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Judge refused to reduce bail for former deputy who let an inmate leave a jail transport van to buy drugs and ended up escaping

Michelle George

Entergy expects almost all Assumption Parish residents to have electricity by the end of Friday

Entergy is confident that power will be restored to almost all of its customers in Assumption Parish by the end of Friday, more than four days after Monday’s tornado-inducing storms knocked out electricity for nearly 200,000 across southeast Louisiana, parish officials said. The utility had about 148 customers without power in Assumption… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish school system one of 14 recipients of state grant for alternate teacher certification program

The Ascension Parish school system has received a $65,000 state grant to enable college graduates with degrees outside education to become certified as teachers for the district. The Ascension Parish school district is one of 14 school systems awarded the grant for 2015-2016 school year. “Most of our teachers come to… Continue reading →

Napoleonville Primary to be closed on Thursday because of storm-related damage

Widespread power outages remained Wednesday afternoon in Assumption Parish and Napoleonville Primary School will be closed for a third day on Thursday, parish officials said. All other public schools in the parish reopened Wednesday after two of the five tornadoes spawned by a severe storm front in Louisiana on Monday touched down in… Continue reading →

Gonzales Middle helps cardiology research

Photo provided by Susan Minvielle --Gonzales Middle School raised $257 through a dress down day event. Gathering April 14 for the presentation, from left, are Principal Lori Charlet, teachers Taylor and Bridgette Ford and Assistant Principal Chazz Watson.

Gonzales Middle School teachers were presented a check for $257 on April 14 to be donated to grants that will help Louisiana babies who are in need of heart surgery. The money was raised through a dress-down day at the school. Gonzales Middle teachers Taylor and Bridgette Ford accepted the check to deliver to the… Continue reading →

May art classes touch on watercolors, acrylics

Photo provided by River Region Art Association -- Diane Tygier poses with one of her award-winning paintings. She is teaching a class at Azalea Estates Assisted Living center.

River Region Art Association is offering classes and workshops on a variety of subjects in May. Artist Diane Tygier is sharing her talents with Azalea Estates Assisted Living center residents during a May 5 workshop. Artwork created in the workshop will be on display May 16 in an Estates Art Exhibition at the center. In… Continue reading →

Around Ascension for April 30, 2015

The Rock Church is hosting its TRC Fun Fair starting at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Gonzales church. The event will feature games, hayrides, inflatables, food, drinks and activities. All proceeds go to the church’s Send a Champ to Camp program. For more information, call (225) 763-1860.… Continue reading →

40 homes open for free tour this weekend

Capital Region Builders Association continues its 2015 Parade of Homes with 40 new homes on tour throughout the area on Saturday and Sunday. Fourteen Ascension Parish homes are on this year’s tour. The tour is free and open to the public, with homes open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 1… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish calendar for April 30 - May 7, 2015

INTRODUCTION TO MICROSOFT EXCEL 2013:10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Ascension Parish Library, Gonzales branch, 708 S. Irma Ave., Gonzales. INTRODUCTION TO MICROSOFT WINDOWS 8: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Gonzales branch. DRAGONS, KNIGHTS AND PRINCESSES, OH MY: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Galvez branch, 500 Mississippi St., Donaldsonville. Loss/Grief… Continue reading →

Women’s Health Week set in May

Photo provided by Lester Kenyon -- Women's Health Month declared -- Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez presents a proclamation April 16 declaring May 10-16 as National Women’s Health Week to members of the St. Elizabeth Hospital Women’s Advisory Council. Gathering for the presentation, from left, are Amy Colby, Martha Collins, Ann Stone, Ranee Rogers, Martinez, Audrey Boudreaux, Denise Chifici and Parish Councilwoman Teri Casso.

Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez proclaimed May 10-16 as National Women’s Health Week in Ascension Parish. The proclamation came during the April 16 Parish Council meeting in Gonzales. Ranee Rogers, along with other members of the Women’s Advisory Council of St. Elizabeth Hospital, accepted the proclamation from Martinez. Women’s Advisory Council member Amy Colby said… Continue reading →

Students win awards in veterans’ writing contest

Photo provided by Tanya Whitney --  Gathering in March to honor the winners of the Americanism and Voice of Democracy programs, from left, are Gertie Savoy, of VFW Post 3693 Ladies Auxiliary and Voice of Democracy, and winners Anastasia Britton, Morgan Higginbotham and Parker Vige.

The Gonzales Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3693 in March announced the winners of the VFW Post-sponsored Americanism and Voice of Democracy programs. The goals of the Americanism program are to promote patriotism, teach elementary and middle school students about our American heritage, demonstrate the proper care of the U.S. flag and ensure that the public… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish Police Bookings for April 16-22, 2015

The following people were booked into the Ascension Parish prison from April 16 - 22. BABIN III, LOUIS: 26, 11387 Gould Road, Apt. O-4, Gulfport, Mississippi, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. BLAIR, STEPHEN A.: 25, 4532 Louisa St., New Orleans, felony theft of goods, unlawful possession of fraudulent documents for identification purposes,… Continue reading →

LSMSA students attend leadership retreat

Photo provided by Crystal Evans -- Students from the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts attended a retreat April 10-12 at Lake D’Arbonne State Park. Gathering, first row from left, are Emily Swisher, Nathalie Trow-McDonald, Jacob Harrison, Isha Sharma, Daven Lavigne, Sabrina Burkey, Ian Sager and David Rusk; and second row, Joshua Poche,  Karleigh Gwyn, Maram Azmi, Tyler Cenac, MyChel Robinson, Jessica Zhang, Christina Arey, Timothy Shertzer, Seirra Harris, Mitchell Perron,  Anthony Spedale, Glenda Winfield and Madeline Read.

Students from the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts spent April 10-12 at Lake D’Arbonne State Park in Union Parish to participate in a leadership retreat. The weekend included leadership activities, team-building exercises and social events. Chaperones for the retreat were Jim Willson, student life adviser in Prudhomme Hall; Victoria Kwentua, student life adviser… Continue reading →

Lone Star BMX team rewards fundraising students with show

Photo provided by Laurie C. Richard -- Gathering after a recent BMX show at Prairieville Primary School for top sellers in a recent fundraiser, first row from left, are students Joel Burnett, Maggie Stevens and Parker Ortego; and second row, members of the Texas-based Lone Star BMX team, Jaren Grob, Jon Shaw and Landon Gideon.

Members of the Texas-based Lone Star BMX team visited Prairieville Primary School on April 21 to celebrate the school’s success in a recent chocolate fundraiser. Students who sold one case or more of World Finest Chocolate Almonds were invited to the show, which included BMX tricks, a news release said. Maggie Stevens was the top… Continue reading →

Youth volunteers sought for summer programs

Registration starts at 10 a.m. Saturday for Volunteer Ascension’s summer ConnecTeens program. Youths ages 12 to 17 can register and find out more information about the program during a meeting at the Ascension Parish Library’s Gonzales branch. ConnecTeens matches young volunteers with areas of need throughout the parish. The program was developed to… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish Council on Aging for April 30-May 7, 2015

Ham with white beans, brown rice, coleslaw, mustard greens, cornbread and apple juice. HEALTH FAIR: 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. Chicken salad sandwich on whole-wheat bread, pickled beets, potato salad and cardinal citrus mold. ZUMBA GOLD: 9 a.m., Donaldsonville Senior Center.… Continue reading →

State gives School Board top marks

The Ascension Parish School Board got impressive feedback from the state Department of Education on the district’s financial risk assessment for the 2014-15 fiscal year. The state agency looks at every school district in the state and measures it on such criteria as growth in public school enrollment, what percentage of teachers… Continue reading →

Ascension Athletics for April 30, 2015

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- St. Amant's Taylor Trabeaux (25) gets a single to score Abby McKey from third base to make the score 10-3  in the fifth inning of St. Amant's 5-5A softball win over East Ascension in March at St. Amant.

The No. 1-seeded St. Amant Lady Gators made it 26 in a row and earned a spot in the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Fast Pitch 56 state tournament for the fifth year in a row. The 11-4 victory at Lady Gator Park over No. 16 Barbe (18-7) also made it the 14th time in 15 seasons St.… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish pets available for April 30, 2015

This male tan and white adult terrier 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. For information, call (225) 675-6557.… Continue reading →

Donaldsonville council views proposed budget

City Council members got a first glance Tuesday at the city’s proposed 2015-16 fiscal year budget, which could include a $2 per thousand cubic feet average monthly increase in natural gas prices for customers. City Financial Director Sandra Williams gave the council a short overview of the proposed fiscal plan, which calls… Continue reading →

Clark Lambert honored for 36 years of service

Photo provided  by James LeBlanc -- The St. Amant High School Gator Nation and the St. Amant Booster Club took time out last week at the bi-district Lady Gator playoff game against Chalmette to recognize  long time Gator supporter and school employee Clark Lambert, center.

Every one of us can look back during our school years and think of a special person who left his mark on our lives. Teachers probably make up the majority of the memories we have for those who leave a lasting impression on our future. Back in my day at St. Theresa, one of the folks… Continue reading →

Dardenne to visit Sorrento during Tourism Week

Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne is hosting a news conference May 6 in Sorrento as part of a statewide expedition celebrating National Tourism Week. He’ll stop at the Ascension Parish Tourism Commission office, 6967 La. 22, at 5 p.m. as part of the tour. The purpose of the trip is to tout the tourism industry, a news… Continue reading →

Ascension Civil Court for April 13-17, 2015

Court cases filed in Ascension Parish between April 13-17. Skye Lemay v. Tutorship, tutorship. Cavalry Spv I LLC Assignee and Ge Retail Bank Care Credit v. Glyniss Desira, open account. Neighbors Federal Credit Union v. Irfan Rende, promissory note. Chad Coppola and Crystal Copolla v. Terra Nova Construction LLC… Continue reading →

Weather Service confirms two tornadoes touched down in Assumption Parish during Monday storm

Two tornadoes touched down Monday in Assumption Parish, bringing to three the number of twisters created when a severe line of thunderstorms tore through southeast Louisiana. U.S. National Weather Service damage assessment teams confirmed Tuesday that the tornados touched down in Napoleonville and Pierre Part, said Chris Bannan, meteorologist with the Weather… Continue reading →

Search continues for missing boater on Bayou Manchac

State and Ascension Parish rescue crews on Tuesday resumed the search for a boater who disappeared Monday night after his boat sank in Bayou Manchac, state wildlife officials said. Allen Fitzgerald, 24, of Prairieville, and another man were traveling in a 12-foot bateau on the bayou in Ascension Parish about… Continue reading →

Ascension School Board member calls for relocating Donaldsonville Primary and west bank Head Start program

In a bid to find a new home for the city’s Head Start program, Ascension Parish School Board member Robyn Penn Delaney said Tuesday that she would like the school system to close Donaldsonville Primary and rebuild it farther from CF Industries. Delaney said she will propose the School Board make a… Continue reading →

Power outages lead to closure of Assumption Parish schools, courthouse

Assumption Parish public schools and the parish courthouse in Napoleonville will be closed Tuesday due to power outages throughout the parish, school officials said. All government offices in the Napoleonville courthouse and 23rd Judicial District Judge Jessie LeBlanc’s Division D office will be closed, a parish official said in a news release Monday.… Continue reading →

State mobile lab detects elevated levels of mercury in air downwind of alumina plant in St. James Parish

A mobile lab detected a plume with elevated levels of mercury in the air downwind of the Noranda Alumina plant in St. James Parish last month, according to a state Department of Environmental Quality report. The Mississippi River complex, which converts bauxite ore into alumina, a precursor for aluminum, has been under scrutiny since revelations earlier this… Continue reading →

Tornado watch until 8 p.m. for parishes between Baton Rouge and New Orleans

Updated at 6 p.m. The National Weather Service added the metro New Orleans area to an afternoon tornado watch Friday as a lone super cell continues to rake across south Louisiana, dropping baseball-sized hail and bringing high winds. Robert Ricks, forecaster with the New Orleans-Baton Rouge office in Slidell, said Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes… Continue reading →

Appeal in Ascension Parish murder case centers on a juror whose son had worked at the store where the victim was killed

Gladys Mobley told an investigator she thought of her son when St. Amant High School student Luke Villar was gunned down nearly 14 years ago while sweeping the front of a St. Amant grocery store. Mobley, now deceased, was a juror in the 2003 second-degree murder trial of Justin Granier —… Continue reading →