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 →

On the Southside for Oct. 16, 2014

St. George Catholic School’s annual fall open house is planned from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 30. Join members of the school community for guided tours of the campus and classrooms, observe teachers and students in classroom settings and meet the administrative team. Tours will begin in the school gym, 7880 St. George Drive. … 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 →

Prairieville, Dutchtown voters to decide on tax renewal

Prairieville and Dutchtown voters will be asked Nov. 4 to renew the original property tax and parcel fees that allowed northeastern Ascension Parish to have a full-time, paid fire department nearly a decade ago. Officials with parish Fire Protection District No. 3 said they are seeking renewal of the dedicated taxes and fees that voters in the … 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 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 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 →

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 →

Gonzales mayor, City Council may resolve budget impasse

Gary Lacombe; Terance Irvin; Timothy Vessel

After a four-month controversy over funding for new police cars for the Gonzales Police Department — a controversy that’s involved three mayoral vetoes so far — it appears the issue could be resolved at Monday’s City Council meeting. The five council members will be voting on an amendment to the city’s general … 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 →

Ascension commission takes aim at family partition loopholes

The Ascension Parish Planning Commission on Wednesday backed the closing of loopholes in a long-standing practice of allowing families to skirt some development rules when they break up their land and give the new parcels to immediate family. The practice, known as a family partition, has come under fire in recent months … Continue reading →

City, parish, state law enforcement honored

Photo provided by Allison Hudson -- Sheriff Jeff Wiley, left, presents Lt. Coy Daigle with the Lawman of the Year Award on Sept. 24 during a Knights of Columbus banquet in Gonzales.

Law enforcement professionals from three area agencies recently were honored by area Knights of Columbus councils. Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Lt. Coy Daigle, Gonzales police officer Stephen Ussery and State Trooper Gregory Handy Jr. each received the plaques during a Sept. 24 banquet in Gonzales. Daigle, who was named Deputy of the Year, … Continue reading →

Cancer survivors, caregivers celebrate with bowling party

Photo provided by Kim Myers -- Cancer survivors attend a bowling party Sept. 25 at Premiere Lanes in Gonzales.

More than a dozen cancer survivors and their caregivers celebrated Sept. 25 with a bowling party at Premiere Lanes in Gonzales. Phyliss LeBlanc, of Premiere Lanes, hosted the event, which featured free bowling and food, said Kriste Haydel, chairwomen of the American Cancer Services survivor committee. This was the second year for the “celebration of life … Continue reading →

Women’s health seminar set in Donaldsonville

Several groups and residents are coming together Oct. 25 for a health and wellness seminar for women in Donaldsonville. St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church, Tamiko Francis Garrison, St. Elizabeth Hospital, Beauty by Design, P.R.E.A.C.H., Capitol City Family Health Center, Demby and Sons Funeral Home, Louisiana Healthcare Connections and Peoples Health are organizing the Woman in You … Continue reading →

Ascension Parish Council on Aging for Oct. 9-16, 2014

Red beans and sausage link, rice, coleslaw, steamed spinach, cornbread, apple. PILATES: 8:15 a.m. and 9:15 a.m., Gonzales Senior Center. PIYO: 9 a.m., Donaldsonville Senior Center. BENEFIT UPDATES: 10 a.m., Gonzales. Debra Smith with People’s Health to talk. CAJUN NEEDLERS: 12:30 p.m., Gonzales. Meatball hoagie, O’Brien potatoes, … Continue reading →