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The Court Appointed Special Advocates of Northeastern Louisiana, or CASA of NELA, celebrated its 20th anniversary this week with a special proclamation by Monroe Mayor Friday Ellis.

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BLUE STAR Mother’s Appreciation Luncheon 2021 was hosted last week by Monroe’s VFW Post 1809, Rodney Hobbs. It was catered by Danken Trail and Copsickle. Supporters attending included Wade & Kay Bishop, Rep. Julia Letlow’s Assistant Ramona, Angie Robert of Sen. Cassidy’s office), and Kat…

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University of Louisiana Monroe Student Radiologic Technology Association in the School of Allied Health, College of Health Sciences, attended the Louisiana Society of Radiologic Technologists Annual Conference in New Orleans in late July. 

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The Monroe Chamber of Commerce, the NELA Young Professionals, BayouLife Magazine, Origin Bank, Thomas & Farr and Reeves, Coon & Funderburg recently recognized 57 regional young professionals at the Top 20 Under 40 celebration.

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Writer’s Note: I was in high school when I first heard of “James Bond” and “007”. A classmate asked me out to the movies, and a James Bond film was playing. I can’t remember the name of the film, but I still remember vividly beautiful shots of beaches and resorts somewhere in the Caribbean, …

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In the Jewish faith, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the holiest of holy days, often referred to as the High Holy Days.

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Although it doesn’t feel like it because it’s still so hot, it’s time to start thinking about your fall garden.

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Ten children from Ouachita Parish received free bicycles last week as part of the Ouachita Parish Public Library and the Kiwanis of Greater Ouachita’s Bikes for Books program at the Main Branch Library. The kids won the grand prize drawing after completing the Library’s summer reading challenge.

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Albert Christman, Chairman & CEO of Guaranty Bank & Trust, recently announced that that Chris Noren and Scotty Robinson have joined the bank as loan officers in the Ouachita Parish market.

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The University of Louisiana Monroe’s TRIO Programs has received a $2,291,275 grant renewal from the U.S. Dept. of Education to fund TRIO’s Educational Talent Search program for an additional five years.

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Louisiana Women Lead (LEAD), a non-profit, non-partisan organization whose mission is to train business-minded women to run for office in Louisiana, is inviting center or right-of-center women interested in running for office to apply for its fall training.

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Writer’s Note: I am a serious lover of books. I confess that I read each one the way I was taught during my university days. After I became a teacher myself, I tried to teach my own students to read texts in the same informed (aka “English teacher”) way. I wanted them to be aware of the auth…

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The city of West Monroe was recently recognized by the Louisiana Municipal Association as a winner in the annual Community Achievement Awards for the City’s efforts to revitalize Downtown West Monroe.

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A women’s group is planning to begin a Bible Study Fellowship program in September at First West church in West Monroe each Tuesday from 6:30-8 p.m.

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The West Monroe West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce was proud to welcome the 2021 Ouachita River Valley Association conference to West Monroe from Aug. 12-13.

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North Louisiana Economic Partnership recently announced Alexandria Einerson would join the NLEP team as the Director of Marketing and Communications.

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The Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants (LCPA) recently honored Christopher Barr, Timothy Green, and David Johnston for their remarkable contributions to the CPA profession and the community.

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MONROE VETERANS of Foreign Wars Post 1809 presented EMT Clarence “Bill” Breland with his 3rd place for the State of Louisiana plaque (out of 78 Louisiana Veterans of Foreign Wars posts) at the Acadian Headquarters on North 3rd Street in Monroe. The Monroe Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1809 e…

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Writer’s Note: Recently, I posed to some FaceBook groups a question about travel – “If money were no object and restrictions were lifted, where would you want to go, and why?” After reading over 200 responses, I learned that many yearn to get away. It has been a long run of “sameness’, hasn’t it?

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Beekeeping expert Amy Weeks of West Monroe will lead a talk and demonstration on Saturday, July 24, at 11 a.m. in the Discovery Place-Union Museum of History and Art,

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THE CITY of Monroe’s First Lady Ashley Ellis spoke earlier this week at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (VCOM) convocation ceremony on the campus of University of Louisiana-Monroe where more than 160 incoming students from around the country were welcomed to the city to begi…

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Ten people graduated from the Monroe Fire Department’s Basic Training Academy last week during a ceremony at the city’s Public Safety Center.

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