These five members of the Sisters of the Holy Family have all served Ville Platte at one point since the 1960s. They are (l. to r.) Sr. Clara Mae Jackson, Sr. Rita Darensbourg (currently serving), Sr. Edna Mae Jones, Sr. Agnes Marie Sampia, and Sr. Lucille Stelly (currently serving). (Gazette photo by Nicholas Jagneaux)

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This Nov. 26, 1950 Times-Picayune photo shows the remains of a Tunica warrior, rifle by his side and knife under his head. The article at the time reported some items were removed to be positively identified and preserved before the remains were once again covered. Best estimates are that the man was a 25-year-old warrior who died in the early 1800s. {Photo by Cyrus Burley}

Recalling 1950 discovery of Tunica warrior’s grave

{Editor’s Note: October is Louisiana Archaeology Month. This is the first of a series of archaeology-related articles to help celebrate Avoyelles’ history -- and pre-history -- and those men and women who are dedicated to researching and preserving those links to our past.}

Over 200 years ago, a young Native American man was buried with his prized possessions -- a rifle, a long knife and his silver-adorned vest.

FOR SALE? Some St. Martinville officials have proposed the sale of the historic Duchamp Opera House in the city’s downtown historic district. The building, which dates back to the 1830s, was donated to the city by the Reuben-Willie-Zerben Bienvenu family in 1998 and underwent extensive renovations. But the cost of keeping the facility open, with little or no income-producing activites generated, is being called into question.(Sally Angelle)

City seeking options for old Opera House

The city has begun looking for ideas to eliminate the ongoing expense of owning the 1830-vintage Duchamp Opera House. At the September 18 city council meeting, Dist.1 councilman Mike Fuselier said the time has come to rethink the city’s involvement with the historic building.
In the 1800’s, the location became the cultural center of St. Martinville. Traveling opera companies, dance troupes and acting groups from all parts of the world performed there.

Be on guard for flood-damaged vehicles

In the aftermath of the devastating Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry is cautioning consumers about purchasing a flood-damaged vehicle.
“Hurricane Harvey caused unimaginable damage in Texas, including flooding over 1 million vehicles; and more vehicles in the Southeast have been impacted by Hurricane Irma,” Landry said. “These flood-damaged vehicles could end up on the streets and sold to unsuspecting Louisiana citizens.”
It is estimated that there are over 300,000 flood-damaged vehicles on the nation’s roads from past storms.


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