Retired Ascension deputy dies trying to rescue his dog

Sam Vitter

An Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputy who retired less than a year ago drowned Sunday morning after he dove into a pond, trying to rescue his Yorkshire terrier. Retired Lt. Sam Vitter, 56, of Prairieville, was looking for his dog after it escaped from under his backyard fence, said Lt. Col. Bobby Webre, an Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman. The dog had escaped from under the fence several times, and as recently as… Continue reading →

Five booked in string of close to 20 burglaries in Prairieville

Trent Madere, Brandon Lea, Andrew McMullen and Brendan Gonzales

Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested four men and a juvenile in the burglaries of close to 30 unlocked vehicles earlier this month. The men are suspected of taking items ranging from loose change to a hunting bow and handguns, Chief Deputy Tony Bacala said. The burglaries happened in the Prairieville area, along Red Oak Drive, White Oak Drive and La. 427 and in the Perkins Oaks and Dutchtown Villa neighborhoods.… Continue reading →

Ascension council gives OK to West Bank Connector study funding

The Ascension Parish Council on Thursday approved a proposed contract with Iberville Parish to share the costs to conduct a feasibility study of a new highway on the west bank of the Mississippi. Contingent on action of the Iberville Parish Council, Ascension Parish would provide $125,000 toward the study, its share of funds to match state monies approved in the past legislative session for the study. Called the West Bank Connector,… Continue reading →

BR man surrenders, wanted in shooting at Gonzales house

A 24-year-old Baton Rouge man wanted for firing shots into a Gonzales home surrendered Thursday to Gonzales police. Royal Rosspeal Johnson was accompanied by his attorney when he surrendered to Gonzales detectives at 11:30 a.m., Detective Sgt. Steven Nethken said. Johnson was wanted on six counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and one count of… Continue reading →

Council OKs lower tax rate plan

Leroy Sullivan

Spartans make offseason count

Advocate staff photo by  April Buffington --  East Ascension High's head football coach Paul Bourgeois talks with quaterback Kyran Irvin on July 14 during an early morning workout.

It’ll be another month before the East Ascension High School football players put on a set of pads, but that doesn’t mean the Spartans are spending their summer on the couch. Because of LHSA regulations, high school football teams are not allowed to participate in padded drills for another month. Spartans coach Paul Bourgeois is entering his fourth season at the helm of the Spartans, and with only seven returning… Continue reading →

All the right moves

Advocate staff photo by  April Buffington -- Britt Binning, 3, from left, Landri Troxclair, 3, and Kate Collette, 3, practice their routine Friday at the dance camp hosted by East Ascension dance team.

Girls sashayed, kicked and turned their way through the annual Spartanette dance camp last week at East Ascension High School. Girls 3 and older learned new dance moves and showed off those skills Friday night during a performance before family and friends. The camp is held by the East Ascension High School Spartanette dance team.… Continue reading →

Swamp Fest held for St. Amant freshmen

St. Amant High School freshmen can learn what they can expect during their first year in high school during the school’s annual Swamp Fest. Swamp Fest, set for 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 1 in the Gold Dome, is an orientation for freshmen. A parent meeting will be held from at 9:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the school’s new gym.… Continue reading →

Lake Elementary sets Prep Day schedule for students, parents

Lake Elementary School’s Prep Day starts at 9 a.m. July 30 in the school cafeteria and gym. Prep Day is for all Lake Elementary students in kindergarten through eighth-grade. During Prep Day students and parents will be asked to move through several stations to receive materials and information. School officials ask that parents attend with their children and arrive at the scheduled time. Students whose last names begin with A-B should arrive at 9… Continue reading →

Keeping the beat

Photo provided by Carey Long -- Fifty students perform July 11 at the conclusion of the first week of East Ascension High School drumline and colorguard camp. The camp provides the members an opportunity to practice music and performance techniques. Camps continue throughout July, with a performance set at 6:30 p.m. July 31 in the school gym. Patti Roussel is the band director and Nicole Mlynczak and assistant director.

East Ascension High School drumline and colorguard camp provides members an opportunity to practice music and performance techniques. Camps continue throughout July, with a performance set at 6:30 p.m. July 31 in the school gym. Patti Roussel is the band director and Nicole Mlynczak is assistant director.… Continue reading →

Braves baseball to hold tryouts for ages 9-14

The Ascension Braves baseball program will hold tryouts next month at the Robert Park facility on Cornerview Road for athletes ages 9-14. Teams are available for players ages 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14 and are based on the age of the child as of April 30. The 13-14 age group will hold tryouts at 6 p.m. Aug. 8 while the 9-10 and 11-12 tryouts will be on Aug. 9 at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., respectively.… Continue reading →

Real estate agents honored at annual Villar & Co. event

Photo provided by Ellie Amedee -- Gathering recently to celebrate successes in 2013 are Realtors with Villar & Co. Real Estate, first row from left, Kristina Smallhorn, Jeff Gautreau and Sandy Scallan; and second row, Sherri Rachal, Joey Jarreau, Dudley Brown, Lindsey Laird, broker and owner Donna Villar, Darla V Bruno and Dee Robinson.

Villar & Co. Real Estate recently gathered for the company’s annual awards luncheon where several real estate agents were honored for different levels of sales success in 2013. The Gold Sales Award went to Darla Villar Bruno, who sold more than $5.5 million in real estate. The Silver Sales Awards went to Sherri Rachal with more than $4.2 million, Kristina Smallhorn with more than $4.1 million and Sandy Scallan with more than $3.7 million in sales.… Continue reading →

Local students place in state art contest

Photo provided by Janis Ament --  Tonjia R. Summerell, second  from left, of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, meets with St. John Primary School students Cooper Ancale, left, Kyler Dupuy, second from right, and Audrey Soulier. The students won prizes at the state level in their age group in the 2014 Louisiana DOTD Aviation Art Contest.

St. John Primary and St. Theresa Middle school officials announced students who won at the state level in the 2014 Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Aviation Art Contest. St. John Primary student Kyler Dupuy placed third in the 6- to 7-year-old age group. St. John Primary student Cooper Ancale placed first, St. Theresa Middle student Cameron Sheehan placed second and St. John Primary student Audrey Soulier was third in the 8- to 9-year-old age group.… Continue reading →

Students build skills during BASF summer internship

Photo provided by BASF -- BASF offered 22 chemical and mechanical engineering students the opportunity to spend a summer through its internship program at the Geismar site. Taking part in the program are, first row from left, John Boudreaux, Lucas Ortiz, Kristen Pearson, Olivia McGahan, Aubrey Kress, Taurean Antoine, Blaine Leger and Ryan Kinler; second row, Ian Howard, Laura Iverson, Tiffany Robinson, London Hayes, Brian Gates, Timothy Patterson and Jonathan Sellers; and third row, Alexander Russell, Brandon Travis, Mack Todd, Tyler Chamblin, Michael Pinder and Joseph Hollier.

Chemical and mechanical engineering students from across the country are in Ascension Parish this summer interning with BASF at its Geismar site. Selected from universities across the country, 22 interns are applying their technical and professional skills and knowledge to real-world situations while participating in engineering projects at BASF’s largest manufacturing facility in North America, a news release said. “Because of BASF’s growth and investment in North America, specifically the Gulf Coast region, we have a… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish Farm Bureau members win at La. convention

Photo provided by Gerrilyn McCool -- Acension Parish Farm Bureau member Sandra Sotile, left, accepts the Award of Excellence from  Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee Chairperson Denise Canatella during the recent Farm Bureau state convention.

Ascension Parish Farm Bureau members picked up awards at the recent Louisiana Farm Bureau Convention in New Orleans. Ascension Parish Farm Bureau President Frank Sotile Jr., of Donaldsonville, accepted a Four Star Award from Ronnie Anderson, president of the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation. Ascension Farm Bureau was recognized for outstanding program achievements. Louisiana Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee Chairwoman Denise Canatella presented an Award of Excellence to Sandra Sotile, of Donaldsonville. Sandra Sotile is a member… Continue reading →

Around Ascension for July 24, 2014

Children can spend Saturday morning fishing thanks to a program hosted by the Ascension Fair Association. Boys and girls 6 and older are invited to take part in the association’s annual Let’s Go Fishing program from 7:45 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center pond. A light lunch will be provided, and parents are asked to bring water, snacks, rods, reels and bait. Call Anthony Christy at (225) 715-1952, Gloria Burns at (225)… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish Police Bookings for July 10-17, 2014

The following people were booked into the Ascension Parish Prison from July 10-17. ARNOLD, RONNIE MACK: 45, 2967 69th St., Baton Rouge, theft, simple burglary. CARTER, DEMARIC: 48, 2555 Leola Carter, Gonzales, entry on or remaining in places or on land after being forbidden/trespassing of real property. CROCKER, SHAQUISHA: unknown, 12069 Turry Road, Gonzales, in for court. DAVIS, CARL A.: 24, 1216 S. Burnside Ave, #23, Gonzales, two counts failure… Continue reading →

Ascension Civil Court for July 7-11, 2014

Court cases filed in Ascension Parish between July 7-11. Miles Holley, Melissa Holley and 4-M Tires LLC v. Mark Simoneaux, Michelle Simoneaux and 4-M Tires LLC, miscellaneous. Vicki dba Deer Key Marketing v. M&M Lodging LLC and Best Western Gonzales Inn, executory judgment. Shannon Marie Heath v. David Rena Hayes, Command Construction Co. LLC, Gray Insurance Co., XYZ Insurance Co. and State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co., damages. Richard… Continue reading →