Civil Service upholds termination of Gonzales police officer

Gonzales Police Chief Sherman Jackson’s December 2016 termination of Officer Moses Black was upheld by the city’s Civil Service Board after a five-hour hearing on Tuesday.  Black’s claims of retaliation for reporting police brutality having been excluded from the proceeding, Jackson enumerated four separate reasons for the firing which included Black’s “unauthorized interrogation” of the […]

BASF awards $28,000 in scholarships to local high school students

GEISMAR, LA, June 18, 2018 – BASF awarded scholarships totaling $28,000 to ten local high school seniors in Louisiana through the company’s local and corporate scholarship programs. “BASF continues to fund scholarships so students have an incentive to excel in their education and pathways to successful careers,” said Tom Yura, BASF Senior Vice President and […]

Who’s really behind the fix to put ABA’s proposal on the ballot?

ABA would be nowhere without the Machiavellian machinations of Chairman Dawson. If there’s one thing that rankles the rank-and-file member of A Better Ascension (ABA) it is the accusation that Council Chairman Bill Dawson is part of their effort to abolish the parish presidency in favor of a manager.  Dawson-disavowal and alibiing the refusal to disclose their donor […]

$5 Million collected in Transportation Impact Fees since April 2016 inception

According to Ascension’s Planning Director $5,194,906 has been collected in Transportation Impact Fees since there enacted by the Parish Council in April of 2016.  All but $56,040 of those fees charged to every new construction were amassed on the east bank, $3,583,215 attributable to the northernmost of three zones which includes Prairieville.  It could have, […]

APSO Arrest Report for the Week of June 7-14

Below is Ascension Sheriff’s arrest report for the week of June 7-14: June 7 arrests: Jacob Neufeld, 25, 43013 Wayne Stevens Rd, Gonzales was charged w/ Criminal Trespass, Simple Assault, and Resisting an Officer; Kaleb W. Avery, 20, 41119 Merritt Evans Rd, Prairieville was charged w/ (2 counts) Simple Burglary, and (2 counts) Criminal Trespass; Antonio Rodriquez […]

Floodplain Management ordinance nearing fruition?

“Floodplain Management means a lot to me, and a lot to the people I represent.” Arguably the single most-transformative incident in Ascension’s recent history, East Ascension Drainage Board is grappling with the aftermath of Great Flood of August 2016.  22 months having elapsed since those fateful days, much time wasted, EA Drainage welcomed HNTB’s Melissa Kennedy this […]

Restraining Order issued against Jamestown Crossing [why is Lawler taking it so personally?]

Judge Tess Percy Stromberg signed off an a Temporary Restraining Order enjoining Ascension’s Planning Commission from taking any action in furtherance of Jamestown Crossing yesterday, including adoption of the minutes of the May 9 approval of its subdivision preliminary plat.  Agenda Item 8 (A) on tonight’s meeting agenda calls for adoption of those minutes. The next step […]

Divided committee recommends taking in state roads in return for Hwy 930 dollars

On Monday a 3-1 vote of the Parish Council’s Transportation Committee recommended that Ascension take over two highways and five frontage roads from the State of Louisiana in return for $4.8 million.  The amount represents 40 years of maintenance cost anticipated by Louisiana DOTD to maintain Hwy 930, Hwy 934 (Gold Place Rd), and certain […]

Jamestown Crossing suit re-allotted after Judge Alvin Turner recuses

  On June 5 a Petition for Damages, Temporary Restraining Order, Preliminary Injunction and Permanent Injunction and Declaratory Judgment was filed against Ascension’s Planning Commission and four commissioners who approved Jamestown Crossing.  Also named defendant was the Parish Council and its chairman, Bill Dawson.  Randomly allotted to Judge Alvin Turner’s Division E, the petition was reassigned to […]

APSO holds fitness camp for youth in Donaldsonville

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office held its first free physical fitness training camp last Saturday, June 2 at the Hickley M. Waguespack Center in Donaldsonville. The camp’s goal was to provide the student athletes at the middle and high school level the knowledge and understanding on enhancing their strength, endurance, and speed. The camp instructor […]