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The Ouachita Parish Police Jury posted a $1-million surplus in its general fund for the fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 2018 and no findings of material weakness or significant financial deficiency, a recent audit says.

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Louisiana Delta Community College recently received a $737,103 grant from the Louisiana Community and Technical College System to improve the quality of career and technical education in northeast Louisiana.

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“I did what a soldier does,” said U.S. Army Vietnam War veteran Jerry Vodicka who now resides at the state Department of Veterans Affairs’ Southwest Louisiana Veterans Home in Jennings.

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The Second Circuit Court of Appeal in Shreveport recently reversed Fourth Judicial District Court Judge Alvin Sharp in two separate cases, each judgment pertaining to legal technicalities that Sharp failed to observe.

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NORFOLK, Va. — A West Monroe, Louisana, native and 2014 West Monroe High School graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the service’s newest aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford.

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Louisiana students have steadily improved performance on Louisiana Educational Assessment Program, or LEAP 2025, assessments in English language arts, math, and social studies since last year and since 2015, according to data released last week by the state Department of Education.

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A Domino’s Pizza franchisee in West Monroe could not be held liable for the death of a 17-year-old who robbed, kidnapped and carjacked a pizza delivery driver at gunpoint in light of the delivery driver shooting the suspect in self-defense.

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The Sterlington Town Council plans to review a policy later this month that would outline how town employees may use public movable property, like a truck, in light of a sewer department employee’s request to take the truck home.

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The City of Monroe’s Public Works Department sandbagging operations in preparation for expected heavy rainfall in the next few days. Those operations are at the following locations:

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The city of Monroe plans to incur up to $3 million in bonded indebtedness on behalf of the Tower Drive-Armand Street Economic Development District though city officials have no projects on which to spend the money.

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The state’s announcement Monday that it would pledge $4 million to replace the state Hwy 3033 bridge and Cheniere Lake spillway provoked several questions from local officials and lake residents, whether about the lack of funding in the past or the lack of support for urgent repairs.

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A West Monroe man whose criminal record includes drug dealing arrests extending to the 1980s was sentenced this year in three cases for dealing methamphetamine, though his prison sentences were partially suspended in favor of probation.

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A West Monroe contractor sued in an April lawsuit for converting a couple’s money for his own personal use was recently arrested by Ouachita Parish sheriff’s deputies on one count of contractor’s misapplication of payments in a different case.

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Monroe Fire Chief Terry Williams recently announced the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Board of Directors has awarded our Class 1 Rated Monroe Fire Department a grant in the amount of $20,608.

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Tommy Devereaux Warren, 40, of Shreveport, was sentenced last week by U.S. District Judge Donald E. Walter to serve 57 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release following his incarceration, for possession of a firearm as a convicted felon, according to U.S. Attorney Davi…

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Ouachita Citizen sports editor Jake Martin won third place in the Louisiana Sports Writers Association for Best Prep Writer in Class II, which includes Alexandria Town Talk, Houma Daily Courier, Lake Charles American Press, Lafayette Daily Advertiser and Monroe News Star.

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Calhoun area residents peppered Ouachita Parish officials with a number of questions last week, expressing their dissatisfaction with law enforcement’s response time to incidents of crime as well as the future of the former Calhoun Research Station property.

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A convicted drug dealer in Monroe will not face prosecution for manufacturing and selling methamphetamine thanks to a plea deal reached last week that dismissed the case in favor of a two-year sentence for possession of meth in a separate case.

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Members of the Cheniere Lake Citizens’ Advisory Committee urged local residents last week to reach out to their lawmakers in support of an application for $300,000 in emergency repair funds for the lake’s spillway.

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The Ouachita Citizen's telephone lines at its office on Cypress Street in West Monroe are temporarily down thanks to a power surge that occurred Friday, June 27.

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The state Supreme Court gave the green light Wednesday to a Monroe businessman's lawsuit against Fourth Judicial District Court officials, including five judges and a law clerk, who are accused of tampering with court filings and concealing the activity.

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West Monroe Mayor Staci Mitchell delivered her first state of the city address earlier this week, outlining a number of the administrative changes and beautification projects undertaken since she took office nearly a year ago.

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The U.S. Department of Justice closed a seven-month investigation of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana’s proposed acquisition of Vantage Holdings of Monroe last week, deeming the transaction harmless to American consumers.

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Fourth Judicial District Court Judge Larry Jefferson says his rulings shielding a Monroe man from a jury’s murder verdict only drew legal challenges from the district attorney and coverage from The Ouachita Citizen because of racial discrimination.

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The state Department of Education recently started the process of serving more than 1,400 additional children in early learning programs, trimming the waiting list for the Child Care Assistance Program.

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The Ouachita Parish Police Jury learned earlier this week that some additional state funding could be made available to pay for some $300,000 in emergency repairs to the Cheniere Lake spillway.

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DeRidder native and long-time local agent and insurance industry executive Tim Temple announced today that he will be a candidate for Commissioner of Insurance in the fall, 2019 election.

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