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Ville Platte Police Make Addtional Arrests in Fighting Incident

Chief Neal Lartigue with the Ville Platte Police Department reports additional charges filed in July 4th incident.


The Ville Platte Police Department has charged 4 more people in the previously reported incident of July 4th, 2014.  As the investigation continued and more information and videos were shared with detectives, additional people were brought in for questioning and subsequently charged.  The following were charged with disturbing the peace by fighting.


Charged were: Carrie Fruge 23 of 723 South Dupre Street, Ville Platte

                        Deandre Dangerfield 20, of 1614 Amy Street, Ville Platte

                        Constance Spriggins 21, of 249 Lithcote Road, Ville Platte

                        Makeisha Fruge  22 of 1114 Peach Street, Ville Platte


All 4 have since posted their bond of $10,000.00 each issued by Judge John Larry Vidrine.


Chief Lartigue reminds citizens to remember to check all windows and doors on homes vehicles and out buildings to make sure they are locked and secure to prevent thefts.  If you see suspicious activity or know of illegal activity please call the Ville Platte Police Department at 363-1313.  Your call will remain anonymous.

Evangeline School Board Issues 2.5 Million in Revenue Bonds for Technology

July 16, 2014

Evangeline Parish School Board


The Evangeline Parish School Board held its meeting last night wherein a Resolution was passed giving preliminary approval to the issuance of, not to exceed, Two Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($2,500,000) of Limited Tax Revenue Bonds for the purpose of paying for the costs of data distribution including servers, external and internal wiring, switches and related equipment for Evangeline Parish Schools.  These changes will bring technology to a new level in the schools and will help prepare for the upcoming changes in how children are tested.


Board Member, David Landreneau, reported that he and other board members, along with Superintendent, Toni Hamlin, visited the Extended School Year Program at the old Mamou High Upper building.  They visited a class of students with disabilities consisting of seven students.  Mr. Landreneau reported that the facility they are now in has “fallen through the cracks” during all of the projects that have being taking place.  The building is in need of a suspended ceiling, insulation, heating in the winter and cooling in the summer.  He asked the board to pass a Resolution to get quotes and begin on those renovations soon.  The Board unanimously agreed to pass the requested resolution.  The resolution also provides for the superintendent’s office to schedule to have the improvements done once quotes are received.


Assistant Superintendent, Darwan Lazard, reported that the projects around the parish schools are coming along very nicely and they hope to have them finished before the beginning of school.  He thanked the board for funding the projects, which includes new windows and some doors at Bayou Chicot Elementary and new lighting at Mamou Elementary.  He also thanked Mike Hazleton for doing great work with the small crew he has.  They have worked on special projects as well as other maintenance.  He thanked him for the leadership he gives to his crew.  

Superintendent, Toni Hamlin, noted that she will be placing a pilot program into place this year at a couple of schools.  She said she will be putting some of those who have completed their Educational Leadership Certification into Administrative Assistant roles so they can learn all facets of running a school.  She noted the complexity of running a school and this program would assist principals in daily administration work, along with providing mentoring and a ton of experience to the new administrative assistants.

Ville Platte Chamber Hears New Book Authors


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.

Evangeline Police Jury Addressed Abandoned Properties Tuesday Night


July 16, 2014 
  The Evangeline Parish Police Jury held its monthly meeting last night and the Jury handled a long list of issues 
within the parish.  A main topic of discussion was “nuisance properties”.  The Police Jury has been tackling 
unsafe, uninhabitable, abandoned dwellings and property.  Notices have been sent to landowners with a 
notice to clean up property, including cutting tall grass, and/or repairing or tearing down dwellings that are in 
poor to dangerous conditions. 
  The Jury voted to now “move along” with correcting these properties that 
have not been taken care of by the owner.  Following Section 12-31 of state law, the Jury will send out new 
notices to the property owners informing the owner it has a certain amount of time to have the repairs made.  
If after that time the clean-up in not performed, the Parish will move forward with performing the task itself.  
      The cost of the repairs or clean-up will then be passed along to the property owner through a lien on the 
property which will be attached to the next year’s property tax bill.  The following properties were discussed 
by the jury and unanimously approved to begin the process: 
1040 Campbell Ave., (Kennedy Subdivision) 
1824 Boozo Street (Between Mamou and Redel) 
1024, 1026 and 1032 Oat Pass Street (Eugene Subdivision off of the Vidrine Road) 
145 Candy Lane (Off the Vidrine Road) 
Property located behind 2088 Hwy. 106 (Black Lake Road, St. Landry) 
535 Sandy Street, Ville Platte 
1360 T-Mamou Road 
1013 CJ Avenue 
4062 Chatagnier Road 
1099 Robert F. Kennedy 
Citizens from these areas were in attendance at the meeting. 
   The President of 911, Kent Fontenot and Pat Derousselle addressed the Jury regarding the new 911 building 
currently under plan.  The building will be approximately 8,000 square ft. and it will be a $1.6 million project.  
They are looking at 2 acres of land in Industrial Park.  They now have bid-specs and they are anticipating 
those being in the paper this Thursday.  Mr. Fontenot advised that opening bids for the project will begin 
August 19th.  The project has been planned for 10 years and Mr. Fontenot reported “We have worked hard to 
save our money to do this…so we are going to do it right.”  Eric Lafleur is currently working with them on a 
bond issue to pay for a portion of the project, although that amount is not known as of yet.  The building is 
going to be able to handle  category three hurricane conditions and will keep workers who are in the facility safe 
for 3-4 days.  
  Derousselle said they want it to be a workable, taskable building that will allow emergency 
personnel from all over to come together and make sure they get emergency services provided as fast as they 
can.  This includes emergency medical crews, The National Guard and State Police. 
Jury Member, Bryan Vidrine, announced the upcoming opening of a “Paint Ball” facility that is being opened 
in Turkey Creek.  “Gobble Gully” is set to open in the next couple of weeks.  We will bring you more 
information on that.


Kermit Miller Shares History of Jack Miller BBQ Sauce to Rotary Club


JULY  15, 2014


    The Ville Platte Rotary Club today (Tuesday) heard from Rotarian Kermit Miller share the history of his family’s business. American Inn Inc. is celebrating its 73rd year in business this year. The business began as a restaurant operated by Kermit’s father, Jack Miller. Jack Miller began marketing his BBQ sauce 59 years ago.

   The  company has a staff of 5 people and produces 2-3,000 bottles a day. The business was originally at the Pigstand restaurant and later moved to a location on East Main street. In 1980, the company moved to its current location on Jack Miller road.

   American Inn produces Jack Miller BBQ Sauce, Seasoning Mix and dipping sauce.


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