Federal suit ongoing, Moses Black seeks reinstatement to GPD in state court

Moses Black’s employment with Gonzales Police Department was terminated in December of 2016 “in a flippant and retaliatory manner” according to argument presented to Judge Jessie LeBlanc on Thursday.  Gonzales PD’s countered that Black had “avoided the chain of command” in conducting an “unauthorized investigation” into ticket writing practices by another officer, risking “complete chaos […]

Ascension taxpayers picking up AWT/Tom Pertuit’s fine?

Ascension Parish hired William Daniel to be its Infrastructure Division Director, a position created with him in mind, in October of 2017.  Daniel has stated on several occasions that he was brought on to bring sanitary sewer to the parish’s east bank where new subdivision’s pump more, and more, and more treated wastewater into the […]

Stirling Properties announces new tenants to Cornerview Plaza retail center

Several months ago KMart, after years of tenancy, vacated the big-box retail store on Airline Hwy in Gonzales.  It left a gaping hole in one of the city’s two vital retail corridors and caused more than a little consternation among city fathers.  Gonzales has experience with big box retailers pulling up stakes and the difficulty […]

Graves present for Ascension/Livingston flood mitigation agreement

The “mutual devastation” experienced by Ascension and Livingston parishes in 2016 flooding has created “sensitivity when any project proposes to move water from one place to another” according to Congressman Garret Graves.  Graves facilitated negotiations between the parishes to stay Livingston’s lawsuit enjoining Ascension from proceeding to construction of the long-awaited Laurel Ridge Levee extension.  Parish […]

Graves, Matassa, Ricks and PLD to finalize regional agreement (and Laurel Ridge Levee project) on Friday

Gonzales, LA– On Friday, January 25th at 10:00 am Congressman Garret Graves (LA-06), Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa, and Pontchartrain Levee District President Ricky Bosco will meet to finalize the regional drainage agreement between Livingston Parish and Ascension Parish that will allow for work to commence on the $24 million Laurel Ridge Levee extension.  This agreement […]

Ascension Parish School Board Honors 2018-19 Students of the Year

2018-19 DISTRICT STUDENTS OF THE YEAR Pictured from left: Fifth Grade Student of the Year Madison Hebert of Central Primary, Fifth Grade Student of the Year Perry LaBorde of Prairieville Middle and welfth Grade Student of the Year Reace Dedon of St. Amant High Gonzales, LA. – The 2018-19 Students of the Year were honored by the Ascension […]

Robert Debate appointed to Sorrento Council; Special Election set for October 12

A unanimous Town Council appointed Robert Debate to join the body Monday afternoon, filling the vacancy left when first-term Councilwoman Randi Sutton resigned earlier this month.  Debate, a lifelong resident of Sorrento who lived there prior to the town’s 1950s incorporation, attended the Special Meeting like he has done so many times before. “I’m going […]

HNTB’s Transportation Plan: Another $800,000 wasted

$800,000 worth of funding allocated in 2016, HNTB engineers assigned task of producing a long-range Transportation Master Plan for Ascension Parish was put on the back burner when a $25 million bond was retired, then re-issued to fund MoveAscension’s roundabouts and safety widening of select parish roads.  The firm is back on task, presenting an update at […]

Lambert re-seated in EA Drainage Chair as some property owners could see insurance rate decrease

For the sixth consecutive year Councilman Dempsey Lambert was chosen by nine colleagues to chair East Ascension Consolidated Gravity Drainage District #1 on Monday.  Lambert’s District 5, bordering the Amite River in the northeast corner of Ascension Parish, experienced some of August 2016’s worst flooding.  The worst of it inundated St. Amant, represented by Councilman […]

No chairmanships for old guard in Casso committee assignments

Recently elected to the Parish Council’s Chair, Councilwoman Teri Casso has made her selections to head up six Standing Committees.  Each year the chair makes all committee assignments and there was some reshuffling. As the governing authority and administration seem committed to East Ascension sanitary sewer, hundreds of millions of dollars will be in play.  […]