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Area children and their families will benefit from a new facility that will house an established community service: The Children’s Coalition for Northeast Louisiana. The Coalition kicked off the “Commit to the Brick” capital campaign, a fundraising initiative that will support the new building located at 117 Hall Street in downtown Monroe.

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The Cooley House Foundation will host a Walking Tour of the historic Monroe Garden District Saturday, October 7th, The tour will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Biedenharn Museum on the corner of Forsythe Avenue.

Lester Martin, the Vice President of the Cooley House, will be conducting the Walking Tour. The tour will give information on the historic usage of Forsythe Park and discuss architecture of downtown Monroe as well as housing styles. The tour will end back at the Biedenharn with refreshments and a group discussion.

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This has been a tragic and tough week, but let's be honest, a tragic and tough couple months. None of the past events can or should be minimized in their importance of devastation of lives or damage.

It's during the crises of Houston, Florida, Puerto Rico, and now Las Vegas that you turn to 90.3 KEDM to be informed.

You turn on the station for accurate facts, in depth stories, and ongoing relief.

Ouachita Parish Sherrifs Office

Swartz resident Ernest D. Davis was arrested on multiple charges after a Louisiana State Trooper found him and his vehicle stopped on train tracks on Swartz School Road. 

Davis failed a sobriety test that the trooper gave him but did not have alcohol in his system. The trooper reported that Davis had slurred speech and poor balance. Davis later admitted to smoking marijuana dipped in an unknown substance. 

Davis was taken to Ouachita Correctional Center where he was charged with driving while intoxicated and careless operation. His bond is set at $1,250. 

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United Way is excited to enter into its sixth year of the READ. LEARN. SUCCEED. program. Launched in 2012, the READ. LEARN. SUCCEED. program has broadened into 13 schools reaching more than 900 students. 

READ. LEARN. SUCCEED. is a program designed to help get second and third grade students reading at or above their grade level. Over the course of a school year READ. LEARN. SUCCEED. puts anywhere from 5,000 to 6,000 books into the hands of students. 

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Thursday, October 5th, the Family Justice Center is kicking off domestic violence awareness month with its annual event Hope in the Light of Day. This rally against domestic violence will take place at the Monroe River Market at 10:00 a.m.

Hope in the Light of Day will focus on talking about the dynamics of domestic violence with this year's theme: Seeing Beyond the Obvious. This focus point was inspired by the idea of getting to see the real people affected by the violence. The event will include speeches by a local representative, a minister, and a domestic violence survivor.

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The ride sharing service  Lyft is expected to begin operations in the Monroe area next week according to Mayor Jamie Mayo. Lyft is a service that upon request will pick you up and take you to your designated location. Rides are requested by a smartphone app.

Multiple background checks of the drivers and vehicle checks occur.

Riders must be at least age 18 or older to use the service.

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Accounting, CIS, healthcare, and manufacturing are the in-demand career sectors in north Louisiana according to workforce development experts.  KEDM's Policy and a Pint dug into the subject at an open public forum on workforce issues.

Panelists and audience members agreet that the future of our workforce is children. Panelists fielded many questions about STEM education and the educational foundation being laid by our area educators. 

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Saturday September 23rd, paddlers should prepare for the second annual River Rat Paddle Challenge. The paddling will begin at 10:00 a.m. at Bayou D'Arbonne Boat Ramp and finish outside of TRAPP'S, with the proceeds from this event to benefit Horse Assisted Therapy Services of Northeast Louisiana.

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The West Monroe Chapter of the Women of Moose  is collaborating with the Safe Surfin' organization to provide a free child and senior ID event. This free ID event will take place Friday, October 7th, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the West Monroe Moose Lodge.

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