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  • Tools for Navigating Life

    Jun 29, 2023

    "It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt." Mark Twain...

  • 2023 Grad Kierra J. Coleman

    Jun 29, 2023

    Kierra J. Coleman is a Louisiana State University DVM (Doctor Veterinarian Medicine) class of 2023 graduate. Her accomplishments include being co-founder and president of the first Black affinity group on the vet school campus, the Student Association for Black Veterinarians (Fall 2019 - Fall 2021). The club was founded to create a safe space for Black and minority students to uplift, encourage, and support one another through the journey of veterinary medicine. The founders wanted to create an...

  • Gone Too Soon

    Jun 29, 2023

    It seems as if the wheels of life for many young souls have fewer turns these days. For the life of Grambling State University Senior Kelssie J’Nycole Maze, the final wheel has spun. Kelssie, 23, a Monroe native, was the vibrant daughter of Jermaine and Monica Maze, also of Monroe, LA. She was indeed the sparkle in the eyes of her family and friends, and all who knew her knew she was destined for greatness. Her educational matriculation began in Ouachita Parish and Monroe City School systems. S...

  • Booker T. Shooting

    Eddie D. Gillis|Jun 29, 2023

    Tragedy struck a Monroe neighborhood, as Monroe Police report that a 16-year-old youth is dead following a shooting. Homicide is the third leading cause of death for those between ages 12 and 17, behind accidents and suicide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Homicide is now the leading cause of death among African American youth. MPD said the shooting happened around 4:16 PM on South McGuire Street in Monroe, LA. The victim's name has not been released, nor have any suspect(s) identified. As of press time, this...

  • Living In Fear

    Eddie D. Gillis|Jun 29, 2023

    A local family wants the community to know more of the facts concerning a recent media article about their loved one who was the subject of two alleged murders that happened in 2017 and 2019. Devonte Coleman was arrested, charged, and convicted on murder charges stemming from the deaths of Junius Benton in 2017 and Darrell Stevenson in 2019. Colem Through a series of legal maneuvers, Coleman would have his 2017 conviction on negligent homicide overturned by the Louisiana Supreme Court....

  • Forever in Our Hearts

    Jun 29, 2023

    Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal. Janie Lou Hudson was born on April 27, 1957, in Monroe, LA. She was one of twenty-one children born to the late Hazel and Lonnie Hudson, Sr. She professed her love for Jesus Christ at an early age and was a member of Riverside Missionary Baptist Church. Janie, affectionately called Kate, received her education through the Monroe City School system. She later became a chef and was very well known in Monroe for the delicious meals she prepared at...

  • Janie Lee Smith's Final Farewell

    Jun 29, 2023

    Sister Janie Smith was born and reared in Bastrop LA. She confessed Christ at an early age and grew up in the Evergreen # 1 Missionary Baptist Church. In October of 1952 Sister Smith joined the St. Mary C.M.E. Church where her faithful membership remained for 70 years, where Rev. Diane Neal serves as pastor. Sister Smith had served as a Sunday School Teacher for over fifty years, president/vice president of the Missionary Society and the Stewardess Board, vacation bible school teacher, Christian...

  • Donterrio "Donnie" Anderson's Ultimate Finale

    Jun 29, 2023

    The journey of performing and writing stage plays has made its ultimate finale in our great city of Monroe, LA, for me, Donterrio "Donnie" Anderson. In 2014, God took me through a storm, and I was truly afraid for my life! I know that statement may come as a shock to most people. I was lost, and I didn't know which way to go. I was hospitalized due to the severity of my depression, and I wanted to commit suicide. I remember being in the hospital and having an intimate moment with God. God was...

  • 15th Annual Nolan Norman Day

    Jun 29, 2023

    Nolan Norman – Extension, LA, Wisner, LA, and the greater community! Gone but never forgotten. Mrs. Elizabeth King Norman and family affectionately called him Big Daddy. It is Nolan Norman Day each first Saturday in July in Wisner, LA. The family and community celebrate with a good-time party and blues concert in honor of Nolan, who loved helping others and listening to the blues. Big Daddy gave anyone the greatest gift by showing that he believed in us! Mr. Norman left his earthly life on D...

  • A Name You Can't Forget

    Jessica DeTiege|Jun 29, 2023

    I got the chance to meet many amazing people during a time in my corporate career. There were many hardworking and educated people who wanted to do their best and represent the company well. As I type this, their names and faces come to mind. Jane Nishita was one person I have never met but will never forget. Jane worked as a management representative for the company in northwest America. We only interacted via phone or email as frequently as once a week for over a year. From our first interaction, she was considerate yet steady with what...

  • Sinless Made Sin

    Rev. Elbert Taylor|Jun 29, 2023

    2 Cor.5:21, Jesus was made sin for us who knew no sin, that we may be made in the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus. The condemnation, guilt, and shame, blame, Jesus was made for us, because we believe, we are sons and daughters, because the example Jesus was sent to demonstrated for us. So, when those fiery weapons come against us, just be reminded that Jesus gave his life for, so we are not who the world says we are. So, stay focused! Rev. Elbert Taylor...

  • God's Not Penalizing He's Positioning

    Katima Epting-Wiley|Jun 29, 2023

    1 Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. One of my brothers, (who is a personal trainer) and I had an awesome talk recently. He told me that when it’s time for his clients to advance, he introduces a more difficult workout to them, for better results. He said that some usually ask him if he is mad at them, after he presents the more difficult w...

  • Mt. Nebo Family Day Picnic

    Jun 29, 2023

    Weekend of July 14-16, 2023 at Former school’s playground on corner of Jackson & Thomas Streets in Monroe LA....

  • Bryant's Addition Reunion from Boys to Men

    Jun 29, 2023

    Many athletes came out of Bryant's Addition Reunion in Monroe LA. These men who were boys grew up, together back in the 1960's. They were an elite group who witnessed 22 players from their neighborhood enter the professional ranks. They want to high school, played their prospective sports, going to college with high hopes of one day being on television for the world could see. They had their differences but settled them in a way where they became boys to men. Recently they gathered for a...

  • Blowing Candles

    Jun 29, 2023

    Blessed, thankful and celebrating is Delois Jackson. Happy Birthday to the sweetest person we know (Delois Jackson ) our Mom. June 30, 2023, love Sylvia and your family!...

  • National Cancer Survivors' Fun Day

    Jun 29, 2023

    Survivors of various types of cancer gathered at the Tri- City Community Center in Monroe LA to celebrate survivorship. Cancer survivors participated in National Cancer Survivors Fun Day on June 24, 2023 June is National Cancer Survivor Month, It is celebrated nationally and internationally. A variety of activities were provided for the Survivors while, everyone received a gift bag and ribbons for their particular cancer. Guest Nutritionist, Dilyah Aleksandra of Ochsner LSU Hospital in Monroe...

  • Sisterhood

    Christina Gary|Jun 29, 2023

    Sisterhood is more than something that you get with a group of girls or a specific person but a relationship to last you for the rest of your life. I've been impacted and influenced by amazing girls and women in my life, but I've never felt more led to lead one of the most important people in my life, my own little sister. My sister is 9 years old with every bit of 16 and by far the most caring person you will ever meet. She is filled with so much energy and light. She had a stump recently in...

  • Jackson Parish Library National Grants

    Jun 29, 2023

    $20,000 in Grants Will Add Inclusive Equipment to the Jackson Parish Library Park for Residents with Disabilities in Jonesboro and Chatham, Louisiana. Jonesboro, LA — The Jackson Parish Library branches in Jonesboro and Chatham have been selected as 2 of the 240 libraries across the nation to participate in Libraries Transforming Communities: Accessible Small and Rural Communities, an American Library Association (ALA) initiative that provides community engagement and accessibility resources to small and rural libraries to help them better s...

  • "PLEASE LET ME IN"

    Marion Obafemi|Jun 29, 2023

    (A Thug's Prayer) Copyright 2004 By: "THE PO' FOLK'S POET" And inspired by God As I stumble through the darkness in the valley of death Please shine your guiding light upon my crooked steps And lead me to the path where your grace and mercy is felt My soul hungers for what’s right, but I’m fed by what’s left. The stress on my chest is heavy like a necklace made of stone So, I humble myself to you as I bow before your throne Begging you to spare my life today, because hell would be my home If I...

  • Birthday Wishes

    Jun 29, 2023

    Hanging tough only by Grace and Mercy while celebrating another thankful year is Walter Jackson. Happy birthday Walter Sunday July 2, 2023....

  • Deaths

    Jun 29, 2023

    Kevin Butler, 60, transitioned from this life on Monday, June 19, 2023, in Monroe, LA. Service: Saturday, July 1, 2023 at 1:00PM at the chapel of Hester's Central State Funeral Home. Visitation: Friday, June 30, 2023, from 1:00 to 5:00PM at the chapel of Hester's Central State Funeral Home. Burial: Richwood Memorial Gardens under the direction of Hester's Central State Funeral Home. Wayne Dennis,66 of Monroe, LA died June 19, 2023. Service: 11:00 AM Saturday July 1, 2023 at Triumph Baptist Church, Monroe, LA. Visitation: 3:00 until 5:00 PM...

  • From Treasure to Memory

    Jun 29, 2023

    Centenarian Minnie Lee Percy Spears 101 Years Centenarian Minnie Spears transitioned to her new home on Saturday June 24, 2023, God called her name and she quietly answered. She was blessed to have lived a happy 101 years here on earth but now it was time to move to her new home with her creator. She was the daughter of the late Will and Susie Percy Miss Minnie Spears was loved by all who knew her and welcome everyone to her home. She wore many names, Sister Spears, Mama Minnie, Aunt Minnie and...

  • Happenings

    Jun 29, 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...

  • Pulpits & Pews

    Jun 29, 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 Annual Men & Women’s Day Cuba Baptist Church 343 Blankston Rd Bosco LA Sunday July 2, 2023 at 11am. Guest Apostle Tammy Hopkins Bread of Life Christina Ministry. Dr. Samuel Toney Pastor...

  • Irma DeTiege Scholarship

    Jun 29, 2023

    Please donate to the Irma DeTiege Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 4823, Monroe, LA 71211-4318. Checks payable to the Irma DeTiege Scholarship. Thanks for your generous support Delta Line Sister Geneva Gray!...

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