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Catfish Charlie’s will host a fundraiser on Thursday, Oct. 24 to benefit Marc Felts of West Monroe. On July 11, Felts was diagnosed with aggressive stage four cancer that has spread from his duodenum to his liver. He has undergone three chemotherapy sessions and is being treated six to eight…

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Life, like paint on an artist’s palette, is made of layers that bind and blend to create a mosaic of colored experiences. In this story, the layers are of time – time that was and the time that is.

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Members and guests of Potpourri Book Club gathered recently for their first regular meeting of the 2019-2020 club year. The meeting was held in the home of Kathy Patrick. Co-hosting with Patrick were Carol Ransom, Jane Conrad, and Pat Blanchard.

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Septieme Book Club held their beginning of the year meeting recently at the West Ouachita Senior Center in West Monroe.

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Ouachita Parish Public Library’s 41st annual Pumpkin Bash: A Children’s Book Festival is back from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct.19 at the Main Branch Library.

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Jessica Dolecheck and Paula Griswold, both of College of Health Sciences at the University of Louisiana Monroe, collaborated on the article “Realize the Value of Soft Skills in Healthcare,” which was the cover story for the September 2019 issue of Healthcare Business Monthly by AAPC — Advanc…

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Ouachita Parish Public Library’s 41st annual Pumpkin Bash: A Children’s Book Festival is back from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Main Branch Library.

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Winners of the 15th annual Friends of Black Bayou photo contest were named on Oct. 5, 2019, with an amateur-division photo called “Wisdom” by local photographer Cyndy Hardaker winning Best of Show.

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Writer’s Note: A leisurely drive with Jim down through the Delta in late September conjured up happy memories for me of growing up in Louisiana. I suppose it was seeing the field crops being harvested that triggered my reverie. Whatever “took me back”, I enjoyed remembering those familiar si…

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Starr Homeplace is open to the public during the season, the second Saturday of every month. Saturday, October 12 is the next Community Day. The coffee is on by 8:30 a.m. and the doors are open until the last person leaves in the late afternoon.

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St. Francis Medical Center is celebrating the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi with their annual Blessing of the Pets on Sunday, Oct. 6.

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To assist University of Louisiana Monroe undergraduate students whose lives have been affected by cancer, the Louisiana Cancer Foundation has created a $50,000 endowed scholarship for cancer survivors, those undergoing treatment or with cancer in their immediate family which has led to finan…

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Penny Gilley, native of West Monroe, will be performing a hometown country music concert for the first time in 25 years at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the West Monroe Convention Center. Dancers are welcome.

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The University of Louisiana Monroe welcomed some familiar faces to campus recently when members of the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors visited to present a check to the ULM Foundation for the School of Construction Management. The donation, made annually by the licensing boar…

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Lauren Owen of West Monroe was one of 40 students that received a white coat from the College of Pharmacy at Harding University. The ceremony represents the educational transition from the general studies of the undergraduate level to professional pharmacy education.

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U.S. Air Force Airman Yatavion J. Franklin graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

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Singer, musician, and songwriter Brian Sivils performed a tribute to the late Louisiana Governor Jimmie Davis on Thursday, Sept. 12 at the Old Governor’s Mansion in Baton Rouge.

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Writer’s Note: Several weekends ago, Jim and I welcomed home our two daughters for a very special reunion weekend. Both Paula and Leigh were former members of the Neville High School Bengal Belles (Paula was on line #2 and was captain of line #3, and Leigh was on lines #24 and #25). This Sep…

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U.S. Air Force Airman Deandrew J. Johnson graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

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The beautiful Riverside Drive home of Doug and Regina Wood was the perfect setting recently for the opening of the Monroe Garden Club’s working year. Several hundred ladies called between the hours of four and six o’clock in the evening, enjoying a lovely reception honoring the club’s newest…

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West Ouachita Senior Center will host the “Passport to Paradise” from 11 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the multi-purpose annex.

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The University of Louisiana Monroe hosted family and friends of the late William D. “Bill” Hoover at an event Monday, Sept. 9, announcing an endowment fund for scholarships and faculty development and the naming of the William D. Hoover School of Accounting, Financial and Information Service…

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Ouachita Retired Teachers Association, or ORTA, plans to kick off the fall with an event Thursday (today), Sept. 19, at the Carolyn Rose Strauss Council on Aging building at 2407 Ferrand St. in Monroe.

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Terry and Susan Duke have established the Terry M. Duke Endowed Scholarship for Risk Management and Insurance with a $25,000 donation to the ULM Foundation. The RMI Program, ranked No. 9 in the nation, is in the University of Louisiana Monroe College of Business and Social Sciences. Announce…

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