Articles from the May 14, 2020 edition

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Laundromat Drama

When the washer or dryer breaks down at home, it is a task washing and drying clothes. Not having the comfort of cleaning clothes at home is a real chore, transporting, cleaning, and transporting...

 
 By Perry Thomas    News    May 14, 2020

My Best Friend Passed

No one knows when they will be born, nor when God will call you home. That's why we must be so thankful to God or allowing us to live and do our best to enjoy life to the fullest. God has called home...

 

Ouachita COVID-19 Serious

Based on reports, many residents in Ouachita Parish do not believe that the COVID-19 is serious. One would only need to see the number of lives lost and the growing number of cases in Ouachita Parish to understand that the virus is a true threat....

 

Living in A New Home

by Gwendolyn Dickson Tribute to Lizzie Marshall Jackson-Sometimes, there just are not any answers. But, what I do know is that God sees each tear, feels every hurt and understands our need to ask...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    News    May 14, 2020

3rd Swanson Escape Troublesome

In what is starting to look like watching the same movie over and over, there was another incident of inmates escaping from the Swanson Youth Correctional Center here in Monroe. According to law enforcement and media accounts, eight inmates escaped...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    News    May 14, 2020

Don't Mess Up A Good Thing

"Let the good times roll," is a popular phrase that we hear ever so often when people are ready to, well, have a good time. That may well be the sentiment of thousands of Louisianans, now that the state's governor, John Bel Edwards has lifted his...

 

Importance of Voting

One of the most important rights Americans have is the right to vote. This guaranteed all citizens, regardless of their race, would receive equal treatment under the law and not be deprived of their r...

 

COVID-19 Essential Hero

"I try to keep myself safe, keep my hands clean, but we are at risk. And every time we leave the house, we are [all] at risk," said Bradley Walker. Walker is employed at Sam's Club in Monroe, where...

 

Olive Branch 2020 Graduates

Olive Branch Baptist Church in West Monroe, LA honored 2020 graduates, Monday, May 11, with an intimate outside ceremony to celebrate them. All in attendance maintained social distancing while at the...

 

On the Way Home

Only God determines when we come and when we leave this world. The hardest part in life to face is death. The road home to glory has no rest stops or off ramps. Hearts are saddened upon the news of...

 

Les Martinique Deb Ta'Kaira Bryant

In December 2019, Les Martinique Debutante Ta'Kaira Bryant was presented to society at the Les Martinique Debutante Ball at the Monroe Civic Center B.D. Robinson Conference Hall. Les Martinique...

 

Deaths

Derrick L Autman, 62 Derrick L Autman of Jonesboro, GA formally of Rayville, LA, Painter died May 10, 2020. Graveside services: Saturday, May 16,2020 at 2:00pm at Pleasant Grove #2 Cemetery in Rayville, LA under the direction of Tennant Funeral...

 

Little Richard... An Immeasurable Influence

Richard Penniman, better known as Little Richard 87, died Saturday May 9, 2020 after battling cancer. who combined the sacred shouts of the black church and the profane sounds of the blues to create...

 

Better Days

Getting back in the swing of things, Vel Randle is counting his blessings. Vel had been down but not out. Each day promises great expectations, while prayer is more powerful than money. It's going to...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    Politics    May 14, 2020

COVID-19 In White House; What's Next?

By Eddie D. Gillis You knew it was only a matter of time. President Donald Trump has spent the better part of 2020 downplaying the seriousness of COVID-19, aka the coronavirus, telling Americans that basically, they had nothing to worry about. Even...

 

Happenings

Edna’s Cooking “Home of the Breakfast Bowl” Serving Southern Style Hot Breakfast & Lunch Daily Monday- Friday 6 am – 2:30 pm and Sat 7 am – 2 pm All Plates come with coffee or fountain drink Great Food! Great Service @ Reasonable Prices 2 locations...

 

Organic Mango Butter

What is organic Mango Butter? Mango butter is an organic rich moisturizer for your hair and skin. Where does organic Mango Butter come from? The mango butter is extracted from the mango fruit seed which creates a butter naturally. The properties of...

 

Irma DeTiege Scholarship

What a journey from a zero to somebody! The legendary late Irma DeTiege was just an ordinary person from Riverton LA. She was raised by a single mother with a sister and brother who worked from dawn...

 

Get Serious Louisiana

Use your head... Stop the spread COVID-19 Zack & L.T. are doing their part as front-line workers by wearing their masks and social distancing. Photo Zack & L.T....

 

Thanks for the Memory

Life's memorable moments are treasured and captured at some of the greatest times. Many are remembered while some slip past our memory. Treasure life's moments, praising God for all the good and...

 

The Pride Ride

Mandates and policies legislated for the education of our children have never facilitated enough lessons in history that instill pride. Our people need to identify with more people and situations that demonstrate pride so that we can change more...

 

Mayor Mayo City of Monroe Phase 1 Re-openings

Mayor Mayo held a press conference recently announcing the city's plans to reopen the city of Monroe. "With support from the Monroe City Council, my administration is committed to taking the...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    News    May 14, 2020

Local Woman Happy to Be Alive

A Ouachita Parish woman says that she is feeling good and happy to be alive. Those who know her and anyone else who has been in her shoes would say the same. This particular woman said that her recent bout with COVID-19 has left her with a renewed...

 

COVID-19 Small Business, Homeowner, & Rental Assistance Program

Mayor Mayo announced the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 27, by President Donald Trump. The CARES Act Community Development Fund is based on the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) formula...

 

Betty "Tonight is the Night" Wright's Final Bow

Betty Wright 66, an influential singer whose soulful voice won her a Grammy Award for Where Is the Love, died Sunday May 10, 2020 of cancer. Beyond performing, Wright operated her own record label,...

 
 By Marion Obafemi    News    May 14, 2020

"DO WHAT I CAN'T"

I have crossed my T's and dotted my I's, and made sure my ducks are in a row I've been on my knees with tears in my eyes, expecting your power would show. I have followed the golden rule, did what...

 

Owl St. Neighborhood Ministry

Owl St. Neighborhood Ministry Annual Founder’s Day and Scholarship Program has been postponed until further notice....

 

The Mayor's Corner

Free Coronavirus Testing Sites in Ouachita Parish I am pleased to inform you that FREE mobile testing for the Coronavirus will be available to residents in Monroe/Ouachita Parish beginning Monday, May 18. Starting next week, and over a four-week...

 

Liberty Christian Mother's Day Weekend Parade

To the woman of spirit and godliness. An epitome of faith and truthfulness. You are a hymn on the lips of angels. You are a prayer spoken softly. You are a son rising to God. You are one of God's...

 

THE END IS NEAR!

Because of this nation’s perverted laws, evil andwicked men are in authority. They are the devil’s disciples doinghis work by threating to lock-up our people, many without cause. Now, thequestion is asked, who shall deliver us from the bondage of thi...

 

Advancing the Kingdom

Isaiah 60:20 NKJV Your sun shall no longer go down, nor shall your moon withdraw itself; For the Lord will be your everlasting light, And the days of your mourning shall be ended. Beloved your days...

 

The Beatitudes of Jesus

The beatitudes of Jesus are the keys to the kingdom of God. They represent promises of God to those who have genuine faith in Him. This faith includes trust in God and submission to His will. The Sermon on the Mount (Matthews chapters 5-7) often...

 
 By Perry Thomas    Opinion    May 14, 2020

Let's Give God A Hand, and Standing Ovation

We/mankind give God thanks and praise in many forms and ceremonies, customs, traditions, norms, folkways, beliefs and rituals, so, it should be appropriate to give God a generous hand of applause, and a lengthy standing ovation. Why? God is good...

 

LA Braces for Hurricane

Storm evacuees start to arrive in northeast Louisiana ahead of Hurricane Laura. Officials in Monroe and West Monroe announced that they will not open any local shelters due to COVID-19 concerns, and do not expect local residents to require any...

 

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