Bastrop

A child's body has been pulled from a drainage ditch in Bastrop near Baron Ball Park. Bastrop Police told local news outlets that the deceased is an 11-year-old boy.

His name has not been released. Police believe the boy was a victim of flash flooding that occurred in Bastrop on Sunday night.

The child was reportedly last seen Saturday afternoon but not reported missing. He was discovered in the ditch Tuesday.

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The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is requiring a wood pellet manufacturing plant to install pollution control equipment.

 The Environmental Integrity Project released a letter from the DEQ on Tuesday about the Morehouse Parish plant. That comes after several groups filed written comments in 2018 over the renewal of the Drax Group's air pollution control permit, citing health concerns and other things.

 Environmental Integrity Project attorney Patrick Anderson says Drax can reduce the plant's emissions to legal levels without cutting jobs. 

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is requiring a wood pellet manufacturing plant to install pollution control equipment.

The Advocate reports the Environmental Integrity Project released a letter from the DEQ on Tuesday about the Morehouse Parish plant.

That comes after several groups filed written comments in 2018 over the renewal of the Drax Group's air pollution control permit, citing health concerns and other things. Environmental Integrity Project attorney Patrick Anderson says Drax can reduce the plant's emissions to legal levels without cutting jobs.

Entertainer Mable John returns to the area for a celebration of her talent. The community of Bastrop will celebrate John's 88th birthday at a celebration at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 3, 2018, at Evans Business Plaza, 710 South Washington Street. Admission is free, and the community is invited to attend.

        At 6:30 p.m., the historic Rose Theatre in Bastrop will host a screening of the Academy and Grammy Award-winning 2013 film 20 Feet from Stardom. The documentary film features John and other performers who served as backup singers to famous artists.

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Strauss Theatre Center is presenting "The Cover of Life," a play based in Louisiana during World War II, Oct. 11, 12, 13, 14, 19, and 20. The play tells the story of three women keeping the home fires burning while their husbands are at war.

Bayou Jamb Rocks ULM Malone Stadium

Aug 24, 2018
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Bayou Jamb is Friday, August 24 and Saturday, August 25 at ULM Malone Stadium. The event includes football games, activities, and community involvement. 

Bayou Jamb began as a way to raise money and give back to the community. The event centers around football, but features food, activities for kids, and live music as well. Bayou Jamb is the biggest high school sports event in Louisiana.

The football game line-ups are as follows:Friday, August 24

Morehouse Parish Arson Suspect Arrested

Aug 14, 2018
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State agriculture commissioner Mike Strain announces the arrest of a suspected serial arsonist in Morehouse Parish. Strain alleges between July 20th and August 3rd, 55-year-old Philbert Bowers of Bastrop intentionally set several wildlife fires near the Arkansas state line.  The fires burned nearly 28 acres and fire officials suspect they were set on July 22. 

Strain says Bowers was arrested on 4 counts of arson by the Department of Agriculture and Forestry and  3 counts of arson by the Morehouse Parish Sheriff's Office. 

 

 

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Mable John, “Motown’s first singing lady” is a Bastrop, Louisiana native. The eldest of 10 children, she became the first female signed by Berry Gordy to Motown’s Tamla Records.

When she was just a baby, her family moved from Bastrop to Cullendale, Arkansas where her father worked at a paper mill.

NWS Shreveport

Severe weather is expected to move into the area on Friday. The system will bring up to 4" of rainfall and produce flash flooding. The strong storm could also produce hail, damaging winds and dangerous tornadoes. The greatest risk will be Friday afternoon into Saturday morning.

Take time now to clean drains and ditches to prevent flooding. Prepare now by getting a flashlight and battery powered radio and keep it tuned to 90.3 KEDM for alerts. Discuss your storm plan with your family. 

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Extreme cold will move into our area tonight. The projected low in Monroe will be 14F.

High winds will drop wind chill values to 5F overnight. Take extra precautions when outside. Frostbite can occur on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes. 

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