Robert takes issue with Dawson’s “untrue” campaign claims

Joel Robert is seeking to unseat Bill Dawson from the Parish Council, actively and vigorously campaigning “against the incumbent’s record of ignoring the issues important to the people of District 2.”  Robert took issue with a recent video offering by Dawson, “full of misrepresentations clearly intended to fool his constituents (and) overstating his accomplishments.” “Mr. Dawson […]

Satterlee running on same platform: Infrastructure before Development

Prior to his election to the Parish Council, Daniel “Doc” Satterlee served one year as a Planning (and Zoning) Commissioner, at the end of which the outgoing council abolished the former nine-member body, reconstituting same in the current seven-member format.  The Planning Commission had begun to exercise its authority, holding developers accountable against the wishes […]

Second defendant answers Matassa lawsuit, Berkley Insurance denies liability

Berkley Insurance Company, the second of two defendants to do so, answered the lawsuit filed by Ascension Parish Government and Kenneth Matassa seeking reimbursement of criminal legal fees incurred by the latter.  Why Ascension Parish was added as party-plaintiff is a mystery, until one considers that Matassa would rather have the taxpayers fund the suit and […]

Hwy 44 improvements not coming fast enough for residents along Loosemore Road

A few dozen frustrated citizens got together with Senator Eddie Lambert on Thursday, desperate for answers…and a traffic light at Hwy 44/Loosemore in lieu of a promised roundabout too long in coming.   Initially projected for 2024 by DOTD, that roundabout is the proposed solution to remedy safety concerns for those motorists attempting to access Hwy […]

Cointment: Stop approving subdivisions until infrastructure in place

Four candidates qualified for the October 12 election for Ascension Parish President.  Only one, Clint Cointment, has published anything like a comprehensive plan to address the problems confronting the parish.  The Cointment Flex Plan is an updated version of the one proposed in his bid for the office in 2015, an effort that came up […]

Assessor Mert Smiley: Thank You Ascension Parish

I would like to thank the citizens of Ascension Parish for the honor and privilege of serving as your Assessor for another term. With the help of the highly trained and certified staff of your Assessor’s Office, we are now one of the premier Assessors Office in the state and nation. Being your Assessor is […]

Silverleaf properties nearing buyout, drainage work near new courthouse to close E Worthey this weekend

The process to buy out residents of repetitive flood loss properties on Silverleaf Drive, south of Hwy 30 in Gonzales, is nearing completion according to Gonzales’ City Engineer Jackie Baumann.  Appraisals have been completed, and approved by US Department of Agriculture which is putting up the money with offer packets being prepared for each homeowner. […]

Matassa appoints Rachael Wilkinson interim OHSEP Director

Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa announced today that he has appointed Rachael Wilkinson as interim director of the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness following the resignation of former director Rick Webre. Rachael Wilkinson has been with the Parish for more than ten years, and currently serves as the Assistant Director of OHSEP. She […]

Webre (Bobby) to face two challengers in Sheriff’s election

While there were no surprises in the roster of candidates vying for election as Ascension’s Sheriff, the race may have tightened up due to events unfolding (sort of) in the Parish President’s election.  When Sheriff Bobby Webre was elevated to the top law enforcement spot by former sheriff, Jeff Wiley’s resignation in January, he was […]

Casso wins 3rd term, Chase Melancon is the new District 6 council member

Chase Melancon is the only candidate to qualify for the District 6 Ascension Parish Council seat after three-termer Randy Clouatre opted out.  Melancon will be joined on the 2020-23 council by third-term representative of District 8, Teri Casso who also goes in unopposed. We’ll have the rundown in for nine contested council seats, and all […]