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 […]

Lynelle Johnson ready for post-hurricane challenges as Justice of the Peace

Lynelle Johnson was prepared for Election Day in October when the next Justice of the Peace, 3rd Justice Court will be decided.  Without a presidential or gubernatorial race on the ballot, anticipated turnout was low and the news that Governor John Bel Edwards, in response to ongoing power outages statewide, bumped the date to November 13 […]

Gonzales Council approves Chapelwood Estates to settle lawsuit

On Monday a 3-2 vote of Gonzales’ City Council approved the 28-lot preliminary plat of Chapelwood Estates in settlement of the lawsuit filed by attorney (and Ascension Parish Planning Commission Chairman), Matthew Pryor on behalf of developer, AP Gonzales, LLC.  Denied by a 3-1 vote of this same body on March 22, which followed an […]

Dwindling developable acreage, Council considers options to accommodate expected growth

For the better part of a decade Capital Region Planning Commission (CRPC) and certain members of the Parish Council have pushed the narrative that 52,000 more people occupying 22,500 more “housing units” will come to reside in Ascension by 2042.  That would mean a 41% population increase in two decades compared to the 18% spike […]

Three councilmen support Charter Commission, kill effort to strip Planning Commission authority

Ascension’s Council Strategic Planning Committee, in a 3-2 vote, recommended convening a Home Rule Charter commission (or was it a committee, or something else) on Tuesday during a virtual meeting.  In reality it was the suffocation of the lone agenda item unanimously supported by nine citizen callers along with Chairman Joel Robert and Councilman Michael […]

Citizen’s “smoking gun” exposes Lawler’s “bum deal” with Willow Lake residents

Willow Lake Subdivision’s lakes continue to suffer intrusion of silt from Oak Grove Townhomes‘ development to the north.  A regrettable situation which should never have occurred…and would not have if Dantin Bruce Development, LLC was a better corporate neighbor and Willow Lakes’ elected representative had not engineered its plat approval.  Councilman Aaron Lawler was called […]

Commissioner Ken Firmin changes vote to approve (once denied) Delaune Estates

What has changed since Antebellum Pointe subdivision was denied by a 4-3 vote of Ascension’s Planning Commission on March 11, 2020?  Enough to garner approval of the re-branded Delaune Estates, the same 237 lots planned west of Hwy 73, south of White Road in Prairieville.  A roomful of residents went home unhappy on Wednesday when the one-vote denial […]

Dempsey Lambert promised answers at Monday’s EA Drainage meeting…he lied

Without a quorum Monday night, East Ascension Drainage District had to allow the people their say, and it was another raucous, testy 90 minutes for five council members to endure.  They came for answers withheld on June 28 when a 6-4 vote was cast to strip Parish President Clint Cointment of his authority over East […]

The case for Recall of Lawler and Casso

On June 17 six east bank members of Ascension’s Parish Council, joined by Donaldsonville’s Councilman Alvin “Coach” Thomas, infuriated residents who begged that President Cointment’s 12-month moratorium on subdivision of property be enacted.  These council members ignored the clearly expressed will of their constituents, and did so again on June 28 at a Special Meeting […]

EA Drainage ouster attempt of Cointment reminiscent of another Council power grab

Six East Ascension Drainage District commissioners voted to approve an error-riddled, hastily-concocted resolution to void the 12-year old agreement with the Ascension Parish Council last week.  It was the same six members who voted to bring back Bill Roux, who headed up EA Drainage from 2000-2017 in his, to put it kindly, mediocre tenure.  Two […]