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A 1950 model Mack fire truck in the Ville Platte Christmas parade.

Ville Platte holding its Christmas Parade Sunday

Grant Soileau has had some wild requests in the 25 years he has played Santa in the Ville Platte Christmas Parade.
Soileau said, “One little boy wanted a jet. I asked him what he was going to do with the jet since he didn’t know how to fly it. He told me he wanted to get it then he would learn how to fly it.
“A little girl told me she wanted a horse, and I asked her if she knew how to take care of it. She told me that you put them in a pasture, they eat grass and then you name it and when you call it by its name, it will come to you.”

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Holiday weight maintenance

Shane Darbonne with Mercy Regional Medical Center’s Wellness Center was the guest speaker at the Nov. 22 Ville Platte Rotary Club meeting.
Darbonne said, “Our holidays are coming and ready or not, here they come — Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s. We all know that with those holidays, comes a few extra pounds, we know that.

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A manatee was seen Nov. 25 in Lake Palourde near Lake End Park in Morgan City. (Photos Courtesy Jennie Berglof Epperson)

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The manatee surfaces in Lake Palourde at Morgan City. Manatees sightings are common in Louisiana, but not around Morgan City.

Manatee spotted in Morgan City lake

An unusual visitor was spotted in Lake Palourde relaxing in the marina area of Lake End Park.
The visitor seen Nov. 25 was a 5-foot long, roughly 330-pound manatee, said Toney Wade, lead investigator with the Louisiana Animal Cruelty Investigation Task Force.
The manatee was on the small side for an adult. According to, manatees typically range from 8 to 13 feet and weigh from 440 to 1,300 pounds.
Manatees are also known as “sea cows” and federally protected as an endangered species.


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