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  • Louisiana High School Football Scores

    Sep 21, 2023

    Week 7 October 13, 2023 Haynesville 55 Arcadia 12 Beekman Charter 38 Gueydan 6 North Webster 21 Carroll 13 Wossman 28 Richwood 0 Ruston 48 Pineville 6 Delta Charter 56 Sicily Island 0 General Trass 42 Bastrop 36 Tioga 20 Franklin Parish 16 Mansfield 39 Jonesboro Hodge 18 Delhi Charter 54 Tensas 0 Delhi 48 Block 24 Alexandria 35 Ouachita 10 Prescott 31 Homer 14 West Monroe 42 West Ouachita 19 Caldwell Parish 34 Marksville 6 Many 49 Winnfield 0 Sterlington 24 Union Parish 10 Mangham 43 Madison 0 Rayville 36 Vidalia 14 Neville 41 Grant 6...

  • Just Wondering

    Eddie D. Gillis|Sep 21, 2023

    School has been in session for over a month, and the biggest news to report has been the firing of several high school football coaches and the almost suspension of a school superintendent. Football season practically dominates school activities, with various schools having their homecoming events to instill school pride among their students. But not lost in the process is the purpose of school, which is to educate all students who walk through its doors day-in-day-out. A dark cloud continues to hang over the Monroe City Schools District as...

  • Sister Argument Shooting

    Eddie D. Gillis|Sep 21, 2023

    Disclaimer: All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty. Family is important to all of us. We have each other's back because we are all blood. We defend each other and support one another through the trials of life. Sometimes, it's how we show that support that can get us in trouble. According to a recent police report, Monroe Police responded to an altercation involving a male victim and the brothers of an unknown female. Police say that the victim was involved in an altercation...

  • Carroll Homecoming Changes?

    Eddie D. Gillis|Sep 21, 2023

    One of Carroll’s High School’s biggest events may not be happening at the school. Carroll’s annual football homecoming, initially slated to be played Friday night on October 20, will be played on Saturday, October 21. Most alumni and fans allegedly did not meet the news of the change in event plans with open arms. According to what is being said in the community, the football game itself will not be played on the school’s campus. That is because representatives of Carroll’s opponents have strenuously objected to the game being played on campus...

  • Horrific AQ Shooting

    Sep 21, 2023

    Another shooting and numerous others are plaguing Monroe, LA, while police scramble to investigate and solve shooting crimes. According to source, an alleged shooting took place in or around the Atkins Quarter community on Monday, September 18, 2023. A good friend of the deceased victim made a point of checking on the victim daily. The day went awry when the friend couldn't get in contact with the victim, which was very unusual. Unable to contact the victim, the friend went to the victim's...

  • Sommer Powellʼs Precious Memory

    Sep 21, 2023

    Sommer Powell, 39, was born March 5, 1984, to Billy Ray Mathias and the late Vanessa Powell. She could make anyone smile in her presence. At age eight, Sommer was placed under the wings of her dearly beloved grandmother, Betty Jean Powell, who reared her. Sommer attended Berg Jones Lane Elementary and Richwood High School. She moved to Texas with relatives in her twenties while becoming a mother to a beautiful baby girl, Savannah Powell, whose sweet, adorable personality was contagious to those...

  • Deceased Body Discovered

    Sep 21, 2023

    Sources informed the Monroe Dispatch of an alleged deceased body found in Monroe, LA, on Louberta St. between Swayze St. and Booth St. on September 16, 2023. Sources didn’t know who or what gender the alleged deceased body was and how it was discovered. Mysterious shootings are becoming commonplace in Monroe, with no organization or leaders even attempting to address the crimes occurring more frequently. Where are the leaders of Monroe, LA?...

  • TWO RINGS AND A QUEEN

    Sep 21, 2023

    The 2023 Wossman High School homecoming football game was Friday, September 15, 2023 at Grady Jones Memorial Stadium. Wossman Homecoming royalty Miss Wossman, Da'Naya Ross and her homecoming court was introduced to Wossman students, alumni, fans, and friends. The homecoming was a perfect fit for, "Two Rings and A Queen!"...

  • City Planning & Zoning-Zoned Out?

    Eddie D. Gillis|Sep 21, 2023

    The Monroe City Council, during the Tuesday, September 12, 2023 meeting, approved the final adoption of an ordinance, a "proposed reorganization and amending" the Monroe City Charter to provide for the reorganization of the Engineering and the Planning and Urban Development Departments. While many see nothing wrong with the Ellis administration reorganizing its departments, it appeared that the method in doing so raised some questions. Community activist Verbon Muhammad stated as such, except...

  • DownSouth Sports MVP

    Sep 21, 2023

    Neville High School's Jaylon Nichols (RB) #9 was named DownSouth Sports Magazine's Most Valuable Player of the Game award in the Tigers' 19-15 victory over Ouachita on September 7, 2023. Jaylon rushed for 2 touchdowns and had 120 all-purpose yards. The weekly DownSouth Sports MVP award is sponsored by The Monroe Dispatch and Aubrey's Graphic Designs....

  • WWAA Hosts Career Fair

    Sep 21, 2023

    The Wossman Wildcat Alumni Association (WWAA) hosted a career fair for Wossman students on Thursday, September 14, 2023. 20 plus businesses and organizations were represented at the event, with some alumni representing their companies and alma mater. The career fair was a part of an exciting event line-up; WWAA also hosted many other events celebrating the purple and gold pride. Visit www.wwaagocats.org to become a member and receive up to date news from the organization. Picture 1 - WWAA...

  • Where We Shine Best

    Katima Epting-Wiley|Sep 21, 2023

    I remember buying my daughters some fun lights from the circus. They loved them while we were in the arena, but when we got them home, they were upset with how they looked. They kept shining the lights in their rooms, but the lights didn’t look like they did in the circus arena; that disappointed them. What they thought was a problem wasn’t a problem at all. Their disappointment could go away with just a small change; therefore, I cut off the lights in the home, and we had a beautiful dis...

  • Deaths

    Sep 21, 2023

    Alma D. Lee 67, Sales Clerk Epps LA, died: Monday September 11, 2023 Visitation: 3:30PM-5:30PM Friday September 22, 2023 McFarland Funeral Companies 1223 Broadway Street Delhi, LA Funeral service: 1:00PM Saturday September 23, 2023 Mt Moriah Baptist Church 4135 LA-17 Epps, LA Burial: Mt Moriah Baptist Church Cemetery Epps, LA. Services under directions of McFarland Funeral Companies-Delhi LA Aquarius Rollins 42, Homemaker Monroe LA Died: Sunday September 17, 2023 Visitation: 6:00PM-8:00PM Friday September 22, 2023 McFarland Funeral Companies...

  • Louisiana 2023 Elections

    Sep 21, 2023

    The deadline to register to vote or make changes, in person or by mail was September 13, 2023. The deadline to register or make changes online at www.geaxvote.com is September 23, 2023. Early voting begins on Saturday September 30,2023 through Saturday October 7, 2023. No voting held on Sunday October 1, 2023. The hors for early voting are 8:30am till 6pm at Registrar of Voters Community Room 1650 DeSiard St, in Monroe LA and West Ouachita Senior Center 1800 N 7th St in West Monroe LA. Please bring ID....

  • Sharp Culture

    Sep 21, 2023

    Children are a blessing in more ways than we know. Its essential to touch bases with our children on a daily basis especially when they live in other place besides home. When children come home to visit regardless to how long its always a pleasure. Visiting home in Monroe LA was Jermaine Sharp recently who had a ball with his father and mother Clarence and Linda Sharp other family members and friends cherished his presence. Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will...

  • Mr. Pickem's Weekly Football Predictions

    Sep 21, 2023

    Week 4 (Friday Sept. 22, 2023) #6 Carroll Bulldogs (3-0) Vs #8 Sterlington Panthers (2-1) Last season, in perhaps one of the biggest shockers of the year, the Carroll Bulldogs rolled into Panther Stadium and upset Sterlington while improving to 3-0. The 'Dawgs are once again undefeated at 3-0 and a rematch vs those same Panthers loom this Friday but with a few slight changes. This year's matchup will happen on Renwick St. in Monroe LA at Thomas -Blade Football Stadium and there will be a new pla...

  • Free Family Reading Programs Applications

    Sep 21, 2023

    Applications are now open to host free family engagement and reading programs that address themes such as caring, sustainability, and the foods that influence our lives. Applications will be accepted from Sept. 15 through Oct. 17 at www.primetimefamily.org for organizations that would like to host either Prime Time Family Reading, for ages 6-10, or Prime Time Preschool Reading, for ages 3-5. An initiative of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH), Prime Time programs start with a shared meal, and then a storyteller reads families an...

  • Third Time, No Charm

    Eddie D. Gillis|Sep 21, 2023

    There are still many Trump supporters who really believe that Donald Trump will win the 2024 presidential election. And there are Trump supporters who want to believe that he will win but know deep down inside that the tide is against him realistically winning the election. But that has not stopped his supporters from beating the drums that somehow a miracle will happen. Even some conservative religious leaders who were openly prophesizing that Trump would win are strangely silent at this juncture of the campaign season even though Trump has a...

  • Powerful People Respect People

    Dr. Joseph Capers Sr.|Sep 21, 2023

    Powerful people need to negotiate wisely within the people with power. They should realize that God is the most powerful being a person can possibly encounter. If they are wise, they will face God someday. If they are wise the safest thing to do is to get on God’s side. Nebuchadnezzar did not come to the conclusion until after he had received the message from God. Daniel urged him to repent, but he went back to his old ways. Do not allow pride to get in your path as Nebuchadnezzar did. If you w...

  • Bayou Classic 2023 Getaway

    Sep 21, 2023

    AL DERRY`S Bayou Classic 50TH Anniversary trip is scheduled for November 24-26, 2023 in New Orleans, LA - AL DERRY`S Bayou Classic package includes 2 nights at Comfort Inn & Suites in Metairie, LA (double occupancy), free breakfast, game tickets, transportation to and from the game, Battle of the Bands, and the parade. Battle of the Bands tickets are $25, not included. Bayou Classic package price is $335 per person, $75.00 deposit due by September 23 2023. Remaining balance due by October 28, 2023. Contact Al Derry at 318-789-9690 for more...

  • Washington's 50th Anniversary

    Sep 21, 2023

    To my wife of fifty years - life with you has been truly amazing. Your love for family and others is evident in everything you do. Your beauty is effortless and timeless. I was captivated by you on the schoolyard all those years ago, and I am still spellbound by you to this day. Being your husband has been my pleasure. Through you, I have obtained favor from the Lord. To God be the Glory! Happy 50th Anniversary!...

  • Loved

    Sep 21, 2023

    Celebrating the magic number 4 score and ten, Joyce Poullard was showered with birthday love on Saturday September 16, 2023 at the Marriott Courtyard in Monroe LA. Many showed their love for Joyce through numerous expressions of kindness shown by her family, church family, collogues and friends. Happy birthday Joyce!...

  • Happenings

    Sep 21, 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...

  • JESUS IS CALLING

    Pastor K. C. Wade, Advancing the Kingdom|Sep 21, 2023

    "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV Beloved JESUS IS CALLING! Have an ear to hear what the Spirit is saying to the church. He says “Come to me” all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. JESUS IS CALLING! Oh, Beloved lay aside every weight and sin which...

  • MR. S.L. MAcK'S 93RD BIRTHDAY

    Sep 21, 2023

    Family and friends traveled from Texas, Ohio, southern Louisiana and Monroe, LA to gather at the Wingate by Wyndham in West Monroe, LA to celebrate the 93rd birthday of Mr. S.L. Magee recently. There was lots of love shown to Mr. Magee, who is a native of Tylertown, MS and a 75 year resident of Monroe, LA retired from the Monroe City School Board System with 26 years. He is also a member of the MW King George Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. for 61 years. Mr. S.L. Magee (well known as Mr. Mack) was...

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