House fire results in father arrested for leaving child unattended

A Monday morning house fire has resulted in the arrest of a 30-year-old Ville Platte man.
According to a Lafayette television news station, Kriger Jones was booked in the Evangeline Parish Jail following the fire that broke out at around 8:30 a.m. Monday. The television news station reported a child, who was left unattended in the home, was rescued from the fire.
Firefighters from Fire District #2 responded to the house fire which occurred in the 1200 block of Fruge Street.

Restoring Morgan City history

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On Saturday the Bayou Old Time Engine and Power Association got together at Audie’s Air Conditioning Inc. on Sandra Street to start the reassembly of the 1922 American LaFrance fire engine. It belongs to the city of Morgan City and is the second motorized fire truck that the city owned. Twelve members showed up to help, along with Assistant Fire Chief John Price and Chief Alvin Cockerham. Audie Taquino of Audie's Air Conditioning said that after a couple of more work days, the engine "should be ready to grace the streets of Morgan City."

Pictured are two historic buildings along Ville Platte’s Main Street. The street is one of the Evangeline Chamber of Commerce is working to enhance curb appeal on to bring Ville Platte back to life. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Chamber looks to transform Ville Platte’s curb appeal

Prepare for a transformation as the Evangeline Chamber of Commerce has begun its effort to revitalize downtown Ville Platte.
This task is set to consist of an array of programs that will range from partnering with business owners to clean up the front of businesses as well as painting buildings that line the Main Street drag.

Chamber meeting hears Mardi Gras, Frog Festival reports

RAYNE - Updates of the upcoming Mardi Gras Ball and Frog Festival were the main topic of discussion during the January meeting of the Rayne Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture.
Chairman Michelle Autin reported on the upcoming 8th Annual Grand Court Mardi Gras Ball slated Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Rayne Civic Center. “Under the Big Top” is the theme for the 2019 celebration and that “Ticket sales went well” reminding everyone tickets will not be sold at the door. Autin stated court members took formal photos and that, “So far, everything is running smooth.”

Burglary investigated by Crime Stoppers

Crime Stoppers of Acadia Parish is asking the public’s help to solve a burglary.
Detectives with the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office are investigating a burglary which occurred during the night of Jan. 8, in the 2100 block of Grand Coulee Road in northern Acadia Parish.
Unknown suspect(s) gained entry into the building and stole several items, including a gray Craftsman tool box filled with assorted tools, two Ingersoll Rand pneumatic impact wrenches, a Milwaukee impact wrench, and a Porter Cable multi-attachment tool.


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