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Monroe businessman Stanley Palowsky III gained the court’s approval last week to pursue his allegations against two Fourth Judicial District Court officials for engaging in case fixing as part of a scheme to conceal illegal activity at the courthouse.

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The Ouachita Parish Police Jury voted earlier this week to revoke its ownership of a road entering the Osterland Recreation Center in spite of a petition from a local apartment management company seeking ongoing access to the center and its new sports complex.

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Deciding to spend her and her husband’s savings in 2017 to open a drive-through Christmas lights park in Calhoun felt like jumping off a cliff with no parachute, Amy Hanson says.

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The Ouachita Parish Police Jury voted earlier this week to reboot its search for a new director at the Green Oaks Juvenile Detention Center in Monroe after deciding none of the current candidates met the necessary qualifications.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Students at West Ridge Middle School wrote essays about what Thanksgiving means to them. Essays were randomly selected for printing, but all the students’ works are available at www.ouachitacitizen.com.

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Gregory Alan Smith, 58, of Shreveport, was sentenced last week by U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks, Jr. to 72 months (6 years) in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release for conspiracy to commit wire fraud, according to acting U.S. Attorney Alexander Van Hook’s office.

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U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy recently announced the Department of Health and Human Services is awarding nearly $12 million in federal funds to the state Department of Health and Xavier University of Louisiana for HIV/AIDS care and COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy research.

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The Second Circuit Court of Appeal last week reversed a court judgment by Fourth Judicial District Court Alvin Sharp who awarded more than $227,000 to the plaintiff in a contract breach lawsuit and some $57,000 to his attorney without any evidence to support the amounts.

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In the Dec. 5 general election, Ouachita Parish voters will entertain a measure to renew a property tax of 1.45 mills across the parish to support the operations of the G.B. Cooley Hospital Service District.

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The two Republican candidates who will square off in the Dec. 5 run-off election in the 5th District congressional race expressed support for President Donald Trump’s challenges of the election results in key battleground states.

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Local tourism officials say they want to review the estimated cost of West Monroe Mayor Staci Mitchell’s proposed indoor arena project before they commit any money to building the sports venue.

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A special appointed judge is scheduled to entertain arguments this week on whether Monroe businessman Stanley Palowsky III may pursue his allegations against two Fourth Judicial District Court officials, who he accused of engaging in illegal case fixing.

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The city of West Monroe was named a recipient of the 2019 Community Achievement Awards, the Louisiana Municipal Association’s most prestigious award for outstanding municipal improvements and accomplishments in the category of Community Development.

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Louisiana is not seeing another COVID-19 surge akin to what other states are experiencing, but the trends statewide are pointed in the wrong direction, officials said last week.

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The state Legislative Auditor has raised questions about almost $31 million in spending and financial management by state entities during the first quarter of the fiscal year that began July 1.

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U.S. Sen. John Kennedy recently introduced the Veterans Second Amendment Protection Act, which prevents veterans from losing their Second Amendment right to purchase or own firearms when they receive help managing their Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits.

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West Monroe police arrested a West Monroe man on shoplifting and other charges last week after authorities received a complaint about shoplifting from a local retail store.

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West Monroe police arrested a Downsville woman on theft and unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling last week after authorities learned of an incident at a home on White Columns Drive.

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Ouachita Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested a Calhoun man for criminal mischief last week after authorities learned of a reported break-in at a parish fire station.

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A $6.3-million project completing the construction of a service road south of Interstate 20, from Nutland Road east to Lowe's Home Improvement, is expected to begin this month.

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The Monroe City Council approved the appointment of two new members to the Southside Economic Development District's board of directors earlier this week.

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Ouachita Parish police jurors say they are unwilling to spend some $1 million to $2 million expanding the Ouachita Parish 911 Center unless local law enforcement commit to the project and confirm its need.

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Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says Medicare beneficiaries should remember the Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) is available to help them navigate the Medicare Open Enrollment Period.

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Ouachita Parish sheriff's deputies arrested a West Monroe woman on suspicion of cruelty to juveniles and aggravated battery last week after authorities received a domestic disturbance complaint from Brown Street in West Monroe.

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