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Robert “Hoss” Reine wins 49th Jambalaya Festival cooking contest in fierce final heat for second World Championship

GONZALES – After over 100 cooks are whittled down to 12 and the past three champions are in the finals, you know you are up against stiff competition in the World Champion jambalaya cooking contest. The Jambalaya Festival's most recognizable item is of course the rice and chicken dish and in Gonzales, there is a unique way of cooking it that is different from anywhere in the world. The test … [More...]

Latest Business Headlines

Ascension Chamber Member – Bonfanti Investment Services LLC

This month’s Chamber Spotlight will highlight Michael Bonfanti, CFP®, owner and Investment Manager at Bonfanti Investment Services, LLC.  Michael was born in Baton Rouge. He is a graduate of Catholic High … [Read More...]

Teri Casso selected 2016 Influential Woman in Business by Business Report

BATON ROUGE – Teri Casso, Ascension Parish Councilwoman and executive director of St. Elizabeth Foundation, was recently selected one of the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report's 2016 Influential Women in … [Read More...]

Show Cakes Grand Opening

Come to the grand opening of Show Cakes in Gonzales On June 4th, 9AM-4PM! ! First One Hundred Customers Will Receive FREE Cupcakes! See flyer for more details. … [Read More...]

2016 LSU 100 Nomination and Application Deadline Approaching

The nomination and application deadline for the sixth annual LSU 100: Fastest Growing Tiger Businesses, hosted by the LSU Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute, is Tuesday, May 31. The nominations link may be … [Read More...]

Skilled Compliance Officer Joins Investar Bank

Investar Bank recently hired Kate Guidry as vice president and compliance officer, where she is responsible for the implementation and administration of Investar Bank’s Compliance Management Program. She will … [Read More...]

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Lastest Sports Headlines

Ascension Catholic’s Landry, Clifton headline 6-1A baseball team

BATON ROUGE – Ascension Catholic High School took top honors when the District 6-1A baseball team was released as Todd Landry was selected Coach of the Year and Landon Clifton was chosen Most Valuable … [Read More...]

St. Amant’s Nielson, Gremillion headline All-District 5-5A softball

BATON ROUGE – 5-5A champion St. Amant took top honors when the all-district team was released as Scott Nielson was chosen Coach of the Year and Kourtney Gremillion was selected Most Valuable Player. Nielson … [Read More...]

Gators have high expectations with plethora of returnees to high-octane offense, deep defense

ST. AMANT – With so much experience returning from an 9-3 team a year ago that won St. Amant's first playoff game since 2001, some may say this year's version of the Gators may be the best the school has ever … [Read More...]

SAHS’ Bourgeois, Gremillion selected Athlete of the Year finalists, Brownell, Braud, Njoku selected Star of Stars in wrestling, gymnastics

BATON ROUGE – St. Amant High School's Briggs Bourgeois and Kourtney Gremillion were recently one of just three Athlete of the Year finalists in boys and girls categories with the winner and winners of the Star … [Read More...]

LSU returns to Women’s College World Series for second consecutive season

HARRISONBURG, Va. – After dropping the opener on Friday, the No. 7 LSU softball team faced the prospect of needing to win two games to keep its season alive. After pulling out a 2-0 win earlier on the day, the … [Read More...]

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Latest Education Headlines

Readers are Winners during Booklover’s Summer

Why let the kids have all the fun?  Summer reading is not just for kids; get the whole family involved.  Join the adult summer reading program at the Ascension Parish Library…Booklover’s Summer. From May 24 … [Read More...]

Ascension Parish School Board to interview six from 47 applicants in superintendent search

GONZALES – The Ascension Parish School Board was presented with the top 10 candidates who completed the application process to become the next superintendent of schools by the panel's hired firm, which … [Read More...]

Lakeside Primary held Mile Club Celebration

On May 19th, the Lakeside Primary PE Department held its Mile Club Celebration in recognition of the student body's achievement of running 31,004 miles throughout the school year.  The day kicked off with a … [Read More...]

Ascension Fund Supports EA’s ACT Prep

EA received an Ascension Fund Impact Grant for the 2015-16 school year. The funds provided by the Roy Stern Memorial Endowment largely contributed to the cost of a one year subscription to MasteryPrep for all … [Read More...]

APSB Technology Committee Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 Location:  Ascension Parish School Board Office Time:  6:00 P.M. 1100 Webster Street Donaldsonville, LA  70346 Review of RFP 5097-- Student Computing Devices Review of … [Read More...]

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Latest Lagniappe Headlines

Italian Rotini Pasta Bake Recipe

Just add breadsticks for a match made in heaven! Sweet vidalia onions, sautéed with mushrooms, garlic, and lean ground meat. Add in dried parsley, green onions, tomato and mushroom soup, and parmesan cheese. … [Read More...]

That “Chemical Smell” at the Pool Isn’t What You Think It Is

As Americans jump into another fun-filled summer of swimming, a new survey finds that most don’t know the real reason why some pools have a strong chemical smell. A survey conducted on behalf of the Water … [Read More...]

Cajun Caviar Dip Recipe

I have seen several different versions of Cajun Caviar throughout the years, but this one has always been my favorite. Fresh-picked bell pepper and cucumber, paired with white, shoe peg corn, black-eyed peas, … [Read More...]

Watch for tomato problems

One of the special joys of gardening this time of year is harvesting vine-ripened tomatoes from backyard gardens. While tomato harvest typically extends into July, high temperatures, diseases and insect … [Read More...]

Fresh Blackberry and Gouda Cheese Salad Recipe

Fresh-picked, tangy blackberries mixed with romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, chopped almonds, dried cranberries, and fruity gouda cheese. This salad is so easy to make, healthy, and delicious! My daughter and … [Read More...]

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Latest Political Headlines

Attorney General Jeff Landry Continues Fight for Louisiana Students

Continuing his efforts to protect Louisiana’s students from federal overreach and ill-conceived policies contrived by the Obama Administration, Attorney General Jeff Landry has joined Texas and nine other … [Read More...]

Governor Signs Off on New Restrictions to Reproductive Health Care Access

Last Thursday, Governor Edwards quietly signed two new laws that restrict access to abortion. The Louisiana Coalition for Reproductive Freedom is concerned about the impact of these laws and several others … [Read More...]

Louisiana Council on Aging members visit House and Senate Members

Louisiana Council on Aging members visit House and Senate Members at the Louisiana State Capitol … [Read More...]

Gov. Edwards appoints five Ascension Parish residents to state boards

BATON ROUGE – Gov. John Bel Edwards announced appointments to Louisiana boards and commissions May 13 that included five residents of Ascension Parish. Jerry P. Savoy, of St. Amant, was reappointed to the … [Read More...]

Attorney General Jeff Landry Educates Consumers On Child Products Recently Recalled

Attorney General Jeff Landry is urging consumers to be aware of several child products that have recently been recalled. “As Attorney General – I am committed to making our communities safer places to live, … [Read More...]

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Lastest Announcements Headlines

Tips for Safe Outdoor Cooking

While Memorial Day is a holiday established for Americans to honor the nation’s war dead, it also serves as the de facto “season opener” for backyard grilling, where amateur gourmet chefs fire up their … [Read More...]

Web-Based Software Offers Residents, Contractors Real-Time Updates of Planning Zoning Processes

Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa announced the web-based software application My Permit Now, used internally by the parish’s Building Department and Planning and Zoning Department, is now offered to … [Read More...]

Juneteenth Festival in Donaldsonville set for June 4-5

The 20th Annual Juneteenth Freedom Festival is set for Saturday, June 4 and Sunday June 5, 2016 from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. (both days) in Louisiana Square on Railroad Avenue in Donaldsonville. Not only … [Read More...]

Troopers Urge Safe Planning for Memorial Day Weekend

With the Memorial Day weekend upon us, many Louisiana travelers will be taking to the highways to visit family and friends.  Schools will be out for summer break and our children will be at play in their … [Read More...]

Notice of Meeting Change June 2016

East Ascension Drainage District #1 has been rescheduled the Monday June 6th, 2016 meeting to Monday June 13th, 2016 6:00 pm Ascension Parish Courthouse Courthouse Annex - Council Meeting Room 828 S. Irma … [Read More...]

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Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor – A Path to Improving Louisiana’s Job Base and Struggling Economy

A newly released report from Chief Executive magazine on the Best and Worst States for Business brings additional news confirming what we already know: Louisiana’s national reputation as a “judicial hellhole” … [Read More...]

More State Government Contracts

Louisiana state government has at least 18,710 consultants on its payroll. I say "at least" because the sad fact is, according to the Legislative Auditor, the state doesn't even know the exact number of … [Read More...]

Letter to the Editor: Parish President responds to controversy regarding taped recordings

I am respectfully writing this letter so that the people of Ascension Parish fully understand the issues related to the news stories and controversy regarding the recent release of a taped recording where my … [Read More...]

Letter to the Editor: “If It Quacks Like a Duck, It’s a Duck”

LAPELS (the Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board), in the May, 2016 issue of their Louisiana Engineer and Surveyor Journal (, reported that: Deric … [Read More...]

Local Councilman believes library is wasting tax dollars

Let me preface this by stating that I am card carrying member of the Ascension Parish Library, as is my family.  When I do go to the library, I usually use the Galvez branch.  I have also attended homeowners … [Read More...]

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