West Monroe

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A huge converting and logistics facility will be built in Ouachita Parish near Ouachita High School and the now vacant Guide Plant. The facility will house Graphic Packaging’s Carton Folding Plant and DHL’s Logistics and Distribution Operation.  The 1.27 million square foot facility will be bigger than the Louisiana Superdome.

DHL will construct the building and the adjoining distribution center. The total construction investment for the new Monroe facility will be over $84 million.

Dump Truck Accident Kills One

Apr 6, 2017

Shortly before 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a crash on LA 34 at the intersection of Philpot Road.

The preliminary investigation revealed a 1998 Toyota 4-Runner, driven by 19-year-old Paul Robbins of West Monroe, LA, was stopped on Philpot Road preparing to make a left turn onto LA 34. For unknown reasons, Robbins made a left turn onto LA 34, into the path of a 2000 Mack Dump truck, driven by 43-year-old Thomas Allen of Calhoun, LA.

A state audit examining a missing $22,000 in student activity funds from West Ridge Middle School in West Monroe has been turned over to law enforcement. Roger Harris with the Legislative Auditor’s Office says over $11,000 was collected from eighth graders between 2013 and 2014 for a trip to Disney World. He says there was one teacher in charge of collecting the money for the trip, Jodie Dean.

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Ouachita Green is always in the business of keeping Ouachita Parish clean. This weekend, in affiliation with Keep America Beautiful, they are promoting the Great American Clean Up. Saturday, March 18th, community members are invited to help clean up the community from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The Krewe of Janus Parade will roll through the streets of the Twin Cities this weekend. The parade starts at 6:00 pm in West Monroe and then crosses into Monroe via the Lee Joyner Bridge. 

The theme for this years parade is Around the World with Janus. 

The Grand Marshal of the parade is Dillon Day. Day is a tackle for the Denver Broncos and played football at West Monroe High School.

The Krewe of Janus was established in 1984. It was organized by the Twin Cities’ Jaycees and became an independent organization in 1989.

Cheryl Hales

Sunday, February 26th, Crosley Elementary School is inviting all alumni to celebrate its 100th anniversary. This event will start at 2 p.m. in the Crosley Auditorium. 

West Monroe to start Round-A-Bout Construction

Jan 30, 2017
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The Department of Transportation announced construction will begin this summer in West Monroe to widen a 3.2 mile stretch of Arkansas Road between LA 143 and Caldwell Road. DOTD Spokesperson Marshall Hill says the road will be turned into four lanes and a center turn lane will be added to help alleviate traffic.

 

 

 

Marshall Hill says “this is an area of West Monroe that’s built up over recent years, especially with the three schools.”

 

 

 

Suspect Joshua Van-buren has been identified in connection to the West Monroe shooting Wednesday night. West Monroe Police says the incident occurred on Orange Street after an argument broke out

West Monroe Police says Van-buren exited his vehicle and approached the unidentified individual.  The two then exchanged gun fire at each other. Three women and a child were nearby, but no one was injured.

Van-buren has been taken into custody and charged with attempted second degree murder. No bond has been set.

Ouachita Green

Ouachita Green's vision of keeping the community Green and Clean continues as they get ready for their Christmas Tree Recycling event. This service to the community will last from December 26 to January 6. 

The Christmas spirit is all about giving back. Through recycling live trees instead of throwing them away, one can give back to their community and environment. Recycling the trees also lightens the load of sanitation companies and keeps the trees out of landfills.

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Due to rainfall earlier in the month, the West Monroe Christmas Parade has been moved to this Saturday.

The rescheduled Kiwanis Club of West Monroe Christmas Parade will follow a different route this year.

The parade, sponsored by Origin Bank, will begin this Saturday, December 17 at 10:00 AM and travel along this route. 

· Depart from parking lots of First West (First Baptist Church of West Monroe)

· South onto Cypress Street

· Left (east) onto Wood Street

· Left (north) onto Trenton Street (Antique Alley)

· Left (west) onto Stella St

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