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  • Renwick St. Crosswalk Hope or Hazzard

    May 16, 2024

    The Renwick St. Crosswalk, a pedestrian crossing designed to enhance safety along the busy U.S. Highway 165 bypass in Monroe, LA, was recently repainted. This update comes after numerous fatalities occurred at this location. However, taxpayers and residents are raising concerns about the substantial cost of the refurbishment and how it does not accommodate people in wheelchairs and on bicycles. Previously, the crosswalk featured lights to aid nighttime visibility, but these were not replaced...

  • Justice For Ronald Greene

    Eddie D. Gillis|May 16, 2024

    It has been five years since local resident Ronald Greene allegedly died at the hands of Louisiana State Troopers on a dark Union Parish road. For five long years, a family has been waiting for any semblance of justice so its members can finally feel a sense of closure in a case where others like Greene, who were killed under highly questionable circumstances, have seen those convicted in a court of law. America has a legal system that is, for lack of a better word, complicated, and some may won...

  • Cemetery Attack

    Eddie D. Gillis|May 16, 2024

    Mother's Day is a day that holds special meaning for millions, as it is a day we honor the mothers who are no longer with us. Going to the graves of loved ones is a solemn occasion where we talk to our mothers as if they are still alive. It is the serene atmosphere of watching others doing the same thing that gives the day special meaning, honoring and showing love to those who will forever remain in our hearts. A former Monroe city councilman has another reason why he will not forget Mother's...

  • John Alston's Celebration

    May 16, 2024

    Services for John Henry Alston, a one hour celebration has been set to honor John Alston on Memorial Day Monday, May 27, 2024 at 12 noon ,at Heavenly Gates Chapel 1339 Jewell St, in Shreveport, LA . John went home to be with the Lord on Monday May 6, 2024. Visitation is at the same location on Sunday, May 26, 2024 from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm....

  • McFarland, Muhammad Elect Introduced at Council Meeting

    Eddie D. Gillis|May 16, 2024

    By Eddie D. Gillis If Tuesday (May 14), 2024 night's meeting of the Monroe City Council was an indication of things to come, newly elected city councilmen Bishop Rodney McFarland and Minister Verbon Muhammad who are representing Districts 4 and 5 respectively have hit the ground running. Bishop McFarland addressed council members saying, that he and fellow councilman-elect Muhammad "are not coming on this council to tear down the council or tear down the mayor or tear down the city, or stop...

  • Wossman Basketball Banquet

    May 16, 2024

    Wossman State Championship Lady Cats and Boys Basketball Teams were honored at "A Blacktie Basketball Awards Banquet on Friday May 10, 2024 at the George "Vamp" Belton Sports Complex at Wossman High School in Monroe LA. Wossman State Champions were honored and introduced to a packed banquet where family and friends were in attendance. B&B Caters of Monroe LA catered the event. Wossman Principal is Dr. Harrington Watson lll....

  • OPHS 2024 Graduates

    May 16, 2024

    Ouachita Parish High School held its commencement ceremony for the class of 2024 on Tuesday, May 7, 2024, at ULM Fant-Ewing Coliseum in Monroe, LA. During the event, 272 graduates were awarded diplomas. The school recognized 11 Valedictorians and 1 Salutatorian. Congratulations to all the graduates!...

  • Seminary Summer Session

    May 16, 2024

    United Theological Seminary and Bible College (UTS) will begin their summer session on Saturday, June 1, at 7:30am in the library at 905 Texas Av, Monroe, LA. Class meeting dates include: June 1, 8, 15, and 22. Registration is open now until June 1. Classes are in-person. The class schedule includes: Bachelor of Theology program: 7:30am- Philosophy of Religion--9:05am- English II-10:40am- Sunday School Administration Master of Theology program: 7:30am- Philosophy of Religion--9:05am- Research and Writing--10:40am- Principles of Learning and...

  • Black Creatives Circle of North LA

    Become A Member|May 16, 2024

    If you are looking for a safe place to create, learn and grow, then the Black Creatives Circle of North Louisiana is for you. Become a member today to join our community of creatives. May 2024 Meet Ups- The Black Creatives Circle of North Louisiana is committed to our mission to offer a safe space for collaborating, growing and learning. The way that we do so is by offering FREE monthly meet ups, that cover a variety of art mediums. Please connect with us on our Facebook page to stay up to date on all scheduled meet ups and more. Exhibition...

  • BB&O Annual Prayer Breakfast

    May 16, 2024

    BB&O (Bayou Macon Beouf River and Ouachita Association) Annual Prayer Breakfast is Saturday May 18, 2024 at 9am at Cuba Baptist Church 343 Blankston Rd. in Bosco LA Rev. Dr. Samuel Toney Pastor. Special guest is Dr. Sophie Roberson Morning Glory Church of Jesus Christ in Monroe LA. BB&O Pastor John Perry Sr., Association President, Pastor Eugene Young, Vice President and Sister Rosie Horne Director...

  • Seniors, Don't Be Scammed

    May 16, 2024

    Carver-McDonald Branch Library at 2941 Renwick St. in Monroe, LA held a community program on Thursday, May 9, 2024, "how not to be scammed!" with presenter, Detective Kwasic Heckard of the Monroe Police Department. discussed techniques that seniors can help protect themselves from current scams, home burglaries to cybercrimes. Common scams aimed at older adults include: Government impersonator scams, such as someone posing as a Medicare representative asking for account information. Fake...

  • 2nd Wife Drama Costly

    Eddie D. Gillis|May 9, 2024

    For the past four years, Matthew Sims' life has been tumultuous. Following a domestic incident with a partner he believed would be in his life permanently, Sims has watched his once stable existence crumble. Previously thriving with a good job and close family ties, his life took a sharp turn following an arrest for alleged physical altercations with his partner. He has since been embroiled in a legal battle to clear his name, facing significant challenges from a prosecutor intent on preventing him from reclaiming his former life. Sims has...

  • Alpha 29th Scholarship Awards

    May 9, 2024

    The Eta Delta Lambda Chapter Education Foundation of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. hosted its 29th Scholarship Awards Banquet on Saturday, May 4, 2024, at the Monroe Civic Center B.D. Robinson Conference Hall in Monroe, LA. Distinguished Alphas present included Brother Anthony Jackson, Louisiana District Director, and Brother Jermaine Netherly, Southwest Regional Vice President. The event featured Brother Rev. Maurice White from Zion Travelers Baptist Church in Ruston, LA, as the banquet...

  • Elm Street Shooting

    Eddie D. Gillis|May 9, 2024

    Disclaimer: All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty. A man sought in connection with an April 22, 2024, shooting on Elm St. has been arrested and is now behind bars. According to Monroe Police (MPD), officers arrested Zacherian Logan as the suspect in the shooting, which caused bystanders, including adults and children, to scramble for safety. On the day of the alleged shooting, Logan and three other female suspects were seen searching for and surrounding a female victim, leading to a fight between the suspects and the victim. As...

  • Southside Legend Bobby Kyles

    May 9, 2024

    Beloved Southside resident and The Mayor of 7th street was called up to Heaven on May 2, 2024. Brother Kyles was a pillar to the southside community. Brother Kyles leaves behind a wife, two kids, and five grandkids. Brother Kyles will be greatly missed by all that crossed paths with him. Visitation is at Smith's Funeral Home in Monroe LA from 3 until 6 pm, May 10, 2024. Funeral services are Saturday May 11, 2024 at 11 am at Tabernacle Baptist Church at 810 Breard St. in Monroe,...

  • Dazzle Dance 12th Annual Recital

    May 9, 2024

    Six-year-old Lauren Stringfellow, known as Miss Dazzle Dance of Dazzle Dance, has had a stellar year, captivating audiences and representing her dance studio with remarkable talent and beauty. Join Lauren and her Dazzle Dance Sisters as they grace the stage at the Dazzle Dance 12th Annual Recital, Saturday, June 1, 2024, at 6:00 PM at the Monroe Civic Center's Jack Howard Theater. Come celebrate the talented Dancers of Dazzle Dance and experience a spectacular evening of dance. Admission is $10...

  • Ouachita Parish DPEC Ceremony

    May 9, 2024

    Ouachita Parish Democratic Party Executive Committee (DPEC) 2024 swearing Ceremony is Friday May 10, 2024 at 6pm at Mount Zion Baptist Church Life Center 211 Mount Zion St. in Monroe LA. The Honorable Judge Frederick Douglas Jones, Officiant....

  • Gardening: Time to Get Rosy

    May 9, 2024

    Carver-McDonald Branch Library at 2941 Renwick St. in Monroe LA will host a gardening program on how to prepare your garden for Spring planting. The presenter, Horticulture Kerry Heafner, LSU Ag Center with the community participation, the program is Thursday, May 16, 2024, at 11 AM. Joyce Powell, Branch Manager. Gardening is a great hobby to take up; it gets you outside, burning calories, and produces rewarding results. Some plants are shade plants, others need sun, and yet even more plants...

  • Irma DeTiege Scholarship

    May 9, 2024

    High school seniors interested in applying for the Irma DeTiege Scholarship, email information to [email protected]. Scholarship requirements: biographical essay, recent photograph, contact information, official GPA, high school transcript, class rank and ACT score. Deadline is May 17, 2024. The late legendary Irma Irma DeTiege, by God's amazing grace and mercy, helped many get through the race of life through her inspiration and fortitude. Please donate to the Irma DeTiege Scholarship...

  • Happy Mother's Day

    May 9, 2024

    "All that we are or ever hope to be, we owe to our angel mother. A mother is the one who fills your heart in the first place. Mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled. A mother's love is more beautiful than any fresh flower." Happy Mother's Day Hattie, Bedie and Berniece! Photo Berniece Allen Photo Bedie Lewis Photo Hattie Sawyer...

  • Majority Black District Not Settled

    Eddie D. Gillis|May 9, 2024

    When it seemed that African American voters had been awarded a second majority congressional voting district, this reporter said that the war was not over; it was only beginning. A lawsuit recently filed by non-African American voters against a map outlining the new Black district was rejected by a three-judge federal panel. The panel cited agreement with the group that filed the lawsuit, stating the map amounted to "constitutional racial gerrymandering" that discriminated against White voters represented in Congress by Garrett Graves. Now, it...

  • Teacher's Devastating Death

    May 2, 2024

    April 8, 1986-April 26, 2024 "I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me." Cherteria Kennedy, 38, was a beloved resident of Monroe, LA, known for her nurturing spirit and dedication to her family, students, and community. As a proud mother of three and a graduate of McNeese State University, she found her calling as a teacher at Roy N. Shelling Elementary School, where she touched countless lives with her kindness and compassion. Kennedy's impact extended far beyond the classroom,...

  • Shooting Suspect Surrenders

    Eddie D. Gillis|May 2, 2024

    Disclaimer: All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty. A Winnsboro man who was sought for an alleged murder recently surrendered to authorities. According to sources, an arrest warrant was issued for Isaiah Davis in connection with the death of a local man known as "Quay". Allegedly, Davis was robbed by Quay and others. Sources indicate that Davis learned about the alleged robbery from one of the individuals acquainted with Quay, leading him to confront Quay and allegedly shoot him several times. Additionally, sources claim that...

  • Parkview Apartments Shooting

    Eddie D. Gillis|May 2, 2024

    A shooting incident unfolded at the Parkview Apartments early Tuesday morning, April 30, 2024, resulting in injuries to three individuals. According to community activist Verbon Muhammad, who is poised to assume office as councilman for Monroe's District 5 council seat, the shooting occurred around 2:00 AM, marking yet another tragic instance of Black-on-Black crime tearing families apart. On April 30, 2024, the Monroe Police Department (MPD) responded to a Shotspotter alert at 1101 Richwood Rd. 2, Parkview Apartments in Monroe, LA. Upon arriva...

  • 21st Pastor's Anniversary

    May 2, 2024

    Faith Harvest Baptist Church in Monroe, LA, celebrated the dedicated service of Rev. James E. and Sister Nora Jackson for 21 years of kingdom building on Sunday, April 28, 2024. Church members, along with family and friends, gathered to pray, worship, and express gratitude for these devoted servants of God....

  • Foster Heights Shooting

    Eddie D. Gillis|May 2, 2024

    Disclaimer: All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Local law enforcement authorities are searching for 25-year-old Brandon Caryell Hubbard in connection with a shooting that resulted in one man's death. The shooting took place on Barrington Dr. on Friday, April 26, around 1:20 PM in Monroe LA. According to police, police and emergency responders swiftly arrived at the scene in the Foster Heights area, prompting a temporary lockdown at Carroll High School as a precautionary measure. Upon arrival, authorities discovered an...

  • Monroe, Most Dangerous City in LA?

    May 2, 2024

    Monroe, Louisiana, has gained attention as the most dangerous city in the state, according to propertyclub.nyc. Reports from the website reveal that Monroe grapples with significant crime issues, with its violent crime rate soaring 585% above the national average, despite its status as the eighth-largest city in Louisiana. The website's source is the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which regularly publishes reports on crime throughout the country. The report on Monroe, LA, highlights the severity of the situation, the city's challenges,...

  • Grambling Gospel Scholarship Musical

    May 2, 2024

    The 23rd Annual Gospel Scholarship Musical, sponsored by the Monroe/Ouachita Chapter, took place on Saturday, April 27, 2024, at the First Missionary Baptist Church in Monroe, LA. It was a joyous occasion for everyone involved. The primary aim of the event was to introduce the scholarship recipients for 2024....

  • Seniors, Don't Get Scammed

    May 2, 2024

    The Carver-McDonald Branch Library at 2941 Renwick St., Monroe, LA will host a community program on Thursday, May 9, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. with presenter, Detective Kwasic Heckard, Monroe Police Department. Detective Kwasic Heckard, a police officer for the Monroe Police Department will discuss techniques that seniors can help protect themselves from current scams, home burglaries to cybercrimes. Common scams aimed at older adults include: Government impersonator scams, such as someone posing as a Medicare representative asking for account...

  • A.K.A. PhDs'

    May 2, 2024

    Kappa Alpha Omicron Iota Omega Chapter of AKA, Connie Boston and Stacey Smith received PhDs' form the Faye B. Bryant Leadership Intensive Academy at the 92ne South Central Regional Conference in Austin TX recently....

  • J.S. Clark LOL

    May 2, 2024

    The first-grade students of J.S. Clark Magnet School in Monroe, LA, delighted audiences with their performance of the stage play "LOL" (Laughing Out Loud) on Friday, April 12, 2024. Under the direction of Principal Dr. Brian Bush, every student had the chance to showcase their stage presence and talents. Parents, grandparents, and guardians were thrilled to see their young ones shine on stage. Photo LOL 1- JS Clark Principal Dr. Brian Bush Photo LOL 2-First Grade LOL Photo LOL 3 – First Grade o...

  • OMCAP Open House/Ribbon Cutting

    May 2, 2024

    Ouachita Multi-Purpose Community Action Program held an open house and ribbon cutting on Friday April 26, 2024 at their new location at 1103 Royal Ave, in Monroe LA where Rev. John L. Russell ll is Executive Director and Judge Larry Jefferson is Chairman of the Board....

  • Using Child Tax Credits to Overcome Financial Hurdles

    Candace J Semien Contributing Writer|May 2, 2024

    Many families are eagerly awaiting Congress's decision on whether to expand the child tax credit under the Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act of 2024. Financial experts suggest that this tax credit could result in a substantial tax refund or deduction, potentially amounting to nearly $2,000 per child. Leveraging these funds effectively could help families overcome various financial barriers and progress towards economic stability, noted Joyce James, founder of the Middleburg Institute. Since October, this nonprofit organization...

  • CityStart Financial Empowerment

    May 2, 2024

    The City of Monroe, in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies Cities for Financial Empowerment, CityStart Financial Empowerment Summit as the final event in the City Start grant community engagement. This event, facilitated by Katrina Branson, is aimed at fostering discussions on financial empowerment and wealth equity in the black community on Friday May 3, 2024, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at The Terrace, on the 7th floor of the Library on the University of Louisiana Monroe’s campus. The CityStart Financial Empowerment Summit represents a cruc...

  • You Are Overcomers

    May 2, 2024

    At St. Peter Baptist Church in Monroe LA, in Pastor Brenda Porter's absence, Rev. Elbert Taylor filled the pulpit on Sunday April 28, 2024. Rev. Taylor spoke about believing, helping, and doing things which we will suffer. There was so much praying, preaching and believing. There is a breakthrough coming seeing God's glory. Rev. Johnnie Nelson prayed and sang "I Won't Complain," which made rafter fall!...

  • Just Wondering

    Apr 25, 2024

    Time seems to be rewinding at an unbelievable pace, a reality that some recognize while many remain unaware of, especially among the Black community and the economically disadvantaged. Despite having the potential for power, these groups often underestimate their own strength, which lies in their faith, works, unity, and voting rights. While slavery officially ended in 1865, it took three more years for the news to reach many Black Americans. Today, slavery persists in different forms such as lack of access to education, high rates of...

  • Albritton 105 Years Young

    Apr 25, 2024

    Bertha Curry-Albritton was born on April 13, 1919, to the late Ida Bell Williams Curry and Arthur Curry in Lincoln Parish. Recently, she celebrated her 105th birthday. She is the mother of four children - Deloris Albritton-Williams, the late Ann Albritton-Jones, Victoria Albritton Williams, and Brenda Albritton McNeal. Albritton is also the grandmother of 12 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and 15 great-great-grandchildren. Bertha Curry-Albritton is truly blessed by God. Happy Birthday...

  • Families Use of Child Tax Credits to Overcome Barriers

    Candace J Semien Contributing Writer|Apr 25, 2024

    Many families are still waiting on Congress to decide if it will expand the child tax credit as part of the Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act of 2024. Financial educators say the tax credit could result in a significant tax refund or tax deduction of nearly $2,000 for each child. Knowing how to leverage the funds could help families overcome barriers and move toward economic security, said Joyce James, founder of the Middleburg Institute. Since October, the nonprofit organization has coordinated child tax credit awareness worksho...

  • Former School Board, Superintendent File Lawsuits

    Eddie D. Gillis|Apr 25, 2024

    Just when you thought that the dust had finally settled between the Monroe City Schools Board and former Superintendent Brent Vidrine over his controversial retirement. The two now find themselves involved in competing lawsuits. Vidrine fired the first volley across the bow of the school board when he filed a lawsuit claiming that the board failed to properly execute provisions in a contract agreement related to his retirement. In that agreement, the Board was supposed to pay Vidrine funds into his retirement through TRGL, but instead, those...

  • Walmart Shooting More Arrests

    Eddie D. Gillis|Apr 25, 2024

    Disclaimer: All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty. The Monroe Police Department (MPD) has announced the arrest of two more individuals who were allegedly involved in the shooting at a Murphy gas station in Monroe. The shooting, which occurred on March 29, 2024 at the Walmart located on Louisville Ave. and Lamy Ln. and left two people injured, comes as a relief to the community. MPD stated that the arrest of Terrikiris Smith and Tristan Barber follows the arrest of Jaylen Webster on April 14, 2024. According to MPD, Smith and...

  • SU BAYOU Summer Program

    Apr 25, 2024

    Applications are now open for the Southern University College of Agricultural, Human and Environmental Sciences Beginning Agricultural Youth Opportunities Unlimited (BAYOU) Summer Program. The program targets rising high school seniors who have completed 11th grade and graduating seniors (incoming college freshmen) and provides first-hand knowledge about career opportunities in Agriculture, Family and Consumer Sciences, Business, or the natural sciences. The 2024 BAYOU Summer Program will be held June 2 - 13, 2024 on the Southern University...

  • Blackwood Shooting

    Eddie D. Gillis|Apr 25, 2024

    Disclaimer: All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty. A Ouachita Parish man has been arrested after allegedly going to a residence and discharging a weapon. According to the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to a disturbance call on April 22, 2024, at a residence on Blackwood Dr. in Monroe. Deputies were informed that the suspect, later identified as 20-year-old Sincere Johnson, allegedly fired two shots from his weapon before leaving in a black Dodge truck. While enroot to the scene, deputies spotted the...

  • Al Derry's ATL Getaway

    Apr 25, 2024

    Everyone needs to get away for a weekend, so Al Derry has made it possible through the years. We have traveled to cities such as Atlanta GA, New Orleans LA, Memphis TN, St Louis MO, Orange Beach AL, and San Antonio TX. Our first trip this year was Atlanta GA April 11-14, 2024. Some memorable moments on the Atlanta GA (ATL) trip were a visit to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park, Botanical Gardens, the Coca Cola Museum, the George Aquarium and Stone Mountain. All trips are...

  • 4th Annual Northeast Region Woman's Conference

    Apr 25, 2024

    Louisiana Missionary Baptist State Convention – Woman’s Auxiliary St. Joe Baptist Church on 1446 Highway 15 South at Rayville (Rhymes), LA on Saturday April 27, 2024 – 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM Dr. Edward Alexander, Jr. ~Convention President; Sister Ethel F. Mitchell ~ State Director &Sister Rosie Horne ~ Northeast Region Vice Director...

  • Where are the Salty Christians?

    Apr 25, 2024

    A Youth Focused Revival was held at Mount Olivet Baptist Church in Monroe April 16-18, 2024, Oliver W. Billips, Jr. Pastor. Special guest was Pastor Dale J. Sanders, ll associate minister at the Fifth African Baptist Church of New Orleans LA and the Second New Guide Missionary Baptist Church in Metairie LA. Pastor Sanders spoke from the subject, " Where are the Salty Christians!" Let us love one another: for love is God. 1 John 4:7 Thank you for joining us! Photo Revival 1- Pastor Oliver W....

  • 97th Celebration

    Apr 25, 2024

    Blessed and extremely thankful is Ms. Catherine Green who recently celebrated another year on Sunday April 21, 2024. Happy birthday Ms. Catherine! Love Delores, Patricia and Ricky....

  • Revival

    Apr 25, 2024

    Come and be Blessed! You are invited to our Spring, Zion Spring Baptist Church 913 Powell Ave. in Monroe LA, Ricky L. James Pastor. Revival is at 7pm April 29-May 1, 2024, Monday-Wednesday. Monday April 29 our guest is Pastor John Russell ll, Tuesday April 30 our guest is Pastor Auburn Robinson and Wednesday May 1 guest is Pastor Vernon Foy, you are invited to our Spring!...

  • Mom Seeks Answers In Police Accident

    Eddie D. Gillis|Apr 18, 2024

    A local mom has been trying to get answers to some questions regarding an accident involving her son and a Monroe police officer for the past month. Darris Jefferson said that her son was in his vehicle at the intersection of Armand and Hwy 165 on March 3, 2024, around 10:00 AM, waiting for the light to change. He was in the right lane heading east when a big truck pulled next to him in the left lane. According to Jefferson, the truck pulled to the very edge of Hwy 165, blocking the traffic...

  • Shooting Tragedy

    Eddie D. Gillis|Apr 18, 2024

    Blacks are losing every time our people are shot and killed by violence. When will we stop this madness that is devastating us and our families, or are we waiting on others to solve our problems, which we see are escalating? We are losing our people, and it doesn't have to be this way! No one in leadership roles has stepped up to fight for us, so we need to fight for ourselves. Don't wait until it's too late; now is the time! A shooting over the weekend on Saturday, April 13, 2024, in Monroe...

  • Arson Fire Destroys Southside BarberShop/Murray's Cafe

    Historic Site|Apr 18, 2024

    A beloved establishment on Renwick and South 28th Streets in Monroe LA, which had stood the test of time, was allegedly set ablaze on Friday, April 12, 2024, according to fire officials. This spot was a monumental gathering place where hundreds of people spent their formative years, known as "The Block." Across the street, there was a corner store Humphrey's Grocery then Ford's Grocery, a barber/beauty shop, and a café in the back, where numerous "Block Boys" gathered in their youth. During...

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