Pine Prairie head football coach Yves Prince leans on the life lessons he learned playing football at Opleousas Catholic and then later at Grambling State for the late and legendary Eddie Robinson. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

PINE PRAIRIE — If a person is lucky enough in life, there is a single person that teaches them the lessons that mold and shape them for the rest of their existence on Earth. These lessons not only permeate their everyday lives but are embedded in their professional lives as well.

Christine Fontenot looks at a ceiling tile with head contractor Darrell Vallere at a property that she is helping a friend flip on Benny Street in Ville Platte. Fontenot, a retired school teacher and hair stylist, has been flipping houses since 2011. Fontenot also became a realtor for Keller Williams a little more than a year ago. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Christine Fontenot has developed an immense passion for bringing older properties back to life as a house flipper.

First Lady of Louisiana Donna Edwards talks to 85-year-old Pearl Godfrey, of Ville Platte, at the Ville Platte Civic Center on Friday. Edwards stopped by Ville Platte to talk to residents affected by the historic flooding. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Donna Edwards grabbed the microphone and talked about hope and faith with those inside the Ville Platte Civic Center. The First Lady of Louisiana told the story about a man she recently met, a man who despite experiencing horrific pain and suffering, that his faith in God remained strong as ever.

Pine Prairie head football coach Yves Prince leans on the life lessons he learned playing football at Opleousas Catholic and then later at Grambling State for the late and legendary Eddie Robinson. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

Christine Fontenot looks at a ceiling tile with head contractor Darrell Vallere at a property that she is helping a friend flip on Benny Street in Ville Platte. Fontenot, a retired school teacher and hair stylist, has been flipping houses since 2011. Fontenot also became a realtor for Keller Williams a little more than a year ago. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

First Lady of Louisiana Donna Edwards talks to 85-year-old Pearl Godfrey, of Ville Platte, at the Ville Platte Civic Center on Friday. Edwards stopped by Ville Platte to talk to residents affected by the historic flooding. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Soileau: EPSO is officially broke

The well has financially run dry for the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office, and it’s the residents of the parish that are left to suffer.

Playbook of life

Pine Prairie head football coach Yves Prince leans on the life lessons he learned playing football at Opleousas Catholic and then later at Grambling State for the late and legendary Eddie Robinson. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

PINE PRAIRIE — If a person is lucky enough in life, there is a single person that teaches them the lessons that mold and shape them for the rest of their existence on Earth. These lessons not only permeate their everyday lives but are embedded in their professional lives as well.

Vidrine: Donations still needed for area victims

Hilda Edwards (front), with the City of Ville Platte, and Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine (back) prepared to fix to-go plates of rice and gravy for flood victims on Monday. The hot meals were a donation that was received from the American Red Cross. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine is calling on all residents of Evangeline Parish for their assistance.

Brookshire’s opens store in Mamou

MAMOU — An empty grocery store building in Mamou has made a spring back to life as the latest Brookshire Grocery Company Spring Market in the state.

Two connected to Turkey Creek murder investigation bond out

Two individuals that were arrested in connection with a fatal shooting that took place in Turkey Creek on July 1, 2016 have bonded out of jail, while another, who has been on the run since the incident, has finally been caught.

Mr. West, Miss Willis united in holy matrimony

Juliette Plantation in Boyce provided the setting for a lovely 6:30 p.m. ceremony on Saturday, May 7, 2016 uniting Miss Kaci Danielle Willis and Mr. Elliot Quint West in holy matrimony, with Pastor Keith Sheridan officiating.

Isabella Marie Vidrine

GIRL, Isabella Marie Vidrine was born August 18, 2016 at 9:35 a.m. in Acadian Medical Center to Triston Vidrine and Jennifer Henry, weighing five pounds, 11.6 ounces and 19 and three-fourth inches long.

Carter James Johnson

BOY, Carter James Johnson was born August 17, 2016 at 3:57 a.m. in Mercy Regional Medical in Eunice to Chelsey Gautreaux and Marc Johnson of Bayou Chicot, weighing eight pounds, six ounces.

L.D. VERRETTE

July 27, 1927 - Aug. 23, 2016
MAMOU - A Mass of Christian Burial for L.D. Verrette was held on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Mamou. Rite of Committal followed in the New St. Ann’s Cemetery with Father Thainese as Celebrant.

MARY JANE EDWARDS

Oct. 1, 1932 - Aug. 19, 2016
Funeral services for Mary Jane Edwards will be held on Saturday, August 27, 2016, at 11 a.m.. with the visitation beginning at 8 a.m. at Word of Faith Full Gospel Church in Mamou. Burial will be in the St. Joseph B. C. Cemetery in Chataignier.

MABLE “MRS. MAE” M. FONTENOT

Oct. 18, 1921 - Aug. 20, 2016
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 27, 2016 at St. Mary Baptist Church in Chataignier, for Mable “Mrs. Mae” Fontenot. Visiting hours will be observed from 8 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Saturday, August 27, 2016 at St. Mary Baptist Church.

CARLISSE MARIE SMITH

Oct. 9,1951 - Aug. 20, 2016
PINE PRAIRIE - A memorial service for Carlisse Marie Smith will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at St. Peters Catholic Church in Pine Prairie.
Smith, 64, of Pine Prairie, passed away Saturday, August 20, 2016 in her residence.

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Head coach Les Miles talks to some of his players at a recent practice. LSU was picked in the AP top 5 preseason poll. (Photo courtesy of LSU SID)

With much anticipation, the AP preseason top 25 poll was released this past weekend and the LSU Tigers garnered the No. 5 spot amidst their much awaited 2016 campaign.

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Juliette Plantation in Boyce provided the setting for a lovely 6:30 p.m. ceremony on Saturday, May 7, 2016 uniting Miss Kaci Danielle Willis and Mr.

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Obituaries

July 27, 1927 - Aug. 23, 2016
MAMOU - A Mass of Christian Burial for L.D. Verrette was held on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Mamou. Rite of Committal followed in the New St. Ann’s Cemetery with Father Thainese as Celebrant.

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