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Table of Contents
DREAMS COME TRUE................ 4
Sales Manager
Dottie Godberry
Staff Photographer SWEET EYES W/ TANYA...........12

Jimmy Dunkley BALLOON FESTIVAL..........................24 FOR MORE INFORMATION

BILL DELAUNE.......................... 30

Contributing Writers
Bill Delaune
Linda Melancon
Calvin Bessonett
Bully SNO’S RECIPE........................... 45

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Orhan McMillan please attend these great events.
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Prairieville, LA 70769
Making Dreams Come True
Dreams Come True of Louisiana
held its 22nd Annual Na Na Sha Dance
at Lamar Dixon Expo. When preparing
for an event you have no idea what the
out come will be. We are humbled
by community support each and
every year.
Na Na Sha was outstanding, as
usual and our supporters danced all
night long. Heart warming stories
were passed along and the parish gave
their all.
Every year the Iron Warriors puts on
their event “Blessings of the Bikes” and
Dreams Come True is their chosen
charity and gives a nice donation.
In this article you will see a photo of a
wonderful young girl. She is the
lemonade girl. She is Emma Blanchard,
daughter of Ryan Blanchard and
grandparents are Ricky and Florette
Blanchard of Napoleonville. She raised
$110.00 selling lemonade with the help
of her friend Madison Pilant. Thank
You! You girls are angels.
Once again we had dream kids who
were of age working the concession
stand. They want to give back and help
future dream kids receive their dream,
because who better than a Dream Child
knows exactly what receiving a dream
brings to the individual!!!
The Jambalaya Festival Association
organized and cooked their World
Class Jambalaya.
We can’t do what we do without our
great supporters: Hi Nabor Supermar-
kets, Mockler’s Beverages, Guaranty
Broadcasting and Lamar Dixon Expo
along with so many other great
supporters, to many to name.
Dreams Come True extends our
warmest and most grateful thanks to
everyone who was involved for making
the night so successful.

Special Sponsors
Mary Lee & Bill Dixon

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Special Thanks to Our
In-Kind Donors
Valluzzo Companies
Jambalaya Association
Walley Taillon
Guaranty Broadcasting
Ascension Parish Sheriff’s office
Cajun Classic Chevy Car Club
Community Coffee
Spanky’s Daiquiris
Roland Doucet – 100.7
Steve Laurie
Roy’s Ice
Ricky & Florette Blanchard
Ryan Blanchard & Destiny Levert
Lisa Alvarado
Rouses Grocery
Staff of Himmel’s – Max Himmel
Pam & Kayla Trahan
Carol Guillot
Henry & Barbara Blanchard
Ronald & Violet Legleu
Madison Pilant
Emma Blanchard
Iron Warriors/ Side Arms
NaNaSha Band

Ascension Magazine Supports

Dreams Come True and
the Hopes of the Dream Kids.

Hot Air
Taking Shape
The 2018 edition of the Ascension Hot
Air Balloon Festival is all set to take flight
on Friday and Saturday, September 21
and 22 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center.
Festival goers can expect many improve-
ments over previous festivals, all
designed to make the experience much Photo: Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival Committee, Seated, Left to Right – Sherry Denig,Tiffany St. Pierre, Robert Ambeau, Celeste Harris,
Ken Firmin, Shari Deslatte, and BethanyRobinson. Standing, Left to Right – Audrey Boudreaux, Mark LaCour, Jazz Traylor, BobbyCapewell,
Randy Clouatre, Don Hysell, Jill Gautreau, Laurin Sharon, Joel Stein, and Dustin Montelius. Not pictured are Charles Brown, Lee Anderson,
more enjoyable.
Cody Melancon, Homer Martin, and Glenn Gonzales.
Festival hours are Friday, September
21 from 4 pm until 11 pm, and Saturday,
September 22 from 11 am until 11 pm. There will be 15 regular shape magician all return, and will be joined by a music on the stage, performing until clos-
Traffic can enter the festival three ways: balloons, 5 special shape balloons, and mini Ferris wheel inside, and a miniature ing time both nights. Bands include Don
St. Landry Road, Edenbourne Extension, 3 balloons for tethered rides. Weather train going around the building. A special Berry and Rock N Horse, Something Blue,
and Ashland Road; and a crew of permitting, the tethered rides will begin feature this year that is sure to be a hit Jordan Babin, Laine Hardy, Sarah Collins,
40 people will be on site to assist in at 4:30 pm both days, and continue until with the kids will be meetand- greets with and Parish County Line.
getting everyone in and parked quickly. In the 7 pm. The balloon glows begin at dusk P.J. Masks. For safety reasons, no balloons will fly
addition, arrangements have been made each day, and will last for an hour and a The number of food vendors also has into or out of Lamar-Dixon.
with River Parishes Community College half. The balloon glows will be followed by doubled. 13 different food outlets will be For a complete schedule and map of
and Cabela’s to allow parking in their a spectacular fireworks show each night. at the festival,and some will have more events, and to purchase tickets online,
lots, with a free shuttle service to the The number of carnival rides has doubled; than one location. Each vendor will be go to the Festival
festival grounds. there will be at least 23 different rides selling their own drinks, as another way website:
Tickets for the festival are $6 and can for people of all ages to enjoy. Photos of to shorten lines and lessen wait times. The Festival is put on each year by
be purchased online ahead of time to the rides are on the web site. The The barbecue competition returns, as Ascension Festivals and Cultural Council,
avoid any lines. Tickets are also available Children’s Village has been expanded and well as a steak competition. Both are Inc., a 501-C-3 nonprofit organization,
at the gate, and all major credit cards moved inside the Trade Mart building. sanctioned events. and staffed by volunteers.
are accepted. Face painting, crafts, petting zoo, and Finally, there will be continuous live

McDonald’s on Hwy 30 was chosen as the club’s September Commercial The club chose the home of Sandy and William Scott of 1637 East Nelson as
Landscape of the Month. The restaurant capitalized on a high impact of a pink September Yard of the Month for its many flowers and immaculate lawn. Red

color scheme with a dense bed of caladium foliage, verbena blooms and drift and white vinca pair well with the pink caladiums along the length of the flower
roses complementing the crape myrtle trees near the highway. From the restau- beds finishing with purple verbena and yellow daylilies near the home’s
rant window, customers can see purple loropetalum shrubs and tall, breezy entrance. A gazing globe, a concrete birdbath statue and a container urn accent
ornamental grasses. the landscape.

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• Ask for More – I read an article

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first job offer. This is something
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Something else to consider is a

set and experience, here are a few career in a predominantly male
She Works pointers in making sure you’re
compensated a fairly and equitably
• Continuing your Education –
Become a person that is always
employed industry. If you have
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the Money bring to the table. Become well
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female, and advanced companies
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I was recently asked to speak to
with groups to learn more about having women in their
LSU’s Fashion Association on
job profiles, descriptions and pay, • Focus on your Strengths- I’ve organizationand appreciate their
sexism and wage gaps in the
do so. And there are online sites said this before, often people want unique perspective.
workplace. And when I told my
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speech on this topic, he said,
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“How many people at work are
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having relations”? Needless to
may pay fair wages between sexes.
say, based on this statement,
More advanced companies have
creating awareness is the first step
structures in place to assure no one
to combating for equal pay among
gets paid above or below a
men and women in the workplace.
designated range for a particular
position. In the meantime, know
First, what does sexism mean?
your worth, always continue
Sexism in its purest sense is
learning, focus on your strengths,
discrimination, typically against
and ask for what you want!
women, on the basis of their sex.
In this article, I’d like to focus on
Happy Fall Ascension!
unequal pay gaps based on gender
in our state.
XOXO Sweet Eyes
Several recent reports have
confirmed that in 2018 Louisiana
ranked number one in the nation
for the largest gender pay gap.
Despite more and more women

receiving higher education Sebolao, Bobby “The Gender Pay Gap:

degrees, this has continued to
been the case for several years. Woodward, Alex, “Louisiana Senate
rejects equal pay, minimum wage bills”
May, 27, 2018.
So, after taking factors into republished on
considerations like education, skill


JFA Supports

National Guard
On Aug 25th the Jambalaya
Festival Association cooked and
helped the Louisiana National
Guard Enlisted Association
celebrate their Annual Awards
Banquet. This banquet is a yearly
event that the JFA is proud to

This years event was held in

New Orleans with an excess of
4500 guest attending.

If you would like to know more

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Louisiana high school students Cathy Do and Kailyn Phillips
embrace the challenges of chemistry and business
at BASF’s Science Academy

Kailyn Phillips (far right) and her fellow team members test the consistency of their personal
care product, Tenacity, a men’s hair gel.

succeed in the real world.”

Following the curriculum

Two Louisiana high school students gained hands-on science and marketing experience at theme, “From Molecules to
Marketplace,” students gained
BASF’s 2018 Science Academy. They are (from left) Cathy Do of Prairieville and Kailyn
Phillips of Donaldsonville.
hands-on experience in
Cathy Do of East Ascension opportunity to increase their college chemistry labs, while
High School in Gonzales knowledge of chemistry and developing a marketing
and Kailyn Phillips of Donald- learn marketable business strategy to link their product to
sonville High School will start skills. Working in teams, the consumer. Students
their college careers with a students use BASF chemistry experienced chemistry in
three-credit advantage and a to formulate their own personal action by visiting the BASF
background in the business of care products (hair gel, Research and Development Science Academy participants Sean
chemistry as graduates of shampoo and lotion) and labs in Iselin, New Jersey, and Fernandez from Ohio (left) and Kailyn

BASF’s eighth annual develop a marketing plan. At

Phillips from Louisiana (right) brave the
Tarrytown, New York. They water in the pursuit of environmental
Science Academy. the end of the program, the also spoke to cosmetic science at the Loantaka Brook in

student teams presented their chemists and subject matter

New Jersey.

The two students were among product to a panel of BASF experts to learn about careers science process behind the
20 high school seniors around executives and FDU in chemistry. product we’re making, I just
the United States, Canada and academic leaders. loved it,” said Phillips, a
Mexico who earned the “Exposure, not just to resident of Donaldsonville.
opportunity to participate in the “We want to ignite a passion chemistry or science, but also
program designed to prepare in students to follow their to the fundamentals of Two Science Academy alumni
students for a career in interests in science and entrepreneurship is what this have returned to BASF through
Science, Technology, Engi- adequately prepare the next program is all about,” said Dr. the summer hire internship
neering or Math (STEM). generation of leaders in Brian Olechnowski, Program program and the Professional
innovation,” said Tom Yura, Director at FDU. “It’s exciting Development Program (PDP).
The two-week summer science Senior Vice President and to be a part of the experiences Last year, Science Academy
program, developed by BASF General Manager for the and progress the students class of 2011 alumnus Kevin
Corporation and held at BASF facility in Geismar. “Our make during the intensive Chao joined BASF as a
Fairleigh Dickinson University two-week program also two-week program.” full-time PDP employee in
(FDU) in Madison, New Jersey, promotes the business skills Beaumont, Texas, and is
provides students the that can help our graduates Students graduate from currently working at the BASF
the program with three facility in Chattanooga,
transferable college science Tennessee. This fall, 2013
credits to encourage their Science Academy graduate
pursuit in a STEM field. In ad- Michelle West will join BASF
dition, FDU offers Science as a PDP. Other successful
Academy alumni $5,000 alumni are attending
scholarships if they elect to universities and pursuing
attend FDU in the fall of 2019. degrees in math, chemistry,
engineering, biology, medicine,
“I enjoyed having the psychology, education and
opportunity to improve myself business.
as a person while meeting new
friends,” said Do of Prairieville.

“Being able to work in the lab

Kailyn Phillips (far right) and her fellow team members test the consistency of their personal
care product, Tenacity, a men’s hair gel. and being able to see the
information, including whether your him or her as a minor or that he or
child has been admitted to a she may have earned. If your child
particular medical facility. predeceases you, these assets may
Should your child suffer a medical have to be probated and will pass to
child reaches 18. In the eyes of the crisis, doctors and other medical your child’s heirs at law, which in
state, your now-adult child is legally professionals may refuse to speak with Louisiana would be his or her sib-
entitled to his or her privacy and you you or allow you to make necessary lings, with a usufruct (right to use) to
no longer have the same level of medical decisions. A health care proxy the parents. Additionally, your child
access to or authority over their with a HIPAA release would enable may wish to leave some personal
financial, educational and medical your child to designate you or property and financial assets to other
information. another trusted person to make family members or to a charity.
Though I received phone calls medical decisions in the event they While a will may be less important
between classes, and the occasional are unable to convey his or her than the health care proxy, HIPAA
text to let me know she was doing wishes. release, or durable power of attorney,
well, nothing gave me more peace of ensuring that your child has all three
mind than knowing we had a plan in 2. Durable Power of Attorney components of an estate plan can pre-
place that reflected her wishes if vent you, as a parent, from having to
anything should happen to her. Like medical information, your go to court to obtain legal authority
By Linda Melancon As parents, we don’t want to imag- 18-year-old’s finances are also private. to make time-sensitive medical or fi-
nancial decisions for your child.
ine that anything bad will ever happen If your child becomes incapacitated,
to our children, but it’s important to Talk with your child today and find
Estate Planning plan for the unexpected. Before your
without a durable power of attorney
you cannot access your child's ac- out what their wishes are. While these
son or daughter starts their fall semes- counts or credit cards. If you needed documents won’t let you know if
for the College ter this year, consider setting up an to manage their accounts or pay bills your child is getting good grades or
eating three balanced meals a day, you
estate plan that at least includes the on their behalf, you may be forced to
Student following three crucial components: seek the court’s appointment as your can rest assured that you are both
prepared for the unexpected.
child’s conservator. In Louisiana, this
When my youngest daughter went
1. Health Care Proxy with is referred to as an interdiction.
The information provided is not intended to
HIPAA Release Absent a crisis, a power of attorney be legal advice and does not constitute an
away to college, I worried, “Is she
can also be helpful in issues that may attorney/client relationship. You should consult
getting enough sleep? Is she
Under the Health Insurance arise when your child is away at col- with an attorney for individual advice regarding
attending class regularly? Is she your own situation.
Portability and Accountability Act, or lege or traveling. For example, if your
remembering to be aware of her
HIPAA, once your child turns 18, son is traveling and an issue comes up
surroundings when she goes out at Ms. Melancon is an attorney with Legacy Estate &
their health records are now between where he cannot access his accounts, a Elder Law of Louisiana, LLC, with offices in
night?” One thing I didn’t worry
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about was, “Do we have the right primary focus of her practice is estate planning,
The HIPAA laws prevent you from you or another trusted person the
documents in place if something bad probate, special needs planning and elder law. For
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and St. Theresa Middle for the fair committee. Will is also
decades. Families in this great pictured with his parents Chet
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This week, the St. Amant Every week, the St. Amant
Volunteer Fire Department would Volunteer Fire Department takes
like to recognize Sgt. Kane time out to recognize one of our
Hanna. Kane became a Volunteer Volunteers.
Firefighter in the St. Amant
Community in 2014. After July 16 - Firefighter Ryan Moran
serving five years in our Junior July 23 - Lieutenant Robbie
Firefighting Program. Villenurve
July 30 - Lieutenant Eric Hughes
Kane graduated from St. Amant August 6 - Firefighter Grant Harris
High School. Kane is a blessing August 20 – Firefighter Josh
to our Community and we cannot Rushing
thank him enough for his hard
work and dedication as a August 27 - Sgt. Kane Hanna
Volunteer Firefighter in the
St. Amant Community.

St. Amant Volunteer was a combined joint task force

Firefighter Kane
operation that works by, with and
through regional partners to

Hanna returns from

militarily defeat Islamic State of

Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, in order to
enable whole-of-coalition
governmental actions to
increase regional stability.
Chief Officer James E. LeBlanc
and members of the St. Amant Hanna also said that he is looking
Volunteer Fire Department forward to returning back to
welcomed back home, work and continuing his dream
Sgt. Kane Hanna. of attending flight school in the
near future.
Hanna deployed in December
2017 and returned on August 9, Hanna has been employed with
2018. He was apart of the the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s
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My first LSU football game offense that included

was in 1956 when my dad took sometimes punting on third
a wide-eyed 7-year old to Tiger down. Now remember, boys
Stadium for the Ole Miss and girls, this was a time
game. whenever even the great
One of my fleeting memories running back tandem of Billy
of that night is that Tiger Cannon and Johnny Robinson
fullback and future NFL Hall of played both ways so Dietzel’s
Famer Jimmy Taylor scored strategy was not to run a play
almost every LSU point in a on third and long to save the
46-17 loss to the Rebels. guys for defense.
The other thing I remember Dietzel left LSU for his
is some drunk man sitting “dream job” at Army in 1961-
behind us kept yelling, “They back when the service
need to fire that young coach!” academies were still
How many times has any powerhouses in football.
variation of that statement His replacement was popular
been uttered by fans all over assistant Charles McClendon-
the country-especially at LSU. “Charlie Mac”, as he was
By the way, two years later, known-who went on to record
“that young coach” Paul a program record of 137 wins
Dietzel won a national over the next 18 years.
championship and despite his Of course, an average of
handsome appearance (He nearly nine wins a year on a
was known as “Pepsodent schedule of 10 or 11 games
Paul” for his toothy smile.) and back then was not enough for
a number one ranking, there Tiger fans and his inability to
(Sound familiar?) led to his Alabama.”
were still some critics who consistently beat SEC rivals
dismissal in 1979. I repeat-sound familiar?
didn’t care for his conservative like Ole Miss and Alabama
So where is all this going? I must admit that I fell off the
Just that my very observant Mac bandwagon in ’74 and ’75
daughter-in-law Claire spotted when the Tigers won only five
a scrapbook her dad was games each year and finished
throwing away with details of ninth in the SEC. But what
Mac’s final season and thought some of his harshest critics
I’d like to see it. didn’t realize that the coaching
And the comments from faults they were screaming
columnists, fans and other about were probably some of
“experts”-albeit from 39 years his best qualities as a man.
ago-struck me as eerily similar McClendon was too nice a
to what went on during the guy to fire some of his
years that followed long-time loyal assistants and
McClendon’s firing-especially he stayed with the “Power I”
during the Les Miles era or offense when more wide-open
even today despite the fact passing offenses were the
that at my press time, trend because that’s what
Coach Ed Orgeron is 2-0. worked for him.
One of the ’79 articles was Mac also lost some big –time
from a Washington Post writer recruits because he wouldn’t
(before there was “fake news”) bend the NCAA rules (No
who noted that the next LSU violations in 18 years is what
coach would be asked to do all I’d call a clean program.).
the things Charlie Mac could Legend has it that strong-
never do. armed quarterback Terry
“Win a national champi- Bradshaw could not qualify
onship. Beat Alabama. Win a academically at LSU and
national championship. Beat wound up at La. Tech and, of

course, the Pittsburgh Steelers dismal opener against again. firing, led the Tigers to a 35-10
because McClendon would not Tampa Bay. In fact, during the two victory over Arkansas. One
budge on the standards. “Had it been grenades the decades that followed Mac’s game-one win-1.000 win
Compare that to today’s FSU quarterback was departure, there was almost a percentage.
power conferences where a throwing, LSU’s defensive jinx-like cloud hanging over The LSU coaching merry-go-
wise sage once pointed out, backs might not even been hit the position. round during these years
“90% of NCAA schools do by the shrapnel…” Bo Rein, the man Dietzel- reminds me of a song parody
obey the recruiting rules-the And describing the lack of a then athletic director-hired to that Hank Williams Jr. used to
other 10% go to the bowl pass rush-“People on death replace McClendon, died do about his father. Called
games.” row have rushed to the electric tragically in a plane crash in “The Ballad of Hank Williams”
Actually, Mac had taken a chair quicker than LSU went 1980, only a month after and sung to the tune of the
huge gamble two years prior to after the Seminole taking the reins. “Battle of New Orleans”, the
’79 when he turned down an quarterback.” Jerry Stovall, beloved Tiger lyrics told the story of Hank
offer of a buy-out from the I think you catch the mood of all-American, lost to Tulane Sr.’s drunken tirades when
Board of Supervisors with the Tiger “faithful” around this twice in his 4-year tenure and he’d fire the entire band. The
hopes of winning enough time. was fired by Bill Broadhead chorus went…”Well, he fired
games to convince them to let To the Tigers’ credit, they did who had replaced Dietzel who Don Helms and he fired Jimmy
him stay. upset Ole Miss the following himself was fired by the Board Rivers, and he fired everybody
The 1979 season started week and held the new in 1982. just as fast as he could go. He
promising with a surprising number one Alabama to a NFL defensive guru Bill fired Old Cedric and he fired
44-0 rout of Colorado and a single field goal on a rainy Arnsparger took over and had Sammy Pruitt, and he fired
not-so-surprising 47-3 rout night in Tiger Stadium. But a couple of good years with some people that he didn’t
of Rice. that was enough for Bear Stovall’s recruits but he bolted even know!”
In one of the most memo- Bryant’s Tide to beat his former in 1986 to become athletic Maybe Old Hank would have
rable games in LSU history, pupil McClendon again 3-0 as director at Florida. Arnsparger made a good athletic director.
the Tigers took on number one LSU’s offense barely crossed was a brilliant defensive coach I guess the moral to the story
USC before a raucous sell-out midfield. Once again-sound but he didn’t care much for is not to be too hard on your
crowd in Tiger Stadium. LSU familiar? college recruiting so his team’s coaches-no matter
led 12-10 in the final minutes The Tigers defeated Miss hand-picked successor Mike what level. They are the ones
before the Trojans took State in Mac’s last home game Archer’s one year of glory soon who are at practice every day
advantage of a controversial to get to 6-4 but the coup de ran out with a bare cupboard. and watch the day-to-day
penalty to sustain a drive and gras came a week later in the LSU fans will still claim that performance of their players.
score a late touchdown for a Superdome when Tulane’s Arnsparger pushed Archer for And I can promise you, in my
17-12 victory. One of the Roch Hontas picked apart the the job over a young candidate 35 years of coaching, I never
Trojan stars when asked to Bengals’ porous secondary for Steve Spurrier so he could hire met another coach who didn’t
compare the atmosphere of three touchdowns in a 24-13 the then Duke coach at put the team out on the field
Notre Dame and Tiger Stadium Greenie win. Florida. that gave them the best
replied, “Notre Dame is a McClendon’s last game was After Archer was fired, chance to win the game.
playpen compared to this in Orlando, Florida, at the Southern Miss Coach Curley Oh yeah-Judy Collins and I
madhouse.” Tangerine Bowl against Wake Hallman found out his plays have looked at this thing from
After an opening conference Forest. The inspired Tigers didn’t work as well without a both sides now, and I promise
win over Florida, the wheels easily defeated the Demon Brett Favre at quarterback and you it’s a lot easier to call
came off in the month of Deacons 34-10 and Mac and he was fired in ’94. Gerry those plays in front of a
October sealing Mac’s fate. several assistants were carried DiNardo “brought back the television set that down on the
Some excerpts from the off the field after the game. magic” for one game in a ’97 field. I know because I was
legendary Sam King’s sports Ironically, the final upset of Spurrier’s number one called an S.O.B. so many
column on the Tigers’ touchdown of the Charles Florida team but he ran out of times I had to tell my kids it
performance tell the story… McClendon era was scored by tricks and was forced to do a stood for “Sweet Old Bill”.
“The Tiger defense became Steve Ensminger-the current disappearing act in ’99. And remember before you
the first in college history to Tiger offensive coordinator Oh, and if you want to win a call for someone’s firing-who
take a month’s vacation in the whose every move is being bar bet-Who has the highest are you going to replace him?
fall. And it tried to take the scrutinized by armchair winning percentage in LSU It took LSU twenty years after
offense with it, but they Monday morning quarterbacks history? The answer is Hal Charles McClendon to find
fumbled the ticket…” all over Louisiana. Hunter, who as an interim Nick Saban.
“The offensive line couldn’t Since Mac’s firing, no Tiger coach following DiNardo’s
have made a hole in the coach lasted longer than five
ground with a shovel. If they seasons until Miles who held
had, some back would the job for 11 full seasons until
probably have filled it up-with he was fired four games into
the football.” the 2016 season with a .770
After losses to Georgia and winning percentage. Some
Florida State, King had some critics claimed Miles was too
more not-so-favorable nice, would not fire loyal
comments that could have assistants and ran too
easily been directed at our conservative of an offense
favorite New Orleans for this era.
professional team after their Oh-and that Alabama thing

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1. I was denied Restore LA duplicative about a loan and a
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The way our country handles your eligibility and were invited
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pivot that role. We have
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the Senate that would fix the funding?
flawed ‘duplication of benefits’
along with a number of other Only the federal government
top priorities for Louisianians. could think that a loan
This issue has been the single duplicates a grant. Duplication
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Because of this provision, 2016 Louisiana flood
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Louisiana program greatly to have more than $1 billion
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may help me. Is this true? “duplication of benefits”
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sons, and daughters – lost 17 years ago, America lost its
their lives in that attack on soul when 19 militants hijacked
American liberty, stated Chief 4 airliners that resulted in
Officer James E. LeBlanc. We 2,977 innocent people being
will never forget those we lost killed.
in the attack or those who which collapsed at 10:28 am. Tower which collapsed
sacrificed their lives to serve At 8:46 am, American Airlines at 9:59 am.
others, stated LeBlanc. Sep- Flight 11 struck the North At 9:03 am, United Airlines
tember 11, 2001, and the many Tower of the WTC in New York Flight 175 struck the South At 9:37 am, American Airlines
Flight 77 struck the Pentagon
killing 125 military personal
and civilians along with the
59 passengers and crew

At 10:03 am, United Airlines

Flight 93 crashed into a field in
Pennsylvania killing the
40 passengers and crew

2,753 people were killed in the

attacks at the WTC, including
343 Firefighters, 23 NYPD
Officers and 37 Port Authority
Police Officers.

Although the cowardly attacks

on America 17 years ago,
disrupted the lives’ of so many
people, caused chaos and
confusion and cost billions
and billions of dollars it did
not destroy America.
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care of each other for some


Our elected officials didn’t time after the attacks.
make it political or point fingers
blaming each other but instead I would like to remind all our
they came together and worked Ascension Parish Residents
together for the greater good of and our surrounding friends to
all Americans. go out and do something good
for someone today. Be nice to
Color did not matter on one another, spread love,

9/11/01. We United, as ONE tolerate difference and look


as Americans. out for one another, stated

Chief LeBlanc.
Front End

As horrible as those attacks



were, the one good thing that Never Forget and God
came out was that everyone Bless America.

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President Matassa Proclaims

Cooper James Smith Day
At the August 16 meeting of the and swam to the boy, pulling him
Ascension Parish Council, up and making him hold on to the
President Kenny Matassa wall of the pool. He then swam to
honored a local hero by Proclaim- the girl and pulled her safely
ing Cooper Smith Day. to the wall. None of the
According to the proclamation, approximately thirty people there
on June 8, 2018, while at a had any idea what was happening
neighborhood party, Cooper until the twins started crying.
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swimming pool with eight or ten quick actions prevented a
other children while all of the community celebration from
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preparing the food and Cooper James Smith is 11
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old twins jumped into the pool Prairieville with his parents,
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2nd Gross Jim Livingston
3rd Gross Paul Castro
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5th Gross Pat Lambert

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St. Amant Booster Club presents Honorary Team
Captains Richard & Myrtle Waguespack
St. Amant Gator Fans, the St. Amant Booster Club. cannot make now, they watch Grandchildren that played
please focus your attention on They are very adamant about on duck roost network. In the important roles here in Gator
the Gator Field tonight as the reason they joined and early years, Richard would Land – Tobie, Joanie, Mandie,
St. Amant Principal Beth stayed in the booster club for launch bottle rockets out the Brody, Parker and Great
Templet, Athletic Director so long: the coaches (and their window of the press box Grandchild Hallie.
David Oliver and St. Amant spouses) give up so much to during the freshman and JV
Fire Chief & Booster Club help our kids. That is why they games, so they could St. Amant Gator Fans,
President James LeBlanc hosted the coach’s dinner for experience the cannon as let’s show Richard & Myrtle
recognize St. Amant Booster so long. They wanted to make well at their games. Waguespack and the entire
Club Members for the past sure that the coaches & their Waguespack Family how
31 years – Richard & Myrtle spouses knew how important The Waguespack’s have much we appreciate their long
Waguespack. they were to our school seven children that also played outstanding efforts to the St.
and to our kids. roles over the years in the Amant Gator Family by
Richard and Myrtle hosted a Gator Program, Woody, recognizing them tonight as
Coaches meal for 27 straight After 31 straight years – They Adrian, Mike, Rhonda, Bonnie, our “Honorary Team Captains”
years before turning this continue to bleed black and George and Kelli. here at The Pit.
important gathering over to gold. The games that they
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2 tbsp ground paprika 1 cup uncooked brown rice
1 tbsp ground cumin 3 cups chicken stock
½ tsp cayenne pepper 1 pound large shrimp,
½ cup diced tomatoes peeled & deveined
1 large green bell pepper, Salt & ground black pepper
diced to taste
2 stalks celery, sliced
¼ inch thick

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cook and stir for 5 minutes until sausage begins to brown.

2. Stir in paprika, cumin, and cayenne; cook for 1 minute

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20 minutes turn heat to low. Cover and cook for until rice is just tender,
Cook Time: about 45 minutes.
1 hr. 10mins
Servings: 5. Stir in shrimp, replace lid and cook for 5 minutes.

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