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 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    January 26, 2023 

Tattoo Stabbing

Disclaimer: All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty. A tattoo to some is glorified bodywork. A piece of art, if you will. They are dazzling to the eye with all of the intricacies and ski...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    January 26, 2023 

City School Board Student Challenges

The Monroe City School Board is off to a new four-year challenge for the kids they serve, as two changes are on the board in the form of a new board member and returning board member, Brenda Shelling. Board members Bill Willson, Brandon Johnson, Bett...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    January 26, 2023 

Southside Neglect

Just about in every community, whether it is a small town, city, or large metropolitan area, there is always a part where it seems one is living in two different worlds. One side seems to be more affluent than the other, with economic growth...

 

Politics And A funeral

By now most of you may have heard of the passing of Ineitha Lynette “Diamond” Hardaway, one-half of the Black sister duo, who rose to fame with Herneitha Rochelle “Silk” Richardson, as ardent and fervent supporters of ex-president Donald...

 

City Schools' Cafeteria Workers Conditions Deplorable

All of us who have gone to school have wonderful memories of those formative years in grade school, learning and interacting with others. That extends into our high school years, collecting memories. Some memories we remember more than others, but th...

 

Don't Expect Big Things To Happen

If most Americans think that Republicans in Washington D.C. are going to bring a wave of prosperity to the nation because they are in charge of the House, they are sadly mistaken. As long as the nation is divided along every line that one can think,...

 

Republicans Not Ready for Prime Time

Kevin McCarthy is finally the “king of the hill”. That’s Capitol Hill. After going through 15 agonizing votes to become Speaker of The House, and years of waiting in the wings, McCarthy has ascended to the mountain top of D.C. politics. It...

 

Controversial Reapportionment Vote

An ordinance that would prove to be controversial was discussed by members of the Monroe City Council Tuesday, December 13, 2022, but would later be moved to a discussion for a "community" setting...

 

Officers Indicted in Greene's Death

The quest for justice in the case of Ronald Greene has been a long, tedious one, and it appears that the road is about to get a little longer. Much longer. Greene’s death made national headlines when videos surfaced of how Greene really died, as it...

 

Another Divisive Year Awaits

The year 2022 is rapidly coming to a close, closing a chapter in time of a nation many are saying is no better than it was in 2021. Yes, this is the time that talk “of peace and goodwill” is exchanged, but in reality, when one actually takes the...

 

Amnesty Day Thank God

Friday, December 9, 2022, was a good day for hundreds of citizens in Monroe. One of those citizens was Augie Bosley. Bosley was at Monroe City court, Division A, to take advantage of the one-day set aside for those who wanted to clear up legal...

 

Illegal Eviction/Arrest

Disclaimer: All persons are innocent until proven guilty. John Badger is on a quest to clear some legal issues in Ouachita Parish, only to be pushed back at every turn. Badger says that he has been...

 

Carroll… Fight School Lock Down

The tragic school shooting in Uvalde, TX will stay in people’s memories for a long time, as the one at Sandy Hook Elementary will not go away. Nor should they. People are still asking how, in an advanced nation like America could, school shooting...

 

Best To Be Woke

We have heard so much in the last year or so about how “being woke” is detrimental to the nation, as it is being used to divide people. You hear that kind of rhetoric from those who really don’t want to address the ills of the nation unless it...

 

Police Brutality Cop Sentenced

In a case that made national headlines, a former Monroe, La. Police officer was sentenced to six years in prison for violating the civil rights of an arrestee back in April of 2020. Former MPD Jared...

 

Top Cop Terminated Again

Reggie Brown has been axed from the Monroe Police Department (MPD). Again. It has been about two years since Oliver "Friday" Ellis became Monroe's newest mayor, but there has been what some may call...

 

Food Stamp Card Scuffle

Disclaimer: All persons are presumed guilty until proven innocent. One of the commandments that God instructed His people to follow was to “honor their father and mother, that their days may be long". This is one commandment that so many of us...

 

Troubling Drug Overdoses

Disclaimer: All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty. According to the Monroe Police Department (MPD), a troubling trend has developed. MPD said that from December 1 - December 3, 2022, they have responded to four deaths caused by...

 

Monroe Redistricting Concerns

There appears to be a lot of apprehensions coupled with a certain amount of concern for many residents of Districts 3,4, and 5 in the city of Monroe as redistricting maps are being presented that will show changes that, in the long run, will not...

 

Who Needs the Constitution?

Donald Trump must feel like a man going down for the third time. First of all, the 2020 presidential election didn’t turn out the way he wanted it to. All throughout the campaign season, Trump had long planted the seed of doubt that would propel...

 

Daughter's Death Cries for Justice

December 6, 2021 is a day that will bring nothing but more pain for a local woman. On that day, an aspiring young 19-year-old's life tragically ended on Hwy 165 in Monroe, LA, as she was headed back...

 

Dinner Goes South

Donald Trump loves to entertain at his residence in Florida. The rich and famous are people with whom the ex-president loves to rub shoulders and let’s not forget, play golf. Normally, someone in Trump’s position know beforehand who he will be...

 

Excessive Guilty 114 Years' Verdict

James Tabb is facing life in prison. Tabb’s parents said their son and an alleged co-suspect “were railroaded” by the justice system in Rayville, LA. They also think the deck was stacked against their son from the beginning. Their son, James...

 

Dismal City LEAP School Scores

A report published on November 16, 2022 indicated that schools in the state of Louisiana did better than expected when the state compared performance scores in 2022 as compared to those from 2021....

 

NAACP Vote Questioned

On Saturday, November 19, 2022, the NAACP Monroe/Ouachita local chapter, held an election for officers. Several candidates were vying to unseat current president, Rev. Ambrose Douzart. Initial results of the votes showed that Rev. Douzart won with...

 

Police Brutality Alleged

A young newlywed couple was returning home from getting something to eat on what began as an ordinary day, enjoying their life together. As they were headed to their Grammont St. home, a Monroe...

 

Knocking Down (Out) Trump

There is a new “Jaws” movie that is on the horizon. No, not that Jaws. If one would take a look at what is going on in the Republican Party, it is clear to see, that they are not a bunch of happy campers. What was joy and euphoria before the...

 

Senseless Shooting

Disclaimer: All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty. A woman and her unborn child's life was taken away following a tragic shooting incident that happened in Bastrop, LA, Monday,...

 

Don't Call God

Don’t Call God By Eddie D. Gillis t’s sems that when election time rolls around, two things voters are sure to hear, “send money so we can win this fight”, even though that candidate might be leading by fifty points, and God “is on our...

 

Carroll/Franklin Parish Football Unsettling

The Monroe community is in support of a favorable outcome for the Carroll High School football team as members of the Monroe City School Board are scheduled to attend a hearing concerning the incident...

 

Bad To Worse: Pt. 2

By Eddie D. Gillis In last week’s column, this reporter wrote of how things, despite what some will say, are going from bad to worse in this nation and the world. For those of us who read The Dispatch on a regular basis, you know that I end my...

 

Troubling Carroll-Franklin Football

Questions continue to arise over an incident that happened at a high school football game between Carroll High School and Franklin Parish on Thursday, October 10, 2022. Initial reports from the...

 

Violent Confrontation's Deadly Turn

Disclaimer: All Persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty. A domestic altercation between three individuals turned deadly when a male individual was shot and killed in a north Monroe...

 

Gun Pulled in Store

Disclaimer: All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty. We all want to feel safe when we venture outside our homes as we go through our day. It could be on the job or just going out to do s...

 

From Bad To Worse

This writer is convinced that most of us like to see the glass half full rather than half empty. When the glass is half full, there is room to add more. By contrast, when one sees the glass as half empty, there is the possibility of losing more of...

 

LA Black Caucus Visits Monroe

The Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus (LLBC) invited the public to what is being called a “road show” which stopped in northeast Louisiana on Monday, October 17, 2022. Topics on the discussion...

 

[ Trump} Will He Testify?

The cheering that you heard last week came from those who want to see ex-president Donald Trump face a congressional committee where he will have to swear an oath to tell the truth. Speaking of telling the truth, Trump being a former television...

 

Domestic Abuse Survivor's Nightmare

Deadria "Dee" Talton has gone through a lot in life. The domestic abuse survivor has gone through an ordeal that has broken many women. She tells her story with humility and honesty, all in an effort...

 

SEDD's TIF Denied S

Tensions and emotions were high at the Tuesday, October 11, 2022 meeting for Monroe city council, as a resolution asking Mayor Ellis to reconsider SEDD’s response to the mayor’s Tax Increase Funding (TIF) offer was denied. It was an unexpected...

 

Hypocrisy At It's Worst: Pt. 2

Republicans all across America had to accept the consolation prize of being no. 2 following the presidential race of 2020. Despite all of the efforts elevating Donald Trump to “near king status, in the face of an impeachment and headline grabbing p...

 

Gunfire ....Three Shot

Three individuals were shot several hours after a football game near Carroll High School Friday, October 1, 2022. Sources say that a female and two males were at the intersection of Renwick and Rogers St., just standing and talking, when an individua...

 

Shocking Hit-N-Run

Life is said to be fleeting. We don't know how much of it we will enjoy because we are here today but could be gone tomorrow. It can be over in an instant, like clicking a light switch on the wall....

 

Hypocrisy At Its' Worst

Another devastating hurricane has struck the U.S., leading to dozens of deaths and a cleanup/repair bill that is in the billions of dollars range. The state of Florida has a long way to go to get past the life changing effects that people go through...

 

Shooting Tragedy

Hearts are saddened at the unexpected death of Janetta Gill, who tragically lost her life. Family and friends are still shocked by her untimely passing. Janetta was killed in a shooting a little past...

 

Monroe City Schools' Hoax or Not top

The memory of an elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas is still fresh in the minds of many of us, especially those who have children in school. Nothing is more heart-wrenching than hearing of a shooting at their child's school or any school,...

 

Shootings Unnecessary Grief

All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Another individual has lost his life to violence, and the community continues to seek answers in hopes of stopping the violence. One always...

 

Gun Confrontation Frustration

All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty. It is another school year, and unfortunately, there will be incidents on school grounds or in some other setting where children will be...

 

Don't Admit Defeat

The number of voters expected to go to the polls in November should be aware that their votes may not count. Or matter. There appears to be a concerted effort by Republican candidates running for office in the midterms, to openly declare that if...

 

New School Year, New School

It is not often that a student gets to enter a new school in a different school year, especially when the name of the school is the same. But that is what’s happening for students who attend Martin Luther King, Jr. Junior High School on the South...

 

Fugitives Arrested

All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty. When an individual commits a crime or is alleged to have committed one, the community hopes for a quick capture. Sometimes that occurs, and...

 

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