The Court is responsible for delay in Matassa criminal proceeding

August 14 marked the first court appearance for indicted Ascension President Kenny Matassa since his May 8 arraignment when he pleaded “Not Guilty” to LSA-RS 18:1461.5(4)(a) Election Offenses Involving Bribery.  With a crowded docket evidenced by his jam-packed courtroom, criminal defendants waiting to hear their names called before the bar lined up along the walls and […]

APSO Arrest Report for the Week of August 10-17

Below is Ascension Sheriff’s arrest report for the week of August 10-17: August 10 arrests: Malcolm Ray Duplush, 51, 909 S Abe St, Gonzales was charged with Domestic Abuse Battery (Strangulation); Paulette G. Hudson, 40, 2840 Idaho Ave, Kenner was charged with Illegal Possession of Stolen Things; Rachel L. Millet, 41, 46236 Swallow Bayou Rd, St. Amant was […]

Council approves soccer contract; authorizes $450,000 Master Land Use plan

Another day, another standing room only crowd at Gonzales’ Courthouse Council meeting room to urge execution of a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement between Ascension Parish and Gonzales Soccer Club to operate seven “Multi-Use” fields newly-constructed at Lamar Dixon Expo Center.  Thursday’s Council meeting followed up the Recreation Committee which recommended the contract without objection, though two […]

District Attorney Ricky Babin to Serve as President of LDAA

On July 10, 2017, 23rd Judicial District Attorney Ricky Babin was elected to serve as President of the Louisiana District Attorney’s Association. Babin, who represents Ascension, Assumption, and St. James Parishes graduated from LSU with a law degree in 1992 and began his career with the 23rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office in 1995. In 2002, […]

Matassa Names Taleta Wesley as Ascension Parish Human Resources Director

NOTE:  A friendly reminder: Ms. Wesley is subject to the requirement of ratification by the Parish Council. Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa is pleased to announce the hiring of Taleta Wesley as Ascension Parish Government’s Human Resources Director.  Ms. Wesley holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Grambling University, a Master’s Degree in Public […]

Contract for Gonzales Soccer Club to use new fields at Lamar Dixon passes Recreation hearing

It was a Special Recreation Committee meeting, in more ways the one, Wednesday at the Gonzales Courthouse.  It was a standing room only crowd which included Parish President Kenny Matassa who was attending his first Council/committee meeting held on the east bank in over two months.  It was necessitated by Recreation Chairman Travis Turner’s reticence […]

Unglesby seeking Lawson’s tax returns; will accept redacted version

Lewis Unglesby appeared in court this morning without his client, Parish President Kenny Matassa and seeking Wayne Lawson’s tax returns which he requested by subpoena in May.  Without Matassa riding shotgun he was denied access to the best parking spot on the site, and he was also denied those tax returns which do not exist, […]

$450,000 Land Use Plan is a waste if ignored like the current Master Plan

With two “plans” already being studied Ascension’s Planning Commission wants another $450,000 to update, replace, revise, or otherwise tinker with the 1998 Master Land Use Plan which it has totally ignored.  HNTB, Inc. is being paid upwards of $2 million to generate a Master Transportation Plan (which includes actual engineering of actual road projects if […]

Special Recreation Meeting called for tonight over use of Lamar Dixon soccer fields

Recreation Committee Meeting Ascension Parish Courthouse-Council Meeting Room 6:00 PM or to follow transportation August 16, 2017 AGENDA 1. Call to Order/Roll Call 2. Invocation/Pledge of Allegiance 3. Public Comment Period 4. Consideration of a temporary contract between the Parish of Ascension and the Gonzales Soccer Club 5. Adjourn   Chairman Travis Turner

Scenes from the Ascension Republican Women Summer Social at MicroChapel

Scenes from the Ascension Republican Women Summer Social at the MicroChapel on Hwy. 621 on Sunday, July 16th. Visit ARW on Facebook at or e-mail: Photo provided by Joyce LaCour