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Can you imagine waking up tomorrow and having no anxiety or stress about work, finances, marriage or health? That’s Chase Turner’s goal for readers of his recently released book, “T.R.I.A.L.S.: A Journey from Anxiety to Peace.”

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The City of West Monroe has announced street closures for the 2019 Kiwanis of Greater Ouachita Christmas Parade which will take place in downtown West Monroe and Monroe on Saturday, Dec. 7.

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Writer’s Note: Our entire family is smitten with dogs. A few of us adore cats — a few of us perhaps even more than dogs — but we don’t talk about that very much. Some people — even family and close friends — have a dislike for cats that “clouds” any conversation we cat lovers might want to e…

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The Combined Choirs of Riverside Missionary Baptist Church, 2601 Powell Avenue, Monroe, C. R. Jackson, Sr., Pastor, are gearing up for their Musical and Candlelight Services. The event will be at 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. The public is invited.

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Seasonal décor with an emphasis on iconic elements associated with Thanksgiving in Louisiana greeted members and guests of the Monroe Garden Club last month. The ladies were excited to be together and anxious to hear Monroe native, Lee Ledbetter, present a talk on his book, “The Art of Place…

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A Monroe tradition for over 3 decades, Christmas Open House is a free event that showcases the decorating talents of the Monroe Garden Study League, the talent of many area musicians and the many facets of the Biedenharn Museum and Gardens, all with bright lights, festive refreshments and of…

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Strauss Theatre on Lamy Lane in Monroe plans to open the “Sanders Family Christmas” dinner theatre production on Dec. 5.

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A group of nine Catholic Christian ladies who call themselves GPS (God’s Powerful Servants) made three families happy for this upcoming Thanksgiving. The ladies purchased and presented food baskets to three cafeteria workers at Our Lady of Fatima School. The three recipients were Theresa Joh…

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The West Monroe West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce together with the City of West Monroe encourages locals to shop at local retailers and help make the 10th annual Small Business Saturday a big success.

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“A Book of Essays: Pappy’s Proverbs” by local author Patrick H. Anderson, is available at amazon.com and at Barnes & Nobles.

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Coast Professional Inc. recently promoted both Chad Reese and Randy Diffy to Director of Operations. Reese will serve as Director of Operations at the company’s Elma, New York office, while Diffy will be at Coast’s West Monroe office.

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Strauss Theatre on Lamy Lane in Monroe plans to open the “Sanders Family Christmas” dinner theatre production on Dec. 5.

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The St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church is opening its kitchen to the community on Wednesday, November 27 starting at 3 p.m. until supplies last. The church will be serving Thanksgiving dinner prepared by its members to feed anyone in the community who desires to fellowship and have a home-…

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Origin Bank recently announced that Justin Underwood has joined the company as a Vice President, Mortgage Sales Strategy Manager for the bank’s home lending division. 

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Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Howard Gandy are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Anna Magee Gandy, to John Lane Ewing Jr., son of Mrs. Jeanne Noelie Grezaffi and Mr. John Lane Ewing, Sr.  The ceremony was held in the Church at Hotel Peter and Paul in New Orleans on Friday, November 1…

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Three locals recently earned their degree from Western Governors University, which is an online, non-profit university that held commencement ceremonies across the country.

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Ouachita Parish Schools recently celebrated its administrators, teachers and support staff during the 2019-20 Employees of Distinction Banquet.

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The University of Louisiana Monroe TRIO Programs Student Support Services hosted an open house on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, for the Annual National First-Generation Celebration Day. The day recognizes the success of students, faculty and staff who are the first in their families to graduate from…

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The community enjoyed a tour last week of the new Wally Jones Golf Complex at the University of Louisiana-Monroe, named in honor of longtime ULM golf coach Wally Jones. Jones died Oct. 17, 2018, at the age of 90.

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Members and guests of Potpourri Book Club gathered recently for their October meeting and book review. The meeting was held in the home of Sue Nawas who had decorated her home beautifully for the Halloween season. Pumpkins, fall leaves, shed antlers, skulls — all were in evidence throughout …

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