Over half-a-BILLION $$$ worth of AP Schools property tax on March 25 ballot

The next Election Day is March 25 (early voting from March 11-18 excluding Sunday, March 12), when voters will be asked to approve or deny renewal of three property tax initiatives for Ascension Public Schools.  Each proposition would, if voters approve them, extend existing Ad Valorem assessments for ten years, 33 mills combined and anticipated to generate […]

Catching up with House District 81 candidate, Jeff Wiley

Sheriff Jeff Wiley’s career in local law enforcement spanned four decades when he retired in 2018, having served as Ascension’s top law enforcement officer for 23 years.  Wiley’s leadership, and a healthy tax base, transformed Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office into the finest, most professional policing organization in the State of Louisiana (in our humble opinion).  […]

Wanda August honored for “outstanding work” with APSO and service to community

Please help us give a huge congratulations to Wanda August who was recognized for her outstanding work with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office and for recently receiving the Pinkie C. Wilkerson Humanitarian award from the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus. Wanda August, who is often referred to as the “Angel of Faith,” is an active advocate […]

APSO Arrest Report for the Week of February 23-March 2

Below is Ascension Sheriff’s arrest report for the week of February 23-March 3: February 23 arrests: Daniel Martinez, 29, 10115 Frontage St, St. James was charged w/ Parole Violation; Kentrell Williams, 25, 4711 Oaklon Ave, Baton Rouge was charged w/ Simple Battery; Gregory Griffith, 53, 752 S Sammy St, Gonzales was charged w/ Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of […]

Letter: Legislators Should Protect Medicare Advantage!

Dear Editor, Like many Americans, I worked hard my entire life, looking forward to the day that I could sit back and enjoy my retirement. However, as the aches and pains of aging set in, I was worried this wouldn’t be a reality for me. It wasn’t just the physical health issues that concerned me, […]

Planning Director Jerome Fournier calling it a career

Ascension Parish Government has advertised a job opening for one of the top tier positions, one subject to ratification by the Parish Council.  Jerome Fournier will, according to well-placed sources with the parish, soon step down as Director of Planning & Development after seven years on the job.  Hired in June of 2016, two months […]

Options limited for new animal shelter; relax search criteria or vote out seven council members

On Tuesday 60 citizens joined six Parish Council members to discuss a proposed site for Ascension’s new Animal Shelter, 12472 N Burnside Ave.  Just north of Gonzales’ city limits, Animal Services Board (the Board) recommended a purchase agreement for 6.24 acres to house the shelter, forwarding an item to the Council and its Finance Committee […]

CARA/Animal Services Board in No-Win Situation

The toughest, most thankless job in parish government is the appointive position of Animals Service Board (ASB) member.  Six hearty souls, along with a sitting Council member, comprise ASB’s membership without much in the way of direction from the Parish Council.  ASB faces a near impossible task without appreciable support, and minimal participation, from the […]

APSO Arrest Report for the Week of February 16-23

Below is Ascension Sheriff’s arrest report for the week of February 16-23: February 16 arrests: Jose De Leon, 26, 1213 Tiffani St, Gonzales was charged w/ Domestic Abuse Battery (Strangulation), and Domestic Abuse Battery (Child Endangerment); Jerard Reine, 35, 822 E Rome St, Gonzales was charged w/ Terrorizing, with Hate Crimes enhancement; Gavin Delmore, 39, 43109 Bayou Narcisse […]

Planning Commissioner resigns to seek Council seat, two others see terms expire

With a single subdivision preliminary plat approved since a moratorium went into effect on July 15, 2021 there are fewer unbuilt approved residential lots in Ascension than there have been in quite some time.  As the development community figures out how to deal with more stringent, post-moratorium Unified Land Development Code in place it was […]