The National Weather Service in Shreveport has issued a

* Flash Flood Watch for portions of Arkansas...Louisiana and Texas,
including the following areas, in Arkansas, Columbia, Lafayette,
Miller and Union. In Louisiana, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo,
Caldwell, Claiborne, De Soto, Grant, Jackson, La Salle, Lincoln,
Natchitoches, Ouachita, Red River, Sabine, Union, Webster and
Winn. In Texas, Angelina, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Franklin,
Gregg, Harrison, Marion, Morris, Nacogdoches, Panola, Red River,

City of West Monroe

Adrienne LaFrance-Wells, downtown Main Street Director for the City of West Monroe, has been selected to participate in Leadership Louisiana, a year-long, nationally recognized leadership development program presented by the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL). The program enhances state leaders’ capacity to expand the potential of their communities and Louisiana as a whole.

The Northeast Louisiana Arts Council Summer Film Series will feature a film a month starting May 19.

The series will be on the third Wednesday of May, June, July, and August at the Flying Tiger Brewery in Monroe. The films will start around 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 but the event is free for arts council members.

  • May 19 - Lube Job
  • June 16 - Rodents of Unusual Size
  • July 21 - Unexpected Modernism
  • August 18 - Buckjumping

May is Asian/ Pacific American Heritage Month, during which we celebrate the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders whose rich heritage has shaped the history of the United States while having their lives dramatically influenced by moments in its history.

 Asian/Pacific is a broad term that encompasses all of the Asian continent (though focusing on East and Southeast Asia) and the Pacific islands of Melanesia. 

Drax Group, a sustainable biomass production and supply company, will begin constructing the first of three new “satellite” pellet plants in Arkansas, the company announced today.

The three plants are together expected to produce around 120,000 metric tons of sustainable biomass pellets a year from sawmill residues, supporting the renewable energy company’s plans to increase self-supply to its power station in the U.K.

FEMA Rental Assistance Available

May 6, 2021
Cory Crowe / KEDM

Survivors of hurricanes Laura, Delta and Zeta and the winter storms could be eligible for rental assistance for temporary housing through FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program. FEMA pays rent, including a security deposit, at a place other than your damaged home.

Your rental can be a house, apartment or hotel that can keep you near your job, home, school and place of worship. The assistance includes essential utilities such as electricity and water but not cable or Internet.

Paul Inkles /

The Louisiana Department of Health is reporting additional progress in reducing severe maternal morbidity among birthing persons who experience hemorrhage and severe hypertension in facilities that are part of the Louisiana Perinatal Quality Collaborative (LaPQC). The LaPQC’s final report on Reducing Maternal Morbidity, issued today, shows that severe maternal morbidity among hemorrhage was reduced by nearly 35% and severe maternal morbidity among hypertension was reduced by almost 12%.

Ouachita Parish Mosquito Abatement trucks patrol for unseen dangers.
Cory Crowe / KEDM Public Radio

The Ouachita Parish Mosquito Abatement District will begin mosquito spraying tonight. The spraying begins at 7:50 p.m. weather permitting.


Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office

Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Investigators are currently attempting to locate a missing person.


Alex Issac, age 21, was last seen in the Town & Country area of Monroe on April 26, 2021. He is described as a Black male, 6’ tall and 150 lbs. Anyone with any information as to the whereabouts of Alex Issac is asked to contact the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318-329-1200.