Guilty Pleas for the Week of February 11-15

During the week of February 11-February 15, 2019, the following defendants pled guilty to various charges and were sentenced in the 23rd Judicial District Court; Ascension Parish: Jerome Bougere, 1416 Bonadona Ln. Donaldsonville, LA., age 41, pled guilty to Domestic Abuse Battery and was sentenced to 2 ½ years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with […]

APL providing Adult Literacy Program

The Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales and Donaldsonville recently trained a group of volunteer literacy tutors to help adults in Ascension Parish improve their reading and writing skills. Tutors learned about topics such as instructional techniques, goal setting, lesson planning, and foundational literacy concepts. Volunteer literacy tutors help the Ascension Parish Library Adult Literacy Program […]

Amended Parish Council agenda removes fill restriction ordinance (2/21)

REGULAR MEETING OF THE ASCENSION PARISH COUNCIL February 21, 2019 – 6:00 PM ASCENSION PARISH COURTHOUSE AGENDA (1) Call To Order / Invocation and Pledge (2) Roll Call (3) Chair’s Additions (4) Public Comment Sign- In Period (5) Presentations a. Proclamation – Paint the Town Purple b. Certificate of Achievement – Eagle Scout Andrew Poche […]

APSO arrests two after Tuesday morning gunshots at gas station

Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a convenience store, located on Highway 22 on Tuesday morning, shortly after 7 a.m. in reference to shots being fired in the parking lot. According to Sheriff Bobby Webre, deputies and detectives responded to the scene and learned that 37-year-old John Wesley Harris of French Settlement fired five […]

Kim Christy: Is Council’s new-found urgency on drainage SMOKE and MIRRORS?

The Strategic Planning Committee was tasked with evaluating the effects of an ordinance proposing a six month moratorium on fill in the flood plain.  Strategic Planning did not pass the ordinance.  However, they exhibited a sense of urgency in having engineering firm HNTB present again what was presented in May 2018 to the EA Drainage […]

Committee delays Fill Ordinance another month; nixes moratorium without vote

Offering a scaled-down version of the presentation she had given on May 7, 2018, Melissa Kennedy of HNTB engineers told Ascension Council’s Strategic Planning Committee it would take “about $2 million (and) 18 months” to figure out all the parish’s drainage complexities.  On Monday she appeared for a “Discussion of Limit of Floodplain Management Fill” […]

Four-vehicle crash results in fatality of St. Amant woman

Prairieville- Shortly after 2:30 pm on February 17, 2019, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a four vehicle crash that resulted in a fatality on US Hwy 61 (Airline Hwy.) south of LA Hwy 427 (Old Perkins Rd.) in Ascension Parish. The crash took the life of 21-year-old Celeste Andre of St. Amant. […]

APL’s free Small Business seminar (2/20)

Ascension Parish Library invites all interested persons to attend a free small business seminar, Starting and Financing a Small Business.  It is designed for individuals who want to learn what it takes to start and run a successful small business.  The program will focus on helping participants learn how to determine the feasibility of their […]

APSO seeking suspect in Drive by Shooting

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office is actively seeking the whereabouts of 18-year-old Darrel Morris Jr. who is wanted for disturbing the peace, six counts illegal use of weapons, possession of firearm by convicted felon, and assault by drive-by shooting. According to Sheriff Bobby Webre, as the investigation continues from shots fired after a rap party […]

20 months/845 lots later and STILL no action on Drainage Impact Studies

When Councilman Oliver Joseph gavels tonight’s Strategic Planning Committee meeting to order it will begin his tenure as the committee’s chairman.  It will have been 20 months since the committee took up ineffectual Drainage Impact Studies required of every new subdivision development without any action whatever being taken by the Parish Council.  A mere nine […]