Locals among thousands at St. Louis Baptist Congress

Monroe area residents are among over 10,000 Baptists who are convening in St. Louis for the Christian Education Congress. The Congress is the educational arm of the National Baptist Convention, USA one of the largest organizations of Baptist in the United States. During the week messengers, including many from the…

Wedding bells rang for Alford and George

On May 19, 2017, Victoria Alford walked across the stage at ULM's Spring Commencement to receive her Bachelor's degree in Social Work. One month later, on June 10, 2017, she made another ceremonial walk....down the aisle. She became the wife of Trey George at the First United Methodist Church in…

Donnie McClurkin fires up the faithful at P50 Conference

Hundreds hungry for the Word of God turn out to hear powerful message from Pastor McClurkin at the P50 - Post Resurrection Conference at First Assembly   By: Brea Joyner Free Press Staff First Assembly of God kicked off their second day of their P50 Conference with hundreds of blazing…

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Washitaw Nation members hosting 40th Anniversary in Richwood this week at the Old Richwood High–

Community Events

  • Juneteenth celebration draws support from across the community

    By Brea Joiner Even though Juneteenth is the day that changed Africans in America forever, three days marks the charm. United Minds of Joint Action (UMOJA), Rays of Sonshine and C.H.R.I.S.T Association hosted their 5th Annual Juneteenth Celebration as a three-day series to celebrate the official freedom of slaves. UMOJA and the surrounding community joined in fellowship at the St. James Methodist Church Friday evening completing the first phase of the celebration: The Past. “ […]


  • Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, INC. Alpha Xi Sigma Chapter held its Annual Scholarship & Business of the Year Luncheon

    The brothers of Alpha Xi Sigma Chapter (Shreveport Alumni Chapter) held their Annual Scholarship Luncheon on June 10, 2017 at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Shreveport. There were four 2017 Honorees that received scholarships based on Scholastic achievement and community service. Awards were also presented to sisters of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority for their support and local chapter officers of the Education and the Bigger and Better Business Programs of the Fraternity. An acknowledgement letter […]


  • 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 a kiss! The ceremony was followed by the reception at the Bayou Desiard Country Club. The bride is a Special Education/Coordinator currently pursing her Masters Degree, for Richland Parish School District. The groom is a […]


Family Celebrations

  • Happy Father’s Day

    To our Father/Dad, Rev. J L Cotton who we miss and love. It has been 12 years since you have gone and we miss you just as much now. Dad we will always love you. Your kids, Glean, Kaye, Tim, Donecia, Tracey and Lil Toni.



  • New law exempts more students from paddling

    Unruly students can still be paddled in Louisiana public schools, but a new law now excludes disabled students, and students with special 504 accommodations. The new law Act 266 of the Louisiana Legislature makes it a crime for schools in Louisiana to paddle special students, but others can still be paddled according to state rules. The law was signed into effect by Governor John Bell Edwards. Under present law local school boards have discretion in […]


  • Epps appointed as permanent Chancellor of Delta Community College

    Wednesday afternoon the Board of Supervisors approved a recommendation to appoint Dennis Epps as the permanent Chancellor of Louisiana Delta Community College. “Mr. Epps accepted the Acting Chancellor role during very difficult financial times, and he has done an outstanding job of leading the college despite the fiscal environment,” said Louisiana Community and Technical College System President Dr. Monty Sullivan. “Dennis is the right fit for the college and the community it serves. He possesses […]


State Legislature

  • Jackson gets criminal justice reform signed into law

    On last Friday, Governor John Bel Edwards signed three bills into law. All three bills signed deal with criminal justice reform. One of the bills was authored by Rep. Katrina Jackson, District 16. Her bill, HB 481,  expands the guidelines for reporting a police officer’s work history into a statewide database. This work history would include terminations, disciplinary actions, and resignations. Gov. Edwards said that he criminal justice measures builds better partnerships between law enforcement […]


  • Louisiana Congressman shot in Virginia

    GOP House Majority Whip from New Orleans shot early Wednesday morning at baseball practice           The House Majority Whip for the US Congress, Steve Scalise, was shot along with several others during a charity baseball game practice early Wednesday morning in Alexandria, VA. As of Wednesday evening, the New Orleans Congressman remained in critical condition following surgery. Federal law enforcement officials identified the alleged shooter as James Hodgkinson, 66, or Belleville, […]


City Government

  • Mayor to attend Mayor’s Conference

    Mayor Jamie Mayo will be attending the 85th Annual Conference of Mayors in Miami, Florida, June 23-26, 2017.  Under the leadership of Conference President Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, over 250 mayors from cities of all sizes and all regions of the nation will gather. &nsp;These municipal leaders will vote on the policy of the organization, share best practices and innovations, and engage in direct conversations with top-level federal officials, policy experts, and the business community […]



  • Locals among thousands at St. Louis Baptist Congress

    Monroe area residents are among over 10,000 Baptists who are convening in St. Louis for the Christian Education Congress. The Congress is the educational arm of the National Baptist Convention, USA one of the largest organizations of Baptist in the United States. During the week messengers, including many from the local community, studied ways to bring the message of faith to their communities. Several local church leaders serve on the staff or faculty of the […]


  • God’s grace is available to us forever

    By: Lisa Wilmore Scripture: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the Lord is great and very terrible; and who can abide it? Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to […]


  • Sadness erupts after the last headlights disappear around the corner

    By: Dr. Jacquelyn Simmons Scripture: Grace be to you and peace from God our father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be God, even the father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the father of mercies, and the God of all comfort. Who comforted us in all our tribulation that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the […]



  • Young lovers stab each other with pencil, both arrested

    You’ve probably watched two children get angry and hit each other. “Take that!” says one. “Take that!” Says the other, hitting back. That’s the way children do it. It wasn’t funny last week when a lovers spat ended up with a “take that!” situation that landed both of them in jail. Courtney Brown, 21, of 1111 Alabama Street and his 17-year-old ex-girlfriend Read full archived article



  • They took my bike and my phone

    Sunday evening a victim was riding his bike in the vicinity of 307 Vernon Street when the victim was accosted by two young men who like his bike and reportedly took it and the victim’s cell phone, too. They didn’t get far because the cops caught them with the bike a short while later and slammed them both in jail. The official police report put it this way: On June 18, 2017, I CPL Anthony […]


  • Dark park shot ends with arrest

    Who shoots at firearm in the park at 11 p.m. at night? If you ask the Monroe Police, Jonathan Puckett does. According to Monroe Police Puckett, 21 of 5200 Highland Rd, came to the Bernstein Park zoo at about 11 p.m. when they received a complaint about a firearm being discharged in the park. When officers arrived they reported seeing a suspicious vehicle leaving the scene. When they stopped the vehicle Puckett admitted to shooting […]



  • Birthdays from June 22 – June 28, 2017

    Happy Birthday DaMeitrea Adams, June 25th   June 22-Rodney Keith Horne, Jr., Angela Hall, Lewis Dorsey, Marion Felice’ Michele Dawkins, Laytora Dorsey, JoAnn Lacount, Vertie C. Saunders, Erica Bradford, In Loving Memory of Evelyn James, Raven Loyd, Ernestine Woods. June […]


An Opinion

  • Strength from within

    By: Rusty Potter Dr. Benjamin E. Mays said, “Every man and woman is born into the world to do something unique and something distinctive and if he or she do not do it, it will never be done.” We all […]



  • Funeral services set for Larry Neal

    Funeral services for Larry “Snuff” Neal will be held Tuesday, June 20th at the New Tabernacle Baptist Church. Neal died Thursday after a brief illness. The memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. at Tabernacle with Robert Allen Tanzy, […]