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 end enjoys Texas Blues.

Cory lives in Monroe with his wife Mary Pat.

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Bastrop Bank Robbed

Dec 15, 2016

The Ouachita Independent Bank (OIB) in Bastrop was robbed on Wednesday afternoon.

Police say the incident occured  at 3:30 p.m. in the bank's lobby. A teller was approached by an African-American man who said he had a gun. The robber then passed a demand note to the employee.

Police are seeking assistance finding the robber.

He is described as a medium-tone black man who is 5"6" and 240 pounds. The robber was wearing a baseball hat, sweatshirt, and jeans. 

WM/WO Convention and Visitors Bureau

Due to rainfall earlier in the month, the West Monroe Christmas Parade has been moved to this Saturday.

The rescheduled Kiwanis Club of West Monroe Christmas Parade will follow a different route this year.

The parade, sponsored by Origin Bank, will begin this Saturday, December 17 at 10:00 AM and travel along this route. 

· Depart from parking lots of First West (First Baptist Church of West Monroe)

· South onto Cypress Street

· Left (east) onto Wood Street

· Left (north) onto Trenton Street (Antique Alley)

· Left (west) onto Stella St

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During the holiday season the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office Special Crimes Apprehension Team (SCAT) will be working undercover at various retail outlets in Ouachita Parish keeping a vigilant eye for those desiring to commit thefts or other criminal activity victimizing area shoppers and businesses.

This unique patrol involves members of this unit wearing plain clothes and driving unmarked vehicles to frequent retail stores and parking lots that are busy with holiday shoppers. 

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A West Monroe man has been arrested for an alleged hit and run accident that left a pedestrian and infant injured. 

Michael Ethan Dunn, age 19 of West Monroe, has been booked into Ouachita Correction Center on one count of Felony Hit and Run Driving and one count of Reckless Operation. 

 The accident happened at a school bus stop in Calhoun.  

A woman and infant were standing at a bus stop while a child was exiting a school bus. A car veered off the road and hit the woman and infant and the drove away. 

A new bill being filed in Arkansas will make it harder for food stamp users to buy junk food. 

Representative Mary Bentley wants a waiver from the S.N.A.P. program to prohibit chips, soda, and candy bars.

An Arkansas retail association has said they will fight the proposal.

Courtesy / House.gov

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." 

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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. 

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. 

KCS

The Kansas City Southern Holiday Express is coming to town November 29 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the 200 block of North Third Street. 

The Holiday Express is a festive six car train that spreads holiday cheer to communities. The train features a smiling tank car named Rudy, a flat car carrying Santa's sleigh reindeer and a miniature village. The train also features a gingerbread boxcar; the elves workshop;  a reindeer stable and a little red caboose. 

...TORNADO WATCH IN EFFECT THROUGH 9 PM...

The Jackson National Weather Service Doppler Radar showed widespread showers and thunderstorms across all of the Ark-La-Miss region.

Expect these showers and thunderstorms to slowly continue increasing in intensity throughout this afternoon as they race northeast near 65 miles per hour.

During this afternoon...severe thunderstorms may develop that may produce damaging winds and perhaps even a tornado or two.

Keep an eye to the sky and be prepared to seek shelter should warnings be issued.

 

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