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Drive Sober

The Gonzales Police has been awarded a Grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission for 2018. A portion of this grant is to cover special events. Therefore the Gonzales Police Department will be participating in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” event for the dates of June 29 through July 5, 2018. We urge all drivers to be responsible and not drink when drinking alcohol. Officers will be out in force during this time.

Benefit for Tate Adkins

A Jambalaya Medical Benefit and Raffle for Tate Adkins, victim of a December hit and run on HWY 74, will be held on July 28 from 10:30-2 p.m. at the Family Dollar Store located at 36471 HWY 74 in Dutchtown.

Pride of McNeese Standout

Seven members of the McNeese State University Pride of McNeese Marching Band are participating this summer in the elite Drum Corps International (DCI), which consists of 47 corps from the United States, Canada and Europe. The students will perform and compete head-to-head with their corps units during a national tour that ends with the DCI World Championships Aug. 6-11 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Ashlyn Dufren, an engineering major from Prairieville, was chosen to participate.

Food Bank

Harvest Time Food Bank will distribute food on Tuesday, June 26 between the hours of 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. Location: Harvest Time Worship Center, 4462 Jenkins Rd, Darrow, La 70725.

Library Teen Programs

On Tuesday, June 26 at 6 p.m. in Galvez and on Friday, June 29 at 4 p.m. in Gonzales, create your own Mix Tape! Learn all about the history of the mix tape then make your own modern version using our Freegal database Show off your love of rock & roll with your very own genuine guitar gear. On Wednesday, June 27 at 4 p.m. in Donaldsonville, learn how to make bracelets and earrings out of recycled guitar parts and make your own to take home. Wrap up the week at Teen Open Mic on Thursday, June 28 at 4 p.m. in Gonzales. For more information on summer programs for teens, call the Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales at 647-3955, in Galvez at 622-3339, in Dutchtown at 673-8699, or in Donaldsonville at 473-8052. All teen library programs are free and open to teens entering sixth grade through twelfth grade.

Kabuki Dancers

Join us at the Ascension Parish Library on Monday, June 25 at 10:30 a.m. in Galvez and 2 p.m. in Donaldsonville or on Tuesday, June 26 at 10:30 a.m. in Dutchtown and 2 p.m. in Gonzales as the Kabuki Dancers put on a show that you won’t forget! Dance is that rare art that connects people; it’s one part athletics and another part personal expression.

Always...Patsy Cline

Due to its immense popularity and sold-out shows, Swine Palace is thrilled to announce that we are extending our run of ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE through June 24, 2018. The show is based on the true story about Cline's friendship with a fan who befriended the star at a Texas honky-tonk and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death. ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE offers 7:30 p.m. performances Tuesday-Saturday evenings and 2 p.m. matinee performances on Sundays. Ticket information can be obtained at www.swinepalace.org or by calling the Box Office at 225-578-3527.

Eucharistic Boat Procession

Come and Celebrate the Centennial of the Diocese of Lafayette! F?te-Dieu du Vermilion, Eucharistic Boat Procession up the Vermilion River, will take place on the Feast of the Assumption, Wednesday, August 15. All are invited to a Mass in French at 8 a.m. at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Abbeville to begin the day. Bishop Glen Provost of the Lake Charles Diocese will preside and give the homily. At the end of Mass there will be a procession from Church with the Blessed Sacrament and a statue of Mary across the draw bridge to the old River Side Restaurant. At 10 a.m. 121 boats will embark in procession (one for each of the 121 parishes of the Diocese) and make their way up Bayou Vermilion to Lafayette. Boat registration forms are available at www.fetedieuduteche.org. For more information email at fetedieuduteche@gmail.com or call 337-394-6550.

St. Elizabeth Community Education

Growing Up: BOYS. Help your son understand the physical and emotional changes he will experience as he goes through puberty. Join us for a matter-of-fact and reassuring discussion on this normal part of growing up. Designed for boys ages 10-12 and their dads/moms. Saturday, June 23, 9 a.m. -10:30 a.m. St. Elizabeth Hospital Sr. Vernola Conference Room. FEE: $15. Pre-Registration IS Required.

Total Joint Replacement Education Class. If you are considering knee or hip replacement surgery, you and a loved one may want to attend a Total Joint Replacement Class even before a surgery date is set. Monthly classes are held to provide you with an opportunity to meet others electing to have knee or hip replacement surgery and to meet the team of health professionals at St. Elizabeth Hospital who will guide you through each step of the process from pre-admission to rehabilitation. Monday, June 25, 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. St. Elizabeth Hospital, Sr. Linda Conference Room FREE- Registration Required.

SUPPORT GROUPS

Al-Anon Meeting. If you are bothered by someone's drinking, Al-Anon Groups may be able to help. We are a fellowship of men, and women who share our experience, strength and hope in order to solve our common problems. Meets every Tuesday. 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Sr. Linda Conference Room. FREE - Call 225-924-0029 for more information.

Loss and Grief Education and Support Meeting. If you have experienced loss of any kind, join the support group facilitated by the Grief Recovery Center to help you through the grieving process. Meets Every Thursday. 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Sr. Linda Conference Room. FREE – No Registration Required.

Local Baylor Honor Students

Students honored on the Dean's List are Baylor undergraduates with a minimum grade-point average of 3.7 while enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours. Clementina Ejiroghene Akpomedaye, College of Arts and Sciences from Gonzales; Jeffrey Scott Eckert, Hankamer School of Business, Katherine E Pavleszek, College of Arts and Sciences, and Gabriella Grace Walker, College of Arts and Sciences from Prairieville all earned this distinction.

Intersection Closed

Please note that the intersection of East Rome Street and South Park Avenue will close on Monday, June 18 and remain closed through Friday, July 6, in order to replace concrete and asphalt paving resulting from subsurface utility work that has been previously completed.

42 Widening, 73 Closure

Construction has begun for State Project H.002370, LA 42 Widening. The project consists of grading, drainage structures, subgrade treatment, drilled shaft foundations, traffic signalization, landscaping, asphalt concrete pavement, portland cement concrete pavement, and related work in Ascension Parish. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development advises motorists that there will be road closure of LA 73 on Saturday, June 23 at 6:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. with a detour in place. LA 73 will be closed in both directions 15' north of LA 42. Soundbound traffic will be detoured to LA 427 to US 61 to LA 42. Northbound traffic will be detoured through the same route, LA 42 to US 61 to LA 427. Work in this area consists of completing the drainage work from US 61 thru LA 73. Work will be completed weather permitting. No permit or oversize loads along with emergency vehicles will be able to pass.

Agnes Maguire Scholarship

Kiera Owens is a 2018 honor graduate of East Ascension High. Her high school leadership activities included being a member of National Honor Society, Vice President of CME, a member of DECA, and a member of the Spartanettes dance team. In addition to maintaining a 3.2 GPA, Kiera has several hours of community service with Volunteer Ascension. Kiera was awarded the 2018-2019 Agnes Maguire Scholarship. Kiera plans to enroll in college this fall and continue her education here in Louisiana.

Men With A Vision

Churches of God everywhere: We, the St. Philip Baptist Church, would like to cordially invite you and your congregation to worship with us as we celebrate our Annual Men Day. Our theme this year is "Men with a Vision." Our guest speaker is Pastor Michael Washington. The program will be held on Sunday, June 24 during our 10 a.m. service. We look forward to you worshipping with us.

Sam Houston State Dean's List

Daniel Tarver of Darrow earned the Dean's List at Sam Houston State for Spring 2018. Students listed on the Dean’s List of Academic Honors at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, are undergraduates who have achieved a grade point average of at least 3.5 out of a perfect 4.0 in all work attempted while enrolled in not less than 12 semester hours.

NWS President's List

Six hundred and twenty-three students were named to the Spring 2018 President’s List at Northwestern State University. Students on the list earned a grade point average of 4.0. Those locally named to the President’s List listed by hometown are as follows: Donaldsonville -- Rikki Bergeron; Gonzales -- Haley Genovese, Bryn Hughes, Nicole Jones, Katelyn Marchand, Rebecca Marchand, Molly Moran, Bailee Ramey, Denee Smith; Prairieville -- Colleen Carline, Sarah Makin, Gracyn Migues, Josh Wall.