Master Plan Open House at two locations (April 30/May 1)

The public is invited and encouraged to attend the final round of public open houses for the Ascension Parish Master Land Use Plan process. The open houses will occur on Tuesday, April 30th at the Gonzales Civic Center and Wednesday, May 1st at Lowery Elementary in Donaldsonville. The open houses will provide an opportunity for […]

APSO arrests one in drug case; other suspect still being sought

Ascension Parish Sheriff Bobby Webre reports the arrest of 35-year-old Janene Lewis on charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of Heroin, possession of MDMA, possession of Methamphetamine, illegal carrying of weapons, possession of CDS in presence of persons under 17 years of age, and drug paraphernalia on Thursday, April 4. The Narcotics […]

Another Lamar Dixon boondoggle? The Gonzales Soccer Club agreement

On September 19, 2017 President Kenny Matassa signed the Cooperative Endeavor Agreement (CEA) whereby Ascension Parish ceded “Exclusive Use” of seven new soccer fields to Gonzales Soccer Club (GSC) during its ten months playing season.  The club enjoys “Preferred Use” the rest of the time.  In return the parish avoided maintenance of the fields, receives […]

Michael Mason to seek District 11 seat on Parish Council

Michael Mason is seeking election to Ascension’s Parish Council District 11.  A Republican graduate of East Ascension High School, Class of 2000, Mason earned his degree in Mass Communications from LSU before settling down in his native Ascension Parish.   “I’m a lifelong resident of our beautiful parish who wants to give back to the community which […]

Gonzales to build basketball gym on Darla Avenue

The City of Gonzales’ next budget will include $160,000 to purchase four acres behind Word of Faith Outreach Ministries at 1420 S Darla Ave where a basketball gym will be built.  That is according to an agenda item at the most recent meeting of the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday where CAO Scot […]

District 7 Council Candidate shares thoughts on drainage policy

Does Ascension Parish have a net zero fill policy? Not at all. At the March 21, 2019 Parish Council meeting, the administration stated Ascension Parish is like Houston in terms of flooding.  Houston has a net zero fill policy so that is what Ascension Parish should follow.  Subsequently, when the Engineering Review Agent (ERA) was […]

Sausage making and secret “sidebar discussions” equal a new gym for Travis Turner

This is a discussion that needs to be had in sidebar. (Teri Casso) On March 21 Councilman Todd Lambert opposed a $3 million loan from the parish’s general fund to pay for certain recreation projects, chiefly a $2.5 million gym at Lamar Dixon Expo Center.  Since “no one can tell me why it’s needed,” Lambert joined […]

Two public school property taxes renewed…big

Like many of you, we forgot there were two Ascension Parish School tax elections on the ballot on Saturday.  Fortunately, there is Early Voting.  Here are the results… Turnout was even less (by a tenth of a percentage point) than the last school election, when a $120 million, 20 year bond was renewed by a […]

APSO Arrest Report for the Week of March 21-28

Below is Ascension Sheriff’s arrest report for the week of March 21-28. March 21 arrests: Ecoras Morris, 21, 11451 Hwy 431, St. Amant was arrested pursuant to a bench warrant; Nicholas Benitez, 31, 1407 Hooks Dr, Hammond was charged w/ Identity Theft, Unlawful Possession of Fraudulent Documents for Identification Purposes, and Injuring Public Records; Kalvin Forcell, 34, 1208 […]

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center celebrates 10 years in Gonzales

Cancer Center highlights decade of improving survivorship and lessening the burden of cancer in Ascension Parish Gonzales, LA –Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Gonzales has provided expert cancer care to thousands of patients in and around Ascension Parish for a decade. During this time, thanks to the support from the community, the Cancer Center has […]