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 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    January 18, 2024 

Woman Accused Of Hiding Gun

Officers of the Monroe Police Department (MPD) recently detained a local woman for allegedly providing a handgun to an individual involved in an altercation. The woman stated that she was in the parking area of Henrietta Johnson Community Center on D...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    January 18, 2024 

Attempted Murder Charges

Disclaimer: All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty. An Ouachita Parish woman is behind bars after being arrested on a charge of Attempted Second-Degree Murder. Monroe Police began...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    January 18, 2024 

Delta Community College's Troubling Issues

Delta Community College has undergone several transitions over the last decade, with numerous turnovers in administrations that could be concerning to the community. Despite its growth, there seems to be a toxic atmosphere surrounding the school, acc...

 

"Your Tax Dollars Matter"

Verbon Muhammad, Sr., recently hosted his official announcement, fundraiser, and campaign kickoff at Whittney's Entertainment Center in Monroe, LA. The well-attended event garnered support from...

 

Oretha Robinson's Final Rites

Funeral services for Sister Oretha Douglas-Robinson will be Saturday January 20, 2024 at 11am at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church in Monroe LA. Visitation is Friday January 19, 2024 from 1-6pm at Miller...

 

Carroll Glory

Carroll High School in Monroe LA has and will always be a beacon of hope in our community. Its academic, athletic, band, choir and stem legacy was laid in 1953 by its first principal Legendary Morris...

 

PoliTICKcians

One does not Play Politics as a Politician a Politician Upholds the Values, Rights, and Wishes of the People and Maintains Integrity Throughout Their Servitude as a Public Servant. What is Politics?...

 

Otis Cage Sr's 80th

Family and friends united from near and far to commemorate the 80 remarkable years of Otis Cage Sr. It was a birthday filled with unforgettable moments, abundant food, and warm fellowship. The...

 

Bout It Bout It 3

The Political Power of Just Being by local, talented Artist, Vitus Shell, November 13, 2023 – January 21, 2024. Vitus Shell is a mixed-media collage painter born in Monroe, LA, where he lives and...

 
 By Funyanna    News    January 18, 2024 

Color Purple

Are you WOKE, AWAKE, ASLEEP, or SPIRITUALLY AWAKENED? My morning began with a divine message from God: "There's nothing new under the sun." Let's delve into the stark contrast between Taraji P. Henson's $12 million internet worth compared to her...

 

Scholarships and Summer Internships

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) is excited to announce that applications are now open for our 2024 Scholarships and Summer Internship programs! If you’re a student, we invite you to apply. And if you’re a supporter of nurturing...

 

Confirmation

On Sunday, January 14, 2024, Bishop Malone conducted the Confirmation Service at Little Flower Catholic Church in Monroe, LA, during the 9 am Mass, affirming the commitment of Kaiden Harris and Emily...

 

New Child Tax Credit

Families that already receive the full $2,000 credit per child will see no change in their eligibility, though their credits would increase with inflation adjustments in 2025. The expanded credit would continue to exclude many of the very poorest...

 

King Solomon's Beloved Servants

A twenty sixth anniversary program was held recently for Pastor and Sister Wesley Daniel at King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church in Monroe LA. Special guest was Pastor Donald W. Anderson Sr....

 

Eula D. Britton 1966

The Eula D. Britton High School Class of 1966 in Rayville LA seven classmates Gloria Jena McCoy, Bobbie Coleman, Thelma McKay, Annie R. Stewart Staten, Clementine Vaughn, Jim Burnette, "From Sword to...

 

Robert "CHROME" Goldsmith's Final Farewell

Robert Earl Goldsmith, 82, was born on April 29, 1941, to the late Frank and Bennie Goldsmith in Monroe, Louisiana. He departed this life on December 30, 2023. Robert leaves behind a legacy enriched with faith, dedication, service, and brotherhood....

 

Handshaw 2023 Graduate

Anesha Handshaw graduated with a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree in Nurse Anesthesia in a Fall 2023 commencement at the University of Southern MS. Anesha was honored with an induction into the...

 

Cypress Point Shooting

With a surge of shootings in Monroe, LA, people are feeling uneasy about safety. Most incidents were once concentrated in a specific part of town, indicating a concerning shift. Shootings involve young Black males, and there's no clear plan to...

 

Pastor John Ross Jr. Cherished Memory

Pastor John Edward Ross Jr. was the son of the late Hattie and John Ross Sr. from Marion LA. John made his way home on Friday December 29, 2023. He was the father of seven children. John served as...

 

Barbara Johnson's Unexpected Passing

No one knows the day or time when life's final horn will sound. Hearts are heavy at the passing of Barbara Johnson. Barbara was a sister, aunt, wife, mother, and a great person. Her passing has left...

 

Bastrop Man Pronounced Dead, Paramedics Find Pulse

Never underestimate the power of prayer; there is a God who holds the final decision in matters of life and death. A near-fatal tragic event unfolded in Bastrop, LA, on December 28, 2023, as an argument over a dog resulted in a victim being struck...

 

JustUs Long Road

We are told that one of the institutions upon which this nation was built is that all men are created equal with certain inalienable rights, including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Among these rights is the right to be judged by our...

 

Cypress Point Shooting

With a surge of shootings in Monroe, LA, people are feeling uneasy about safety. Most incidents were once concentrated in a specific part of town, indicating a concerning shift. Shootings involve young Black males, and there's no clear plan to...

 

Teacher/Student Bad Behavior

Disclaimer: All persons are innocent until proven guilty. When the will gets stronger than the mind, it is dangerous for many. A former West Monroe High School teacher, suspect Tatum Hatch, is facing...

 

Hwy 165 Traffic Light Dangers

A traffic light on Hwy 165 caught the attention of a local citizen after he had left the carwash located at Ruffin Dr. and Hwy 165 in Monroe, LA. The individual said that as he approached the light, he noticed that it was green. But before...

 

Monti Sharp: A Native Son Returning Home

Monroe, LA warmly embraces Monti Sharp, a name that resonates deeply within our community. From his early days on the Monroe Little Theatre stage to his time at Northeast Louisiana University, Monti has been an integral part of our local arts scene....

 

Eula D. Britton 1966

The Eula D. Britton High School Class of 1966 in Rayville, LA, with seven classmates, Gloria Jena McCoy, Bobbie Coleman, Thelma McKay, Annie R. Stewart Staten, Clementine Vaughn, Jim Burnette, From...

 

New Amazon Facility

Amazon is set to open a 56,000 sq-ft distribution facility in Monroe, LA, located at the intersection of Luffey Dr. and I-20 N Frontage Rd., east of Louisiana Delta Community College. Launch plans are in the early stages, with construction scheduled...

 

Happy New Year 2024

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 52 years being in the newspaper business. We look forward...

 

Basketball Game Altercation

Melvin Slack asserts that he is a "proud, always super supporter of Carroll High School and always will be." The 1988 graduate, known as "Mr. Carroll," passionately backs the school's athletic program and was present at last Thursday's game against...

 

Horrific Acts

Disclaimer: All persons are innocent until proven guilty. Wrongdoings, much like shadows in daylight, have a tough time staying concealed. Despite efforts to hide them, the spotlight of truth consiste...

 

David "Bobo" Dorsey's Final Farewell

Family and friends will gather on Friday, December 22, 2023, to pay their final respects to David "Bobo" Dorsey. David was a dedicated employee and an avid fisherman. Born on September 15, 1957, to...

 

Johnny Nash Remembered

The news of Johnny Nash's passing leaves hearts heavy. A devoted family man, Johnny was a husband, father, and grandfather. As a retired educator, he left an indelible mark on the lives of numerous...

 

Gun Assault

Disclaimer: All persons are innocent until proven guilty. On December 15, 2023, Ouachita Parish Sheriff Deputies responded to a battery complaint in the Brownsville-Bawcomville neighborhood of West...

 

Forever in Our Hearts

In loving memory of Gary Kenneth Green, his family is saddened to announce his passing on Thursday, December 14, 2023. Gary was born on June 24, 1954, in Rayville, LA, to Lula L. Green and the late...

 

Verbon's Campaign Kickoff

Verbon Muhammad, Sr., hosted his official announcement, fundraiser, and campaign kickoff on December 14, 2023, at Whittney's Entertainment Center in Monroe, LA. The event garnered strong attendance...

 

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

With sincere gratitude, we extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who welcomed the Monroe Dispatch newspaper into their homes and lives throughout 2023. Our appreciation goes out to our advertisers, supporters, subscribers, stores, and all those...

 

Election Candidates Qualified

The list of qualified candidates for the March 23, 2024 election has been released. In the race for the city of Monroe's mayor position are Betty Ward Cooper, Friday Ellis, and Jamie Mayo; candidates...

 

P.E.E.P. Annual Christmas Blessing

On December 16, 2023 P.E.E.P., Inc.in Monroe LA held its annual Christmas Blessings event, operating under the guidance of Kenneth Wilson, President. The event consisted of a toy giveaway for...

 

Lifetime Appreciation

Friday, December 15, 2023, will forever live in the life of Monroe's own, Dr. Victor Butler. Tawanna James and the Gloria Chorus, a singing chorale of Monroe, presents seasonal cantatas during the...

 

Dellwood Church of God Pastor's Installation

Dellwood Church of God in Richwood, LA held a new pastor installation at its 30th Church Anniversary recently. Dellwood Church of God installed Rev. Ernest Profit as its pastor. Many were in...

 

Police Shooting

A man wanted by Union Parish law enforcement authorities was shot and killed by Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies. According to reports on December 10, 2023, the Union Parish Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the Ouachita Parish...

 

Who's Next to Cry or Die

God has shown us compassion and brought us all back together to work through rain, floods, and hail. "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself" is one of the commandments hung by all the law and the prophets. What does it mean to love yourself?...

 

One Vote Win... Re-Vote?

When there is a race between two or more individuals, the person who comes in first is usually declared the winner. Suppose it is a 100-meter race, and there is a “photo-finish” result. In that case, various mechanisms, such as replay, are used...

 

Fatal House Fire

In a tragic incident early Monday morning, a house fire in the 200 block of Tennessee St. resulted in the death of a man. The Ouachita Parish Fire Department swiftly responded to the emergency call...

 

Frederick "Coach" Coleman Treasured Memory

Pastor Frederick Eugene Coleman was born on June 26, 1953, to the late Nora and Thelma Coleman in Leland, MS. He transitioned to his heavenly home on Sunday, December 11, 2023, after a brief illness....

 

City Schools' Superintendent's Contract "Failures"

The initial stages of the investigation into former Monroe City Schools Superintendent Vidrine's alleged employee misconduct prompted the school board to have him retire. Now, Workplace South Chief Investigator Brian Blackwell states that there was...

 

Wellness Stop Ribbon Cutting

The Wellness Stop Family Practice Clinic, located at 1911 Jackson Street in Monroe, celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, December 9, 2023. With a new Jackson...

 

Les Martinique 70th

Indulge in the holiday spirit at the 70th Jubilee Celebration - Les Martinique Debutante Ball on Saturday, December 16, 2023, 8:00 PM, hosted at the B.D. Robinson Conference Hall, Monroe Civic...

 

The Radio & Digital People Christmas

The Christmas Celebration by Radio and the Digital People recently took place at the Fieldhouse in Monroe, LA. The company marked the festive season with grandeur, extending warm wishes of Merry...

 

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