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The 2021 Miss Louisiana Competition will be held Thursday, June 17 until the final reveal of the next Miss Louisiana on Saturday, June 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Monroe Civic Center’s WL “Jack” Howard Theatre.

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Locals looking for homemade, locally produced art and produce can take advantage of the North Louisiana Crafts, Chicken Swap and Produce event to satisfy their wants. The event is expected to bring artisans, crafters, poultry, and food producers together to benefit the community in north Louisiana.

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St. Francis Medical Center recently earned initial accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for its new graduate medical education (GME) program to help attract, train and retain physicians in northeastern Louisiana. 

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On a cold, rainy morning in early May, approximately 100 members of the Monroe Garden Club gathered for their annual spring luncheon – an event that was cancelled last year because of COVID-19. This year, though their numbers were restricted to the first 100 members who requested one of the …

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Ouachita Parish Sheriff Jay Russell announced last week that Magy Nicholson of Ouachita Parish has been named the recipient of an academic scholarship from the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Scholarship Program for the 2021-2022 school year.

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Writer’s Note: Have you been keeping up with the BIG news — that the Brood X cicadas are emerging? If you haven’t, then don’t worry. It isn’t like there haven’t been other things to think about — China, Russia, suddenly mainstream UFO’s, our Southern border, Israel, Afghanistan, etc. Still, …

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Writer’s Note: It has been an interesting two weeks. It isn’t every day that the world is told that a Chinese rocket is going to tumble to Earth at an undetermined location on an undetermined date — but somewhere and soon! If it hadn’t been so serious, it might have been hilarious. The comme…

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The city of West Monroe and the Kiroli Foundation will host “Love Local in the Park” this Saturday, May 22, beginning at 11 a.m. at Kiroli Park.

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The Wellspring’s Sexual Assault Prevention Coordinator Yolanda Bias was recently named Advocate of the Year by the Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault (LaFASA) at its annual reception in Baton Rouge last month.

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The public is invited to the Union Arts Council’s member recruitment gathering, “Spring Fling,” on Tuesday, May 18, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., at the home of Tammy McKown, 1292 Eagle Point Drive, Farmerville.  

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Adrienne LaFrance-Wells, downtown Main Street Director for the City of West Monroe, has been selected to participate in Leadership Louisiana, a year-long, nationally recognized leadership development program presented by the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL).

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The Monroe Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Rodney J. Hobbs Post 1809 is hosting a Memorial Day event featuring a fish fry and flag retirement ceremony on Saturday, May 29 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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Origin Bancorp Inc., the financial holding company for Origin Bank, recently announced that its stockholders elected La’Verne Edney and Meryl Kennedy Farr as new members of the board of directors at the company’s annual stockholders meeting on April 28.

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The University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi recently celebrated more than 5,000 candidates for graduation in the Class of 2021 during the university’s 168th Commencement exercises April 29 - May 2.

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Leann Bond, Executive Director for the Children’s Coalition for Northeast Louisiana (CCNELA), was appointed to the Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board (CCAB) by Gov. John Bel Edwards last month.

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Writer’s Note: Several weeks ago, many around the world focused their attention on the death and funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and consort to the Queen. Jim and I sat quietly through the entire service, marveling at Britain’s earnest — and, for the most part, successful — attem…

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Gov. John Bel Edwards appointed Leann Bond of Monroe to the Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board earlier this month.

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Several locals were recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

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With no gate fee, the Morehouse May Madness Street Festival will welcome crowds to the historic district of Bastrop where the Morehouse Parish Courthouse is the centerpiece and where juried vendors will set-up their booths.

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Anna Stilinovic and Brandon Breard will exchange wedding vows at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in New Orleans. Fr. Tom Stehlik will officiate the wedding mass.

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Recent high school graduates and college-age students are encouraged to apply for the SEE West Monroe AmeriCorps Summer Team.

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Writer’s Note: There are predictable signs of spring’s arrival — tree branches begin looking “bumpy” as new leaves begin to emerge, early bulbs push their foliage upward into the sunlight announcing the arrival of blooms, and — for some of us, anyway — hummingbirds arrive at feeders, ready t…

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The North Louisiana Economic Partnership (NLEP) last week introduced its new chief executive officer and President, Justyn Dixon, to public figures in the area.

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Fresh from their third consecutive national championship, the University of Louisiana Monroe’s Hawkline is on the competition road again, headed to Daytona, FL. 

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Ouachita Parish sheriff’s Deputy Chris Lambert was recognized by Sheriff Jay Russell and Chief Deputy Marc Mashaw for his efforts saving the life of a driver involved in a head-on collision March 29.

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Pandemic restrictions have found many of us struggling to make lemonade out of lemons during this past year! So many changes have happened, and we have experienced stress in ways that we couldn’t have imagined.

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Writer’s Note: Several weeks ago, I was reading yet another article about COVID and the need for “essential workers” to be vaccinated first. That meant that the determination of exactly “who” is “essential” led to more bickering.

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Celebrating Spring, the Arts Council Brown Bag Concerts Series returns each Wednesday in April at Anna Gray Noe Park in downtown Monroe (across from St. Francis Medical Center at 309 Jackson Street).

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