Category Archives: BREAKING NEWS

Hospital terminates contract with Blue Cross Blue Shield

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arkansas patients, break your legs now because on Sept. 1, the Medical Center of South Arkansas will no longer accept BCBS-insured patients. Kyle Swift, MSCA chief executive officer, confirmed in an email this morning that … Continue reading

Posted in BREAKING NEWS, Business, By Allison Gatlin, Health, Money, News | 11 Comments

UCSO searches Hibanks for fleeing suspect

Union County sheriff’s deputies are currently searching the woods along Hibanks Road in an attempt to find a man who bailed from his vehicle during a traffic stop and has been missing for several hours, according to Chief Deputy Bill … Continue reading

Posted in BREAKING NEWS, By Allison Gatlin, Crime | 2 Comments

Early vote results available

Early vote results are available as members of the Union County Election Commission await cans from the 19 polling sites to come into the Union County Courthouse. Votes remain close for both El Dorado aldermen races between Paul Choate and … Continue reading

Posted in BREAKING NEWS, By Allison Gatlin, Politics, Presidential Election | Leave a comment

UCAPS board resigns, wreck turns fatal and Strong-Huttig rescinds superintendent’s contract: It’s Thursday in Union County

Big headlines in El Dorado today. For all you animal lovers out there invested in the Union County Animal Protection Society saga, breaking news just minutes ago with the immediate resignations of the entire board, excepting one member. Stan Simpson, … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, BREAKING NEWS, By Allison Gatlin, Education, Traffic | Leave a comment

Federal indictments rain down on alleged FFB robbers

Three individuals with ties to El Dorado were federally indicted Tuesday for a December 2011 aggravated robbery of First Financial Bank, according to a release from Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas. Indicted include: Aaron … Continue reading

Posted in BREAKING NEWS, By Allison Gatlin, Court, Crime | 1 Comment

30-year cold case ends in El Dorado man’s arrest

An approximately 30-year-old cold case was resolved today when a man who escaped from a Louisiana justice facility in the 1970s was arrested in El Dorado, where he had been living. According to Union County Sheriff Chief Investigator Clark Burton, … Continue reading

Posted in BREAKING NEWS, By Allison Gatlin, Court, Crime | 1 Comment

EPD seeks white man, medium-build in FFB attempted robbery

The El Dorado Police Department is searching for a medium-build white male wearing a black T-shirt, black sunglasses and a black hat who allegedly attempted to rob the South Washington First Financial Bank midday Friday. According to an EPD report, … Continue reading

Posted in BREAKING NEWS, By Allison Gatlin, Crime, Money | 3 Comments

UCSO: Fatal shooting could have been self defense

Union County Sheriff’s Office investigators are looking into the possibility of self defense in the shooting death of 37-year-old Gabriel Island Wednesday night at the hands of his wife, Velisa Island. Following a verbal altercation between the couple at approximately … Continue reading

Posted in BREAKING NEWS, By Allison Gatlin, Crime | Leave a comment

Body found in Mattocks Park

The body of a man who was reported missing just after 8 p.m. Monday night was found in the water at Mattocks Park early this morning, according to the El Dorado Police Department. The News-Times is waiting on more information … Continue reading

Posted in BREAKING NEWS, By Allison Gatlin, Crime | Leave a comment

Rescuers search Griffith Trailer Park for fallen man

Members of the Union County Sheriff’s Office, search and rescue teams and emergency medical technicians are currently searching the area surrounding Griffith Trailer Park after receiving a 9-1-1 call from a man who said his horse fell on him and … Continue reading

Posted in BREAKING NEWS, By Allison Gatlin, Crime | Leave a comment

EPD releases new information into Wednesday’s bust

The El Dorado Police Department released new information this morning into Wednesday’s “warehouse of drugs” bust. Three men, all of El Dorado, were arrested for marijuana possession with intent to deliver. Christopher Miles, 41, Ronald Jackson, 49, and Joseph Thomas, … Continue reading

Posted in BREAKING NEWS, By Allison Gatlin, Court, Crime | Leave a comment

PD busts into drug warehouse

El Dorado police officers busted into what one of our photographers described as a “warehouse of drugs” this morning during a raid near Junction City Road and Highway 82 Business. We’re still waiting on official word from the EPD’s public … Continue reading

Posted in BREAKING NEWS, By Allison Gatlin, Crime | Leave a comment

Agencies arrest 9 for IRS defraud

Nine out of 16 total suspects were arrested this morning for defrauding the IRS for approximately $525,000, according to the El Dorado Police Department. The warrants were issued at various El Dorado and Union County residences by investigators with the … Continue reading

Posted in BREAKING NEWS, By Allison Gatlin, Crime, Money | 1 Comment

Lion Oil enacts several layoffs

A representative from Delek US Holdings, Inc., confirmed this morning that eight workers were laid off in the company’s effort to reduce “operational redundancies,” according to a release from Spokesperson Noel Ryan. “A small reduction in employee headcount (sic) occurred … Continue reading

Posted in BREAKING NEWS, Business, By Allison Gatlin | 1 Comment

Arrest made in the SAU horse theft

One arrest has been made and several could be pending in the federal investigation into the theft of four horses — one of which was found dead — from Southern Arkansas University’s Mulerider stables. Jaci Jackson, 18, McCurtain County, Okla., … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, BREAKING NEWS, By Allison Gatlin, Crime | Leave a comment