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Soccer player Mia Hamm and artistic gymnast Shawn Johnson, will share their unique stories at the University of Louisiana Monroe as part of this year’s Lyceum Series held on Thursday, March 9 at 7 p.m. in ULM’s Brown Auditorium. Hamm and Johnson are both retired after outstanding professional careers, with seven Olympic medals between the two of them.

Aleta Eley

Friday, February 17th, Geneva Academy is hosting its annual fundraiser, the Wig and Stache Bash. This 1920's themed party will be held at the Vantage Banquet Hall in downtown Monroe from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

When people toss things out, many items can still be recycled or reused. Josh Tolleson at Goodwill Industries explains how Goodwill reuses and recycles items that are unwanted.  

KEDM Policy and a Pint will be held Tuesday, Feburary 7th, at 5:30 PM at Doe's Eat Place, 300 Washington Street in Monroe.

The public is invited to our open forum to discuss recycling and reducing waste. 

Cory Crowe / KEDM

Join 90.3 KEDM on Tuesday, February 14 at 6 p.m. for the broadcast of the public forum on reducing waste and recycling.

KEDM's Policy and a Pint: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle featured panelists from the Twin Cities answering questions on local environmental and quality of life issues. The discussion was recorded at Doe's Eat Place in Monroe on February 7.

Stuart Hodnett of Ouachita Green  discussed the options available to local residents for staying "green." 

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The University of Louisiana Monroe announced their selection as an Annie Lowe Stiles grant recipient from the Community Foundation of North Louisiana at a press conference Tuesday.

 Through the grant funds, along with matching funds, the College of Business and Social Sciences has been able to create twenty $2,000 scholarships for students enrolled in the bachelor’s degree programs in Computer Information Systems and Computer Science, as well as the students enrolled in the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program in Computer Information Systems. 

Cheryl Hales

Sunday, February 26th, Crosley Elementary School is inviting all alumni to celebrate its 100th anniversary. This event will start at 2 p.m. in the Crosley Auditorium. 

West Monroe to start Round-A-Bout Construction

Jan 30, 2017
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The Department of Transportation announced construction will begin this summer in West Monroe to widen a 3.2 mile stretch of Arkansas Road between LA 143 and Caldwell Road. DOTD Spokesperson Marshall Hill says the road will be turned into four lanes and a center turn lane will be added to help alleviate traffic.

 

 

 

Marshall Hill says “this is an area of West Monroe that’s built up over recent years, especially with the three schools.”

 

 

 

Jay Curtis / KEDM

KEDM will host Policy and a Pint on February 7 at Does Eat Place in Monroe.  The topic of our open public forum is Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. The event will look at ways to reduce waste going into our environment and landfill. 

Our panel will include Stuart Hodnet of Ouachita Green, Josh Tolleson of Goodwill Industries, and Alan Brockman of Sunquest Properties.  They will answer questions from the public about environmental issues and proposals and projects that will keep our area beautiful  and our landfill clean. 

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One in five people in northeast Louisiana struggle with hunger.

The Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana is hosting "Empty Bowls" on Saturday, January 28 to raise money to provide food for the people of northeast Louisiana. The event is will be at the Ouachita Candy Company Warehouse in downtown Monroe from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Communities all over the United States are standing up to obesity through the Own your Own Health Challenge. The Own Your Own Health Challenge allows groups and individuals to log their steps for the day.

Louisiana has the highest obesity rate in the nation at over 36 percent. Monroe Governor, Jamie Mayo, has taken notice to this fact by adding 'promoting healthy lifestyles' to his 60 for 60 project list. 

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