Coverage of community events and issues.

Jay Curtis

Acclaimed songwriter, artist, author, and lecturer Bobby Bridger visits the University of Louisiana Monroe during the week of September 6-9.

Bridger says he developed his love of the West "by accident," and has turned that love into a diverse career.

"If you want to find something that's gonna keep you occupied for a long time -- the American West can do that," says Bridger. He goes on to describes the West as "wherever the tall grass grows." 

Ouachita Green

The Ouachita River is one of the defining natural characteristics of our area. All too often its scenic banks can be seen choked with litter. Ouachita Green hosts a Water Sweep on Saturday, September 10, to deal with this problem. 

Volunteers will meet at one of many staging site scattered along the river between the hours of 9 a.m and 12 p.m. Participants are welcomed to bring their boats, however, Coordinator Stuart Hodnett says that there is plenty that can be done by foot as well.

Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum

The Biedenharn Museum & Gardens celebrates Coca-Cola Week September 6-10. The festivities celebrate the 100th anniversary of the iconic hourglass Coca-Cola bottle. 

          Tuesday September 6th - 7:00 p.m.

          Coke Trails Talk - Larry Jorgenson

Jorgenson will be discussing his upcoming book about various Coke museums and public collections of the iconic brand in the Education Building located behind the Coke Museum. This program is free and open to the public.


Heartwood Doe

Sep 5, 2016

Here on this property where we live and that we call Heartwood, there is an unwritten game law.  It is "thou shall not hunt within a quarter-mile of the house."  The doe that browses just outside my home office window at noon has tempted me on occasion to propose an amendment to this family statute.

Congratulations to Robert Hoag of Monroe! His name was drawn for the Amazon Echo during the "Raise Your Voice" campaign. You can still give now to support your favorite programs. Just click the red "Donate" button on this page.

Everyone who donates to KEDM during the "Raise Your Voice" campaign this fall will be automatically entered to win an Amazon Echo

Fish Migration

Aug 29, 2016

Even the most nature-deprived urban dwellers among us are aware of the basic concept of bird migration.  They know that some types of birds fly north in the spring and return in the fall.  However, few people including most outdoor-oriented folks in this region who should know better realize that migration is also a vital part of the life cycle of other kinds of local wildlife.  Consider freshwater fish, for example.


An all too familiar sight in North Louisiana is abandoned pets on the roadside. Often, many people do not know how to help. 

The Union Parish Humane Society is partnering with the D'Arbonne Kayak Club to host an event called the Dog Paddle Kayak Race on Saturday, August 27 to benefit the Union Parish Humane society, and many animal shelters across southern Louisiana.

"We wanted to do something fun, but also something good for our community, and there are abused and neglected animals all over our parish," says Stephanie Hermann with the D'Arbonne Kayak Club.

A few days ago while driving through the D'Arbonne Swamp north of West Monroe, I was treated with a stunning sight.  I caught a glimpse of a large animal ahead on the road shoulder, and my first impression was that it must be a hog.  As I got closer it became obvious that it was a bear - shiny black and beautiful in the early morning light.  He wheeled and ran down the road bank, across a shallow ditch, and into the D'Arbonne National Wildlife Refuge.  Until recent years this encounter would have been nigh on impossible.

With many north Louisiana resident still reeling from the floods earlier this year, the local chapter of the American Red Cross is working twice as hard to not only continue to serve our area,  but also help  the southern parishes in the wake of the current disastrous flooding.

Although the current flood has affected roughly the same number of parishes, nearly 4 times the number of homes have been affected, says Executive Director Michelle Davison. / City of Monroe

The Bayou Black Open Rodeo comes the Monroe for the 16th year on Saturday August 20 at 7 p.m. in Monroe Civic Center Arena. The day begins with a parade starting at Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo at 9 a.m, and ending at the Civic Center.

Also in conjunction with the event, the Monroe Convention Center hosts a Business Expo and a Health Fair, at which local businesses and healthcare providers will distribute information to the public.