Gonzales Council giving itself, Mayor and Police Chief raises

It has been 17 years since Gonzales’ City Council members have received a pay increase, 16 years into former Mayor Johnny Berthelot’s 24-year tenure as the city’s chief executive.  That will change effective June 1, 2018 at the start of a new fiscal year.  Gonzales’ other elected officials, Mayor Barney Arceneaux and Chief of Police […]

Two years and $39.5 million with little to show for EA Drainage

NOTE: We begin our analysis of parish government with the first in a series of “Year in Review” items delineated by Parish Council Standing Committees (and EA Drainage Board which is composed of 10 Council members).  As it happens the end of 2017 coincides with the half-way point of the current council and parish presidential […]

APSO Arrest Report for the Week of November 30-December 7

Below is Ascension Sheriff’s arrest report for the week of November 30-December 7: November 30 arrests: Kalem Joseph Laviolette, 31, 1824 Erlanger Dr, Baton Rouge was charged w/ Possession of Marijuana; Robert L. Hardy, 46, 41091 Hwy 931, Gonzales was charged w/ Video Voyeurism; Jeremy Jarreau, 36, 41274 Hwy 933, Prairieville was charged w/ 2nd Degree Battery; Winston […]

“Merit” salary increase for Mayor/Chief of Police on Gonzales Council agenda

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCILMEN OF THE CITY OF GONZALES, STATE OF LOUISIANA, WILL BE HELD ON, MONDAY DECEMBER 11, 2017  AT 5:30 P.M. AT CITY HALL 120 S. IRMA BLVD. AGENDA Call to Order. Invocation. Pledge of Allegiance. Roll Call. Minutes of a Regular Meeting of the Planning Commission taken, December […]

Saturday ACT Test at Donaldsonville High School Cancelled Due to Weather

Donaldsonville, LA – Due to unsafe travel conditions expected for Saturday morning, the ACT Test at Donaldsonville High School on Dec. 9, 2017 is cancelled. The test is being rescheduled for Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. Students registered for the test should receive a communication directly from ACT. Ascension Parish experienced several inches of snow on Dec. 8 that shut down the […]

The dumbest thing Kenny ever said!

The competition is stiff and the list is long; but the single dumbest thing Kenny Matassa has been overheard to say came in the cringe-inducing, excruciatingly embarrassing State of the Parish address staged recently at Parish Bond Council Malcolm Dugas’ bed and breakfast/gift shop on Railroad Ave in Donaldsonville. As a candidate he promised to […]

Galvez-Lake Volunteer Fire Department’s Christmas Caroling schedule

Santa is coming to the Galvez-Lake area thanks to the Galvez-Lake Volunteer Fire Department’s annual program. Christmas carolers will spread some Christmas cheer with Santa and his elves, who will be coming along to hand out candy canes to children, take photos and collect canned goods, new, unwrapped toys and monetary donations for the fire […]

St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department reminds residents to stay warm and safe during cold weather

St. Amant – The St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department reminds Ascension residents to prepare for low temperatures next week, stated Chief Officer James E. LeBlanc. Ascension Residents are reminded that the use of cooking burners and ovens is not a good idea to heat your home during the expected low cold temperatures coming our way in […]

Dutchtown HS among 30 Schools Named “World-Leading Learners”

DTHS to Join the Global Learning Network’s 2017 Cohort of 30 Schools from the United States, Singapore, Switzerland, Germany, South Korea, and Canada  GEISMAR, LA – Dutchtown High School (DTHS) was named a 2017 World-Leading Learner and invited to join the Global Learning Network (GLN), a community of educators from exemplary schools that develop, practice, and […]

The case against Buzzard Roost rezone from Conservation to Industrial

NOTE: Buzzard Roost is located north of Hwy 30, just west of the City of Gonzales.  Residents affected by a proposed rezone of 358 acres at Buzzard Roost banded together behind spokeswoman, Kelly Anderson, to oppose the rezoning at the November 30 meeting of Ascension’s Parish Council.  What follows is their argument. ************************************* Please, keep […]