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St. Amant man killed in motorcycle wreck

Fire marshal, Ascension Parish deputies release video of man who may have torched a stolen car

Photo provided by Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office -- This man, walking into a St. Gabriel convenience store Tuesday, June 21, had been seen in a car stolen from a Gonzales-area neighborhood that same day, Ascension Parish sheriff's deputies said Friday. The car was later found burned behind the Mississippi River levee in St. Gabriel. Other vehicles on Lillie Valley Drive, where the burned car was stolen, were burglarized early Tuesday, deputies said.

Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies and the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating why a car stolen from a neighborhood south of Gonzales was found burned this week behind the Mississippi River levee in Iberville Parish. Sheriff’s deputies provided surveillance video Friday of a man walking into a nearby convenience store who… Continue reading →

Assumption Parish man, 47, accused of molesting 6-year-old girl

Tommy Lishman

An Assumption Parish man admitted to touching a 6-year-old inappropriately and was arrested this week after an informant had warned authorities the girl was being molested by him, parish sheriff’s deputies said Friday. Tommy E. Lishman, 47, told Assumption deputies he inappropriately touched the girl on more than one occasion at… Continue reading →

With chlorine boost, Ascension bites back at brain-eating amoeba

Advocate staff photo by DAVID J. MITCHELL -- Craig Foglesong, owner of ICE Sales and Services, talks Wednesday about a chlorine injection system and new monitoring equipment that his company is installing at the Palo Alto water tower in Ascension Parish. The upgrades will allow parish government to more easily maintain chlorine levels in the Ascension Consolidated Utilities District No. 1 water system in west Ascension and prevent the brain-eating amoeba from reappearing in the water. The system had problems with the amoeba last summer.

Down a state highway just west of Bayou Lafourche where rows of live oaks arch over the road, contractors were installing upgrades Wednesday that Ascension Parish officials hope will prevent the brain-eating amoeba from reoccurring in their public water system to the north. Parish officials are installing a chlorine injection system… Continue reading →

Prairieville Primary raises money for heart group

Photo provided by Laurie Richard -- Some of the participants in Jump Rope for Heart at Prairieville Primary School include, front from left, Ainsley Orgeron, Brianna Gough, Helena Pearce, Summer Chamblee, Shelby Tircuit, Avery Geraci, Adalyn Daigle, Milan Beauchamp, Kayla Mercil and Elise Gautreaux; and back, Heather Young, Alex Delaup, Steven Allen, Vaughn Hicks, Aubrey Wells, Benjamin Crehan, Kelsey Brown and Dwain Hall.

Prairieville Primary School students raised $17,475.25 for the American Heart Association during the 2015-16 school year, beating the previous year’s total by $3,600.25. The money goes toward research into new procedures to help heart patients, a news release said Olivia Dellorfano raised the most money in the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser in honor of… Continue reading →

Geismar, Gonzales Girl Scouts receive high honors

Photo provided by Jasmine Hunter -- Cadette Girl Scout Olivia Bradshaw, of Troop 10340 in Gonzales, second from right, guides girls in making healthy food choices.

Girl Scouts from Geismar and Gonzales have earned the highest awards for their scout level by completing a series of leadership challenges in preparation for their final community or “take action” project. The Bronze Award is for Girl Scout Juniors in fourth- and fifth-grade. Girl Scout Cadettes in sixth- through eighth-grade are eligible for the Silver… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish civil cases for May 23-27

Court cases filed in Ascension Parish between May 31-June 3. Jordan McElveen and Jack V. McElveen v. Tutorship. Daniel Coby Rupe and Daniel Christian Rupe v. Justin Painter, Allmerica Financial Benefit Insurance Co. and State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co., damages. Island Financial Services LLC v. Shannon Wayne Guidry… Continue reading →

Cultural exchange turns into business trip

Photo provided by Karen Hatcher -- A street sign pointing the direction to Gonzales and the two other twin cities of Meylan sits at a Meylan, France, intersection.

Just weeks after returning from a trip to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the sister city or twinning relationship with the residents of Meylan, France, Karen Hatcher has turned her attention to planning to greet the French visitors next year. That’s how it’s been for 30 years, Hatcher said. The Gonzales Committee on Cultural Affairs, of which… Continue reading →

Children learn football basics at summer camp

Photo provided by Bess Melancon -- Taking part in the St. Amant High School Gator Camps' youth football session June 6-9 are, first row from left, campers Seth Guedry, Maddox Melancon, Wes Melancon, Wesley Dykes, Jax Melancon and Tanner Oliver; and back row, St. Amant players Marco Lopez, Cameron Diez, Myles Douglas and Larson Fontenot. The camp was led by St. Amant coaches and varsity players.

The St. Amant Gator Football Camps kicked off a summer of football with its inaugural session June 6-9 for first- through eighth-graders. Coaches and varsity players facilitated two sessions a day of skills camp for local youths. Campers participated in a variety of activities and drills and also discussed positive character traits and team mentality.… Continue reading →

Local FFA students give lessons in leadership

Photo provided by Kiesha Nall -- Attending the Louisiana FFA Convention in Monroe, from left, are Evan Hebert, Tyler Woodward, 2016-2017 East Ascension FFA Chapter President Christian Rogers, 2015-2016 Past E.A. Chapter President Steven Jackson and Nicholas Wagner.

Five East Ascension High School students attended the Louisiana FFA Convention June 6-10 in Monroe. The students were accompanied by teachers Kiesha Nall and Kolby Gilbert. The students showcased their talents in teaching others how to be servant leaders by planning service projects and picking up litter around Monroe. The East Ascension FFA club… Continue reading →

Convent man gets promoted in Navy

Thomas Melancon

Fire Controlman 2nd Class Thomas Melancon, of Convent, was promoted to second class petty officer in June. He has been in the Navy for seven years and serves as Center for Surface Combat Systems Unit Dam Neck’s CD01 Computer Work Center supervisor in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Melancon is a 2009 graduate of Lutcher High School. His… Continue reading →

Waguespack, DMC face off in championship

Photo provided by Heath Guitrau -- Waguespack Insurance won the 2016 Gonzales Machine City Championship on June 13. The team includes, front from left, Khoen Tripode, Kane Guitrau, Jordan Rayborn, Brayden Zeller, Brooks Fogle and Jonas Ecker; middle, Zach Dotter, Gavin Higgins, Max Brodnax, Kale Guitrau, Braxton Billingsley and Cade Delaune; and back, coaches Kevin Higgins, Jeff Delaune, Heath Guitrau and David Dotter.

Waguespack Insurance played DMC for the Gonzales Machine Pitch Championship on June 13 at Bergeron and Gaudin Memorial Park in Gonzales. Waguespack was the visiting team and got off to a fast start in the first inning, a news release said. The scoring started when Gavin Higgins hit a triple to score Zach… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish calendar for June 23-30, 2016

SMART START BREAKFAST — ORTHOPAEDIC AND SPORTS CLINIC: 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., Orthopaedic and Sports Clinic, 1014 W. St. Clare Blvd., Suite 1020, Gonzales. BABYTIME STORYTIME: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Ascension Parish Library, Gonzales, Galvez and Dutchtown. PAGE TURNER ADVENTURES: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Ascension Parish Library, Donaldsonville. POOL NOODLE NUNCHUKS:… Continue reading →

Ascension Council on Aging for June 23-30, 2016

Ham with white beans, brown rice, coleslaw, mustard greens, cornbread, variety snack pie PILATES: 8:15 a.m. and 9:15 a.m., Gonzales Senior Center PIYO: 9 a.m., Donaldsonville Senior Center BOWLING: 9:30 a.m., Premier Lanes in Gonzales ZUMBA GOLD: 10:30 a.m., Gonzales CAJUN NEEDLERS: 12:30 p.m., Gonzales Chicken… Continue reading →

St. Amant Class of ’91 to hold July 9 reunion

The St. Amant High School Class of 1991 is holding a reunion at 6 p.m. July 9 at 14666 Bayou Terrace, St. Amant. Organizers are inviting teachers, coaches and staffers who were part of the classmates’ journey to graduation, a news release said. Educators can attend for free and no ticket is required. Class… Continue reading →

Gonzales High Class of ’66 celebrates 50th reunion

Photo provided by Olin Berthelot -- Members of the Gonzales High School Class of 1966 gathered for their 50th class reunion on May 14 include, front row from left, Sherrilyn James Gennaro, Anna Hurst, Phyllis Robert Part, Mary Grace Breaux Guitreau, Betty Sigmon Latuso, Toni Singletary Villar, Linnet Mayers Cagnolatti, Gay Lynn Harris Young, Sheila Arrington and Joan Lambert Gonzales; second row, Monica Gautreau Graham, Peggy Braud Gautreau, Sheila Johnson Halker, Carolyn Gautreau Keller, Rosalind Forsyth Poirrier and Gail Broussard Seitz; third row, Ronald Acaldo, Carl Singletary, Tommy Guitreau, Earl Lanoux, Johnny Cagnolatti, Clifford LeBlanc, Mike Anderson, Joe Fife, Leon LeBeau, Mark Lacour and Coy Daigle; and fourth row, Olin Berthelot, Ronnie Otts, Gerald Decoteau, Marvin Simpson, A.J. Guidry, Gene Gautreau, James Smithhart, John Painter, Robert Young, Gary Jordan, Benny Landry, Mickey Marchand and Ronald Braud.

Gonzales High School’s Class of 1966, the last to graduate from the school, gathered for its 50th class reunion May 14 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Gonzales. The evening began with a social, followed by a dinner including jambalaya by classmate Mike Anderson, covered dishes, finger foods and desserts, all prepared by the classmates.… Continue reading →

Camp offers children lesson in slave culture

Photo provided by Rochelle Darville -- Erin Miller, Brelyn Delmore and C’skylar Irvin, from left, make shakerays during Bill Summers’ Klub K.I.D. camp at Ashland-Belle Helene Plantation.

Thirty-seven boys and girls from Geismar Caring Parents’ 19th summer camp recently participated in the Klub K.I.D. camp presented by historian and multi-instrumentalist Bill Summers. The children received lessons on drums, music producing and how to make shakerays. Summers talked about the history of music in the slave culture in Louisiana. The three-day camp… Continue reading →

Around Ascension for June 23, 2016

Repticon slithers into the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The reptile expo features plenty of exotic animals, vendors and activities. One-day admission is $12 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 to 12. Two-day tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for ages 5… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish bookings for June 9-16, 2016

The following people were booked into the Ascension Parish prison from June 9-16. DIXON, CHELSEA DIANA: 21, 14217 Alsen Heights Parkway, Baton Rouge, failure to appear in court. GROSSE, ROBYN NICHOLAS: 32, 9112 La. 22, St. Amant, misdemeanor theft. ORILLION, TORI E.: 22, 48181 Sam Martin Road, St. Amant, two counts failure… Continue reading →

Aviation, aerospace group honors Prairieville pilot

Advocate file photo by Heather McClelland -- Janet Gonzales, manager of the Louisiana Regional Airport, received her pilot's license in 2009. She was recently inducted into the International Forest of Friendship.

Janet Gonzales, of Prairieville, was honored as a 2016 inductee into the International Forest of Friendship, in Atchison, Kansas, during ceremonies in June. The Forest of Friendship is a living, growing memorial to the world history of aviation and aerospace, a news release said. She was recognized for her support of the New Orleans Chapter of… Continue reading →

Ascension Athletics for June 23, 2016

Photo by Rick Hickman/American Press -- St. Amant pitcher Blayne Enlow

St. Amant pitcher Blayne Enlow has been selected to bring his pitching skills to the USA Baseball 18U Tournament of Stars that will be held in Cary, North Carolina. The USA Baseball Tournament of Stars, presented by Major League Baseball, is made up of 108 of the nation’s best ballplayers who are considered for the 18-year-old-and-under… Continue reading →

Ascension pets available for June 23, 2016

Anakin is a young adult male residing at the PetSmart in Gonzales. He is a laid back, sweet cat.

The Ascension animal shelter, CARA’s House, 9894 Airline Highway, Sorrento, is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday (closed from noon to 1 p.m. daily for lunch). It is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday for adoptions only. The fees are $100 for dogs and… Continue reading →

Board to weigh selection process

With the Ascension Parish school district’s first senior class in its early college program set to graduate in May, the School Board will be considering a new policy that addresses how valedictorians and salutatorians will be selected. The Early College Option program at River Parishes Community College lets public high school students… Continue reading →

Ascension officers’ graphic testimony offers more details in alleged rape of 14-year-old by deputy

William Lanoux

An Ascension Parish sheriff’s detective was having sex with a 14-year-old girl in the back of his sheriff’s sport-utility vehicle last week when he heard dispatchers on his police radio report about a teen who had run away from a home where he had picked up the girl a short time earlier, according… Continue reading →

Expansion of Galvez branch library begins; Ascension councilman questions expenditure

j=Advocate staff photo by DAVID J. MITCHELL -- Lester Berard, construction superintendent for Stuart and Co. General Contractors, middle right, reviews architectural plans Tuesday for a 13,000-square-foot expansion of the Ascension Parish Library's Galvez branch on La. 42 in the Prairieville area. Officials with Stuart and Co, general contractor for the $3.34 million job, and library officials met at the branch to discuss coordinating the expansion and renovation work with keeping the library open and accessible to patrons. Work is expected to start Monday.

A long-awaited, and in some quarters, controversial $3.3 million expansion of the Ascension Parish Library’s Galvez branch is expected to start Monday. Library officials have said they plan to add two wings encompassing 13,000 square feet, nearly double the number of parking spaces to nearly 100 and renovate the existing library. Angelle… Continue reading →

St. Amant 16-year-old girl finds success as book reviewer for national teen magazine, blogger

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Ascension Parish high school student Isabel Naquin is a serious blogger of book reviews of young adult literature at She also interviews authors on YouTube. Isabel has a "book room" where she works. Photo shot Thursday afternoon June 16, 2016.

It was the redheaded heroine of a book Isabel Naquin read in middle school that turned the 16-year-old high school student into a devoted reader, blogger, YouTube presence and most recently, a book reviewer for a national teen magazine. The fictional character Clary Fray, the main protagonist of the best-selling young adult series… Continue reading →

Caretaker at assisted living facility in Assumption Parish arrested on cruelty to the infirm

Valencia Benjamin

A caretaker at an assisted-living facility has been arrested on cruelty to the infirm for not reporting or seeking treatment for an elderly resident who suffered multiple broken bones in a fall, the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office reports. Valencia Benjamin, 30, of Donaldsonville, was booked Wednesday into the Assumption Parish Detention Center and was released on… Continue reading →

Sorrento councilman, attorney released from jail after posting bail following theft indictments

Randy Anny

Sorrento Councilman Randy Anny and his lawyer, Roy Maughan Jr., were released from Ascension Parish Prison on Thursday night after they posted bail on theft and other charges related to an alleged scheme to pocket town tax dollars four years ago, sheriff’s deputies said Friday. Anny posted bail of $30,000 and was… Continue reading →

Ascension agrees to two-month ‘stop-gap’ deal to house its juvenile offenders in St. Bernard Parish

Having lost access to its juvenile detention center May 31, the Ascension Parish Council agreed Thursday to a two-month deal with St. Bernard Parish Sheriff James Pohlmann to send youthful offenders in Ascension to his 36-bed facility in Chalmette. But council Chairman Randy Clouatre and Parish President Kenny Matassa also cautioned that… Continue reading →

Car wash burglar in Ascension gets 45-year sentence

A Baton Rouge man has been sentenced to 45 years in state prison after pleading guilty to rash of burglaries of Ascension Parish car washes last year. Prosecutors in Ascension had accused Hubert Bourgeois, 54, of breaking into the control rooms for the car washes and then using a grinder to break… Continue reading →

Sorrento Councilman Anny, his lawyer surrender after indicted in theft of $77,000 from town

Advocate staff photo by DAVID J. MITCHELL -- Randy Anny, center, waits with his wife Barbara Falgoust Anny, right, at the Ascension Parish Prison near Donaldsonville Thursday afternoon to turn himself in on theft and other charges following his indictment. His attorney, Roy Maughan Jr., has already turned himself in to authorities, deputies said.

Sorrento Councilman Randy Anny and his personal attorney, Roy Maughan Jr., were charged Thursday with illegally pocketing $77,500 of town money connected to a sewer project that town officials say was never done. District Attorney Ricky Babin said the indictment is the result of a three-year joint investigation… Continue reading →

Ascension sheriff: Online conversation ended in deputy’s arrest in rape of 14-year-old

William Lanoux

A former Ascension Parish sheriff’s detective arrested Tuesday on allegations he had sex with a 14-year-old runaway will remain in parish jail without bail until a court hearing Monday, sheriff’s deputies said Wednesday. William P. Lanoux, 31, of Prairieville, was booked on counts of first-degree rape and malfeasance in office over… Continue reading →

Former Ascension Parish Councilman Bryan Melancon appointed interim justice of the peace after ouster of former justice

Bryan Melancon

Former Ascension Parish Councilman Bryan Melancon has been appointed interim justice of the peace to replace Leroy Laiche Jr., who was removed from office in May. The state Supreme Court made the appointment of Melancon to the 2nd Justice Court in Ascension Parish on Wednesday. Melancon, who represented the Gonzales area on the Parish Council… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish closes two bridges for repairs

One bridge in Ascension Parish is closed and another will be closed Monday as work to repair the two begins, parish President Kenny Matassa said Wednesday. The West Robert Wilson Road Bridge, which intersects with La. 30 and is about a mile west of Interstate 10 in Gonzales, has been closed for the repair work.… Continue reading →

Ascension students named to LSU dean’s list

Students from Ascension Parish have been named to the LSU spring 2016 dean’s list. Undergraduates had to earn a GPA of 3.5 to 3.9 in at least 15 credit hours to be listed. COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE: Sara Lynn Stein, Gonzales; Parth A. Dave, Michelle Marie Falgoust and Abigail Jean-Marie Gaudin, all of Prairieville;… Continue reading →

Pecan Grove honors running stars

Photo provided by Jenny Munson --  Pecan Grove Primary students were awarded for being the top runners in their grade level. Theses students ran between 50-98 miles this school year: in front, Marleen Garcia, first row, Logan Richardson, Jacquilin Castillio, Eduardo Martinez, and Christian Martin and back row, Francisco Ramirez, Allison Nunez, Cassandra Araujo, Kevin Mota Javalara and Kendra Landry.

Pecan Grove Primary School in Gonzales honored its top runners at the end of the school year. Fifth-grader Jonathan Uribe ran 98 miles and was named the school’s top runner. Honored for running 50-98 miles this school year were Francisco Ramirez, Allison Nunez, Cassandra Araujo, Kevin Mota Javalara, Kendra Landry, Logan Richardson, Jacquilin Castillio, Eduardo Martinez,… Continue reading →

Prairieville Middle School new student registration set

New student registration at Prairieville Middle School is set for 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 18-21. Registration packets are available through the school website or on the day of registration. Required documents include the completed registration packet; a withdrawal form of the final report card from the student’s previous school showing grade placement for the… Continue reading →

Neighbors honors students, faculty at St. John, St. Theresa

Carey Lauret

Ann Marie Erie, of Neighbors Federal Credit Union, recently presented Neighbors Way Awards to students and staff members at St. John Primary and St. Theresa Middle schools. The awards are given to students and staff members who best exemplify integrity, respect, trust, stability, community involvement, honesty, empathy, ethical behavior and fairness, according to a news release.… Continue reading →

Local students earn degrees from Nicholls

Students from Ascension Parish received degrees from Nicholls State University during three commencement ceremonies on May 14: ASSOCIATE DEGREE: Mame M. Ba, safety technology BAC HELOR’S DEGREE: Barbara A. Aikens, interdisciplinary studies; Miyosha S. Allen, interdisciplinary studies; Ba, petroleum services (exploration and production); Brittany… Continue reading →

Ascension Catholic names honor roll list

Ascension Catholic School recently released its second- through sixth-grade honor rolls for the fourth nine-week grading period of school. The honor roll of excellence lists students earning all A’s, while the honor roll lists students with A’s and B’s. SECOND GRADE: Christopher Anthens, Cameron Breaux, Evan Casso, Christopher Gravois,… Continue reading →

Geismar teen graduates from LSMSA with distinction

Photo provided by Crystal Evans -- Christopher Carter, of Geismar, right, graduated with distinction from Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts on May 21. At left is his mentor, Jason Anderson.

Christopher Carter, of Geismar, was one of six seniors to graduate with distinction, the highest academic honor given by Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts, on May 21 during a commencement ceremony in Prather Coliseum on the campus of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. Graduation with distinction is awarded to students who complete a rigorous… Continue reading →