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West Nile Virus in Seven Ouachita Locations

The Ouachita Parish Mosquito Abatement District issued a list of seven locations that tested positive for West Nile Virus. The mosquito pools that tested positive for West Nile on July 9 and 10 include: Near the intersection of I-20 and Orange Street Garden District Near Bernstein Park Between Forsythe Avenue and the Ouachita River Near Lakewood Estates subdivision Near Davis Street in Sterlington Near Howard Brown Road in West Ouachita Parish Testing was conducted by the Louisiana Department...

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It's with a deep sense of loss that I write today of the loss of longtime friend and mentor Jackie Yeldell.

I first met Jackie years ago when working as a young board operator at KEDM. His charming southern manners, cheerful smile and friendly demeanor made him friends with anyone he met -- even me, as the college kid in the back room running the radio board for a fundraiser.  


Jun 25, 2018
K. Ouchley

It is quiet here now on the edge of this swamp, quiter than it has been in many years. Perhaps the level of background noise approached that when my father was a boy here 75 years ago. I live in the woods off a rural parish road and almost two miles from a major highway. Even so, typically a steady barrage of traffic sounds - mainly from log trucks on the highway - filters through the trees to persist as an annonying backdrop.

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The loss of a parent is a very difficult emotional experience.  It becomes even more difficult if one was not prepared for this loss.  It does not matter at what age a parent dies.  The grief is the same. 

This grief may become more visible on days like Mother's Day and Father's Day.  Media and social media constantly remind us to send flowers or buy gifts for our parent.  Long waiting lines in restaurants remind us of the special time spent with our parents.


The Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System on Wednesday, June 20, approved a proposed land lease agreement between the University of Louisiana Monroe and the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM).

The move brings VCOM one step closer to creating a location at ULM. In May the UL System Board of Regents approved a cooperative endeavor between ULM and VCOM to establish a branch campus at ULM.

Nova Clarke, / Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge is hosting the Annual Summer Solstice Paddle June 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the refuge. The after-hours paddle celebrates the beginning of summer.

Susan Roach

Born in Rayville, Louisiana, Po’ Henry and Tookie's music has an international appeal. Their music represents the best of northeast Louisiana traditional and old Delta blues. They have been designated as ambassadors of blues revival in the region.

Blind Residents Represented In New Ruston Mural

Jun 21, 2018

Ruston’s newest mural will be unveiled on Monday, June 25 at 10 a.m. at the Louisiana Center for the Blind in downtown Ruston. The mural is painted by Louisiana Tech University art professors Nick Bustamante and Whitney Causey. It features the name “Ruston” painted in large, bright letters contrasting against a black background, and also says “Ruston” in braille under the painted design.

Gulf Coast Strategic Highway Commission

Legislation to expand Interstate 14 from Texas through Central Louisiana and into Mississippi has been introduced in Washington, D.C. The highway would link numerous military bases.

The bill was co-sponsored by Reps. Mike Johnson and Ralph Abraham.

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An illegal alien from Honduras pleaded guilty last week to possessing a pistol after being arrested in West Monroe.

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Cities across Louisiana have issued proclamations celebrating men’s health and fatherhood in June, helping educate men, boys, and their families about disease prevention, timely screenings, healthy lifestyles, and positive family relationships.


Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo has declared June Men's Health Month



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Touring New Orleans’s Historic Portage Route

In New Orleans, water touches our daily lives in many ways: the impacts of coastal land loss, buying flood insurance and just keeping cars dry when it rains. Water has shaped the city since its beginning. As the city celebrates its 300th birthday, the Historic New Orleans Collection is giving bike tours along the old “portage” route that was once a narrow strip of dry land between the river and lake.

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