Coverage of community events and issues.

The Monroe City Council voted down three proposals from Mayor Jamie Mayo to address blighted properties during its regular meeting Tuesday night.

Council members Betty Blakes, Eddie Clark, and Kenneth Wilson voted in unison against the items.  Gretchen Ezernack was the only member in support of the measures.  Council chair Ray Armstrong was absent from Tuesday's meeting.

Experiencing a great deal of calf pain, Andy Trahan went to the doctor to figure out the source of the problem.  After several tests, Andy was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer.

An unimaginable shock for the 35 year old father of three.  Trahan, who lives in Monroe, had never smoked. He eventually learned that the disease was the result of a gene mutation.  He and his family pulled together, prepared to walk together in this journey.  

Louisiana Tech University

Students from Louisiana Tech University’s School of Design recently partnered with MedCamps of Louisiana, Inc., to help the campers have an even better experience at camp.

Louisiana Tech students worked to design and construct a Chiasmus archery and paintball range. The project is a barrier-free, wheelchair-accessible pavilion and gathering space for MedCamps that facilitates archery and paintball activities at the camp.

Courtesy of Dorothy Kovalchick Roark

Chennault Aviation and Military Museum hosts a presentation by a World War II-era baseball player in its monthly lecture series.

Dorothy Kovalchick Roark was a professional baseball player in the Womens' League during World War II.  She began playing on all-male baseball teams at the age of 12. 

Roark says she knew by the time she was 7-years-old she knew that playing baseball was her gift. "I could play without a lesson, no fear, no nothing. My father didn't realize it until I was 12-years-old." Roark says.

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Update 11 a.m., Friday, June 26

Every donation matters! $20,480 is today's total toward our goal! Make a difference with your gift now!

My original post:

It's the end of the fiscal year, and you can help KEDM finish strong!!

We're trying something unusual -- we need your help to make it happen. Let's cut down on fundraising that interrupts your favorite programs.

Shelves Stocked For Summer Book Fair

Jun 5, 2015
B. Lenox / KEDM

Looking for the perfect read this summer?  Book enthusiasts find the answer in the Monroe Symphony League Book Fair.  Shelves full of paperbacks, hardbacks, and large-print editions are available beginning Saturday.

MSL member Jorenda Stone shares that topics cover a great variety of interests.  "Romance, fiction, and cookbooks are always popular favorites," she said.  "This is a perfect time to grab a few reads for the weekend or a trip to the beach."


  Monroe Police Chief Quentin Holmes says he will apply for a competitive federal grant that would be used to purchase body cameras for all officers.

Approximately $2 million is available through the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, a component within the U.S. Department of Justice.

The police department originally planned to ask the city council permission to purchase the cameras for 160 officers with funds from the police department's budget.

The total cost for the cameras will be around $54,000.

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update 11:45 a.m. Monday, June 8

We're making progress! $14,000 is the new total toward our goal of $40,000! Make it happen with your gift now!

My original post:

It's the end of the fiscal year, and you can help KEDM finish strong!! 

LDWF Agent Shot During Traffic Stop

May 22, 2015

Updated 10 a.m. Friday:  Sgt. Scott Bullitt, will be transferred to University Health Shreveport.  LDWF officials say Bullitt, who does not have movement in his legs, will be examined by a neurosurgeon.  Doctors have not been able to remove the bullet lodged near his spine.

Original story:

A Wildlife and Fisheries agent is in serious condition after bring shot in the back during a traffic stop Thursday.

Red, White, and Blue 5k At Chennault Museum

May 20, 2015

The 3rd annual Run for the Red, White, and Blue Memorial Day weekend event is Saturday at Chennault Aviation and Military Museum.

The 5k run is accompanied by a 1k fun walk, plus children's activities and free tours of the museum on race day.  Event c0-coordinator David Worthington says the celebration comes as the musuem has recently added a new feature.  "The Chennault Room is open.  It is a beautiful addition, in keeping with the exhibits housed at the museum.