Hold on to your hats: Seniors get into Easter spirit

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Eva Lewis and Rosa Braud, from left, laugh as the judges look over their entires on April 17 in the Ascension Council on Aging's Easter hat contest at the Gonzales Senior Center.

Chapeaus adorned with plastic eggs, flowers, stuffed bunnies, crosses, ribbons, candy and baskets were the stars on April 17 at the Ascension Council on Aging’s annual Easter Spring Fling hat contest. The party, held at the Gonzales Senior Center, featured music by Cliff Nickens, the hat contest and an Easter egg contest. … Continue reading →

Council weighs drainage proposal

The City Council voted Tuesday to bring the West Ascension Drainage District into discussions for drainage work planned by the Bayou Lafourche Freshwater District. The move came after some council members raised questions about the freshwater district’s plan and its potential effect on parts of the city. … Continue reading →

Around Ascension for April 24, 2014

The founder of the River Road African American Museum is receiving the Lieutenant Governor’s Passion for Culture Award this week. Kathe Hambrick Jackson, museum executive director, received the award Tuesday during a ceremony at the Capitol Park Museum in Baton Rouge. Jackson was one of 17 residents and organizations honored for making outstanding contributions to the … Continue reading →

Ascension Parish pets available for April 24, 2014

This black and white female domestic shorthair: spayed, up to date on vaccines.

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

Poetry readings, writing workshops set for May

Darrell Bourque

The Ascension Parish Library’s Let’s Put It In Writing poetry readings and writing workshops are set for May. The program gives writers the opportunities to draw on the inspiration and poetry of poets Ava Leavell Haymon and Darrell Bourque, a news release from the library said. The workshops are funded by a grant from the Louisiana … Continue reading →

Youth Summer Art Camp registration underway

Registration is underway for the River Region Art Association’s Youth Summer Art Camp. The camp is held in four weekly sessions at the St. Amant Recreation Center, 45404 Stringer Bridge Road, St. Amant. The cost is $90 per session and is open to youth ages 6 to 15. All supplies and a daily snack are provided. … Continue reading →

May 1 deadline to enter Vegetable Garden Contest

May 1 is the deadline to enter the Ascension Home Vegetable Garden Contest for adults and 4-H youth. The LSU Agricultural Center sponsors the annual contest. Categories for vegetable gardens are youth gardens, adult small home vegetable gardens, adult medium gardens and adult large gardens All gardens must have at least four types of … Continue reading →

Flag football league accepting players

Advocate file photo by April Buffington -- Keelan Irvin, 5, in front, zooms past Reginald 'Reggie' Jackson, 6, during a 2012 game of flag football in Gonzales. Registration for the summer program is underway

Registration is underway for the Gonzales Youth Flag Football summer session, organizer Mark Peters said. Games will be held on Saturdays in Gonzales. Boys and girls ages 5 to 12 are invited to register in the coed league. The fee for the five-week season is $30. … Continue reading →

Dutchtown High wins seventh place in contest

Photo provided by Jennifer Morrill -- Dutchtown High School senior cheerleaders show off their certificate at a national cheerleading competition. Attending are, first row from left, Alyssa Gordillo, captain Sydney Alexander and Breanna Garner; and second row, Nicole Megginson and captain Bailey Watts.

The Dutchtown High School cheer squad returned from the national High School Cheerleading Championships in February. The finish was the highest in Dutchtown High history at the UCA Nationals, said Jennifer W. Morrill, varsity cheerleading coach. The school’s competition squad attended the Orlando, Fla., event, which is sponsored by the Universal Cheerleaders Association. “They nailed … Continue reading →

Group honors LaCours’ dedication to parish GOP

Photo provided by Rhett Bourgeois -- Ascension Parish Assessor M. J. 'Mert' Smiley Jr., center, presents a plaque to Joyce LaCour, left, and Harold LaCour for the years they spent promoting the Republican Party in Ascension Parish.

Harold and Joyce LaCour were surprised at the Ascension Republican Women’s Roundtable in March when they received an award for their years of dedication to the Republican Party in Ascension Parish. Parish Assessor M.J. “Mert” Smiley Jr., who was the guest speaker at the event, presented a plaque to the LaCours to mark the years they … Continue reading →

Ascension Parish Police Bookings for April 10-17, 2014

The following people were booked into the Ascension Parish Prison from April 10-17. April 10 Delmore, Willie James: 53, 39085 Cornerview Road, Gonzales, failure to appear in court. Francois, David: 22, 16517 Joe Sevario Road, Prairieville, failure to appear in court. Mizell, Treyrand: 25, 43178 Cannon Road, Gonzales, two counts theft, failure to appear in court. Probst … Continue reading →

Ascension Civil Court for April 7-11, 2014

Court cases filed in Ascension Parish between April 7-11. Curtis Aguillard v. Security National Insurance Co., Markel American Insurance Co., Long Equipment LLC and Chad Long, damages. Matthew Anders v. Louisiana State of Department Transportation, Ovilso Romero and Nationwide Affinity Insurance Co., damages. Neighbors Federal Credit Union v. Amy Yuratich, … Continue reading →

Gonzales Middle School announces honor roll

Photo provided by Susan Minvielle -- Honored at a recent event at Gonzales Middle School for earning a 4.0 grade-point average are, from left, Emily Russo, Ann Marie Frisby, John David Boylan, Jordan Winn and Lilly Tran.

Gonzales Middle School released its honor roll for the third nine-week grading period. Students are named to the principal’s list if they earn a 3.61 to 4.0 grade-point average. The sixth-grade 4.0 principal’s list included Anna Catherine Bumpus, Thailand Jerome Lathers, Alexa Nicole Juarez, Lily Isabella Tran and Jordan Michelle Winn. Named to the … Continue reading →

Seniors celebrate Class Wars victory

Photo provided by Renee Delaune -- East Ascension High School senior Christian Kesler, center, reacts to getting hit with a snow ball during Partypalooza, a party held to reward the winners of the annual 'Class Wars' competition.

Seniors ditched their school uniforms for more comfortable attire April 11 for East Ascension High School’s annual Partypalozza. Throughout the school year, students competed for points in the annual Class Wars competition. Points are awarded for several activities, including to the class that has the highest attendance at a sporting game, winning the … Continue reading →

Care providers named employees of the month

Photo provided by Gerrie Noto -- Brenda Darensbourg, Geraldine Gray and Kaylonda Brown, from left, are honored April 4 as nominees for the Arc of East Ascension April Employee of the Month award.

Brenda Darensbourg and Betty Lewis were named April Employees of the Month by the Arc of East Ascension. Arc of East Ascension supervisors, coordinators, managers and the executive director meet April 4 at a reception to honor the nominees and announce the winner. Nominees were Kaylonda Brown, who has worked at the agency for more than … Continue reading →

Prairieville resident earns BASF scholarship

Vanessa Beall

Prairieville resident Vanessa Beall was one of four LSU students to earn a scholarship from BASF as part of the company’s BASF Team Chemistry Scholarship Fund. Beall, a sophomore majoring in chemical engineering, mentors young, pregnant and parenting teen mothers, like herself, to ensure they are on the right path to success. Despite the challenges of being … Continue reading →

Gonzales Middle ESL class awarded grant

Photo provided by Lisa Cypel -- Gonzales Middle School students Alexandra Salas, left, and Karen Chavez create an iLeap motivational video using technology purchased through an Ascension Fund Grant.

Students in Lisa Cypel’s English as a Second Language elective class at Gonzales Middle School were able to boost their literacy skills this school year thanks to an Ascension Fund grant. The ESL Literacy Enhancement Project received the St. Elizabeth Hospital Endowment Grant for $1,000 to purchase iPods, an iPad and video technology for the … Continue reading →

Ascension Fund grant boosts reading at Spanish Lake Primary

Photo provided by Cathy Ragusa -- Spanish Lake Primary School kindergarten students revise writing at the writing center purchased with funds from an Ascension Fund grant. Working in the center are, from left,  Olivia Henderson, Tucker Suire, Madeline Hebert and Cole Carmouche.

Cathy Ragusa’s Spanish Lake Primary School kindergarten students have learned how to connect phonics and reading skills to writing thanks to an Ascension Fund Grant. The “Kindergartners Can Write Too!” project resulted in students becoming more confidant and independent writers, Ragusa said in a news release. A creative phonics program called Phonic Faces was purchased with … Continue reading →

Sheriff’s Office hires new employees

Photo provided by Allison Hudson -- Gathering this week to welcome new employees to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office are, from left,  Lt. Col. Bobby Webre, Chief Deputy Tony Bacala, Sean Todd, Marvin Williams, Heather Hartmann, Tyrus Cobb, Anthony Kolb, and Sheriff Jeff  Wiley. Todd, Williams, Hartmann, Cobb and Kolb report to work on May 1.

The Ascension Paris Sheriff’s Office has hired five new employees, officials said. Sheriff Jeff Wiley announced the hiring of Heather Hartmann to the department’s human resources office and Tyrus Cobb, Anthony Kolb, Sean Todd and Marvin “Bo” Williams to the corrections department. The new employees start May 1. … Continue reading →

English class students hold Victorian tea

Photo provided by Janis Ament -- Taking part in a Victorian tea are Lynn Moak's eighth-grade literature students at St. Theresa Middle School, from left, Morgan Cochran, Allison Rodrigue, Kristina Midence, Breanna Berteau, Carly Gautreau, and Caroline Tousinau.

Eighth-graders in Lynn Moak’s English class held a Victorian tea on March 25 at St. Theresa Middle School as part of a class assignment. Moak assigned the project after her students read Charles Dickens’ “The Christmas Carol.” Students were given subjects to research from the time period, such as fashion, authors of the time, the … Continue reading →

April named Fair Housing Month in Ascension

Photo provided by  Lester Kenyon -- Gathering April 3 at a Parish Council meeting in Donaldsonville to proclaim April as Fair Housing Month in Ascension Parish are, from left, Councilman Oliver Joseph, Council Chairman Chris Loar, Councilman Dempsey Lambert, Councilman Travis Turner, Councilman Daniel 'Doc' Satterlee, Councilman Kent Schexnaydre, Parish President Tommy Martinez, Parish Grants Officer Martha Collins, Parish Councilman Randy Clouatre, Parish Councilman Bryan Melancon, Parish Councilman Todd Lambert, Parish Councilwoman Terri Casso and Parish Councilman Benny Johnson.

Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez has proclaimed April as Fair Housing Month in Ascension Parish. Martinez read the proclamation aloud April 3 during the Parish Council meeting in Donaldsonville. This is the 46th anniversary of the National Fair Housing Law, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, a news release from Martinez said. … Continue reading →

Ascension Parish Council on Aging for April 24-May 1, 2014

Spaghetti with meat sauce, green beans with peppers, tossed salad with dressing, white dinner roll and apple cobbler. PILATES: 8:15 a.m. and 9:15 a.m., Gonzales Senior Center, 526 S. Irma Blvd. PIYO: 9 a.m., Donaldsonville Senior Center, 101 Bocage Drive. CARDIODX: 10 a.m., Donaldsonville. A cardiac awareness talk by D. Richard. CAJUN NEEDLERS: … Continue reading →

West Feliciana schools seek millage increase

West Feliciana Parish voters will consider a 14-mill property tax increase for the public school system when they go to the polls May 3. Some voters are casting their ballots during early voting, which ends Saturday. If passed, the 10-year, 14-mill property tax for the parishwide Consolidated School District 1 is … Continue reading →

Deputies search river for man after family slayings

Ronald Green Jr., left, and Dewona Wright Green

The estranged wife of a Gonzales man accused of fatally shooting her and their son before possibly jumping to his own death Thursday off a Mississippi River bridge claimed in a series of court papers — some filed days before the slayings — that she had a turbulent marriage with … Continue reading →

Church converts building for food, clothing pantry

Advocate staff photo by Darlene Denstorff -- Willie Farve prepares price tags for clothes and items sold Saturday at the Mount Pilgrim Calvary Missionary Baptist church's clothes closet and food pantry in Geismar.

A new community clothes closet and food pantry opened its door Saturday in a historic church building. The Mount Pilgrim Calvary Missionary Baptist Church members decided about a year ago to open the rarely used Mount Pilgrim church building, constructed in 1862, as a food pantry and small thrift store, the Rev. Irvin … Continue reading →

Nonprofit tasked to develop plan

The City Council cleared the way this week for a new land-use master plan to be developed for the city and took the next step toward finalizing its budget for the coming fiscal year. At its meeting Monday night, the council approved contracting with the nonprofit Center for Planning Excellence of Baton … Continue reading →

Around Ascension for April 17, 2014

The 2014 Miss Gonzales Jambalaya Festival queen will be crowned May 3 at the Gonzales Civic Center. Girls ages 14 to 17 are eligible to compete for the teen crown and women ages 18 to 22 can compete in the miss division, pageant organizer Elise Tureau said. Ascension Parish boys through age 4 are invited to … Continue reading →

Ascension Athletics: Pairings to be announced

State softball playoff pairings were expected to be announced Thursday, according to the Louisiana High School Athletic Association website. And Ascension Parish will feature some major players in the race to the state tournament to be held May 2-3 in Sulphur. St. Amant will be among the teams to beat in the Class 5A postseason. … Continue reading →

Ascension Parish pets available for April 17, 2014

This 4-month-old female Catahoula cur mix.

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