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KEDM met with the candidates for Ouachita Parish and Monroe City School Boards. The public forum was held at the Monroe Civic Center on October 9.  

It was hosted by the Monroe and West Monroe - West Ouachita Chambers of Commerce and KEDM Public Radio. It was moderated by KEDM News Director Cory Crowe and ULM Political Science Professor Dr. Joshua Stockley.

Cory Crowe

Dr. George Cannon has been hired as the new director of the Monroe Civic Center. 

 

Downtown Monroe
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A downtown renaissance is happening in Monroe and West Monroe. New businesses are flocking to once vacant buildings and food and night life are following. KEDM's Policy and a Pint took a look at what is encouraging investment our downtowns and how to market what we've got. 

Our expert panel joined a live audience at Trapp's in West Monroe for a lively discussion. 

VCOM

The University of Louisiana at Monroe will host a groundbreaking ceremony today for the anticipated Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM), to be located on the ULM campus. The site is located in Heritage Park between the Laird Weems Center and the president’s home, Bon Aire.

Special guest Gov. John Bel Edwards will participate in the groundbreaking with ULM and VCOM representatives, elected officials and area leaders. Afterward, a reception will be held at Bayou Pointe Student Event Center.

 The public is invited to the groundbreaking and the reception.

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A renaissance is happening along the banks of the Ouachita River. Downtown Monroe and West Monroe are seeing a rejuvenation of business and development. On Tuesday, September 18, KEDM will hold an open public forum on downtown development and use.  The event will feature an expert panel to answer your questions about future plans and what is working in other areas. 

WEST MONROE – The City of West Monroe has been awarded a $1 million grant from the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) to upgrade infrastructure at the West Monroe Commercial Park near the Ike Hamilton Exposition Center.

The City of West Monroe will match the DRA grant with funds to install pipes that will improve drainage, eliminate erosion and enhance development at the West Monroe Commercial Park as well as the city-owned property along Interstate 20 known as Pointe West.

NOAA

Tropical Depression Gordon will shift north of the area today but decent rain chances will continue. Temperatures will be in the upper 80's with the threat for flash flooding remaining for upper portions of the ArkLaMiss Delta through the day today.

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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

Authorities say two toddlers survived alone for about two days after they were passengers in a wreck that killed their mother in south Arkansas. The Ouachita County Sheriff's Office says a 3-year-old boy was found Monday wandering in Camden, about 85 miles southwest of Little Rock.

Police then discovered a car in a ravine not visible from the road. The toddler's mother was found dead, and his 1-year-old brother awake and alert in his car seat. That child is being treated for dehydration.

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Mosquito spraying will begin this evening around Ouachita Parish in the evening hours.  From 9:00 p.m. until midnight an airplane will traet areas currently affected by the West Nile virus. The spraying will happen in Monroe, West Monroe, Richwood, Swarts and Calhoun.

Poor weather conditions could postpone the spraying until another evening. 

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