No one benefited more from redistricting than District 5 incumbent

11 Ascension Parish Council seats are scheduled to be contested on October 14, with some districts having seen major changes to accommodate wildly shifting demographic patterns reflected in the most recent decennial census.  Our analysis of those district-by-district shifts, with an assessment of potential changes to the electoral dynamic, focuses on District 5 today.  (See […]

Whether incumbent runs or not, District 4 is wide open seat

11 Ascension Parish Council seats are scheduled to be contested on October 14, with some districts having seen major changes to accommodate wildly shifting demographic patterns reflected in the most recent decennial census.  Our analysis of those district-by-district shifts, with an assessment of potential changes to the electoral dynamic, focuses on District 4 today.  (See […]

New River dredging nears weir in Gonzales

The New River Dredging project is nearing its eastern terminus at the weir behind Walmart in Gonzales. Plans call for removal of the weir to be replaced by a tilting weir.  Overall the project includes approximately 2.7 miles worth of dredging to end at the new tilting weir, .5 miles or so done by the […]

Council District 2 gains significant precinct in the City of Gonzales, loses west bank

11 Ascension Parish Council seats are scheduled to be contested on October 14, with some districts having seen major changes to accommodate wildly shifting demographic patterns reflected in the most recent decennial census.  Our analysis of those district-by-district shifts, with an assessment of potential changes to the electoral dynamic, focuses on District 2 today.  (See […]

First time East Bank vote could decide District 1 Parish Council race

11 Ascension Parish Council seats are scheduled to be contested on October 14, with some districts having seen major changes to accommodate wildly shifting demographic patterns reflected in the most recent decennial census.  In the coming weeks we will analyze those changes, district-by-district, with an assessment of potential changes to the electoral dynamic.  We begin […]

APSO Detectives arrest three suspects in Dutchtown shooting incident

According to Sheriff Bobby Webre detectives have arrested Brandon Ellis of Darrow, Armarius Williams of Darrow, and Marques Gipson of Geismar in relation to a shooting incident that occurred the morning of Thursday, January 19 at a location on Hwy 74 near Old Jefferson. Their charges are as follows: Brandon Ellis, 27: Attempted 2nd Degree […]

APG/OLOL Health Unit agreement deferred, state provider warns services duplication

Dr. Janzlean Laughinghouse, Executive Director of Capital Area Human Services District, appeared before Ascension’s Parish Council to address the agreement whereby Our Lady of the Lake (OLOL) Hospital would take over the parish’s Health Unit and Mental Health Unit.  Dr. Laughinghouse, lauding the potential expansion of services promised by OLOL’s Dr. Chris Trevino’s January 9 presentation […]

$100 million, plus in transportation funding committed to Ascension

Having just retired a similar amount of debt, Ascension’s Parish Council enacted the ordinance reissuing $25 million in bonds dedicated to a transportation improvement initiative branded Move Ascension on June 15, 2017.  Another $10 million kicked in from “cash reserves,” the initiative began with $35 million with another $60 million or so from various sources totaling […]

New Council chair unveils Standing Committee assignments

Newly-elected to the chair of Ascension’s Parish Council, District 6’s Chase Melancon unveiled standing committee assignments.  Melancon prefaced the unveiling: Last week my council colleagues unanimously voted me as the 2023 Chairman for the Ascension Parish Council. I put a lot of time and effort into my duty as your council member (which often feels […]

Casso to chair EA Drainage in 2023, Cointment calls for upgrades Marvin Braud pumps

On Tuesday a unanimous East Ascension Drainage Board elected Parish Councilwoman Teri Casso to its chair; former chairman, Councilman Dempsey Lambert was elected as Vice Chairman without opposition.  The ten-member board, comprised of each Parish Council member sitting Ex Officio, convened for its first meeting of the last year of their current office terms.  Election year […]