Coverage of community events and issues.

Smiles and Slides Welcome Zoo's New Playscape

Apr 22, 2015
B. Lenox

Smiles and squeals of excitement surrounded the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo newest addition.  A Playscape area for children officially opened.  

A number of boys and girls from area schools immediately put the playground to good use.  Zoo Director Joe Clawson says this attraction fits well into a dedicated children’s area for visitors.  "This is a natural addition to our children's garden and greenhouse," he said.

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Some things just go together. Laurel and Hardy. Steak and potatoes. Simon and Garfunkel.  KEDM's Morning Edition and your morning cup of coffee.

As a boy, I never looked forward to hay-cutting time.  It seemed to be scheduled for the hottest days of summer and stacking the bales in a low, tin-roofed barn aggravated the situation. 

Blistering spears of profanity were sometimes launched by the driver of the hay cutting tractor, and were triggered by a small, bare-tailed mammal with buck teeth that was derisively called a 'damn salamander.'

Update 1:21pm

The lockdown at Richwood High School has been lifted.  No gun was found on campus.  OPSO continues investigation into boys involved in argument Thursday that may have led to intial call about possible weapon. 

Ouachita Parish Sheriff's deputies are at Richwood High School, investigating a report of a weapon on campus.

The school is on lockdown as deputies conduct a sweep of the building.


A conversation on race relations and law enforcement began with the background of police agencies, and quickly moved into how technology has impacted interaction between police and urban communities.  

Panelist Robert Hanser, Criminal Justice Department Head at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, says there is a new level of transparency in the age of cell phone videos.  He says as officers respond to any situation there has to be awareness that their actions could be documented by a passerby.  

Abrams: Reeducation Essential in Communities

Apr 14, 2015

KEDM hosts "Policy And A Pint today at 5 p.m.  The discussion topic is Race Relations and Law Enforcement.

Michael Abrams, founder of Innovative Leaders of Tomorrow, an economic development and advocacy group, serves as a panelist in the discussion.  Abrams feels there needs to be a push toward re-education of the black community.  He believes more leaders could provide influence and demonstrate a positive image.

On Tuesday, KEDM hosts "Policy And A Pint".  The discussion topic is Race Relations and Law Enforcement.

Dr. Robert Hanser, Criminal Justice Department Head at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, serves on the guest panel.  He says one of the keys in a better relationship between police and community is  programs to improve that relationship, and more diversity.

The public discussion is at 5 p.m at Avocado's Restaurant on North 18th Street in Monroe. 

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.