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    Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine and the City Council Tuesday recognized local youth groups who participated in recent national tournaments.

    The Ville Platte 10 and under girls softball team came out in second place in the National Pony League Softball Tournament in Texas. They ended their season with a 30-2 record and were runner up to the Mamou girls  team.Coach Joey Soileau said the all star team suffered their only losses to Mamou in the National Tournament in Burleson, Texas. The coaches, team mom and all star girls were each presented with a certificate and a basket full of local products.

     The council also recognized the Evangeline Heat basketball team, that participated in the AAU National Tournament in Dallas, Texas. Coach Shawn Roy along with the rest of the coaching staff, team moms and players were each honored with a certificate and a basket.

    In other business, the city council:

--received news from the mayor that expenditures rose $7218 in the month of July as compared to the previous month;

--appointed Janie Knighten as new Swamp Pop Museum Director replacing Sharon Fontenot who resigned ;

--renewed a contract with City Treasurer Rod Lafleur;

--approved naming Charles Jones as new Sewer and Water Department Supervisor  replacing Schmelling Thomas who retired;

--was notified that the mayor has applied for grant funds for new police cars and a city bus to provide public transportation to local residents;

--received news that the city of Ville Platte received first place honors in the recent Louisiana Municipal Association annual conference for “Outstanding  Community for Basic Services” for the electronic waste recycling project where over two tons of electronics were processed;

--notified citizens that a film crew will be in Ville Platte the week of October 7 to film a documentary on the city and its people.

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The Louisiana Swamp Pop Museum operated by the City of Ville Platte is open to the public every Friday and Saturday from 10:00am to 3:00pm. 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.

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