Jambalaya Shoppe Day commemorates 25 Years in business for Fontenot family

President Kenny Matassa proclaimed Jambalaya Shoppe Day in Ascension Parish on Thursday, recognizing “a quarter century in business” for Cheryl Fontenot and her family.  From the humblest of beginnings the Fontenots have grown Jambalya Shoppe into a 12-store operation with its own product line, and more on the way.  And it all started when Cheryl […]

Local legend lauded as baseball pioneer: Mike Mohler

Three decades have elapsed since he toed the slab at what would become Johnny Ambeau Park, the lanky lefty who baffled batsmen with a nasty hook making a sneaky-fast fastball appear even faster.  Mike Mohler’s baseball legacy, secure in the hearts of all who witnessed the early days, continues to grow. Mohler, one of the […]

UPDATE: Evidence suggests death due to “ongoing addiction issues”

UPDATE: According to Chief Deputy Bobby Webre, autopsy reports reveal no signs of trauma to the body of 50-year-old Rickey Foster and 56-year-old Connie Bolen, both of Prairieville who were found deceased in their Prairieville residence shortly before 3 p.m. on Monday, September 17. All available evidence, as well as, both decedents’ next of kin […]

Courthouse tail wagging Floodplain Management dog

  When and where a new courthouse is built is small potatoes compared to implementation of Floodplain Management for East Ascension Parish.  Regrettably, implementation of that long-promised plan is being delayed because of drainage issues surrounding the courthouse site; a case of the tail wagging the dog if ever there was one. Tomorrow’s Parish Council […]

APSO investigating after two people found deceased in residence

Detectives with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office are investigating after finding two people deceased inside a residence on Monday, September 17. According to Chief Deputy Bobby Webre, deputies responded to 18014 Autumn View Drive, Autumn View Apartments, in Prairieville shortly before 3 p.m. Monday afternoon in reference to a welfare check on two subjects. When […]

Ascension to seek $17 million loan/grant to fix PUA

Ascension’s Infrastructure Director William Daniel recently informed the Parish Council that a $17 million grant/loan from US Department of Agriculture is being sought “to refurbish the distribution system” of Parish Utilities of Ascension (PUA).  PUA came into existence when the parish bought Peoples Water Company two years ago, President Kenny Matassa’s administration and certain council […]

Gonzales PD charges man with “Hate Crime” in altercation with “Marine family”

Gonzales, LA – On Friday, September 14, a family of Latino descent was shopping at Boots Etc. on Hwy. 30 in Gonzales. The patriarch of the family is an American Marine. While shopping, the daughter of the family, who is 19 years-old, was approached by Robert Ray, 60 years-old, of Donaldsonville. Ray told her to […]

Four plead in beating/robbery of Ascension Parish man

On September 10, 2018, the last three defendants involved in the kidnapping and beating of a local man pled guilty to their involvement. These guilty pleas were the result of plea agreements with prosecutors just days before their scheduled trial date. Assistant District Attorney Shawn Bush was the lead prosecutor on this case, with the […]

Planning approves 162 lots contingent on roundabouts being built

Wednesday’s meeting of Ascension Planning Commission was the first to apply new Traffic Impact Analysis (TIA) required of every major subdivision preliminary plat as 162 lots were approved near the intersection of Braud Road and Germany Road.  One developer, Germany Land Development, proposed 60-lot Highland Trace and 102-lot Lake at West Creek on 58 acres near those roads.  Both were […]

Matassa fires HR Director Taleta Wesley

Multiple sources have confirmed that Parish President Kenny Matassa terminated Human Resources Director Taleta Wesley today.  The reasons behind Wesley’s firing are unclear. At the latest meeting of the Parish Council the body voted to hire an outside firm to write job descriptions which drew fire from three council members. Forget about employees; who’s holding […]