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Past articles by Scott:

Excessive overtime, uncontrolled purchasing among issues raised in latest Jonesboro audit

The audit report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021, had nine findings, eight of which were repeated from previous years. → Read More

Monroe native to appear on 'Dancing With Myself' learned his moves while serving in Iraq War

Macky James said he learned how to dance while serving in the military. Now, dancing is therapeutic in battling his PTSD. → Read More

Heading to downtown Monroe or West Monroe for the fireworks? Here are the streets to avoid

If you're planning on heading to either downtown and taking in the festivities, be advised that some streets will be closed. → Read More

Plea agreement reached with Monroe Police officer charged in Timothy Williams beating

Jared Desadier is scheduled to enter a guilty plea on Friday at the Federal Courthouse in Monroe, according to a news release from Williams's lawyers → Read More

Audit: Eros mayor, town officials received unemployment while getting paid during COVID

In addition, auditors found the town appears to be improperly classified as a town under the provisions of the Lawrason Act. → Read More

Car runs into the Crowville fire station, mural damaged 48 hours after it was finished

Louisiana State Police is handling the investigation of the crash, said Monday that no further information was yet available. → Read More

New postcard mural in Crowville highlights Franklin Parish farming, faith, values

NELA artist Brooke Foy enlisted to paint 572-square-foot mural on the township's volunteer fire station → Read More

Union Parish schools crack down on smart phones, printed shirts and hoodies

The district also announced that certain items of clothing were banned, "for safety reasons" → Read More

Jobs are abundant in Northeast Louisiana; workers to fill them, not so much

NELA employers have jobs to fill, but little demand for them. → Read More

Legislative Auditor: Former Caldwell Parish civil deputy took over $170K from tax collections

Debbie Dollar took cash collected by the sheriff’s office and deposited the money into her and her daughter's bank accounts, according to auditors. → Read More

State audit: Former deputy clerk took over $300,000 from Ouachita Parish PayPal account

Former Ouachita Parish Clerk of Court Deputy Clerk Donald J. Ryder, Jr. used PayPal to divert $344,226 of public funds between 2014 and 2018. → Read More

'Excessive' overtime, 10 other problem findings in Jonesboro audit

Personnel expenses in the Utility Fund increased from $353,108 to $518,563, or 40% from 2019. → Read More

Clay Jordan, former 'Survivor' contestant from Monroe, dies at 66

Jordan was the last contestant eliminated in the show's fifth season, "Survivor: Thailand," in 2002. → Read More

Ouachita voters overwhelmingly approve jail millage renewal

Voters had previously voted down the 9.2-mill property tax by a 56-44 margin on Nov. 13. → Read More

Judiciary Commission admonishes 4th JDC Judge Marchman for unethical conduct in 2018 campaign

A seven-page letter explaining the decision was released Tuesday; it outlines 3 incidents in which Marchman publicly lied about Jimbo Stephens. → Read More

West Monroe elementary school stops daily student prayer after parent complaint

A local elementary school reportedly had a student lead same prayer every day over the intercom for all students following the Pledge of Allegiance. → Read More

Audit shows Village of Waterproof the victim of embezzlement, poor accounting practices

An audit discovered several major issues with the village's accounting practices and at least one case of alleged criminal wrongdoing. → Read More

Here are the results of Saturday's elections in Northeast Louisiana

Here are the results of Saturday's elections in Northeast Louisiana → Read More

The News-Star is discontinuing Saturday paper delivery, digital readers will see no change

The News-Star is announcing a change in print delivery frequency beginning Saturday. → Read More

Monroe City Schools release 2022-23 academic calendar

The Monroe City School Board approved this calendar on March 15, 2022. → Read More