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December 14, 2008- Yes, snow came to South Louisiana, and it appears Evangeline and St. Landry Parishes received the most snow in the Acadiana area; at least four to six inches, if not more in some areas. Thursday morning, residents discovered the beauty of snow as well as the problems associated with it. Government offices, businesses and schools closed due to the inclement weather and electrical outages Thursday morning. Cleco said approximately 10,000 of its customers statewide were without power. The southern towns of Ville Platte, Opelousas, Washington and Eunice and their surrounding areas had approximately 6,000 customers without service, but many had electrical power returned by noon. The Evangeline Parish courthouse (pictured here) was blanketed with the white stuff early Thursday. (Gazette photo by Carissa Hebert)

Looking Back: December 1988, 1998, and 2008

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From left to right are outgoing Mayor of Turkey Creek Heather Cloud, Rotarian Nicole Courville and Rotary President Peter Strawitz. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Christmas above self

The Rotary motto of “service above self” took a Christmas twist Tuesday when members of the Ville Platte club donated Christmas baskets and Christmas toys to needy families.

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Mamou First Grade French Immersion students- in no particular order: Easton Hayes Ardoin, London Elise Ardoin, Jessie-Lynn Faith Ashford, Braxton Aymond, Isabella Bree Bonnette, Julien Pierre Deshotel, Adam Mark Fontenot, Bryley Lynn Foreman, Nora Gotreaux, Christiny Nacolsha Hall, Joshua Jack, Adelyn Kate LeBouef, Niko Lopez, Aubrey Faith Manuel, Emma Catherine Miller, Denelle Amya Moreaux, Evelyn Rose Pitre, Molly Ann Ramsey, Heaven Raymond, Brooke Thomas, and Allen Williams. Also pictured in back Bill McBride.

Trucking into the Christmas spirit

With the Christmas season approaching, the Ville Platte Rotary Club learned about trucking from a son of one of its members and heard French Christmas carols from first grade students from Mamou an

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December 24, 1968- A UNITED STATES FLAG, which flew over the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., was presented to Sacred Heart High School of Ville Platte Wednesday by Congressman Edwin Edwards in ceremonies at the school. In the left photo, Monsignor Bourgeois accepts the flag from Edwards for and on behalf of the Sacred Heart students. Msgr. Bourgeois and Edwards stand with Michael Quinn (right photo), a 1966 graduate of Sacred Heart and a third-year student at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. Home on Christmas leave, Quinn was Edwards’ first military academy appointment after he was elected to the unexpired term of the late T.A. Thompson and is the first military academy appointee from Ville Platte in 20 years. It was the first time Edwards and Quinn had met each other.

Looking Back: November 1958, 1968, and 1978

December 4, 1958


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