Area Briefs

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Click it or Ticket

The Gonzales Police Department, having been awarded a Grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety commission, will be taking part in the upcoming event May 21 thru June 3 and will have officers out writing tickets to those who do not have their seatbelt secured and passengers. Save a life and buckle up.

Memorial Day Observance

On Monday, May 28th, the Ascension Veterans Memorial Park Foundation will host a Memorial Day observance at Veterans Park, Gonzales, La. at 10 a.m. The Veterans Park is located at 612 S. Irma Blvd in Gonzales (next to Ascension Parish Library). The AVMP Foundation would like to extend an invitation for you and your family to attend this event. Hundreds will gather around the Park Amphitheater to remember those soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country so that we may continue to live our lives in freedom. Local organizations participating in the Memorial Day event included the American Legion Post 81 and Auxiliary, St. Amant High School Navy JROTC, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 725 and Associate Members, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3693 and Auxiliary, Women Veterans of Louisiana, Gonzales Police Department, and other local citizens. Refreshments will be provided after the ceremony.

Dville Veterans Program

Donaldsonville hosts a Memorial Day Observance Veterans Program on Friday, May 25 at 11 a.m. The ceremony will take place at Louisiana Square, 308 Railroad Avenue. The ceremony will include an opening prayer and guest speaker. Following that portion will be a reading of names, ringing of the bell and a 21 gun salute. There will be a playing of taps and free jambalaya under tents. Everyone is invited.

Harvest Time Food Bank

Harvest Time Food Bank will distribute food on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 between the hours of 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Location Harvest Time Worship Center, 4462 Jenkins Rd, Darrow, La 70725.

Volunteer Ascension Special Tuesdays

Special Tuesdays’ (Helping Hands for the Handicapped) summer fun starts in June. We will be at Gonzales Primary Cafeteria Tuesday, June 12, 19, and 26 from 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Prevost Health Fair

The 36th Annual Health Fair at Prevost Memorial Hospital will be held Saturday June 2, 2018, 8 a.m. to noon.

St. Luke Food Pantry

The St. Luke Food Pantry will be open to the community's needy and / or elderly individuals every 3rd Friday of the month from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. and on a daily basic as urgent need arise. St. Luke is located at 300 Oak Street, Donaldsonville. For more information contact Grace Vaughn at 225-473-3521 or 225-473-9075. Also St. Luke Food Pantry will be open on May 24 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Barn Demonstration Day

Offered in conjunction with the current Rural Engineuity exhibit, the West Baton Rouge Museum is hosting a Barn Demonstration Day on Sunday, June 3 from 2 – 4 p.m. Come tour the exhibit inside the main museum building and then stroll down to the barn on the museum grounds for an interactive experience and to see rural ingenuity in action. This program is FREE and open to the public. The West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 N. Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen. For more information, please call 225-336-2422 Ext. 200 or visit

Centenary awards diplomas

Centenary College of Louisiana held commencement exercises for the Class of 2018 on Saturday, May 5, at the Gold Dome, awarding bachelor of arts and science degrees to undergraduates as well as 32 master's degrees in education or business. Seven undergraduate students earned two degrees. Anzhanne Mellaura Almedgia Mackyeon of Gonzales earned a BA, Individualized Major.

Northwestern awards diplomas

Northwestern State University awarded 922 degrees to 906 graduates during Spring Commencement ceremonies May 11, one of the largest graduating classes in the university’s history. Graduates listed by hometown are as follows: Donaldsonville – Rikki Bergeron, Bachelor of Science; Gonzales – Bryn Hughes, Nicole Jones, Katelyn Marchand, Bachelor of Science; Prairieville -- Joanna Bunnell, Bachelor of Applied Science; Jakalyn Hills, Otha Nelson, Bachelor of Arts; Gracyn Migues, Bachelor of Social Work.

Light N Low

On Friday, June 1 People's Health hosts Light N Low with Instructor Mona Zerinque at the Gonzales Senior Center, 526 S. Irma Avenue, Gonzales. Registration time is 9:30 a.m. Class is at 10 a.m. Max Capacity is 8. Reservation deadline is May 30 Reservations can be made by phone at 1-800-561-4127, or by visiting: This event is free and open to the public.

Oak Grove Park to Close for Repairs

Ascension Parish Department of Recreation announced that the Oak Grove Park, located at Highways 42 and 73 in Prairieville, will close for repairs. The closure begins May 21, and will remain in effect for approximately 90 days. The closure applies to the spray park and playground; the Oak Grove Community Center remains available for rentals. For more information, call the Ascension Parish Department of Recreation at 225-450-1065.

Burger King Scholarship

GPS Hospitality, one of the nation’s largest BURGER KING® franchisees with close to 400 restaurants, today proudly announces its awarding of 187 BURGER KING McLAMORE? Foundation scholarships to students in 10 states this graduation season. Funded solely through local restaurants guest donations, students named BURGER KING? Scholars receive $1,000 scholarships to further their educational advancement – joining more than 3,400 other recipients throughout North America that were awarded a collective $3.7 million in 2018. The BURGER KING Scholar selected for the 2018 program from Ascension Parish, LA is Andrew Cedel of Ascension Catholic High School.

PSCU Scholarship

Dutchtown High School graduate Haley Hill was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from Pelican State Credit Union. Haley is a member of Pelican State Credit Union located at 17026 Airline Highway in Prairieville, Louisiana. She is one of 13 college-bound students to receive this award from Pelican, which grants up to $13,000 in scholarships each year. Haley was a member of Science Club, BETA Club, Student Council and served as the secretary for the National Honor Society. She was also a member of the volleyball team and the Dutchtown High School Mentor Program. Haley volunteered as the Youth Food Outreach Coordinator for the Mission Outreach Program, serving food to elderly and low-income families in Iberville parish.