Local News Archives for 2023-04

Mark Layne of KVPI was guest speaker at Rotary Meeting

The speaker at the Rotary Club meeting on Tuesday, presented by Rotarian Scott Smith, was Mark Layne, the General Manager of KVPI. Mark let the Rotarians know that KVPI had been awarded the Small Market Station of the Year by the Louisiana Broadcasters Association. It was the 15th time that KVPI has been presented with this honor. This year's award is special because the small market category included mid-size markets like Alexandria and Lafayette for the first time. This year is also the 70th anniversary of KVPI. The station went on the air on November 22, 1953. The station signed on with Father Bourgeois from Sacred Heart. He blessed the station, and then the owner, Mr. Lionel DeVille, welcomed everyone in. Mark invited Floyd Soileau to speak. Floyd is the oldest living former employee of KVPI. Floyd told stories from when he worked at the station, and when he was starting the record shop. Floyd talked about the start of La Tasse de Café, KVPI's most popular program. Mark spoke about the station owners' commitment to this community. The call sign, KVPI, means Keeping Ville Platte Informed. He discussed the French programming, Cajun Music, French News, and the most popular day, Swamp Pop Fridays. There are no other stations covering local news, meetings, politics, and youth sports. KVPI consistently covers little league sports and area high school athletics, 4-H events, and other community activities. Conducting interviews is Mark's favorite part of the job, and he has interviewed politicians, actors, musicians, writers, educators, all sorts of people! KVPI has brought worldwide attention to Ville Platte, and Mark thanked the members of the Rotary for their support and discussed how important advertising is to the station. He expressed the hope that the community will continue to support this very important and vital resource. Mark ended with inviting everyone to the 70th anniversary celebration that will be held in November! Other Rotary announcements · The Rotary District Conference was held last weekend in Lafayette at the Hilton @ River Ranch. · The Spring Social was held April 18 at the Chicot Park Group Cabins. The event was catered by B&S, and a great time was had by everyone! · The Rotary Board meeting will be held next Tuesday at 6:00 at Joey's camp. · Next week's program will be presented by Dr. Joey Soileau.

Sheriff Department Arrests

Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office Arrests April 14, 2023 Evangeline Parish Sheriff Charles Guillory reported to KVPI News about recent arrests. A Ville Platte man was arrested on March 24 in connection with a possible stabbing. Deputies responded to the North Landing of Miller's Lake in reference to a possible stabbing. During the investigation, it was discovered that the suspect, Jonathan Deshotel age 19 of Ville Platte got into a verbal altercation with the victim. The altercation turned physical and the suspect presented a knife, cutting the victim in the right arm. The suspect then obtained a pair of jumper cables and strangled the victim. Deshotel was later apprehended and arrested for aggravated battery. He is currently being held in the Evangeline Parish Jail with a $50,000 bond. In another case, deputies responded to the Dollar General Store on Chataignier road in reference to a theft. During the investigation, it was learned that the suspect, Sholanda Thomas age 36 of Ville Platte had stolen multiple items from the store and fled the scene in an unknown direction. The suspect was later identified by detectives through the store video camera system. Thomas was later arrested for misdemeanor theft and issued a summons. Also, on March 14, detectives received a complaint of a suspect obtaining the victim's credit card information and making multiple purchases at local stores. During the investigation and using store video surveillance cameras, detectives were able to identify the suspect, Rickey Joseph age 52 of Mamou. The total amounts of the purchases were for approximately $509. He was later arrested and charged with misdemeanor theft and monetary instrument abuse. His bond was set at $52,500.

Sheriff Guillory was featured speaker at Rotary Meeting

Rotary Club Meeting – 4-4-23 The speaker at the Rotary Club Tuesday, presented by Steve Phillips, was Sheriff Charles Guillory. The Sheriff gave an update on the latest news in the Parish. The Evangeline Sheriff's Department has received $150,000 in grants in the last couple of years. The most recent was a $50,000 grant for litter abatement. The program will be implemented in the next couple of weeks. In the last 2½ years , the Sheriff's Department has responded to 6,000 calls and made 1,113 arrests. 532 of those arrests were drug related. The Sheriff said that if he could get rid of anything in the world, it would be drugs. The Department has seized numerous vehicles that have yielded about $50,000 which will contribute to the drug enforcement fund. About 700 guns have been seized. They broke ground on the new jail. It will be a 48,000 square foot State of the Art facility with central control. It will include 10 maximum security cells, and there will be capacity to hold 10 juveniles awaiting adjudication. It costs about $300.00 daily to handle juveniles. Sheriff Guillory prefers to refer to the new facility as a Rehabilitation Center, and it is scheduled to take about 18 months for completion. Other Rotary announcements · The Rotary District Conference will be held Friday and Saturday, April 21st and 22nd. in Lafayette at the Hilton River Ranch. The Food Fest is Saturday and should be a lot of fun! · The Spring Social will be held April 18 at the Chicot Park Group Cabins. The meal (Boston Butt BBQ with all the fixings) will be catered. · New Member presentations for the 3rd time – Mayor Williams and Donald Bergeron. New Member presentation for the 2nd time – Christ Aguillard. · Next week's program will be presented by Dan Poret.

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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.
 

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