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New Sorrento police chief misses town meeting

SORRENTO - New Police Chief Fern Barnett could not attend Tuesday’s Town Council meeting, the last public forum before a Nov. 4 referendum that could eliminate her department, because she was busy baby-sitting. Mayor Mike Lambert read a typed letter from Barnett, who apologized for not making the meeting. “I was already committed to babysit for my… Continue reading →

Lambert wins Ascension School Board race after opponent withdraws

GONZALES — One of two candidates for Ascension Parish School Board District 6B has withdrawn from the race, leaving his opponent, Louis Lambert, as the winner. Chad Bourgeois, a Libertarian candidate, officially withdrew from the race on Monday, according to the Secretary of State’s Office. Lambert, of Prairieville and not affiliated with… Continue reading →

Henderson Bayou floodgate nears completion

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Newly constructed Henderson Bayou Flood gates in Gonzales.

Mitchell Epps kept a worn, well-thumbed-through copy of Ascension Parish’s landmark drainage plan in the back office of his house during the last few years of his life. Created by Prescott Follett and Associates for Ascension Parish in the early 1980s, the plan was the basis upon which the old Ascension Parish Police Jury convinced voters to… Continue reading →

Donaldsonville sex offender surrenders to sheriff’s deputies

A Donaldsonville man convicted of forcible rape nearly two decades ago and accused of failing to register as a sex offender in Ascension Parish surrendered Saturday morning. The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Dave Alexander, 51, 205 Bourg St., Lot 2, after he turned himself in at the Ascension Parish jail.… Continue reading →

St. James Parish Council delays action on pay raises for constables, justice of the peace

The St. James Parish Council agreed Wednesday to delay taking any action on increasing the salaries of the parish’s 14 justices of the peace and constables. Council members tabled the topic until after Parish President Timmy Roussel presents his proposed fiscal year 2015 budget at the Nov. 5 meeting and until the… Continue reading →

Pierre Part man indicted for inappropriately touching 2 children

Kevin Landry

An Assumption Parish grand jury indicted a Pierre Part man on charges he inappropriately touched two children between the ages of 4 and 13 over a seven-year period, the sheriff said Wednesday. Kevin Landry, 46, 122 Mam & Pap Drive, was charged Tuesday with two counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile.… Continue reading →

Donaldsonville council allots tourist funds to three agencies

City councilmen voted 3-1 Tuesday to allot $105,600 in state hotel-motel tax revenues to three local entities. Donaldsonville’s share of the revenues, which is less than that of recent years, is a portion of Ascension Parish’s total tax revenues from lodging businesses. “With the new formula, the amount we get will… Continue reading →

St. James School Board seeks clarification on Aramark contract

St. James Parish School Board members on Tuesday sought clarification from two representatives from Aramark, the private company providing custodial services at parish schools, about who is actually performing the janitorial work and at what cost to the district. Board members also discussed a clerical error that led to them not receiving… Continue reading →

Jambalaya fuels Franco-American ties

Photos provided by KAREN HATCHER  -- Members of the Gonzales and Meylan twin cities delegation pose In front of the lake in Geneva, Switzerland, during a recent trip hosted by the Meylan, France, delegation. Gathering are, seated, from left, Sharon Giruoard, Carol Ann Frederic,  and Meylan resident Josephine Mangaretto; second row, Dane Giruoard, Stevi Giruoard, Michelle Reine, Tina Prejean, Ed Prejean, Carolyn Keller, Pat Shexnayder, and Meylan residents Mireille Adji-Anastasiou and  Cathy Huloux; and third row, Robert 'Hoss' Reine, Clement Templet, Meylan's Daniel Ducrocq, John Hebert, Gatis Eve Mire, Meylan resident Jean-Claude Bobillon, Drena Ourso and Ronnie Comeaux.

Every other year, the city of Meylan, France, pulls the large jambalaya pot out of storage in preparation for a delegation from its sister city in Gonzales. That’s when the Jambalaya Capital of the World sends its best Franco-American ambassadors — it’s jambalaya cooks, said John Hebert, one of the trip’s original organizers. The Gonzales Committee… Continue reading →

Six seats in contention for races

Vickie Auguste, candidate for 2014 Ascension Parish School Board race.

The Ascension Parish School Board race this fall has the potential to bring new faces to a majority of the board, with three open seats in contention and three incumbents facing challengers. Board members are elected from seven school districts, with four of the districts each represented by two board members, for a total of 11… Continue reading →

Around Ascension for Oct. 16, 2014

Registration is underway for Mayor Barney Arceneaux’s 28th annual Prayer Breakfast. The breakfast is set for 7 a.m. Nov. 4 at the Gonzales Civic Center. Baton Rouge Mayor President Melvin “Kip” Holden is set as guest speaker. Tickets are $5 and must be paid for at City Hall by Oct. 20. Call (225) 647-2841.… Continue reading →

Fire prevention work in Gonzales honored

Gonzales Fire and Rescue was recently presented a Life Safety Achievement Award for fire prevention accomplishments in 2013 by the National Association of State Fire Marshals Fire Research and Education Foundation in partnership with Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company. The award was announced by State Fire Marshal Butch Browning, president of the NASFM Foundation. “The heroic efforts… Continue reading →

St. Amant dance team contributes to nonprofit

Photo provided by Jessica Thomassee – St. Amant Middle School Dance team includes, first row from left, Madison Smith, Carley Oakley, Demi Guidry, Alexis Hymel and Gabriella Lewis; second row, Hadley Hebert, Kaitlyn Smith, Kenzie Elisar and Haylee Hue; and third row, Mckenzie Nassar, Aries Fournet, Gabby Wolfe, Alexis Molliere, Emma Hammond and Maddie Thomassee.

St. Amant Middle School Dance Team members are raising money for the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness Walk on Oct. 25. The girls have raised money through various fundraisers for the nonprofit group. The dancers will take part in the event, representing the school. The girls will sport their… Continue reading →

Donaldsonville homecoming festivities this week

Donaldsonville High School’s homecoming coronation ceremony starts at 6 p.m. Monday at the school gym. Festivities include an alumni basketball game at 5 p.m. Tuesday; a powder puff flag football game at 5 p.m. Wednesday and pep rally at 6 p.m. Oct. 23. A homecoming parade rolls at 1:30 p.m. Friday. The Tigers play Berwick… Continue reading →

Student 2014 Veterans Day Poster Contest underway

Ascension Republican Women has kicked off its 2014 Veterans Day Poster Contest for the middle and high school students in Ascension Parish. Public and private school students are eligible to enter the contest and entries are due by Nov. 6. Winners are eligible to win cash prizes and certificates. Each poster should include… Continue reading →

Ridenour welcomed home after Air Force training

Photo provided by BOBBY RIDENOUR JR. -- Standing with Airman First Class Bobby Ridenour III after welcoming him home from Air Force technical school are, from left, Ridenour's grandfather, Bobby Ridenour Sr.; his father, Bobby Ridenour Jr.; his mother, Sharon Ridenour; his stepgrandmother, Debra Wascom; Ridenour; his aunt, Michelle Schroll; and his friend Allen Daigle.

Friends and family members welcomed Airman 1st Class Bobby Ridenour III home as they met him recently at the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport. Ridenour is a 2013 graduate of St. Amant High School and is home for the first time since graduating from Air Force technical school and follow-up training, during which he learned to become an… Continue reading →

Ascension Athletics: Invest time in making lifelong memories

Photo by Lyle Johnson -- Canaan Watts with his first squirrel.

Anticipation for the opening day of squirrel season usually makes my adrenaline flow pretty high. It’s usually a time for a break from the hustle and bustle of life for the enjoyment of an annual event that has been a treasure in my life since my youth. I remember when my daddy brought home a .22-caliber rifle… Continue reading →

Official: Work won’t hamper traditional pond jump

Photo provided by Lester Kenyon --  A pump continues to drain the pond on Worthy Road Oct. 8 while crews prepare to install a foundation wall for the parishs new administration building next to the pond. Officials said the ponds level will be restored to its normal level and will not prevent next springs East Ascension High School senior pond jump.

Parish officials don’t want fans of the annual East Ascension High school pond jump to worry about the future of the long-standing Spartan tradition. Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez said construction at the site of the pond jump and lowering of the water in the pond, which sits across the street from East Ascension High School, won’t… Continue reading →

Dutchtown hosts contest for 16 area marching bands

The field at Dutchtown High School will soon welcome 16 Louisiana high schools and 2,000 students as they file up, create formations and make music during the 10th annual Dutchtown High School Marching Contest. The event will be from 1:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 25. Tickets are $5 for the public, $3 for students and seniors,… Continue reading →

Wildcats takes 3 of 4 games against Denham

Photo provided by Chantelle stewart -- St. Amant Wildcats B team player  DMarius Aikens breaks through the tackle for yards in Saturday's win over Denham Springs, 34-6.

The St. Amant Wildcats won three out of four road games Saturday against the Denham Springs Southern Louisiana Youth Football Association team. The C team started the day with 33-0 win, and the B team followed with a 34-6 win. The A team lost 20-52 and the D team closed… Continue reading →

St. Amant runners on track with competition

Photo provided by Tanya Whitney -- St. Amant High School runners Nathan Carmouche, Tyler Cusinamo and Garrett Parks discuss prerace strategies before Saturday's meet.

St. Amant High cross country runners participated Saturday in the Catholic High Invitational at Highland Park in Baton Rouge. One of the largest meets in the state, the Gators competed against many of the schools that runners will be up against at the state championship in November. Freshman Gabby Quebedeaux set a personal record… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish pets available for Oct. 16, 2014

A female 3-year-old  yellow lab.

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 (225) 675-6557. The… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish Police Bookings for Oct. 2-9, 2014

The following people were booked into the Ascension Parish Prison from Oct. 2-9. BARLETT, DENNIS RAY: 32, 1182 Noah St., Sorrento, fugitive-other Louisiana jurisdiction. BUTLER, JONATHAN: 28, 934 Elizabeth St., Donaldsonville, domestic abuse battery. NASH, JOANN: 25, 13493 Burnt Pecan, Gonzales, felony theft. SCHEXNAYDRE, TODD M.: 39, 15166 La. 931, Gonzales, forgery.… Continue reading →

Ascension Civil Court for Sept. 29-Oct. 3, 2014

Court cases filed in Ascension Parish between Sept. 29-Oct. 3. Trinity Alexis Peyton v. Tutorship, tutorship. Cavalry Spv I LLC, Hsbc Bank Nevada Na and Capital One Na v. Michelle J. Sterling, promissory note. Cavalry Spv I LLC, Ge Retail Bank and Sporting Goods Dicks v. Joseph Rayborn, open account.… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish calendar for Oct. 16-23, 2014

LAP-SIT STORYTIME: 10 a.m., Ascension Parish Library Gonzales, 708 S. Irma Ave., Gonzales and Dutchtown, 13278 La. 73., Geismar branches. BILINGUAL STORYTIME: 11 a.m., Ascension Parish Library Gonzales branch. SCORE: 4 p.m., Ascension Parish Library Dutchtown Branch. A free small business counseling and mentoring program. ADVENTURE TIME!: 4 p.m., Ascension Parish Library Gonzales… Continue reading →

Ascension Council on Aging for Oct. 16-23 2014

Sliced roasted turkey with brown gravy, rice, mustard greens, carrifruit salad, cornbread, oatmeal cookie. PILATES: 8:15 a.m. and 9:15 a.m., Gonzales Senior Center. PIYO: 9 a.m., Donaldsonville Senior Center. MOVIE DAY: 9:30 a.m., Donaldsonville Center, Malco Theatre (Gonzales). CAJUN NEEDLERS: 12:30 p.m., Gonzales. Ham with white beans… Continue reading →

State Police cite woman with careless operation in deaths of two children

Updated at 6:04 p.m. — After a grand jury declined to prosecute Shawnette B. Taylor in the June deaths of two children fishing along Bluff Road in Ascension Parish, Louisiana State Police on Monday issued a citation to the Prairieville woman on careless operation. The siblings died when Taylor’s sport utility vehicle ran off the road and plowed into them, their… Continue reading →

Former furniture store manager accused of embezzling more than $200,000

City police officers arrested a St. Amant woman Tuesday on allegations she embezzled more than $200,000 over nearly six years from a Gonzales furniture store where she had been the manager. Shannon Denyse Desira, 40, 44165 Bayou Blvd., St. Amant, changed payroll records at the Big Ben Rent World furniture store on South… Continue reading →

Three vetoes later, Gonzales police chief now may get more funds than he originally sought

After months of wrangling and three mayoral vetoes intended to protect Police Chief Sherman Jackson’s proposed budget, unusual council bedfellows aligned Monday to give the chief more than he was asking for when rancorous budget fights began this spring. With his two council allies, Gary Lacombe and Timmy Vessel, facing… Continue reading →

Darrow assistant fire chief arrested; admits using parish fuel card to fill his pickup

Tarrell Milan

The assistant fire chief of a volunteer fire department in Darrow turned himself in Monday morning after city police discovered he had been using an Ascension Parish government fuel card to fill up his pickup since March. Police arrested Tarrell Markeith Milan, 30, 4572 Brown St., Darrow, on 14 counts of unauthorized use… Continue reading →

Ascension officials, landowners take first steps to open river-front land for industrial development

Ascension Rezone map

Louisiana Economic Development, Ascension Parish officials and landowners have been laying the groundwork to open a large swath of Mississippi River-front property north of Donaldsonville for a new industrial zone on the parish’s west bank. J. Michael Eades, president and CEO of the Ascension Economic Development Corp., said the 15,000 to 17,000 acres… Continue reading →

Grand jury rejects negligent homicide charge in case of two children run over, killed while fishing

Sarai Lanus, 9, and Daylon Lanus, 6

An Ascension Parish grand jury declined Friday to charge with two counts of negligent homicide a Prairieville woman who drove off Bluff Road in late June, killing two children fishing at a bayou. The 12-person grand jury’s unanimous decision to return a no true bill came shortly after District Attorney… Continue reading →

Sheriff’s Office: Gonzales man arrested after deputies find drugs, guns, money in his truck, house

Cyril Ezumezu

Deputies found synthetic marijuana, a handgun and more than $11,000 in cash in the home of a Gonzales man arrested Wednesday on drug charges, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Tony Bacala said. Cyril Ezumezu Jr., 26, a convicted felon on previous marijuana charges who was on probation, was booked into Ascension Parish… Continue reading →

Cracklin and jambalaya contest set for Saturday

It’s not too late to register for Saturday’s cracklin and jambalaya contest sponsored by Gonzales Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3693. The event will be held at the VFW Post at 42430 Churchpoint Road, Gonzales. There will be three events with prizes awarded in each cooking category. Cooks can enter the cracklin, jambalaya… Continue reading →