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Amoeba puts new spotlight on Ascension Parish bid to buy Donaldsonville water company

For nearly two months, outgoing Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez has pitched the purchase of Peoples Water Service Co. as a way to improve the flagging finances of a west bank parish water district and eventually expand water service to the east bank. But the prospect of the parish having its own water plant has taken on… Continue reading →

Before brain-eating amoeba found in rural water district, Ascension Parish was attempting to boost chlorine elsewhere in parish

The day after a brain-eating amoeba was discovered in a rural water district in Ascension Parish, the state rejected a previous request by the parish to proactively boost the level of disinfectant in the system. The state Department of Health and Hospitals discovered the deadly Naegleria fowleri amoeba in a water sample it took Tuesday in… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish officials begin task of cleaning water line that tested positive for brain-eating amoeba

Ascension Parish officials on Wednesday morning were in the process of tapping a water line to inject additional chlorine to kill a brain-eating amoeba found a day earlier in one of the parish’s water districts. “Our goal is to have it completed at the end of the day or, at the latest, tomorrow morning” with additional… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish calendar for July 30-Aug. 6, 2015

TAI JI QUAN: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Ascension Parish Library, Gonzales Branch, 708 S. Irma Blvd. MURDER MYSTERY MASQUERADE: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Dutchtown, 13278 La. 73, Geismar. SUPERHERO ACADEMY END OF SUMMER PARTY: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Gonzales. A PEOPLE’S HISTORY: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30… Continue reading →

Around Ascension for July 30, 2015

Children will receive backpacks and school supplies from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Back to School Extravaganza and Car Show at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center’s Building 6. The car show, with registration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and judging at 4 p.m., will feature prizes in several categories. Advance registration is available at… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish Police Bookings for July 16-23, 2015

The following people were booked into the Ascension Parish prison from July 16-23. DAVIS JR., DAVID JUNIOR: 26, 6038 La. 308, Paincourtville, three counts failure to appear in court. DEDON, KENNY JO: 34, 45291 John Sheets Road, St. Amant, simple burglary of vehicle. GUEDRY, GLENN PAUL: 56, 11058 Beco Road, St. Amant, failure… Continue reading →

Prairieville Girl Scouts earn Bronze Award

Photo provided by Marianne Addy -- Members of Girl Scout Troop 10816 pose with some of the dog and cat toys they made. From left are Emma Blanchard, Kathryn Bobinchuck, Whitney Wallace, Elyte Hunt, Jenna Crabtree and Katie Gillis. Not pictured are Caitlin Kirby, Emma McCarthy and Amy Grace Goins.

Ascension Parish Girl Scouts Emma Blanchard, Kathryn Bobinchuck, Katie Gillis, Amy Grace Goins, Elyte Hunt, Caitlin Kirby, Emma McCarthy and Whitney Wallace have earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award, the highest award a Girl Scout Junior can achieve, a news release said. The award requires the completion of a series of leadership challenges appropriate… Continue reading →

Prairieville teen wins fiddling competition

Photo provided by Peter Jones -- James Linden Hogg, 15, of Prairieville, was the winner of the 2015 Louisiana State Fiddle Championship held in Magale Recital Hall at Northwestern State University as part of the 36th annual Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival.

James Linden Hogg, 15, of Prairieville, was the winner of the 2015 Louisiana State Fiddle Championship held in Magale Recital Hall at Northwestern State University as part of the 36th annual Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival held July 17-18. “I am very humbled to receive this prestigious Louisiana State Fiddle Championship award from the Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival, as there… Continue reading →

Ascension students lauded as Top Scholars

Photo provided by Jenny Heroman -- Honored during a recent awards ceremony are Eatel Top Scholars, first row from left,  Madison Knott, Parker Vige and Alexis Ferguson; and standing, Ryan Hoffman, Jacob McCon and Jason Williams.

Eatel Corp. recently partnered with the Ascension Parish and Livingston Parish school systems to honor the 2015 Top Scholars in the community. The ninth annual event recognized the academic success of six high school students on an episode of the “Eatel Community Connection” TV Show, a news release said. Eatel also presented each student with a $250… Continue reading →

Ascension Braves set schedule for tryouts

The Ascension Braves will hold tryouts for the 2016 baseball season Aug. 7-8. Players can try out for three teams. Players interested in trying out for the 13- to 14-year-old and under age group can call coach Wayne Young at (225) 266-3332 for details of the 6:30 p.m. Aug. 7 tryout. The… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish Council on Aging for July 30-Aug. 6, 2015

Hamburger on a bun, lettuce/tomato/onion, mustard/ketchup, baked beans and cardinal citrus mold. PILATES: 8:15 a.m. and 9:15 a.m., Gonzales Senior Center. PIYO: 9 a.m., Donaldsonville Senior Center. ZUMBA GOLD: 10:30 a.m., Gonzales. CAJUN NEEDLERS: 12:30 p.m., Gonzales. Chicken salad, pickled beets, apple confetti coleslaw, crackers and pineapple… Continue reading →

Geismar campers cap off summer

Photo provided by Reginald Thomas -- Caring Parents of Geismar founder Doris Green, left and camp teacher Cynthia Johnson, right, pose with campers at the Geismar Community Center. Green has organized the camp for more than 18 years.

Children from the Geismar community celebrated the end of their summer camp experience July 23 with a dip in the pool at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Robert. Caring Parents of Geismar summer camp organizer and founder Doris Green said the trip was “a great, fun way to end the camp.” More than 100 children attended… Continue reading →

Ascension Athletics for July 30, 2015

Advocate staff photo by Lyle Johnson --  Canaan Watts holds a sac-a-lait he caught on the pier in better days.

With the announcement of Doug Moreau’s retirement as football coach and athletic director at Ascension Catholic High, it brought on the search for a replacement. Moreau turned things around during his tenure, with the team finishing the 2014-15 season (8-3, 4-1) by making the state playoffs. Drey Trosclair, of Houma, was selected April 2 as the new… Continue reading →

Ascension educators attend Harvard program

Photo provided by Jacksi Tisdell --  Lowery Elementary School Principal Dawn Love, left, and Lowery Middle School Principal Nicole Grimes attended the recent Closing the Achievement Gap Summer Institute at Harvard University.

A group of educators from Ascension Parish schools spent a week on Harvard University’s campus participating in the university’s Closing the Achievement Gap Summer Institute. Nicole Grimes, principal at Lowery Middle School in Donaldsonville, and Dawn Love, principal at Lowery Elementary said they deepened their understanding of how to successfully use proven methods — many already in… Continue reading →

Holocaust lessons for today’s society

Photo provided by Mandy Perret -- Teacher Mandy Perret stops for a moment after visiting a gas chamber during her summer trip with the Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Teachers’ Program. She said she became emotional after seeing where so many were killed during World War II.

Dutchtown High School’s Mandy Perret has always been drawn to history in general and stories from the Holocaust in particular. When she started teaching, she jumped at the chance to learn how to bring that history home by studying at the Institute of Holocaust Education at Tulane University, where historians interviewed survivors of the Holocaust who later… Continue reading →

State district attorneys group chooses new leaders

The Louisiana District Attorneys Association has announced that Billy Clark and District Attorney Ricky Babin have been elected as members of the LDAA board of directors. Babin is district attorney in the 23rd Judicial District, which covers Ascension, Assumption and St. James parishes. Clark is an investigator for the District Attorney’s Office in the 23rd Judicial… Continue reading →

Ascension Civil Court for July 13-17, 2015

Court cases filed in Ascension Parish between July 13-17: First National Bank of Omaha v. Lawrence G. Davis, open account. American Express Centurion Bank v. Kim M. Harris, open account. Wells Fargo Bank NA v. Michael Aguilera, executory process. Dorothy Wall v. Ascension Credit Union, damages. Louisiana… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish pets available for July 30, 2015

A 4-month old female spaniel 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 →

School site shift added to agenda

Ascension Catholic volleyball players build court skills

Photo provided by Chuck Montero -- Ascension Catholic High School volleyball players attended LSU Team Volleyball Camp on Saturday and Sunday on the LSU campus. Taking part in drills, from left, are Elizabeth Latino, Julia Beck and Carson Dunn.

Ascension Catholic High School volleyball players honed their skills Saturday and Sunday during the LSU Tiger Volleyball Team Camp in Baton Rouge. The camp was open to high school varsity, junior varsity, freshman and middle school teams and was designed to provide skill instruction and team competition. LSU offered a variety of volleyball camps throughout… Continue reading →

Expo Center to host sock hop for senior citizens

Ascension Parish’s Senior Citizen Sock Hop starts at noon Friday in the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center’s gym. Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez said lunch will be served at noon, and the music starts at 1 p.m. The dance is open to area senior citizens. The Expo Center is at 9039 S. St. Landry Road, Gonzales.… Continue reading →

Appeals still ongoing in 1999 death-penalty conviction of River Parishes serial killer

Associated Press photo -- Daniel J. Blank

A state district judge denied five of more than a dozen pending claims Friday in the post-conviction appeal of River Parishes serial killer Daniel Blank but left the majority undecided after a weeklong hearing where his attorneys questioned the effectiveness of his defense team in a 1999 capital murder trial. Judge Jessie… Continue reading →

State Bond Commission OKs funding for secondary access route to Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Ascension

Outgoing Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez said Wednesday that he’s hopeful construction on a secondary access route to Lamar-Dixon Expo Center could start in early spring, though he’d like it to be sooner. Martinez had vowed to find money for a 1-mile road connecting Lamar-Dixon to the nearby Edenborne mixed-use development in… Continue reading →

New River Lodge presents awards to students

New River Lodge Honesty and Integrity awards were presented June 14 to Pierre Fournet and Madison LeBlanc. The annual award is presented to high school juniors or seniors who maintain a high grade-point average, are involved in extracurricular activities and have plans after graduation, a news release said. The awards were presented by Al Taillon, worshipful… Continue reading →

Seven Ascension Parish deputies graduate from training academy

Photo provided by Allison B. Hudson -- Gathered after the CARTA graduation in Baton Rouge on July 7 are, from left, Warden Paul Hall, Deputies Trey Richard and Patrick Landry, Lt. Col. Bobby Webre, Deputies Austin Gautreau and Carson Fee, Sheriff Jeff Wiley, Deputies Wendell Crawford, Paul McCrory and Eugene Ferguson and Maj. Ward Webb.

Ascension Parish Deputies Wendell Crawford, Carson Fee, Eugene Ferguson, Austin Gautreau, Patrick Landry, Paul McCrory and Trey Richard graduated from the Capital Area Regional Training Academy in Baton Rouge on July 7. The graduation was at Healing Place Church in Baton Rouge. Ferguson was class president, and McCrory was vice president. CARTA… Continue reading →

Purchase planned for new technology for 911 center

Photo provided by Allison Hudson -- Gathered in the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office dispatch center are, from left, dispatcher Tonya Castle, Sheriff Jeff Wiley, Fire Marshal Butch Browning, State Rep. Johnny Berthelot and dispatcher Toni Daigle.

Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley and the Department of Public Safety are embarking on an agreement to purchase new technology improvements for the future 911 communications center, according to a news release. “Ascension Parish is growing, and it is vital that we keep up with new technology that will improve the way our communications center… Continue reading →

Around Ascension for July 23, 2015

You know the story — put two socks in the dryer and only one sock comes out. What can you do with all those stray socks? Find out during Coffee and Crafts, beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 23, at the Dutchtown Branch Library, 13278 La. 73, Geismar. Bring in a stray… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish calendar for July 23-30, 2015

LAP-SIT STORY TIME: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Ascension Parish Library, Gonzales branch, 708 S. Irma Blvd.; and Dutchtown branch, 13278 La. 73, Geismar. TAI JI QUAN: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Ascension Parish Library, Gonzales. INTRODUCTION TO MICROSOFT WORD 2013: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Donaldsonville, 500 Mississippi St.… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish Police Bookings for July 9-16, 2015

The following people were booked into the Ascension Parish prison from July 9-16. BANKS, RYDELL A.: 35, 10536 Legion St., Convent, possession of schedule II controlled dangerous substance. BELL, HAYDEN DARRAGH: 62, 17254 La. 431, Prairieville, possession of alcoholic beverages in motor vehicles, no motor vehicle insurance, operating vehicle while license is suspended,… Continue reading →

Ascension Braves gearing up for team tryouts

The Ascension Braves will hold tryouts for the 2016 baseball season Aug. 7-8. AAA age groups are 9/10 and under, 11/12 and under, 13 and under, and 14 and under. 13/14U: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 7; call coach Wayne Young (225) 266-3332 for more information. 9/10U: 9 a.m. Aug. 8; call… Continue reading →

Prairieville teen attends wheelchair tennis camp

Photo provided by Tamarah Strauss -- Alex Saporito, of Prairieville, was one of 34 young wheelchair athletes who recently participated in the 2015 USTA/ITF International Junior Wheelchair Tennis Camp in Mission Viejo, California.

Alex Saporito, of Prairieville, was one of 34 young wheelchair athletes was recently participated in the 2015 USTA/ITF International Junior Wheelchair Tennis Camp in Mission Viejo, California. The camp took place at Marguerite Tennis Pavilion and was for youth who live with a permanent disabling condition and use a wheelchair when playing sports, including tennis, a news… Continue reading →

Junior Choupique Rodeo set for Aug. 2

The St. James Boat Club will hold its annual Junior Choupique Rodeo on Aug. 2 on the Blind River Point area and boat launch areas on U.S. 61, just outside Gramercy. Participants up to age 15 are eligible to compete but must be accompanied by an adult or guardian. Fishing starts at 9 a.m. and ends at noon.… Continue reading →

BASF awards scholarships to Ascension students

Anastasia Britton

BASF recently awarded $500 scholarships to eight Ascension Parish high school seniors through the company’s local and corporate scholarship programs. The students plan to pursue STEM-related degrees. Scholarship recipients Jennay Mitchell and Craig Ambeau, of Donaldsonville High School, plan to attend Southern University. Honorees Emily Patterson, of Dutchtown High School, and Maci McKey and… Continue reading →

55th annual Kids Fishing Rodeo set for Aug. 1

The East Ascension Sportsman’s League 55th annual Kids Fishing Rodeo will be held Aug. 1, weather permitting, at the Twin Lakes Park on La. 74 in Dutchtown. The fishing rodeo is free of charge and open to all children ages 2 to 14 who will compete by age group and gender. All fish will be counted and… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish Council on Aging for July 23-30, 2015

Ham and lima beans with rice, grape juice, steamed spinach, cornbread and fig bar. PILATES: 8:15 a.m. and 9:15 a.m., Gonzales Senior Center. PIYO: 9 a.m., Donaldsonville Senior Center. ZUMBA GOLD: 10:30 a.m., Gonzales. CAJUN NEEDLERS: 12:30 p.m., Gonzales. Chicken salad, pickled beets, apple confetti coleslaw,… Continue reading →

Panel advances insurance changes

After taking a second look, the insurance committee of the Ascension Parish School Board on Tuesday sent changes to employee health insurance coverage to the full board for a vote, set for its Aug. 4 meeting. The board will be looking at rate increases, provider discounts and changes in deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums… Continue reading →

Ascension ranks fourth in state for ACT scores

Ascension Public Schools ranks among the strongest school districts in Louisiana for college preparation, according to a news release. The 2014-15 ACT data recently released by the Louisiana Department of Education in July showed Ascension is fourth in the state with a composite score of 20.6, the release said. The state average is 19.4. “This… Continue reading →

RRAA annual photography exhibit seeks entries

River Region Art Association is seeking entries for its annual Click Art photography exhibit, set for Aug. 19-29. All RRAA members and the public are invited to participate. Photographers are invited to bring up to three photographs, framed and wired for hanging, to the Art Depot Gallery, 1008 W. La. 30, Gonzales, from 2 p.m. to… Continue reading →

Ongoing painting class offered every Monday

Local artist Jan Hebert, a member of the River Region Art Association, is leading an ongoing painting class at the Depot Gallery, 1008 W. La. 30, Gonzales. Beginner and intermediate painters can learn basic techniques and composition in oil or acrylic every Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Students paint from in-studio still life set-ups… Continue reading →