Multiple incumbents ousted form Republican Parish Executive Committee

With five “at large” seats on Ascension’s Republican Parish Executive Committee (ARPEC) up for grabs the election pitted competing tickets.  The one headlined by recent candidate for the State Legislature, Brandon Trosclair prevailed resoundingly with a single candidate failing to win election on Saturday.  Five “at large” seats were up for grabs with all three […]

Congressional bill would bar frivolous lawsuits associated with COVID-19

U.S. Congressman Garret Graves introduced yesterday The Get America Back to Work Act of 2020, a bipartisan bill that would allow small businesses and their hard workers to reopen without the threat of frivolous lawsuits associated with COVID-19. The bipartisan bill protects businesses and their employees from being sued provided they took reasonable steps to […]

Developer offers nearly $600,000 in lieu of road infrastructure; Planning Commission punts

In September 2018 Ross Berthelot appeared before Ascension’s Planning Commission to lobby for two subdivisions his company sought to develop; Highland Trace and Lake at West Creek (since renamed Parks at Water Oaks).  Both were approved by a unanimous commission with the condition that a proposed roundabout be constructed and operational or Berthelot pay for a traffic signal at the intersection of Germany […]

Rotary Club of East Ascension welcomes new president

A wonderful time was had by all at the Rotary Club of East Ascension’s recent annual installation banquet! The Rotary Club of EA was able to meet for the first time in person since mid-March. Although great weekly Zoom meetings with wonderfulspeakers and outstanding attendance have been the norm since gathering restrictions were announced in […]

West bank councilmen question suspension of work on PUA water system

When a previous Ascension Parish Council approved $5.9 million to purchase the dilapidated (some of its pipes had been in the ground nearly a century) Peoples Water Company there were more than a few critics in the public.  The sale was completed in September of 2016, five months after then Utilities Committee chairman, former Councilman […]

Strategic Planning recommends method of calculating subdivision road width

Fresh off a stunning rebuke at the last Strategic Planning Committee meeting, Chairman Chase Melancon set his sights much lower on Monday.  On June 11 Melancon presented an agenda full of stricter, safety-enhancing subdivision regulations only to be stymied by Councilmen Corey Orgeron, John Cagnolatti and Dempsey Lambert… Three councilmen reject Subdivision Regulation proposed to […]

APSO Arrest Report for the Week of June 25-July 2

Below is Ascension Sheriff’s arrest report for the week of June 25-July 2: June 25 arrests: Amanda Bacala, 31, 517 E Loyola Dr, Kenner was charged w/ Violations of Protective Orders; Shannon Ford, 28, 4512 Meadowdate St, Metairie was charged w/ Violations of Protective Orders; Darren Ballard, 60, 6229 St. Service Rd, Opelousas was arrested pursuant to a […]

Small businesses may be eligible for grants to defray COVID-19 related expenses

Small businesses can start applying by July 28 for grants to help cover COVID 19-related expenses, State Treasurer John M. Schroder announced today at the State Capitol. Through the Main Street Recovery Program, businesses can apply for up to $15,000 to cover eligible expenses. In the first 21 days of the program, grants will be […]

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 June 27, compared to… compared to… compared to… compared to… compared to… compared to… compared to…

Guilty Pleas for the Week of June 22-26

During the week of June 22 – June 26, 2020, the following defendants pled guilty to various charges and were sentenced in the 23rd Judicial District Court-Ascension Parish: Jeremy Melancon, 44407 Melancon St. Sorrento, LA., age 46, pled guilty to Simple Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling and was sentenced to 3 years with the Louisiana […]