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Pictured is Eugene Manuel as he sits in one of the original booths at the Holiday Lounge in Mamou, which his father T-Ed Manuel opened 60 years ago. The booths, which were originally in the old Archway Lounge in Opelousas, were purchased by T-Ed for the Holiday Lounge in the 1950’s. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

A Mamou holiday

It has been 60 years since the famed Holiday Lounge in Mamou first brightened the night sky with flashing lights that welcomed any and all looking to feel like they had escaped to a new world.
From its positioning along old Highway 13 on the outskirts of town to its unique decor such as a metal sun attached to the ceiling painted with black light paint, every inch of the lounge was an idea of T-Ed Manuel, who opened the Holiday on January 1, 1958.

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Turkey Creek toys with the idea of making police chief an appointed position

The Village of Turkey Creek could possibly be changing the way its Chief of Police is selected after the council decided to call for an election at one of its recent meetings to change the position from elected to appointed.
The village has faced financial hurtles in regards to its police department within the last few months. With a near depleted police fund, the village back in August had to move $35,000 of police department money from savings to cover department expenses.

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Pine Prairie council approves 2018 budget at recent meeting

Upon recommendation of Mayor Quint West, the Pine Prairie Village Council heard from Police Chief LC Deshotel about reimbursement for cameras.
The issue arose after the police chief purchased three cameras costing nearly $1 thousand. “We’ve always reimbursed him, but I just wanted to make sure that they were being used for police usage,” Mayor West said.
The mayor also questioned whether or not the public needed to be notified where the cameras were going to be placed. The chief and Village Attorney Greg Vidrine both acknowledged the answer is no.

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Vile Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine is pictured here exclaiming “Merry Christmas” as she stands in cotton that acts as snow. She is also standing among reindeer and a tall Christmas tree in the middle of City Hall. The tree is one of 55 representing local churches and organizations that line the Winter Wonderland. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Dashing through the halls

For the past seven years, Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine has turned City Hall into a winter wonderland by decorating inside and out in celebration of Christmas.
“I just wanted to bring Christmas back to City Hall and to the City of Ville Platte for the people to come in and just get in the Christmas spirit,” Mayor Vidrine said. “A lot of the Christmas trees represent the different types of organizations and different churches and different schools.”


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