Articles from the March 22, 2023 edition

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 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    March 22, 2023

Spurgeon Dr. Fatal Shooting

Disclaimer: All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty. A Monroe man is behind bars for his alleged role in the shooting death of a local woman. On March 16, 2023, Monroe police responded...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    March 22, 2023

School Board Superintendent Contract Extension

It wasn't smooth sailing, but Monroe City Schools Superintendent Brent Vidrine will hold onto his position for another two years as a majority of board members voted to extend his contract until June...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    March 22, 2023

Woman 's Worst Nightmare

A Monroe man is facing serious charges for his alleged involvement in taking a female against her will and taking her to his apartment, allegedly forcing her to perform explicit acts on him....

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    March 22, 2023

Thompson's Switch to Republican

Louisiana State Senator Francis Thompson is now a Republican. At least officially. Thompson, a lifelong Democrat from Delhi, LA, made the switch to the Republican Party in Louisiana recently, saying that was something he “prayed about” with his fam...

 

Wossman Lady Cats 2023 LA State Basketball Champs

The Wossman High School Lady Cats from Monroe, LA can now claim their title as Back-to- Back Louisiana Non-Select Division ll Basketball State Champions. The team captured the LHSAA State Basketball...

 

Crowning of Royalty

Barkdull Faulk Elementary School in Monroe, LA celebrated its Royal Coronation 2023 on Saturday, March 18, 2023 at the Monroe Civic Center. The Crowing of Royalty 2023 was a crowning ceremony program...

 

Val Jean Purnell Cherished Memory

Sunrise October 30, 1943 Sunset March 12, 2023 Val Jean Purnell was born October 30, 1943 to Hilton Lee and Mildred Purnell of Monroe, LA. Val Jean was the elder of a pair of fraternal twins. He gave...

 

Bessie Fontenot Jackson Reflections

Tucked away in South Louisiana is the small town of Mamou. It is located 85 miles west of Baton Rouge in Evangeline Parish and is known for its gumbo, boudin, smoked meats, Cajun delicacies, and...

 

Georgia Johnson Remembered

With great sadness, the family of Georiga Johnson announces the loss of their beloved mother on Thursday, March 16, 2023. A life so beautifully lived deserves to be beautifully remembered. Visitation...

 

Willis Reed Moving Home

Athletic phenom Willis "Wolf" Reed went home to be with the Lord on March 21, 2023. Born June 25, 1942 in Hico, LA, Reed stayed in his home state for his college career, leading Grambling State...

 

Family

What does the word mean to you? I can tell you exactly what it means to me. It means patience, love, hope, and loyalty. I come from an average size family, and we are all unique in our own different...

 

Deaths

Vicki Theresa Ellis, 62 of Monroe, LA RN died March 9, 2023. Service: 3:30 PM Tuesday March 21, 2023 at Greater New Antioch Baptist Church, Monroe, LA. Visitation: 6:00 until 7:00 PM Monday March 20, 2023 at Smith Funeral Home. Burial: Richwood...

 

Cage Sisters' Bond

Rooted in love, the Cage sisters share a unique unbreakable bond which is blessed by God and infused with love. Cage Sisters Debbie Carter, Pamela Drumgole, Victoria Britton, Lolacile Mercy and...

 

Infected

In the Bible, Jesus would sometimes speak in parables to others. He did this to make clearer the message He was trying to convey. This is what I am attempting to do with this article. There was a child who had a runny nose. The parents wiped his...

 

FOR THEIR SAKE" John 17:19, Romans 12:3

Copyright 2008 No problem too big, no river too wide No mountain too tall that can’t be climbed. No ocean too deep, no heat too hot No disease too deadly, no issue of blood that can’t be stopped. You...

 

The End Is Near

But let every man examine himself (1 Corinthians 11:28). Are you a Christian? _ Take a self-examination _ Do you speak great swelling words to entertain others? Do you prophesy, have All knowledge, and have faith in moving mountains? Do you have the...

 

Irma DeTiege Scholarship

High school seniors interested in applying for the Irma DeTiege Scholarship, email information to [email protected]. Scholarship requirements: biographical essay, recent photograph, contact...

 

Refuge Healing 29th Pastor's Anniversary

Refuge Healing International Church 506 S 6th St. in Monroe LA celebrating Overseer Inez Walker Pre Anniversary on Friday March 24, 2023 at 7pm featuring Pastor Seane Kelly & The Crew with special...

 

39th Black Heritage Parade

On Saturday February 25, 2023, 15,000 spectators witnessed the Renaissance Movement Committee Black Heritage Parade. There were more than 100 floats with the parade's theme "Standing Together,...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    March 22, 2023

Carroll's Big Season

This reporter had a conversation with Tommy Ballard the other day and naturally, the subject of Carroll High School in Monroe LA came across his thoughts. I mentioned the recent high school...

 

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