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MONROE MARRIED couple, Larry and Katima Wiley, recently opened Smigs Errand Service, an errand service offering to complete local residents’ “To Do” lists and errands. The Wileys said they opened their business after flooding in 2016 that destroyed their home and left them homeless.

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Before his retirement in 2012, Father Joseph Puthuppally ministered to a vast congregation at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Monroe, the oldest parish of the diocese established in 1851.

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Just when the temperatures were reaching their highest, P.E.O. Chapter AE called a “time out!” and hosted a summer luncheon for members and guests. To add to the fun, those attending were invited to bring along an item for a silent auction that would help fund AE’s projects.

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The Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians (LAFP) recently announced the installation of its 2019-2020 President, Dr. Tahir Qayyum, of Monroe.

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WEST MONROE State Farm Agents Blake Wheelis, Pam Accardo, Kim Duke, Emily Nunnelee and Josh Fuselier visited the Ouachita Parish Fire Department and the West Monroe Fire Department on Aug. 14 to present Fire Safety Kits from State Farm to be used in local schools during Fire Prevention Week.…

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The University of Louisiana Monroe School of Education is partnering with three area school districts with an initiative to encourage and guide students at four high schools toward careers as teachers. 

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The Veterans of Foreign Wars’ post, Rodney J. Hobbs Post 1809 in Monroe, invites the public to an evening of dance and fellowship on Friday, Aug. 16 at 6:30 p.m.

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Kaitlyn Gustinger of West Monroe recently won a scholarship as part of the DCI Scholarship Program, sponsored by Dialysis Clinic, Inc.

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Writer’s Note: Several people recently shared their “connections” to the late American general, George S. Patton, Jr. They were attending a program at the Franklin Parish Public Library that celebrated Patton’s life and legacy.

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MORE THAN 200 local 4-Hers and 4-H Volunteers were recognized for their accomplishments during the 2018-19 school year at 4-H Awards Day in May at Kiroli Park. This annual celebration featured a series of hands-on educational demonstrations, activities, contests, and awards. The 2018-19 Ouac…

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Get a look at some of the plants which would have been eaten and used by the ancient Native Americans on Saturday, Aug. 17, at Poverty Point World Heritage Site.

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DONALD SR. and Beatrice (Bea) Thornton of West Monroe celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary recently at Fair Park Baptist  Church with family and friends. They were married in Newellton, in 1959. Don was a Pastor and Math Teacher for 42 years, living at different locations in north Louis…

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The Downtown Arts Alliance will host the last Downtown Gallery Crawl of the summer across the downtown areas of both Twin Cities on Thursday, Aug. 1 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m..

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Thousands of “Green Team” volunteers were thanked recently at the Ouachita Green Annual Awards Luncheon, an event that has grown each year since Ouachita Green was formed. CenturyLink’s auditorium provided the perfect venue for the event.

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BATON ROUGE — The LSU Alumni Association has selected 13 LSU alumni to serve on the first Young Alumni Advisory Council. The association established this council to improve engagement with this unique group and to help guide future initiatives as a result of its recently launched strategic plan.

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The Americas Boating Club is offering a one-day Public Boating Class from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at the educational building on Bayou Darbonne, 6130 Hwy. 143, West Monroe.

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In the final week of the “Pelican State Goes to War” exhibit, the Union Museum of History and Art in Farmerville will hold a special talk on Tuesday by WWII veteran pilot Jay Vinyard and will have extended hours during the Louisiana Watermelon Festival, July 26 and 27.

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Writer’s Note: In only a few days (on July 20th), we — the human race — will mark the 50th anniversary of one of mankind’s greatest achievements. I say “human race” because in many ways that moment celebrated human achievement without regard for nationality, race, gender, political party, re…

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Novelist Johnny Armstrong will read from his recently released book, “Shadowshine: An Animal Adventure” (Guernica Worldwide Editions) on Saturday, July 20 at No. 9 Records and Books in Ruston.

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When the Winnsboro High School ’50s graduates gather on July 27 at the First United Pentecostal Family Life Center, they will have the opportunity to view a documentary with photos and narration of the history of the school from 1922-1959, according to plans made by the Reunion Committee recently.

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The two CPA firms of Gardner, Langston & Bryan and Donald, Tucker, Betts & Fuller APAC recently announced their association with the Natchez, Miss., CPA firm of Silas Simmons, LLP.

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The focus on World War II continues this week when Union Museum of History and Art presents a talk entitled “The Ruston POW Camp of WWII” and a demonstration entitled “Victory Gardens, Then and Now.”

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The University of Louisiana Monroe’s Precision Ag and UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) Research Center recently joined AeroVironment Inc.’s University Collaboration Project utilizing AeroVironment Quantix drones and the AeroVironment Decision Support System (AV DSS).

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The NELA Genealogical and Historical Society will meet on Sunday, July 14, in the Ouachita Parish Library Main Branch at 2:30 p.m.

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