Avoid scams on Census Day

Have you received your census packet yet? There is a law that requires you to complete it. The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Some of the information census takers request is personal. But the Census Bureau states that they will NEVER ask […]

Overview of Small Business Paycheck Protection Program (and downloadable application)

The Paycheck Protection Program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities. Fully Forgiven Funds are provided in the form of loans that will be fully forgiven when used for payroll costs, interest on […]

Parish to begin “clearing and grubbing” for Hwy 621 widening project

The signs of imminent roadwork are going up, both literally.. and less so… From the MoveAscension website: This 1-1⁄2 mile segment of the Roddy Road corridor from LA 935 (Churchpoint Rd.) to LA 621 (Cante Rd.) is to be widened to improve safety. The project includes a new bridge over Black Bayou. UPDATE: Intersection improvements at […]

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 […]

LED opens COVID-19 Help Desk for Louisiana businesses

Email, hotline support from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday; more resources at opportunitylouisiana.com/covid19 Gov. John Bel Edwards and Secretary Don Pierson of Louisiana Economic Development announced the opening of an LED help desk that provides email and hotline support for Louisiana businesses impacted by COVID-19. For COVID-19 business questions, LED may be reached at LEDbiz@la.gov or via the […]

BBB warns of Secret Shopper Scam

The Better Business Bureau of South Central Louisiana has received calls from consumers who have either received a check or an e-mail, saying that they can be a ‘Secret Shopper.’ This is a way for them to make money during this particular time. What we want consumers to understand, is if they receive a check, […]

APSO Arrest Report for the Week of March 19-26

Below is Ascension Sheriff’s arrest report for the week of March 19-26: March 19 arrests:  Tiffini Templet, 38, 13350 JB Templet Rd, Gonzales was arrested pursuant to a bench warrant (Breach of Bail Condition); Justin Dugas, 30, 7915 Hwy 14, New Iberia was charged w/ Resisting an Officer; Patrick McChesny, 34, 3779 Cypress Park, Zachary was charged w/ […]

FG to temporarily pause work at The Sunshine Project site

Welcome, LA — FG takes very seriously the concern surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19) across our communities, and our hearts go out to those who have been impacted. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our workforce and across our community and in light of safety issues associated with fluctuating Mississippi River stages, FG has decided to temporarily pause activities on The Sunshine Project property until […]

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…

Ascension Parish issues new building permit guidelines

The Ascension Parish Building Department has issued updated guidelines on applying for permits and scheduling building inspections during the COVID-19 state of emergency. Because of the stay-at-home orders issued by Governor John Bel Edwards and President Clint Cointment, all permitting and scheduling is being done remotely, either by telephone or online. Builders, developers, and homeowners […]