Chief Sherman Jackson statement on murder of George Floyd

I’ve been asked by many recently how I feel about things. “Must be hard for you Chief? You gotta feel like you’re caught in the middle.” I write this today to tell you that it’s not hard at all. Yes, I am a black man. Yes, I am a police officer. But being both doesn’t […]

LA Congressmen join Governor in request to POTUS to Retain National Guard Effort

U.S. Congressman Garret Graves (South Louisiana) joined members of Louisiana’s congressional delegation in support of Governor John Bel Edward’s request to President Trump to ensure the National Guard remains active in Louisiana’s ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic through July 31, 2020. Under the major Disaster Declaration, Louisiana can deploy the National Guard across the […]

Phase 2 of Louisiana’s reopening next week? Governor could face legislative petition

On April 29 Shreveport legislator Alan Seabaugh circulated a petition, seeking 53 House of Representatives’s signatures that could have overridden Governor John Bel Edwards’ anticipated extension of the COVID-19 stay-at-home order set to expire.  Needing seeking 53 signatures from members of the House of Representatives, the effort stalled when Edwards announced a 15-day extension, predicting […]

Gonzales P & Z to consider annexation of property (Monday)

CITY OF GONZALES PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2020 AT 6:00 P.M. MEETING AGENDA Approval of the Minutes from the May 4, 2020 regular meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission. Planning Items 2. Approve request to annex 3 tracts of land, Tract C-2-A (1.42 acres), Tract C-2-B (1.859 acres) and Tract C-2-C […]

Ten questions the Sewer Committee should ask Ascension Sewer

The Sewer Committee, adjunct to Ascension Parish Council’s Utilities Committee, is scheduled to consider Ascension Sewer, LLC’s proposal today.  The committee has demonstrated nothing like competence to meet the task with an awful lot of issues to be resolved, questions to be answered.  We posed ten to Ascension Sewer in an email, the text of […]

House advances legislation to Protect Unclaimed Property

The Louisiana House voted 96-2 today in favor of creating a constitutional trust fund to protect citizens’ Unclaimed Property money. House Bill 445, by House Speaker Clay Schexnayder and handled by Rep. John Stefanski, now moves to the Senate for consideration. House Bill 445 and House Bill 536, the enabling legislation also by Speaker Schexnayder, […]

BBB tips when hiring home-improvement contractor

Here are some tips from the BBB to follow before hiring a home improvement, roofing or repair contractor: • Be specific in explaining exactly what you want done • Get estimates in writing • Get more than one bid – bids should detail what the contractor is going to do & the cost for the […]

$100 Million to Help Protect Louisiana’s Senior Citizens from Coronavirus

U.S. Congressman Garret Graves (South Louisiana) announced Louisiana will receive $98,475,000 in 256 payments for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) to help combat the devastating effects of this pandemic. “We are seeing a disproportionate impact in nursing homes across our state and country. These senior citizens aren’t just stats. They are each someone’s parent, grandparent, relative or a […]

$190 Million for Coronavirus Testing in Louisiana announced

U.S. Congressman Garret Graves (South Louisiana) announced a new federally-funded testing effort by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to significantly expand coronavirus diagnostic and antibody testing in Louisiana. “The United States has conducted more coronavirus testing than any other country in the world, but it is still not enough. When you can’t test adequately, […]

A worthy $49,500 expenditure on Parish Council agenda

As a rule we tend to wariness whenever a parish administration seeks to execute another professional services contract just under $50,000.  Tonight’s Parish Council agenda includes an exception which proves that rule.  The item: Approval of Professional Services Contract between Ascension Parish Government and Gresham Smith for Traffic Engineering Services – not to exceed $49,500 […]