Councilman Francis Plaisance stands by the sign for Lafitte Drive-In Park.

When will Abbeville’s Lafitte Park open?

For more than a year since the Abbeville City Council voted to give it a name, Lafitte Drive-In Park has been described as a work in progress.
During a committee meeting Tuesday evening, council members discussed when, and just as importantly how, that progress will become a reality.
Councilman Francis Plaisance, who has spearheaded the effort for the park’s creation and is the chair of the city’s parks committee, said things are moving along.

September 14, 1978- Jules Ashlock, Ville Platte attorney and former newspaper publisher, dropped this world record lion while on a hunting trip in Rhodesia in July. This is the largest lion ever killed in the world, measuring nine feet, eight and a half inches and weighing 530 pounds. It was killed with a 270 caliber rifle.

Looking Back: September ‘58, ‘68, and ‘78

September 4, 1958
•Ville Platte High School, along with all other parish schools, will open Monday morning at 8:30 for the 1958-59 session, according to Principal J.D. LaFleur.
The new president of the student body, Jerry Clyde Foret, will welcome the teachers, parents and students at a short assembly in the high school gym at 8:30 a.m. and school schedules will be distributed and explained at that time.
• Ice cream was .89, and honey graham crackers were .33.

Elaine Simon, far right, presented awards to, from left, J.R. Putnam, who traveled the farthest; Glenda Laurents, who was the youngest; and Glen Laurents, who was the eldest and who was recognized for being over 90.

Hoffpauir Family holds 52nd Labor Day reunion

The Indian Bayou United Methodist Church was once again the venue for the annual Hoffpauir Family Reunion.
The 52nd reunion was held on Labor Day, Sept. 3.
In the absence of the president, Charlie Hoffpauir, due to illness, board member Cheryl Gott served as moderator and gave a cheerful welcome to those who braved the inclement weather to attend, addressing them as “the cream of the crop.”
Jim Spell, IBUMC music director, and his men’s trio, “Until Then,” opened the program by singing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

Groups donate to shelter

Members of Xi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma society of women educators, First Baptist Church and Parkerson Avenue Baptist Church recently collected a variety of essential items for donation to the ASSIST Agency’s women’s shelter. On hand for the Sept. 5 donation were, from left, Elaine Simon and Sharon Clement, director of the ASSIST Agency.

Back to work after the festival

The tug Michael T moves discharge pipes around to help the Weeks Marine dredge vessel Capt. Frank resume dredging Monday after a break for the Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival during Labor Day weekend. The dredging moved to the Wax Lake Outlet during the festival and returned, said Port of Morgan City Executive Director Mac Wade. The current dredging project has moved about 1 million cubic yards of sand from the channel into deeper water in the river, Wade said, with about another 100,000 cubic yards to go.

The Daily Review/Bill Decker


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