Stage gives back to community

HOUSTON – Stage is turning the month of March into “30 Days of Giving”. All Stage customers who visit the El Dorado store between March 1-30, 2014 will be invited to donate to Thirteenth South Judicial District CASA, a valued organization in their community.

As a special thank you, Stage is giving every donor a Community Counts Savings Pass that entitles shoppers to a 30 percent discount on regular, sale and clearance items. This Savings Pass also provides, for the first time ever, 10 percent off Yes! Items and most cosmetics and fragrances. Stage is accepting donations throughout the month of March and have made the Savings Pass valid throughout Stage’s Big Spring Sale, March 19-27.

“We are excited that all 848 Stage Stores locations across the country have partnered with local organizations to make a difference in their communities,” said Bill Gentner, chief marketing officer of Stage Stores, Inc., the parent company of Stage.

Stage Stores will also be making an additional donation to each local organization on top of what their customers donated in-store.

“In our towns, Stage associates care about our customers and our communities and that is why we are committed to supporting local groups that make a positive impact.” said Michael Glazer, president and CEO of Stage Stores, Inc.

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Keeping up with the Olympics

Contributed Photo: Sage Kotsenburg, of the U.S., won the first gold meal of the 2014 Olympics.

Contributed Photo: Sage Kotsenburg of the U.S. won the first gold meal of the 2014 Olympics.

As you may be aware, the United States is currently competing in the Winter Olympics. If you haven’t had time to sit and watch the wintery games on NBC here is a quick update:

The United States is currently in second place behind Russia in the medal count with seven gold medals, four silver medals and 10 bronze medals. Russia leads with 22 medals compared to the United States 21 medals and the Netherlands 20 medals.

Breakdown of medals:

• 3 Snowboarding
• 2 Freestyling Skiing
• 1 Figure Skating
• 1 Alpine Skiing

• 2 Freestyle Skiing
• 1 Skeleton
• 1 Alpine Skiing

• 2 Snowboarding
• 2 Freestyle Skiing
• 2 Alpine Skiing
• 1 Skeleton
• 1 Luge
• 1 Figure Skating
• 1 Bobsled

Contributed Photo: Shannon Miller with her medals.

Contributed Photo: Shannon Miller with her medals.

El Dorado will get its chance to personally talk to an Olympian as it was announced Tuesday during the South Arkansas Community College Board of Trustees meeting that Shannon Miller, winner of seven Olympic and nine World Championship medals will be the speaker at the college’s lecture series on April 17.
Miller is the most decorated gymnast in the United States history. However, she will not be speaking on her accolades but on women’s health as she was diagnosed in February 2011 with ovarian cancer.

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Analyzing the Richard Sherman interview


Last night the Seattle Seahawks played an intense game against the San Francisco 49ers to determine who would advance to the Super Bowl to play against the Denver Broncos.

The Seahawks defeated the 49ers 23- 17 thanks to a game-saving play from Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman. Immediately after the game, he was interviewed by Erin Andrews where he yelled and hollered like a “crazy person” about how bad of a player Michael Crabtree is.

Within seconds, social media went into a frenzy about the interview, with many people bashing Sherman for his comments. Let’s take a moment to analyze why some are opposed to his comments and others not.

Those who are not bothered by the interview argue:
• He just finished making a huge play that enabled the Seahawks to keep their lead, resulting in a game win to send his team to the Super Bowl for the second time in the team’s history. Why shouldn’t he be amped up?
• He showed raw emotion, isn’t that what fans like to see?…and more importantly what reporters and producers dream of?
• What’s so wrong with an athlete expressing his true feelings about a player? Don’t fans talk trash about athletes in the “real world” everyday?
• He used no profanity, so what’s the problem?

Viewers who are opposed argue:
• It was a classless and distasteful thing to do.
• It was very unsportsmanlike. Couldn’t he have left that on the field?
• He’s just a uneducated thug or he’s black so it’s expected. (S/N: Sherman graduated second in his high school and graduated with a communications degree from Stanford)
• Millions (or maybe billions) of people are watching this interview, some of which may have looked up to Sherman, shouldn’t he exemplify the characteristics of a role model?

Sherman believed the backlash had a lot to do with his race as he tweeted: “Last night shows that racism is still alive and well… And that’s so sad…. At Least some people respect MLKs dream”

Well one thing is for sure if you weren’t familiar with Richard Sherman before last night, you are now. What are your thoughts on the interview? Is he justified or not?

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Golden Globe Winners

The 71st annual Golden Globe Awards hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler aired last night on NBC.
Just in case you missed it, here are some of last night’s winners:

“12 Years a Slave”
Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”
Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”
“American Hustle”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Amy Adams, “American Hustle”

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You might as well drink what you want!

Consumers are finding out that the artificial sweeteners in diet sodas are unhealthy and cause people to gain weight regardless of zero calories.

The diet beverages contain artificial sweeteners such as aspartame,sucralose and acesulfame potassium, according to an article on

The American Beverage Association says such sweeteners are among “the most studied and reviewed ingredients” over four decades, and are safe weight-loss tools, positions echoed by the American Diabetes Association and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

As a result of this, diet sodas sales are declining and soda companies are scrambling to find a new way to market the items.

The article states store sales of zero- and low-calorie soda plunged 6.8% in dollar terms in the 52 weeks through Nov. 23, while sales of regular sodas dropped 2.2%, according to Wells Fargo, citing Nielsen scanner data. As a category, diet soda has contracted more than regular soda for three straight years.

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Holiday Lighting Ceremony

Organizers of the Downtown Holiday Lighting Ceremony, which is scheduled to begin at 5:15 p.m. today, are closely watching the weather, and for now, they’re in “the show must go on” mode.
Mark Givens, executive director of Main Street El Dorado, said there is no Plan B, and if need be, some activities may be postponed.
“There really is no way to move it anywhere. We might be able to delay some things, except (the live broadcast planned by KATV),” Givens said.
He said that as the event’s start time draws closer, organizers will have a better idea of how to proceed.

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Upcoming holiday events

This time next week I’ll be stuffing my face with Thanksgiving food and putting ornaments on the Christmas tree. I can’t believe how fast 2013 has gone by. It’s almost time for the New Year, but before this year is up, El Dorado has plenty of festive events planned for the community.

Downtown Lighting Ceremony — 6 p.m. on Nov. 21 in downtown El Dorado.
Mistletoe Market — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 23 at the El Dorado Conference Center. General admission is $3 or $2 with the donation of a canned good.
Downtown Open House — All day Saturday and Sunday afternoon on Nov. 23-24 in Union Square District. The PJ’s Express holiday train will be offering rides, musicians will be performing and horse-drawn carriage rides will be available.
Handel’s Messiah — 4 p.m. on Nov. 24 at First Presbyterian Church. Admission is free.
A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol — Nov. 29-30, Dec. 1-8 at 7:30 p.m. and at 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are available by calling the SAAC box office at 870-862-5474.
Christmas in Candyland Parade — 7 p.m. on Dec. 5 on North West Ave. For more information, visit
The Nativity — 7 p.m. on Dec. 12 at the South Arkansas Arts Center. Admission is free, however, donations are gladly accepted.
Christmas on the Ranch — 1-3 p.m. on Dec. 14 at Hope Landing.
Pictures with Santa and gift wrapping fundraiser — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 14 at Mellor Park Mall at the inside doors of TJ Maxx. Pictures with Santa will be $5 and gifts will be wrapped for $1-$5.
The Nutcracker — 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 14 at the El Dorado Municipal Auditorium. Tickets available on

For more information on an event, or to add an event to the list leave a comment below! Also, new poll available.

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How much is your Twitter account worth?

Twitter made its big debut in the stock market world on Thursday closing at $44.90 a share, which according to USA Today, that makes the company’s value at more than $31 billion.

As with any other social network site, it wouldn’t be without you and your posts.

Have you ever wondered how much your account would be worth in money?
If you have, wonder no more as Time has come up with a way to configure just how much your account is worth.

To come up with their calculator, Time used Twitter’s claim of delivering 200 billion Tweets per day and divided that by the company’s $24.9 billion value after the first day of trading. That comes to 12.45 cents “per daily eyeball on the site.” Time then factored in tweets per day, the user’s number of followers and an estimate of how engaged those followers actually are.

Don’t like math? No problem! Just click here!

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JCPenney to host Halloween event

In celebration of Halloween this October, JCPenney will be hosting a “Monster Sale” this weekend (Oct. 25-26)! Customers can bring their kids in costume to any JCPenney store on Saturday to:

•Enjoy trick-or-treating throughout the store

• Take advantage of free hair chalking and a “spooky” Minx nail application in all JCPenney salons (no appointment necessary)

• Capture their kids in costume by taking advantage of a special $7.99 “Monster Sale” portrait package available at all JCPenney Portrait Studios (appointment necessary)

• Explore the new Disney Store inside JCPenney, featuring popular Disney character costumes

• Receive a 15 percent off coupon and enjoy 25-50 percent off on items across the store and online at including Halloween costumes, décor and party accessories from Oct. 25-26!

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Pink Pumpkin Event

In light of breast cancer awareness month, Spa On Main will be holding Pink Pumpkin event on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at 209 E. Main St.

The event will be an afternoon of breast health updates as well as pampering. There will be complimentary pink champagne, hor d’oeuvres, chair massages, brow waxes, hand massages and paraffin dips.

Laurie Eckert, radiologic technologist, will also be on hand for breast health news and Q & A time. Appointments for mammograms can be scheduled with her also.

Raffle tickets for Spa On Main’s Pampered Pink Spa Day package, valued at $300, can be purchased for $5 or 5 for $20. Tickets may be purchased now at Spa On Main. All proceeds benefit Corrie Gross Bechtelheimer.

The first 20 guests will receive a free pink cosmetic mirror.

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19 warrants issued for drug trafficking in El Dorado

Find out tomorrow who was arrested and charged today with federal and state crimes related to trafficking methamphetamine in El Dorado and surrounding areas. The investigation involved local, state and federal law enforcement officers participating in the FBI Safe Streets Task Force and working with the United States Marshals Service.

Also, find out who is replacing Henry Florsheim as the interim president and CEO of El Dorado Chamber of Commerce.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Well, maybe not just yet. However, we just got one step closer as the Chamber of Commerce has announced the theme for this year’s Christmas parade as “Christmas in Candyland.”

The 2013 El Dorado Christmas Parade presented by Entegra – Union Power Partners, will begin at 7 p.m. on Dec. 5.

This year’s parade will be organized by the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce, Christmas Parade Chair Kelli Harrison and Co-Chair Carlee Hendricks.

“I’m thrilled to be chairing this year’s Christmas parade,” Harrison said. “You can always count on El Dorado’s parade to kick off the holiday season with colorful floats, fun costumes and, of course, the Christmas spirit. I look forward to seeing our community come together to continue this wonderful El Dorado tradition.”

For the second year in a row, the Chamber reached out to the community for the parade theme. Dozens of suggestions came in, and the Chamber put five themes to a vote. The winning theme, “Christmas in Candyland,” was submitted via Facebook by Alberto Amaro.

“More than 300 community members voted for this theme, which won by an overwhelming majority,” said Chamber Director of Member Services Kay Smith. “We are excited to see the various ways the parade entrants will make this theme come to life.”

Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners in each division. The deadline for entering the parade will be 4:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22. Entry forms are available online at and at the Chamber office, 111 West Main St.

Entry fees are $50 for a large float (large truck and trailer) and $40 for a small float (truck and trailer). Decorated cars/trucks and beauty queens will require a $35 entry fee, horses are $20 each and motorcycle entries are $25 each. All entries must be decorated in order to participate in the parade.
The Customized Show Cars category is returning this year. These are vehicles that are custom and will not be required to have holiday decorations. Entries are limited to the first 15 cars that enter, and the entry fee will be $45. There will be a separate category and cash award for the Best Customized Show Car.

There are two exciting additions to the parade this year. Union County schools will select one fifth-grade boy and one fifth-grade girl from each school to open the parade and serve as the grand marshals. They will get to ride on a 1940’s-era fire truck.

In addition, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes is organizing the FCA Run to the Manger Christmas Fun Run along the parade route immediately preceding the parade. Contact Danny Rivers with Rivers Investment Management at (870) 814-4064 for more information on the 1.5-mile run.

Those interested in volunteering or being a part of this year’s parade should contact Kay Smith at the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce by calling (870) 863-6113 or emailing

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Gunshots fired at Capitol

WASHINGTON (AP) — A police officer was reported injured after gunshots at the U.S. Capitol, police said Thursday while putting the entire complex on lockdown.
“There are reports of injuries,” said Terrance Gainer, the Senate’s Sergeant at Arms.
FBI agents were also headed to the scene.
The reports comes two weeks after a deadly shooting at the nearby Navy Yard and amid a government shutdown.
As a warning was sounded, the House abruptly went into recess and lawmakers left the chamber floor. The House had just finished approving legislation aimed at partly lifting the government shutdown by paying National Guard and Reserve members.
People standing outside the Supreme Court across the street from Congress were hurried into the court building by authorities.
The White House was quickly locked down after the incident at Capitol Hill and the stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the compound was closed to pedestrians. Secret Service said the procedures were precautionary.

What are your thoughts on the shooting? Could it possibly be somebody angered with the government shutdown? How do you feel about the shutdown? How long do you think it will last?

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We all scream for ice cream!

El Dorado Creamery is opening in downtown El Dorado and celebrating their grand opening with a Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 30.

This frozen yogurt shop will offer 12 rotating flavors with more than 40 topping choices. Visit their Facebook page at to learn more about them.

The store is located at 106 W. Main St., Suite 101. The hours will be Sunday through Thursday from noon to 9 p.m. and from noon to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

What flavors and toppings are you looking forward to? See you Monday!

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Did you upgrade?

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Apple made iOS 7 available on Wednesday to iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users as a FREE software update.

The new software comes with more than 200 new features including iTune radio and a revamped look for the control center.

Having an iPhone, I updated Wednesday to see the changes for myself. After updating my phone, I literally felt like I had a brand new device in my hand. Here are a couple of changes that I think you might like to know about:

• Text Messaging – The keyboard is larger!
• Notification Center – The notification center is completely remodeled. It now has three tabs at the top labeled “today,” “all” and “missed.” The today feature gives you a glimpse of your day with a summary of your meetings and events, traffic and weather (no longer pictures at the top to illustrate weather, it’s now all words). All of this can be customized to your liking (as far as removing the calendar or weather from that tab.)
• Camera – You can now take pictures using a filter! Also, your photos are organized in “moments” meaning by the time or location a photo was taken.
• Safari — Has a redesigned user interface, and a new view for your bookmarks and Safari tabs.
•Siri – Siri now has a male counterpart (male voice) and she can also talk in other females voices.
• Notification sound- Tired of hearing the same typical iPhone ring or alarm? Well, your prayers are answered they have changed the sound. Now, if you have your sound set up for a specific ringer don’t worry you can keep it that way.

In order to upgrade your Apple devices, you must have 3 GB of space and be connected to wifi when you are downloading it to your device. If you have any questions or want more information let me know!

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