Coverage of community events and issues.

Lincoln Parish Celebrates National Library Week

Apr 13, 2015

The Lincoln Parish Library celebrates National Library this week.

Guests are encouraged to visit the library and stop by the service desk to write down your thoughts on why the library is important to the community.  Responses will be shared on a display in the lobby area.  

LPL Administrative Assistant  Sarah Creekmore says there's a wide range of services the library provides to Lincoln Parish residents.  "The library community is very active.  This week is a wonderful way to get to know more about the library and get involved yourself," she said.

World Heritage Sites are places deemed by the United Nations to have cultural or natural significance on a global scale.  Poverty Point, a prehistoric cultural site of exceptional merit in West Carroll Parish, was recently added to the sparse list of those in the United States that includes the likes of Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Parks.

Jay Curtis / KEDM

  On Tuesday, April 14th, 90.3 KEDM Public Radio hosts “Policy And A Pint” at Avocado’s Restaurant in Monroe.

The discussion topic is Race Relations and Law Enforcement.  The public is encouraged to participate with questions and comments during the conversation.

KEDM News Director Bob Lenox moderates the event.  A panel of experts includes Dr. Robert Hanser, Criminal Justice Department Head at the University of Louisiana at Monroe; Michael Abrams, a member of the advocacy group, Innovative Leaders of Tomorrow; and Det. Ray Spoon, West Monroe Police Department.

In a speech given at Hillsdale College, Jason Riley argues that crime committed by black men against black men is the root of why tension persist between law enforcement and crime-ridden communities. Riley is an editorial board member and a senior editorial page writer at the Wall Street Journal, where he writes on politics, economics, education, immigration, and race.

Superheroes Join Forces For Autism 5k Event

Apr 9, 2015

The inspiration of Superman, Batman, Captain America, and others sets the backdrop for a Superheroes For Autism 5k event at Kiroli Park Saturday.

A 5k and 1 mile fun walk course are accompanied with booths and activities for parents and children.  "The event came about through my nephew's passion for superheroes," says Shonda Montague.  Characters will be on hand to greet children and welcome photos during the event.

ULM Hosts 10th Annual Wine Over Water

Apr 9, 2015

The University of Louisiana at Monroe hosts the 10th annual Wine Over Water Thursday.

Due to expected inclement weather, the event takes place in Fant-Ewing Coliseum.  ULM Director of Alumni Affairs Robin Stockton-Underwood says this year's event features about 50 wines, along with tasting plates from 22 area restaurants and caterers, highlight the evening.

New Orleans-based band, Mojeaux provides music entertainment.  Proceeds benefit the Spirit of The Warhawk Scholarship program. 


A celebration of the food, music, and culture of the region is this weekend as part of the North Delta Ramble.

Event founder Alan Brockman say his ongoing passion is to promote and spotlight the area's unique sense of Americana through it's culture.  "We wanted to bring attention to great styles of music and share the story of the food and culture that make this region so special," says Brockman.

Area gardeners can find a large assortment of vegetable transplants and herbs this weekend during the Northeast Louisiana Master Gardeners Annual Spring Plant Sale.

Popular varieties of tomatoes are available, including some the are new this year.  "We have a fooled you jalapeno tomato that has the flavor of the pepper, without the heat," says Master Gardener board member Christy Francis.  

Warbler Workshop At Black Bayou Lake NWR

Apr 2, 2015

The bright, yellow prothonotary warbler is highlighted in a workshop Saturday at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

A number of the warblers make Louisiana their home.  "25 percent of the global population of prothonotarys is in Louisiana," says Erik Johnson, director of bird conservation for  Audubon Louisiana. Johnson hosts the workshop Saturday, which begins at 9 a.m.

Saturday night, the refuge hosts a full moon walk, where guests can observe the illuminated look of the grounds.


J. Curtis / KEDM

The University of Louisiana at Monroe and surrounding community opened the doors to its new International Student Center Tuesday.

The center was funded by a donation from ULM alum Eric Liew.  Liew, a CEO for a medical supply company, says the house provides many conveniences for students when they first arrive at the university.  "A large kitchen to prepare their favorite foods, TV viewing areas, bedrooms, laundry area, all convenient," says Liew.