February Guilty Pleas in Ascension Parish

During the month of February 2023, the following defendants pled guilty to various charges and were sentenced in the 23rd Judicial District Court-Ascension Parish: Caige Poche, 44355 Braud St. Sorrento, LA., age 31, pled guilty to Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance and was sentenced to 18 months with the Louisiana Department of […]

Letter: 340B Drug Pricing Program in need of reform

Louisianans with hepatitis C are more likely to face barriers to health care, making patient access to care a priority for organizations like mine that provide education, awareness, and support for patients living with chronic diseases. For this reason, I am concerned about the shortcomings of the 340B Drug Pricing Program. Policymakers designed the program […]

Celebrate 29 years of African American History in the River Parishes

For the past 29 years the River Road African American Museum has been a vibrant learning environment for our community.  And now we’re asking you to join in our anniversary celebrations with a cash donation of $29 or more.  It’s a symbolic gesture-one dollar for every year we’ve been open! Your donation will help us […]

AP Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day (April 1)

Ascension Parish’s next Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day is April 1, from 9:00 a.m. through 1:00 p.m. is open to Ascension Parish Residents only.  Participants must present a valid identification at Lamar Dixon Expo Center, 9039 S St. Landry Ave, Gonzales. ACCEPTING Automobile Tires Car and Gold Cart Batteries Cell Phones and Batteries Electronic Equipment […]

Letter: Legislators Should Protect Medicare Advantage!

Dear Editor, Like many Americans, I worked hard my entire life, looking forward to the day that I could sit back and enjoy my retirement. However, as the aches and pains of aging set in, I was worried this wouldn’t be a reality for me. It wasn’t just the physical health issues that concerned me, […]

Antiques Roadshow at LSU Rural Life Museum (May 2)

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW will visit LSU Rural Life Museum in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Tuesday, May 2, 2023 for an all-day appraisal event as part of the series’ 28th production tour! PBS’s most-watched ongoing series will stop in five cities exclusively at distinctive, historic locations across the country. “Holding events at properties like LSU Rural Life […]

Robert prevails over Lawler…again

The Louisiana Board of Ethics has wrapped up its “confidential investigation” of a 2021 agreement between Ascension Parish and Councilman Joel Robert’s family-owned company.  Pursuant to the deal Ascension Parish briefly deposited “surplus excavated materials” from the New River dredging project onto property owned by Robert’s family.  No ethical violations were cited. On June 23, […]

New perspectives on “red dust storm” nuisance for Hwy 44 residents

As Councilman Joel Robert’s Strategic Planning Committee has taken up the issue of “red dust” bedeviling his constituents along the Hwy 44 corridor south of Interstate 10, consider two perspectives.  Viewed from the air (courtesy of our friend Teri Lynn Lambert) At ground level (image at top) there is no escaping the “red dust storm” […]

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 […]