Hearing set for man who avoided prison for 19 years

Stanley White

A state district judge will hear arguments Sept. 18 over whether to tell a Donaldsonville man convicted 19 years ago of negligent homicide that it is finally time to serve his two-year prison sentence. Judge Jessie LeBlanc, of the 23rd Judicial District Court, on Monday ordered the hearing for Stanley White, 39, after … Continue reading →

Vandals strike Galvez Middle; three in custody

Khrystopher Landix

Vandals broke into Galvez Middle School on both Tuesday and Wednesday nights, where they smashed windows, poured paint on floors and stairs, and sprayed fire extinguishers, but surveillance cameras provided enough information for Ascension Parish deputies to arrest an adult and two children, one of whom is 12 years old. School officials … Continue reading →

Ex-gang leader talks about changing paths

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Talented Kidz Rock Dance performs July 24 at the Donaldsonville Teen Summit.

The Lemann Memorial Center was silent as former gang leader Arthur “Silky Slim” Reed talked about his experiences with gang violence and his work these days trying to prevent young people from going down the same path he followed. Reed said he knows firsthand what violence and drugs can do to a community … Continue reading →

Changes coming to area schools

Illustration provided by the Ascension Parish School Board --New projects coming to Galvez Middle include a new administration building that will go up near the football field. The field itself was turned 90 degrees this summer to accommodate the new construction.

Galvez Middle is seeing some of the most ambitious construction projects in the Ascension Parish school district right now. And while not all of it will be ready in time for the opening of school on Aug. 6, students will have a lot to look forward to. One of the most striking … Continue reading →

Pilot, captain, writer recounts tales from his very active life

Advocate photo by VON DE LEIGH HATCHER -- Author Pat Joffrion talks during a July 24 program at the Ascension Parish Library's Donaldsonville branch.

As a child, Pat Joffrion was a ball of energy, taking apart his mother’s appliances and attempting to parachute from a tree with a bed sheet. Joffrion eventually rerouted that energy into his writing, completing two novels. Joffrion, a pilot, U.S. Merchant Marine captain and author, talked about those adventures and his writings July 24 … Continue reading →

Ascension Athletics: The Griffins Reloaded

Advocate file photo by John Oubre -- Dutchtown quarterback Brandt Fritsche hands the ball off to running back Kajuan Coleman against Woodlawn during a 2013 game. Both are returning this season.

Last season a propensity for late-game heroics powered Dutchtown High’s Griffins on a run that earned a share of the District 5-5A title and an eventual berth in the state quarterfinals. The Griffins return most of last season’s major contributors for the 2014 season. District 5-5A is once again setting up to be … Continue reading →

Ascension Parish pets available for July 31, 2014

This adult female Schnauzer mix.

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. … Continue reading →

Ascension Parish Police Bookings for July 17-24, 2014

The following people were booked into the Ascension Parish Prison from July 17-24. ADDINGTON, JOSHUA D.: 37, 1226 Dement Doryline Road, probation violation. BELL, RYAN KENDELL: 28, 130 Dville Village, Donaldsonville, probation violation. BURGETT, BRADLEY S.: 33, 17381 Penn Blvd., Prairieville, misdemeanor theft. DENNIS, CLIFTON: 39, 107 W. Eight St., Donaldsonville, misdemeanor … Continue reading →

Ascension Civil Court for July 14-18, 2014

Court cases filed in Ascension Parish between July 14-18. National Collegiate Student Loan Trust v. Nakia Thomas and Mark Simoneaux, promissory note. Dow Louisiana Federal Credit Union v. Daryl W. Mitchell and Frances Michelle Mitchell, executory process. Credit Acceptance Corp. v. Brandon Hathorn, executory judgment. Hyundai Motor Finance Co. … Continue reading →

Galvez Middle cheerleaders raise money for St. Jude

Photo provided by JAMIE BERG -- Gathering in June at the Universal Cheerleaders Association camp are members of the Galvez Middle School cheer squad. The squad includes, first row from left, Josie Dubois, SheTaja Deverteuil, Kennedi Thompson, Kelsi Martine, Skylar Sirk and Sophie Gautreau; and second row, Kolbi Richardson, Carly Harrell, Averi Lambert, Layne Melancon, Alli Furlow, Macee Chenevert, Madison Guitrau, Madalyn Cummings, McKinzey Fowler, Amelia Roubique and Lexie LeBlanc.

Cheerleaders from Galvez Middle School attended the Universal Cheerleaders Association camp in June. The squad learned many cheers, dances and new stunts for the 2014-2015 school year, and held a performance at the camp’s “show-off” event, school officials said in a news release. For years, Varsity and UCA have teamed up with St. Jude … Continue reading →

Relay team breaks record at track meet

One of the Future Track Club’s relay teams broke a regional record July 13 at a meet in Birmingham, Alabama. The boys 7- to 8-year-old team recorded a time of 5:16:32 for the 4x4 relay. The team includes Broderick Davis, Thomas Walker, Mason Warren and Leonardo Fuentes. The win qualified the runners for a … Continue reading →

St. Theresa awards outstanding students

Photo provided by JANIS AMENT -- Students at St. Theresa Middle School, first row from left, Allie Tureau, Kaelyn LeGaux, Randi Delaneuville; second row, Gracie Sinanan, Cameron Morin, Tyler Legendre, Alanna Linton, and Drue Gautreau; and third row, Cross Marchand, Emma Schexnaydre, Blake Peterson, Marigny Broussard and Miles San Soucie receive awards May 21 at St. Theresa of Avila Church.

Students at St. Theresa Middle School received awards May 21 at St. Theresa of Avila Church. The fourth- through eighth-grade students received the STA Award, the highest award given by administrators at the school. The award is given to one student per class who exemplifies the characteristics of a St. Theresa Middle School student, school officials said in … Continue reading →

St. Theresa, St. John name top teachers, paraprofessionals

Photo provided by JANIS AMENT -- The 2014 Teacher of the Year at St. Theresa Middle School is sixth-grade math and science teacher Gina Cancienne.

The 2014 Teacher of the Year at St. Theresa Middle School is sixth-grade math and science teacher Gina Cancienne. The 2014 Paraprofessional of the Year at St. Theresa Middle School is Edith ‘Duke’ Soulier, the director of after care at the school. At St. John Primary, first-grade teacher Mindi Gonzales was named Teacher of … Continue reading →

St. John Primary awards exemplary students

Photo provided by JANIS AMENT -- The St. John Primary School Awards are presented by St. John Primary principal Kim Naquin, back left, and the Rev. Eric Gyan, back row, to students, first row from left, Anna Clare Hertel, Carr Villnerve, Nicholas Wadsack and Katelyn Sasser; second row, Katie Belle Klump, Audrey Soulier and Brycen Guitreau; and third row, Eric Gyan, Abby Lanoux, Caylee Sheets and Hannah Englert.

Students at St. John Primary received awards May 21 at St. John the Evangelist Church. First- through third-grade students received the SJP Award, the highest award given by administrators at the school, a news release from the school said. The award is given to one student per class who exemplifies the characteristics of a St. John Primary School … Continue reading →

Ascension fire departments get insurance rebates

Photo provided by Office of the Parish President -- Gathering recently for a presentation of checks from the states fire insurance premium rebate program are, from left, Wanda Martin, president, Galvez-Lake Volunteer Fire Department; Alden Gautreau, president, 7th District Volunteer Fire Department; Jessie Bartley, treasurer, 5th Ward Volunteer Fire Department; Ascension Parish Council Chairman Chris Loar; Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez; James E. LeBlanc, fire chief, St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department/chairman, Fire District #1; Mark Stewart, fire chief, Prairieville Volunteer Fire Department; and Sarah Pinion, secretary, Sorrento Volunteer Fire Department.

Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez distributed portions of a fire insurance premium rebate totaling $455,369 to Ascension Parish fire departments last week. The rebate amounts are based on a formula that was established by the state legislature in 1989, Fire District 1 Chairman James LeBlanc said. The annual payments represent money collected from fees assessed on fire … Continue reading →

Jaguars place 4th in national contest

Photo provided by THE LOUISIANA JAGUARS --  Members of the winning Jaguars team, first row from left, are Carrington Hall and Cameron Dumas; kneeling, Shedrick Smith III, Jarvis Moll Jr., Garland Robertson Jr., Michael Douglas III, Terique Daley and Earnest London; and second row, assistant coach Jonathan Walker, Bradon Davies, Adrian Bowie Jr., Marques Anderson, Kamron Glover, Jacolby Lee, Jahnoi Daley, Brandon Bourgeois, assistant coach Adrian Steib Jr. and head coach Tyler Turner.The Louisiana Jaguars 8th grade AAU basketball team, coached by Tyler Turner, Jonathan Walker, and Adrian Steib Jr,  competed in AAU Nationals DII and achieved a 4th place national ranking. “It goes to show you that hardwork, sacrifice, dedication and team work pays off” an excited Coach Walker stated. They competed with over 100 teams at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, FL. “The 4th place finish is great for the kids. They understand that learning the fundamentals are important. But our organization is bigger than basketball. We are developing the players to be successful on and off the court,” Turner said. The Jaguars finished the season with a 26-13 record.

The Louisiana Jaguars eighth-grade Amateur Athletic Union basketball team, coached by Tyler Turner, Jonathan Walker and Adrian Steib Jr., won fourth place in the AAU Nationals DII at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida. “It goes to show you that hard work, sacrifice, dedication and team work pays off,” Walker said, adding that the … Continue reading →

Photographers’ work sought for exhibition

River Region Art Association is calling for photographers throughout the area to submit artwork to its Photography Exhibition 2014, to be held Aug. 18-29 at the association’s Depot Gallery, 1008 W. La. 30, Gonzales. The exhibit is open to youths ages 6 to 17 and adults. There is no entry fee and photographers are limited to three … Continue reading →

Ascension Gators to hold baseball tryouts

Tryouts for the Ascension Gator Baseball’s competitive teams will be Saturday, Aug. 9 at St. Amant Park on Stringer Bridge Road. Times vary by team. The 8U team will be from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Call Brandon Reddicks at (504) 416-5363 for information. The 9U team will … Continue reading →

Tryouts planned for Lady Hawks softball

The Lady Hawks, a girls’ fast-pitch softball team in Gonzales, will hold tryouts for the 12-year-old and under team’s fall 2014 and spring 2015 seasons from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Dutchtown High School’s softball field, behind the school, 13165 La. 73, Geismar. Sign in and warm … Continue reading →

Ascension Parish calendar for July 31-Aug. 7, 2014

ASCENSION NETWORKING BREAKFAST: 7:30 a.m., St. Elizabeth Hospital, 1125 W. La. 30, Gonzales. Ascension Business Connection will hold a networking event featuring Dr. Christina Smith, of Sozo Nutritional Health Consulting. She will give a presentation about how stomach health is connected to business health. (225) 621-2906. DOC MCSTUFFINS PARTY: 6 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Galvez, … Continue reading →

Ascension Council on Aging for July 31-Aug. 7, 2014

Hamburger on a bun, baked beans, cardinal citrus mold, milk. PILATES: 8:15 a.m., and 9:15 a.m., Gonzales Senior Center. PIYO: 9 a.m., Donaldsonville Senior Center. CAJUN NEEDLERS: 12:30 P.M., Gonzales. Smothered chicken leg quarter, Normandy-blend vegetables, seasoned potatoes, white bread, applesauce, milk. ZUMBA GOLD: 9 a.m., … Continue reading →

AG declines request to investigate Gonzales mayor

Advocate staff photo by ELLYN COUVILLION -- Gonzales Mayor Barney Arceneaux announces his veto of amended budgets, passed by three of the five city councilmen, at a news conference on Wednesday. To the left of Arceneaux is councilman Kenny Matassa and to the right is Police Chief Sherman Jackson, with several police officers also present in a show of support for the veto.

Mayor Barney Arceneaux revealed Monday that Councilman Gary Lacombe recently asked the state to investigate the mayor for malfeasance in office — and that the Attorney General’s Office has ruled there are no valid grounds for doing so. Lacombe alleges Arceneaux is violating a city ordinance by not removing two members from … Continue reading →

Spartans make offseason count

Advocate staff photo by  April Buffington --  East Ascension High's head football coach Paul Bourgeois talks with quaterback Kyran Irvin on July 14 during an early morning workout.

It’ll be another month before the East Ascension High School football players put on a set of pads, but that doesn’t mean the Spartans are spending their summer on the couch. Because of LHSA regulations, high school football teams are not allowed to participate in padded drills for another month. … Continue reading →

Pecan Grove's Meyers named Principal of the Year

Advocate staff photo by Ellyn Couvillion -- Marjorie Meyers, principal of Pecan Grove Primary in Gonzales, was named Louisiana's outstanding principal of the year, in the elementary school category.

Marjorie Meyers, principal of Pecan Grove Primary, thought she’d always be a classroom teacher. “I still feel like a teacher,” she said. Meyers said she sees one of her most important roles as a principal as being “an instructional leader” for her staff. On July 12, Meyers was named Louisiana’s outstanding … Continue reading →

Ascension Parish Police Bookings for July 10-17, 2014

The following people were booked into the Ascension Parish Prison from July 10-17. ARNOLD, RONNIE MACK: 45, 2967 69th St., Baton Rouge, theft, simple burglary. CARTER, DEMARIC: 48, 2555 Leola Carter, Gonzales, entry on or remaining in places or on land after being forbidden/trespassing of real property. CROCKER, SHAQUISHA: unknown, 12069 Turry … Continue reading →

Ascension Parish calendar for July 24-31, 2014

TEEN SUMMIT: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lemann Memorial Center, Donaldsonville. A daylong program for teens. TOTALLY TUBULAR SCIENCE BRACELETS: 2 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Galvez, 40300 La. 42. (225) 622-3339. SPARKLE CAKE POPS: 4 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Dutchtown, 13278 La. 73. Teens will learn how to make cake pops. (225) 673-8699. LOSS AND … Continue reading →

Ascension Civil Court for July 7-11, 2014

Court cases filed in Ascension Parish between July 7-11. Miles Holley, Melissa Holley and 4-M Tires LLC v. Mark Simoneaux, Michelle Simoneaux and 4-M Tires LLC, miscellaneous. Vicki dba Deer Key Marketing v. M&M Lodging LLC and Best Western Gonzales Inn, executory judgment. Shannon Marie Heath v. David Rena Hayes, … Continue reading →

Local students place in state art contest

Photo provided by Janis Ament --  Tonjia R. Summerell, second  from left, of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, meets with St. John Primary School students Cooper Ancale, left, Kyler Dupuy, second from right, and Audrey Soulier. The students won prizes at the state level in their age group in the 2014 Louisiana DOTD Aviation Art Contest.

St. John Primary and St. Theresa Middle school officials announced students who won at the state level in the 2014 Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Aviation Art Contest. St. John Primary student Kyler Dupuy placed third in the 6- to 7-year-old age group. St. John Primary student Cooper Ancale placed first, St. Theresa Middle student … Continue reading →

Ascension Parish Farm Bureau members win at La. convention

Photo provided by Gerrilyn McCool -- Acension Parish Farm Bureau member Sandra Sotile, left, accepts the Award of Excellence from  Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee Chairperson Denise Canatella during the recent Farm Bureau state convention.

Ascension Parish Farm Bureau members picked up awards at the recent Louisiana Farm Bureau Convention in New Orleans. Ascension Parish Farm Bureau President Frank Sotile Jr., of Donaldsonville, accepted a Four Star Award from Ronnie Anderson, president of the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation. Ascension Farm Bureau was recognized for outstanding program achievements. Louisiana Farm Bureau Women’s … Continue reading →

Around Ascension for July 24, 2014

Children can spend Saturday morning fishing thanks to a program hosted by the Ascension Fair Association. Boys and girls 6 and older are invited to take part in the association’s annual Let’s Go Fishing program from 7:45 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center pond. A light lunch will be provided, and parents are … Continue reading →

Lake Elementary sets Prep Day schedule for students, parents

Lake Elementary School’s Prep Day starts at 9 a.m. July 30 in the school cafeteria and gym. Prep Day is for all Lake Elementary students in kindergarten through eighth-grade. During Prep Day students and parents will be asked to move through several stations to receive materials and information. School officials ask that parents attend with … Continue reading →

Real estate agents honored at annual Villar & Co. event

Photo provided by Ellie Amedee -- Gathering recently to celebrate successes in 2013 are Realtors with Villar & Co. Real Estate, first row from left, Kristina Smallhorn, Jeff Gautreau and Sandy Scallan; and second row, Sherri Rachal, Joey Jarreau, Dudley Brown, Lindsey Laird, broker and owner Donna Villar, Darla V Bruno and Dee Robinson.

Villar & Co. Real Estate recently gathered for the company’s annual awards luncheon where several real estate agents were honored for different levels of sales success in 2013. The Gold Sales Award went to Darla Villar Bruno, who sold more than $5.5 million in real estate. The Silver Sales Awards went to Sherri Rachal with more … Continue reading →

Keeping the beat

Photo provided by Carey Long -- Fifty students perform July 11 at the conclusion of the first week of East Ascension High School drumline and colorguard camp. The camp provides the members an opportunity to practice music and performance techniques. Camps continue throughout July, with a performance set at 6:30 p.m. July 31 in the school gym. Patti Roussel is the band director and Nicole Mlynczak and assistant director.

East Ascension High School drumline and colorguard camp provides members an opportunity to practice music and performance techniques. Camps continue throughout July, with a performance set at 6:30 p.m. July 31 in the school gym. Patti Roussel is the band director and Nicole Mlynczak is assistant director. … Continue reading →

Agency collects School Tools

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- JerKalynn Lawrence, left, Sephanie Haas, center and Addym Albarado, 14, catalog some of the donations received July 16 during the annual Stuff The Bus school supply drive for Volunteer Ascension. Supplies received will be donated to local schools and distributed to students from needy families.

The pencils, binders, notebooks, crayons and brightly colored folders were counted, sorted and stacked in an empty Central Middle School classroom as Volunteer Ascension volunteers ended their annual School Tools and Stuff the Bus campaigns. The nonprofit agency started the School Tools drive in June when it rolled out big, blue barrels at businesses … Continue reading →

Students build skills during BASF summer internship

Photo provided by BASF -- BASF offered 22 chemical and mechanical engineering students the opportunity to spend a summer through its internship program at the Geismar site. Taking part in the program are, first row from left, John Boudreaux, Lucas Ortiz, Kristen Pearson, Olivia McGahan, Aubrey Kress, Taurean Antoine, Blaine Leger and Ryan Kinler; second row, Ian Howard, Laura Iverson, Tiffany Robinson, London Hayes, Brian Gates, Timothy Patterson and Jonathan Sellers; and third row, Alexander Russell, Brandon Travis, Mack Todd, Tyler Chamblin, Michael Pinder and Joseph Hollier.

Chemical and mechanical engineering students from across the country are in Ascension Parish this summer interning with BASF at its Geismar site. Selected from universities across the country, 22 interns are applying their technical and professional skills and knowledge to real-world situations while participating in engineering projects at BASF’s largest manufacturing facility in North America, a news … Continue reading →