Literacy Initiative intends to spark Reading Revival

The Louisiana Department of Education launched an initiative today aimed at sparking a reading revival across the state. The new initiative, named Louisiana Literacy, provides system leaders, educators and families with practical tools and resources to support children on their literacy journey. “Being able to read is a foundational goal in education and we must […]

Second letter praises five councilmen who upheld Planning Commission denial

Dear Chase Melancon, Travis Turner, Dal Waguespack, Joel Robert and Michael Mason As a 40 year resident of the great parish of Ascension, I want to say THANK YOU and tell you – Chase Melancon, Travis Turner, Joel Robert, Dal Waguespack, and Michael Mason – how much my husband and I appreciate you standing up […]

Letter thanks Council members who opposed Delaune Estates settlement

I would like to say THANK YOU to Mr. Joel Robert, Mr. Travis Turner, Mr. Chase Melancon, Mr. Dal Waguespack, Mr. Michael Mason for listening to the majority of the people who spoke on 4/15 against Delaune Estates Subdivision. Also listening to the ones who  made phone calls to voice their opinions. Also taking into […]

APSO Arrest Report for the Week of April 8-15

Below is Ascension Sheriff’s arrest report for the week of April 8-15: April 8 arrests: George Cooks, 29, 101 Rochel Ln, Gibson was arrested pursuant to a fugitive warrant; Zachary Harrison, 33, 11 Place Lafitte, Madisonville was arrested pursuant to a fugitive warrant; Christopher Fraser, 43, 13711 Ball Park Rd, Walker was charged w/ Theft, arrested pursuant to […]

Spring Wine Gala returns to Houmas House (4/30)

The Spring Wine Gala has become a favorite among locals and we are so excited to have it return to Houmas House.  Dress up in your Kentucky Derby best and enjoy food, lots of wines and live entertainment on the front lawn of Houmas House.  This outdoor event allows plenty of room for following all […]

Guilty Pleas for the Week of April 12-16

During the week of April 12 – April 16, 2021, the following defendants pled guilty to various charges and were sentenced in the 23rd Judicial District Court-Ascension Parish: Kidal Daniels, 332 Ambassador Dr. Westwego, LA., age 46, pled guilty to DWI 3rd Sentencing was deferred to a later date pending a Pre-Sentence Investigation. Jimmy Rutherford, […]

Ascension collects record amount of hazardous materials

After being postponed and then cancelled last year due to the COVID quarantine, the Ascension Parish Household Hazardous Materials Collection event roared back to be a resounding success. A total of 861 cars went through the collection site at Lamar-Dixon Expo Center on April 2, more than in previous years. “It confirms to me that […]

Cointment vetoes Council’s approval of Delaune Estates

Dear Ascension Parish Residents: On April 15, 2021 Ascension’s Parish Council emerged from Executive Session to approve Delaune Estates’ (formerly Antebellum Pointe) subdivision preliminary plat.  The 6-5 vote was cast settle the lawsuit entitled Delaune v. Ascension Parish Planning Commission, et al. Suit No. 129,606 in the 23rd Judicial District Court.  After due consideration I […]

BASF and Louisiana Art & Science Museum launch Virtual STEM Learning Program

BASF’s Kids’ Lab has been offered to each Ascension Parish fourth grader in-person for 10 years BASF and the Louisiana Art & Science Museum (LASM) recently launched their first-ever virtual Kids’ Lab program. The collaboration allows local students in the Greater Baton Rouge region to adhere to COVID-19 safety precautions while still participating in a […]

Holden man pleads guilty to Sexual Assault of Juveniles

On April 13, 2021, John Betz of 17400 Florida Blvd. Holden, LA., age 61, pled guilty to Sexual Battery (5 counts). Betz was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Phil Maples, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Cody Martin. This guilty plea was the result of a plea agreement with prosecutors shortly before […]