Animal Services Board considering third site for shelter

Ascension’s Council recently approved an amendment (No. 3 if you’re counting) to the 2022 Operating and Capital Budgets adopted on the 18th day of November, 2021.  The changes included: OPERATING BUDGET: Animal Services Fund – (Increase appropriation to CARA’s house for additional payroll cost incurred while the animals were housed at Lamar Dixon) Expenditures & Other […]

Lawler explains EA Drainage discussion of municipal standards, and threat to cease drainage works

This morning we posed a series of questions to Councilman Aaron Lawler and three of his colleagues who sponsored a discussion during Monday’s EA Drainage meeting about: f. Discussion of requiring all municipalities on the Eastbank to have development drainage standards that are at least equal to Parish standards under possibility of cessation of drainage […]

Ascension Parish to build $250,000 tutoring center in Donaldsonville

Ascension Parish Government and Sheriff Bobby Webre have entered into a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement, subject to Council approval, to establish a tutoring center in Donaldsonville.  It is an adjunct to the existing agreement to “facilitate the establishment of an early childhood development campus” on APSO’s property at 1200 St. Patrick St, formerly West Ascension Elementary.  According to the […]

Effect of new district lines on Ascension’s State House representatives

House Bill 14 of the 2022 First Extraordinary Session of Louisiana’s legislature redraws the state’s House of Representatives district lines effective March 9 (after the period for gubernatorial approval/veto expired without Governor John Bel Edwards signature).  Four of those districts include parts of Ascension Parish; District 81 (represented by current Speaker of the House Clay […]

23 years later, the Vessel family remembers those cherished loved ones lost

23 years ago this week tragedy visited a family in the City of Gonzales, and every one of its citizens when Shon Miller, Sr. murdered four people at a local church.  As dark a day as any in local history, the victims were Miller’s wife and 2-year old son, and his mother-in-law. Senseless horror which […]

Joel Robert alone in opposing resolution putting Roux to work

On November 8, 2021 a 6-2 vote of East Ascension Consolidated Gravity Drainage District No. 1 (EA Drainage) approved a Consulting Agreement with William Roux, the erstwhile Director of Public Works who left the parish’s employ in 2017 after a 17-year tenure.  Now, EA Drainage and President Clint Cointment’s administration have to find something for him […]

What would the “Ideal Candidate” for AP’s first Drainage Director look like

East Ascension Consolidated Gravity Drainage District No. 1 (EA Drainage) approved a 12-month addendum to its existing agreement with Ascension Parish Government on October 18, 2021 which, among other things, secured President Clint Cointment’s oversight of all things drainage on the east bank.  The addendum also obligated Cointment to “contract and work with” an (unidentified […]

Phase 1 of Shadows at Manchac pond fix approved, Board to consider adding subdivisions

The first actionable item of newly-elected EA Drainage Chairman Chase Melancon’s tenure, a unanimous vote approved public funding to fix the dry retention pond serving (or not) Shadows at Manchac subdivision.  The panel, minus former Chairman Dempsey Lambert and Prairieville’s Councilman Corey Orgeron who were absent, adopted the first phase of a two-phased remedy presented by […]

Ascension Drainage announces new Bluff Swamp Project

Officials with East Ascension Consolidated Gravity Drainage District #1 Board and Parish President Clint Cointment have announced an agreement on a new project that should help alleviate flooding and facilitate drainage in the Bluff Swamp area. The LA Highway 74 Flood Relief Project will allow high water from the Bluff Swamp to flow through a […]

Edmonston: Covid early treatment protocol must include ivermectin

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) in conjunction with the Governor’s Office issued a memorandum stating that all pharmacy claims for Ivermectin under Medicaid cannot be filled for the prevention and treatment of Covid-19. Representatives Beryl Amedee-R (Houma), Kathy Edmonston-R (Gonzales), Valerie Hodges-R (Denham Springs and Dodie Horton-R (Haughton) sent a letter to Dr. Courtney […]