Ouachita Parish

What is the value of shopping with local merchants this holiday season? Join 90.3 KEDM Public Radio for Policy and a Pint: Small Business Value in a Dot Com World  to find out.  Our "LIVE" public forum will feature leaders from business and government answering you questions about how to compete against internet and catalog sales and what that can mean for our local economy. 

The event will be held Tuesday, November 14 at Enoch's Irish Pub in Monroe. Policy and a Pint will begin at 5:30 pm with a meet and greet for our listeners. The radio discussion begins at 6 p.m. 

Lawsuits have been filed on the behalf of sheriffs of Calcasieu, Washington, Ouachita, Sabine and Vernon parishes against pharmaceutical companies and physicians over the fraudulent marketing of prescription opioid painkillers that has led to increased crime and delinquency across Louisiana.

Glenwood Regional Medical Center

The company that operates West Monroe's Glenwood Hospital is now part of the largest private hospital operator in the United States. Glenwood Regional Medical Center is owned by Tennessee based IASIS Healthcare. IASIS and Steward Healthcare have agreed to merge operations.   

Steward operates 18 hospitals in the northeast and Florida. IASIS operates 17 hospitals and 139 clinics in 6 states. A May 2017 Wall Street Journal story reported the deal to be worth $1.9 billion dollars according to sources familiar with the deal.  

D.A.R.E. Youth Fishing Tournament

Aug 30, 2017
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The annual Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. Youth Fishing Tournament will be held Saturday, September 9, 2017. 

Fishing will begin at 7:00 a.m. until 11:00a.m. and participants may fish any public or private waterway within Ouachita Parish. You do not need to report to the tournament headquarters before fishing. Bring your biggest fish (any species) to the weigh in. 

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Saturday, September 9th Ouachita Green is bring the community together with one purpose: to clean. This year's Ouachita Water Sweep will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. across Ouachita Parish.

FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING...

The National Weather Service in Shreveport has expanded the

Flash Flood Watch to include portions of Louisiana and 
northeast Texas, including the following areas, in Louisiana, 
Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Caldwell, Claiborne, De Soto, 
Jackson, La Salle, Lincoln, Ouachita, Red River, Union, and 
Webster. In northeast Texas, Panola. 

Through Thursday evening

Residents Urged to Prepare for Potential Heavy Rainfall related to Tropical Depression Harvey

Mayor Jamie Mayo and the Monroe City Council join officials with Ouachita Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness to urge residents of Monroe and all of Ouachita Parish to prepare for potential heavy rainfall related to Tropical Depression Harvey, which is brewing in the Gulf of Mexico.

OPSO Warns of Cash Card Scam

Jun 28, 2017
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The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office has received reports from parish residents of a scam currently working in Ouachita Parish.  The residents received a call from someone identifying themselves as calling from the Sheriff’s Office, saying the resident has missed jury duty and have to pay a fine.  The caller will usually have a strong language accent.

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Sheriff Jay Russell and members of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office are mourning the loss of a Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Deputy in the line of duty early this morning, Sunday, April 30, 2017. 

Deputy Justin L. Beard, age 26, was killed in a one vehicle traffic accident while responding to a burglar alarm during a severe thunderstorm. 

Deputy Beard had been employed by the OPSO for 3-1/2 years and assigned to the Uniform Patrol Division. 

He is survived by his wife and 3 young children. 

A state audit examining a missing $22,000 in student activity funds from West Ridge Middle School in West Monroe has been turned over to law enforcement. Roger Harris with the Legislative Auditor’s Office says over $11,000 was collected from eighth graders between 2013 and 2014 for a trip to Disney World. He says there was one teacher in charge of collecting the money for the trip, Jodie Dean.

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