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  • Ouachita working up tornado damage estimate

    October 26, 2014 5:41 PM

    WEST MONROE, La. (AP) - The tornadoes that hit Ouachita Parish on Oct. 13 did millions of dollars in damage, but officials don't know whether it will be enough to qualify the parish for help from the Federal Emergency Management Administration. Total damages are well over FEMA's $6.3 million threshold... more »
  • Ouachita planning development at agricultural site

    October 5, 2014 4:25 PM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - The Ouachita Parish Police Jury will soon get 333 acres of property that economic development officials say is prime for development. The News-Star reports the Police Jury is expected to take ownership of the land in western Ouachita Parish from the LSU AgCenter when the jury... more »
  • Ouachita animal shelter taps inmate labor

    March 30, 2014 1:21 PM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - Inmates at the Ouachita Parish prison are helping upgrade pens for animals at the parish animal shelter. Shelter director Hack Tull tells The News-Star that using inmate volunteers helps to cut the cost of the project and gives the inmates a chance to serve the community.... more »
  • Court declares Ouachita schools unitary

    August 15, 2013 9:26 AM

    Ouachita Parish School District will no longer be required to seek approval from the U.S. District Court before making changes within the district. In a ruling issued Tuesday, The News-Star reports the court officially declared the district "unitary." Superintendent Bob Webber called the ruling "monumental" for Ouachita Parish after 47... more »
  • Ouachita property tax renewal on April ballot

    March 18, 2013 9:21 AM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - A 10-year, 0.75-mill property tax renewal will be one of the items on the Ouachita Parish ballot in the April 6 election. The money generated from the parish-wide tax helps fund the Ouachita Parish Health Unit and the parish's animal control efforts, including the shelter. Brad... more »
  • Ouachita school board suspends sabbaticals

    May 25, 2012 10:06 AM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - The Ouachita Parish School Board has voted to suspend all sabbatical leaves except for catastrophic medical leave for the upcoming school year. The News-Star reports board members voted unanimously Thursday to suspend the leave as a way to cut costs for the 2012-13 school year. To... more »
  • Ouachita sales taxes collections up in March

    May 14, 2012 10:45 AM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - Consumer spending picked up steam in Ouachita Parish to close out the first quarter in March. The News-Star reports combined collections for all Ouachita Parish jurisdictions were up 7.8 percent in March compared to the same month in 2011. Bob Eisenstadt, director of the University of... more »
  • Ouachita port closer to rail extension

    April 6, 2012 10:42 AM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - The Greater Ouachita Port is a step closer to building a long-sought rail extension. The News-Star said the cities of Monroe and West Monroe and the ODEC Land Corp. have tentatively agreed to provide $500,000 in funding that will unlock more than $1 million in federal... more »
  • Tornado Watch for Today 01/25/12

    January 25, 2012 9:34 AM

    Severe weather is heade our way, and we are currently under a Tornado Watch for the following Louisiana parishes: ACADIA, ALLEN, AVOYELLES, BEAUREGARD, BIENVILLE, CALCASIEU, CALDWELL, CAMERON, DE SOTO, EVANGELINE, GRANT, JACKSON, JEFFERSON DAVIS, LAFAYETTE, LA SALLE, NATCHITOCHES, OUACHITA, RAPIDES, RED RIVER, SABINE,... more »
  • Ouachita 911 system looking at $3M in upgrades

    September 19, 2011 9:20 AM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - The Ouachita Parish 911 Communications District is preparing to spend millions to upgrade its system to the "next generation of 911." Ouachita Parish 911 coordinator Craig Lott tells The News-Star the communication district has saved money through surcharges on wireless phone users to help pay for... more »
  • Ouachita's 1st felony warrant for child nonsupport

    July 11, 2011 7:40 AM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - Ouachita Parish has issued its first criminal felony warrant for a parent who is way behind on child support. Sheriff's deputies are contacting authorities in other states to find 41-year-old Mona Honaker White. The News-Star says reportedly lives in Virginia and allegedly owes $18,000 in child... more »
  • Ouachita-W Monroe tax auction goes online

    June 13, 2011 9:04 AM

    WEST MONROE, La. (AP) - You don't need to go to the sheriff's office any longer to buy property at the tax-title sale held for the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office and the city of West Monroe. The News-Star reports that the auction this week is going online. Under state law,... more »
  • Families find joy in Boy Scouts' return

    May 3, 2011 11:51 PM

    Just after 6PM on Tuesday evening, Troop 162 finally returned home to Lafayette. One-by-one, six boys stepped off the van to the sound of joy. It was only the day before when Chester Stutes prayed for the safe return of his grandson, Caleb. "I'm going to give him a big... more »
  • Ouachita Band Director Accused of Sex Act on Teen

    April 24, 2011 1:48 PM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - Authorities say Ouachita Parish High School band director Jon G. Lindsey has been charged with obscenity after being accused of performing a sex act on a 17-year-old boy in a car at a service station. Police reports reviewed by the News-Star said Lindsey denied performing oral... more »
  • Arraignment Set For Teenager in Deaths of Parents

    September 16, 2010 10:44 AM

    In Monroe, Louisiana, a 15-year-old West Ouachita High School student indicted in connection with the second-degree murder of his parents will be arraigned on Sept. 22. A spokeswoman with the Ouachita Parish District Attorney's Office said the arraignment date was set Wednesday afternoon. The teen is being held at the... more »
  • UPDATE-2 People Shot to Death Son Being Questioned

    September 10, 2010 1:30 PM

    UPDATE-WEST MONROE, La. (AP) - A Ouachita (WASH-uh-tah) Parish sheriff's detective says two people were shot to death and their son is being questioned. Deputy Meghan Russell wouldn't give the victims' names, but said both were killed by shotgun. KNOE-TV reports that they were killed sometime Thursday night and the... more »

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