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Chemical Spill in Ville Platte


 

On September 12, 2014 at approximately 7:15 pm the Ville Platte Police Department responded to a call regarding a possible chemical spill. Upon arrival officers and Ville Platte Fire Department personnel detected a smell of ammonia in the area and began evacuating nearby residents as a safety precaution.  Louisiana State Police and Louisiana State Police Hazmat division were notified of the situation. The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office also assisted with this incident. The Detective on call responded to begin an investigation.   The business owner reported hearing a noise and went outside to investigate.  When he went out of the door an unknown chemical hit his legs causing burns to both legs.  He was transported by family to Mercy Regional Medical Center.

Approximately 12 people were advised of a mandatory evacuation on East Washington Street and Railroad Avenue.  Others in the area of East LaSalle Street evacuated voluntarily.  Hazmat repaired the line and cleaned the scene and some residents were allowed to return to their residences that were not on East Washington at approximately 11:30 p.m.  Residents on East Washington were not allowed to return to their residences at that time due to the strong odor from the leak.   After Hazmat cleaned and cleared the area all residents but one were allowed to return home. 


Chief Neal Lartigue was on the scene during the incident and stated that he appreciates the assistance and fast response by everyone involved and that safety of residents was the first priority.  “People were evacuated for their safety and those not allowed to return to their residences that evening were kept away to protect them from inhaling fumes because a strong odor remained in the area.”

The cause of the leak is still under investigation.

 

Chief Lartigue asks residents to be aware of their surroundings and report suspicious activity by calling the Ville Platte Police Department at 363-1313.  Your call will remain anonymous.

Swamp Pop Museum Anniversary


SWAMP POP MUSEUM

SEPTEMBER 12, 2014

 

    The Louisiana Swamp Pop Museum celebrates its 4th anniversary this month. To celebrate the event, the museum will have an open house Friday Sept. 19 from 9-3. KVPI-FM Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI will be doing alive remote Friday morning with Jenn and Steph. Many swamp pop singers and musicians will be invited to attend the event. There will be no admission charge that day. Come view our musical heritage in the only museum that pays tribute to our unique South Louisiana music.

Sacred Heart Homecoming Activities


SACRED HEART HOMECOMING

SEPTEMBER 11, 2014

 

     Sacred Heart High School has scheduled its 2014 Homecoming Festivities for Friday September 26. The school will honor the classes of 2015, 2005, 1995, 1985, 1975, 1965, 1955 and 1945. There will be a Homecoming Mass at 8:20am, Alumni Brunch at 9:30am in the High School Library, Pep Rally and Presentation of the of the Homecoming Court at 10:45am, Homecoming Parade at 4;00pm down Main Street at 4:00pm. The homecoming court is Sydney Buller, Natalie Earles,  Andee Fontenot, Ashley Fontenot, Ashley Hesnor, Hailey Lafleur, Morgan Manuel, Blakely McCoy, Ainsley McDaniel, Alex Pitre and Elizabeth Soileau. The Homecoming Game: Sacred Heart Trojans vs. Mamou Demons at 7:00pm. For more information call Kimberly LeJeune at 363-8050.

Ville Platte Mayo and City Council Recognizes Boys and Girls All Star Teams


September 9, 2014


The Ville Platte City Council held its meeting tonight (Tuesday) in City Hall.  The meeting was full and lively with children as Mayor Jennifer Vidrine and the City Council recognized the State Runner-Up Baseball 10 year old boys; National Runner-Up Softball 8 year old girls and the World Series Baseball 12 year old boys, along with coaches and parents.  All of the players were awarded a certificate and a “city pin”.  Judge Elect Chuck West and Candidate Gary Ortego treated all of the players to a pizza party after the presentation.

The Council unanimously approved the placement of a four-way stop sign at N. Chataignier and Lincoln, as well as Jefferson and Laran.  The original request was made to place one at N. Coreil and Jefferson; however, Councilman Taranza Arvie, advised the council his constituents did not want it placed there.

Mayor Vidrine advised they had applied for a grant regarding Keep Louisiana Beautiful and was awarded 10 new red trash cans to place around the city.  She advised they would keep applying for more trash cans and said “There is no excuse for having litter on the ground.  Please keep your trash at home and throw it away properly.  Don’t throw it out of your vehicles.  People need to understand that trash all over the ground affects businesses coming into our community.”  

A public hearing has been set for October 14th at 4:45 for discussion and input regarding a raise for Interim Fire Chief, Chris Harrison and Blake Perron as Assistant Fire Chief.  Mr. Harrison did not receive a raise when he took over as Interim Fire Chief.

There will also be a public hearing on October 14th at 4:30 to discuss the traffic jam congestion at Sacred Heart during the morning and afternoon.  Rob (T-Rob) Soileau presented a plan to the City Council but the Mayor and Council asked to hear from the parents who drop off and pick up children during the public hearing.

Mayor Vidrine reported expenditures for last month were $224,026.00.  That is an increase of $4,000 over the month before.

Also, she advises that they started accepting credit cards for payment of utility bills and that is going very smoothly.  In the next two weeks, you will be able to also pay your bills online.  

She stated they are still working with the Fire Marshall on the Boys & Girls Club and are still awaiting information from the I.R.S.  A lot of renovations needed to be done and they have to have a certain amount of money in the bank before they are part of the Boys & Girls Club of America.

In an attempt to negate crime in the city, Community Crime Cameras will be coming soon.

And, she happily reported that the remains of the Old Jungle/Rendezvous are completely cleaned up.

Ville Platte Rotary Club Hears from State Senator Eric Lafleur


VILLE PLATTE ROTARY CLUB MEETING

SEPTEMBER 9, 2014

 

    The Ville Platte Rotary Club today (Tuesday) heard from State Senator Eric Lafleur report on a number of different topics of interest in the state.

    Lafleur explained the current controversy over the “Common Core” standards that the governor is suing for the state to get out of the standards. Governor Jindal, who once supported the standards, now feels the standards are an encroachment in to our schools by the federal government. Lafleur said Louisiana needs a minimum standard and he feels that common core is a good policy. There are 44 states that have adopted the same type of standards. Common Core has been supported by Business groups and the Chamber of Commerce, according to Sen. Lafleur. He also said that Superintendent of Education John White and the BESE Board are in favor of Common Core.

    In other issues, the senator said the legislature basically “kicked the can” down the road by using one time money and reserved funds to balance the budget. The senator predicted the next legislature session next spring , lawmakers will be refinancing debt and probably have road projects will have to be delayed because of a lack of funds. The senator was the special guest of Rotarian Jimmy LeBlanc.

   In other business, the club

reminded members that there will be no noon meeting next Tuesday. Instead there will be a fellowship activity Tuesday night at Dr. Jerry Veillon’s camp;

The club received a report from Larry Lachney on the Sacred Heart Interact Club. The club is working on the school prayer garden,  selling bricks for the garden and doing bingo games at nursing home. Interact is also planning to do another international project.

    The club also congratulated Larry Lachney who was named as Parade Marshal for the Louisiana Cotton Festival next month.

   Mayor Jennifer Vidrine thanked everyone for their support for last weekend’s benefit wrestling event for the benefit of the Boys and Girls Club of Ville Platte.

   Librarian Mary Foster Galosso announced that library staff is busy moving to their new library facility on west main. The Ville Platte Branch will open Sept. 22 with a grand opening planned Sept. 26.

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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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