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  • Parkview Shooting 2 Dead

    Sep 3, 2020

    Hearts are saddened with the deaths of two more people at Parkview Apartments in Monroe LA. Mothers and families are grieving behind a shooting which left two Black Males dead in a double homicide on Tuesday September 1, 2020 before 8 am. According to Monroe Police, Officers found the bodies of LaMarcus Platter and Oyah Smith in the parking lot. Both victims had suffered fatal gunshot wounds. Its not know why this act of violence occurred by those who reside have an idea. Some of this...

  • Devastating Hit-and-Run

    Sep 3, 2020

    Manious Williams III, departed his earthly home on August 27, 2020 to reside for eternity with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, after a hit and run incident on U.S. Highway 165. He was born November 10, 1987 in Monroe, LA, and was a 2005 graduate of Excelsior High School. He leaves many to cherish fond memories including: his mother, Shelia Cage; his father, Manious Williams Jr.; two daughters, Kelis and Katana Williams; one son, Caleb; a stepson, Martez; three sisters, Kimberly Kage, Yolonda...

  • Thieves Ransack Super Save

    Sep 3, 2020

    Some of the worst things happen when electricity is lost is why many people suffer through the heat especially in this Louisiana Summer weather. Either Thursday or Friday August 27 or 28 when thieves cut a hole in the wall of the Super Save Convenience Store on Reddix Lane in Monroe LA taking everything in site except the stuff which was nailed down. Since all power was lost time wasn't a factor. Sources tell the Dispatch that on the Northside of town the police sat on certain streets which we...

  • High Speed Chase Suspect Dies

    Sep 3, 2020

    Sources allege that Earl Grant, 43, was in a high speed chase with police following a car crash on Wednesday, August 26 on the southside of Monroe, LA. Witnesses who heard the noise from the crash allege it happened on Wilson St. or nearby on one of the adjacent streets. Sources share that Grant went into cardiac arrest and soon died after the incident. According to police reports, Monroe police department (MPD) officers responded to the scene of a serious two-vehicle crash shortly after 9:00PM...

  • Farewell Donald "Meat" "Coach" Sheridan

    Sep 3, 2020

    Farewell Donald Ray "Meat" "Coach" Sheridan has ended his journey and has gone home to be with the Lord. Many knew him as "Meat" later he was known as "Coach"! "Coach" was one of the boys who hung out on the Block on Renwick St. in front of Humphrey's Store also crossing the street hanging out at Murray' s & CC's Barber Shop in Monroe LA, you would find someone hanging out rain, sleet or snow. "Meat" was highly intelligent gaining a master's degree from NLU now ULM and an undergraduate degree...

  • 2020 Grad JaMya Walker

    Sep 3, 2020

    Congratulations West Monroe High School 2020 Graduate JaMya Walker. Wishing JaMya all the best as she takes another step in life....

  • Ouachita Sheriff's Award

    Sep 3, 2020

    As part of its new Leaders in Law Enforcement Award, Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA) is honoring one Louisiana sheriff's department for exceptional work in their field. The 2020 awardee is the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Department. Their program Deputies Making a Change (DMAC) provides mentoring to address the incarceration and school dropout rate among vulnerable male youth in Ouachita Parish. DMAC was implemented by Deputy Kenneth Tramble with the support of Sheriff Jay Russell and a...

  • Hurricane Laura's Damage/Wreckage

    Sep 3, 2020

    No one could have told us that a hurricane three hundred miles away could cause this type of damage on Thursday August 27. The winds were 50+ miles per hour causing power outages throughout Louisiana. Monroe LA was struck with destructive winds which had Southside resident Willie B. Welch praying and thanking God the trees fell in her backyard and not on her house....

  • The Duck Pond Gang

    Sep 3, 2020

    Alex Earl Jr. has published a second book in his series called, "The Duck Pond Gang". "I believe today's kids spend too much time inside. When I was a boy until night my friends and I lived outside until night." said Earl. He wrote this series with kids ages 6-12 in mind, and hopes they enjoy reading it....

  • COVID -19 Lurks at LA Colleges

    Sep 3, 2020

    Despite a world pandemic, some colleges and universities across America, including Louisiana schools, are welcoming its students back to campus to begin an in-person semester of learning. According to a New York Times database, COVID-19 cases have been found on many college campuses across Louisiana. The publications has surveyed more than 1,500 colleges and universities throughout the United States including every four-year public institution, every private college that competes in NCAA sports and others that have identified cases. The...

  • Carroll Legend Henry "Homeboy" Johnson

    Sep 3, 2020

    A real Carroll High School Legend is Henry "Homeboy" Johnson. His claim to fame is he was himself. "Homeboy never tried to be anyone else but "Homeboy" Carroll 1957. "Homeboy was always cool, calm and collected. If he knew know what he knows today, ain't no telling!...

  • Good Shepherds

    Sep 3, 2020

    We see them all the time, mostly unnoticed as they go about handling God's business. Good shepherds do not boast or brag. They are there when you need them. Many times, you don't have to call them, they have that seventh sense and show up right on time. Before God shut the world down, the good shepherds would be everywhere praising God. They just cannot get enough and can't wait until the ok for praise and worship in the Lord's house. Thank you, Good Shepherds Pastor James E. and Sister Nora...

  • 18th Annual Evening with GSU

    Sep 3, 2020

    "A Bridge to Equality and Success "Thursday, October 15, 2020, 6 p.m. Monroe Civic Center Bayou Room Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway Monroe LA -Show your support for GSU Athletics!! The Athletic Department has been invited to come and celebrate with us. Alumni, friends, businesses and supporters of GSU are asked to come and participate. Admission is ($15) for those who do not purchase an ad and for those purchasing at least a half-page ad admission is FREE. Your support can be shown by...

  • The End Is Near

    Sep 3, 2020

    In these last days we must have victory, death, and the grave. (Corinthians 15: 55) for this corruptible must put on incorruption, and the mortal must put on immorality. For we know that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God. As it is written in scripture, we shall not all sleep, but we shall be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump, for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. So, when this corruptible shall have put on in corruption, and this mortal...

  • God's Loyal Love

    Pastor K. C. Wade, Advancing the Kingdom|Sep 3, 2020

    Psalms 36:7 | NKJV How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore, the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings. Trust henceforth and forevermore in God’s Loyal Love! It is Perfect and Sure. His Love is Everlasting. God’s Loyal Love is dependable, reliable, trustworthy, tried and true! HALLELUJAH! Thank you, LORD, for first Loving me even when I was confused, and unaware of what Loyal Love meant. I NOW purpose to Love you with ALL my Heart, ALL my Soul, and ALL my...

  • Computers/WiFi available at all Library Branches

    Sep 3, 2020

    All branches of the Ouachita Parish Public Library will reopen Tuesday, September 1. Computers and WiFi are free to the public to use to file insurance claims, answer emails or for any other reason. Computers are available for a half hour to keep everyone safe during COVID-19 and to allow as many patrons as possible to use the internet. WiFi is available 24/7 and is accessible in most spaces in the Library's parking lots. The public may also use the Library's printers, copiers, scan stations...

  • Happy 5th Birthday Allison White!

    Sep 3, 2020

    Happy Birthday to Little Miss Allison White who celebrated her 5th birthday this past August 2020. Allison celebrated her birthday this year with a drive-thru candy land themed celebration due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions. The shindig was held at Chateau Rouge in Monroe. Her parents Vincent and Eugenia White had lots of treats and goodies for well-wishers and friends. Happy Birthday, Allison!...

  • Advertisement for Bids

    Sep 3, 2020

    G.B. Cooley is accepting proposals to install generators at several locations. If interested in more information, please call G.B. Cooley administration office. Ben Pitts 318-547-4429...

  • Happenings

    Sep 3, 2020

    Contact Monroe Dispatch Got news, been somewhere, need a listening ear, been wronged, need to tell the world, call us, we can help! Subscriptions/Advertising-Old newspaper copies 318.789.0098 phone/fax 855-299-0718 news or Religious Log email [email protected] –Monroe Dispatch P.O. Box 4823 Monroe LA 71211 318.325.2858. Subscriptions Mailed $40 year-$22-6mos-Home delivery $45 year-$25- 6mos. We accept Chase Bank Quick Pay [email protected], cash or credit cards (fees apply). Visit us online www.monroedispatchonline.com Edna’s Coo...

  • USE CAUTION WHEN USING GENERATORS

    Sep 3, 2020

    Considering the impact of the recent hurricane, many people rushed out to secure generators for the convenience of power. However, it is important to remember Generator Safety. Reportedly, 10 people died from using generators and inhaling carbon monoxide. Below are some important cautionary measures that should be followed as recommended by Louisiana Department of Health: Setup Location · Never use a generator inside your home or garage, even if doors and windows are open. · Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas that kills w...

  • One Choice In 2020

    Eddie D. Gillis|Sep 3, 2020

    The 2020 presidential election is a mere 60 days away and there are some undecided voters out there who the media is telling the public, really can’t make up their minds for whom to vote. These are the so called “undecided”, the less than 10% of voters who will say that they may stay with the current incumbent or vote for the challenger. Some will say that they may make up their mind on election day because given the choices that they have, the challenge that they face is not going to the dentist or even worse, splitting hairs. That’s how dif...

  • Prosecuting Breonna Taylor's Killers

    Sep 3, 2020

    As a former prosecutor, Georgetown Law Professor Paul Butler says there is a clear criminal case against the police officers who killed Breonna Taylor on March 13, 2020. In a new video, Butler delivers the opening statement he would give if prosecuting the case in Kentucky. In the video Butler discusses: Charges. Butler says the evidence warrants three charges against three Louisville police officers: second-degree manslaughter, reckless homicide, and complicity. The no-knock warrant. “[Police] said didn't need a no-knock warrant for Breonna b...

  • Debris Removal Information

    Sep 3, 2020

    The Ouachita Parish Police Jury will begin Hurricane Laura-related debris removal operations from the unincorporated areas of the Parish on Wednesday, September 2, 2020. Parish residents who wish to have their vegetative debris (tree branches, logs, trunks, stumps, etc.) removed can greatly assist our contractor in getting your debris off your property and properly disposed of, but we need your help to make this happen. FEMA policy does not allow the Parish or its debris contractor to go onto private property to collect debris; the contractor m...

  • Thompson's Last Game

    Sep 3, 2020

    John Thompson, famed African-American Basketball Coach, has now gotten his wings after passing at age 78. He died on August 30, 2020. "Big John" as he was affectionately known, had significant success as Georgetown University's Head Basketball Coach. Big John was born and raised in Washington, DC where he attended Archbishop Carroll High School and played basketball. After high school he attended Providence College, and then went on to play in the NBA for the Boston Celtics along with Bill...

  • A King Remembered in Time

    Sep 3, 2020

    It is written that we know not the day nor the hour in which we will be called to leave our earthly lives. Which is why we must live each day with great intentions to carry out what we believe is our life's purpose. News of Black Panther star, Chadwick Boseman's death has made the world stand still, and has many remembering just how precious our lives really are. On Friday, August 28, 2020, Boseman's family reported that he passed away at his home around his wife and family. His death was...

  • Sports and Racism

    Eddie D. Gillis|Sep 3, 2020

    Sports and Racism By Eddie D. Gillis Normally about this time of year, football stadiums across this nation would be welcoming its legions of fans, as the “king of sports” takes center stage. Sports has always been an entertaining venue for millions of people the world over because bragging rights becomes a fixture all around cities/communities for who is the best or has the best team. Sports is also a place where people from all walks of life come together for a common purpose and that is to win a championship and take home the trophy. Bef...

  • "THY WILL BE DONE"

    Marion Obafemi|Sep 3, 2020

    Dear Heavenly Father, don't mean to bother, you but we need to talk Go wake up Jesus and Job, because I was told, they had a similar walk The Lord will understand me, because I've been nailed to a tree, blood dripping from my feet and hands Like Job was tried and tested, my development has been arrested, and much more I can not stand. Are the clouds so dark and deep, that your eyes are unable to see, that your child is on this cross? It's impossible to move my legs, going around in circles with...

  • Five Louisiana Students Receive Chemical Association Scholarships

    Scholarships to assist with tuition costs for Process Technology degree|Sep 3, 2020

    The Louisiana Chemical Association (LCA) awarded its annual Process Technology Scholarships (PTEC) to five Louisiana students on August 15 to assist with tuition costs for attaining a two-year associate degree at a Louisiana community or technical college. This winners of the 2020 scholarships were: Mitchell Reeves, Baton Rouge Community College; Marcus Sumbler, Louisiana Delta Community College; Russell Gorbaty, Nunez Community College; David Rankins, SOWELA Technical College; and Christopher Rogers, River Parishes Community College. The...

  • Honoring Carroll 1953 Legends

    Sep 3, 2020

    Carroll High School 2nd Annual Legends Banquet will honor Carroll High School 1953 Football State Champs Sunday October 11 at 4pm, place TBA. Carroll Legends to be honored are Norman "Bearchest" Harris, Willie Robinson, and the late Michael Howell....

  • I Just Love Me Some You

    Sep 3, 2020

    Happy birthday Sharondal "Ronnee" Williams, the love of my life. Without you in my life, I wouldn't know what to do. You will and always be my turning point and the love of my life! Happy birthday "Ronnee" from your Superman Love Leo Williams....

  • Black Teen Earns Higher IQ Score Than Albert Einstein

    Sep 3, 2020

    In 2019 Black British teen Ramarni Wilfred became famous after British news outlets featured him for achieving a higher IQ test score than both Albert Einstein and Bill Gates. He scored a 162 on his IQ test, putting him in the elite top 1% of his country. He was 11-years-old at the time. Now at age 16, he reflects on his brilliance, saying that he gets satisfaction from learning about things that pique his curiosity. His mother even confirmed that at a young age Wilfred sought to learn about...

  • Black Man's Life Sentence for Stealing Hedge Clippers

    Sep 3, 2020

    A Louisiana man will likely spend the rest of his life in prison, according to a decision last week rendered by the state Supreme Court. His crime? Trying to steal hedge clippers from another person’s home in 1997. In a 5-1 verdict, the court left intact the life sentence given to Fair Wayne Bryant, 62, all but closing off his final chance at reducing it. According to Louisiana law, the crime of attempted simple burglary carries no more than 12 years behind bars, but because the 1997 offense was his fourth felony, Bryant, who is Black, r...

  • Happy Birthday Twins!

    Sep 3, 2020

    Happy Birthday Rylei and Reagon Mays who celebrated their 9th birthday in a small gathering at their home in Monroe this past week. The intimate party was themed for glow-in-the-dark fun adhering to the pandemic restrictions for gatherings. Their entire house was decorated just for them with glow-in-the-dark signs and balloons. The girls wore custom outfits they'd decorated with glow in the dark paint....

  • Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Leaders in Law Enforcement Award

    Sep 3, 2020

    As part of its new Leaders in Law Enforcement Award, Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA) is honoring one Louisiana sheriff's department for exceptional work in their field. The 2020 awardee is the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Department. Their program Deputies Making a Change (DMAC) provides mentoring to address the incarceration and school dropout rate among vulnerable male youth in Ouachita Parish in Monroe LA. DMAC was implemented by Deputy Kenneth Tramble with the support of Sheriff Jay...

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