Obituary for Bena Sotile Matassa


Matthew 25:23, His master replied, “Well done good and faithful servant!” A lifetime resident of Donaldsonville, Bena Sotile Matassa passed away peacefully at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge on Saturday, January 3, 2015. She was born February 21, 1925, the fourth child of Rosa and Frank Sotile, Sr. She was a […]

Early voting numbers bode ill for Timothy Vessel


81% of Gonzales’ early voters voted to rid the city council of Timothy Vessel.  Early voting ballots have just been tabulated and Gonzales Councilman Timothy Vessel finds himself in a deep hole.  634 votes were cast “For”  his recall and 145 “Against.” As with every election, early votes are counted first.  Gonzales is comprised of […]

Awesome Art Exhibition Winners Announced

Standing outside Gonzales City Hall are some of the winners of the Awesome Art Exhibition 2014 held by River Region Art Association on October 11 & 12.

River Region Art Association is pleased to announce the winners of the Awesome Art Exhibition 2014.  Open to all ages, students and adults, the judged show was held October 11 & 12 at Gonzales City Hall. Oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, photography, and three-dimensional items were some of the 183 pieces of artwork on display from […]

Company request rezoning at site of old Albertsons supermarket in Gonzales


Gonzales Planning and Zoning took up the request to rezone nearly 3 acres in the heart of the city from C-1 to C-2 on Monday.  The parcel at issue is the land on N. Burnside very near its intersection with Airline Hwy which Albertson’s Grocery used to occupy. Three council members denied similar zoning requests within […]

Mary Landrieu makes campaign stop in Donaldsonville

Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu has lunch Thursday with Donaldsonville Mayor Leroy Sullivan at The Grapevine Cafe in Donaldsonville. Photo by Michael Tortorich.

Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu visited Donaldsonville Thursday, where she had lunch and met with several local officials and residents. Fresh off a debate Wednesday night at LSU, Landrieu brought her “I’m With Mary” campaign to Ascension Parish’s seat, along with NBC News’ Meet the Voters with Chuck Todd. Challenging Landrieu, a Democrat first elected in […]

Weekly Arrest Reports


The below is a listing of arrest reports from the Gonzales Police Department from September 11 – 17 Keri L Norder, 29, of 44037 Lake Village Dr., was arrested on September 11 on a charge of failure to appear/bench warrant Alena Jackson, 19, of 17550 Bay Park Rd., was arrested on September 11 on a […]

Cassidy announces Service Academy appointees

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Today, Congressman Bill Cassidy M.D. (R-LA) announced that the following students from the Sixth Congressional District of Louisiana accepted appointments to America’s Service Academies:   John Greer, Prairieville, U.S. Military Academy (Dutchtown High School) Matthew Macias, Prairieville, U.S. Naval Academy (Dutchtown High School) Kyle Salles, Luling, U.S. Naval Academy (Hahnville High School) Colby Stewart, Houma, […]

Ascension Parish Veterans Memorial Park recognized By Gonzales Garden Club


Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez recently announced that the Gonzales Garden Club has chosen the parish’s Veterans Memorial Park as the Commercial Landscape Winner for the month of May.   “We couldn’t be more excited and proud to be chosen for this award,” said President Martinez. “We want to thank the Ascension Veterans Park Committee […]

Project Update: Hwy. 42 Widening from U.S. 61 to Hwy. 44


The clearing, grubbing and utility moving project is slated to be complete by the end of this year. The main component of this project consists of a new parish sewer system on the south side. Once the utilities have been substantially moved, then we will let the road construction project which is currently scheduled to let […]

Initial indications reveal death by drowning


Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Detectives are investigating the death of a 56-year-old man, Danny Deville of Melville, La., who was found underneath his truck in the flooded parking lot at his place of employment. According to Chief Deputy Tony Bacala a business on Babin Road in Duplessis decided to allow employees to go home at about 11:00 a.m […]