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  • Red Raiders Ring Banquet

    May 11, 2023

    TeamUP Sports Red Raiders Football held their championship Ring ceremony/banquet at the Powell St. Community Center in Monroe LA on Saturday April 29, 2023. guest speaker was Jason Stewart of XP Synergy. TeamUp Sports Red Raiders Organization presented Red Raiders Football MCAL 12 Youth Football CChampions along with the other Red Raiders Football Teams. Parents and Red Raiders enjoyed the banquet celebrating their football success. TeamUp Sports Red Raiders Coaches included head coach Davey...

  • Kingsway Gunfire

    May 11, 2023

    On Friday, May 5, 2023 at the Kingsway Apartments in Monroe, LA, residents were al- allegedly scared to death by an eruption of gunfire without any warning around NOON. Shots ranged out for an indefinite period of time. Sources say there was so much gunfire at this time of day, which was scary and unbelievable, especially with a school, Roy Shelling Elementary School, directly across the street. Amazingly no one was shot or injured, which was a miracle. Bullets travel until they run their course or hit something. Many stray bullets have injured...

  • Carroll's Next Principal

    May 11, 2023

    With the exodus of Carroll High School Principal Dr. Eric Davis, there is a buzz concerning who will be the school's next principal. Carroll High School in Monroe LA has been a beacon of hope for the students and Black community since 1953 when the late Morris Henry Carroll set standards to keep the community's high esteem and integration. For much of the school's history, its leaders have been upheld by individuals who were and are products of Carroll. There is a mystic about Carroll, which lives today from yesterday, and that is why Carroll...

  • Parkview Shooting 2 Injured

    Eddie D. Gillis|May 11, 2023

    A rash of shootings continues nationwide, and even many local communities are finding that they are not immune to the sound of gunshots. The same can be said here in the northeast region of Louisiana. In Ouachita Parish, Monroe Police were called to the Parkview Apartments on Friday, May 5, 2023, around 6:00 PM in response to a shooting. MPD would learn that two individuals were injured from the shooting. Officers (as of press time) are investigating the shooting that sent the two individuals to a local hospital. The two individuals were said...

  • Ella Washington's Celebration of Life

    May 11, 2023

    Sister Ella Mae Head Washington entered this life on August 14, 1934, into the family of Elmer "Buddy" and Janice Hanspard Head as the second of five children. She was brought up in the Mount Pleasant community in West Monroe, LA. She confessed her belief in God and became a lifelong member of the Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church in West Monroe at an early age. She departed this life on May 2, 2023, after suffering life's trials and tribulations; she passed away peacefully in her West...

  • Shooting 2 Dead

    Eddie D. Gillis|May 11, 2023

    Disclaimer: All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty. The scenario is all too similar as Black-on-Black crime escalates among our youth, like another form of disguised slavery. Families are suffering as more senseless deaths plague our community with no end in sight; only God knows how and what can be done to save us from such unfortunate heartache. It was a violent start to the weekend in the Morehouse Parish area, as another shooting claimed the lives of two individuals. The...

  • Vote Destroying Richwood Nightclubs

    Eddie D. Gillis|May 11, 2023

    There is a lot of anger directed at Richwood Mayor Gerald Brown and the three alderpersons who changed their votes on an ordinance that affected nightclub operating hours within the town limits. The Monroe Dispatch spoke with the owners, who said that the sudden change from 3:30 AM to 2:00 AM is severely hurting their businesses, as they have experienced steep declines in profits, where they have had to cut back on the number of employees that work in their establishments. One owner said their...

  • Jesse Wilson's Memory Treasured

    May 11, 2023

    Jesse Wilson passed on Thursday, April 27, 2023 in Cleveland, OH. Jesse retired from General Motors Delphi in Monroe, LA. Public viewing is Friday, May 12, 2023, 3:00 - 5:00 PM at House of Peace Funeral Home in Cleveland, OH. His wake service is Saturday, May 13, 2023 at 10:00 AM, and his celebration of life is Saturday, May 13, 2023, 10:30 AM at House of Peace Funeral Home in Cleveland, OH. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Doret, of 40 years, one son, Carlos Sr., daughter, Deneyelle,...

  • Congratulations

    May 11, 2023

    Copyright 2023 By: Mr. Marion Obafemi To my daughter, Coffee, on her accomplishment of graduating from GSU as an honor student. I salute you for your accomplishments and your graduation. I admire you for how you faced every challenging situation yet remained steadfast. I thank you for allowing me to ride on this journey to your destination. I honor you for your perseverance, diligence, and determination....

  • Alpha 28th Scholarship Awards

    May 11, 2023

    The Eta Delta Lambda Chapter Education Foundation of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc held its 28th Scholarship Awards Banquet on Saturday, May 6, 2023 at the Monroe Civic Center in Monroe, LA. Banquet speaker was the Honorable Brother Judge Alvin Sharp, 4thJudicial District Court Division I. Master of ceremonies was Brother Robert Gaines. 12 Alpha Phi Alpha Outstanding Seniors were honored....

  • The End Is Near

    May 11, 2023

    Battle for the home (house) Officers in the Israelite army were commanded to allow a man to return home if he had built a new house and had not dedicated it. Lest he died in battle and someone else dedicated it (Deuteronomy 20:5). God is concerned about the house (home). The deterioration of the home in America and the world has touched every aspect of our life. The home is where lives are nourished, protected, and made safe. Having children out of wedlock by multiple women, not there to protect, provide for them, and train them according to...

  • Clock Ticking

    Eddie D. Gillis|May 11, 2023

    When will it happen again? The clock is ticking. The grief experienced by a Houston area family stemming from five of their loved ones being killed by the next-door neighbor has to be overbearing after hearing about the latest Texas mass shooting in the Dallas area. The latest mass shooting in Allen, TX, again underscores that the nation must somehow come together and do something constructive regulating guns. Some will say that this is “a Second Amendment” issue, while others can rightfully say that this is a “right to live” issue. Eight p...

  • Free Food & Clothes

    May 11, 2023

    St. Luke Baptist Church 3507 Church St. Monroe LA Free clothing on Saturday June 17, 2023 at 10am till 2pm. Rev. Alonzo Clark Pastor....

  • Deaths

    May 11, 2023

    Rev. Harold Ferguson, Jr., 72 of Monroe, LA Clergy died May 3, 2023. Service: 11:00 AM Wednesday May 10, 2023 at Macedonia Baptist Church, Monroe, LA. Visitation: 3:00 until 5:00 PM Friday May 9, 2023 at Smith Funeral Home. Burial: Northeast LA Veterans Cemetery, Rayville, LA under the direction of Smith Funeral Home. Gracelynn Zeigler, infant daughter of Tederick Zeigler & Dwinesha James Vanzandt of Monroe, LA died May 3, 2023. Graveside Service: 1:00 PM Thursday May 11, 2023 at Richwood Gardens, Richwood, LA under the direction of Smith...

  • Pulpits & Pews

    May 11, 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 93rd Usher Anniversary Cuba Baptist Church 343 Blankston Rd. Bosco LA -93rd Usher Anniversary is Wednesday May 31, 2023 at 7pm Job Well Done-Pastor Reuben L. Oliver, Sr. The St. Joe Baptist Church, Rhymes. LA, invites you to a farewell appreciation salute to former pastor, Reverend Reuben Oliver, Sr., Friday-Sunday, May 19-21, 2023, at the St....

  • Grateful Hearts

    Katima Epting-Wiley|May 11, 2023

    1 Thessalonians 5:18 In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. When you think of gratefulness, it should be very often; honestly, everyday. Thankful hearts are joyous ones. With all that’s going on in the world today, there shouldn’t be a time that we forsake giving God thanks. It’s such a blessing to still be alive, thankful! (enough) and in our sound minds. Many have left can, and they can no longer give thanks. It’s been hard; so, it’s understan...

  • History and Civics Education

    May 11, 2023

    U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona issued the following statement on the latest Nation’s Report Card showing a decline in history and civics scores for eighth graders: “The latest data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress further affirms the profound impact the pandemic had on student learning in subjects beyond math and reading. It tells us that now is not the time for politicians to try to extract double-digit cuts to education funding, nor is it the time to limit what students learn in U.S. history and civics cla...

  • Wossman 1984 Scholarships 2023

    May 11, 2023

    The Wossman Class of 1984 awarded the annual 3A (Athletics, Arts, & Academics) Scholarships to 3 deserving students, Zelmarcus South (Grambling State University), Faith Porter (University of Louisiana at Lafayette) & Shelby Wright (Tulane University). Each student will receive $1,000. Congratulations! #excelsiorandseekingtruth...

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