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 News    July 16, 2020 

John Earl Gaston Moving Home

At Richwood High School John Earl "Space Ghost" Gaston anchored a ferocious Richwood Football offensive and defensive line which propelled winning teams. John Earl was a 1969 Richwood Graduate. He...

 
 News    July 16, 2020 

Fatal Stabbing

It's hard to figure how a 62-year-old and a 17-year-old came into contact with other, unless they are family or know each other. Usually when strange events occur, there are one of three reasons....

 
 By Eddie Gillis    News    July 16, 2020 

Police Shooting 2

One of the questions that is being asked in the community following the tragic ending to Errol Johnson's life is, why couldn't police officers wait him out. People are saying that Johnson, being in a...

 
 News    July 16, 2020 

Love is Never Easy

Love is a treasure which is a blessing. Love can carry you farther than money which can make the impossible, possible along with God's Grace and Mercy. Love is patient and kind, while love must be...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    News    July 16, 2020 

Mayor's Race Irregularities

If African-Americans needed an incentive to vote in massive voting blocs, they need to look no further than what happened during last Saturday's July 11 mayor's race in Monroe. According to sources,...

 
 News    July 16, 2020 

Keenan Cain's Brilliant Legacy

Monroe native Keenan Cain passed away on July 5, 2020 but leaves behind a brilliant legacy that will be remembered by many. Keenan was born, December 17, 1975 to parents Eddie Johnson Jr. and Pamela C...

 
 News    July 16, 2020 

Attorney Breshatta Davis Honored

Attorney Breshatta Davis has preserved, adjusted her game with a praying faithful mother Glenda Davis knows dreams do come true. A dinner-reception was held in her honor recently where family,...

 
 News    July 16, 2020 

Birthday & Tiger Men Fellowship Recognition

Both clubs Birthday Fellowship and Tiger Men Fellowship Clubs recognize Dr. Joseph Dr. Joseph Capers, Sr. for his leadership, dedication and continued emphasis on the importance of fellowshipping....

 
 News    July 16, 2020 

Recognized Leadership Paraded

Sunday July 12, Zion Spring Baptist Church Monroe LA recognized Pastor Ricky and Sister Linda James for their 4th Anniversary. Due to COVID-19, a parade was held where membership showered the pastor...

 
 News    July 16, 2020 

Monroe/Ouachita Grambling Alumni Scholarship

On Friday July 10, 2020, the Monroe/Ouachita Chapter of Grambling University Alumni Association awarded their annual scholarships for 2020. Each recipient received a $1,500 award. The scholarship...

 
 By Earline Knox    News    July 16, 2020 

Deacons for Defense - Armed Resistance and the Civil Rights Movement

“Deacons for Defense and the Civil Rights ‘Removement’” surely and hopefully inspired thought-provoking conversation. After all, inside the climate of continuous assaults against black lives, the attempts and successes toward revoking the...

 
 News    July 16, 2020 

NEW MONROE MAYOR

Certainly, congratulations are in order for newly elected mayor, Friday Ellis. He comes to the position of leader of the city of Monroe as a guy with little to no administrative and management experience. One of the major reasons that Mayo was trying...

 
 By Wyatt X Wilson    News    July 16, 2020 

I Ain't Mad at You

I Ain’t Mad at You Mayor James E. Mayo, like 2 Pac said and rapped, “I Ain’t mad at you!” Don’t be mad at us, we went fishing Saturday July 11, 2020. They told us the fish were biting at the honey hole. When we got back to the polls, they...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    News    July 16, 2020 

Covid-19 Not A Hoax

Hoax: (n) humorous or malicious deception, practical joke, deceive (a person) with a hoax. To swindle, trick, (con) snow job, gyp, deception, flimflam, defraud, cheat, trick and bamboozle. That’s quite a collection of meanings for one word. That...

 
 News    July 16, 2020 

37th Annual Rose of Sharon/Millard Dean Lee Memorial Scholarship

The 37th Annual Rose of Sharon Baptist Church Millard Dean Lee Memorial Scholarship Program will be held on Sunday, July 19, 2020, at 8:30 am. The speaker for the event is Dr. Quentin Holmes, Sr.,...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    News    July 16, 2020 

Street Mural Proposed, Mayo Send-Off

Brooke Foy, Rodrecas Davis and Vitus Shell are three local artists that may not be known to many in the Monroe area, but they have a big dream in mind. The three millennial artists went before the...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    News    July 16, 2020 

Blindness Changes Attitude

James Savannah says that for a long time, he was a bitter person. Savannah said that because of circumstances that happened to him at an early age, left him with a hatred for people that he says, did him wrong. Savannah went to jail for some... Full story

 
 News    July 16, 2020 

New Ouachita Girls' Basketball Coach

New Ouachita Parish High School Head Girls' Basketball Coach Chrissy Givens was named Thursday July 9. Givens was a former Ouachita Lady Lions who lead a 2003 squad to a LA State Basketball Title....

 

Why Black Wealth Matters in White America 3

…and what blacks must learn to survive this new economy By Solomon Ali, Private Equity Investor It is important for Black Americans to understand that if you invest some money for 13 months you will pay less on that investment income in the form...

 

Jonesboro LA New Compliance Status ll

Added to this list of frustrations, Mayor Thompson was left holding the bag in trying to run a town with an antiquated, neglected, water and sewerage system that should have been replaced years ago. W...

 
 By Mayor Jamie Mayo    News    July 16, 2020 

Mayor's Corner

Thank You Monroe! Let me begin this final column by expressing my gratitude to the Monroe Dispatch for affording me the opportunity to share positive columns about the many projects, initiatives, and...

 
 News    July 16, 2020 

Friday Ellis Transition Team

Mayor-Elect, Friday Ellis has announced the appointment of a transition team that will lead the integration of the new Administration for the City of Monroe. Ellis, who was elected with 52 percent of the vote on July 11th, will take office following...

 
 News    July 16, 2020 

AKA 2020 Scholarship Recipients

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated – Omicron Iota Omega Chapter, West Monroe, LA awarded over $ 7,000 in college scholarships to – phenomenal, high scholastic graduating seniors on June 26, 2...

 
 News    July 16, 2020 

1st Black Female Tactical Fighter Pilot

The U.S. Navy celebrated a historic moment this week as it announced Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle was set to become its first Black female tactical fighter pilot. Swegle has earned her wings as a U.S....

 
 News    July 16, 2020 

Hoping the Best

It goes without saying yet was bitter, the results from Saturday July 11 election. For the people who know better its hard, yet all you can do is count it all as joy. Brenda Shelling was among the...

 
 News    July 16, 2020 

PARENTS CONCERNS AND QUESTIONS OF RE-OPENING SCHOOLS

PARENTS CONCERNS AND QUESTIONS OF RE-OPENING SCHOOLS Parents are aware that final decisions will be made by State Department of Education, the CDC and possibly local school boards may have some input. Admittedly, some parents do not know what...

 
 News    July 16, 2020 

Attorney Breshatta Davis Grateful

Attorney Breshatta Davis has preserved and adjusted her game with a praying faithful mother Glenda Davis by her side. A dinner-reception was held in her honor recently where family, friends and...

 
 News    July 16, 2020 

Red Ribbon Cutting

Join The B Law Firm Red Ribbon Cutting is July 17, 2020, 4:30pm 200 Hudson Lane Monroe LA Suite 5. Photo Attorney Breshatta Davis...

 

Matthews Switching Fields

Wendell Matthews was a football star in the 1980's who was born October 30, 1967. He was a great student and respected his elders growing up. Matthews starred on the Carroll Football Team gathering...

 

Political Stunters

Everyone has a choice or a right to participate in the voting process as a candidate or voter. What’s amazing in the political arena are those who are political stunters. Political stutters enter elections with no true political platform nor are...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    News    July 9, 2020

Funeral Homeowner's Racist Comments

A white owner of one of the area’s consortium of funeral homes is under fire for comments that he allegedly made on social media about Afro-Americans. Kenneth Griffin, owner and operator of Griffin Funeral Home located in Monroe/West Monroe...

 

Police Shooting

According to Louisiana State Police and U.S. Marshals Service reports, a hunt for Suspect Erroll Johnson 31, who was accused of attempted murder of a LA State Trooper on Sunday July 5, came to an end...

 

Damorrious Called to Heaven

The road to eternity has no time, age or expiration date. When we leave home or wherever, there is never a return guaranteed. An accident involving fireworks has claimed the life of Damorrious...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    News    July 9, 2020

LGBTQ Lives Matter

The chilling reports of the deaths of two transgender women in Louisiana both black, shows us a segment of the population that has been marginalized; continues to suffer. According to reports, the wom...

 

Why You Should Vote for Mayor "Jamie" Mayo

All too often, we have a tendency to only recognize our blessings once they are gone. Don't let that be our downfall this year. Your right to vote was hard-won through years of strife and challenge. D...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    News    July 9, 2020

A Vendetta Against Jonesboro LA Mayor Thompson

Jonesboro's Mayor, Leslie Thompson has gone "through the fire" as some religious folks might say, seeing the mayor still has legal hurdles that he must overcome. Ever since Thompson won his first...

 

Steve Tew LDAA First Vice President

Ouachita/Morehouse District Attorney Steve Tew has been nominated without opposition as the First Vice President of the Louisiana District Attorneys Association (LDAA). His term will begin on August...

 

James H. Gray Foundation, Inc. 2020 Grant & Scholarship Recipients

With no regard for race, creed, color or ethnic origin, graduating high school students who plan to attend and enroll at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) in the fall immediately...

 

Why Black Wealth Matters in White America 3

…and what blacks must learn to survive this new economy By Solomon Ali, Private Equity Investor We Now Know That Aesthetics Do Not Equal Wealth. How is Wealth Really Defined? The longer you can go without working and still have the ability to meet...

 

LA House Democrats Fight for Working Families and Small Businesses

In a Louisiana Legislative Season shortened by a pandemic that limited the people's ability to advocate for their issues, Democrats stood up for the working families and small businesses of...

 

37th Annual Rose of Sharon/Millard Dean Lee Memorial Scholarship

The 37th Annual Rose of Sharon Baptist Church Millard Dean Lee Memorial Scholarship Program will be held on Sunday, July 19, 2020, at 8:30 am. The speaker for the event is Dr. Quentin Holmes, Sr.,...

 

MOTHERS, BEHOLD THY SONS!

On Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 10:00, WIN (Women in NAACP) will host a caravan of cars to bring awareness to the violence in our community. The event begins at the Bread of Life Church 201 S. Stanley. (right behind the Bingo Hall on DeSiard St)...

 
 By Jessica DeTiege    News    July 9, 2020

Home Training

Home training can and will take one a long way in this world. It has opened many doors for many successful people and is considered by many of those to be a gateway to opportunity. When one has home training, they possess the ability to interact...

 

18th Annual Evening with GSU Athletics

"A Bridge to Equality and Success "Thursday, October 15, 2020, 6 p.m. Monroe Civic Center Bayou Room Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway Monroe LA -Show your support for GSU Athletics!! The Athletic...

 

Mayor Mayo Supporters

Please join us by supporting Mayor Jamie Mayo as mayor of the city of Monroe LA by voting Saturday July 11. Re-elect Mayor Jamie Mayo #189. Supporting Mayor Mayo are Robert and Pauline Clark,...

 

Monroe Needs Mayor Jamie Mayo

Before you pull that lever at the polls this Saturday (July 11, 2020), think about the BEST decision for electing a mayor. Actually, there is no perfect time to make a change, but IF and /WHEN a...

 

"The Emperor Has No Clothes"

Many of us remember Hans Christian Anderson’s fable, The Emperor’s New Clothes, from 1837. It is all about a vain king who was preoccupied with his appearance and his wardrobe. A pair of swindlers took advantage of this by pretending to be able...

 

Black Americans Equal Rights Still Aren't Equal

Disregard for civil rights and police abuse continue to undermine the social fabric in black communities, despite hard-won formal legal equality. Changing from the times have, in fact, been gradual. There’s nothing to indicate, and certainly no...

 

Drive-By Shooting

Anytime a person is shot with any type of firearm is disturbing. Shootings cause all types of health and mental issues. For some being shot is a life changing moment, which effects cannot be reversed. Parents, grandparents and guardians raising...

 

Change – Not So Fast

2020 will be remembered as the year of COVID-19. May I remind you to practice Social Distancing, wear a mask, and wash your hands often (at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap). 2020 is also an...

 

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