Around Ascension for Oct. 2, 2014

A 20-member delegation representing the Gonzales Committee on Cultural Affairs is in Meylan, France, this week as part of a long-standing cultural exchange program. Follow the delegation’s travels by visiting Advocate contributor Von de Leigh Hatcher’s posting at theadvocate.com/news/ascension. Free food, games, entertainment and crafts are on tap for Saturday’s … Continue reading →

Homecoming happenings at Dutchtown High School

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- At the end of the Dutchtown High School homecoming pep rally, students gather around Queen Dallas Lipoma and King Brandt Fritsche.

Dutchtown High School senior Dallas Lipoma reigned as homecoming queen during festivities held at the school. Lipoma, the 17-year-old daughter of Pat and Dana Lipoma, was crowned during a pep rally held Friday. She is a three-year member of Allied Health program and captain of the Griffin Girls Dance Team. … Continue reading →

Hot Air Balloon Festival rises above weather, traffic hurdles

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Hot air balloons begin to take flight Friday before the start of the 2014 Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. Inclement weather canceled balloon competition flights Saturday and  Sunday, but the festival continued.

Although the hot air balloon competitions were canceled due to bad weather, an estimated 50,000 spectators still enjoyed the carnival and other family attractions held Friday and Saturday at the Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. Festivalgoers did see the popular balloon glows Friday and Saturday nights and … Continue reading →

Financial audit dings fire department

Financial auditors found the nonprofit arm of the Ascension Parish fire department in Prairieville failed to perform accounting steps aimed at ensuring the private entity is keeping close enough track of the money, including public tax dollars, in its coffers. The Prairieville Volunteer Fire Department Inc. pays contract firefighters who help cover shifts for the taxpayer-supported public … Continue reading →

Ascension Parish pets available for Oct. 2, 2014

This female domsetic shorthair 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. The … Continue reading →

Ascension Parish Police Bookings for Sept. 18-25, 2014

The following people were booked into the Ascension Parish Prison from Sept. 18-25. BRINGER, JYRAH: 22, 128 First St., Donaldsonville, probation violation, possession of firearm by person convicted of certain felonies. CAVALIER, DAVID: 30, 169 Delise Road, Labadieville, parole violation. DANDRIDGE, CARTAZE: 19, 712 Veterans Road, Donaldsonville, misdemeanor theft. FISHER, GELISHA: 22, … Continue reading →

Ascension Civil Court for Sept. 15-19, 2014

Court cases filed in Ascension Parish between Sept. 15-19. Whitney Rae Barnett v. Tutorship, tutorship. Gary Landrieu v. Cedric Levon Richmond, damages. Dannndranee Emery and state Department of Children and Family Services v. Anthony Aubert, uifsa. Mark Sawyer and state Department of Children and Family Services v. Michelle … Continue reading →

Trees planted in honor of vets have deep roots

Photo provided by Mike Bourgeois -- Aimee Bourgeois and Logan Humble pick pears at Fusion Health and Fitness in Prairieville. The fruit was donated to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank as part of a program spearheaded by Mike Bourgeois to plant fruit trees in local landscapes.

Two pear trees planted in 2009 to honor deceased veterans in Ascension Parish have been traced back to a 100-plus-year-old tree through DNA testing. Mike Bourgeois, a longtime volunteer with the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, said he was surprised to find that the tree he grafted the pear saplings from “was a lot older than we … Continue reading →

St. Amant to honor Sheets, Williams on Fri.

Two former St. Amant High School baseball standouts will be honored during a Friday ceremony before the football game at The Pit. A jersey retirement ceremony is set for Andy Sheets, who played baseball from 1986 to 1989, and Jason Williams, who wore the black and gold from 1988 to 1991. The ceremony is set for … Continue reading →

Dutchtown High welcoming back Class of ’49

The 1949 Dutchtown High School state championship football team will be honored later this month as the community honors its rich football history. Robert Braud, one of the event organizers and the grandson of the 1949 coach Harry Braud Sr., said the planned activities are a way to “bring the old and new Dutchtown together.” … Continue reading →

Dutchtown cheerleaders raise money for St. Jude

Photo provided by Jennifer W. Morrill -- Dutchtown High School cheerleaders are joined by cheerleaders from Dutchtown and Prairieville middle schools to raise money Sept. 12 at a football game. The students actually raised more than the sign indicates, bringing in $9,599.36 as part of the Team Up for St. Jude Spirited by Varsity  Game Day, an event to support St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital.

Dutchtown High School cheerleaders raised $9,599.36 during Team Up for St. Jude Spirited by Varsity — Game Day, an ongoing spirit week project to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The Griffin cheer team recruited cheerleaders from Dutchtown Middle and Prairieville Middle schools, and students and fans from Dutchtown High School to raise money to treat … Continue reading →

Four-week tennis program offered

Hope Youth Development is offering a four-week tennis program for children ages 6 to 12 at courts in Gonzales and Duplessis. Lessons are set to start from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Gonzales Municipal Courts and from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the Duplessis Park courts, in … Continue reading →

St. Amant set for homecoming weekend

Photo provided by Tim Babin Portraits -- Serving on the St. Amant High School homecoming court, from left, are Alli Duplechein, Victoria Howell, Blair Rambin and Nijah Claiborne.

St. Amant High School celebrates homecoming with a parade and pep rally Thursday. The parade leaves the school at 6 p.m., travels to The Pit and returns to the school’s Gold Dome for a pep rally. The queen and king will be crowned at the pep rally. … Continue reading →

Festival shows off art, helps out nonprofits

River Region Art Association’s annual Awesome Art Festival provides residents a chance to see and buy arts and crafts items from area artisans and gives area nonprofit groups an opportunity to earn extra money. The festival, set for Oct. 11 and Oct. 12 along the banks of Bayou Francois, will feature several nonprofit groups this year, including … Continue reading →

Festival kicks off with food, rides and music

The annual Festival of Friends, a fair to raise money for St. John Primary and St. Theresa Middle schools, kicks off Friday with food, carnival rides and music. With the theme “Mardi Gras Mambo with the Krewe of SJF/STA,” the fair is on the grounds of St. Theresa, 212 E. New River St., in Gonzales. Friday … Continue reading →

ACHS student wins state scholarship

An Ascension Catholic High School student is among a group of 50 Louisiana students to receive the 2014 Horatio Alger Louisiana State Scholarship. Tionne Jacobs, an Ascension Catholic High School student from Belle Rose, has been awarded a $10,500 scholarship. Funded by Horatio Alger Association board member William J. Dore, these scholarships are awarded … Continue reading →

Ascension updating emergency preparedness plans

Ascension Parish residents will have a chance to provide comments on the parish’s emergency preparedness plans during a Monday meeting in Gonzales and by completing an online survey. The meeting, set for 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Ascension Parish Government Executive Council Chambers Courthouse East, 828 South Irma Blvd., is part of the parish’s efforts … Continue reading →

Rotarians give $2,000 to community aid group

Members of the East Ascension Rotary Club recently presented a $2,000 donation to the St. Theresa Community Services program. Rotarians received the money from the Rotary Foundation to assist St. Theresa Community Services in providing money for utility assistance, gas and hotel vouchers. Rotarians also helped support the program though its Trick or Treat for Canned … Continue reading →

To protect, serve and grant birthday wishes

Photo provided by Stephanie Smith -- Gonzales Police officers Jimmie Dunaway, left, and Duane Carpenter, right, attend Cole Ruiz's sixth birthday party Saturday in Gonzales.

A Gonzales boy’s birthday wish was granted Saturday when two Gonzales Police officers arrived at his birthday party. “At the Gonzales Police Department, we don’t just protect and serve, we go that extra mile to make sure our residents know we support their needs as much as they support ours,” said Stephanie Smith, community press liaison for … Continue reading →

Donaldsonville man accused of lewd acts with teenage girl

Albert Fleming

Ascension Parish Sheriff’s deputies arrested early Saturday morning a registered sex offender accused of inappropriate acts with a 14-year-old girl. Deputies responded to a Donaldsonville home after witnesses said they saw Albert Fleming, 30, committing the lewd acts with a teen girl who had fallen asleep on the Donaldsonville home’s living room floor, said Chief Deputy … Continue reading →

Warrant issued for Donaldsonville man in theft of guns

Kez Gipson

The Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office issued an arrest warrant Friday for a 20-year-old man they suspect broke into a Paincourtville hardware store on Sept. 21 and stole more than 25 handguns. Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack said Saturday that authorities are searching for Kez Quintel Gipson, 509 Catadonna St., Donaldsonville, as a suspect in the burglary … Continue reading →

Man faces life sentence in rape convictions of two girls

A Raceland man faces two mandatory life sentences after an Ascension Parish jury convicted him Wednesday in the sexual abuse of two girls that began when they were barely old enough to be in elementary school and ended in their rapes during their preteen and teen years. Jurors found Edward “Tuffy” Caldwell, 51, … Continue reading →

Gonzales police arrest two following violent weekend fight

Photo provided by Gonzales Police Department -- Childhood friends got into an argument that nearly turned deadly Sunday morning in the parking lot of the Palms Apartments on North Coon Trap Road in Gonzales, city police said. One man was stabbed multiple times with life-threatening wounds while the other man, who lives in the Palms and is accused in the stabbing, had broken bones in his face. Both men were arrested after they were released from the hospital, one of them on a attempted second-degree murder count of his friend, police said.

City police said they arrested childhood friends over a weekend fight that sent both men to the hospital, one with life-threatening stab wounds from a large survival knife. The violent fistfight in the parking lot of the Palms Apartments on North Coontrap Road started at 12:30 a.m. Sunday as an argument between … Continue reading →

August school sales tax collections show drop

While Ascension Parish School Board revenue from sales tax collections for August were 10 percent higher than in August of last year, the $5.4 million in sales tax revenue last month is the lowest since March of this year, Diane Allison, director of business services, said in a report Tuesday to the … Continue reading →

City, parish renew rec partnership