Announcements accepted for races

The Advocate Ascension Section is accepting candidate announcements for all Ascension Parish Council races through Sept. 19.

Announcements should be emailed to with a color, high-resolution photo of the candidate sent as a separate JPG attachment.

All announcements are subject to editing and must contain the age and political party of the candidate.

The announcements will be published on a first-come, first-served basis, as space is available, through Sept. 29.

For information, call (225) 336-6952.

Hairstyling, cuts offered to students

The third annual Back to School in Style event is set for Aug. 7 at Anointed Hands Salon and More in Sorrento.

Girls ages 5 to 15 can get a free shampoo, style and blow dry and free haircuts will be available for boys the same age.

All services will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis, said Marcia Tureaud, of Anointed Hands Salon and More.

She said local stylists and barbers will be on hand from noon to 5 p.m. at the Sorrento salon, 8233 John LeBlanc Blvd.

All children must be accompanied by a parent, she said.

Games and activities will be available, she said.

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Football contest rescheduled to Sat.

Rain forced a second cancellation of Saturday?s NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition in Gonzales.

Mark Peters of Hope Youth Development is hoping the third time will work as he has rescheduled the event for 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the parking lot next to Spartan Stadium on Burnside Avenue.

All boys and girls ages 6 to 15 are invited to compete in the free football skills contest.

Lowery students start school early

Students at Lowery Elementary School in Donaldsonville will be starting a week early this year, according to a release from Ascension Parish schools.

The early start is part of a program funded by a $1 million school improvement grant, officials said.

The Jump Start Program will run half days, from 8 a.m. to noon beginning Aug. 1, including a half day Saturday, and is required for all Lowery Elementary students in third through fifth grades, the release stated.

The program is designed to give these students a head start on the school year, and will teach reading and math strategies that the system hopes will boost their chances for success throughout the year, the release states

Students will also complete assessments that will be used to measure their progress through the year. During the week all students will receive transportation services, school supplies for the week, and breakfast and lunch at no charge.

Uniforms will be required for the week, and any student who needs uniform assistance can go to the Lowery Elementary School office on Friday, the release states.

Students will not attend school Aug. 8 and 9, but the first full day for students is Aug. 10.