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Evangeline Parish School Hears Updates on Group Benefits Changes

Evangeline Parish School Board

October 1, 2014

The Evangeline Parish School Board held its bi-monthly meeting tonight (Wednesday).  Chief Financial Officer, Amy Lafleur updated the Board on the changes in group benefits for all employees and retirees of the School Board.  The open enrollment has been extended until November 30th and the effective date for the policy changes has been extended until March 1, 2015 instead of the January 1st date.  She said to look for an email that she sent out…it contains an enrollment form people can use if they choose to.  Also, be on the lookout for an informational booklet to arrive in the mail.  Retirees are encourages to use the 800# to make their decisions in choosing a new plan.  They are also encouraged to contact their physicians to ensure they are in the BC/BS network.

Superintendent, Toni Hamlin asked everyone to look very closely at the benefits and out-of-pocket expenses in the new plans.  There are very big changes that they need to really look at.

Ms. Hamlin recognized Ms. Dianna Johnson for receiving the 3rd place National Barriers Award for the JAG (Jobs for America’s Graduates) Program at Evangeline Central.  KVPI also congratulates Ms. Johnson on a job well done.

Ms. Hamlin announced that they had a recent conference call with State Supt. of Education White’s office and were told to move forward with preparing for the students to be given the PARC assessment at the end of the year .

There was discussion between Board members of great concern with using the Common Core and PARC assessment.

And, as of October 1st, the Student Membership Count (including Pre-K children) is 6,171 students.  Ms. Hamlin pointed out that number is very close to where we were last year as a parish and it is positive to see stability.

School performance scores are due to be released the week of October 20th. 

Chief Civil Deputy Arrested


OCTOBER 1, 2014


     Evangeline Parish Sheriff Eddie Soileau told KVPI News today that his Chief Civil Deputy has been arrested. She has been identified as Rebecca DeVillier of Ville Platte, who has been serving as the Chief Civil Deputy in the Tax Department since 2003. DeVillier has been arrested and charged with malfeasance in office and felony theft. Her bond has been set at $25,000.

    Sheriff Soileau stated that a preliminary investigation reveals that $40,000 was stolen over a one year period. It appears she was writing checks on the department general fund account.

   The investigation has been turned over to the state police. The sheriff said their investigation began after officials in his department began finding irregularities in their checking account. The department auditors are reviewing all of the sheriff’s department financial records.

Police Warns Counterfeit Scheme

Chief Neal Lartigue with the Ville Platte Police Department warns of counterfeit scheme.


Recently the Ville Platte Police Department has received several complaints from businesses who have discovered counterfeit bills.  Chief Lartigue warns businesses to check for watermarks, color fibers, vertical security threads and other identifiers that will help determine if a bill is fake or counterfeit.  If there is bleeding ink anywhere on the bill then the bill is certainly suspicious and likely counterfeit.  Chief Lartigue also stated that it is important to note that the commonly used counterfeit detection pen does not work on these bills and should not be the only verification used.  Visual inspection can help determine if it is real or counterfeit. 


 If you see anything suspicious that would make you think the bill is counterfeit then you should be cautious and call the Ville Platte Police Department and report this information. 

Chief Lartigue reports that several businesses have fallen victim to recent counterfeit bills and the amount has now reached almost $ 500.00 combined.  Some of the bills are twenty dollar bills but the counterfeit bills are not limited to twenties.  “If you have what you believe to be a counterfeit bill at your business please call right away.” Chief Lartigue said, “Calling after the customer leaves allows them to move on and do this to another business.”  Quickly identifying these suspects will stop the distribution of these bills to other businesses.  


If you have information on counterfeit money recently being distributed in the area or if you think that you have counterfeit money that is being presented at your business, call the Ville Platte Police Department at 363-1313.  Your call will remain anonymous.



On Saturday September 27, 2014 at approximately 12:30 am officers on normal patrol discovered a truck parked behind a local business on Lucy Street.  Contact was made with two suspects at that time.    Arrested was Donnie Johnson 25 of 1174 L’anse De Tate Road, Ville Platte on an outstanding failure to appear warrant.  Johnson was transported to the Evangeline Parish Sherriff’s Office jail for booking.  Also arrested was Layton Michael Ashurst, 25 of 420 Wyble Road, Ville Platte.  Ashurst was charged with no driver’s license, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Ashurst was booked into the Ville Platte City Jail where he remains incarcerated on a $5,200.00 bond.

District Governor Addresses Ville Platte Rotary Club


SEPTEMBER 30, 2014


      The Ville Platte Rotary Club today at their weekly meeting heard from District 6200 Rotary Governor Ezora Proctor of Crowley. She met with Club President  David Mayeaux and the local Club Board shortly before the meeting. She announced that there are 1.2 million Rotarians in more than 200 countries. The District Governor commended the local club for their community projects including: scholarships to LSU Eunice and Coreil Campus of Louisiana Technical College and supporting a youth Interact Club.

    Her husband shared the District wide Spouse campaign to begin a Literacy Nutrition program in Second Grade classes. Rev. James Proctor announced the project saying each club is challenged to donate books on healthy eating and fitness to second graders and providing students a healthy snack. The program attacks obesity and supports literacy.

    The District Governor along with Assistant Governor Yvonne Norman honored Club Member Brent Coreil with a Medallion of Honor for his service to Rotary for more than 40 years.

Evangeline Parish Library Held Grand Opening Today


SEPTEMBER  26, 2014

    The Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of the new Evangeline Parish Public Library took place this morning. The program took place in the front of the library with Clerk of Court Randy Deshotel, emcee who introduced the many public officials, VIP’s and dignitaries. Among those who spoke were Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine, Mary Foster Galosso, Parish Librarian and State Representative Bernard LeBas.  There was a special flag raising and dedication by Fr. Mitch Guidry , Pastor of Our Lady Queen of All Saints and assisted by Fr. Jason Vidrine. The hundreds of visitors were given special tours of the new library facility. KVPI-FM did a live remote broadcast this morning during the grand opening.


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