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 […]

Lawler attempting ouster of Chase Melancon as council lines redrawn

Ascension Parish Council district lines must be redrawn since the latest decennial census numbers were revealed for 2020.  Slithering snake that he is, Councilman Aaron Lawler is urging colleagues to vote for a new map placing current District 6 Councilman Chase Melancon’s residence in District 2.  Joel Robert is the District 2 incumbent, and a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bill Roux: “Drainage should be a department…under the Parish President”

Bill Roux was brought on to head up Ascension Parish’s Department of Public Works by his friend, and newly-inaugurated President Harold Marchand in 2000.  With the position came the responsibility to oversee East Ascension Drainage works pursuant to a longstanding Intergovernmental Agreement whereby the District contracted for services from the parish, paying a 4% fee for […]