Bria Winfree

Public Affairs Assistant

Originally from Deville, Louisiana, Bria moved to Monroe to pursue degrees in History and Political Science with a minor in English at the University of Louisiana Monroe. She intends to graduate in the Spring of 2021 to begin her career as an educator.

Bria has become involved in various organizations on ULM’s campus, including ULM Hawkseekers, ULM Quiz Bowl and the Green Hope club, as well as the ULM Honors Program.

In her free time, Bria enjoys hiking, painting and reading, as well as volunteering through her various organizations.

Ways to Connect

Main Street Monroe has been designated as an accredited Main Street America program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs to recognize their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach.

Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, announced that Allison Litwin of West Monroe has won the 2019 Congressional High School Art Competition for Louisiana’s 5th District.

High school students from throughout the nation compete annually for the opportunity to have a piece of artwork displayed in the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

Litwin’s art will hang among other winners from congressional districts across the country in the Capitol for a year, beginning this summer.

From a press release from the Downtown RiverMarket:

It is with heavy hearts that we have made the decision to cancel doMo Piano Bar, previously scheduled for May 2nd. We felt that the potential for rain was to great and could not risk the safety of our performers, attendees, laborers, or equipment. 

The City of West Monroe and Ouachita Parish School Board broke ground today on the Riverbend Community Health Park.

The park is a joint project between the City of West Monroe and Ouachita Parish School Board on property adjacent to Riverbend Elementary and the West Monroe Community Center, where a groundbreaking ceremony was held April 30. 

The city of West Monroe wil open its Utility Payment Kiosk to city water customers today, April 30. 

The kiosk is located in the parking lot of City Hall att 2305 North 7th Street in West Monroe. 

The Utility Payment Kiosk allows West Monroe water customers to pay their city water bill year-round at any time of day. The kiosk requires your account number, payments to be made in cash or credit card and supports Spanish translation. The kiosk does not accept checks or gives change. 

Lousiana Public Health Institute

On Sex Education In the State

Twenty four states require sex education, thirty eight require sex ed to be approved of by parents. Abstinence+ is a sex education program that emphasizes abstinence, but covers birth control, condoms, healthy relationships, consent and STD information. 

Why Abstinence-plus?

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The Children's Coalition's Jan Daniels is bringing Love 146 to end sex trafficking in Monroe and the Ouachita Parish region. 

Love 146 will focus on local middle schoolers. The program is a five-week module on preventing sex trafficking.

Jan Daniels says the warning signs of an at-risk child may include:


Early childhood education brings high returns for the community. Susan Nelson, director of Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families, talks with KEDM about raising funding for early childhood education.

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Sleep is one of the most important 'fuels' our body needs. Dr. Lynn Clark, executive director of the Children's Coalition of Northeast Louisiana, says that engaging with teens about how to get a better hold on their somatic health can positively impact mental and physical health. 

Talking to Your Teens About Sleep

Switzerland-based helicopter maker Kopter selects the Lafayette Regional Airport to assemble helicopters, creating 120 jobs. Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson says Kopter looked at 38 locations before picking Lafayette, which has a strong helicopter culture, because of the oil and gas industry.

The Kopter Production and Product Support Center will deliver SH09, among a variety of models throughout the Western Hemisphere.