Sunshine Bridge to close this weekend

Starting Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 6:00 AM, the LA 70: Sunshine Bridge will be closed until Monday, January 28, 2019 at 5:00 AM. This closure is necessary for the repair and replacement of structural components of the bridge related to the emergency repair project. For the duration of this closure, a detour route will be set up for […]

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 […]

APSO Arrest Report for the Week of January 10-17

Below is Ascension Sheriff’s arrest report for the week of January 10-17: January 10 arrests: Johnturi Bassett, 26, 1937 S Gaudin Ave, Gonzales was charged w/ 2nd Degree Murder, Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property, and arrested pursuant to 2 bench warrants; Kayleigh Bergeron, 21, 44353 Donna Villar Rd, Prairieville was arrested pursuant to 2 bench warrants; Sammy […]

Road Development Districts enacted by Parish Council

Enabling legislation passed by the state legislature in 2014, set to expire in 2024, Ascension’s Council codified Road Infrastructure Development Districts for new subdivisions by acclamation Thursday.  Development Districts are intended to shift road maintenance cost to new residents who will pay annual fees or Ascension will refuse to accept. Since the current Parish Council’s […]

Ascension Parish Sheriff unveils command staff

Ascension Parish Sheriff Bobby Webre announced his leadership team during a staff meeting held Tuesday, January 15. “The transition within the sheriff’s office has begun and launching a new era of robust leadership is a key goal I envision,” said Sheriff Webre. “The management of our organization will continue the legacy of unmatched professionalism and […]

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.  […]

APSO Arrest Report for the Week of January 3-10

Below is Ascension Sheriff’s arrest report for the week of January 3-10: January 3 arrests: Richard Grainger, Jr., 45, 44258 Cypress St, Sorrento was charged w/ Theft, Illegal Possession of Stolen Things, arrested pursuant to a fugitive, and 2 bench warrants; David Williams, Jr., 42, 163 Freetown Ln, Belle Rose was charged w/ Possession of Synthetic Cannabinoids; […]

Parenton guilty of intentional subterfuge or rank incompetence

Intentional subterfuge or rank incompetence?  Those are the only possible explanations for Parish Attorney O’Neal Parenton’s latest attempt to game the system and betray the citizens who pay his salary. By letter dated October 19, 2018 Parenton requested an AG’s opinion asking two questions: (1) Can Ascension Parish through a Charter Amendment make the Planning Commission […]

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.  […]