Six seats on Parish Council to change hands in January

Five Ascension Parish Council incumbents lost their seats on Saturday and a sixth did not seek reelection.  A seventh is headed for a runoff as two won reelection without opposition.  Only District  10’s John Cagnolatti (by a whopping 1059 votes for 69%) and District 5’s Dempsey Lambert (by a paltry 39 votes for 50.5%) won reelection on Saturday. District […]

80-bed treatment facility planned for Sorrento announces Joel Robert

Joel Robert announced an agreement in principle to bring the first substance abuse treatment facility to Ascension Parish.  Projected to be an 80-bed facility, it will be located at the former campus of River Parishes Community College on John LeBlanc Blvd in Sorrento.  Certain of the details are being hammered out but the center could […]

Christy and Pettit reflect on friendship, path toward Parish Council candidacy

At first glance Kim Christy and Jeff Pettit seem an unlikely pair.  Christy, a native of Ascension who spent three decades away as an FBI Special Agent after graduating from East Ascension HS and LSU; Pettit, a military brat who lived in bases around the globe before settling down in Baton Rouge, working in retail […]

“$16,000 Dollar” Dempsey Lambert and his developer friends seek a fifth Council term

District 5 incumbent Dempsey Lambert is Ascension Parish Council’s second longest serving member, having first been elected in 2003 and three times subsequently.  On Saturday he seeks a fifth term, his campaign having just eclipsed the $16,000 fundraising mark in the attempt to hold off challenger Cheryl Malbrough.  His latest $500 (October 8) contribution is from GREATER […]

A tough night at Finance for Soccer Executive Director (Pryor a no-show)

Matthew Pryor, VP of Youth for Ascension Flight Soccer Club (formerly Gonzales Soccer Club), was scheduled to appear before the Parish Council Finance Committee on Tuesday.  According to the agenda, anyway: (5) Gonzales Soccer Association Report (Matt Pryor, Gonzales Soccer) Instead it was Executive Director Bobby “English Bob” Capewell who came before a worked up committee […]

Orgeron/Lambert lead council hopefuls in campaign contributions

Coming down the home stretch in 2019’s electoral horse race it is first time (Council) candidate Corey Orgeron who retained the fundraising lead (we think), nosing out District 5 incumbent Dempsey Lambert, who is seeking a fifth term.  Half of Orgeron’s 15-page report is missing from the Ethics Administration link in which he reported $4,950, bringing his total to […]

Ascension early voting more than doubles total from October 2015 election

Clerk of Court Bridget Hanna posted the following as Early Voting for the October 12 election came to a close. I cannot express how grateful and proud I am of my team for their excellent work this week at the Oak Grove early voting site. They really worked hard – from setting up to the […]

Planning Commission Chairman Matthew Pryor endorses Orgeron, rips Satterlee

If you were seeking a seat on Ascension’s Parish Council, whose endorsement would you least like to have?  High up on the list has to be the chairman of the Planning Commission…Matthew Pryor.  He’s with Corey Orgeron who he claims as a friend (which should tell you all you need to know about Orgeron) and […]

St. Amant Volunteer FD receives radios from Nutrien Chemical Facility

St. Amant –   Communication is always key for firefighters once they arrive on the scene of a structure fire or any kind of emergency scene. The St. Amant & 5th Ward Volunteer Fire Departments received great news this week when they received several new radios from the Geismar Nutrien Chemical Facility. St. Amant & 5th Ward Volunteer Fire […]

Cancer Center to host free Community Health Event

Gonzales Area Foundation funds third year of free cancer screenings, food and fun for the entire family Gonzales, La. – Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Gonzales, in conjunction with the Gonzales Area Foundation, is providing free, convenient access to a host of cancer screenings at its third annual Live Well Ascension event. Live Well Ascension will be […]