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Sorrento Council erred when it tried to remove police chief from serving as part-time commission secretary

Town Council members erred when they voted Tuesday to oust Police Chief Fern Barnett from her part-time position as the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission secretary, the mayor said Thursday. Mayor Mike Lambert said the council made the mistake when members Patti Poche, Marvin Martin, Wanda Bourgeois and Don Schexnaydre voted to remove… Continue reading →

Four booked on drugs, weapon counts in Ascension Parish

Photos provided by the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office -- From left, Landarrius Alvarez, John Johnson, Raelynn Johnson and Jonquill Muse.

Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested four people on drugs and illegal weapons counts after detectives spotted their unoccupied car illegally parked in a handicapped parking spot at a convenience store off La. 30. Once the four got in the 2000 Ford Taurus and drove off, detectives pulled them over Tuesday on La.… Continue reading →

St. James council presented with flood protection plan

Bank takes ownership of 29 acres of financially troubled cemetery in Ascension Parish

United Community Bank moved Wednesday to take possession of 29 acres of the financially troubled Oak Lane Memorial Park cemetery in Prairieville and is looking to resell the property after the bank posted the sole and winning bid for the property at a sheriff’s sale. The bank, which holds $3.3 million in… Continue reading →

Sorrento moving closer to deal with Ascension Sheriff

The Sorrento Town Council is closer to entering into a long-term contract with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office after deciding for a second time not to pay newly elected Police Chief Fern Barnett the salary she claims she is entitled to under state law. Mayor Mike Lambert told the council on Tuesday that he hoped the… Continue reading →

St. Patrick Street underpass in Donaldsonville closed on Monday

The St. Patrick Street underpass will be closed to all traffic from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday and again in the first week of December for railroad overpass repairs, state highway officials said Tuesday. Workers will be doing routine maintenance on the Union Pacific Railroad bridge over St. Patrick, also known as… Continue reading →

Pirate-themed park opens in Gonzales

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Area residents wait Saturday before the opening of Kidz Kove Park in Gonzales.

After four years of fundraising, Kidz Kove Discovery Park opened on Saturday in Gonzales. The park is a play area for children of all abilities but is designed for special needs children with physical or sensory developmental challenges.… Continue reading →

Methodist Church brings ‘Grace’ to Gonzales

Advocate photo by Von de Leigh Hatcher -- Meals are served Nov. 8 at the Second Saturday Grace program at First United Metholist Church of Gonzales. Several groups get together each month to serve meals and provide services for those in need.

Church members piled gift bags, blankets and books high at First United Methodist Church of Gonzales on a recent Saturday night for the third monthly “Second Saturday Grace” program, which welcomes residents with a hot meal, warm company and open hearts. As its name denotes, Second Saturday Grace occurs on the second Saturday of each month. It… Continue reading →

Around Ascension for Nov. 20, 2014

Volunteers are needed to become ambassadors at the River Road African American Museum. Ambassadors help with tours, special events and educational programs, a news release from the museum said. Ambassadors receive free admission to all museum events, professional development seminars, and meet people from around the world. The museum is interested in mature adults with a… Continue reading →

Ascension Athletics: Two teams advance in playoffs

Lyle Johnson

The East Ascension Spartans (6-5) used their home field advantage, topped only by Kyran Irvin’s outstanding offensive performance to topple the Golden Tors, of Sulphur, by a score of 52-14 in the first round of football playoff action. Irvin threw for two touchdown passes and ran for four more to… Continue reading →

Donaldsonville welcomes evening strollers

Advocate file photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Jeffery Bean, dressed as The Grinch; Caroline Rome, 12, dressed as Cindy Loo Hoo, right; and Lesli Ewen, 11, dressed as Penny Loo Hoo, give Donaldsonville Fire Chief Chuck Montero, left, a chuckle as they pass by during Donaldsonville's annual Avenue Evening Stroll last year.

The Donaldsonville Downtown Development District and Mainstreet Donaldsonville will host the free annual Avenue Evening Stroll from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday along Mississippi Street, Marchand and Railroad Avenue in Donaldsonville. This walk through time highlights culture and art since the 1806 founding of Donaldsonville, a news release from the Donaldsonville Downtown Development District and… Continue reading →

Group urges giving in social media campaign

Image from Volunteer Ascension Facebook page -- Volunteer Ascension is taking the #GivingTuesday social media campaign to heart by reaching out to the residents of Ascension Parish with a challenge of its own. For more information on how to participate in the #GivingTuesday campaign, follow Volunteer Ascension on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Volunteer Ascension is taking the #GivingTuesday social media campaign to heart by reaching out to the residents of Ascension Parish with a challenge of its own. “We want to remind Ascension Parish citizens that giving of their time by volunteering is of great value,” said Sherry Denig, executive director of Volunteer Ascension. “We are encouraging… Continue reading →

Powwow helps share Native American heritage

Advocate file photo -- William Madden, representing the Choctaw, Cherokee and Osage tribes, left, and Drew Sagona, representing the Choctaw tribe, dance in the Louisiana Indian Heritage Association’s Fall Pow Wow in the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in 2010.

Louisiana Indian Heritage Association’s 48th annual Fall Powwow will be from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Arena B of the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales. This is an alcohol- and drug-free event, and no ice chests are allowed, organizers said. Spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish pets available for Nov. 20, 2014

Photo provided -- A 2-year-old domestic, short-haired, female needs a new home.

The Ascension Parish Animal Shelter, 9894 Airline Highway in 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… Continue reading →

Women’s self-defense classes set for Dec. 3, 9

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office will teach self-defense classes for women in Donaldsonville and Gonzales next month. The class in Donaldsonville will be Dec. 3 at St. Catherine of Sienna Church Hall, 421 St. Patrick St., and the Gonzales program will be Dec. 9 at the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Training Center, 9094 S. St. Landry Road.… Continue reading →

Ascension Fund honors past president for service

Photo provided by JENNIGER DEFRANCES -- Ascension Fund honors Wells -- Ascension Fund President Donald Songy, right, presents an Outstanding Service Award to Past President Buddy Wells, center, during a meeting Nov. 6. At left is Ascension Fund Executive Director Jennifer deFrances.

During its regular meeting Nov. 6, Ascension Fund President Donald Songy presented an Outstanding Service Award to Past President Buddy Wells. “Wells joined the Ascension Fund board in 2007 and served as the board president from 2012-14,” Songy said. “During his presidency, the fund awarded $100,000 in grant awards to teachers and schools in the Ascension Parish… Continue reading →

Dixie baseball team broadens acceptance

The Gonzales Dixie Boys Baseball League, for ages 13 and 14, is open to anyone starting in the 2015 baseball season. Baseball players of league age can register to play for the city league no matter where they live, a news release from Dixie Boys District Director Don Baudouin said. Gonzales Dixie Boys League President… Continue reading →

Gonzales Christmas parade set Dec. 14

Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- Santa tosses a plastic cup to the crowd Dec. 15, 2013, during the annual Jambalaya Festival Association  Christmas Parade.

The 2014 Jambalaya Festival Association Christmas parade, “Santa’s Workshop,” will start at 2 p.m. Dec. 14. The parade will take place along Burnside Avenue in Gonzales. Parade celebrations will include decorated floats featuring several parish dignitaries, Christmas music, local elementary and high school bands, dance teams and the 2014 Jambalaya Festival queens. Ascension Parish President… Continue reading →

Mary Bird to offer lung cancer screenings in Gonzales

Gonzales-area residents now have convenient access to lung cancer screenings through Mary Bird Perkins — Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center’s Lung Cancer Screening Clinic. The screening, a noninvasive low-dose CT scan, which the National Cancer Institute reports is responsible for a 20 percent reduction in lung cancer mortality compared to the chest X-ray, is now currently… Continue reading →

Redskins C team defeats Bulldogs

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL --  Makiron Joshua (3) prepares to hand off to Khai Prean (2) during Donaldsonville's game against the Ascension Bulldogs Nov. 15. The Redskins defeated the Bulldogs, 28-6.

Teams in the Louisiana Elite Youth Football and Cheer League competed in the second round of the playoffs Nov. 15 in Zachary at Bronco Stadium. Kicking off a full day of Elite football were the Donaldsonville Redskins and Central Bobcats D teams. The Redskins lost to the Bobcats, 20-6. At 9 a.m., Donaldsonville’s C team… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish community photo gallery for Nov. 20, 2014

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Jalen Broussard takes down his Zachary Jr. Bronco opponent Nov. 15 during the second round of playoffs in the Louisiana Elite Youth Football League. The Jr. Broncos defeated the Griffins, 12-6.

The Ascension Advocate this week includes photos from local civic, community and school groups and highlights recent events around Ascension Parish.… Continue reading →

Ascension Civil Court Cases for Nov. 3-7, 2014

Ascension Civil Court cases filed in Ascension Parish between Nov. 3-7. Smith Lumber & Building Co vs. Antique Woods of Louisiana LLC, open account. Neighbors Federal Credit Union vs. Tara Segura and Jerome LeBlanc Jr., promissory note. First Heritage Credit Of Louisiana LLC vs. Lindsey Scott aka Lindsey Jerome Scott,… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish Police Bookings for Nov. 6-12, 2014

The following people were booked into the Ascension Parish prison from Nov. 6-12. BROWN, CHRISTOPHER L.: 25, 13957 Catherine Ave., Baton Rouge, misdemeanor theft. DAVADI, EDWARD: 43, 4520 Williams Blvd., R126, Kenner, two counts felony theft. EIDISSEN, ARILD E.: 38, 601 Bourg, Donaldsonville, parole violation. MAYEAUX, KENNETH JOHN: 41, 509 Farmington Place, Terrytown,… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish calendar for Nov. 20-27, 2014

LAP-SIT STORYTIME: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Ascension Parish Library, Dutchtown Branch, 13278 La. 73 Geismar, and Gonzales Branch, 708 S. Irma Blvd. Storytime features stories read aloud and can include songs, finger plays, puppets and crafts. SCORE FREE SMALL-BUSINESS COUNSELING AND MENTORING: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Dutchtown Branch. Ribbon… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish Council on Aging for Nov. 20-27, 2014

Pinto beans with sausage, steamed rice, mustard greens, carrifruit salad, cornbread, oatmeal cookie, milk. PILATES: 8:15 a.m. and 9:15 a.m., Gonzales. PIYO: 9 a.m., Donaldsonville. BIRTHDAY PARTY: 9:30 a.m., Gonzales. The event will be sponsored by Evan Sheppard, of Louisiana Healthcare Connections. ZUMBA GOLD: 10:30 a.m., Gonzales. CAJUN NEEDLERS: 12:30 p.m., Gonzales.… Continue reading →

Two state educational groups honor Ascension Parish Superintendent Patrice Pujol

Patrice Pujol, superintendent of the Ascension Parish School System, was named 2015 Superintendent of the Year on Monday by two state educational groups. The Louisiana Association of School Executives and the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents, for which she serves as immediate past president, selected Pujol for the honor. The Ascension Parish school district, which has… Continue reading →

Labadieville man accused of indecent behavior with juvenile, drug violations after search of home

Jeffrey Bishop of Labadieville was arrested Nov. 14 on several counts, including possession of cocaine.

A Labadieville man was arrested Friday and accused of engaging in indecent behavior with a juvenile and several drug violations after a search of his home, Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack said. Jeffrey Bishop, 39, was arrested when deputies arrived at his Labadieville home to search it for drugs, the Sheriff’s Office… Continue reading →

Sixteen-year-old son fights off man attempting to rape his mother in Assumption Parish home

Hennry Buggage of Belle Rose was arrested for attempted rape Nov. 16.

A Belle Rose man was booked Sunday on a count of attempted rape after the son of the intended victim fought off his mother’s attacker, according to Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack. Henry Buggage, 58, of 188 Grisaffe Lane, Belle Rose, had given a woman a ride home from the Alexis… Continue reading →

Ex-Sorrento mayor Wilson Longanecker Jr.’s request to reduce $1M bail on child porn charges denied

Wilson Longanecker Jr.

Law enforcement officers found former Sorrento Mayor Wilson Longanecker Jr. in his upstairs bedroom closet last month when they began searching his house for evidence of child pornography, a state investigator testified Monday. Ashley Borel, who works in the state attorney general’s Cyber Crime Unit, testified Longanecker’s laptop hard drive and two flash… Continue reading →

Steamboat museum still in the works, but new plans involve building on Houmas House

Advocate file photo by ADAM LAU Houmas House Plantation and Gardens outside Burnside, La. is seen from the air on Friday, Aug. 3, 2012. ORG XMIT: LABAT

More than three years after the award of a $5.2 million federal scenic highways grant, a steamboat museum originally envisioned to perch on the Mississippi River batture near Houmas House Plantation and Gardens is still in the planning stages. While expected to move forward, perhaps by this summer, the museum… Continue reading →

Former Sorrento mayor Wilson Longanecker Jr. -- booked on 40 child porn possession counts -- seeks to lower $1 million bail

Wilson Longanecker Jr.

Defense attorneys for Wilson Longanecker Jr., the former Sorrento mayor arrested last month on dozens of child pornography counts, say his $1.025 million bail is excessive and that the businessman with deep ties to Ascension Parish is no threat to the community. Judge Jessie LeBlanc, of the 23rd Judicial District… Continue reading →

Ascension board approves two housing developments

Eight months after Ascension Parish planning officials recommended rejecting a 155-home subdivision on the old Gonzales Country Club golf course amid vehement opposition from neighbors, the same officials backed a somewhat scaled-down project Wednesday on the same site with far less public outcry. The parish Planning Commission voted 5-0 for the preliminary… Continue reading →

Veterans parade held in Gonzales

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --World War II veterans wave to the crowd during the Ascension Veterans Associations Veterans Parade Sunday in Gonzales.

Waving American flags and carrying a Thank You signs, parade-goers shouted their encouragement during the Ascension Veterans Association Veterans parade Sunday in Gonzales.… Continue reading →

Chamber recognizes Honoré, CF Industries

Advocate staff photo by Darlene Denstorff -- Donaldsonville Mayor Leroy Sullivan, second from right, presents retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Russell Honore with a key to the city Nov. 6 during the Donaldsonville Area Chamber of Commerce's annual banquet. Looking on are city councilmen Raymond Aucoin, Reginald Francis Sr. and  Lauthaught Delaney Sr.

While recent traffic delays due to construction on the Sunshine Bridge and expansions at a Donaldsonville industrial site sparked jokes and comments from many attending a recent chamber business banquet, Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré quipped that the area should be grateful to have the business surrounding the two job-creating… Continue reading →

Around Ascension for Nov. 13, 2014

Stephen Waguespack

Stephen Waguespack, president of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, will be the featured speaker at the Ascension GOP Roundtable sponsored by the Ascension Republican Women. The roundtable starts at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 20 at Kamal’s Kafe, 13091 Airline Highway, Gonzales. Prior to joining LABI in 2013, Waguespack served as special counsel and director… Continue reading →

Ascension Athletics: St. Amant volleyball season successful

Lyle Johnson

St. Amant High School coach Allison Leake began the 2014 volleyball season with a hunch that her girls had the potential to be a competitive force. “I was excited about the potential of what I saw in our girls but I knew it would take some time to see if it would come together,” Leake said. “We’ve… Continue reading →

Bayou Beauty, Power of Hope pageants slated

The 2014 Bayou Beauty and Power of Hope Double Header pageants will be held Nov. 22 at the Grande Pavilion in Prairieville. The base entry fee is $55. The pageants benefit the #sitstrapsave initiative, which was created to promote proper car restraints for children, a news release said. Every contestant will receive a keepsake… Continue reading →

Top students honored by Prairieville Middle School

Prairieville Middle School recently named its honor roll for the first quarter of the 2014-2015 school year. The students who were honored for earning a 4.0 grade-point-average are: Sixth grade: Elizabeth Adams, Katelyn Anthony, Corolous Carter, Kyle Carver, Aidan Cathey, Kaitlyn Chase, Adriana Devenish, Abigail Evans, Blake Felton, Mia Foster, Lauren… Continue reading →

Cox team wins annual Chamber golf tourney

Photo proivded by Ascension Chamber of commerce -- Ascension Chamber of Commerce President Sherrie Despino, center, recently presents the Golf Ascension Tournamentprize to, from left,Darin Johnson, Marcus Johnson, Curtis Domingue and Cornel Smith.

The Ascension Chamber hosted its annual Golf Ascension Tournament on Oct. 20 at Pelican Point Golf Club. Proceeds from event will fund Leadership Ascension, a program “sponsored by The Ascension Chamber of Commerce to assist in preparing emerging community leaders for leadership positions in local government, business and community affairs,” the Chamber website says. “The results-oriented… Continue reading →