Taxidermist Arthur Courville sits in front of the wall in his Vidrine shop which features stuffed and mounted wildcats, deer, ducks, wolves, big mouth bass and squirrels. The 70-year-old Courville has been perfecting capturing hunters and fisherman’s most prized moments for more than 50 years. (Gazette photos by Raymond Partsch III)

VIDRINE -- Arthur Courville thought one of his friends was playing a joke on him. The longtime taxidermist picked up the phone one day back in 1978, and on the other end of the line a distraught woman requested Courville to do something for her. A request that remains to this day the top oddity of his 56-year mounting career.

Arthur Sampson addressed the Evangeline Community Action Agency on Thursday concerning questions that he had about the way board appointments have been made over the years. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

At an Evangeline Community Action Agency meeting on Thursday Arthur Sampson addressed the entity’s board concerning the way board members have been nominated and appointed over the years.

Ronderkus Ben (front), a Junior at Ville Platte High School, stocks air conditioner filters with Cody Vidrine (back) at Ace Hardware in Ville Platte on Monday. Ben is one of the eight students at VPHS that is gaining real world experience through a new opportunity students have to earn a Louisiana Career Diploma. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

For the first time students being assessed on the Louisiana Alternative Assessment (LAA 1) are being given the opportunity to earn the coveted high school diploma.

Taxidermist Arthur Courville sits in front of the wall in his Vidrine shop which features stuffed and mounted wildcats, deer, ducks, wolves, big mouth bass and squirrels. The 70-year-old Courville has been perfecting capturing hunters and fisherman’s most prized moments for more than 50 years. (Gazette photos by Raymond Partsch III)

Arthur Sampson addressed the Evangeline Community Action Agency on Thursday concerning questions that he had about the way board appointments have been made over the years. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Ronderkus Ben (front), a Junior at Ville Platte High School, stocks air conditioner filters with Cody Vidrine (back) at Ace Hardware in Ville Platte on Monday. Ben is one of the eight students at VPHS that is gaining real world experience through a new opportunity students have to earn a Louisiana Career Diploma. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

The right stuff

Taxidermist Arthur Courville sits in front of the wall in his Vidrine shop which features stuffed and mounted wildcats, deer, ducks, wolves, big mouth bass and squirrels. The 70-year-old Courville has been perfecting capturing hunters and fisherman’s most prized moments for more than 50 years. (Gazette photos by Raymond Partsch III)

VIDRINE -- Arthur Courville thought one of his friends was playing a joke on him.

ECAA board appointments questioned at meeting

Arthur Sampson addressed the Evangeline Community Action Agency on Thursday concerning questions that he had about the way board appointments have been made over the years. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

At an Evangeline Community Action Agency meeting on Thursday Arthur Sampson addressed the entity’s board concerning the way board members have been nominated and appointed over the years.

Library to host Book Fest

Yvonne Lavergne, buisiness manager at the Evangeline Parish Public Library’s Ville Platte Branch, left, Phyllis Green, circulation clerk, Suzy Lemoine, outreach director, and Elizabeth Barnes, youth program facilitator, help to promote the library system’s annual Book Fest, which will be held Saturday, October 8. The event will feature a used book sale, food, authors, fundraisers, face painting and pet adoptions. (Gazette photo by Claudette Olivier)

The Evangeline Parish Public Library system will host its annual Book Fest from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 8 at the Ville Platte branch.

LINTON “BIG WHEEL” SKINNER

April 26, 1926 - Sept. 15, 2016
TEXAS CITY, TEXAS - Visitation for Linton “Big Wheel” Skinner was held Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Bay Area Funeral Directors in Texas City, Texas.
Skinner passed away September 15, 2016.

Down a new path

Ronderkus Ben (front), a Junior at Ville Platte High School, stocks air conditioner filters with Cody Vidrine (back) at Ace Hardware in Ville Platte on Monday. Ben is one of the eight students at VPHS that is gaining real world experience through a new opportunity students have to earn a Louisiana Career Diploma. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

For the first time students being assessed on the Louisiana Alternative Assessment (LAA 1) are being given the opportunity to earn the coveted high school diploma.

EPSO: Missing teen girl from Easton found

The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office announced on Wednesday that the juvenile girl that went missing on September 13, 2016 has been found and returned to the custody to her parents on Monday, September 26.

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Yvonne Lavergne, buisiness manager at the Evangeline Parish Public Library’s Ville Platte Branch, left, Phyllis Green, circulation clerk, Suzy Lemoine, outreach director, and Elizabeth Barnes, youth program facilitator, help to promote the library system’s annual Book Fest, which will be held Saturday, October 8. The event will feature a used book sale, food, authors, fundraisers, face painting and pet adoptions. (Gazette photo by Claudette Olivier)

The Evangeline Parish Public Library system will host its annual Book Fest from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 8 at the Ville Platte branch.

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Obituaries

April 26, 1926 - Sept. 15, 2016
TEXAS CITY, TEXAS - Visitation for Linton “Big Wheel” Skinner was held Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Bay Area Funeral Directors in Texas City, Texas.
Skinner passed away September 15, 2016.

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