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  • City Worker with Disabilities Frustrations

    Eddie D. Gillis|Apr 11, 2024

    A Monroe city employee, known for his unwavering dedication to his job, recently shared his unsettling experiences with the Monroe Dispatch. He recounted instances of alleged intimidation, harassment, and retaliation, possibly stemming from a hint of jealousy among some figures in authority. This employee, a long-standing member of the city workforce, has always strived to excel in his role. He was initially recruited by the Parks and Recreation Department, which now falls under Community Affairs in the Jamie Mayo administration. Starting as a...

  • Servants Celebrated

    Apr 11, 2024

    Cuba Baptist Church in Bosco, LA, celebrated the 26th Appreciation of Dr. and Mrs. Samuel Toney on Sunday, April 7, 2024. The special guest for the occasion was Pastor Michael Dean from Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in Monroe, LA. A pastor's heart is protective, guarding his flock from satan's snares, while a pastor's wife dedicates her time and devotion to the needs of the church family, a gesture always deeply appreciated....

  • Homeless Veterans Mini Expo

    Apr 11, 2024

    On Thursday April 18, 2024, from 10AM until 1PM, there will be a Healthcare for Homeless Veterans Mini Expo. The event will be held at the Monroe Veterans’ Administration (VA) Clinic at 1691 Bienville Dr, in Monroe LA. The VA Clinic will provide services to Veterans who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. Our team provides a wide range of program services for Veterans. There will be lots of great information, free blood pressure checks/mini health screenings, refreshments, and giveaways....

  • Teacake Wonderland Tea Party

    Apr 11, 2024

    (This teacake tasting is the first of its kind in our community and will feature an array of 30 varieties of teacakes, each crafted with precision and care by Taylormade Teacakes. Attendees will have the opportunity to indulge in these delectable treats and experience the rich flavors and textures that make teacakes a beloved tradition on Saturday April 13, 2024 (12 pm - 2:00 pm) at Monroe Civil Center Ft. Miro Room 401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expy in Monroe, LA Tickets: $25...

  • Monroe Shootings Escalate

    Apr 4, 2024

    Over Easter weekend, Monroe, LA experienced a surge in shooting incidents, highlighting the ongoing issue of gun violence in the city. Despite the escalating problem, there appears to be a lack of concrete plans to address the root causes. The violence, which was previously concentrated in South Monroe, has now spread to other areas, making it a citywide concern. One such incident took place on Good Friday, March 29, 2024, at the Murphy Oil Gas Station on Lamy Ln. near Walmart, where two adult males were shot. Both victims were transported to...

  • Saving Our Young Males

    Apr 4, 2024

    The Greater Free Gift Baptist Church Young Male Ministry in Monroe, Louisiana, is launching initiatives to empower young men in the community. Despite successes enjoyed by many, issues like gun violence, crime, and educational deficiencies continue to affect the city's youth. To address these challenges, the ministry is organizing forums and a formal event in June to expose young men to positive influences and life skills. The ministry is seeking support from community, political, business, church, and civic leaders to ensure the success of...

  • Blacks Power Slipping Away

    Eddie D. Gillis|Apr 4, 2024

    There is a lingering concern and disappointment, rooted in the historical struggle for political representation, that surfaces in the mayor's race and even the governor's race, painting a bleak picture for minorities in Louisiana. In the governor's race, Jeff Landry had the name recognition of being the state's Attorney General and challenging (and losing to) John Bel Edwards four years earlier, but the seeds had already been planted. Though Shawn Wilson had been in state government for over...

  • Synergy Mixer

    Apr 4, 2024

    The Synergy Mixer hosted by the Monroe Regional Black Chamber of Commerce was a harmonious blend of professional networking and social engagement. Black business owners gathered on Thursday, March 28, 2024, at the Monroe Civic Center in Monroe, LA, exchanging ideas and igniting a synergy that propels Black businesses to new heights. Visit our website at www.mrbcc.org....

  • City Schools' Tax Dollars Use Questioned

    Apr 4, 2024

    In the realm of public affairs, the adage "What’s done in the dark will come to the light" underscores the inevitability of transparency and accountability. It serves as a reminder that actions taken in secrecy or obscured from public view are likely to be exposed eventually. This principle is always a cautionary warning to those considering unethical conduct and the public's right to know. In the case of the audit of Monroe City Schools, the results have raised more questions than answers, particularly concerning the management of finances. T...

  • Spiritual Harvest Resurrection Sunday

    Apr 4, 2024

    At Spiritual Harvest Worship Center in Monroe LA on Resurrection Sunday March 31, 2024, the Spiritual Harvest Worship Center's Drama Ministry made a memorable impact with the skit, "The Power of Thanksgiving at the Resurrection Celebration" on Resurrection Sunday which featured church members Molly Norris, LaShelia Jordan, Lee Etta Pegross, Lee Ann Cooper, Kristin Armstrong and Ariel Butler. Also participated Clarence Jones not pictured. Spiritual Harvest Pastors are Bob and Brenda...

  • Louisiana Czar, Not Governor

    Eddie D. Gillis|Apr 4, 2024

    Louisiana governor Jeff Landry is in the news, as he had some unkind words to say about the LSU women's basketball team following their loss to Iowa in the NCAA tournament. Somehow, Landry became aware that the Lady Tigers were not on the basketball court during the national anthem playing. Never missing a step to proclaim his love for the country, Landry is now urging the state legislature to draft a bill that he would eagerly sign, revoking the university scholarship of any athlete absent during the national anthem. In a statement, Landry...

  • Frances Towers Residents' Complaints

    Eddie D. Gillis|Apr 4, 2024

    Residents of the Francis Tower community, located in downtown Monroe, have reached out to The Monroe Dispatch in the hope that their lone cries for help will be heard by those in the city who can make life a little easier for them. Many residents have lived in the building for years, while others have only been there for a short time. They all share the same complaints about alleged living conditions that they say have persisted for too long. They claim that complaints brought before management...

  • GUNAA 23rd Annual Gospel Scholarship Musical

    Apr 4, 2024

    The Monroe Ouachita Chapter of GUNAA will hold its 23rd Annual Gospel Scholarship Musical Saturday, April 27, 2024, at 7:00 PM First Baptist 507 Swayze Street Monroe, LA. The public is cordially invited to attend this event. Additional information contact Larry Mason at 318-503-5189 or Ezzard Burton at 318-680-9057.In Tiger Spirit Ezzard O. Burton, President...

  • Phi Beta Sigma

    Apr 4, 2024

    The Brothers of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. Founded January 9, 1914 at Howard University recently were in attendance at Little Flower Catholic Church in Monroe LA when Deacon Lawrence Houston of St. Peter Claver Catholic Church in New Orleans LA conducted revival services. Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity l to r Kenneth Randle, Ricky Melancon, Ronald Wilhite, Deacon Lawrence Houston, George "Vamp" Belton, Orlando Davis, John Preston and Demeatress Randle. Culture for Service and Service for...

  • Audit Implicates Vidrine's False Records

    Eddie D. Gillis|Mar 28, 2024

    A report from an audit of former Monroe City Schools Superintendent Brent Vidrine appears to show that he allegedly submitted false records related to his retirement. The information in question was allegedly submitted by Vidrine himself for the purchase of retirement service. At the heart of the audit is an alleged false receipt from the Teacher’s Retirement System of Louisiana (TRSL) that seems to indicate that Vidrine made a required payment of about $48,184.92 and a false estimate of the cost of purchasing a year of creditable service f...

  • Fiery Fatal Car Crash

    Eddie D. Gillis|Mar 28, 2024

    Neighbors in a quiet neighborhood in the Rayville community continue to be in shock as they mourn the loss of a 14-year-old teen who was killed on Sunday, March 24, 2024. The teen, identified as Suh’renity Butler, was killed when the car she was driving crashed into a tree. According to Louisiana State Police officials, Butler, who was said to have been the driver, did not survive the accident and was pronounced dead by paramedics. Four other teen passengers in the vehicle suffered injuries. The accident has affected the whole community b...

  • Shooting Dangers

    Eddie D. Gillis|Mar 28, 2024

    Disclaimer: All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty. A 20 year-old man wanted on suspicion of murder was arrested by the Morehouse Parish Sheriff Office. According to a Sheriff's Office report, Robert Wilson was the subject of a second-degree murder attempt charge. A shooting that Wilson was allegedly involved in occurred on March 16, 2024, as deputies responded to a crime scene near Ogden Street, according to the report. Deputies found the victim had been shot in the face, as an...

  • Delta Community College Protest Continues

    Eddie D. Gillis|Mar 28, 2024

    A local community couple says that their protest of working conditions allegedly occurring at Delta Community College in Monroe LA will continue, saying that the community needs to be aware of what their go through on a daily basis. Robert and Samantha Jordan started their protest several weeks ago after she was terminated from her job, followed by her husband being place on administrative leave pending an investigation into alleged threats against employees and creating a hostile work environme...

  • Final Louisiana Special Criminal Justice Session Bills

    Mar 28, 2024

    In the recent Louisiana Special Criminal Justice Session, several bills were passed that will have significant impacts on the state's criminal justice system. House Bill 4, sponsored by Representative Emerson, now Act 10, addresses post-conviction relief procedures. This law makes all present limitations on repetitive applications and time limits for post-conviction relief jurisdictional, meaning they cannot be waived or excused by the court or district attorney. House Bill 5, sponsored by Representative Mike Johnson and sent to the governor,...

  • Worthy Women

    Mar 28, 2024

    March is Women's History Month, an annual observance that highlights the contributions of women to historical events and contemporary society. Recently, Pastor Brian Reed, along with deacons, members, visitors, and friends, took a moment to honor the women of New Tabernacle Baptist Church in Monroe, LA, who have made significant contributions to the history and legacy of the city, state, and nation....

  • Rooftop Brunch

    Mar 28, 2024

    It was a Rooftop Brunch at Nite for the grown and sexy on Saturday March 23, 2024 on the 7th Floor at ULM in Monroe LA with many glamming stars. Gravedigga operated the rooftop Brunch business! The Brunch was kicking while the spirits were gis'am! Photo Rooftop Brunch Chimera White...

  • March 2024 Election Results

    Mar 28, 2024

    In the recent March 2024 elections in Monroe and Richwood, several key positions were decided, shaping the future leadership of these communities. The incumbent Mayor Friday Ellis (I) secured a victory, retaining the mayoral seat for the city of Monroe. Gretchen Ezernack (R) emerged victorious in District 2, earning the councilman seat. Rodney McFarland (D) won the election for District 4, securing the councilman position. The District 5 race will head into a run-off between Kema Dawson (D) and...

  • Smart Rambin/Silverstein Award

    Mar 28, 2024

    The Monroe Chamber of Commerce's 103rd annual meeting and banquet, held on Thursday, March 14, at the Monroe Civic Center, honored William V. Smart, executive director of the Monroe Housing Authority, with the esteemed Rambin/Silverstein Outstanding Leadership and Service Award. This award recognizes individuals for their lifetime contributions to the city of Monroe, Ouachita Parish, and northeast Louisiana....

  • GUNAA 23rd Annual Gospel Scholarship Musica

    Mar 28, 2024

    l The 23rd Annual Gospel Scholarship Musical, hosted by the Monroe Ouachita Chapter of GUNAA, will take place on Saturday, April 27, 2024, at 7:00 PM at First Baptist, located at 507 Swayze Street in Monroe, LA. The event is open to the public. This year, scholarships will be awarded in honor of Mr. Mackie Freeze, Mr. Robert Carter, and Mr. Roosevelt Rankins. Donations can be sent to Monroe/Ouachita GUNAA, P.O. Box 156, Monroe, LA 71210, payable to Monroe/Ouachita GUNAA, or via PayPal to [email protected] (please use friends and...

  • P.E.E.P. Wossman Championship Ring Donation

    Mar 28, 2024

    On March 15, 2023, Wossman Lady Cats and Boys Basketball Louisiana 2024 State Champions receive a big donation toward their championship rings from P.E.E.P and former Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo. This is P.E.E.P's second year supporting Wossman State Champions' Basketball. "It's an honor to recognize our young people making a difference in our community," said P.E.E.P. President Kenneth Wilson...

  • Thank You

    Verbon Muhummad|Mar 28, 2024

    Thank you for your support in our campaign for city council. With your help, we pushed the incumbent into a runoff in District 5, giving us a chance to win. Special thanks to Mondrian Douglas and Mrs. Carolyn Goodin for standing with us. As we head into the general election on April 27, 2024, the control of the city council is at stake. A vote for Muhammad ensures a voice for District 5 and control of the council and its finances. Congratulations to Bishop Rodney McFarland on his win in...

  • Irma DeTiege Scholarship

    Mar 28, 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...

  • Taylor Fills Zion Traveler Pulpit

    Mar 28, 2024

    On Sunday March 24, 2024 at Zion Traveler Baptist Church in Monroe LA, Rev. Elbert Taylor fill the pulpit. His sermon "Reminder of Who You Are" was a message of hope. There was more than enough amens and thank you Lord! Rafters fell while those in the pews were refilled....

  • When Sugar Tastes Like Salt

    Mar 21, 2024
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    West Monroe High School's First Black Graduate Jacquelyn Snowden Jones Harvey returned to her old stomping grounds West Monroe LA on Sunday March 17, 2024 promoting her new memoir/book Forged "When Sugar Tastes Like Salt at St. Joseph Baptist Church in West Monroe LA, before family, former classmates, friends and church members. Harvey aka Berette message was strong concerning her faith in the Lord among many others things she spoke about....

  • Fight Bystander Cut

    Eddie D. Gillis|Mar 21, 2024

    Disclaimer: All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Most of us are taught to help someone when we see them in a situation where they might be in need. That kind of teaching perhaps goes back to the biblical account of The Good Samaritan, where a person in need was passed over by those who could have done something. Since then, people have done things for others in need, sometimes to the peril of their own safety. A local woman who was said to have acted in a similar manner was all...

  • Grambling SWAC Tournament Win Not First

    Eddie D. Gillis|Mar 21, 2024

    Congratulations are in order for the men's basketball team at Grambling University as they compete in the college basketball phenomenon known as March Madness. The G-men punched their ticket to be a part of March Madness by winning the Southwestern Athletic Conference on Saturday, March 16, 2024, which gave the team an automatic berth in the NCAA basketball tournament. With that win, the Tigers will make their first appearance in the tournament, a historic achievement for the school and the...

  • Bicyclist Robbed/Pistol Whipped

    Mar 21, 2024

    Residents of the southside in Monroe, LA, are growing increasingly fearful due to a spate of alleged robberies and violent attacks near Winnsboro Rd. and Atkinson St. A recent incident on Monday, March 11, 2024, involved a bicyclist who was allegedly robbed, pistol-whipped, and had their bicycle stolen. These crimes appear to be ongoing, occurring frequently in the area. Citizens need to be vigilant in areas that were once considered safe. Criminals are now more desperate and are resorting to violent behavior regardless of the victim's age....

  • New Richwood Voters Unable To Vote

    Eddie D. Gillis|Mar 21, 2024

    An incident recently occurred where Caderrian White lives, prompting him to call for the aid of law enforcement. When officers from the Monroe Police arrived, he was told that because of his address, there wasn’t anything they could do. It turned out that the Michael Ave. address where White lives was listed as being in the town of Richwood. White became a first-time registered voter about a month ago, as he was looking forward to voting in the upcoming elections. Incumbent Mayor Gerald Brown and the Richwood board of alderpersons are all up f...

  • Is Crime Truly Decreasing in Monroe?

    Mar 21, 2024

    The current leadership in Monroe seems eager to promote the idea that crime is on the decline in our city, pointing to the reduced coverage in mainstream media as evidence. However, this raises questions: is this decline real, or merely a convenient narrative? Can we trust only what we're told, ignoring the reality we witness? It's challenging to accept claims of reduced crime when faced with the stark reality of grieving families (fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts and cousins) making funeral arrangements for l...

  • Unsolved Homicides

    Mar 21, 2024

    When does it become okay for a allegedly well-known surgeon to decide which patient should be a casualty of Science? Well, in 1988 it happened allegedly at Glenwood Hospital. When does it become okay allegedly for Fresenius to say there were too many people filing a lawsuit and needed to cut down on that "Number"? Well, they did, in 2012. They "Never Denied" the people that suffered due to their negligence. When does it become okay for allegedly yet another incident at Glenwood Hospital, a new patient was falsely admitted and told not to talk...

  • Louisiana Special Criminal Justice Session Bills Passed

    Mar 21, 2024

    Senate Bills Senate Bill 7 by Senator Edmonds (Act 9) requires ignition interlock for first offense DWI for at least six months of any probation, or the entire time that the driver's license is suspended. For a second offense, the court will require that the offender not operate a motor vehicle during the period of probation without an ignition interlock and it must remain on the vehicle for the entire four-year period of the suspension of the driver's license. When a person has a blood alcohol level of 0.08% or above, driving privileges will b...

  • LA Governor's Unions Assault

    Eddie D. Gillis|Mar 21, 2024

    Jeff Landry has been governor of Louisiana over two months. Two Months may be a short time in a four-year term, but when one looks at what the governor has done after waiting eight years to sit where he currently is now, the next 45 months surely will undo what John Bel Edwards did in 8 years. Landry is as about as right-wing as other southern governors, as he told voters what his intentions were long before campaigning started, perhaps when it became known early who Republicans in Louisiana were replacing Bel Edwards. He led off with his...

  • GUNAA 23rd Annual Gospel Scholarship Musical

    Mar 21, 2024

    The Monroe Ouachita Chapter of GUNAA will hold its 23rd Annual Gospel Scholarship Musical Saturday, April 27, 2024, at 7:00 PM First Baptist 507 Swayze Street Monroe, LA. The public is cordially invited to attend this event. This year’s scholarships will be named in honor of Mr. Mackie Freeze, Mr. Robert Carter, and Mr. Roosevelt Rankins. We look forward to seeing you there. Donations can be mailed to Monroe/Ouachita GUNAA P.O. Box 156 Monroe, LA 71210; payable to Monroe/Ouachita GUNAA. PayPal: [email protected]. (case sensitive c...

  • Moore Superintendent

    Mar 21, 2024

    The Monroe City School Board selected Sam Moore lll as Superintendent of Monroe City Schools on March 14, 2024. Moore replaces former Superintendent Dr. Brent Vidrine. Congratulations Monroe City Schools' Superintendent Sam Moore lll....

  • Still Grateful

    Mar 21, 2024

    Carroll High School 1966 Classmates, left to right, Alice F. Daniels, Minister Ellen "Marie" Felton Batch, and Sharron M. Robinson. Minister Batch was in town for the Memorial Service of her brother Norman Felton on March 9, 2024. CHS 1966, "Still Grateful"....

  • Journey to the United States Supreme Court Bar

    Mar 21, 2024

    The Carver-McDonald Branch Library at 2941 Renwick St., Monroe, LA., Branch Manager Joyce Powell, hosted Attorney and author Zebbie Grayson with a book talk and signing of her new book, "Journey to the United States Supreme Court Bar!" with the community, was Saturday, March 16, 2024. Attorney Zebbie A. Grayson is a Monroe, LA native who grew up in the Booker T. Community as a member of the Zion Spring Baptist Church and is a proud graduate of Carroll High School. Her memoir was well received...

  • Health, Nutrition & Aging

    Mar 21, 2024

    A community program was held at the Carver-McDonald Branch Library, at 2941 Renwick St., Monroe, LA., with LSU AgCenter, Agent Markaye Russell on Thursday, March 21, 2024. Markaye discussed the benefits of establishing a healthy lifestyle. You missed a treat; smoothies and a slice of Branch Managers Birthday Cake were served to the community patrons. Thanks, Branch Manager- Joyce Powell...

  • Youth Focused Revival (Mount Olivet Baptist Church

    Mar 14, 2024

    Join us for a Youth Focused Revival Tuesday - Thursday, April 16-18, 2024 "Building Strong Disciples Through Biblical Foundations" Scripture: Colossians 1:9-10 "...We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit..." 500 Swayze Street Monroe LA 71201 Oliver W. Billlups, Jr., Pastor Call 318-322-8587 for a ride...

  • Check the Record

    Verbon Muhummad|Mar 14, 2024

    Don't be fooled, District 5, by the smokescreen of the incumbent. She ran four years ago on the Dawson name. However, for her re-election bid, she must stand on her record, and she has sold District 5 out completely. After nearly four years, all we have in District 5 are parking lots at the zoo and Benoit Community Center, some playground equipment, paint on some basketball courts, and a Dollar Store that was already scheduled to be located in south Monroe. We must fight for more and stop...

  • Water Tree's 7th Anniversary

    Mar 14, 2024

    Water Tree's 7th Anniversary Water Tree in Monroe, LA, celebrated its 7th anniversary on Saturday, March 29, 2024. During the celebration, the late Pastor John Edward Ross Jr. was honored for his dedication and support that led to the business's success. Pastor Ross, a retired principal for the Monroe City School Systems and retired Director of Community Affairs for the city of Monroe, will be remembered through The John Edward Ross Jr. College Scholarship Foundation. The foundation, initiated...

  • Shots Fired, Mother Escapes

    Eddie D. Gillis|Mar 14, 2024

    Disclaimer: All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty. The sudden sound of gunfire compelled two individuals to seek cover recently, in a bid to protect their lives. Monroe Police (MPD) responded to a shooting incident on March 8, 2024, following a call. They arrived at a residence on Cairo St. in Monroe, LA, where they encountered two victims of the shooting. The victims informed officers that they were in bed when the shots were fired. They recounted having to roll out of bed to...

  • Superintendent's Daunting Task

    Mar 14, 2024

    The upcoming Monroe City Schools superintendent faces a challenging task as academic concerns loom large. 55% of Monroe City Schools’ students scored below basic in 6 out of 11 elementary schools, contributing to an overall F school performance score that went unchecked under the previous superintendent. The Monroe City School Board is under scrutiny, with questions raised about their inaction and resource allocation, especially for the disadvantaged children in south Monroe. This situation raises concerns about Monroe's high crime rate, h...

  • Frightening Car Crash

    Mar 14, 2024

    A hit-and-run crash on March 3, 2024, at 5:16 AM, on Milhaven Road in Monroe, LA, resulted in serious injuries and an arrest. Video footage showed two vehicles speeding west, with the second trying to pass the first in the eastbound lane. The second vehicle struck the first, causing it to spin across both lanes and crash into a power pole and a house. The driver of the second vehicle,Suspect Antoine Standifier, fled the scene but was later identified through his Facebook profile. Standifier had...

  • Collins MENSA Standout

    Mar 14, 2024

    Taurian Collins Jr., a first grader at JS Clark Magnet School in Monroe LA, has achieved a remarkable academic milestone by being accepted into MENSA, the largest high-IQ association globally. MENSA, founded in 1946, boasts a membership of over 150,000 individuals worldwide. Membership in MENSA is reserved for individuals who have demonstrated exceptional levels of scholastic achievement. The organization offers access to gifted programs, scholarships, and intellectually stimulating content...

  • Journey to the United States Supreme Court Bar

    Mar 14, 2024

    The Carver-McDonald Branch Library at 2941 Renwick St., Monroe, LA., Branch Manager Joyce Powell, is hosting Attorney and author Zebbie Grayson with a book talk and signing of her new book, “Journey to the United States Supreme Court Bar!” with the community, on Saturday, March 16 at 10:00 A. M. Attorney Zebbie A. Grayson is a Monroe, LA native. She grew up in the Booker T. Community as a member of the Zion Spring Baptist Church and is a proud graduate of Carroll High School....

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