Sunday, March 18, 2018
When Steele Turner arrived at Prairieville Middle School last Wednesday, his plan was simple: At 10 a.m. he would step out of class, stand outside for 17 minutes in silence, and then return to class.
DARROW — The unmarked graves of as many as 1,000 slaves who toiled in the agricultural fields of two Ascension Parish plantations were uncovered five years ago by an archaeologist working for the Shell Convent refinery, a finding that one state ex…
Saturday, March 17, 2018
DONALDSONVILLE — A towboat pulling an empty barge capsized Friday night and sank, forcing the closure of a four-mile stretch of the Mississippi River for 12 hours Saturday, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
Friday, March 16, 2018
Judge Jason Verdigets had a bit of life advice this week for a Baton Rouge man who appeared in his courtroom in Ascension Parish.
The 12-member committee that will examine Ascension Parish's home rule charter for possible changes has named former Donaldsonville legislator Roy Quezaire Jr. as its chair and Parish Councilwoman Teri Casso as vice-chair.
Thursday, March 15, 2018
GONZALES — Ascension Parish Council and School Board members faced tough criticism last year for considering major new property tax exemptions for big industrial projects without disclosing, or some cases even knowing, what companies were behind them.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
GONZALES — The second time was the charm for the developers of Oak Grove Townhomes — and a $100,000 commitment for drainage improvements — to win the blessing of the Ascension Parish Planning Commission.
On a day when thousands of high school students across the country walked out of class or held rallies to remember those slain by a school shooter in Florida a month ago, students at Dutchtown High took homemade posters and their voices Wednesday …
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Donaldsonville's Lorraine Landry dished up bowls of gumbo made by her husband, Jamie Landry, at their Cajun Cancer Crushers tent Saturday at the American Cancer Society Relay for Life event at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Dutchtown High School was filled with the sounds of the Dutchtown Sound Jazz Band on March 10, when family, friends and the community turned out for an afternoon of jazz.
Effective in July, Lynn Hathaway will become Ascension Public Schools’ new director of special education, replacing the retiring Susan Vaughn.
Honorees at the 2018 Donaldsonville Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet on March 7 at Palazzo Bernardo included Mike Medine, Business of the Year Award on behalf of Action Industries, Inc.; Donaldsonville High School student Darell Honora Jr.,…
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Ascension Community Theater is holding auditions for its production of “The Little Mermaid,” based on the animated Disney classic, at its Gonzales theater.
In celebration of Prevost Memorial Hospital’s 50th anniversary, Parish President Kenny Matassa proclaimed Feb. 18 as Prevost Memorial Hospital Day in Ascension Parish.
Leadership Ascension’s New Beginnings project group was the beneficiary of a Give Back Night hosted by Sammy’s Grill on Feb. 19.
Ascension Republican Women members visited with Americans for Prosperity Louisiana Director John Kay at the Ascension GOP Roundtable on Feb. 15 at the Clarion Inn in Gonzales. Kay addressed Louisiana Checkbook, the proposition of transparency now …
Save the date for the Ascension Council on Aging’s ninth annual Senior Prom from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 8 at the KC Hall on South Irma Boulevard in Gonzales.
Line dance and Zumba for a cause at the Tri-Parish Chapter of Southern University Alumni Federation’s SU Goes Green fundraiser on Saturday. It’s from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lemann Memorial Center, 1100 Clay St., Donaldsonville.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
GONZALES — With a vote coming before the Ascension Parish School Board next week on its request for an industrial property tax exemption, the Methanex company made a new proposal Tuesday that would sweeten the deal for the school district.
DONALDSONVILLE — The Ascension Parish Planning and Zoning Commission, a volunteer development review body often on the front lines of controversy over the pace of parish growth, will retain four of its seven members for another two years.
Two men, one of whom allegedly fired shots at Gonzales police officers, are at large after fleeing a traffic stop early Tuesday morning, Gonzales police said.
Monday, March 12, 2018
GONZALES — A state district judge ruled Monday that murder suspect Jacob Westbrook will be tried before an Ascension Parish jury despite legal blowback from a January news account that he had been raped in the parish jail in 2017, with the reactio…
PRAIRIEVILLE — A Geismar man was arrested early Monday morning in the shooting death of a man whose body was found Sunday night in a Prairieville home, Ascension Parish Sheriff's Chief Deputy Bobby Webre said.
Sunday, March 11, 2018
GONZALES — Ascension Parish government, a roughly $92 million annual operation with some 460 employees, hasn't conducted required annual performance reviews of its workers since sometime between 2013 and 2014, parish officials said.
A man shot at Gonzales police officers during an investigation Saturday night before fleeing the scene and leading authorities on a search that lasted hours, according to police.
Saturday, March 10, 2018
GONZALES — For 21 sixth-grade girls who made their way to Louisiana Regional Airport in Gonzales on Friday, it was the experience of a lifetime.
Friday, March 09, 2018
GONZALES — The four remaining defendants in an April 2014 shootout in Ascension Parish that left one man dead and another injured will be tried by a jury in New Orleans amid concerns they wouldn’t be able to get a fair trial in Ascension.
A state district judge in Acadia Parish issued a temporary restraining order against a Crowley woman Wednesday, ordering her not to interfere with the construction of the Bayou Bridge pipeline through her property.
Thursday, March 08, 2018
LIVINGSTON — A strong wind of anti-mosquito abatement sentiment has swept through the parish council and is likely to squash the newly formed board before its first official meeting.
ST. AMANT — St. Amant High School band members who have been making music in large, temperature-controlled tents on their school campus for about a year, put there after the 2016 flood, will be returning to their restored band hall this month.
Wednesday, March 07, 2018
GONZALES — Ascension Parish residents have lobbied many years for more improvements to the major highways running through the parish, and now they’re getting a full dose.
DONALDSONVILLE — The Ascension Parish school district's transportation department is hoping to buy nine new, air-conditioned buses for Head Start program students.
GONZALES — The Gonzales Planning and Zoning Commission is recommending the city approve an Ascension Parish School Board request for a special use permit to bring modular buildings to school district property.
Trinity AME Church invites the public to its Relaunch Weekend to reintroduce the church to the Gonzales community with fun and fellowship.
DaVita Kidney Care, a division of DaVita Inc. and a provider of kidney care services, will host an open house on Wednesday, at its location at 17123 Commerce Centre Drive, Prairieville.
Erin Wiley Lanoux has announced her intent to run for the Ascension Parish Court judgeship being vacated by the retiring Judge Marilyn Lambert.
East Ascension High School soccer player Brandon Shanklin recently signed his letter of intent to play for Bethany College during a ceremony at East Ascension.