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Articles from the January 20, 2022 edition

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  • Just Wondering

    Jan 20, 2022

    Our federal, state, and local governments are considered democracies. With a democracy, there are checks and balances within each branch of government. Things are in place and have been since the founding of America to prevent skewed activity by administrations and governing bodies. Months ago, the Monroe City Council heard a proposed amendment that would give the mayor of the city the power to hand out contracts valued at $250,000 or less to individuals and companies without council vote or approval. That amendment was ludicrous then and is...

  • High School Basketball Game Fight

    Jan 20, 2022

    Is this how we're going to have to live? Is there any place safe? According to police reports, a fight broke out at a Neville High School basketball game in Monroe, LA, on Friday, January 14, 2022. The fight occurred in the gym foyer, where almost 30 people attempted to settle a dispute between two gangs. The fight got extremely violent, and soon, one suspect, Montrelle Jones, 20, pulled out a handgun. He was quickly subdued by police officers and placed in handcuffs while officers retrieved a...

  • Shooting Woes Continue

    Jan 20, 2022

    Hysteria has been happening in our communities and is reflected in the deaths of young Black men who continue to die from gun violence. Although these tragic events should sound an alarm, many that read the Bible already know the times in which we're living. According to police reports, on Sunday, January 16, 2022, police found Roger Lynch, 19, with a gunshot wound on South 6th St. in Monroe, LA. He would later succumb to sustained injuries shortly after being discovered by authorities. Police...

  • Kennon Honored

    Jan 20, 2022

    Thomas Jefferson Upper Elementary School in Monroe LA had a celebration to honor Ms. Yolonda Kennon on Friday January 14, 2022. Ms. Kennon was the computer operator at Thomas Jefferson for 17 years. She worked under three different principals and did an outstanding job with each principal. Ms. Kennon was promoted to the Central Office with Monroe City Schools. Thomas Jefferson Upper congratulates Ms. Kennon on her endeavor, while she will be missed. Mr. Danzie Pierce is Principal at Thmas...

  • Kappa Founders' Day Celebration

    Jan 20, 2022

    The Monroe Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. celebrated Founders' Day Saturday January 15, 2022 at Catfish Cabin Restaurant in Monroe LA. Guest speaker was Dr. Stanley Sims. Five Kappa Brothers were recognized for 50 years in the fraternity by Brother William Smart included Brothers Mackie Freeze, Andrew Hill, Ibra January, Johnny McCaa and Fredrick C. McHenry where each brother was presented a White Kappa Sportscoat....

  • Black Representation Suit

    Eddie D. Gillis|Jan 20, 2022

    It may have taken a federal lawsuit to get it done, but it appears that Monroe's sister city, West Monroe, may have its first Black representative on the board of aldermen. The Department of Justice filed the lawsuit against the city because the agency believed that the current method of electing existing candidates to office prevented Black office-seekers from being elected to city government. The way district lines were drawn diluted the ability of Black voters to select someone who looked...

  • Voting Rights Stand

    Eddie D. Gillis|Jan 20, 2022

    Former State Senator Charles Jones spoke to the Monroe Dispatch recently, giving his views on where things stand in Congress concerning voting rights in America. Sen. Jones was very passionate in his words shared with this reporter over why we are at this juncture in American history fighting for something that was supposed to have been settled 57 years ago. Jones referred to the 1965 Voting Rights Bill signed into law by Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson after a long bitter struggle by...

  • Vintage Hollywood

    Jan 20, 2022

    Miss Richwood Cypress Washington and her Royal Court were honored January 8, 2022 at the Monroe Civic Center. Richwood Coronation was Vintage Hollywood with the Richwood Royal Court shining and glamming. n...

  • Dr. MLK Jr. Salute

    Jan 20, 2022

    On Monday January 17, 43rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday was celebrated by the City of Monroe at the W.L. Jack Howard Theatre at the Monroe Civic Center. Guest speaker was Jon Alston. The Martin Luther King Jr. Foundation observed it's 38th MLK Day at Greater New Antioch Baptist Church in Monroe LA. The Honorable Judge Fred Jones was guest speaker....

  • Happenings

    Jan 20, 2022

    Contact Us Got news, been somewhere, or need to tell the world something important? Call the Monroe Dispatch! Subscriptions/advertising-old newspaper copies, call or text 318-789-0098 or 318-325-2858. News or religious log, email [email protected]. Monroe Dispatch, P.O. Box 4823, Monroe, LA 71211. Subscriptions (mailed) $40 - year, $22 - 6 months. Subscriptions (home delivery) $45 - year, $25 - 6months. We accept cash, or credit cards (fees apply). Visit us online, [email protected] Edna’s Cooking “Home of the Breakfast Bow...

  • Happy New Year 2022

    Jan 20, 2022

    The Monroe Dispatch thanks all of you who allow the Monroe Dispatch Newspaper to come to your homes another year. It’s always a pleasure to serve you and for you to trust us as you have for 51 years being in the newspaper business. We look forward to serving you for years to come. Happy New Year 2022 from all of us while without our advertisers and you our subscribers there would be no Monroe Dispatch, “Praise God.” From all of us at the Monroe Dispatch Nate Reed, Frank, Jessica and Noah DeTiege, Eddie Gillis, Mary Roggerson, Pastor K.C. Wade,...

  • DEaths

    Jan 20, 2022

    Ja’Michael Carter, 29 of Monroe, LA a Laborer died Wednesday, December 29, 2021. Service: 11:00 AM Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at McFarland Funeral Home Chapel. Burial: Monroe City Cemetery under direction of McFarland Funeral Company-Monroe. Reese Washington, Jr., 66 of Delhi, LA a Laborer died Saturday, January 1, 2022. Visitation: Friday, January 21, 2022 at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at McFarland Funeral Companies in Delhi, LA. Service: Saturday, January 22, 2022, 11:00 AM at Cloud Creek B.C in Delhi. Burial: Morning Star B.C Cemetery in Dunn, L...

  • Police Reform: DOA

    Eddie D. Gillis|Jan 20, 2022

    President Joe Biden is poised to release his plan to use his executive power to institute changes in police reform, something that is always on the “to do” list for a divided nation, but is not high on that list for law enforcement. Law enforcement associations have historically been against liberal leaning policies, getting universal support from conservatives who tout respect for police officers. Somehow that respect for those in blue seems to have disappeared after Donald Trump led his supporters to riot/fight/injure scores of police off...

  • Free at-⁠Home COVID-⁠19 Tests

    Jan 20, 2022

    Every home in the U.S. can soon order #44 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests will be completely free—there are no shipping costs and you don’t need to enter a credit card number. Ordering begins January 19.

  • Don't Exclude Youth!

    Katima Epting Wiley|Jan 20, 2022

    Mark 9:37 Whoever welcomes one of these little children in My name welcomes Me; and whoever welcomes Me does not welcome Me but the one who sent Me.” Many times, we hear of the youth, that they are our future, but honestly, we must see them as our right now. Way too many are being lost, and every time it happens, purpose is buried. Yes, purpose, because God created us on purpose, for a purpose, even those most would look down upon. Jesus expressed great love for the children. He even warned others about harming them. That harm, is n...

  • Living it Up

    Jessica DeTiege|Jan 20, 2022

    The best way to truly know how you feel about the ‘hood (the sides of town that Black and people densely populate) is to visit a 'hood in another city. When I first enter a 'hood, I immediately realize I have entered a not-so-good side of town by what I see - overgrown grass, dilapidated homes, sketchy gas stations, potholes every 100 feet - I could go on. The most distinctive thing is the feeling I get within seconds of turning into a 'hood I am not familiar visiting. There is an uneasiness about what can happen at any moment and a rush to n...

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