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JULY 16, 2014


     The Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce today (Wednesday) heard from Jane Vidrine and Jean Kiesel, the authors of the book on “Evangeline Parish”. The new book is available at several shops in the parish and the response has been great.

     Chamber Executive Director Camille Fontenot reported that the chamber plans to sponsor a political rally August 21 beginning at 5;00pmn at the Ville Platte Civic Center . The event will be free to the public. Political candidates who wish to sponsor a table and speak to the public will be charged $150. Refreshments will be sold. It will be a fund raiser for the chamber. Clerk of Court Randy Deshotel will be the emcee for the event.

    In other business, it was announced:

--the old Wal Mart location has been purchased by the Herbert Brown family and will be opened as a clothing warehouse outlet store sometime in November;

--received a report that the summer reading program sponsored by the public library has been very successful. Some 8000 books have been circulated. There are two weeks left in the program. The move into the new library facility is expected in mid August;

--there are still a few seats available for the two chamber bus trips to see the Bob Hope show in New Orleans in September and to Phantom of the Opera in November;

--ribbon cutting of the new La Tee Da gift boutique is July 18 at 11:30am;

--a re-dedication ceremony at Village De Memoire July 23 at 11;00am ;

--a fishing tournament and family fun day sponsored by the Ville Platte Fire Department is planned for August 9.

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