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Major Eugene Ellis Named Interim Police Chief

Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo has named Major Eugene Ellis to the position of police chief. Ellis is a 31-year veteran of the Monroe Police Department. He will replace outgoing Monroe Police Chief Dr. Quentin Holmes, who recently announced his retirement, effective July 31, 2017. Major Ellis is a 31 year veteran of the department. He began his career in Monroe as a patrolman and held positions in narcotics, intelligence, administration and internal affairs. A new police chief will be hired in the...

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A plane crash in Union Parish has claimed the life of a 73-year-old man from Monroe. Sheriff Dusty Gates says David Lockard’s small, private plane crashed into Lake D’Arbonne Sunday afternoon. The Federal Aviation Administration is one site, trying to determine a cause for the crash.

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KEDM Public Radio would like to thank everyone that came out to the Craft Festiv-ale Beer Tasting at Tonore's Wine Cellar!

The craft beer tasting included 25 American Craft Beers not yet sold in the Monroe area. A few of the beer labels included Oskar Blues, Gnarley Barley Urban South Founders, and Brooklyn Brewing. A poll was even taken to see what were people favorite type of beer with Crispy & Clean coming out on top.

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When it comes to saving the planet the last thing people think about doing is cutting trees. To better help Cheniere Lake prosper trimming trees is the only way that sees fit. Don Plunk Jr. the Chairman for the Cheniere Lake Advisory Board says, “It’s a plan that would pay for itself, a timber company has signed to cut many of the trees which would prevent leaves from piling up in the water and damaging the lake’s ecosystem.” The trees that are cut would be sold and the money would be used to pay the timber company.

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Monroe Police Chief Dr. Quentin Holmes has announced his retirement, effective July 30. Holmes said he wants to work in education and criminal justice reform, and explained that he wants to teach at the university level. Holmes said during his tenure many goals were met, including equipment upgrades for police officers, better training and pay increases for the police department. 

Heat Advisory Extended: Now Hotter And Longer

Jul 19, 2017
NWS - Shreveport

UPDATED: Advisory extended:

Very hot and humid conditions will continue Thursday 
and Friday, with afternoon temperatures climbing into the mid 
and upper 90s each day. When combined with the humidity, heat 
indices will range from 105 to 109 degrees. 

Heat indices of 105 degrees or higher can be expected
Thursday and Friday afternoons. Only limited cooling is expected
tonight and Thursday night as temperatures fall into the mid 
70s.

Heat related illnesses may be possible for those 

The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education recently approved $2.2 million in "Believe and Prepare" Educator Grant Program allocations to assist the University of Louisiana Monroe and 12 other universities and non-profit organizations in their efforts to start or expand and strengthen their teaching preparation programs.

The round of grants focuses specifically on classrooms in which identifying highly prepared educators has been most challenging, those serving students with disabilities and those in rural regions of the state

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Thursday July 20th, the Biedenharn Museum and Gardens will be holding it's annual summer event, Moonlight in the Gardens. July's Moonlight will feature Jazz, the Bible Museum, the Coke Museum and Store, a look into the gardens, and the always popular Coke Floats. Moonlight will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Ralph Calhoun, director of the museum, shares that, "Guest get the opportunity to see the gardens, literally, in a different light." Moonlight in the Gardens is one of the only opportunities visitors have to see the gardens at night.

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Tuesday July 18, the Walk to End Alzheimer's is holding a team recruitment party at 6:30 p.m. at Azalea Estates Assisted Living for people interested in helping with the walk in November. 

The Walk to End Alzheimer's will be held November 4. This organization raises awareness about Alzheimer's as well as funds to find a cure to this disease. Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, and an estimated 85,000 people are diagnosed with this disease in Louisiana alone. 

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Fourth Judicial Court Judge Alvin Sharp dismissed a suit, the town of Sterlington filed in an attempt to get drinking water pipes from Greater Ouachita Water Co. He determined that the suit was filed prematurely.

In his ruling, Sharp said “the board of aldermen should have passed an ordinance authorizing the mayor to file the suit in accordance with state law before it was filed.”

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Monday July 17th, at the West Monroe Library Branch, the Living Well Foundation will be holding interest meetings for its next grant cycle at 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. These meeting will show local organizations what a Living Well grant can do and who is eligible to receive them.  

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Franklin Parish Child Killed By Electric Fence

In Winnsboro seven-year old Brandon McFarland was found dead in a neighbor's yard. His parents told police that he was playing with sister in the front yard , and when they went outside he was missing. McFarland's parents and others from the neighborhood searched for the child until finding him in a neighbor's yard next to where they were visiting. Reports say that Brandon was playing with a ball when it went over a fence and when he went to go get the ball he hit a hot wire on the electric...

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