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McCrary Named Monroe's New Economic Leader

15 hours ago

The City of Monroe will soon have a new Economic Development leader onboard to move its economy forward. Northeast Louisiana native Kelsea McCrary will become the City’s Chief Economic Developer effective August 2, 2021.

West Monroe Set To Host ORVA Conference

16 hours ago
CORY CROWE / KEDM

The West Monroe West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce will host the 2021 Ouachita River Valley Association conference on August 12 and 13 at the West Monroe Convention Center.

 

ORVA Executive Director David Weeks says the conference will discuss economic impacts of the Ouachita and Black Rivers Navigation Project; and feature speakers such as Louisiana Ag Commissioner Dr. Mike Strain, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Col. Robert Hilliard and Jame Bodron, as well as Dr. Norma Jean Mattei from the Mississippi River Commission.

 

 

Monroe Updates Mask Policy In City Buildings

19 hours ago

Given the rising number of Covid-19 cases in our region and the CDC’s reversal of their indoor mask policy for the vaccinated, and after speaking with medical experts, Monroe Mayor Friday Ellis is reinstating Covid-19 protocols for city buildings. Starting today, masks must be worn inside City of Monroe buildings when six feet of social distancing cannot be maintained, regardless of vaccination status. The mandate will go into effect at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday night ahead of the City Council meeting.

Ashley Ellis has been named the new principal at Neville Junior High. Ellis will replace Dana Mullins. Mullins has been named the new supervisor of Human Resources for the school board. 

Ellis served as the Assistant Principal of Neville High School and on the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.  She is married to Monroe Mayor Friday Ellis.

Monroe Mayor Friday Ellis has appointed Tommy James as Chief Code Enforcement Officer for the City of Monroe.

Mr. James has decades of experience in public service, including 30 years with the Monroe Fire Department with the last three years serving as Chief Arson Investigator, and 16 years as a reserve police officer with the Monroe Police Department.

Clay – On July 26, 2021, shortly before 3:45 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a single-vehicle fatal crash on Works Road just west of LA Hwy 818. This crash claimed the life of three unrestrained teenagers.

The initial investigation revealed a 2012 Kia Optima, driven by 19-year-old Lajermanique Nichols of Jonesboro, was traveling east on Works Road. For reasons still under investigation, the vehicle began to rotate, traveled off the road and struck a large tree.

In the last 18 months, the number of opioid overdoses has skyrocketed in Louisiana and many in need don’t know where to turn for help. Louisiana 211 is stepping up to connect Louisianans w

New Mask Guidance From Governor Edwards And LDH

Jul 26, 2021

As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise in Louisiana, and following the designation of Louisiana by the White House as a “state of concern” because of its rapid case growth and insufficient vaccination rate, today Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Louisiana Department of Health issued updated guidance recommending that all people, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, wear masks indoors when at least six feet of distancing is not physically possible during the fourth surge of COVID-19.

Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West today reminded Louisiana private nonprofit organizations of the Aug. 23, 2021, deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for property damage caused by severe winter storms that occurred Feb. 11-19, 2021. Private nonprofits that provide essential services of a governmental nature are eligible for assistance.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — New Orleans’ iconic Superdome may soon bear the Caesars Entertainment name and logo. A 20-year naming rights deal with the Saints is nearing completion and won required legislative backing Thursday.

Terms of the contract are still being finalized, but the deal is estimated to be worth about $138 million. That's according to information provided to the joint House and Senate budget committee that approved the naming rights transfer. The money will go to the Saints organization. But lawmakers were told the NFL team intends to invest the cash in the stadium.

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