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Articles from the September 8, 2022 edition


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  • Scary Dentist Visit

    Eddie D. Gillis|Sep 8, 2022

    A recent alleged incident at a local dentist's office has some in the community talking. Sources tell the Monroe Dispatch that a minor was at the dentist's office when something unfortunate happened. Sources say that the minor was having a procedure performed when the minor suddenly had a medical emergency. As an employee was attending to the minor, the procedure was allegedly interrupted as the minor began to experience complications that needed an immediate response from those with him. According to unconfirmed sources, the minor was said to...

  • Remembering Joe Ella Brown Burton

    Sep 8, 2022

    April 8, 1934 – September 4, 2022 Legendary Monroe City Schools Educator and Choreographer, Joe Ella Brown Burton, passed away peacefully at the home of her youngest daughter in McDonough, GA early Sunday morning, September 4, 2022. Mrs. Burton is best remembered as the choreographer of J.S. Clark Elementary's 1960s renowned dance group the "Tantalizing Clarkettes'' and Carroll High School's "Joettes." She is the youngest of two daughters born to Joseph Alfred Brown and Mary Ellen Gordon Brown o...

  • Gravestone Headache

    Eddie D. Gillis|Sep 8, 2022

    A local woman says that a headstone that she ordered for her father has yet to be delivered. The woman said she ordered and paid $950.00 for the headstone from a local business on Desiard St. in June of 2021. Seeing that it's been over a year since the transaction, she recently decided to go speak to the owner of the Desiard St. business. When she got to the business, she said she spoke to someone who did not sell her the headstone back in 2021. As she told the man behind the counter why she...

  • 20th Evening with GSU

    Sep 8, 2022

    The HBCU and Gramblinite Stars were out at the 20th Annual Evening with Grambling on Thursday, August 25, 2022 at the Monroe Civic Center B.D. Robinson Hall. It was a night to remember as former Grambling Superstars Gilbert Culpepper, Murphy Reed, Larry Wilson, and Toriano Young were honored. Grambling's new head football coach Hugh Jackson promised a exciting football season with Grambling Athletic staff introductions. Jo and Summer Young were among the Stars at the event....

  • Richwood Tricky Speed Tickets, Citizens Fight Back

    Eddie D. Gillis|Sep 8, 2022

    A controversial Richwood town ordinance initiated by Mayor Gerald Brown was challenged in a Ouachita Parish courtroom by a Richwood businessman, resulting in his tickets being dismissed, along with others with tickets and were present in the courtroom. Aaron Rayburn, who operates Angelina Bail Bond, located on Hwy 165, argued his case after receiving three tickets from a speed control program initiated by the town. The ordinance has been in effect for weeks, resulting in thousands of tickets...

  • Unfair Electric Bills Questioned

    Eddie D. Gillis|Sep 8, 2022

    Customers for Louisiana's only energy source have been paying to help keep the utility giant going for decades through utility bill payments. Many customers believe they are still paying for the damages caused by natural disasters like Hurricane Rita in order not to affect the company's bottom line and keep shareholders happy. That is the assessment of angry customers who continue to not only pay utility bills but pay bills that continue climbing higher, and a continuation from disaster-related incidents. Many customers, including local residen...

  • Knife Chase

    Eddie D. Gillis|Sep 8, 2022

    Disclaimer: All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty. There is a saying that goes, "hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" which may be justifiable to some, but when bodily harm is possible, a line has to be drawn. That doesn't happen in all cases. On Sunday, September 4, 2022 a woman was allegedly armed with a knife and chased an unnamed victim with a knife and a broom. According to Monroe Police, officers were called to the Parkview Apartments to answer a disturbance at the...

  • Kappa Alpha Psi

    Sep 8, 2022

    The Monroe Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi held a reception for its newly inducted members, welcoming them into the brotherhood, Thursday, September 1, 2022 at a local Monroe restaurant. MTA Chair Antonio Howard introduced brothers Jack Russell, Rusty Potter, Mathew Williams IV, Christopher Broussard, Vernon Moss, and Otis Brooks into the great Kappa brotherhood. Each new member received the coveted red Kappa blazer. Congratulations Kappa Nupes!...

  • Suicide Prevention

    Sep 8, 2022

    September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Everyone should realize that suicide deaths can be prevented by making sure you check in on your loved ones and with your health care provider and asking for help if you need it. It’s so important to keep an eye on your overall health and well-being, paying attention to your mental health as a key piece of that. Are you struggling to get through daily tasks? Do you have overwhelming feelings of anxiety, stress or depression? Have you stopped enjoying things you used to take pleasure in? Are y...

  • Deaths

    Sep 8, 2022

    Willie Sam Jones, 64 of West Monroe, LA Janitor died August 29, 2022. Service: 11:00 AM Saturday September 10, 2022 at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, West Monroe, LA. Visitation: 2:00 until 4:00 PM Friday September 9, 2022 at Smith Funeral Home. Burial: Hasley Cemetery, West Monroe, LA under the direction of Smith Funeral Home. Philmon Taylor, 92 of Monroe, LA died August 27, 2022. Service: 11:00 AM Saturday September 10, 2022 at China Grove Baptist Church, Monroe, LA. Burial: Richwood Gardens...

  • PRAYING STUDENTS

    Mary Roggerson|Sep 8, 2022

    *Inspired by God through Mary Roggerson & Morning Prayer Ministries under the leadership of Pastor Kenneth Nolley, St. Mary Baptist Church Purpose: For all children to learn, pray and confess the Word of God. Goal: For all children to have an intimate relationship with God through prayer & His Word. Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday Deal bountifully with Your servant, That I may live and keep Your word. Psalm 119:17 Prayer: Lord God, I delight in Your word. I pray that You deal bountifully with me, so that I may live and obey Your word. Confession:...

  • 2022 State Fair Classic Getaway

    Sep 8, 2022

    Football Grambling State University vs Prairie View A&M Dallas TX Al Derry is sponsoring a time to the Grambling Prairie View Football Game, State Fair Classis Saturday October in Dallas TX. Trip & Package includes Hotel accommodations Saturday night (Rooms double occupancy) game ticket (admission to State Fair) & Transportation. Cost $170.00 person; $70 Deposit balance due by September 23. Call Al Derry 318.789.9690....

  • The End Is Near

    Sep 8, 2022

    The Spiritual and the Natural Man. Concerning the Spiritual Man. All churches, the pastors, deacons, and Mothers of the church have a duty to teach its members in the ways of God and follow the instructions of Jesus. All churches have a duty and must be on one accord in addressing the physical needs of its members. As well as his righteous desires to own material things such as homes, automobiles, supermarkets, medical facilities, banks, clothing stores, colleges, etc. The next generation will see the churches’ good works and will p...

  • Trump Playbook

    Eddie D. Gillis|Sep 8, 2022

    Donald Trump was back in his element this past weekend. He was getting the kind of attention that he so desperately needs. If there is one thing that Trump loves, it is to be in front of an adoring crowd that loves every word that comes out of his mouth. It doesn’t matter if everything that he says is the truth or how “vicious” the tone of his words may sound. Mr. Trump appeared at a campaign-style rally over the weekend in Pennsylvania to stomp for GOP senatorial candidate Mehmet (Dr.) Oz and gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano, both of wh...

  • Man of Valor

    Sep 8, 2022

    Mr. Ernest C. Johnson Sr. has been an active deacon at King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church in Monroe LA for 60 plus years. He's truly dedicated to his church family and the role of chairman of the deacon board. Throughout his 90 years of life, Mr. Johnson has showed greatness. On July 24, 2022, he was honored for his faithfulness and dedication to the call of deaconship by our Lord and Savior and his church. Mr. Johnson was honored as a man of valor a true man of God, a dad, grandpa, widower,...

  • West Monroe Lane Reunion

    Sep 8, 2022

    Lil C., Rabbit, JRock and Doe Boy presented an Old Skool Lane reunion at the Playground on Benson St. in West Monroe LA. Family, friends and former West Monroe residents had a ball at the Playground. There was food, fun and music. The reunion was enjoyed by all ages. There were children with their parents, young and older adults. Due to COVID the Old Skool Lane Reunion had been cancelled. The Lane Reunion is back on and popping now thanks to Old Skool legends Lil C, Rabbit, JRock and Doe Boy....

  • Happenings

    Sep 8, 2022

    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 # 5, Hwy 165 South and Hadley St. Ms. Edna and Staff ~ Serving up LOVE every day! Edna’s Cooking features $5.99 breakfast and coffee, $8.99 lunch...

  • Governing.... God's Way, is Best

    Katima Epting-Wiley|Sep 8, 2022

    Daniel 2:21 He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding; Is Monroe being properly governed? Has it been in a long time? I'll disclose information pertaining to leadership, in order to properly help you, the reader, do somewhat of an assessment. In order to govern (rule, lead or head) people, those in charge must possess, innately- a love, passion or at least care, for those people. There is no other...

  • Women's Conference

    Sep 8, 2022

    St Luke Missionary Baptist Church 3507 Church St. in Monroe LA and SpringHill Baptist Church Women’s conference is September 16-17 at 6pm Friday & 9am Saturday (Breakfast served) Special guest Friday Dr. LaFonda Heard, Heavenly Hope Ministries Baton Rouge LA at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church in Monroe LA , Saturday special guests Rev. Beverly Milliage First Pilgrim Baptist Church and Dr. Ruth Brown St. Jude Baptist Church at Springhill Baptist Church in Monroe LA...

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