West Monroe

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1 in 3 young people will be in an abusive or unhealthy relationship. 90.3 KEDM's Policy and a Pint: Dating Violence Prevention looks at those issues with a panel of local experts. The live radio discussion was recorded Tuesday, March 6 at Planter's Gastropub at 101 North Grand Street in Monroe.  

Panelists include Daryl Johns from the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office, Melanie Clark from the Wellspring Alliance, and Valerie Bowman of the Family Justice Center. 

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The flood warning continues for the Ouachita River in the Northeast Louisiana areas of Monroe and Colombia until further notice.

In Monroe, the river level was at 46.1 feet at 7 p.m. Sunday and in Colombia at 6 a.m. Sunday the Ouachita River was at 66 feet. These levels are expected to rise throughout the week.

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Governor John Bel Edwards released his legislative agenda aimed at improving the well-being of children and seniors. One of the bills included is West Monroe Representative Frank Hoffman’s proposal to reduce the requirements necessary for public school teachers to obtain tenure. Hoffman says the current requirements are unfair to educators.


Hoffman says that the bill still won't make obtaining tenure a "piece of cake." He says that if obtaining tenure is an option, it needs to be "fair to the teachers." 


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The West Monroe-West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce / KEDM Public Radio "Meet The Candidates" forum was held Thursday night at the West Monroe High School Edgewood Facility. The event was attended by all four candidates for mayor and 6 aldermen hopefuls. 

The election will be held on March 24. 

West Monroe Mayoral Candidates

Tremaine Donte Gordon 
Dave Norris (D)*
Staci Albritton Mitchell (R)
Jennifer Schmeer 
*     Incumbent candidate

A Ouachita Parish juvenile is suspected of striking his school bus driver in the face. Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the reported battery of a school employee while on a Ouachita Parish School bus in West Monroe.

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Forecasters at the National Weather Service are predicting winter weather will move into the region Monday night and into Tuesday morning. An Arctic cold front will bring extreme cold after sunset on Monday. Rain will transition to sleet and snow. 1/2 to 2" of snow are possible with 2-3" in northwest Louisiana and southwest Arkansas. 

Travel could become difficult because of slushy roadways and bridges.  Temps won't get back above freezing until Wednesday afternoon. The system will produce temperatures low as 15 degrees.

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. 

The U.S. Navy Commodores to Perform in West Monroe

Oct 17, 2017
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America's Navy is coming to West Monroe, Louisiana, one of 17 cities in six states to host a performance by the United States Navy Band during its 2017 tour -- one of the signature outreach programs of the U.S. Navy.

The U.S. Navy Band Commodores jazz ensemble performance is scheduled for Nov. 1, 2017, at 7 p.m. at the West Monroe High School Auditorium.

West Monroe man was sentenced Wednesday to 151 months in prison for receiving child pornography.

John D. Owen, 30, of West Monroe, La, was sentenced on one count of receiving child pornography. He was also sentenced to 10 years of supervised release and is required to register as a sex offender.

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A driver was shot and killed Monday by a Ouachita Parish Sheriff's deputy.  The deputy stopped the driver of a vehicle at a traffic stop. The incident happened on Guyton road just south of West Monroe. 

The area around the scene was closed for many hours. Louisiana State Police is investigating the incident. The identity of both the driver and the officer have not been released.

More information will be released as soon as it is available.