Coverage of community events and issues.

Food and Wine Festival / NLAC

The Northeast Louisiana Arts Council presents this year's North Delta Food and Wine Festival. This event caters to foodies and wine lovers alike.


Oct 3, 2016

That humans are increasingly impacting the natural world is beyond question.  Our influence often comes by way of odd and sinuous paths.  Consider that the presence of one very common but non-native and often harmful bird species in Louisiana can be attributed to William Shakespeare.


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A group of Monroe residents are suing the owner of White Oaks landfill for the reoccurring foul smell sweeping the area. 

Leading the charge of disturbed residents is Alan Brockman who started the campaign on Facebook when he was able to get 300 citizens to sign a petition in support of a lawsuit against White Oaks. 

"For the past couple months I've walked outside my house in the morning and got hit with a smell that the first time smelled like a gas leak at my house," said Brockman. 

Northeast Louisiana Celtic Festival.

Northeast Louisiana's Celtic Festival is ready to start its 13th year of celebrating Celtic culture.  Kiroli Park will be hosting this festival Saturday October 1, from 7 a.m to 10 p.m. 

Tom McCandlish, membership director of the West Monroe West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce,  says the festival is something many people look forward to each year. The festival features vendors along with traditional Irish and Scottish live music.  Bands featured this year include Smithfield Fair, Emerald Accent, and Jim Flanagan.

The college of arts, education, and sciences at the University of Louisiana Monroe will be hosting a Fall Gala on Thursday, October 6 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

The Gala will include a dinner, a silent auction door prizes and visual and performing arts students acting  excerpts from Sweeney Todd which will be there fall musical coming to Brown theater this October. 

Guests are welcome to participate in the auction which will feature gift cards around the Monroe community among other prizes.

On September 24, 2016, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries of Monroe will celebrate the annual National Hunting and Fishing day.  This year’s event will be held at the OUACHITA PARISH SHERIFFS RANGE, 357 Sheriff Richard Fewell Road, in West Monroe.  The day will begin at 10am and conclude at 3pm.  The public is invited, with FREE admission, FREE parking, and DOOR PRIZES. Come out and be entertained with the free activities, contests, and displays. The activities will wrap up around 1:30pm with door and contest prizes being awarded at 2pm.

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The Ouachita Community Connections is hosting an event for their Newcomer's Club at Bayou Landing this Thursday, September 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

Members of Ouachita Community Connections, Billy Haddad and Tiffany Huffer, are looking forward to the newcomer's club and how it can forge new friendships and help member's become better established in their community.

Children's Coalition hosts Dia de la Familia

Sep 14, 2016
Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana

The Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana hosts the Dia de la Familia Saturday, September 19th at Lake D’Arbonne State Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mary Barrios says the Coalition aims to promote a healthy living and physical fitness. Fitness will be very evident at the family fun day with a color walk/run set for 8:30 AM. Registration for the walk/run begins at 8 a.m.

Besides the walk/run kicking off the day the event will also include live music, authentic Hispanic food, and kids zone.

Living Well Foundation Impacts Northeast La.

Sep 14, 2016

Alice Prophit formed the Living Well Foundation in 2006 and since then has made an impact on the entire northeast Louisiana region. 

The foundation has provided over $4,650,760 to eight parishes (Union, Morehouse, Lincoln, Ouachita, Richland, Jackson, Caldwell, Franklin) since 2007. 

Some of their largest support has gone to school based health care like on campus medical clinics. These clinics can help children get medical help without having to leave school or have their parents leave work to come get them.


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