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Ascension Parish couple arrested on drug charges following raid of their Gonzales home

Lindsay and Jeffrey Fontenot

A Gonzales couple was arrested Tuesday on various drug-related charges, including possession of methamphetamine and a variety of prescription drugs, said Ascension Parish Sheriff Lt. Col. Bobby Webre. Sheriff’s Office narcotics agents, with evidence that Lindsey Fontenot, 37, of 12122 Turry Road, Gonzales, was distributing Xanax from her house, got a search… Continue reading →

Escaped female prisoner caught; Assumption sheriff says investigation of escape is ongoing

Felicia Daigle

A 30-year-old Napoleonville woman who escaped from custody while being transported to Avoyelles Women’s Correction Center at 6:40 p.m. Thursday was back in custody by 10:20 p.m., said Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack. Felicia Daigle, 30, of 394 La. 1012, Napoleonville, was arrested Thursday on theft charges and was not considered armed or dangerous, he said.… Continue reading →

Location, location, location: Ascension Parish having trouble finding land for new sewage treatment plant

Three months since Geismar residents voiced their opposition to a proposed Ascension Parish sewage treatment plant in their area, parish government officials said Wednesday they have not had success in finding a cost-effective replacement location. The lack of a location presents a major stumbling block for the parish to close… Continue reading →

Woman pleads no contest to careless operation, fined $175 in 2014 accident that killed two children fishing in roadside bayou

Advocate staff photo by RYAN BROUSSARD -- A Nissan Armada sits partially submerged after striking two children fishing in an Ascension Parish bayou off Bluff Road.

A Prairieville woman who lost control of her sport utility vehicle on Bluff Road last summer, killing a brother and sister fishing alongside the state highway, pleaded no contest Wednesday to a careless operation charge. Her head hung down and holding back tears while her attorney embraced her, Shawnette B.… Continue reading →

COA party keeps patrons young at heart

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Seniors dance to familiar songs during the Ascension Council on Aging's annual Senior Prom Sunday at the Gonzales Civic Center.

The queen of Sunday’s Ascension Council on Aging Senior Prom said attending parties like the prom keep her young at heart. Clarence Rome, 84, and Barbara Laiche, 75, were crowned king and queen of the Ascension Council on Aging Senior Prom. As she walked to the stage for the crowning, Laiche… Continue reading →

Science kits help Galvez Middle

Advocate photo by C.J. Futch -- Cade Blount, Tre'on Morrise and Summer Elsaleh, from left, discuss their light absorption experiment March 11 during class at Galvez Middle School. The equipment used was purchased thanks to a donation from BASF.

Students can read about the properties of light in their textbooks, said Sandy Waguespack, principal at Galvez Middle School, but like many other scientific concepts being taught in middle school classrooms, they can seem abstract until they are demonstrated in real time. That’s what led to the purchase of several science learning kits for Galvez Middle teachers,… Continue reading →

Sorrento specialist helps those with hair issues

Advocate staff photo by Kate Stevens -- Trichologist Ynohtna 'Tona' Tureaud inspects a wig she fits and customizes for clients with extreme hair loss.

Ynohtna “Tona” Tureaud always goes to the “root” of the problem when her clients complain of dry, itchy scalps and thinning hair. Tureaud is a trichologist, a specialist who studies and treats disorders of the hair and scalp, and owns the Anointed Hands Trichology Center for Hair Loss on John Leblanc Boulevard… Continue reading →

Around Ascension for March 26, 2015

Using a helicopter and volunteers, 10,000 plastic Easter eggs will be dropped onto a field Saturday on the campus of Household of Faith Church in Gonzales. This is the second year for the Household of Faith Egg Drop. Last year’s event drew approximately 1,400 people. The Egg Drop, sponsored by the church, is for children ages 2-12… Continue reading →

Ascension Athletics for March 26, 2015

Photo provided by Terry Bergeron -- Samuel Bergeron holds his 5-pound  bass that fell victim to a spinner bait while fishing during the Louisiana High School qualifier on Toledo Bend on March 15.

The Ascension Catholic High School girls’ powerlifiting team finished the LHSAA’s Division V-Class 1A and below state powerlifting meet Saturday as runners up. The competition was held at Pope John Paul II in Slidell. The Lady Bulldogs’ expectations were high for this meet, and those expectations came as close to being met as can be without taking… Continue reading →

Poche teaches floral design to garden club

Photo provided by Gonzales Garden Club -- Gonzales Garden Club's Commerical Yard of the Month is GSA Engineering & Associates, Inc. on Purpera Road.

Gonzales Garden Club members met March 4 to discuss the National Garden Club’s traditional design styles of floral arrangements at the Gonzales Public Safety Center. Club Secretary Jamie Trisler provided a display of resource books on floral designs along with the National Garden Club Handbook for Flower Shows, and Horticulture Committee Chairman Janis Poche taught floral design… Continue reading →

Public invited to mission study session

The Women’s Missionary Society of Trinity AME Church 1420 S. Darla Ave., Gonzales, will host a missionary education study session on Saturday. Participants will review the mission education curriculum on the theme “Our Christian Responsibility to Overcome Despair and Inspire Hope.” Presenters include representatives from the Court Appointed Special Advocates program; the Rev. Cheryl Combest, of… Continue reading →

New music festival set for April 18

Advocate file photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Ralph Daigle, left and Randy Gautreau perform with the Na Na Sha Band at the Oldies But Goodies Fest in 2012. Na Na Sha will play at the Ascension Music Jam on April 18 on the grounds of the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center.

Na Na Sha is headlining a new music festival at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez and the Ascension Festivals and Cultural Council, Inc. said Ascension Music Jam 2015 is slated from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 18 on the grounds of Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. The seven-hour concert featuring bands exclusively… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish considers volleyball, track programs

The Ascension Parish Recreation and Culture Department will hold two meetings in Donaldsonville to gauge the interest in starting volleyball and youth track and field programs in the community. The volleyball meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday at the old Donaldsonville High School gymnasium, 603 Lee Ave. People interested in a youth track and… Continue reading →

St. Amant High tennis teams hit the courts

The St. Amant High School tennis teams hit the courts, competing against Central High School on March 16 and against Denham Springs on March 17. The boys team downed Central 5-0. In singles play, St. Amant’s Brett LeBlanc defeated Samuel Lockwood 6-1, 6-1. Luke Savoie, of St. Amant, beat Jack… Continue reading →

Officials celebrate retired attorney

Photo provided by Charlotte Guedry -- Gathering March 16 at a Gonzales City Council meeting to honor Ryland Percy are, from left, Councilman Neal Bourque, Percy, Councilwoman Barbara Duhe, Councilman Kirk Boudreaux, Mayor Barney Arceneaux, Police Chief Sherman Jackson, Councilman Kenny Matassa and Councilman Terance Irvin.

Gonzales officials celebrated Ryland Percy Day during a March 16 meeting. Gonzales Mayor Barney Arceneaux, along with City Council members Kirk Boudreaux, Barbara Duhe, Neal Bourque, Terance Irvin, Kenny Matassa and Gonzales Police Chief Sherman Jackson honored recently retired City Attorney Ryland Percy by proclaiming March 16 as Ryland Percy Day. Percy was Gonzales city attorney… Continue reading →

Boogie, zydeco, blues, funk set for park series

Advocate staff photo by SUSAN BROADBRIDGE-- The Boogie Men perform July 4 at the 17th Slidell Heritage Festival in Slidell.The group will hit the stage April 12 at the Music in the Park series in Jambalaya Park in Gonzales.

Gonzales Mayor Barney Arceneaux’s Mayor’s Council for the Arts has announced the lineup for the city’s upcoming Music in the Park concert series. In its fourth year, the free concert series is held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on four Sundays in Jambalaya Park. The spring concert series starts April 12 with a performance… Continue reading →

247 compete at 4-H Shooting Sport contest

Mary Abshire

The Ascension Parish 4-H Shooting Sport team hosted its annual district competition on March 14 at its Ascension Parish range. Students competed in archery, shotgun, air pistol, air rifle, .22-caliber rifle, BB and .22-caliber pistol. This was the group’s largest event to date with 247 participants. Competing for the Ascension Parish team were… Continue reading →

Ascension Christian plans fundraising gala

Plans are underway for Ascension Christian School’s Lions and Legacy Gala. The school’s inaugural fundraising event is designed to embrace the community with food, fun and good friends, said Ascension Christian School Superintendent Mark Pellegrin. “This event will be spectacular,” Pellegrin said. “We are partnered with many local restaurants that will serve choice menu selections for… Continue reading →

Arc of East Ascension slates Family Fun Day

COEA-The Arc of East Ascension is having a Family Fun Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Center Based Respite Center, 1212 Purpera Road, in Gonzales. The event, which will include games, music and food, is designed to celebrate March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. The mission of The Arc of East Ascension… Continue reading →

Spartans play Denham Springs, 3 in tourney

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Denham Springs' Matt Erwin slides into home while East Ascension catcher Austin McInnis tries to catch the ball March 17 at North Park in Denham Springs. East Ascension lost 9-6.

East Ascension High School baseball team has hit the diamond in the past week to take on Dehham Springs and three teams at the St. Michael the Archangel tournament in Baton Rouge. The Spartans lost 9-6 to Denham Springs during an away game on March 17. The team went 2-1 in the tournament. The Spartans lost… Continue reading →

Girl Scouts accept flags for proper retirement

The local Girl Scouts accept frayed or faded American flags. Flag retirement ceremonies are held weekly during the Girl Scout resident summer camp sessions in June and July, in order to teach girls the proper way of retiring a flag, and as a service to the community, a news release from Girl Scouts Louisiana East said.… Continue reading →

Church to present ‘Olivet to Calvary’ on April 2

First United Methodist Church in Gonzales is hosting a concert at 6 p.m. April 2. “Olivet to Calvary,” by J.H. Maunder, will be presented by the chancel choir with guest soloists from LSU School of Music, accompanied by George Luce. The new music director of First United Methodist Church, Andrew Alegria, is a doctoral student in… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish pets available for March 26, 2015

This 9-week-old female dachshund/schnauzer mix.

The Ascension Parish Animal Shelter, 9894 Airline Highway, Sorrento, is open from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday for viewings and pet adoptions. Animals can be adopted for $50. Animals can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Fridays. For information, call (225) 675-6557. Available this… Continue reading →

Ascension calendar for March 26 - April 2, 2015

STORYTIME: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Ascension Parish Library, Gonzales branch, 708 S. Irma Blvd., Gonzales; and Dutchtown branch, 13278 La. 73, Geismar. DIY PHONE PROJECTORS: 4:30 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Dutchtown branch. Learn how to make your own phone a projector and how to put content on the big screen. FLASH DRIVE BRACELETS: 5:30… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish Police Bookings for March 12-19, 2015

The following people were booked into the Ascension Parish prison from March 12-19. BATISTE, ERNEST J.: 44, 812 Railroad Ave., Donaldsonville, possession of marijuana, or synthetic cannabinoids, distribution/possession with the intent to distribute schedule II controlled dangerous substance. BECK, LOYCE: 44, 41046 Merritt Evans Road, C103, Prairieville, obstruction of justice, possession of schedule… Continue reading →

Ascension Civil Court for March 9-13, 2015

Court cases filed in Ascension Parish between March 9-13. Hannah Lee Way, Abigail Marie Way, Sarah Elizabeth Way, Rachel Ruth Way and Rebekah Grace Way v. Tutorship, tutorship. Republic Finance LLC v. Matthew Loup, executory judgment. Citibank Na v. Dana L. Cowart, open account. Time Acceptance of Zachary Inc.… Continue reading →

Ascension Council on Aging for March 26-April 2 2015

Sliced roasted turkey with gravy, smothered potatoes, green peas, whole-wheat bread and pineapple tidbits PILATES: 8:15 a.m. and 9:15 a.m., Gonzales Senior Center PIYO: 9 a.m., Donaldsonville Senior Center BIRTHDAY PARTY: 9:30 a.m., Donaldsonville ZUMBA GOLD: 10:30 a.m., Gonzales CAJUN NEEDLERS: 12:30 p.m., Gonzales Beef patty with… Continue reading →

Gonzales council approves appointments to diversity committee and approves purchase of church building as possible train depot

The Gonzales City Council on Monday approved six appointments to a new diversity committee, with a goal of seeing more minority employees in city government. The council also approved the purchase a building owned by St. Theresa of Avila Catholic Church as a possible train station in the event a passenger rail… Continue reading →

Losing inventory tax may shift burden from businesses to homeowners

A brewing legislative push to reduce or eliminate parish inventory taxes could trigger automatic property tax increases — without additional voter approval — by local governments that carry long-term debt, some parish assessors and state officials say. Whitney Joseph Jr., assessor of St. John the Baptist Parish, estimates that St. John’s School Board and parish government would… Continue reading →

Stakeout of Prairieville home leads to arrests of seven and one person still at large

Narcotics detectives with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office staked out a Prairieville house, which led to seven arrests on varying drug charges with one person still at large, said Lt. Col Bobby Webre, of the Sheriff’s Office. In the arrests, detectives seized drug paraphernalia, controlled medications, a codeine syrup, three handguns, $5,000 in… Continue reading →

Assumption Parish Sheriff: Two horses shot, killed Wednesday and cow shot, killed last week in separate incidents

Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack said Thursday the shooting deaths of two horses Wednesday doesn’t appear to be linked to the shooting death last week of a rancher’s cow in another area of the parish. “We don’t have any connection whatsoever” between the two incidents, Waguespack said. It appeared to be… Continue reading →

Man dies in Assumption crash while fleeing police

A Napoleonville man lost control of his vehicle during a high-speed chase with sheriff’s deputies along Bayou Lafourche early Tuesday, crashed and later died at a hospital in Thibodaux, state troopers said. Assumption Parish sheriff’s deputies had tried to stop Darrell Thomas, 21, shortly after 1 a.m. Tuesday for speeding along La.… Continue reading →

Pecan Grove Primary’s teacher improvement program wins TAP Founder’s Award

Photo provided by National Institute for Excellence in Teaching -- Pecan Grove TAP Career Teacher Jennifer Rudy, left, and Ascension Parish Schools Superintendent Patrice Pujol celebrate Pecan Grove's TAP Founder's Award during a Los Angeles conference on Friday.

Pecan Grove Primary School’s celebration of a national award received Friday at a Los Angeles conference for the school’s highly touted TAP program has to wait because of this week’s standardized testing schedule. Students and most teachers found out about the award, which comes with $50,000, when Principal Marjorie Meyers called to announce that her school had… Continue reading →

‘Pawsome’ run benefits Looking Fur Love canine organization

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Three-year-old labrador retriever Champ Ian Young has a hard time sharing space with owner Wesley Young of Prairieville, as they try out the canine's new dog bed, built of ponderosa pine, after St. Amant High School FFA group's 'Pawsome 5K and 1-mile Fun Run' for people and their dogs, Saturday at Duplessis Park in Gonzales. The bed's wood structure was built by FFA students at the school, and the bed and its cushion were the prize for the 5K's top finisher. Others include, left to right, Blake Lebauve, 18, Rachel Bordelon and Looking Fur Love Dog Rescue'  President Kitty Moak, and right to left, Seth Ruiz, 14, FFA President Megan Bordelon, 17,  and Jacob Smith, 17.  Proceeds from the event went to support Looking Fur Love, which provides foster homes for canines. Donations for those who missed the event can also be made through the group's website, at www.LFLDR.com

St. Amant High School FFA group held a ‘Pawsome 5K and 1-mile Fun Run’ for people and their dogs Saturday at Duplessis Park in Gonzales. Proceeds from the event went to support Looking Fur Love, which provides foster homes for canines. Donations for those who missed the event can also be made through the group’s website, at www.LFLDR.com.… Continue reading →