Bill Dawson assesses his time on Parish Council

Recently we asked District 2 Councilman Bill Dawson:  1) How would you characterize Bill Dawson’s 3.5 years on the council (of what are you most proud, any regrets, etc)?; 2) What do you hope to accomplish in the future?  His reply, in its entirety is below. Regarding the three and one-half years that I have spent […]

Amalfi Cove – Setting the Record Straight in District 9

Traffic was the main issue in denial of my proposed Amalfi Cove subdivision off Roddy Road in December. Concerns about a proposed traffic signal at the Roddy and Black Bayou intersection chief among them. Instead of appealing a plan that the commissioners (following Councilman Lambert’s lead) didn’t want, I opted to meet with Parish officials, […]

Extortion Plea nets Prairieville man 12-year sentence

On February 11, 2019, Trevor Rodrigue of 16097 Tiger Heights Dr. Prairieville, LA., age 24, pled guilty as charged to Extortion. Rodrigue was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Phil Maples, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Thomas Kliebert. This guilty plea stems from a 2018 arrest. On July 7, 2018, deputies with […]

Painter’s take on Master Plan and Fill Ordinance

Declared candidate for Ascension’s parish presidency, Murphy Painter recently weighed in on two important topics (for the first time that we know of).  The fill ordinance has been in the can since May 2018, but inexplicably delayed by that ardent Painter supporter and chair of East Ascension Drainage, Dempsey Lambert, who prevented any discussion at […]

Gonzales Planning/Zoning agenda (6/3)

A PUBLIC HEARING OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION Monday, June 2 @ 6:00 pm-City Hall Public Hearing to consider approval of a Preliminary Plat from P & H Builders, LLC, 6 lots being created on Linen Road at the corner of Bayou Narcisse, on a map by McLin Taylor, Inc. dated 4-24-19. CITY OF GONZALES PLANNING […]

Graves announces grant money for EBR [Where is Ascension fit in?]

East Baton Rouge Parish has been awarded an $11,250,000 federal Hazard Mitigation Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to fund the development of he parish’s comprehensive Stormwater Master Plan. We have secured more than $1.4 billion for the Comite Diversion, East Baron Rouge Flood Control, West Shore Protection and Livingston Parish drainage projects to right […]

LA delegation urges POTUS to Act on Mississippi River Water Levels

Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Garret Graves (South Louisiana) and Louisiana’s Congressional Delegation are urging President Donald Trump to act in coordination with state, parish, levee district, and emergency officials in Louisiana and to grant the state’s disaster declaration request in response to record-breaking high water on the Mississippi River. “Steps must be taken now to […]

Cassidy: Long-Term Solution for National Flood Insurance Program

WASHINGTON–U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today led a group of Senators calling forthe Senate Banking Committee to work towards a long-term solution for the National Flood Insurance Plan (NFIP). Joining Cassidy in sending the letter are U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), […]

CPEX accepting on-line comments for latest Master Plan draft

COMMENT LOG AVAILABLE Submitted comments have been logged and provided to the Planning Commission in preparation for their May 29th meeting. The comment log and Plan Chapter 11: Strategic Implementation Plan are now available to view on and via the link below. Check out the Draft Plan & Comment Log here Details for the Planning Commission’s May 29th […]

Ascension Republican Women attend LFRW Day at Legislature

Ascension Republican Women members visit with the new Louisiana Federation of Republican Women President, Wanda Aizpurua, at the LFRW Day at the Legislature on May 14th. Visit ARW on Facebook at or e-mail at Photo provided by Joyce LaCour