Bob Lenox

News & Public Affairs Director

After working in Baton Rouge radio for six years, Bob returned to Monroe in 1996. He served as program director for a local commercial radio station immediately prior to joining KEDM in 2009, as News and Public Affairs Director. A graduate of the University of Louisiana at Monroe, he holds a degree in Radio/TV/Film Management.

During a broadcast career of more than 20 years Bob has contributed to a range of community activities, including serving as an emcee for various events and banquets. One of the local organizations Bob supports is Dixie Diehards, a local baseball league for persons with special needs. Bob, his wife Kelly, and family reside in West Monroe.

ULM Hosts Annual Art Sale

Nov 23, 2015
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Art faculty, alumni and students of the University of Louisiana at Monroe present an annual art sale next week.

Sheila Floyd, a graduate of the ULM Art program, says the annual event brings a showcase of unique, original work.  "There are paintings, sculpture, prints, and pottery from a number of current and retired staff, as well as alumni and students," she said.

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State Rep. John Bel Edwards defeated U.S. Senator David Vitter Saturday night to become Louisiana's next governor.

Edwards, a state representative from Amite, received 56 percent of the vote in the runoff election.  He becomes the first Democrat to win a statewide office since 2008.

Edwards maintained his lead following the October 24th primary, where he topped the field of candidates with 40 percent of the vote going into the November 21 runoff.  

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The holidays hold many memories.  In light of losing a loved one, the season can bring depression or overwhelming emotion in remembering such loss.

Griefshare, a local support group, hosts a video presentation and discussion on Saturday, November 21st at 6 p.m., at Forsythe Avenue Church of Christ.  Griefshare member Carol Ogle says the session is welcome to anyone who has lost a loved one.  "Grief doesn't necessarily go away after a year or two, and the holidays have a tendency to make the situation worse," she said.

The following parishes will close early due to anticipated inclement weather this afternoon:

12 p.m.  -  Franklin

12:30 p.m.  -  Caldwell

1 p.m.  -  Ouachita 

                  Monroe City

                  Richland 

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The holiday season brings additional stress for those who are homeless.  As part of KEDM's Policy And A Pint Tuesday, we look at ways community members can help support those by serving or volunteering during the season.

Kristie Hodges, director of the Wellspring's homeless program notes one simple way to help those in the area.  "There are emergency food kits provided in certain situations.  You can donate listed items we include as part of these kits," said Hodges.

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Voters in Sterlington will decide two tax proposals in the November 21st election.

The first measure is a half-cent sales tax dedicated to the town's recreation department to purchase land for a new sports complex.  Mayor Vern Breland says the public expressed their desire to see the tax proposal, rather than a property millage.

"We were trying to evaluate where we could get the money for it and voters squarely said they wanted the sales tax," said Breland.

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A little disguise and a trio of treats are all part of a fun evening in support of Arts With Passion.

The Wine, Chocolate & Jazz Masquerade Ball is Saturday.  Arts With Passion founder Pashen Sims is excited about the inaugural event.  "I wanted to do a fun fundraiser, and the masquerade ball just came in line since this is Louisiana," she said.

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Kaolin is a type of clay mineral deposit found in a large belt through the state of Georgia.  For some residents, it is part of their diet.

Louisiana Tech professor Adam Forrester's short film, Eat White Dirt, tells the story of kaolin.  From how it is mined, to how it is sold commercially and become an edible option.  The documentary was birthed from Forrester's own experience growing up in Georgia.

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Many motorists have driven by the colorful seawall along Trenton Street in West Monroe.  On Saturday, the One Mile Of Love team hosts a block party to celebrate the completion of the project.

One Mile founder Brooke Foy says the party is a way to say thanks to all students and community members involved in the summer activity.  "Students from about 26 schools participated, over 3,000 pictures were collected and reviewed for the project," she said.

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Ouachita Business Alliance Quality of Life chair Michael Echols says there are key areas that can broaden quality of life experiences for new and current residents of Ouachita Parish.

"We want to enhance the lives of the citizens of northeast Louisiana," he said.  The team has positioned itself to address art, entertainment, public safety, and outdoor recreation opportunities.  

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