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A huge converting and logistics facility will be built in Ouachita Parish near Ouachita High School and the now vacant Guide Plant. The facility will house Graphic Packaging’s Carton Folding Plant and DHL’s Logistics and Distribution Operation.  The 1.27 million square foot facility will be bigger than the Louisiana Superdome.

DHL will construct the building and the adjoining distribution center. The total construction investment for the new Monroe facility will be over $84 million.

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90.3 KEDM Public Radio hosts Policy and a Pint: Ouachita Runs Dry-The Decline of a River System on Tuesday April 11 at 6 p.m. Topics to be discussed include river health, drinking water, economic impact, agricultural impact, industry and recreational use of the Ouachita River.

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John Stringer, Executive Director of The Tenses Basin Levee District says the Ouachita - Black River System is facing challenges. He says the river systems lack of full funding places the Ouachita River in peril and says the underfunded river system could be abandoned under a worst case scenario.

Stringer says, “It can happen and you know if it does happen, I’ve always said it will be a catastrophe for our region.”

An enforcement agent for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries who was shot in a January traffic stop is back home in Ouachita Parish, but multiple surgeries from returning to work. 

Tyler Wheeler is awaiting surgeries to reattach a portion of his skull and to repair jaw damage. He says until the skull surgery, someone must monitor him around the clock and he can't do most physical activities.

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The Ouachita River may be in trouble due to lack of commercial use.  The ”Low Use” designation  means funds could be scarce for dredging and locks and dams.  The funding relies on a formula  of lock usage and tonnage.

Congressman Ralph Abraham thinks the formula for funding should be based on other factors.

Abraham thinks more commercial river traffic is a great thing.  He thinks the Ouachita River has a bigger impact than commercial traffic alone.

Bastrop Bank Robbed

Dec 15, 2016

The Ouachita Independent Bank (OIB) in Bastrop was robbed on Wednesday afternoon.

Police say the incident occured  at 3:30 p.m. in the bank's lobby. A teller was approached by an African-American man who said he had a gun. The robber then passed a demand note to the employee.

Police are seeking assistance finding the robber.

He is described as a medium-tone black man who is 5"6" and 240 pounds. The robber was wearing a baseball hat, sweatshirt, and jeans. 

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Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Deputies made an arrest in the theft of farm equipment.  Chad George, 41 of Farmerville, was arrested after a six-month investigation.  

In June of this year, deputies began working the case of a farm tractor and trailer stolen from a residence in Ouachita Parish. Based on the investigation and a tip from the Union Parish Crime Stoppers an arrest was made. 

George, a Union Parish resident, has been charged with one count of felony theft. 

Wilderness Store

Nov 16, 2015

Less than three months after Union Parish was carved from Ouachita as a new political entity, William McKay died there intestate leaving a grieving widow and two-year old daughter.  In 1839, Union Parish was essentially wilderness and sparsely populated, the surge of immigration by settlers from eastern states just over the horizon.  McKay owned a store on the Ouachita River, either at what could later be called Alabama Landing or farther south at Ouachita City, or maybe even at the mouth of Bayou de l'Outre.  In these roadless times goods moved efficiently only by water.