Cory Crowe

News and Public Affairs Director

Originally from Monroe, Cory has worked in a variety of media. He has worked in television news and spent seven years as a TV sports play-by-play announcer. He was also creative director for a television advertising department and worked extensively as a photojournalist. Cory has lived in both Dallas and New Orleans.

His radio career started in the 1980’s as a rock disk jockey before being "bit" by the news bug. In 1991 Cory started as a student news intern at the new public radio station, 90.3 KEDM. Although he left radio to open his own music store and recording studio, he later returned to worked as a radio program director, sports director, news director and talk show host. He also worked with national radio talk shows in syndication and satellite distribution.

Cory also has experience in digital advertising sales management, as well as social media marketing, behavioral advertising and audience research.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio/Television/Film Production from the University of Louisiana Monroe in 1995.

In his spare time he serves as the public address announcer at The University of Louisiana Monroe and works in the entertainment industry. He is a classically trained musician and enjoys Texas Blues.

Cory lives in Monroe with his wife Mary Pat.

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West Monroe High School was on lockdown after an incident this morning.  Officials at the school say everything is currently ok. 

School staff say the incident did not involve any students.

The school was locked down after a hit and run car accident.  A suspect in the accident was fleeing near the school.

courtesy photo / oplib.org

The Ouachita Parish Public Library is closed today due to an accident involving an electrical power pole.  

All branches are closed and the library is expected to reopen Thursday morning. 

Currently the power outage is interrupting internet service at all branches.  The library website is also not working. 

Joe Rolfe

Starr Homeplace Heritage and Creativity Center is set to host a Community Day on Saturday, September 10. 

The event will feature a blacksmith working in the Starr Homeplace workshop. A boat builder will be on hand to work on projects and period fur traders will make and appearance at the event.  

Director of Starr Homeplace, Joe Rolfe says, "A model of the Hindenburg may fly over the homeplace this weekend". He says the event is a family oriented affair and visitors will learn about the agricultural heritage of the area. 

J. Curtis / KEDM

The College of Arts, Education, and Sciences at the University of Louisiana Monroe is hosting its Fall 2016 Art Crawl at several campus locations on Thursday, September 8 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Admission is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

Galleries include the Walker Gallery, the Dean’s conference room, the Innovation Center in Walker 1-137, Bry Art Gallery, ULM Sculpture Garden, and the Museum of Natural History.

West Monroe - West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce

The West Monroe  - West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce presents the Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series. The event features local musicians performing at The Pavilion at 7th Square in West Monroe. The free lunchtime concerts are held near the West Monroe Farmer's Market

The Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series will be held at 12:00 p.m - 1:00 p.m.. every Wednesday during  the month of September. Free lemonade an tea are provided. Lunches are available for $5.00.

For information visit westmonroechamber.org

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Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum

The Biedenharn Museum & Gardens celebrates Coca-Cola Week September 6-10. The festivities celebrate the 100th anniversary of the iconic hourglass Coca-Cola bottle. 

          Tuesday September 6th - 7:00 p.m.

          Coke Trails Talk - Larry Jorgenson

Jorgenson will be discussing his upcoming book about various Coke museums and public collections of the iconic brand in the Education Building located behind the Coke Museum. This program is free and open to the public.

 

Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office

This morning the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office responded to a report of shots being fired inside of a West Monroe area gas station.  The shooting occurred at the Shell station located on LA-546 near I-20 at exit 108.

Upon arrival, the victim, Laquintina Qualls, age 24, of Rayville, La was found deceased.

Witnesses indicated the suspect fled by car onto I-20 and headed west.

The suspect, Isaac T. Gee, age 29 of Rayville, LA was apprehended a short time later in Lincoln Parish and was arrested.  

Cory Crowe / KEDM

The ornate Virginia Hotel is a hidden treasure in downtown Monroe; disguised under layers of ceiling tiles and plaster. It is a true diamond in the rough.

Michael Echols, a Director of Business Development, for Vantage Health Plan says the hotel was built in the 1920's and was once an opulent grand hotel but now sits as a shell of its former self.

"We found beautiful plaster work and ornate molding behind this ceiling", Echols said.

Milk glass skylights that provided natural lighting were found and beautiful barreled plaster work was hidden in the lobby.

Louisiana GOHSEP/Louisiana Governors Office / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Louisiana Governor Jon Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency due to heavy rainfall. There is widespread flooding in south Louisiana . Flooding is occurring in low lying areas.

KEDM Meteorologist Jarod Floyd explained the system will produce scattered rainfall amounts. 

"The Monroe area could see 2 to 4 inches of rain and it could get messy," Floyd said.

Rainfall amounts of up to 10 inches are expected in south Louisiana. 

Ouachita Parish GOHSEP Director Neal Brown said the worst part of the storm will not hit us.

National Weather Service / http://www.srh.noaa.gov/

Heavy rainfall is expected along the Gulf Coast this weekend. A wave of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico has been stalled over Louisiana and Mississippi for the last few days. 

Heaviest rainfall totals up to 10 inches are expected in the southern parishes. Northern Louisiana may receive 3 to 6 inches of rain from this system.

Showers and thunderstorms will pop up and could become severe. Low area flooding will occur and flash flooding may be a possibility with this system.

Rain is projected to stay in the forecast into next week. 

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