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 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    May 27, 2021 

An Inhumane Death

It was horrifying to watch. A man should still be alive. A family should not still be seeking justice two years later when so much of the truth has already come out. Will there be accountability for...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    May 27, 2021 

Hot Seat Council Mayor Police Chief

Members of the Monroe City Council listened in silence Tuesday, May 25, 2021 as several citizens voiced their deep concerns over recent Monroe police officers' conduct. Though there are sometimes...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    May 20, 2021

First Transit...Waste of Money(?)

A union representative of Amalgamated Transit Union 1160 told members of the Monroe City Council Tuesday(May 11) night, that it should not pay First Transit any more money to operate the city's...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    May 20, 2021

Williams' Federal Lawsuit

The saga of local Monroe resident Timothy Williams' unfortunate encounter with several officers of the Monroe Police Dept., took a turn to where MPD officials may soon say more than what we have...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    May 13, 2021

Too Much Swanson Drama

Another escape by juveniles at the Swanson Youth Center once again raises many questions from residents who live around the facility in south Monroe. What are the facility's leadership and...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    May 6, 2021

Unwelcomed Motel Chaos

A former Monroe resident who was recently in-town visiting the area with his wife experienced an encounter at a local business that didn't turn out pleasant. John Robert Badger was in town staying at...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    May 6, 2021

Hostile Business Takeover Continues

The president/CEO of a Rayville business is once under attack from rival family members, who are allegedly looking to take over the thriving business. The Monroe Dispatch previously reported that...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    April 29, 2021

Suspicious Death Questioned

The April 14, 2021 death of a Monroe man along Highway165 near the Ouachita Correctional Center has left some wondering if there is more to what is already known. Ernest Harper, Jr. was well known on...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    April 22, 2021

New Building, Same Results?

Not everyone is in favor of a new Swanson Youth Center being built in Monroe. There are those who say that a new center is welcome and that it would do a lot of good for troubled young people. Then, there are those who say keep things the way they...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    April 22, 2021

State Trooper Suspended Over Girls' Deaths

A Louisiana State Trooper who rear-ended a vehicle in Ouachita Parish in October 2020 that resulted in the deaths of two children received a suspension for his actions. Trooper Caleb Reeves was travel...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    April 15, 2021

South Grand Standoff

An unidentified(as of press time) man held a large group of police officers at bay on South Grand St., Tuesday, April 13, 2020, before surrendering to authorities. Monroe Police Department (MPD)...

 

Take the Shot

We have been hearing for some time now about the hesitancy of many Black people when it comes to taking any of the Covid-19 vaccine shots. Truth be told, in the early stages of the development of the Covid-19 vaccines, there was a general...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    April 8, 2021

Suspicious Police Custody Death

According to reports, David Harris died while in the custody of Monroe Police Department officers on Saturday, April 3. As of press time, the circumstances surrounding Harris' death are under...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    April 8, 2021

Lies and Deceit - Legally

Local resident Darlene Caesar continued her quest, a hard one by anyone’s standards, to the right a wrong that she is convinced was done to her by certain family members. Caesar knows that the only way to get justice for herself and that of her...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    April 8, 2021

Hit & Run Death

On March 17, 2021, a hit-run incident involving a local man has forever changed the lives of those who knew him. On that date, 56-year-old Tony Martin was on his way to see a longtime friend when he...

 

Afraid of a Vote

When Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election to Donald Trump back in 2016, Republicans were quick to pounce on Democrats that Trump won and Democrats needed to “get over” losing the election. Republicans couldn’t wait to manipulate a rea...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    April 1, 2021

First Black Female Assist. MPD Police Chief Promoted

People are still talking about the "appointment" of Mary Ann Tellis to the position of assistant police chief at the Monroe Police Department. Tellis has put in about 33 years of service. Many would...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    April 1, 2021

Family Business Hostile Takeover

A local business located in Rayville, LA, that has been successful over the years appears to be the target of a possible takeover by some members who want the CEO/President gone. Henry Davison now...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    April 1, 2021

Lies And Deceit

A local woman is still determined to “right the wrongs” that she firmly believes happened to her following the deaths of her parents. The pain of losing her father at Glenwood Regional Medical Center in West Monroe continues to bring pain and...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    March 25, 2021

Pay the Bills

The Town of Richwood allegedly owes some debts, but it seems that some of those debts won't be paid anytime soon. At a meeting last Thursday (Mar. 18), Clifford Thomas was on the council's agenda to...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    March 25, 2021

Parent's School Concerns

A couple recently decided to share concerns regarding their child who is in the Ouachita Parish School System as they feel he is being left with a sense of abandonment. The parents admitted that their child has been struggling and believe the...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    March 25, 2021

Paycheck/Open Meetings Squabble

A spirited disagreement between two Monroe City Schools Board members over supplemental checks to employees turned awkward at a recent school board meeting, as words being hurled at some board...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    March 25, 2021

New SEDD Board Members

Two Monroe residents were selected to serve as members of the Southside Economic Development District Board by the Monroe City Council. Local minister Roosevelt Wright and former SEDD member Otis...

 

A Really Bad Day. Really?

When most of us are having what we call a “bad day”, we intend to mean that nothing is going the way we planned the day to go. If the day is going “really bad”, a few inappropriate words may come out of our mouths, but we tend to suck it up...

 
 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...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    March 18, 2021

Black, Not White Protestors Feared

Republicans are going out of their way to take the minds of their base away from the events of January 6. Republican leaders and those in the media have all of a sudden stopped talking about the attempted government takeover by people who looked at...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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