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Coverage of community events and issues.

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The Wellspring Alliance of NELA and the NELA Food Bank are teaming up to take a new approach on raising awareness about homelessness. Friday, January 19, the Wellspring will be hosting Cardboard Box City from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next day at First United Methodist Church Monroe.

Wilderness

Nov 6, 2017

As a species we humans are infamous for behavior not conducive to our own long-term well-being.  Consider the frequency of wars, the unbridled depletion of earth's finite resources, and the "me now" attitude of our consumptive society.  There are, however, shining examples of far-sightedness in America, even in the halls of Congress.  A prime example is the Wilderness Act of 1964.

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The 33rd Annual Chili Cook Off and Browse on the Bayou will take place Saturday November 4, 2017 at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

Browse on the Bayou is a specially designed campus visit day for potential students and their parents. The event is geared towards high school juniors, seniors and transfer students who are interested in seeing the campus in person. 

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The St. Francis Foundation is raffling off a 2017 Nissan Titan and 2017 Toyota 4 Runner donated by Sparks Nissan and Van Trow Toyota to benefit  the St. Francis Medical Center NICU and pediatric services. The tickets for '2 Cars 2 Winners' are on sale now, and the drawing will be live on KNOE TV8 at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 15. 

Halloween Safety Tips

Oct 31, 2017
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Halloween is today and with that comes trick or treating. State Trooper Jesse LaGrange says it’s vital that drivers easily see children who are out and about. He says make sure they are easily seen in darker shaded costumes.

LaGrange says drivers need to be aware of the extra foot traffic in neighborhoods and drive with caution.

Registered sex offenders cannot participate in trick or treating activities. For extra protection, Lagrange says for parents to be proactive and investigate the neighborhood they plan to take children beforehand.

Stuart Hodnett

Saturday, November 4th, Ouachita Green is hosting a local America Recycles Day Drop Off event. This event will be held at the Monroe Civic Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ouachita Green will be accepting tires, office papers, magazines, household appliances, scrap metal, computer accessories, and plastic containers. They will also be accepting Goodwill donations such as clothes, shoes, accessories, and working electronics. 

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The time has come for the annual Southern Living Holiday Cookbook to return to Dillard's. The cookbook will be sold for only ten dollars, and it is filled with holiday and year round recipes.  

As always the proceeds from this cookbook go to help fund the Ronald McDonald House in Monroe. Monroe's house has been serving families since November 1985, and is the smallest community to have a Ronald McDonald House.

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The Children's Coalition is partnering with the University of Louisiana Monroe's School of Pharmacy to help promote the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday, October 28. There will be multiple places across the area to drop off unused or expired medication for proper disposal from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M.

The aim of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is to get harmful substances out of the hands of children and adults that could abuse them, as well as keeping the drugs from potentially polluting the environment. 

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Saturday, November 4, Forsythe Park is holding the Walk to End Alzheimer's. Registration for the walk will begin at 9 a.m., and the walk will begin at 10 a.m.

The Walk to End Alzheimer's is the primary fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Association. The money raised from the walk goes to families struggling with Alzheimer's, support groups, and to continuing research to find a cure. The goal of the Alzheimer's Association is to end Alzheimer's disease by the year 2025, less than ten years away. 

32-year-old Amethyst Baird Rathore of Monroe has pleaded guilty to attempted first degree murder of a police officer and three other charges in the January shooting of a state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Agent. Rathore’s attorney has said she suffered a concussion prior to the shooting of agent Tyler Wheeler. Legal analyst Tim Meche says her attorney may use that defense at the sentencing hearing.

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