Local youth meet privately with Obama’s sister about solutions to growing violence

   In 110 minute private session President encourages youth to join battle against violence!     For peace to begin, each youth must be prepared to challenge themselves to take action in a personal way, was the encouragement given by President Barack Obama's sister to youth from Monroe seeking solutions…

Locals to stage “DreamGirls” on July 29

DreamGirls is coming to Monroe! Local actors will be on stage July 29th for the Christal Wheeler Production of the Tony Award Winning Musical at the Ouachita High School Auditorium. Dreamgirls is a Broadway musical, with music by Henry Krieger and lyrics and book by Tom Eyen. Based on the…

Black Rodeo draws out the fans for 17th time

 The 17th annual Black Rodeo was held Saturday night at the Monroe Civic Center as more than 300 cowboys and cowgirls competed in traditional rodeo events. Thousands of excited fans turn out each year for the event which raises about $2,000 for the city O.K. Kids program as well a promotes family…

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Breaking News

  • Washington center to close, Clark threatens suit

    Popular Recreation Center to close Friday even though it is fully funded The city is about to one of its potential weapons in the fight against the juvenile and young adult crime, it’s closing one of its recreation centers. The staff of the B.J. Washington Community Center on Richwood Road was notified today that as of July 28th the center will no longer be open to the public. However, Councilman Eddie Clark said he is […]


  • Commission OKs November vote that could build, water park, convention center in South Monroe

    Group to use funds for a Water Park, Convention Center and Black Business in South Monroe   The Louisiana Bond Commission approved a tax proposal by a Monroe group that could mean as much as $4 million for Economic Development in South Monroe. The Bond Commission at its July 20 meeting, approved a ballot application by the Southside Economic Development District of the City of Monroe to impose a two percent Hotel Occupancy Tax, for […]


Baptist Convention

  • Bilberry: Inactive members suck the life out of a church, an insult to God

    Rev. Jesse Bilberry, Jr. gave the Director’s Address on Wednesday at the Louisiana Baptist State Convention, being held this week in Monroe at Carroll High School. Bilberry spoke about the need for christian education and that members who are unwilling to serve suck the life out of a church. He referred to them as leeches, an insult to God. “The body of Christ already has too many people who come to the house of God […]


  • Convention choir sings; remembers Pine, Douglas and Van Rodgers

    A few hundred delegates packed the W.L. “Jack” Howard Theater on Sunday night to worship in song on the first night of the 144th Annual Session of the Louisiana Missionary Baptist State Convention. The 72-member choir, consisting of members from Monroe churches, was under the direction of Rev. John L. Russell, Jr. Pastor Van H. Brass called the musical to order. His introduction was followed by the invocation by Pastor Oliver W. Billups, Jr. Pastor […]


City Hall

  • Mayo names new city department heads

    Mayor Jamie Mayo named three new department heads for the City of Monroe this morning. Mayo named Stacey Rowell, CPA as the Director of Administration, Curtis Heard as Assistant Director of Administration, and Robert Johnson as the Director of Community Affairs. Rowell has served as the city’s Director of Accounting since 2005 and has served an additional role as Assistant Director of Administration. She is a certified public accountant  and was the chief accountant for […]


  • Mayor loses temper at meeting, yells at public, calls councilman a “piece of sh$$”

    A heated city council meeting last night pushed Mayor Jamie Mayo to lose his temper. He yelled at the public in attendance and called one councilman a “piece of sh$$.” It all happened after a large group of citizens came to the meeting to witness the council’s actions on ordinances dealing with allowance of Uber/Lyft ride-sharing services in Monroe to the hiring of an outside agency and spending $25,000 so they could give counsel on […]



  • Black Rodeo draws out the fans for 17th time

     The 17th annual Black Rodeo was held Saturday night at the Monroe Civic Center as more than 300 cowboys and cowgirls competed in traditional rodeo events. Thousands of excited fans turn out each year for the event which raises about $2,000 for the city O.K. Kids program as well a promotes family oriented fun and entertainment. The activities included tailgating opportunities and a parade. The show was in the stands as a virtual who’s who in the […]


  • Bayou Classic Kickoff set for July 27 at Monroe airport

    It’s not football season, yet, but the excitement of the Bayou Classic is about to begin. According to Rod Washington, public relation director for the city, the Bayou Classic and the Monroe Regional Airport partner to host an exhilarating and exciting 44th Bayou Classic Kickoff Reception at the Monroe Regional Airport, Thursday, July 27, 2017 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.  Attendees can expect a good-natured yet spirited expression of the age-old rivalry between Southern University and Grambling […]



  • Berry excited about the new music center at Carroll High

    Monroe School Board member Daryll Berry is excited about the new Barbara T. Bonner Music Arts Center set to open in the fall. The $1.6 million dollar facility will be the home for the choir, piano and orchestral training of Carroll High and Carroll Jr. High students. Bonner was a long-time music educator and a few years ago, the school named the wing behind Carroll’s auditorium Barbara T. Bonner Music Hall. Bonner was a native […]


Church Program

  • Thompson installed as Olive Branch Pastor

    Pastor Micheal Thompson was installed as pastor of the Olive Branch Baptist Church in West Monroe during services Sunday July 9, 2017. Pastor Thompson was showered with words of praise and presented with a new pastoral robe by the church family. The guest church was the Greater Free Gift Baptist Church of Monroe. Participating on the program were: Dawn Walker, welcome; Marquita Bowman, response; Dorothy McNeal, Occasion; Rev. Chandler Hawkins, scripture reading and a prayer by […]


Police Arrests

  • Man arrested after house fire leads to pot

    Police searching for the cause of a fire found a small stash of pot a man said he used for personal smokes. That’s what a Monroe Police officer discovered when assisted the Monroe Fire Department after a reported fire in a Southside home and then found bags of marijuana in the house, that a suspect said was for his personal use. It happened Thursday, July 20, 2017. when a Monroe officer was dispatched to 1212 […]


  • Criminal Activity July 22, 2017

    Registered sex offender fails to register vehicle  On July 14, 2017, according to a Ouachita Parish Sheriff deputy, a deputy observed the suspect vehicle, a white Chevy Suburban, traveling northbound on West Heights Drive without having a properly displayed license plate. The deputy initiated a traffic stop on West Heights Drive at which time the driver came to a stop in a driveway. The deputy made contact with the driver who identified himself as Joe […]


  • Woman arrested: She told the officer her name was Candy……it was not!

    Louisiana State Police arrested a West Monroe woman on yesterday after she gave them a fake name. Chelsie R. Evans was charged with resisting an officer and for other warrants held by Monroe Police. A state trooper, on July 19, observed a black Jetta traveling east on Smith Street without a visible license plate. The trooper initiated a traffic stop and spoke to the driver and then spoke to the passenger who stated her name […]


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Inspirational Thoughts

  • Minnie Ruffin students in Movie “Cowboy & Indiana” shot in Monroe

    Several local youth had a chance to enjoy the excitement of being in a real Hollywood movie, they were not stars, but they were treated like stars while the camera’s rolled in Monroe last month. R-Squared Productions filmed scenes from the upcoming family movie, “Cowboy & Indiana” last month in several locations in northeastern Louisiana. […]


  • J.R. Bryant named best prep violist in state

    J.R. Bryant plays the viola, it speaks! Even those who claim a distaste for violin and viola music find themselves awe-stricken by the sheer talent of this local teenager whose gift for instrument seems limitless. Bryant, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie R. Bryant, I, of  Monroe, who loves to play the viola for […]



  • Local students honored at Rose of Sharon’s Lee Memorial Scholarship Program

    The Millard Dean Lee Memorial Scholarship Program was held on Sunday at Rose of Sharon Baptist Church, where Rev. Dr. A.B. Davis-Johnson, Sr. is the pastor. Lee died in 2005 but in 1983, he pioneered the scholarship to highlight the success of students. The program has grown over the years and in 2007, the church voted to rename its scholarship in Lee’s honor. The speaker for this year’s program was Eleanor Ann Smith. She encouraged […]


An Opinion

  • Ideas for change: It will take volunteers and a change of heart to solve our problems

    An Editorial by Robert Kenneth Wright It’s going to take more than locking people up and fighting crime to change the climate of violence in our city. Meetings are being held, people are marching, people are posting concerns on social media and a lot of other activities are taking place in an effort to come up with solutions to the issues in Monroe. I was recently asked “Robert what is your solution?” I talk a […]



  • Birthdays July 13 – July 19, 2017

    Happy Birthday Alexis Young, July 17th   July 13-D’Andrea Dickson, Charquin Sylbeverlyn Dionzai Millikin, Calvin Myles, In Loving Memory of Clinton L. Long, Jessica DeTiege, Donna Harris, Brenda Shelling, Genia Newton. July 14-Lawrence Hilliard, Tyesha Taylor, Augrey Moore, Shakkil Thompson, […]


  • Birthdays July 6 – July 12, 2017

    Happy Birthday Edgar Morgan, Jr. July 12th     July 6-Jaylen & Jayden Bass, Curtis Williams, Olivia Jenkins, Ethel Mae Thomas, Leon Riley, Lori Scott Hunt, Leola M. Thomas, Debra Law, Erselette Baxter, Brenda Burton, Calvin McGraw, Sharon Cleveland. July […]



  • Robinson-Williams wed in private ceremony

    David Robinson is a happy man, now that he has married the love of his life Timiko Williams. The couple were united in a private double ring ceremony on Friday July 7, 2017 with the Reverend Greg Oliver, officiating. Participating […]


  • Washington and Robertson exchange wedding vows downtown Monroe

    Charles Washington and Natasha Robertson exchanged marriage vows tonight at a small family wedding downtown Monroe. While the country is celebrating its Independence Day on July 4, they decided to give up their independence and become a married couple. July […]


  • Forever Underwood!

    Demetrice & Shannon Underwood were married Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Liberty Christian Center by Pastors Warren and Linda Trimble. The couples theme was vintage glam. They were surrounded by their family and friends as they sealed their vows with […]



  • Deaths: July 10 – July 16, 2017

    Alvin Holmes Moore, 53 a resident of Bonita, La. farmer, died July 16, 2017. Services are Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Cherry Hill #2 in Galion, La. Visitation will be Friday, July 21, 2017 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. […]


  • Deaths: June 9 – July 3, 2017

    Donnie Ray Fisher, 64, laborer, Monroe died Friday June 9. Services scheduled for 11:00 AM Thursday, July 6, in Funeral Home Chapel. Burial Northeast LA VA Cemetery in Rayville. Under direction of McFarland Funeral Company of Monroe. Sovatia Spraggins, 73 […]