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 News    July 15, 2021 

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...

 
 News    July 15, 2021 

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...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    March 18, 2021

High-Speed Chase

Monroe police officers apprehended a local man following a high-speed chase through portions of south Monroe on March 11, 2021. The suspect was identified as Steven Turner, 32, of Monroe. According...

 

House Fire Injures Couple

A late morning house fire left an elderly couple with serious injuries on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 in Monroe. The fire occurred at their residence on Carver Street, but the occupants were able to...

 

Suspicious Death

On Monday March 8, 2021, a man's body was found off Reddix Lane in a canal dead on Dunn Drive in Monroe LA. Police are investigating a person found dead while trying to figure out how the deceased...

 

Always in Our Hearts

Hearts are saddened learning of the passing of Donald Jenson. Donald crossed the Jordan River on Thursday, March 4, 2021. He was the son of the late Moses Jenson Sr. and Alice Price Jenson. Donald...

 

Remembering Willie Haynes

Willie Haynes was a community servant who was always willing to support people and causes. He was a veteran, mentor, and supporter. He loved people and never meeting a stranger. After meeting or holdi...

 

WHO * WHAT * WHERE

Highlighting Young Blacks in North Louisiana and Their Commitment to Adding Value Vitus Shell Artist and Visionary A visit to the art studio of Vitus Shell is like stepping into an unexpected...

 

NAACP ½ Cent Tax Proposal Concerns

It is no secret that SEDD ( Southside Economic Development District) is working to get a 1/2 cent sales tax for the southside of the city of Monroe. Members of the NAACP sees this effort as great...

 

Grieving Family, Burial Woes

COVID-19 has presented many disruptions for varying industries and institutions. Many families across the country are having to say good-bye to their loved ones during these times in less than ideal...

 

Visions of Hope

Praying all is well with you all and your families as we persevere through winter storms and prepare for the spring storm season. We also pray for those who continue to battle COVID during this...

 

Black History Program

At Greater New Antioch Baptist Church in Monroe LA, Black History was celebrated Sunday February 28, 2021 . Guest speaker was Dr. Valerie Fields Vice President of Student Affairs at University of LA...

 

City School Board Member Recogntion

Congratulations Betty Ward-Cooper, Monroe City School Board member representing District 5! This week, at the 83rd Annual Convention of the Louisiana School Boards Association (LSBA) held at the Shrev...

 

India Perry's Precious Memories

India Alexis Perry, 25, was born October 23, 1996 to Christi Perry and Roy Price in Monroe, LA at EA Conway Hospital (LSU Ochsner Monroe Medical Center). When India was born, she had a red dot in the...

 

Deadly Shooting

February 27, 1992-February 27, 2021 A Monroe mother is devastated after her son was shot and killed on his 29th Birthday. Reginald Latron Copning is the son of Betty Copning and Reginald Eleam. The de...

 

Love is Never Easy

Love is bigger than a single person. One can invite love but cannot dictate how, when, and where love expresses itself. We often can choose to surrender to love or not, but in the end, love strikes...

 

Heated Richwood Town Meeting

Monroe Dispatch sources shared words of an incident that allegedly happened between Mayor Gerald Brown and an alderperson, where the mayor allegedly "offered" the alderperson to go outside and settle...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    March 4, 2021

High Electric Bill

Like so many millions of Americans, Charlene Kendrix went through a devastating winter storm February 14-20, 2021 where temperatures in some areas set new record lows. Along with the record-breaking temperatures, there was a tremendous push for...

 

Parkview Black History Reflections

As the 2021 observances of Black History Month come to an end, one resident of Parkview Apartments in Monroe, LA, had somber thoughts and reflections, which she shared in this article. History gives us the opportunity to stop and remember past...

 

Black History Salute

Mary Goss staff celebrated Mary Goss Nursing Home for being the only black nursing home in Monroe, LA and the surrounding area. The staff also honored Ms. Eddye Louise Davis for her dedication to...

 

Distinguished Professionals

Many young Monroe natives are doing great things both in town and throughout other cities and communities across the globe. Karriem Wilson, a registered nurse, is helping to save lives every day. He...

 

Be a Man God Can Use

Walk in the Word Kingdom Church in Monroe, LA hosted its Men of the Word Fellowship Breakfast on Saturday, February 27, 2021. Stephen Jones Sr., Tremayne January, Dion Carter, and Rev. Welton Wright...

 

LA Marsh Madness

Wossman High School Boys' Basketball continues its trek in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) 2021 3A Boys Basketball Playoffs. After wins over McDonogh #35 and Lutcher, Wossman...

 

Community Centers Re-Open

In a move that should put smiles back on the faces of city residents, city hall has announced that all of the city's recreation centers are now open for, well, recreation. For many who have not...

 

Park & Pray at the Park

Donterrio Anderson Presents Park & Pray, come join me, Sunday, March 7, 2021 at Charles Johnson Park (Bernstein Park) in South Monroe LA for Community Wide Prayer. Services begin at 3 pm I am...

 

Do Right by Me

(Learning to Raise Black Children in White Spaces) "Essential reading for those who parent or nurture Black children or anyone who wants to better understand race in America. “Through lively and intimate back-and-forth exchanges, the authors share...

 

Irma DeTiege Scholarship

Irma DeTiege was a monster for humanity. Coming from Riverton LA, she experienced many life hardships from her cotton field experiences, one room church schoolhouse to Monroe Colored High School. The...

 

WHO WE ARE: A CHRONICLE OF RACISM IN AMERICA

(Documentary Spotlight) - Following a year when we as a nation confronted the racism within our many institutions, this film follows ACLU Deputy Legal Director Jeffery Robinson’s powerful and groundbreaking talk on the history of U.S. anti-Black...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    March 4, 2021

Hwy 165 New Safety Measures

The Louisiana Dept. of Transportation and Development(DOTD)is preparing to implement some safety measures along a dangerous stretch of Hwy 165, in an effort to eliminate more potential deaths of...

 

I Did it my Way............

Allen Daniel Ellis, Sr. was born the last and boldest child to the union of the Late Roy James and Thelma Smith Ellis in Monroe, LA on September 17, 1949. Allen did it his way until he found a...

 

2022 Wait, Too Long for Lights

First the good news. The long-anticipated wait for a roadway lighting project on an extremely dangerous section of Hwy 165 in parts of Ouachita Parish was announced not long ago to cheers of...

 

Partners' Spat

Life is full of adjustments which some can or can't make changes. When the going gets tough, many go off on the deep end not being able to handle the pressure. Many times, most not all only know one w...

 

Warren Douglas Treasured Memories

Warren Douglas was born September 12, 1944 to the late Myrtle and Wilbert Robinson Sr. Hew was baptized at an early age at China Grove Baptist Church. He later moved to Chicago IL. He was a great guy...

 

Ruth White Seasoned Powerful & Compassionate

Ruth Chimney White of Tulsa, OK - A powerful seasoned woman of God with a heart full of love and compassion for the saved and unsaved. Called into the gospel ministry at an early age as a servant in...

 

Shooting Suspect Captured

On January 4, 2021 a shooting took the life of Samarius Colquitt while another victim was shot on Jason Drive in Monroe LA. According to police reports, Suspect Patrell Walker 18, was taken into...

 

Ms. Eddye Louise Davis...Strength Courage & Endurance

Ms. Eddye Louise Davis began working at Mary Goss Nursing Home in Monroe LA on January 10, 1977 as a Nurse's Aide. After completing her bachelor's degree in Nursing on August 17, 1979, she did her...

 

Distinguished Professional RN Karriem Wilson

Grambling State University Graduate Karriem Wilson is a Registered Nurse. He has returned home from Texas due to the high demand for nurses in Louisiana. Karriem is looking forward to helping people...

 

Black History Celebration

The Greater New Antioch Baptist Church takes this opportunity to invite you to share in our Annual Black History Celebration on Sunday, February 28, 2021 - 10:45 A.M. during our Morning Worship. Dr....

 

Black History Celebration

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the...

 

Cuz's 84th

One of our best Odell "Cuz" Jackson was blessed and highly favored to be celebrating another thankful year. "Cuz" truly knows where her Glory comes from no one but Almighty God who's praise, she...

 

Seigle Black History Celebration

On Sunday February 21, 2021, Seigle Community Baptist Church West Monroe LA observed Black History. Many church members donned African Attire celebrating their heritage. Pastor Cann spoke from the...

 

Living My Best Life

If it had not been for the Lord on our sides, where would we be? Thanking and praising God for Grace and Mercy are Rev. Welton Wright Sr. and Janice Feltus. Their humble beginnings have been a...

 

Early Morning Shooting

A woman is dead following an early morning shooting on February 15, following Valentine Day. According to police reports the shooting occurred in West Monroe LA on Ridgedale Drive. A female was found...

 

"Racial Slurs" Residents Fearful

In 1849, French writer Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr wrote, "plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose" which translate in English to mean, "the more things change, the more they stay the same". Today...

 

Will Parkview Apts. Lose Reputation?

Parkview Apartments are categorized as public housing residences. Public housing residences have been developed as modernized structurally safe dwellings for affordable living for citizens to make a...

 

Faithful Treasured Beloved Madear Hester Warren Douzart

May17,1921-February 14,2021 Mother Hester Warren Douzart (Madear) 99, was born to her parents Ambrose & Matilda Warren. . She was United in Holy matrimony to Eddie James Douzart Sr January 20,...

 

"Run It"

Shereka Shabang is always praising God but now has a new reason to shout His name. Her music video "Run It" just made the Top 10 hottest gospel music videos in the world by CAAG TV! The "Run It"...

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Expands

Louisiana is widening access to the coronavirus vaccine to newly include anyone age 65 to 69, authorizing another quarter-million people for the shots if they can find an available appointment, under plans announced by Governor John Bel Edwards....

 

Non-Unanimous Jury

My name is Gary W. Brooks incarcerated in the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, LA. I was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, probation, or suspension of the sentence by a...

 

NAACP Founder's Day

February 12, 1909 – February 12, 2021 Frigid Temperatures were no match for the fire in the hearts of Monroe/Ouachita NAACP members who celebrated its 112th year founding. Rev. Ambrose Douzart,...

 

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