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 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    March 18, 2021 

High-Speed Chase

Monroe police officers apprehended a local man following a high-speed chase through portions of south Monroe on March 11, 2021. The suspect was identified as Steven Turner, 32, of Monroe. According...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    March 18, 2021 

Cemetery Angers Grieving Family

It is very difficult for a family to bury a loved one. For most families, the pain/grief can be almost unbearable as they prepare to see a loved one for the last time before the Second Coming. That...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    March 18, 2021 

Small Town's Economic Death

There is currently an election being held in Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District to replace former elected representative Luke Letlow, who died just before replacing former Representative Ralph Abraham. All the candidates have stated their...

 

LA Governor Edwards Stands Ground on COVID Restrictions

A little over a week ago, the governors of Texas and Mississippi rescinded mask mandates in their states, which surprised other governors around the nation. Texas governor, Greg Abbott said that all businesses “of any type” are allowed to...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    March 4, 2021

High Electric Bill

Like so many millions of Americans, Charlene Kendrix went through a devastating winter storm February 14-20, 2021 where temperatures in some areas set new record lows. Along with the record-breaking temperatures, there was a tremendous push for...

 

Shame on Republicans' "No" Vote on COVID Bill

Republicans in Congress and statehouses across the nation keep saying that they are for the “common man”, the guy who doesn’t sit at the same table with them. If that is the case, someone needs to explain why Republicans voted against...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    March 4, 2021

Hwy 165 New Safety Measures

The Louisiana Dept. of Transportation and Development(DOTD)is preparing to implement some safety measures along a dangerous stretch of Hwy 165, in an effort to eliminate more potential deaths of... Full story

 

2022 Wait, Too Long for Lights

First the good news. The long-anticipated wait for a roadway lighting project on an extremely dangerous section of Hwy 165 in parts of Ouachita Parish was announced not long ago to cheers of...

 

Texas Taught Hard Lesson

Texas, “The Lone Star State”, is famous for its “can do alone” bragging rights, while fiercely claiming to want to be independent, was taught a big lesson during last week’s winter weather. Texas, a state where some of its conservative...

 

Texas Taught Hard Lesson

Texas, “The Lone Star State”, is famous for its “can do alone” bragging rights, while fiercely claiming to want to be independent, was taught a big lesson during last week’s winter weather. Texas, a state where some of its conservative...

 

Disrespect to Kamala Harris

As if religion or what it is supposed to mean scripturally, needs another black eye. Kamala Harris, just as Barack Obama has done, will stand in the annals of history in America until the nation ceases no more. As all things this side of the...

 

Trump's Acquittal

Ok, it’s over. No one was surprised at the outcome. Some might say, to borrow a word from ex-president Donald Trump, it was a “rigged” trial. Donald Trump is once again a “free man” to do what he has done since he arrived in the White House...

 

Arrests Black Eye for State Police

Louisiana's State Police Force, specifically Troop "F" which patrols the northeastern section of the state, had four of its officers charged for using excessive force during two news making arrests....

 

West Monroe Mascot Controversy

What's in a name? Depending on the name, plenty. Names have been the subject of many debates, be they spirited or low key, names can bring out the best and worse in us. Sometimes they can lead to...

 

City Harassment

A local woman and former city employee is hoping that her case that she filed for wrongful termination will soon be resolved. People get terminated every day from various jobs, but in this particular...

 

Highway 165 South Deaths

The Ouachita Parish Police Jury has long recognized that a certain section of Hwy 165 South that goes through the parish has been a major safety concern for residents who live on both sides of the roadway. That concern became a painful reality once a...

 

New Policing Reforms

There is another attempt to find common ground by concerned Louisiana citizens with legislators and associates in the law enforcement community, where the goal is to have meaningful discussions on...

 

Disrespect To Kamala Harris

As if religion or what it is supposed to mean scripturally, needs another black eye. Kamala Harris, just as Barack Obama has done, will stand in the annals of history in America until the nation ceases no more. As all things this side of the...

 

Tragic Death Dad Missed

Ted Moore liked being around people. According to his son Mario Smith, Moore was getting ready to enjoy his golden years, as his children had set him up to receive disability benefits and enjoy being...

 

Daughter Angry Over Mother's Death

A local woman is angry over how her mother’s death was treated by personnel at a local nursing home when she died. The woman said that her mother passed away at the nursing home on January 24 and that she allegedly didn’t hear from anyone in a...

 

Replay 2020 Insurrection in 2022

Some moderate Republican Senators suddenly want to come to the negotiating table to discuss President Joe Biden's COVID-19 Relief Plan, not with Democratic Senators, but with the president. Two are them are Utah Senator Mitt Romney and Maine Senator...

 

13-Year-Old Latest Shooting Victim

Another young life ended by senseless violence. Why does this continue to happen? Another young person has been taken away from us because of, what? Thirteen-year-old Stanminyunna "Yaya" Cobbs died...

 

Forgetting Capitol Riot

It has been three weeks since the nation and the world witnessed just how far some Americans are willing to go when they don’t get their way. January 6 is a day that should be taught in schools across the nation to show the future of this nation...

 

Who Can You Trust?

One of the stunning revelations that we have learned following the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6 was the participation of individuals who work as public servants. The most stunning must have been the presence of police officers,...

 

Woman Shot in Home

Maurice Holmes got a phone call that all of us dread getting. Holmes said that on Monday night, January 4, he received a phone call from a relative informing him that there was a shooting at his...

 

New Officers Questionable

The Monroe City Schools Board elected new officers for the 2021 school year Tuesday(Jan.19) night in their first meeting of the year. District 4 Board Member Darryl Berry was elected as board president, succeeding outgoing president Betty Ward...

 

Hail to New Chief

That loud and labored breath of air you just heard was the sigh of relief from several billion people in the world, knowing that Donald John Trump is no longer president of the United States. Yes billions, because it wasn’t just the millions of...

 

New School Year, New Leaders?

In just under a week, the Monroe City Schools Board will hold its first meeting of the New Year and quite frankly, no one knows what to expect. The board went through some ups/downs throughout 2020...

 

Did the Real America Reveal Itself?

January 6, a day that will live in infamy in the history of the United States. It will be a day that many here and around the world thought would never happen. What’s the old saying about saying “never”? In the span of several hours, the world...

 

New Year, Same Old Problems

Has anyone noticed anything different about 2021? No? I didn’t either. We may be in another decade of time, but we still have decades-old problems that go on year after year. There is still no peace on Earth, even though every December 25- 31, we...

 

Christmas Shooting

The family of Jakannis Golden laid their loved one to rest Saturday, January 2, 2021, following the news that the person who allegedly killed him has been captured. Golden was one of two individuals t...

 

Two Women shot, One Dies

The smoke from New Year's Eve fireworks has barely dissipated as people celebrated the incoming year 2021, has now been replaced by a shooting that had tragic consequences. Two local women were shot...

 

New Year, Same Old Problems

Has anyone noticed anything different about 2021? No? I didn’t either. We may be in another decade of time, but we still have decades old problems that go on year after year. There is still no peace on Earth, even though every Dec. 25- 31, we say...

 

No Peace This Holiday Season

If Jesus “is the reason for the season”, then where is the peace? Nowhere to be found. Especially here in America. America, of all nations is not that bright city on a hill that we hear about when it comes to bringing people together from other...

 

Abandoned Nursing Home Community Asset?

The building that was the Monroe Manor Nursing Home and what should be done about it was up for debate Tuesday (Dec. 8) night at the Monroe City Council meeting. The building located at 4201 S. Grand...

 

Duke's Scary Story

We often hear from politicians about how much the nations owe our veterans who has served and that they deserve the respect owed to them for protecting our freedoms. The nation has a vast complex...

 

Monroe Police Dark Concerns

When Oliver "Friday" Ellis was sworn in as Monroe's newest mayor, one of the first things on his agenda was to make a change to the Chief of Police position. Ellis, being new to politics, surprised...

 

Flex Day Shortcomings

A look at the agenda for Tuesday night's December 1 meeting for the Monroe City Schools Board seemed to be a typical one where there wasn't anything that would lead attendees to think that it would...

 

He Will Leave

President Donald Trump is milking the last remaining days of his presidency for all that they are worth by doing his best to remain relevant in the minds of his supporters. With practically all of his lawsuits aimed at overturning the results of...

 

Edwards Big COVID Win

Gov. John Bel Edwards must feel like the Apostle Paul of the New Testament, as he continues to ward off political attacks by Republicans who have been trying to usurp his power since he became governor. Though the methods from different attacks have...

 

Council Accepts Church Permit

Verbon Muhammad is no stranger to civic involvement. The former District 4 Monroe City Schools Board member has lent his voice and talents to make the city better through his tenure on the school board and his work within the Black community....

 

Defeat Kept Trump from Becoming Strongman

Presidential historians will record that President Donald Trump seemed to have a peculiar fascination with men whom we would label as authoritarians or strongmen when ruling their countries. Those individuals are ones who have complete authority...

 

Blessed To Work

Anyone who knows Pastor David Lloyd will tell you that he is a hard working man. Pastor Lloyd, 63, says it is “just in him” when it comes to working. He freely admitted that he often put in many hours daily working and he wouldn’t have it any o...

 

Transition To Power Begins

The light that President Trump thought he saw at the end of his “election results lawsuits” tunnel, appears to have dimmed to a flicker, as funds for president-elect Joe Biden’s transition team have been approved. The head of the General...

 

The Parkview Dilemma

Parkview has a problem. A big one. According to Monroe Mayor, Friday Ellis, it is one that has been a thorn in the city's side for the last twenty years. In a press release, the mayor said, "The...

 

Black LSU Football Player's Harassment

"If I didn't tell those incompetent officers that I was an LSU football player, there's no telling if I wouldn't be here to tell my story", said LSU football player Koy Moore. Why are those words so...

 

"Flex" Day Controversy

It was an idea perhaps with good intentions, but one where the start of it, may not be so good. The Monroe City Schools Board will implement a new school concept called "Flex Day", where teachers...

 

City Council Waives License Fees

On March 11, 2020, Gov. John Bel Edwards declared that a state wide public health emergency existed in Louisiana because of COVID-19 and on March 16, he ordered the closure of bars and nightclubs. An ordinance introduced before the Monroe City...

 

The Parkview Dilemma

Parkview has a problem. A big one. According to Monroe Mayor, Friday Ellis, it is one that has been a thorn in the city's side for the last twenty years. In a press release, the mayor said, "The...

 

Black LSU Football Player's Harassment

"If I didn't tell those incompetent officers that I was an LSU football player, there's no telling if I wouldn't be here to tell my story", said LSU football player Koy Moore. Why are those words so...

 

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