Coverage of community events and issues.

Extravaganza Celebrates Black History

Jan 30, 2015
M. Denoux

Students from area school districts perform song and dance in a Black History Extravaganza at the Emily P. Robinson Center next Thursday.  "African-American history is so valuable, but so much has been lost in transferring that knowledge to our community," says Southside Community Involvement Association member Eva-Dianne Wilson said.

""I didn't want this story to die", says Genaro Ky Ly Smith.  The author and instructor at Louisiana Tech University reveals in explaining why he wrote about his grandfather's life. 

The Land Baron's Sun: The Story of Ly Loc and His Seven Wives, chronicles the life of Smith's grandfather in poetry.  Loc enjoyed the respect of being a South Vietnamese Army commander, but after the fall of Saigon, he experienced the pain of being imprisoned in a re-education camp.


Better education and awareness was the developing theme  during a discussion on obesity Tuesday night in KEDM's Policy And A Pint.  Guest panelists and audience members engaged in a talk about how the area is affected by obesity and what's being done to address the issue.

Local nutrition expert Angie O'Pry says consumer education can be aided by better government policy on nutrition labels.  "Large food corporations have  strategies that find loopholes to keep mass-marketing on track," said O'Pry.

Learning to properly read food labels can lead to better choices and better nutrition when it comes to addressing obesity.  "Parents can help their children to read labels to learn more about a product, than what marketing would tell them," says Angie O'Pry, a local nutrition expert.

Foodie Buddha /

  One of the toughest sells of healthy eating in Louisiana is putting aside the rich, flavorful foods the region is known for.  Cooking methods, seasonings, and traditional ingredients, have become a staple for many families. 

"If we can get parents to understand the reason to make changes, that a healthy lifestyle is helpful in preventing chronic diseases, they can teach their children and we can change the family," says Donna Davis, a nutritionist with the Department of Health & Hospitals.

Policy And A Pint: Tilting The Scales On Obesity

Jan 23, 2015

Louisiana’s obesity rate is one of the highest in the nation.  Dietary initiatives have been implemented in schools and healthier options are increasing in stores.  Are we closer to turning the corner on eating habits and our health? 

On Tuesday, January 27th, at 5 p.m., KEDM’s Policy & A Pint hosts a discussion on obesity.  We’ll look at how programs are addressing the issue and health concerns aligned with being overweight. 

Jenny Ellerbe

The ancient American Indian culture applied practical skills to a variety of objects and raw materials.  A collaboration between Masur Museum of Art and Poverty Point World Heritage Site presents a number of interactive demonstrations of several resources used by the ancient people.

"The event is held in conjunction with our current exhibit, Shared Earth by Jenny Ellerbe," said Masur Director Evie Stewart.  "The work includes artifacts from Poverty Point and it just worked out to where the field day was scheduled prior to Poverty Point being named as a World Heritage site."


Local Certified Public Accountant John Cameron recently received the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants’ (LCPA) 2014 Distinguished Public Service Award. Presented jointly by the LCPA and the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), the award is the highest honor for public service leadership, impact, involvement and innovation a Louisiana CPA can earn. 

  A West Monroe native, Cameron has served community organizations for over three decades. Cameron is also devoted to improving the academic, economic, and cultural climate of his community.

Attorney George Britton collapsed Wednesday morning at the Ouachita Parish Courthouse, a victim of an apparent heart attack. St. Francis hospital confirms he is in critical but stable condition.

Monroe Police have a suspect in custody accused of shooting a fellow resident of Francis Towers early Tuesday morning.