Paperwork clogs flood recovery in south Monroe

The 91-year-old sits in one with a rotary bakelite phone in reach on the other. For the past several months, Splond has spent many of her days on the patio, using the phone to take care of her business. She can't spend time in her home of 30 years until damage caused by the March flooding is repaired. "I'm here most every day when I feel up to walking from the neighbor's house over to this house, but it's not every day that I feel like I can do it," Splond said.

Making strides: New drug helps toddler take first steps

Making strides: New drug helps toddler take first steps Audrey Carpenter runs across the room for fun, her sandaled feet clapping against the floor. She’s one of a set of twins wearing matching coral dresses with appliquéd kittens at Melanie Massey Physical Therapy. Allie Mae Carpenter's walker slides slowly forward as she takes tentative steps. They aren’t her first, but they’re close. Allie Mae, 2, was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy in October. Audrey and Allie Mae share a Feb. 24 b

Meet the Monroe native on Project Runway's reboot season

The realization that fashion could be a form of self-expression led Lela Orr to a career in the fashion industry and launching her own brand, Ferrah, in Dallas. It has also led her to reality television. Orr, a former Monroe resident, will appear as a contestant in the new season of "Project Runway" when it returns to Bravo on March 14. Orr was a fan of the fashion-design competition in high school and dreamed of appearing on the show. When the reboot was announced, a friend sent in an applic

Jewelry: Best Styles and Selection From All Your Favorite Jewelry Stores

Did you ever get distracted by something shiny? Was it a ruby, a diamond, a sapphire or an emerald? The world’s most precious stones and semi-precious gems feature bewitching hues and precision cuts capable of capturing the light and enhancing the allure of the wearer. You come by your taste for bling naturally. Many of the world's oldest artifacts are jewelry. Scientists believe the most ancient pieces were crafted of shells and strung for a necklace or bracelet approximately 100,000 years ago according to the BBC.