St. James Parish enacts curfew

Ascension’s neighbor to the south, through which east and west bank residents must traverse to access opposite side of the Mississippi River, St. James Parish has enacted a curfew (the Sunshine Bridge is located wholly within St. James Parish).  Along with Sheriff Willy Martin, and the mayors of Lutcher and Gramercy, Parish President Pete Dufresne […]

Sheriff Webre expresses concern over convicted contractor’s COVID-19 venture

According to Baton Rouge Business Report on Monday, contractor Matthew Morris “has opened a new business and is selling COVID-19 remediation services on Facebook.”  The headline identified Morris as “An ex-contractor who allegedly took advantage of flood victims.”  The gentle descriptive is “a complete mischaracterization of Mr. Morris’ proven criminal activities” in the words of […]

Hwy 44 improvements scheduled for June 25 completion

According to the project timeline provided by the City of Gonzales (see below) planned improvements on Hwy 44 are scheduled for completion in June (2020). “The project has taken too long, which I expressed in a meeting with the contractor last month, receiving some assurance that the timeline will be met and possibly bettered.  Since […]

Cointment cites better testing, mobility of citizens, outside traffic for Ascensions rate of coronavirus

I want to address the concerns that Ascension Parish is ranked high in the country for having a large per capita number of positive Coronavirus cases. I truly believe the reason is simply that we are ahead of the curve with testing here in Ascension Parish. This is due to the professionalism and organization of […]

President Trump letter to U.S. governors on new Coronavirus Guidelines

President Donald Trump’s  letter to America’s Governors, issued yesterday, attempts to contextualize his bold declaration of intent to “reopen the country by Easter.”  The letter, in its entirety: “As you know, on March 16, 2020, I published my Coronavirus Guidelines for America.  States, localities, and  citizens across our country have responded to this call to action in full […]

New courthouse progressing

Ascension’s new courthouse, being constructed on E. Worthey Road in Gonzales next to the Ascension Parish Governmental Complex, across the street from East Ascension High School, is proceeding apace.  The photo above was taken on March 25, compared to… compared to… compared to… compared to…

Governor Edwards issues expanded Stay at Home Order

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has issued a statewide “stay at home” order effective at 5 p.m. Monday, March 23 because of the threat of the novel coronavirus. In a news conference Sunday, the governor told Louisiana residents to stay at home unless going out for essential tasks including trips to the grocery store and […]

ALL meetings of AP Council, committees, and boards CANCELED until further notice

Ascension Parish Council Chairwoman Teri Casso announced today that in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and Governor Edwards’ proclamation JBE 2020-30, all meetings of the Ascension Parish Council and its committees, starting with the March 19 Council meeting, are cancelled until further notice. The Council committees included in the cancellations are Strategic Planning, Transportation, Finance, […]

Ascension’s first case of Covid 19 confirmed, more on the way

The press conference addressing Covid 19 in Ascension Parish ended moments ago, reiterating all those points being made for days on end.  Symptomatic or not, isolate yourselves “to slow the disease’s spread” and slow the virus’ spread to avoid the local medical services being overwhelmed.  Parish President Clint Cointment confirmed the first Ascension Parish case, […]

Fate of skatepark up in the air (Compton’s long-term Recreation Vision)

Remnants of the skatepark formerly located off Irma Blvd in Gonzales can be found in pieces adjacent to Oak Grove Community Center in Prairieville; headstones to remind Ascension of its struggles to provide recreation opportunities.  Disassembled early in 2019 with plans to put the ramp back together, tens of thousands of those precious dollars were […]