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Local officials cut a ribbon commemorating the opening of a new playground at Gator Park in southern West Monroe earlier this week.

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With smiles hidden behind a variety of masks and standing an acceptable distance apart, members of P.E.O. Chapter AE met recently to honor Leslie V. Lofton, the newest recipient of the P.E.O. PCE Scholarship.

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The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) have approved a grant proposal written by students in the English professional writing class of Patrick Morgan, Ph.D., at the University of Louisiana Monroe.  

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University of Louisiana Monroe Professor of History Monica Bontty, Ph.D., departs from her passion for all things Egyptian to cast a speculative eye on common perceptions and misconceptions in her latest book, “Ancient Rome: Facts and Fictions” (ABC-CLIO, 2020).

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Keep Ouachita Parish Beautiful recently announced it received a clean-up supplies grant from Keep Louisiana Beautiful to help with litter prevention and beautification efforts in Ouachita Parish.

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James Aulds of West Monroe was recently initiated into the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society.

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Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System (FMOLHS) hospitals in Louisiana and Mississippi earned platinum recognition for their efforts to increase organ, eye and tissue donor registrations and awareness of the need across both states.

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The University of Louisiana Monroe will hold commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in Fant Ewing Coliseum. Due to state regulations on the number of people who can be in the coliseum at one time, separate ceremonies for each college will be held throughout the day. 

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Writer’s Note: The late Louisiana governor, Kathleen Blanco, during the Katrina crisis said, “My values — our values — aren’t about pointing fingers. They are about offering a helping hand.” She believed then, and I believe now, that if more people took time to listen and tried to help other…

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The Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA) recently approved a grant proposal written by University of Louisiana Monroe School of Education instructor Molly Hill.  

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There will be a Halloween Trail at Kiroli Park Oct. 21-31 during regular park hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. People of all ages are invited to stroll along the park’s Halloween Trail, which begins at the Group Shelter near the Raising Cane’s Dog Park. Decorated photo areas will be available at th…

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To help alleviate a critical shortage of blood and blood products, the University of Louisiana Monroe, ULM Medical Laboratory Science and LifeShare Blood Center is having the Battle of the Bayou Blood Drive from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29. 

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The University of Louisiana Monroe Medical Laboratory Science Society is collaborating with Be The Match to host a bone marrow drive on campus through Nov. 21.

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William V. Smart, Executive Director, announced that Monroe Housing Authority will celebrate the completion of Phase I of Preservation Mills with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house on Thursday, Oct. 29.

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“Start Smart: 10 Essential Learnings for Kids before They Start School” By Gloria S. Camp, retired educator and former Citizen columnist, is now available at Blessings Book Store, 110 Splane Drive, West Monroe. It will be soon be available at other sites.

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United Way of Northeast Louisiana is continuing Food for our Friends, a drive-through food distribution open to anyone in Northeast Louisiana who is experiencing food insecurity due to recent disasters. United Way aims to serve the many hard-working families in the community.

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Micaela Jolly of Calhoun, recently joined MC Worship Collective at Mississippi College for the 2020-21 academic year.

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