The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) has confirmed the state’s first two identified cases of the SARS-CoV-2 virus known as the Brazil P.1 variant. 

The P.1 cases were detected in individuals in Regions 1 (Greater New Orleans area) and 5 (Southwest Louisiana). Neither individual reported a history of travel, and neither individual had received the COVID-19 vaccines. Although these are the first reported cases of the P.1 variant in Louisiana, it is likely that there are additional undetected cases circulating.

To celebrate the culture-created (unofficial) Star Wars Day – May the 4th Be with You, the Wind Ensemble of the University of Louisiana Monroe will perform a free concert on Tuesday, May 4. 


The University of Louisiana Monroe School of Visual and Performing Arts presents The Addams Family at 7:30 p.m., April 29-31 and May 1, and at 2 p.m. on May 2. The production will be livestreaming from Brown Auditorium on BookTix. 


Tickets are required and are free on Eventbrite (  


Former NFL'er Pat Williams Free Football Camp

Apr 28, 2021
Pat Williams

Former NFL Player and Monroe Native Pat Williams and the BamFam Foundation will hold a free football camp on June 13th, 2021 for grades 3rd-12th in Monroe, LA from 1pm-4pm. Williams is a graduate of Wossman High School.  Registration is at with 300 roster spots available.

OPSO Warns Of Online Scam

Apr 28, 2021
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Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Investigators are investigating reports of a nationwide scam involving renting or buying houses online.

The Louisiana Department of Health will resume use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, following a decision late Friday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

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COLUMBIA, La. — Gov. John Bel Edwards and CEO Paul Schubert of Strategic Biofuels LLC announced that the company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Louisiana Green Fuels, plans to develop a renewable diesel plant near the Caldwell Parish seat of Columbia. Situated on a 171-acre site at the Port of Columbia, the plant would produce up to 32 million gallons of renewable fuel annually through established refinery processes with wood waste as the feedstock. The company is completing feasibility and financing phases for the project in anticipation of a final investment decision by late 2022.

Election Day Reminder

Apr 23, 2021

Saturday, April 24, 2021 is Election Day.

Monroe's Biedenharn Museum Moonlight in the Garden will be held, Saturday, April, 24 from 3:00 – 8:00. This event features Caroline Youngblood’s artwork, exhibits in the Bible Museum, strolling in the Garden, and Coke Floats. The museum is expanding hours to give visitors plenty of time to enjoy the first Moonlight in the Garden of the year Admission is five dollars, payable at the Riverside Gate. Masks are not required in the gardens but are required for admittance in the Bible Museum.

Michael Parker's laugh-riot involves two men trying to fool their new female boss into thinking that their wives are indeed with them on what they had intended to be a totally innocent weekend of golfing. Impersonation seems to work for a short time, but everything falls apart as the wives, who have been shopping in New York, show up.

Ticket prices are $15 Student 4-up to college, $30 All Adults 
Mask will be required while in the building. Social Distancing is required as well.