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Ville Plate Chamber Hears from SLCC Chancellor Dr. Natalie Hardy


AUGUST 27, 2014


    The Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce today (Wednesday) heard from Dr. Natalie Harder, Chancellor of the South Louisiana Community College System. She told chamber members that enrollment figures at the local Coreil campus are down slightly from last year.  However two  positive statistics show that students had more credit hours and had more financial aid than in the past.

    SLCC is listening to employers and industry and they’re saying they want students with technical degrees that are transferrable to a regular four year university, according to Dr. Harder. The Ville Platte Coreil campus will be offering three new business courses this fall: general business, business management and accounting. Harder also informed the chamber that the Coreil campus has just added a second welding instructor that will be instructing 19 students. Due to a major cut in funding, the staff was reduced from 14-11 for this fall.  Coreil campus is currently searching for the following to hire: a full time English instructor, a full time Math Instructor and an adjunct instructor for Business and Accounting.

    Administrator Carlene Jones said there will be no Certified Nursing Assistant program this Fall because students could not afford to pay the course fees. She said financial aid will not pay these course fees.

    State Representative Bernard LeBas along with Clerk of Court Randy Deshotel both commented that the school needs to work closely with industry , nursing homes, hospitals and the chamber to see if funds could be found to keep the C.N.A. program alive.

    LeBas said he was concerned over the fewer number of students enrolled at Coreil and the fewer courses being offered.

    In other business, the chamber of commerce:

--received a report from Dr. William “Tojo” Ward, who is charge of the Evangeline Parish Industrial Development Board. Dr. Ward said there is a firm that visited the Industrial Park that is considering moving their operation. The firm also is visiting certified industrial sites in Bunkie and Alexandria.

--heard from Chamber Executive Director Camille Fontenot that the recent political rally was a success bring in $1300. There were 12 political candidates that participated;

--received a report that the “Dirt Cheap” store will be opening at the old Walmart location on Opelousas road sometime next month. The store will be selling overstocked items of clothing, furniture and other merchandise. They will be hiring up to 20 employees;

--also heard from Suzy Lemoine that the Ville Platte Library branch will be closing September 4 to begin the big move to the new library facility. The grand opening at the new location is set for Sept. 26 from 9-11am and a fun day for the children Sept.27. All past library employees will be invited to attend the grand opening.

Rotary Club Hears from Delta Waterfowl Representative


AUGUST 26, 2014


     The Ville Platte Rotary Club today (Tuesday) heard from Bryan Leach who is charge of Delta Waterfowl from Lake Charles. He reminded Rotarians that the Delta Waterfowl banquet is set for Sept. 10 at the Ville Platte Civic Center. Delta Waterfowl has been in existence since 1911 and is the oldest waterfowl conservation program in the country.  He reported that 75 percent of the funds raised go to help protect the nesting areas of ducks in several provinces of Canada along with North Dakota and South Dakota. Leach said about 25% of the funds are spent locally in each parish for education and local conservation efforts. He said the Evangeline Parish Chapter has been putting out over 500 Wood Duck boxes. From all indications, this is expected to be a record year for the duck population because the nesting areas have been extremely wet. There are 55,000 members of the organization enrolled in the United States with 26 chapters here in Louisiana. Leach was the guest of Rotarian Dan Poret.

    In other news, the rotary club:

--welcomed its newest member, Nicole Guillory Winger;

--announced that on September 16, there will be a fellowship meeting at Dr. Jerry Veillon’s camp;

--is planning to have a board meeting to discuss its Faith House financial commitment and to launch a Face Book page;

--received news from Mayor Jennifer Vidrine that crews will be spraying for mosquito Thursday especially at both football stadiums;

--heard from Library Director Mary Foster Galosso that the Ville Platte Branch will close Sept. 4 for the move to its new location. The grand opening will take place Sept. 26;

--was reminded from Chamber Executive Director Camille Fontenot that the next Chamber of Commerce meeting is set for Wednesday at noon at Nicks on Main.

Complete List of Candidates Qualifying for the November Election





                                                            Gary J. Ortego

                                                            Gilbert Aucoin

                                                            Tony Dupre


                                                            Chuck R. West


                                                            Trent Brignac


          DISTRICT 1:

                                                 Lonnie D. Sonnier

          DISTRICT 2:

                                                Bobby Deshotel

          DISTRICT 3:

                                                Darren Vidrine

          DISTRICT 4:

                                                            Wayne Dardeau

          DISTRICT 5:

                                                            Peggy Forman


          DISTRICT 6:

                                      David Landreneau

                                                Micheal Fontenot

          DISTRICT 7:

                                      Buck Dupuis

                                                Sheila Joseph

                                                Wilda Chamberlain

          DISTRICT 8:

                                      Wanda Anderson Skinner

                                                Jackie “J.D.” Doucet

          DISTRICT 9:

                                      Scott Limoges

          DISTRICT 10:

                                      Arthur Savoy

          DISTRICT 11:

                                       Nancy A. Hamlin

          DISTRICT 12:

                                      Ellis Guillory, Sr.

          DISTRICT 13:

                                       Georgianna Wilson






          WARD 2:

                             Dave McGee

                                    Charlotte Smith

          WARD 3:

                             Phyllis Soileau

          WARD 4:

                             Wade Riley

          WARD 5:

                                    Annette Hazelton Fontenot

                                    James Michael “Mike” Causey



          WARD 2:

                             Earlin Fruge

                                    Mike Stockwell

          WARD 3:

                             Wesley Childress

                                    Brent Zackery

          WARD 4:

                                    Tim Causey

                                    Durwin Carter

          WARD 5:    

                             Derrick Guillory

                                    Jeremy Lane Causey




                             Berline B. Sonnier

                                    Mark Denette

          CHIEF OF POLICE:

                                    Allen Ivory, Jr.


                                    Darrell Reed: District 1

                                    Frank Ceasar, Sr.: District 1

                                    Grayling Richardson: District 2

                             Bron Dubroc: District 2

                                    Hunter D. Ortego: District 2

                                    Carmen Ardoin Langley: District 2

                                    Rodney J. Bellon: District 2

                                    John “JJ” Jenkins: District 2

                                    Robert L. Deshotel: At Large









                             Jackie Malveaux Thomas

          CHIEF OF POLICE:

                                    Bill Ortego

                                    Paul Allen, Jr.



                                    J. B. Brasseaux

                                    Debra Fontenot

                                    Gail “Mac” McDavid

                                    Joseph H. Simien




                                    Ricky Fontenot

          CHIEF OF POLICE:

                             Katina Richard

                                    Robert McGee

                                    Allen S. Noel, Sr.

                                    Charles Perdices


                                    Freddie Matthew: District 1       

Jessica Fontenot: District 2

Derryl “T-Glyn” Brunet: District 3

Charles Reed: District 3

Ted Lavergne: District 3

Jodie Gautreaux: District 3

Robin L. Young: District 4

Leisa Deshotel: At Large




                             Bert K. Campbell

                                    Heather Miley Cloud

          CHIEF OF POLICE:

                                    Louis Dale Marcantel

                                    Robert Glen Leggett

                                    Raymond DarDar


                                    Kurry W. Stewart

                                    Kenneth Johnson

                             Billy “Neal” King, Jr.

                                    Joey Ducote







                                    Gregory Vidrine

                                    Alex “Sonny” Chapman

                                    Julhelene “Betsy” Jackson

                                    Kathy Fontenot Meyers

           CITY MARSHALL:

                                                Ronald “T” Doucet


                                      Jennifer Vidrine

                                                Taranza Arvie

          CHIEF OF POLICE:

                                                Glenn Leleux

                                                Linton Fontenot

                                                Neal Lartigue


                                                C. J. Dardeau : District A

                                                Jerry Joseph: District B

                                                Mike Perron: District C

                                                Anna L. Frank: District C

                                                Freddie “Rev” Jack: District D

                                                Lionel “Coach” Anderson : District D

                                                Donald Sam: District E

                                                Jerry Bottley: District E

                                                Earl Edward: District E

                                                Shounda Smith Jack: District F

                                                Bryant Riggs: District F



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