State education head issues statement on proposed budget

BATON ROUGE, La. — Following his testimony before the Louisiana House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White today issued a statement regarding the proposed budget for education. White said: “The budget as proposed makes important investments in schools and children, most notably a long-overdue pay increase for teachers and other […]

Answers about fill material/BFE in short supply at Monday meeting

A good compromise leaves everybody mad.  –Calvin and Hobbes It seems that nobody, not regular citizens or the development community, not even the Parish Council members who will make the decision on Thursday, are all that happy about a parish-wide limitation of fill material to three feet.  An awful lot of questions without many answers, […]

Gonzales woman gets 12 Years for Residential Burglary

NOTE:  According to booking records the accused was on parole, which was revoked on December 12.  11 lesser charges were all dismissed. Last week, Heather Savage of 14318 Braud Rd. Gonzales, LA., age 43, pled guilty to Simple Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling (2 counts). Savage was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Leila Braswell, and […]

French delegation arrives in Gonzales

A delegation of 26 people has arrived from our sister city of Meylan, France. The group is here for a cultural exchange, and includes Mayor Jean Philippe Blanc and Councilwoman Francois Balas. Tour Ascension and the Louisiana Office of Tourism have helped charter a bus that will take the group on tours of area sites […]

Council to consider Drainage Ordinances (4/18)

REGULAR MEETING OF THE ASCENSION PARISH COUNCIL April 18, 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 – to proclaim “Child Abuse Prevention Month” in Ascension Parish (6) Parish President’s Report: […]

Master Plan Open House scheduled (4/30)

The public is invited and encouraged to attend the final round of public open houses for the Ascension Parish Master Land Use Plan process. The open houses will occur on Tuesday, April 30th at the Gonzales Civic Center and Wednesday, May 1st at Lowery Elementary in Donaldsonville. The open houses will provide an opportunity for […]

Chase Melancon Campaign refuses “special interest” money

Supporters of Chase Melancon’s bid to unseat three-term District 6 Parish Council incumbent Randy Clouatre filled The Venue Saturday evening in an atmosphere unsullied by the specter of elected officialdom.  An impressive number of volunteers sported St. Amant HS black and gold campaign in support of Melancon’s grassroots effort eschewing contributions from “any special interest.”  Easier said than done […]

APL’s Outreach Vehicle coming to location near you (April)

Ascension Parish Library’s Outreach Vehicle rolls into spring, bringing a wide variety of books, movies, and other materials to a location near you!  Make the most of the season and bring the entire family to visit our Outreach Vehicle at parks and community centers across the parish.  Come check us out at these locations: Sorrento […]

8 Council members put unnecessary gym before children’s safety

If District 7 Councilman Aaron Lawler is to be believed, a risky proposition at best, eight Parish Council members put an unnecessary basketball gym before the safety of Ascension’s children.  On March 21 the vote was 8-3 to amend Ascension’s 2019 budget to loan $3 million ($2,780,000 of it for gym-related expenses at Lamar Dixon […]

History of Carville Leprosarium at APL’s D’ville branch (4/27)

In the middle of a fall night in 1894, five men and two women, called lepers, tugged up the Mississippi River from New Orleans on a coal barge.  They had been denied access to public transportation by state law.  Accompanied by a physician, newspaper reporters, and provisions donated by Charity Hospital, the lepers were made […]