Coverage of community events and issues.

United Way of Northeast Louisiana

United Way of Northeast Louisiana celebrated the end of a record-breaking fundraising campaign with a luncheon on Monday. The organization raised $4,016,000 during the campaign that started in fall of 2014.

Overall giving saw a 6.7 % increase in giving overall, and employee giving was up 7%.

2014 campaign chair Bob Webber, superintendent of Ouachita Parish Schools, thanked campaign volunteers who were instrumental in this year's success.

Awards were presented to leaders in various parts of the campaign, as well as to the top ten campaign leaders in Ouachita Parish.

In the midst of the Civil War, Kate Stone, a fierce advocate of the southern cause, wrote from a plantation near Tallulah, "The plums and sassafras are in full bloom and the whole yard is fragrant.  We all drank sassafras tea for a while, but soon got tired of it, pretty and pink as it is."  At the same time the infamous Yankee General Benjamin Butler was enjoying the delights of genuine New Orleans gumbos during his occupation of that city.  His meals were surely spiced with dried, powdered sassafras leaves known as file.

Musical Celebration of Jewish-American Composers

Feb 26, 2015

Gershwin, Bacharach, Diamond - just a few names that created memorable music to generations.  Temple B'nai Israel hosts it's annual Tribute to Jewish-American Composers Concert on Saturday.

"It's a concert that everyone enjoys because there is such a diverse range of music," says event coordinator Susan Marx.  Local musician Rod Allen Payne produces the show.  This year's lineup includes Carvel Avis, Lawrence Gibbs, GG Shinn, Lisa Spann, Zelia Logan, and Lisa Lee Pfeifer.

The concert begins at 7 p.m.  A reception for guests and performers follows the program.

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  The following have announced closures for Thursday, February 25:

The Rich Design Resource of The Cooley House

Feb 25, 2015

For over 20 years, the Cooley House has served as a unique resource to area college students with it's architectural design.  A discussion of this collaboration is presented by Louisiana Tech School of Design - Architecture professor Guy Carwile, as part of the Cooley House Foundation Lecture Series.

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 The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory predicting another two or more inches of wintry precipitation overnight Tuesday and into Wednesday. The following schools or organizations will be closed Wednesday, February 25.

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  As northeast Louisiana looks for a temporary thaw from freezing temperatures and icy roads, the National Weather Service in Shreveport has issued a Winter Storm Watch through Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Forecasters predict that Tuesday night the system will bring rain that changes to freezing rain, sleet, or snow. Snow accumulations of one to two inches will be possible before the storm moves out of the area late Wednesday afternoon or early Wednesday evening.

The winter precipitation should begin after midnight Tuesday and continue overnight.

Update 1:08 p.m. Friday, February 27, 2015

Congratulations to Lillian and Herschel Gentry of Monroe!

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Everyone who donates to the KEDM "Reach Higher" Membership Drive will be entered into a drawing to receive a Fitbit Charge HR Heart Rate + Activity Wristband.

"Mr. Elliott, the aeronaut, has attempted to make an ascension in New Orleans, but the wind proved to be too strong.  After seating himself in his balloon, and cutting loose, he was swept violently across the arena, knocking down several persons in his passage."


 Updated 12:30 p.m., February 20

Congratulations to Paul Stinson of Monroe, who was the winner of the tickets to Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me on March 12 at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans!

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Everyone who donates to the KEDM "Reach Higher" Membership Drive will be entered into a drawing to receive two tickets to Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me, LIVE in New Orleans on March 12 at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans.