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  • Winnsboro Road Shooting

    Eddie D. Gillis|Mar 2, 2023

    Disclaimer: All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty. A vigorous nightlife is essential for a community that wants to provide an area where people can relax, enjoy some downtime, and meet people like them who enjoy fun night activities. Some cities like New Orleans have a reputation for providing nightlife entertainment in places like Bourbon Street. It may not be for everyone, but communities like to offer it. A night out at one of Monroe's many nightlife entertainment venues took on a serious note for some when a shooting occurre...

  • Rosie Anne Blankenship's Final Farewell

    Mar 2, 2023

    Sister Rosie Anne Blankenship, 64, of Monroe, LA passed away on Thursday, February 23, 2023. She was a retiree of Avalon Place in Monroe. Services for Sister Rosie Anne Blankenship will be held Saturday, March 4, 2023 at 11:00 AM at Refuge Healing International Church, 506 South 6th St., Monroe, LA. Burial at Richwood Memorial Gardens in Monroe, LA under the direction of Miller's Funeral Home....

  • Drugs Found Twice, What's Fair

    Mar 2, 2023

    A local Black high school student is experiencing difficult times after one wrong decision has led her to miss the last part of her Senior year of high school. Last Fall, an area teen was expelled from West Monroe High School after a search revealed remnants of drugs were found in her bag. The teenager detailed the expulsion came after a trip to the school nurse's office. She admitted to smoking marijuana that morning before school with friends but asserted they did not smoke it on their high school's campus. She was sick while at school and...

  • Alleged Kidnapper's Plot Foiled

    Eddie D. Gillis|Mar 2, 2023

    Disclaimer: All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Some people in these times feel at liberty to say whatever is on their minds openly and commit acts out in the open in a world that continues to spiral downward. We are responsible for looking out for one another, but more importantly, for the aged and the youth. A local family found themselves on the receiving end of what could have been a tragedy, as a local man allegedly tried to kidnap a member of their family. Monroe Police...

  • Mayor/Council Pay Raise Tops Agenda

    Eddie D. Gillis|Mar 2, 2023

    Have any elected in Districts 3,4, or 5 in the city of Monroe traveled through south Monroe? Southside residents are still waiting for their share of tax dollars. Many topics need to be addressed, but the most pressing questions Monroe city council members and mayor should answer is what they have done for south Monroe. Southside residents expect more than empty promises this time. There is a way for change to happen, and residents are growing increasingly weary of the lip service only given when there is an election cycle. It is as if area...

  • Royal Roots Beauti Que Grand Opening

    Mar 2, 2023

    Family owned and operated Royal Roots Beauti Que (1310 Sterlington Rd., Monroe, LA, located in the old Lux Hair and Beauty Supply building) hosted its ribbon cutting/grand opening on Saturday, February 25, 2023. Royal Roots Beauti Que carries top brands in hair and beauty products wigs, ponytails, weaves, braids, cosmetics, skincare, lashes, nails, apparel, salon supplies, and barber supplies. Store hours are Monday – Saturday, 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM and Sunday, 1:00 - 6:00 PM. Call 318-816-4943 f...

  • Black History Salute ...The Reddix Chronicles

    Mar 2, 2023

    I was raised in the house of Civil Rights Icons, only I didn't know it. To me, they were just momma and daddy. As I began reading my dad's old laminated scrapbook, I gained valuable knowledge and insight on just what my dad, Dr. John I. Reddix, DDS, and many others had sacrificed here in Ouachita Parish and what we, as their descendants, gained in the process. I'd like to share my findings through a series of articles highlighting the events surrounding voter suppression in Ouachita Parish and...

  • Mrs. Emily Rush Winston's Precious Memory

    Mar 2, 2023

    Sunrise: August 23,1954 Sunset: February 24, 2023 Emily LaNell Rush Winston (68), of Monroe, LA, transitioned to her heavenly home February 24, 2023, after a brief illness, resulting from an automobile accident. Affectionately known as Nell, she was a faithful servant in the Kingdom of God. She devoted her life to service as an advocate for residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities as well as an advocate for the Council on Aging serving twelve (12) Parishes in Region 8 as both Ombud...

  • Bastrop Chooses Washington

    Mar 2, 2023

    Former Carroll High School head football coach is headed to Bastrop High School in Bastrop, LA, to revive a once prosperous football program. Coach Alex Washington has accepted the Bastrop football position. Coach Washington is familiar with the task at hand and understands what it takes to reignite a winning culture after rebuilding Carroll into a football powerhouse. Congratulations, new Bastrop High School head football coach, Alex Washington!...

  • Resilience

    Mar 2, 2023

    J.S. Clark Magnet School in Monroe LA celebrated Black History on Friday February 24, 2023. Their Black History theme was Resilience where students performed portraying famous Black People, the J.S. Clark Choir was outstanding. Guest speaker was Attorney Kourtnee Jones. J.S. Clark Resilience Program Chairperson was Darlene Brown. Dr. Brian Bush is the Principal at J.S. Clark Elementary School....

  • The End Is Near

    Mar 2, 2023

    We are witnessing powerful earthquakes, (Matt. 24:7) destructive tornadoes, catastrophic flooding, out of control fires, temperatures of 50 and 60 degrees below zero, it looks like the earth is spewing out mankind. Yet men will not repent. They continue to make war against one another, fighting, killing, and utterly destroying the land God commanded him to protect and to keep (Gen.2:15). God will bring vengeance on man for his destruction of the earth, as reward for his evil and wickedness (Rev. 6:1-8). We’ll let those redeemed of the Lord, s...

  • Leave It Alone

    Eddie D. Gillis|Mar 2, 2023

    The nation has gone bonkers. It is about to go off of its rocker. Not only that, but the guys who started all of this by writing the Constitutional must be turning in their graves, as this nation may be set to show that lawsuits and so-called rights go hand-in-hand. Even when there appears no reason to do so. Case in point. Remember the 2020 presidential election where Donald Trump lost to Joe Biden BIGLY? We all thought that the issue of who won the presidency was settled, as the court had spoken, and Biden was implementing his policies to...

  • Deaths

    Mar 2, 2023

    Ollie Joe Hines, 90 of Monroe, LA Homemaker died Wednesday February 22, 2023. Visitation: 3:30-5:30PM Friday March 3, 2023 at McFarland Funeral Companies, Monroe, LA. Service: 11:00AM Saturday March 4, 2023 at Riverside Missionary Baptist, Monroe, LA. Burial: Richwood Memorial Gardens under directions of McFarland Funeral Companies-Monroe. Milton Wood, 54 of Monroe, LA Maintenance died Thursday February 23, 2023. Candlelight Service: 4:00PM Friday March 3, 2023 at Stacy Drive Community Monroe, LA. Willie James Brooks, 84 of Monroe, LA Laborer...

  • OPEN THE EYES OF MY HEART

    Pastor K. C. Wade|Mar 2, 2023

    Ephesians 1:18-19 | NKJV The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power…Oh Beloved I hear and receive the Word of God which is able to OPEN THE EYES OF MY HEART!!!We can then walk by Faith and not by sight. We were once blind, but now we see. We then can hear t...

  • DOE Awards $6.3 Million to (BOSS)

    Mar 2, 2023

    Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Economic Impact and Diversity (ED) today awarded a grant totaling approximately $6.3 million to Black Owners of Solar Services (BOSS). The cooperative agreement establishes a regional effort to coordinate and train minority-owned businesses on how to apply for DOE funding and access DOE programs, benefits, services and opportunities. BOSS is the largest community of experienced African American energy professionals working in the solar photovoltaic space. The partnership will m...

  • South Pointe Birthday Queens

    Mar 2, 2023

    February 2023 birthday Queens Donna Johnson and Evelyn Staten are blessed and thankful for another year at South Pointe Retirement Community's Monthly Birthday Celebration on Friday February 24, 2023. Residents come together once a month to celebrate birthdays. Happy birthday Donna and Evelyn. Sharon Taylor is the manager of South Pointe Retirement Community....

  • Painting with Watercolors!

    Mar 2, 2023

    Watercolor painting is the process of painting with pigments that are mixed with water. Of all the painting processes, watercolor painting is known for its inherent delicacy and subtlety because watercolor art is all about thin washes and transparent color (though watercolors can be made opaque with the addition of Chinese white). A watercolorist uses watercolor painting techniques like washes, working wet in wet and wet on dry, lifting out and masking out for highlights, and dozens of other...

  • Pulpits & Pews

    Mar 2, 2023

    WORD MINISTRIES Spreading the Gospel Brother James Goods, Jr. For a free weekly email transcript of the Sunday School Lesson Summary; send your email address request to [email protected] See pg 9 Keep On Preaching Celebrating 28 years Rev. Alex Earl Jr. Sunday March 12, 2023 at ll:30 am at Faith United Baptist Church 1513 S. 3rd St. Monroe LA...

  • Happenings

    Mar 2, 2023

    Edna’s Cooking “Home of the Breakfast Bowl” Serving southern style hot breakfast and lunch daily: Monday – Friday, 6:00 AM – 2:30 PM. Saturday, 7:00 AM – 2:00 PM. All plates come with coffee or fountain drink. Great food! Great service at reasonable prices. Three Monroe locations: Now Save #1 4399, Hwy 165 South, 318-737-7873; Tiger Market Café, 1800 Forsythe Ave, Suite 1, 318-325-4000; Now Save #8 Winnsboro Rd., Now Save # 5, Hwy 165 South and Hadley St. Ms. Edna and Staff ~ Serving up LOVE every day! Edna’s Cooking features $6.99 breakfas...

  • PRAYING AND CONFESSING GOD'S WORD

    Mary Roggerson|Mar 2, 2023

    *Inspired by God through Mary Roggerson under the leadership of Pastor Kenneth Nolley, St. Mary Baptist Church Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 Prayer: Lord God, by the power of Your Spirit, I will be strong and of good courage. I will not be afraid or be dismayed, for You are with me wherever I go. I thank You for Your presence and faithfulness. Confession: I am strong and of good courage. Fear...