Princess Nneka Ayika

Student Reporter

Princess is a sophomore at the University of Louisiana Monroe, majoring in biology. She is from Lagos, Nigeria but decided to pursue her college degree in the U.S. The main reason for her doing so is because she believes in adventure and wanted to have one. She has two older brothers who are in Monroe, one also attending ULM, majoring in Bio-Chemistry and the other seeking a place in the Army.

She loves to write, draw and paint during her free time. Princess also dreams of dabbling in the art of animation, specifically to animate with Disney.

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With Halloween only two weeks away, Louisiana residents rush to find the hottest costumes. DeMarcus Cox, Manager of the Halloween Express store says the most common costume so far is Pennywise the clown from the movie IT.

Cox says most guys are going for scarier, more realistic looking costumes while girls are going for female superheroes and empowering figures.

However, for children the trend seems to be less scary but still real. Cox says most children want to be Policemen this Halloween.

ULM College of Business and Social Sciences hosts symposium Oct. 9-12


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The University of Louisiana Monroe College of Business and Social Sciences hosts the 2017 Symposium during Homecoming Week, Monday-Thursday, Oct. 9-12.

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The Flood of 2016  which damaged the Plum Street Underpass called for emergency interim repairs. The dirt sides of the underpass began sliding down the hill.  Now the road has been given permanent repairs and will be reopened today Tuesday, October 10th.

The project cost $457,134 which was funded by both the City of Monroe Capital Infrastructure Street fund and FEMA reimbursement. The Road will be fully functional and cut down traffic congestion from train traffic in the area. 

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Ouachita Parish Sheriff's deputies responded to a call of an armed robbery happening at the Mac's Fresh Market in Lakeshore on Hwy 139. The suspect had a handgun and fled on foot, with an unknown amount of money.  

There is no further information or description on the suspect. Police are asking for help in finding the robber. Contact the Ouachita Parish Sheriffs Office at 318-329-1200 with information.

No one was injured and more information will be released as the investigation proceeds.  

Louisiana State Police / TROOP F NEWS RELEASE /

An arrest warrant for 21-year-old Alicia Richard was obtained on Wednesday October 4, after her infant child was found dead in a dumpster.

On Monday October 2, the Louisiana State Police Bureau was contacted by the Tensas Parish Sheriff’s office to investigate the death of a small infant child which was found in the dumpster.

After an autopsy was run on the infant it was found that the cause of death was blunt force trauma.

Richards was arrested and booked for first degree murder of her infant child.

ULM Beats Coastal Carolina Now 2-0 In Sunbelt

Oct 2, 2017
ULM Warhawks / Jeanette Robinson /

University Louisiana Monroe is 2-0 in the Sun Belt Conference after beating Coastal Carolina 51-43 on Saturday September 30th. Warhawks coach Matt Viator is glad to see his team play well after beating in-state rival UL Lafayette last week.

ULM is now 2-and-2 on the season and 2-0 in the Sun Belt for the first time since the 2014 season. The Warhawks are playing the Bobcats next Saturday at Texas State University.

Viator says he likes how his team has been playing and hopes they deliver the same result the next game at Texas State.  

Louisiana Cantina Boycotts NFL games

Sep 28, 2017
Parker Anderson / /

Sarita’s Grill & Cantina in Denham Springs was one of the first establishments to announce they would no longer air NFL games after about 200 players throughout the league refused to stand for the national anthem Sunday. General Manager Tony Melara says he is an immigrant who was not born here, but his family takes great pride in what the American flag stands for.

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Cameron Jordan and a few other players from the New Orleans Saints sat during the national anthem with hands on their hearts. Jordan makes it clear that in no way are the players intention to disrespect the flag or our troops. He said the demonstration of kneeling or sitting during the national anthem is simply a way of raising awareness to the racial injustice happening currently in the country. He says the demonstration is peaceful and only seeks to unify the country, not divide it. 

The investigation for the murder of Hunter Adams, in August, has given rise to three suspects; ages 13, 14, and 15.

Names of the suspects have not been given as they are all juveniles. The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s investigators have arrested the three suspects and booked them in Green Oaks detention center.

Police say Hunter Adams was murdered on August 21. All three juveniles have each been charged with one count each of second degree murder. 

Spokesperson Glenn Springfield says no further information has been given as the investigation is still ongoing.

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The interim chief Eugene Ellis from the Monroe Police Department soothed a worried crowd on Thursday night.

He said the MPD is very much capable at handling crime.



Ellis says the new system seems to be working as crime rates have gone down somewhat. He also adds that he too would like to see the current rates drop more.