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Coverage of community events and issues.

In the dog days of summer after the fresh-split firewood reeking with the sweet acerbity of tannin is stacked in a neat pile close by the house, we become crepuscular.  Like certain amphibians striving to maintain a proper balance of body fluid and temperature, we venture forth into the out-of-doors only in the twilight hours of dawn and dusk, leaving behind our artificial cocoons of refrigerated and dehumidified air.

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Tuesday, August 15th, the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum along with the Monroe Regional Airport are debuting a new exhibit in the Monroe Airport. This date also marks the anniversary of "The Spirit of the '45 Day", the day when peace was declared during World War 2. 

Belted Kingfisher

Aug 14, 2017

In teaching kids how to fish, one of the first obstacles that must be overcome is what has to be an innate urge to throw rocks and sticks into the water for the sheer joy of it.  Every fisherman knows that such commotions only scare the fish away.  Within the world of birds though, some of the best fishers actually incorporate this behavior into their pedagogy.

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Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon and Attorney General Jeff Landry are encouraging Louisiana automotive shoppers to be proactive vehicle consumers.

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The City of Ruston is excited to announce that it has been awarded $9,000 from Keep Louisiana Beautiful to help fund a campaign to promote the city’s curbside recycling program.

The campaign, “Go Green, Ruston!,” is intended to help educate the community about the city’s voluntary recycling program, which launched in January. The city’s recycling program is available at a cost of $10 per month for weekly pickup to city residents and to 4,000 residents living immediately outside city limits.

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Saturday, August 5th, the Ouachita Parish Public Library System will be ending its summer reading program with the Read Strong event from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Read Strong encourages readers of all ages to come out to any of the Ouachita Parish Library branches and read to help reach the library's goal of 50,000 read pages logged in the summer reading program. 

The City of Monroe’s Fight the Blight Initiative was recognized with a Community Service Award during the 80th Annual Convention of the Louisiana Municipal Association (LMA) in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo and City Council Chairperson Gretchen Ezernack were on hand to accept the award at the LMA banquet this past Saturday night. They were joined by Council Vice-Chair Juanita Woods and Councilman Mike Echols. 

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Electrical work on a leaning power pole will force KEDM Public Radio to stop broadcasting for a few hours on Tuesday morning.  

Entergy crews will change out the utility transformers and pole that serves KEDM and other stations that broadcast from our transmission facility in Fairbanks, Louisiana. During this time KEDM will not broadcast an over the air FM signal. The electrical work will begin around 8 a.m. and should be finished by noon. 

During this time you can continue to listen to KEDM, KEDM HD1, and KEDM HD2 on our website at KEDM.org.

ULM Athletic Director Ready To W-I-N

Jul 28, 2017
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The University of Louisiana Monroe’s new athletic director told supporters Thursday he intends to lead the program to success on the field, but not at the cost of giving up principles.Nick Floyd was introduced as the new AD at a news conference attended by reporters, ULM community supporters and members of the faculty and staff.ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno introduced Floyd to the crowd at the conference center at the university’s library.

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Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo has named Major Eugene Ellis to the position of police chief. Ellis is a 31-year veteran of the Monroe Police Department.  He will replace outgoing Monroe Police Chief Dr. Quentin Holmes, who recently announced his retirement, effective July 31, 2017.

Major Ellis is a 31 year veteran of the department. He began his career in Monroe as a patrolman and held positions in narcotics, intelligence, administration and internal affairs. 

A new police chief will be hired in the next four to six months using the following plan:

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