay one price for unlimited carnival rides; 1-2pm- music by Donna Harmon; 2-4pm- Boggy Bayou Queen’s Pagaent; 4:00-4:30pm- Annual Egg Toss contest; 4;30-6:30pm-Paul and Pete Band; 7-9pm- Ashton Dupre and Last Call band; 9:00pm- Auction on stage; 10-12:30am- Charley Rivers. Admission $6 per person 13 and older. $3 for 12 and under.

  There will be a live KVPI FM 92.5 radio remote broadcast Friday night from 6-8pm. Be sure to come join us.


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KVPI AM and FM are

proud members of the L.A.B.

KVPI is a member of the

LSU Sports Radio Network

Proud supporter of our own

Swamp Pop music

The Louisana Swamp Pop Museum is operated by the City of Ville  Platte is open to the public every Friday and

Saturday from 10:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. 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.