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  • Monroe Dispatch Pricing Update

    Dec 22, 2022

    In consideration of current economic conditions, it’s become necessary for minimal price 2023 updates 1-year Mailed Subscription $60, 6 month Mailed Subscription $42, Industrial Subscriptions 1 year $65 and newspapers $2 that will take effect on January 21, 2023.... Full story

  • Better Than That

    Katima Epting Wiley|Dec 22, 2022

    Black man still out "there", Please, just get off the block. You'll never win in that game, So please, just stop. You're going to just go under, If that's the way you view the top. Your homies aren't all your homies; Some are flipping, to make you flop. Can I be honest? Sometimes, YOU is all you got. If you have God on your side, Believe me, that's a lot. Make the streets look empty. Make the block real clean. Make the suppliers lack demand. And the dope fiends get clean. Stop tearing down your own people Your own families, your own dreams...

  • Controversial Reapportionment Vote

    Eddie D. Gillis|Dec 22, 2022

    An ordinance that would prove to be controversial was discussed by members of the Monroe City Council Tuesday, December 13, 2022, but would later be moved to a discussion for a "community" setting Wednesday, December 14, 2022, as more input from community leaders and concerns could be addressed. The introduction of the ordinance was met with fierce opposition at the Tuesday night by questions before council members and the maps' Demographer, but the answers weren't satisfactory. The ordinance...

  • Heated Richwood Meeting ...Another Side

    Richwood Mayor Gerald Brown|Dec 22, 2022

    In the Monroe Dispatch, Volume 50, Number 9, Edition 1, I am categorized as "offering" an Alderperson to go outside in the article entitled, "Heated Richwood Town Meeting". I did because we might be able to understand each other better in a one-on-one setting. I never approached or threatened anyone, and after a few moments, I returned to the table, and the meeting continued. I was certain that since that seemed to have been an issue last March that the paper would want to print that at the town...

  • A Frozen Christmas

    Dec 22, 2022

    Louisiana has seen its fair share of severe and unusual weather in 2022 and looks like the year is not done presenting its unusual weather patterns. Just a week ago many parts of Louisiana received scattered thunderstorms and late summer tornadoes; now many meteorologists are anticipating the coldest Christmas we've seen in years. Freezing temperatures are expected over the Christmas holiday weekend for the majority of the state along with much of the United States. Although no heavy precipitation is expected experts are warning that families...

  • School Drop Off Drama

    Dec 22, 2022

    Disclaimer: All are innocent until proven guilty. Is any place safe anymore? Places that were once considered safe havens, like schools, churches, etc., are not what they once were. People have changed or are exposing their true selves due to many different circumstances. Imagine going to school to pick up your child or grandchild, and someone disturbs you while waiting. According to police reports, on December 16, 2022, suspect David Ford III, 38, was harassing parents in the school drop-off line at an elementary school in Monroe, LA. Ford...

  • Roy Shelling Stars

    Dec 22, 2022

    Roy Shelling Stars of Roy Shelling Elementary School in Monroe, LA are hardworking. Students treasure and respect them because the Stars ensure they receive love twice daily while at school. The meal was off the chain at a recent Veterans Day program, prepared with lots of love and flavor. Many can't wait until the next feast! Roy Shelling Stars included Cafeteria Manager Ella Tarver, Leona McClain, Jacqueline Johnson, Mattie Franklin, Emma Sanders, Keisha Cooper, Rita Lawson, and Leola Smith....

  • Officers Indicted in Greene's Death

    Eddie D. Gillis|Dec 22, 2022

    The quest for justice in the case of Ronald Greene has been a long, tedious one, and it appears that the road is about to get a little longer. Much longer. Greene’s death made national headlines when videos surfaced of how Greene really died, as it wasn’t from an automobile crash as northeast Louisiana law enforcement characterized it. The videos, which law enforcement officials at Louisiana State Police possess, were kept hidden from public view, causing many to believe that there was a coverup at the agency. The fact that it has been over thr...

  • P.E.E.P. 24th Christmas

    Dec 22, 2022

    P.E.E.P. and its board of directors held the 24th Annual Christmas celebration at the organization's main office in Monroe, LA, on Saturday, December 17, 2022. P.E.E.P. blessed residents throughout Ouachita Parish, Richland Parish, and Morehouse Parishes, providing a ham with all the trimmings to over 145 families, and over 100 boys and girls received Christmas presents. Guests were also served cornbread dressing and other holiday delicacies. The day was made special thanks to donors and...

  • ENRICH Christmas

    Dec 22, 2022

    ENRICH Personal Care Services LLC and ENRICH Behavioral Health Services LLC hosted their Annual Christmas Celebration in honor of all of their participants and staff at the Tabatorium in Monroe, LA on Saturday, December 17, 2022. Dorothy Sutton, coordinator and decorator, transformed the venue into a Christmas wonderland. All guests were presented with gifts by ENRICH Supervisors, Jackie Hayes, Sheila Broadnax Jenkins, Usana Tillman, Karesia Oatis, Sharon Hill, and Sharon Jerono! The guests...

  • The Greatest Gift of All

    Dec 22, 2022

    The 2022 Impact Through Music Integrity Award recipients were Mr. Frank Williams, Mrs. Shirley Sapp of Sapp School 0f Music, and Mr. Ahmad Smith. 2021 award recipient Mr. David Starr was also present on Friday December 16, 2022 at St. Matthew COCHUSA in Monroe LA. The chorus presented choral and gospel selections; and the event was a combined Christmas Cantata and Toy Giveaway coordinated in partnership with Pastor Quincy Gardner and St. Matthew Church of Christ Holiness. The theme was "The Grea...

  • Congrats Karriem RN

    Dec 22, 2022

    Congratulations to Karriem RN on your new role as an occupational health nurse I General Motors (GM) medical department where he will be working as lead RN.We appreciate the support you gave to your community coming back home during the pandemic and wish you the best in your new endeavors....

  • Another Divisive Year Awaits

    Eddie D. Gillis|Dec 22, 2022

    The year 2022 is rapidly coming to a close, closing a chapter in time of a nation many are saying is no better than it was in 2021. Yes, this is the time that talk “of peace and goodwill” is exchanged, but in reality, when one actually takes the blinders off their eyes, everything is basically still the same. As long as this nation remains as divisive as it has become, that peace and goodwill, goes out of the window. The bible is true when it teaches us, “a house divided against itself will not stand”, is something that one doesn’t hear from th...

  • Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

    Dec 22, 2022

    Thanks to all who have allowed the Monroe Dispatch Newspaper to come into your homes another year 2022. Thanks to our advertisers, supporters and subscribers, the stores and all who purchase the Monroe Dispatch. Happy Holidays! The Monroe Dispatch will be closed December 23, 2022 until January 9, 2023 for a well-deserved vacation, if the Lord says the same! Happy Holidays from all of us at the Monroe Dispatch – Frank, Jessica and Noah DeTiege, Eddie D. Gillis, Nate Reed, Mary Roggerson, Katima Epting-Wiley, Pastor K.C. Wade, Jeanette Herron, P...

  • Deaths

    Dec 22, 2022

    Shelley Lee McDowell, 68 of Delhi, LA a Foreman died Saturday December 17, 2022. Visitation: 6:00 to 8:00 PM Wednesday December 21, 2022 at McFarland Funeral Companies, Delhi, LA. Celebration of Life: 11:00 AM Thursday December 22, 2022 at Epps Church of God In Christ, Epps, LA. Burial: Epps Church of God In Christ Cemetery under direction of McFarland Funeral Companies- Delhi. Marvin Dewayne Jones, Sr., 74 of Monroe, La a Truck Driver died Wednesday December 14, 2022. Visitation: 3:30 to 5:30 PM Thursday December 22, 2022 at McFarland Funeral...

  • Happenings

    Dec 22, 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 $6.99 breakfast and coffee, $9.99 lunch an...

  • Community Star

    Dec 22, 2022

    Community stars are people you may see throughout the community in various places. One does not have to be famous to be a star but every time they step in public they shine a light for all to see. Danny York is a community star because of his continued dedication to always present his best....

  • Forever in My Heart

    Dec 22, 2022

    Never ever for a single moment in my life, did I ever imagine that I'd see this day. Guess there was never a moment that I thought, that destiny would take you away. I've been living a nightmare, not a life, ever since that fateful moment in my heart and in my soul. Your absence has left a gaping dent, not just a father, but a hero to me every single day. My only prayer in life, is with me forever, wish you could stay. Love Earnestine...

  • Office of Public Health Region 8 Events

    Dec 22, 2022

    Office of Public Health has some upcoming vaccine sites throughout the region. For the Region 8 Office of Public Health, we have several events and vaccination opportunities for people to stay healthy during this holiday season! Wednesday, December 28, we are hosting an HIV Awareness and Testing event, where we are inviting people to come and learn about their local parish health unit and how we serve the community. The event will take place at the Ray Oliver Wright Health Unit at 1650 Desiard St. in Monroe LA from noon to 6 p.m. During the...

  • Remembering Martha T. Caston

    Dec 22, 2022

    Martha Thompson Caston 98, was born May 28, 1924. Martha made her way home on Saturday December 17, 2022. She was one of the oldest members of Little Flower of Jesus Catholic Church in Monroe LA. She moved to California with her family Martha was a church pillar at Little Flower for man years. She resided in the Booker T. Community in Monroe LA throughout her life until her health began to fail. See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so...

  • Godly Leadership

    Dec 22, 2022

    Recently these Pastors & Wives were recognized by their congregations as labors of the Word and leading by example. Their dedication is commended while their service to kingdom building is ongoing saving souls with the good news of salvation. King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church in Monroe LA honored Pastor Wesley and Mary Daniel at their 25th Anniversary, Siegel Community Baptist Church in West Monroe LA honored Pastor & Sister William L. Cann at their 32nd Anniversary and Solomon Temple...

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