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James H. Gray 2020 Grant and Scholarship Awards

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 foll...

 

LA "Cajun King" Dies

Edwin Edwards, former Louisiana governor, passed away at age 93 on Monday, July 12, 2021. He will be remembered for his dynamic leadership that transcended party lines and helped shape Louisiana...

 
 News    May 27, 2021 

Funeral Fight

Funerals are held to respect the memory and legacy of those whose lives have come to an end in this life. According to sources on Saturday, May 22, 2021 a altercation allegedly broke out at a funeral at Log Town Baptist Church in Monroe, LA. Sources...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    May 27, 2021 

An Inhumane Death

It was horrifying to watch. A man should still be alive. A family should not still be seeking justice two years later when so much of the truth has already come out. Will there be accountability for...

 
 News    May 27, 2021 

Remembering Ellis Lowe

Hearts are saddened at the passing of Ellis Lowe on Monday, May 24, 2021. Ellis was a people person who never met a stranger. His outgoing personality was contagious and energetic. He was a Vietnam...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    May 27, 2021 

Hot Seat Council Mayor Police Chief

Members of the Monroe City Council listened in silence Tuesday, May 25, 2021 as several citizens voiced their deep concerns over recent Monroe police officers' conduct. Though there are sometimes...

 
 News    May 27, 2021 

Civil Service Board Opens Investigation

The question about what happened to Monroe resident David Harris (similar questions about Ronald Greene) just won't go away. It has been almost two months since Harris died in the custody of the...

 
 News    May 27, 2021 

Hunter Swearing Ceremony

Recently before God, Family and friends Judge Marcus Hunter was sworn in as Judge of the Court of Appeal by retired Chief Judge Felicia Toney. Judge Marcus Hunter's wife Dr. Tonya Hunter held the...

 
 News    May 27, 2021 

Kings and Queens

Barkdull Faulk Elementary School in Monroe, LA held its Annual Coronation of Kings and Queens 2021 on Saturday, May 15, 2021. Reigning as Royal King and Queen was Jaxon Hamilton and Jessika Murphy....

 
 News    May 27, 2021 

Bias Advocate of the Year

Yolanda Bias was named Advocate of the Year by the Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault recently. Bias is the Sexual Assault Prevention Coordinator for The Wellspring of Monroe and has been...

 
 News    May 27, 2021 

Goldman 2021 Grad

2021 Graduate Myles Jamal Goldman graduated from Carroll High School in Monroe LA recently with a 3.8 grade point average. Myles is headed to Southern University in Baton Rouge LA where he will...

 
 News    May 27, 2021 

Irma DeTiege Scholarship

We will always praise God for the late Irma DeTiege, who created a pathway for herself and others during a time when Blacks had nothing but themselves. She loved education, especially at Mezpath,...

 

Walter Rush ...One of the Best

Walter C. Rush (W.C.) was born February 11, 1932 to the late Laura Rush Grayson, and he was reared by his loving grandparents the late William and Serless Rush. His mother Laura and her husband the...

 

Shotgun Dispute

When diplomacy doesn't work, some will take situations to the extreme. Most often, tensions heighten when people don't realize that the moment's actions have consequences, especially when deadly force...

 

Dangerous Intersection

Texas Ave. and 8th Street has been the sight of many vehicle accidents. Residents who live by this dangerous intersection have constantly complained to elected officials about the need for a traffic...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    May 20, 2021

First Transit...Waste of Money(?)

A union representative of Amalgamated Transit Union 1160 told members of the Monroe City Council Tuesday(May 11) night, that it should not pay First Transit any more money to operate the city's...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    May 20, 2021

Williams' Federal Lawsuit

The saga of local Monroe resident Timothy Williams' unfortunate encounter with several officers of the Monroe Police Dept., took a turn to where MPD officials may soon say more than what we have...

 

Kings and Queens

Barkdull Faulk Elementary School in Monroe, LA held its Annual Coronation of Kings and Queens 2021 on Saturday, May 15, 2021. Reigning as Royal King and Queen was Jaxon Hamilton and Jessika Murphy....

 

Dr. Bernard Menyweather

Bernard Menyweather is a native of Monroe LA. He is the middle child of four siblings. Menyweather has been married to Thelma J. Menyweather for fifty- five years. From their union came one daughter,...

 

Miss. State Grad KaBriana Kirk

On April 29, 2021, KaBriana Kirk achieved her bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Mississippi State University and now plans to attend UMMC in Jackson, MS to earn her master's degree in...

 

2021 Grad

So very proud and thankful to God, Freddrick Mack graduated from Minnie Ruffin Elementary recently and is now going to junior high school. His parents Laria Goodin and Fred Mack lll. Maternal...

 

Still Providing the Best

Whitley's new venture is "Whitley's Restaurant and Live Entertainment Center" located at 201 Apple St. off South Second St in Monroe LA. And like all his ventures he has spared no expense given the...

 

Forever in Our Hearts

Richland Parish has lost a trail blazing pioneer and community leader, Dr. Moses D'jon Wilkins, 58! Moses D'Jon Wilkins was born to the late Moses and Doretha Wilkins on November 27, 1962. He...

 

Senseless Fatal Shooting

Family and friends can't believe the news shared about the death of Bobby Rose. According to police reports, Rose from Winnsboro, LA was working off duty in Bastrop, LA on May 9, 2021 where he was...

 

Moving to a New Home

Stephen Eric Mercy was born May 27, 1964 to Tom Mercy Jr. and Barbara Strawder Mercy, the second child of four. He was baptized at Little Flower of Jesus Catholic Church in 1965. Stephen graduated...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    May 13, 2021

Too Much Swanson Drama

Another escape by juveniles at the Swanson Youth Center once again raises many questions from residents who live around the facility in south Monroe. What are the facility's leadership and...

 

Evoria Darrington Sillers' Memories Cherished

Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer; behold, the devil shall cast some of into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I...

 

David Harris' Death... Passionate Plea

I pray this information reaches you in the best of health and spirit. I wrote this open message with deep concern regarding the death of Mr. David Harris in Monroe Police custody and the Ellis...

 

Amazing 70

70 is an amazing age! Happy Birthday Judy "Slim" Wilson, who is blessed and thankful to see another year of life. Wish Judy "Slim"a happy birthday and tell her you saw her in the D...

 

Tough Ambitious Determined

Cortincia Shelborn is a mother and a hard-working business owner yet still finds time to enjoy this thing called life. Despite a hectic schedule juggling her responsibilities, Cortincia has what she...

 
 By Earline Knox    News    May 13, 2021

Veterans Upward Bound Program

The Louisiana Delta Community College "Veterans Upward Bound Program" (VUB) is a federally funded TRIO program designed to motivate and assist qualified military veterans with the development of...

 

Sex, A Love Story

Jerome Gold, the author of "Sex, A Love Story" has published over 100 articles, stories, reviews, and poems in literary journals, as well as several books, most recently memoirs based on his career as a rehabilitation counselor in a prison for childr...

 

Irma DeTiege Scholarship

High school seniors interested in applying for the Irma DeTiege Scholarship -email information to [email protected] Scholarship requirements: biographical essay, recent photograph, contact...

 

Women of Faith Serve with Grace

It was a Spring Fashion Tea honoring Greater New Antioch Baptist Church first lady Minister Candice Perry Russell Saturday May 1, 2021. Among the many, in attendance at the celebration included...

 
 News    May 6, 2021

Scary Shootings

Life is so precious but is often taken for granted. When someone loses their life tragically, it's a very emotional time for a family who most often wonders what could have done to keep their loved...

 
 News    May 6, 2021

Brawl Stabbing Madness

Anytime illegal drugs are involved in any situation, expect the unexpected. For some, it is hard to spot erratic behavior until the unthinkable happens. According to police reports, police were...

 
 News    May 6, 2021

Always Our Inspiration

Mrs. Juanita Collins Brown was life-long member of the St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church in Monroe LA. She was a mother of eight, who went home to be with the Lord on Saturday May 1, 2021. She will...

 
 News    May 6, 2021

Stray Bullets Neighbors Uneasy

Gunshots were once unusual but have now become a normal occurrence in south Monroe neighborhoods. At one time, gunshots were only heard on peculiar nights or New Year's Eve, but now gunshots can be...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    May 6, 2021

Unwelcomed Motel Chaos

A former Monroe resident who was recently in-town visiting the area with his wife experienced an encounter at a local business that didn't turn out pleasant. John Robert Badger was in town staying at...

 
 News    May 6, 2021

Remembering My Father

The community is still waiting for an explanation from the Monroe Police Department (MPD) regarding what happened to David Harris. More importantly, the family of Harris wants to know the truth of...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    May 6, 2021

Hostile Business Takeover Continues

The president/CEO of a Rayville business is once under attack from rival family members, who are allegedly looking to take over the thriving business. The Monroe Dispatch previously reported that...

 
 News    May 6, 2021

Women of Faith Serve with Grace

It was a Spring Fashion Tea honoring Greater New Antioch Baptist Church first lady Minister Candice Perry Russell Saturday May 1, 2021 l...

 
 News    May 6, 2021

Deloris Hill 94, COVID-19 Vaccine

In spite of all of the controversy in the media surrounding COVID-19 vaccines, Deloris Hill, who recently celebrated her 94 birthday, insisted to her children that she wanted to take the vaccine....

 

A Mother More Special than Education

Many parts of my life are ironically similar to my mother's. It is easy to highlight the negatives, but those experiences are not the ones that have made the most significant impact on my adult life....

 
 News    May 6, 2021

UTS Seminary Summer Schedule

United Theological Seminary and Bible College (UTS) will begin summer school on Saturday, June 5, at 7:30am in the library at 905 Texas Ave, Monroe, LA. Class meeting dates include: June 5, 12, 19, and 26. Registration is open now until June 5....

 
 News    May 6, 2021

Having a Birthday

Imagine who if you can? His people know him as Ishmael. Do you know who this is?...

 

Shootout Locks Shelling Elementary

Roy Neal Shelling Elementary School in Monroe LA was forced to lock down its campus in an attempt to protect students and staff Wednesday afternoon, April 28, 2021. Multiple sources share that a...

 

Roosevelt Comanche Jr.'s Treasured Farewell

Roosevelt "Lank" Comanche, Jr., 71, was born February 8, 1950 to Ruby Neil Comanche and the late Roosevelt Comanche Sr. Comanche was baptized at Mount Nebo Baptist Church in Monroe, LA and accepted...

 

Biased Test, Flawed System

Monroe's Former Interim Police Chief Reggie Brown has filed a formal motion to exclude the testimony, polygraph test, and polygraph report submitted by polygraph administrator Cecil F. Carter, Jr.,...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    April 29, 2021

Suspicious Death Questioned

The April 14, 2021 death of a Monroe man along Highway165 near the Ouachita Correctional Center has left some wondering if there is more to what is already known. Ernest Harper, Jr. was well known on...

 

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