Monroe

School officials at West Monroe High School have banned the use of the Confederate flag by its student body.    

According to students, Principal Shelby Ainsworth announced that the flag could not be displayed or flown from vehicles on campus.  The practice has been a long-standing tradition during football season at the school, whose mascot is the Rebel.

In the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina, Melissa Thaxton has seen challenge and change. 

 

The call is out for volunteer painters for the West Monroe seawall project Saturday.

Emery Thibodeaux, one of the "One Mile Of Love" project organizers, says the wall featuring local student artwork is in the last stages of completion.  "We have about 18 or 20 panels to do.  We have all the drawings projected.  Hopefully, we'll cover a lot of ground and wrap up in a couple weeks."

Photographs of New Orleans Lower Ninth Ward line a wall in a local art gallery.  It’s the images Danita Bright captured of Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath.  

 

Surreal and devastating, one particular picture draws my attention.

Area students are encouraged to pursue their education in a local workshop called "My Mind Is A Pearl."

The program was created by local educator Cleoria Dunn.  "These sessions host resource fairs and activities to build confidence in students," says Dunn.

She arrived at the idea from her own experience.  "I wanted my children to be successful, and I knew I had to lead by example.  I decided to quit my state job and go back to college and get my degree."

“We’ve been having bad snakes and all kinds of different things going on," says Deborah Rogers. She’s a Bronson Street resident who is a victim of blighted properties in her area.

Rogers says it bothers her to see neglected homes next to people who are taking care of theirs. She points to scattered debris along one side of an abandoned house. People have empty their trash on these lots, attracting unwanted guests to the neighborhood

Group Protests Officer's Reinstatement

May 13, 2015

About 40 people gathered in front of the Monroe Public Safety Center to protest the reinstatement of a Monroe police officer Tuesday. 

 

Student Artwork To Brighten Seawall

May 6, 2015

Over 200 works of art from area students are set to be reproduced on a mile-long stretch of the Trenton Street Seawall in West Monroe.  

The concept was pulled together by University of Louisiana at Monroe art instructor Brooke Foy.  "I had grown up in West Monroe and was familiar with the wall.  I moved back a couple years ago, to a neighborhood near the seawall, and began looking at this project as a possibility," she said.  

The Downtown West Monroe Revitalization Group was created by community and business leaders to address development and beautification projects.  

The area includes sites from the Louisville Bridge to the Endom Bridge and several blocks deep to where downtown meets North 3rd Street.  "This area is key to very important to overall development," says DWMR member Courtney Hornsby.

Two Boer goats at the Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo in Monroe were attacked by a pack of stray dogs over the weekend and suffered injuries so severe they had to be euthanized.

Zoo Director Joe Clawson tells The News-Star the dogs dug under a fence Sunday morning to enter the field where the goats were grazing. No other animals were injured. He said the fence has been secured.