Robert Debate appointed to Sorrento Council; Special Election set for October 12

A unanimous Town Council appointed Robert Debate to join the body Monday afternoon, filling the vacancy left when first-term Councilwoman Randi Sutton resigned earlier this month.  Debate, a lifelong resident of Sorrento who lived there prior to the town’s 1950s incorporation, attended the Special Meeting like he has done so many times before. “I’m going […]

HNTB’s Transportation Plan: Another $800,000 wasted

$800,000 worth of funding allocated in 2016, HNTB engineers assigned task of producing a long-range Transportation Master Plan for Ascension Parish was put on the back burner when a $25 million bond was retired, then re-issued to fund MoveAscension’s roundabouts and safety widening of select parish roads.  The firm is back on task, presenting an update at […]

5 Pounds of drugs seized by APSO pursuant to two arrests

On Wednesday, January 16, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Detectives executed three search warrants on three homes in Ascension Parish that resulted in a large quantity of drugs being seized from three different homes. According to Sheriff Bobby Webre, Narcotics Detectives began an investigation after multiple reports of drugs being sold at three locations, two homes on […]

Lambert re-seated in EA Drainage Chair as some property owners could see insurance rate decrease

For the sixth consecutive year Councilman Dempsey Lambert was chosen by nine colleagues to chair East Ascension Consolidated Gravity Drainage District #1 on Monday.  Lambert’s District 5, bordering the Amite River in the northeast corner of Ascension Parish, experienced some of August 2016’s worst flooding.  The worst of it inundated St. Amant, represented by Councilman […]

No chairmanships for old guard in Casso committee assignments

Recently elected to the Parish Council’s Chair, Councilwoman Teri Casso has made her selections to head up six Standing Committees.  Each year the chair makes all committee assignments and there was some reshuffling. As the governing authority and administration seem committed to East Ascension sanitary sewer, hundreds of millions of dollars will be in play.  […]

Sorrento to gather evidence for potential lawsuit against EA Drainage

Ascension Parish Government and East Ascension Drainage Board have long maintained that revenues generated from two taxes may only be spent on “major drainage.”  The term, though, has never been defined according to Sorrento Town Attorney Matthew Percy who described a records request preparatory to a potential lawsuit at Tuesday’s meeting of the Town Council.  […]

Debate and Cointment weigh in on Sorrento drainage

The cash-strapped Town of Sorrento confronts persistent drainage problems among the direst in Ascension Parish.  Denied any meaningful relief from the parish or East Ascension Drainage Board since adoption of the Prescott Follett drainage plan in the early 1980s, mounting frustration has certain of Sorrento’s elected officials contemplating legal action to force the parish’s hand. […]

Casso first female Council Chair/Lanoux sworn in as Parish Court Judge

As Teri Casso enters her eighth year as the District 8 Parish Council representative she will do so as the body’s first female chair-person.  After weeks of vote-wrangling Casso out-polled Councilman Benny Johnson who was voted into the Vice Chair without opposition in return for graceful concession of defeat.  Two votes thought to swing the […]

Parish President’s payroll padding (P4) does not include Department Heads (not officially anyway)

Parish President Kenny Matassa’s unprecedented padding of parish payroll does not include three patronage plums near the top of Ascension’s un-codified organizational chart, or does it?  Our friend and former Utilities Director Bill Depew offered commentary on the state of that Department recently: I didn’t know I would be irreplaceable! Two (2) years and they […]

Gonzales PD makes arrest in early morning murder

Gonzales, LA – At 12:38 am, on Tuesday, January 1, 2019, City of Gonzales Police were dispatched to a call of shots fired. Upon arriving on scene, officers found Jose Artunez, 19 years of age, lying dead outside of a residence on Darla Avenue. He had died as a result of gunshot wounds. A New […]