AP Assessor awarded 9th Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting awarded by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States.  The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving more than 21,000 government finance professions throughout the U.S. and Canada. It established the COA program to encourage state and […]

JBE unveils Online Dashboard for Bipartisan Infrastructure Law projects

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards unveiled a new website to help Louisianans learn about the projects and opportunities in their communities from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). The “Building the Bayou State” website features a dashboard with an interactive map to provide details on awarded BIL projects across the state. The map can be filtered by category, program, agency, parish and congressional district. The site also features BIL implementation […]

Ordinance criminalizing sale of Kratom introduced by Gonzales Council

Monday’s meeting of Gonzales’ City Council saw the introduction of an ordinance making the sale of Mitragyna Speciosa Korth (Kratom) a misdemeanor criminal offense inside the city.  According to Gonzales PD’s Captain Steven Nethken, the ordinance mirrors one adopted by Ascension Parish Council that had been enforced inside the city already. The city ordinance will […]

Trademarks, Patents seminars scheduled for RPCC (April 24-25; registration required)

In April the United States Patents and Trademark Office, with Louisiana Small Business Center, will host two events geared for. entrepreneurs.  One-day seminars will be conducted at River Parishes Community College, styled “boot camps,” the sessions are focused on patents and trademarks. One-Day Trademarks Boot Camp  APRIL 24TH, 2023 from 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. […]

$41,745 to paint 55 fire hydrants, District Attorney to investigate parish contract

In January Ascension President Clint Cointment signed a contract with Insulation Sales & Service to paint 55 fire hydrants on the West Bank at the cost of $759 per hydrant.  The contract called for a “not to exceed” amount of $41,745, an exorbitant amount which escaped the Chief Executive’s notice when affixing his signature.  Unsurprisingly, Councilman […]

Ascension Parish continues to look for an Animal Shelter site

The Parish of Ascension and its Animal Services Board have re-engaged with our team to find new properties for the animal shelter location. We received very helpful feedback from our public meeting that was held in February and have taken that information to help steer the search for future proposed locations. We have also tasked […]

PACE Center construction ongoing in Heritage Crossing

Construction is moving along quickly on the Price LeBlanc PACE Center in Heritage Crossing development south of Hwy 30, west of Hwy 44. Soon, we look forward to introducing you to our new facility manager!

Construction of road to divert Hwy 30 traffic underway in Gonzales

RJ Daigle & Sons has begun construction on the new $3 million road in the City of Gonzales, designed to  provide better access to OLOL Ascension Hospital and relieve traffic on Hwy 30.  The road, when completed, will connect Hwy 44 (S Burnside Ave) to S Darla Ave to the west in keeping with Gonzales’ […]

Dredging almost done, New River weir replacement about to begin

As New River Dredging project nears completion, East Ascension Drainage Board approved funding to engage H Davis Cole engineers to oversee installation of a control structure in place of the waterway’s weir.  62,000 cubic yards have been excavated from channel (95% of the way done with dredging beneath the KCS Railroad bridge all that remains) […]

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).  […]