Coverage of community events and issues.

Health Fair Highlights Regional Services

May 8, 2015

A health fair recognizing services and resources for those affected by certain disorders and disabilities is Saturday at Forsythe Park in Monroe.  

Northeast Delta Human Services Authority assists individuals affected by behavorial, mental, and addictive disorders and those with developmental disabilities.  "Our vision is an intergrated health care system," says Clinical Services Director Martha Philips.

Plant Swap at Starr Homeplace Community Day

May 7, 2015

Area gardeners and gardening enthusiasts can trade a plant or two this weekend in a plant swap.  It a featured activity in Starr Homeplace's Community Day on Saturday.

Homeplace owner and operator Joe Rolphe says "the Northeast Louisiana Master Gardeners and other groups will bring a number of plants and annuals as part of the event."  The swap is one of a host of activities taking place on the grounds in Oak Ridge.

"We'll have a blacksmith's shop going, leather and woodworking, and several other craftsmen sharing with their work," said Rolphe.

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Nepalese students attending the University of Louisiana at Monroe conclude a donation drive for relief efforts in their homeland this Wednesday.

"The group has collected about $4,000 thus far," says Sami Owens, International Student Services and Program Director at ULM.  She says donations can still be made at the International Student Office in the ULM Library through Wednesday morning.  

Turkey Vulture
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  Vultures get a bad rap.  At best they are thought of as nature's garbage men - not a bad label, by the way.  At worst they are considered dirty, disease carrying scavengers - not a true representation either. 

Vultures were once thought to be kin to birds of prey such as hawks and eagles, but recent DNA work has revealed a much closer tie to storks, and they are now placed in that family.

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Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo delivered his annual State of The City address at the Monroe Civic Center Thursday.  Mayo proudly announced a 2% raise for city workers.  It is the fifth consecutive year workers have received a raise under his administration.  

He reiterated a deliberate approach in developing a minimum wage increase.  "We have to exercise patience to finding away to implement a pay scale that helps our lower wage workers, and, fairly compensate our experienced workers at the same time," said Mayo.

Area Artists Rescued In Nepal

Apr 30, 2015

The group of northeastern Louisiana artists traveling in Nepal when Saturday's earthquake struck, has been rescued.

Flavorful dishes and tasty treats are a highlight of the 18th annual "Blend Of The Bayou".  

Men who cook and men who mix provide a tempting menu and refreshing cocktails in the benefit for the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council.  "It's looking like one of the most varied menus we've ever had," said NLAC President Tommy Usrey.  Cornbread-stuffed pork loin, a "Not Your Childhood" grilled cheese, homemade breads, and apricot tarts, are just a few of the delicious selections you'll find.  A special addition this year from Bob Stratton and crew is the memorable, L.C. Scally's salad.

New Group Eyes Projects For Downtown West Monroe

Apr 29, 2015

The Downtown West Monroe Revitalization Group was created by community and business leaders to address development and beautification projects.  

The area includes sites from the Louisville Bridge to the Endom Bridge and several blocks deep to where downtown meets North 3rd Street.  "This area is key to very important to overall development," says DWMR member Courtney Hornsby.

The group hosts a fundraiser on May 2 to share the mission and plans for the group in enhancing the downtown area.  More information is at:

An Etiquette and Tea program shares tips and ideas for mothers and daughters.  The session is highlighted by special guest Miss Louisiana Lacey Sanchez.

The session provides an elegant venue at Bayou DeSiard Country Club for young ladies.  "The program highlights how to be presented in special occasions, " says event coordinator Georgia Street.

In addition to an address from Sanchez, an afternoon tea is served.  The program is schedule from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Saturday.  Proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House.

In the beginning there was mud, bayou mud, molding the ontogeny of the boy.  The summer of 1964 was the beginning for him, when he was thirteen and loosed upon the bayou and its swamp for the first time.  Rules were minimal.  Even the "be home by dark" decree was rescinded by autumn.  An intimacy with local geology started with the half-mile barefoot walk from home to the bayou.