Nine graduate from Narcotics Diversion Program

District Attorney Ricky Babin is pleased to announce the graduation of nine adult defendants from the 23rd Judicial District Attorney Narcotics Diversion Program last week. These individuals were recognized for their successful completion of the program which was implemented in 2019 to target the needs of non-violent individuals who suffer from drug addiction. This program […]

Jewelry Artist and Cancer Survivor offers inspiration, encouragement

The love and encouragement Ana Maria Andricain received during her 2014 battle with breast cancer inspired her to create a special collection of jewelry designed to support those undergoing treatment or to help survivors celebrate their recovery. It has also become a meaningful way for her and her customers to support healthcare organizations providing care […]

Ascension Schools earn A-rating

Dear Ascension Public Schools Family, The Louisiana Department of Education released statewide district and school performance data for the 2021-22 school year. This academic performance data does not define us, but it does give us insight into the hard work of our students and all those who support them from teachers, staff, and school building […]

Ascension Health Unit administering flu vaccines

The Ascension Parish Health Unit has the influenza vaccine available for anyone over 18. Flu shots are administered on weekdays except Wednesdays from 7 a.m to 9 a.m. Upcoming holiday hours will vary in availability. November 21st and November 22nd The Ascension Health Unit will operate from 7:30 AM-3:00 PM. Offices will be closed from […]

GPD expects to make arrests soon in Friday homicide

The Gonzales Police Department is still investigating the shooting death of Mekhi Darville, which occurred on Friday night, November 11th, at Fuel Smart parking lot in Gonzales. Our Detectives have leads and are making progress. We are continuing to receive information from the community and additional sources, and appreciate their willingness to come forward and […]

Results of Senator Eddie Lambert’s 2022 Legislative Survey

District 18 State Senator Eddie Lambert recently tabulated the results of his 2022 Legislative Survey.  Consisting of nine questions, the survey is intended to gauge constituent preferences preparatory to next year’s legislative session.  2023’s Regular Session will mark the final year in Lambert’s penultimate term in the Senate, assuming his reelection to a third and […]

Animal Services Board considering fourth (confidential) site for shelter

Searching for the optimal site where Ascension’s new shelter will be located, the Animal Services Board has an awful lot to consider.  Responsible for oversight of approximately $1.5 million in annual tax revenue generated from a 1-mill parish-wide property tax approved in December of 2018, the budget is going to be tight.  A fourth, undisclosed, […]

The flawed argument for Electronic Traffic Enforcement in Gonzales

Arguing for adoption of an ordinance allowing Electronic Traffic Enforcement (ETE) inside the City of Gonzales, Chief of Police Sherman Jackson recently bemoaned the lack of traffic patrol personnel sufficient to protect students walking to and from school.  On July 11, when he first pitched ETE to Gonzales’ City Council, Jackson said: “Lots of complaints […]

Mayor and Police Chief continue to support Electronic Traffic Enforcement in Gonzales

Deferred but not dead, Gonzales’ mayor and police chief both expressed support for Electronic Traffic Enforcement (ETE) pursuant to an ordinance introduced during the City Council’s July 11 meeting.  According to a Baton Rouge television station whose camera showed up at City Hall on Monday: The Mayor says he supports the proposal and thinks it will keep […]

Work begins for Alexander’s Market in Heritage Crossing

A long time coming as a turbulent few years of market volatility, supply chain uncertainty and skyrocketing building costs, Alexander’s Heritage Market is underway! The crews are hard at work prepping the site and bringing in materials to its new location in Heritage Crossing. A grocer will be a huge convenience for the area! Adding to […]