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Share your passion to learn new things and impact a child’s life! (CLICK HERE) To make your tax-deductible year-end gift to KEDM gives the gift of reading to children in our local public schools. Over 77 percent of public school fourth graders in Louisiana are unable to read at grade level according to The Children’s Defense Fund. The third-grade reading level is widely recognized as a key indicator of a child’s future educational success. Through KEDM’s Holiday Drive and Year End Campaign,...
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Democrats Make Long-Shot Effort To Win Louisiana Senate Seat

The last unfinished Senate race of the election is nearly over.State Treasurer John Neely Kennedy, a Republican, is the clear favorite to become the next Senator from Louisiana, despite an eleventh-hour fundraising surge from his Democratic opponent, Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell.Because of Louisiana's unusual "jungle primary" election laws, none of the 24 candidates vying to replace retiring Senator David Vitter won enough of the vote to win the seat outright on Nov. 8, so the...
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Twenty-five years ago, Bob Castiglione told me, Money is not math, and math is not money. At the time I just scratched my head (till all my hair fell out), but I finally figured out what he meant.

The advent of personal computers thirty years ago enabled those of us in the fledgling financial planning community to crunch numbers to our hearts content. Thus enabled to calculate the numerical nuances of infinite financial possibilities, financial planners began producing elaborate projections of potential financial futures.


This past Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Horse Assisted Therapy Services of North Louisiana, HATS, hosted an open house for people in the community interested in volunteering for their program. The HATS program helps serve differently-abled participants from 2 to 60 years old. 

Leslie Vowles, the director of HATS,  explains that horse therapy is a good addition to other types of therapy people may be involved in. The HATS program has seen mobile skills improvement, behavioral improvement, and an increase in self confidence in the participants of the program. 

Early voting was sluggish in advance of this weekend's runoff election, with fewer than 6 percent of Louisiana's 3 million registered voters casting ballots.

 About 171,000 voters cast ballots early for the Saturday election that will decide an open U.S. Senate seat and two open U.S. House seats, along with dozens of local elections.

 That's only a third of the people who early voted ahead of last month's primary election, which had the attention-grabbing presidential race on the ballot.

NELA Drought Disaster Assistance Helps Farmers

Dec 2, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Caldwell, Catahoula, Franklin, Madison, Richland and Tensas parishes in Louisiana as a primary natural disaster area due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought.


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President-elect Donald Trump is signaling Congress he is going to make the most of his time in office.  

Congressman Ralph Abraham says, "They want things done and they want it in a hurry." 

Abraham says the new president will make revamping The Affordable Care Act a priority.  Syria and the Middle East are also pressing issues along with the U.S. debt and tax reform.

He says his Democrat colleagues think they can work with a Trump administration.  Abraham says,  "I have seen a change in their mood in the few weeks since the election." 


Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Deputies made an arrest in the theft of farm equipment.  Chad George, 41 of Farmerville, was arrested after a six-month investigation.  

In June of this year, deputies began working the case of a farm tractor and trailer stolen from a residence in Ouachita Parish. Based on the investigation and a tip from the Union Parish Crime Stoppers an arrest was made. 

George, a Union Parish resident, has been charged with one count of felony theft. 

Downtown Ruston will be the home of the North Central Louisiana Arts Council's Holiday Art Tour. This event, which highlights visual, literary, and performing arts, will be held on Friday, December 2nd and Saturday, December 3rd.

The Holiday Arts Tour involves 28 downtown shops and 50 local artists. This event has been around for 19 years and has been steadily gaining momentum. This year's tour will have a classical guitarists, a percussion ensemble, and street theater along with the paintings and drawing of resident artists. 

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Most governmental bodies, institutions and large businesses have some sort of disaster preparedness plan. Do you?

It seems like not a year passes that some fire out west destroys dozens, if not hundreds of houses incinerated in its path. Whether its a western wildfire or just a stovetop grease fire that burns down your house, make sure that whatever you lose to a fire, youve got the coverage you need. As with any insurance decision, I recommend you speak with a licensed professional agent. Here are a few things to consider:

Severe storms moved through northeast Louisiana yesterday. There were no reports of injuries but many areas sustained damage.

The National Weather Service received storm reports of a tornado near Kelly, Louisiana on U.S. Highway 165.

Large hail over 1" pelted  Ruston, Olla and Natchitoches and   1.75 "  hail  was reported near Grayson.

Many areas sustained wind damage along U.S. Highway 165. Tress were blown over along the highway between Grayson and Columbia.  

Union Parish experienced high winds and trees were uprooted in Farmerville. 

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The time has come again for the Downtown Gallery Crawl. This month's crawl is featuring ten galleries spread across Monroe and West Monroe, and it is taking place Thursday, December 1st from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a holiday style.

As always the Gallery Crawl will include music, food, and drinks.  This crawl will also include four motorized carts to bring crawlers to and from the different galleries.


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Not the Number Expected

With their report due January first, the Governor’s Task Force on Transportation Infrastructure Investment is finalizing their suggestions for reducing the state’s $13-billion backlog of road work.
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