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The University of Louisiana Monroe announced Tuesday, April 2, 2019, that it would provide healthcare screenings and education events to citizens in Union, Morehouse, Richland, East Carroll, West Carroll, Tensas, Madison and Bienville parishes for the next three years thanks to a $96,679 grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.

NELA Brown Bag Lunch Concert Lineup Announced

Apr 2, 2019
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     The Northeast Louisiana Arts Council will host its free Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series each Wednesday at noon in April at the Anna Gray Noe Park in downtown Monroe between St. Francis Medical Center and the courthouse. Performances include:  April 3 – Jordan and Stacy SheppardHusband and wife duo Jordan and Stacey Sheppard have been playing all over the southeast since 2008. Inspired by many different artists and genres, their sound is a blend of country, soul, blues, and rock ‘n roll.

MONROE, La.  Chad Lightfoot, 47, of Chalmette, Louisiana, was convicted by a federal jury for using an address at a Monroe house that he did not live in to receive disaster payments.  


Feb 25, 2019
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On the morning of December 20, 1987, I was working near the mainline Mississippi River levee in Tensas Parish. Waterfowl hunting season was ongoing, and I was prowling about in search of those who might violate federal laws that protect the long-term well-being of migratory ducks and geese. Before daylight, I walked a mile into a swampy, forested area that consisted of oak flats and meandering cypress sloughs. Palmetto blanketed the subtle ridges and drapes of Spanish moss hung motionless in the still, pre-dawn darkness.


Child advocacy is speaking out for the best interest of children. Jan Daniels, youth development coordinator of Children's Coalition of Northeast Louisiana, discusses how to be an advocate for children and why it is important. 

When To Be an Advocate for Children

Jan Daniels describes advocacy as speaking out for children in the face of obstacles like bullying and strained relationships with authority figures, such as coaches and teachers. Children can run into these problems at school, after-school programs and extracurricular 


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The Twin Cities will be hopping this weekend with Mardi Gras related activities.  90.3 KEDM Public radio will be broadcasting live from downtown West Monroe and playing Mardi Gras music for all parade revelers. 

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A recent study found the University of Louisiana Monroe contributed $566.8 million to the Northeast Louisiana* economy in Fiscal Year 2017-2018.

Conducted for ULM by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI), the compelling study shows how the university is unmatched in its positive impact to the students, the region and the state. The university supports a variety of businesses and it benefits society as an economic driver, among other contributions.

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The Northeast Louisiana Master Gardeners are having their 9th annual January gardening seminar and seed swap. On January 19, 7:30 AM until 1:30 PM at the West Monroe Convention Center, bring seeds to trade or just come for fun. The registration fee is $20, pre-registration is preferred. The legendary seed saver, John Coykendall will present "Seeds of the Past" as the keynote speaker and joining him will be Dr.

Monroe Employees Donate Canned Goods to Food Bank

Oct 30, 2018
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Monroe city Employees wrapped up their October Benevolent Act - A canned food drive for the Food Bank of NELA.

MONROE, La. (AP) — A North Louisiana government has approved Sunday liquor sales for unincorporated parts of its area. The News-Star reports the Ouachita Parish Police Jury voted 4-2 Monday for the ordinance which takes effect immediately. The changes allow package sales for beverages with high- and low-alcohol content on Sunday afternoons. The vote does not change anything for incorporated areas of the parish including West Monroe, Monroe, Richwood and Sterlington. Several people spoke against the change, citing religious beliefs and the desire to maintain Sunday as holy.