Ascension Briefs September 14

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Mt. Triumph accepting Harvey donations

Mt Triumph Baptist Church, located at West 10th and Oak Street in Donaldsonville, will be accepting donations Wednesday, September 13-Friday September 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 3-6 p.m. on Friday. There will be a 26-foot Box-truck delivery of the supplies to the Houston, Texas area on Saturday, September 16.

Revival-New Mt. Calvary B.C.

The pastor, officers, and members of New Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 6433 Hwy 405, Modeste, LA, invites you to three night of praise, worship and faith messages from the Word of God on September 13-15, 2017. Services will begin at 6:30 pm with intercessory prayer, followed by praise, worship and the spoken word at 7 p.m. Pastor Jules Priestley of New Mount Calvary Baptist Church will deliver the message on Wednesday, September 13. Apostle Shannon Comery, Sr. of the Harvest House of Donaldsonville, LA will deliver messages on Thursday and Friday, September 14-15. The theme for these services is “We walk by faith, not by sight.” Join us as we use these messages to build our faith and mature in the Word of God. For more information contact Pastor Priestley at 225-921-8982. 

Commissioner Strain to address Ascension GOP Roundtable

Mike Strain, DVM, Commissioner of Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry, will be the featured speaker at the September Ascension GOP Roundtable, sponsored by Ascension Republican Women.

The Roundtable will be held on Thursday, September 21st at 11:30 a.m. at the Clarion Inn, 1500 W. Highway 30 in Gonzales. (11:30 to 12:00 – Meet and Greet; Noon. – Event).

Dr. Mike Strain took the oath of office for his third four-year term as Louisiana's Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry on January 11, 2016. Strain earned a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from LSU in 1983. In 1999, he was elected to the first of two terms as State Representative, where he served on the Agriculture Committee and chaired the Legislative Rural Caucus.

Trade is the subject of his address on the 21st. All 2017 Republican candidates are welcome to meet and greet with guests!

The event is open to the public and guests are welcome. Reservations are requested. Cost for the lunch is $18.00 (Choice of three entrees), collected at the door (checks or cash preferred). RSVP: 225-921- 5187 or e-mail:

APSO Park Grand Opening

We will have a grand opening for community on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 11 a.m. at our new substation and park located at 1201 Maginnis Street in Donaldsonville. We will have inflatables and food for all.

We will also be unveiling the official name of the building that day.

Harvest Food Bank

Harvest Time Food Bank will distribute food on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 between the hours of 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Location: Harvest Time Worship Center, 4462 Jenkins Rd, Darrow, La 70725.

US 61 on-ramp to remain closed until further notice

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced the opening of the US 61 (Airline Highway) on-ramp to I-10 west in Ascension Parish has been delayed due to complications with the safety barrier.

The project had previously been delayed due to weather throughout August and was expected to be completed by Sept. 8. However, testing showed that the concrete safety barrier did not meet strength requirements. The barrier is in place as a safety precaution to prevent serious injury or death should a vehicle hit it. Because the barrier does not meet the strength requirements to ensure proper function, the barrier will have to be taken down, re-poured and re-tested before it will be open.

LA 44: Black Bayou bridge replacement detour

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development advises motorists that beginning Friday, September 15, a detour route will be in place for the LA 44 bridge at Black Bayou. Traffic will be diverted onto the constructed temporary detour road in order to begin work on the permanent structure and roadway. Subsequently, access to William Ficklin Road will be shut down. This detour on the project and William Ficklin Road closure is expected to last approximately six months, weather permitting.

Governor's appointments

William T. Freeman, M.D., of Prairieville, was reappointed to the Louisiana Emergency Response Network Board. Freeman is a physician and the Chief Executive Officer of Freepike Enterprises, Inc. As required by statute, he was nominated by and will serve as the representative of the Louisiana Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Former Lowery Marching Band Meeting

Stop!!! Look!!! Listen!!! Former Lowery High School Marching Band members are holding a meeting on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at the Ascension Parish Library in Donaldsonville. 2 p.m.