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Hot Air Balloon Festival turns a profit for second time since moving to Ascension Parish four years ago

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Pilots ignite their burners during the balloon glow, Friday, September 25, 2015, at the Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales, La.

Ascension deputy: A bad day that led to plans to go out with friends ended in a domestic killing Friday

A fight Friday night over a man’s plans to go out with his friends ended when his girlfriend stabbed him with a kitchen knife, killing him, said Lt. Col. Bobby Webre, of the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office. Jonqualya Benton, 20, was booked into the Ascension Parish Prison early Saturday morning on a count of manslaughter in the… Continue reading →

Fertilizer plant reaches $2 billion settlement with U.S., state to clean up wastewater, stacks of solid wastes

Advocate staff photo by David J. Mitchell The west side of a large phosphogypsum stack for Mosaic Fertlizer's Uncle Sam plant rises Thursday afternoon along La. 3125 near Convent in St. James Parish. The stack is 187 feet high. An excavator can be seen on top of the stack while grass covers the stack's older, bottom layers. Phosphogypsum is a waste byproduct from processing phosphate rock to make fertlizer. Mosaic reached a $2 billion settlement with state and federal regulators to pay for the future closure and long-term care of this and several other stacks in Louisiana and Florida. The company will also pay $8 million penalties and change how it handles hazardous wastewater from its phosphate operations.

Mosaic Fertilizer has reached a $2 billion settlement with state and federal environmental regulators and the U.S. Department of Justice over funding for the long-term disposal of massive phosphogypsum waste piles and the treatment of 60 billion pounds of wastewater from its plants in Florida and St. James Parish, authorities and the company said Thursday. The… Continue reading →

St. Amant High barn set to open in October

Advocate photo by Kate Stevens -- St. Amant High School agricultural teacher Mandy Delaune hopes to turn the land next to her class' new barn into space for beekeeping and other projects.

A barn for St. Amant High School agricultural science classes and for members of the school’s Future Farmers of America chapter is finally under construction after years of patient fundraising and waiting. The 3,000-square-foot structure is coming up slowly after plans for the school’s Freshman Academy were decided and ground broken… Continue reading →

Balloon fest attendance reaches new heights

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Pilots ignite their burners during the balloon glow, Friday at the Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.

Craig Basden and Judy Reynolds are devoted fair-goers. The New Orleans couple set their alarm clock for 4 a.m. Saturday to travel to Gonzales for the 2015 Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival. Basden and Reynolds made it to town in time to watch hot air balloon pilots drop weighted markers… Continue reading →

800 musicians take over Dutchtown High field for first Bandboree

Photo provided by Fran Renegar -- Members of St. Amant, Dutchtown, East Ascension, Denham Springs and Catholic high schools gather Saturday to play 'Amazing Grace' during the first Duckroost Bandboree.

More than 800 musicians from five area high school bands took the field Saturday at Dutchtown High School for the first Duckroost Bandboree sponsored by the St. Amant High School Band. Catholic, East Ascension, Denham Springs, Dutchtown and St. Amant high schools each presented halftime shows and gathered for a joint performance. The event was scheduled… Continue reading →

Around Ascension for Oct. 1, 2015

The Ascension 4-H Foundation is selling sweet potatoes and Bergeron peeled pecan halves for its second annual fall fundraiser. Sweet potatoes are $12 for a 10-pound box or $25 for a 40-pound box; pecans are $25 for a 3-pound box. Orders are due Oct. 20, must be prepaid and can be picked up… Continue reading →

Ascension Athletics for Oct. 1, 2015

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Ascension Catholic takes the field before their matchup against Southern Lab Sept. 24.

Ascension Catholic High School was one of two parish teams that began their district play last week. But Southern Lab’s Curtlan Williams played his part in spoiling the district opener as he took advantage of some nifty moves and good blocking to return three punts for touchdowns and helped lead the Kittens to a 46-7 victory… Continue reading →

Classroom Spotlight: St. John Primary School first grade

Photo provided by Janis Ament --  Kim Jones's first-grade class at St. John Primary includes, first row from left, Justin Brooks, Addyson Wheat, Callon Schiele, Evan Bass, Katherine Helfrich, Esther Jimson and Emerson Landaiche; second row, Hadley Tassin, Talen Kolb, Preston Dugas, Ayden Hue, Mazie Hinojosa, Marshall Goss, Adelynne Bradberry, Stella Klibert and Carson Landry; third row, Claire Angelo, Jonathan Heintz, Ella Englade, Brennan Booth, Marie Claire McCarty, and Madeline Gautreau; and fourth row,. Kim Jones and Teresa Landry, instructional assistant.

The Ascension Advocate’s Spotlight Classroom this week is Kim Jones’ 2015-16 first-grade class at St. John Primary School in Prairieville. The students were asked: If you could be anything in the whole wide world, what do you want to be when you grow up? CLAIRE ANGELO: “Police officer, because… Continue reading →

Gonzales mayor hosts CRPC meeting

Photo provided by Charlotte Guedry -- Gathered for a photo at the Capital Region Planning Commission meeting Sept. 21 in Gonzales are, from left, Gonzales Public Works Director Alvin Broussard, Gonzales Councilmen Neal Bourque and Harold Stewart, State Reps. Clay Schexnayder and Johnny Berthelot, Gonzales Mayor Barney Arceneaux, former Gonzales Councilman David Guitreau and Ascension Parish Government representatives Ken Dawson and Lester Kenyon.

The city of Gonzales hosted a quarterly Capital Region Planning Commission meeting on Sept. 21 at the Gonzales Civic Center. Mayor Barney Arceneaux is a commission member, and Gonzales Chief Engineer Jackie Baumann is a Technical Advisory Committee member. Guest speaker Eric Kalivoda, deputy secretary with the state Department of Transportation and Development, discussed strategies used… Continue reading →

Dutchtown High plans homecoming festivities

Photo provided by Tim Babin Portraits -- Dutchtown High School 2015 homecoming court members include, from left, Courtney Toussel, Briana Bowie, Mary Podorsky, Hannah Robnik, Brooke Saltus and Berkley Parent.

Homecoming events for Dutchtown High School get underway with a parade at 6 p.m. Thursday. A pep rally begins at 1:15 p.m. Friday at the school. The homecoming football game kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday, with the announcement of the homecoming queen at halftime.… Continue reading →

Prairieville students qualify for TIP

Prairieville Middle School has announced seventh-grade students who qualified for the Duke University Talent Identification Program, or TIP, a news release said. The program provides the opportunity for students to take the ACT or SAT as an above-level test, giving them a greater insight into their abilities and a chance to preview a college entrance exam, the… Continue reading →

St. Theresa cheerleaders earn awards at clinic

Photo provided by Janis Ament -- St. Theresa Middle School cheerleaders earning UCA Cheer Ribbon Awards at a recent Universal Cheerleaders Association-sponsored clinic are, from left, Rachel Alonzo, Hope Bourgeois, Lea Arcemont, Emma Schexnaydre, Madison Douget, McKenna Ramsey, Madison Chaix and Sydney Mistretta.

Cheerleaders on St. Theresa Middle School’s 2015-16 cheerleading squads recently participated in a Universal Cheerleaders Association-sponsored clinic. The cheerleaders learned cheers, chants and a dance that they will incorporate into their routines. UCA Cheer Ribbon Awards were presented in individual categories to Rachel Alonzo, Most Energetic; Hope Bourgeois, Best Smile and Voice; Lea Arcemont, Most… Continue reading →

Cheerleaders to march in Thanksgiving parade

Photo provided by Janis Ament -- St. Theresa Middle School cheerleaders who will perform in the 66th annual Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade are, from left, Claire Moreau, Lea Arcemont, Emma Schexnaydre, Madison Douget, McKenna Ramsey, Madison Chaix and Claire Pizzalato.

Lea Arcemont, Madison Chaix, Madison Douget, Claire Moreau, Claire Pizzalato, McKenna Ramsey and Emma Schexnaydre, cheerleaders at St. Theresa Middle School in Gonzales, will join more than 300 elementary, junior high and high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the United States to perform in the 66th annual Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade. Participants are cheerleading and… Continue reading →

Gonzales Middle School students qualify for Duke TIP

Photo provided by Susan Minvielle -- Gonzales Middle School seventh-graders qualifying for the Duke Talent Identification Program recently are, front row, from left, Triston Blackstock, Jacob Stein, Ikera Truehill, Rebecca Burke, Jayden Jackson, Alexander Vallacchi, Landon Smith and Josiah Helaire; and back row, Reginald Falton, Nickolas Tedeton, Jailynn LeBan, Jaylen Wilson, Abraham Orozco, Adrian Zapien and Justis Brown. Not pictured are Carson Butler and Kittyanna Walker.

Seventh-graders at Gonzales Middle School recently qualified for the annual Duke University Talent Identification Program, a news release said. TIP provides the opportunity for students to take the ACT or SAT as an above-level test, giving them a greater insight into their abilities and a chance to preview a college entrance exam, the release said. Students also… Continue reading →

Fourth-graders hear an electrifying presentation

Photo provided by Shannon Hickey -- Gathered recently at Lake Elementary School in St. Amant are, front row from left, fourth-graders Michael White, Ben Templet, Hailey Istre and Lathan Williams; second row, Mackenzie Causin, Korey Toney, Kamryn Hames, Nathan Roper and Damien Vicknair; third row, Kelsee Laiche, Gracie Rogillio, Maggie Lobell, Ryder Molea, Dathan Moore, Taylor Weber and Alexis Anweiler; and back row, Alexis Thomas, Rowen Leblanc, Jeffery Berthelot, guest speaker Becky Templet, Dawson Elfer, Landon Plauche, Taylor Weber and Alonzo Jackson.

Becky Templet recently visited students in Shannon Hickey’s fourth-grade class at Lake Elementary School in St. Amant. Templet is a senior electrical engineer at Shell Chemical in Geismar, specializing in high voltage. She displayed some of the tools she uses, as well as her uniform and a sample of the wiring used in the plant. She… Continue reading →

Chamber to broadcast political forums on TV

The Ascension Chamber of Commerce’s two political forums set for Oct. 6-7 will be broadcast on Eatel and Cox stations. The forums are closed to the public, a news release said. Scheduled to take part in the forums are: Parish President: 6 p.m., Clint Cointment, Ricky Diggs, Clarence Henry, Chris Loar… Continue reading →

Ascension Catholic to host homecoming events

Photo provided by Wendy Poirrier -- The Ascension Catholic High School homecoming court includes, first row from left, Michayla Spano, Julia Beck, Mariana Cuervo, Rae'Shaun Malancon, Carson Hitzman, Gabrielle Klack and Auldyn LeBlanc; and second row, Hayes Rousseau, Cole Amedee, Sevrin Guillot, D.C. Mattingly, Garrett Hales, Jacob LaGrange and Collin Landry.

Ascension Catholic High School will celebrate homecoming with a Mass, parade and court presentation Oct. 9. A homecoming Mass is set for 8:20 a.m. Oct. 9 at Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church in Donaldsonville. The homecoming parade starts at 1 p.m. at the church, and a pep rally follows in the school gym. The… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish calendar for Oct. 1-8, 2015

TAI JI QUAN: 10:30 a.m., Ascension Parish Library, Gonzales Branch, 708 S. Irma Blvd. LIBRARY BOOK CLUB: noon, Ascension Parish Library, Donaldsonville Branch, 500 Mississippi St. LIBRARY BOOK CLUB: 6:30 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Dutchtown, 13165 La. 73, Geismar, Gonzales and Galvez, 40300 La. 42, Prairieville. LOSS AND GRIEF SUPPORT MEETING: 6 p.m. to 7… Continue reading →

Ascension pets available for Oct. 1, 2015

This tricolored, 1-1/2-year-old male Lab mix

The Ascension Parish Animal Shelter, 9894 Airline Highway, Sorrento, is open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday for viewings and pet adoptions. For information, call (225) 675-6557. Available this week are:… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish Council on Aging for Oct. 1-8, 2015

Barbecue chicken leg quarter, baked beans, Normandy-blend vegetables, whole-wheat bread, royal brownie. PILATES: 8:15 a.m. and 9:15 a.m., Gonzales Senior Center. PIYO: 9 a.m., Donaldsonville Senior Center. ZUMBA GOLD: 10:30 a.m., Gonzales. CAJUN NEEDLERS: 12:30 p.m., Gonzales. Spaghetti with meatballs, green peas, green garden salad with dressing,… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish Bookings for Sept. 17-24, 2015

The following people were booked into the Ascension Parish prison from Sept. 17-24, 2015. DININO, GENE PAUL: 29, 218 W. Third St., Donaldsonville, state probation violation, felony simple criminal damage to property, fugitive-other Louisiana jurisdiction. JOCHUM, CHRISTIAN JOSEPH: 25, 144 Levi Gremillion Road, Plaucheville, possession of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoids. PICARD, KIMBERLY: 48,… Continue reading →

Judge denies serial killer Daniel Blank’s appeal in murder of Gonzales woman

Associated Press file photo -- Daniel J. Blank

A state district judge on Tuesday rejected River Parishes serial killer Daniel Blank’s claims of ineffective defense counse and upheld his first-degree murder conviction and death penalty sentence in the 1997 murder of Lillian Philippe, 72, of Gonzales. Blank’s appellate attorneys argued that prosecutors withheld investigative reports that would have challenged the reliability… Continue reading →

Ethics Board decides not to appeal after judge refuses request to disqualify candidate over nonpayment of fine

Ascension Parish Councilman Travis Turner is headed to a second, four-year term in office after the state Board of Ethics chose not to appeal a ruling denying its challenge to Turner’s candidacy. The state’s top ethics watchdog had sought in a lawsuit Sept. 17 to disqualify Turner. Turner filed… Continue reading →

Gonzales agrees to pay monthly fees for use of radio equipment to help fund parish’s struggling 911 District

Under an agreement approved Monday to help fund the 911 center operated by the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, the city of Gonzales will pay a user fee of $5 per month for each of 238 radios used by its police officers, firefighters and public works personnel. The user fee, generating $14,280 a… Continue reading →

Four plead not guilty to second-degree murder in brutal beating death of Donaldsonville High student

Three teens and one man accused of brutally beating to death a 15-year-old Donaldsonville High student in August 2014 while high on synthetic marijuana were arraigned Monday and pleaded not guilty to murder charges, prosecutors said. Assistant District Attorney Shawn Bush confirmed the initial pleas Monday of Marcus Ester, 21; Tyrell Williams,… Continue reading →

Ascension jury acquits man held in jail for nearly three years on armed robbery, home invasion charges

An Ascension Parish jury has acquitted a man accused in a December 2012 home invasion robbery in Donaldsonville after another robber already convicted in the incident and an apartment manager who viewed surveillance video of the robbery testified investigators had the wrong man. Chaz Collins, 23, of Morgan City, who spent nearly three… Continue reading →

Two candidates for Ascension Parish president take full advantage of absence of other three candidates at forum

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --   Ascension Parish President candidates Clint Contment, left and Ricky Diggs were the only two that showed up to the Political Forum that all candidates were invited to at the Gonzales Civic Center on Thursday, September 24.

With three of their election opponents absent, Ascension Parish president candidates Clint Cointment and Ricky Diggs had the stage to themselves at a Thursday night election forum. They both took the opportunity to make their case to be the parish’s top government executive for the next four years. Two-term Parish Councilman… Continue reading →

Board refuses to give license to owner of financially troubled Oak Lane cemetery in Prairieville

The Louisiana Cemetery Board refused to issue an operational license to the owner of a financially troubled graveyard in Prairieville after a hearing this week in which the board chairman claimed the owner “doesn’t have his heart where it should be” to run a cemetery. The unanimous decision allows Lawrence Dodd and his Baton Rouge company,… Continue reading →

Election forum scheduled for Ascension Parish candidates

The Ascension Parish Republican Executive Committee plans an election forum for parish president and Parish Council candidates from all parties from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, organizers said. The 16 candidates running in elections for six Parish Council seats have been invited to speak during the first hour of the… Continue reading →

School panel addresses bullying

Bullying and how to stop it was the primary focus of the Ascension Parish school district’s Students and Safety First Committee meeting on Tuesday. Committee members watched a portion of the online education that teachers and other school staff are required to take on how to recognize,… Continue reading →

Sales tax to drop in Donaldsonville district

Shoppers at the Wal-Mart Supercenter, Wendy’s Restaurant, Walgreen’s Pharmacy and other nearby businesses will see sales tax rates fall to 10 percent beginning in January, city officials said Tuesday. During the City Council’s regular meeting, Mayor Leroy Sullivan Sr. said the drop from 11 percent in the shared taxing district… Continue reading →

Balloon Fest to feature 2 days of activities

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Student pilot Dylan Hammond adds heat to a hot air balloon before the start of the 2014 Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center.

The Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival will have 30 balloons, including three specially shaped, and an expanded roster of activities to entertain everyone in the family this year. Rather than just one day of carnival rides, petting zoo, face-painting and other games and activities, the festival’s Martin McConnell said those will be expanded to both days of… Continue reading →

Around Ascension for Sept. 24, 2015

The Village Road bridge in St. Amant that crosses New River Canal at the intersection with La. 429 (Weber City Road) is closed and will be replaced by construction crews. Construction should be complete by late December. Temporary access will be available through the Holy Rosary Catholic Church parking lot… Continue reading →

Ascension Athletics for Sept. 24, 2015

If one just read the offensive stats from Friday’s Dutchtown football game, there would be no problem identifying the winner and the score would appear to be lopsided. But six Dutchtown turnovers (five fumbles, one interception) would keep the score a lot closer than the Griffins would have liked in the 23-13 win over the Hammond Tornadoes.… Continue reading →

EA honors first football team at celebration

Advocate  photo by BRIAN ROBERTS  --  Members of the first East Ascension football team are recognized before the East Ascension vs Zachary game Friday.

The East Ascension High School song starts with the words: “In the sixth year of the sixties, East Ascension High began anew…” On Friday night at Spartan Stadium before the homecoming game against Zachary, East Ascension honored the original football team from 1966. There’s a lot more history to the team than just being the original squad.… Continue reading →

Church pumpkin patch set to open Oct. 5-31

Photo provided by Chris Toepfer -- The pumpkin patch at New Song United Methodist Church in Prairieville will be open Oct. 5-31.

The pumpkin patch at New Song United Methodist Church, on the corner of Old Perkins and Bluff roads in Prairieville, will be open from Oct. 5-31. Hours are 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. There will be free hayrides and coloring sheets, and… Continue reading →

Students sign up for work training programs

Photo provided by Jackie Tisdell -- Attending a contract signing day on Sept. 10, from left, are Chris Newton, with Cajun Contractors; Donaldsonville High Assistant Principal Nicole Elmore; Donaldsonville agriculture teacher Wendy Dillon; Richard Becner, with Exel; and Blane Williams, with Triad.

Every fall, the Associated Builders and Contractors Pelican Chapter hosts a signing day for training program agreements between high schools and business/industry companies. Ascension’s high schools were some of the many schools from the greater Baton Rouge area that took part in the signings on Sept. 10.… Continue reading →