Category Archives: Business

Claiborne Parish severs historical agreement with Junction City

Claiborne Parish, La., officials announced Tuesday their intention of scrapping the 70-plus-year agreement that allows Louisiana students to attend school in Junction City, according to minutes of the most recent Junction City School Board meeting. The agreement was historically put … Continue reading

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Milbank employees ratify contract, return to work

Unionized Milbank Manufacturing employees returned to work at 6 a.m. this morning, according to Dale McCoy, an international representative for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Worker of Local Union 2284. Their return marked the end to a five-day long lockout … Continue reading

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Beebe signs guns in church, abortion insurance bills into law

Gov. Mike Beebe has signed into law today a pair of provisions to allow houses of worship to permit guns on the premises and a measure to prohibit the sale of abortion insurance coverage through Arkansas’ health insurance exchange. According … Continue reading

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Mellor Park Mall owners: TJ Maxx could lead to further national business

With the announced inclusion of TJ Maxx at Mellor Park Mall, Owners Surendra and Sajal Agarwal hope to soon introduce further national businesses planning to take up residence in El Dorado. During an interview today with the News-Times, the owners … Continue reading

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Union employees locked out by Milbank

Unionized employees of Milbank Manufacturing arrived at the El Dorado facility early this morning to discover their workplace blocked off by a rope barrier and Union County sheriff’s deputies telling them they’d been locked out. Approximately 20 employees camped out … Continue reading

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Are you ready for some Willie?

The “Whiskey River” hint was unmistakable during Travis Tritt’s acoustic performance in El Dorado last week. Not one to disappoint, Main Street El Dorado Director Mark Givens has followed through on that promise with a release stating Willie Nelson will … Continue reading

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SouthArk Foundation touts stellar year

South Arkansas Community College had a stellar year in 2012, highlighted by a sizable donation from a Fort Smith accountant, plans for Heritage Plaza underway and the development of a performing and media arts program, according to the Foundation’s annual … Continue reading

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UALR Professor touts Union County’s aquifer recovery efforts

Local efforts in Union County to save the Sparta Aquifer from the early 20th century over-pumping that nearly destroyed the region’s source of potable water are being recognized statewide. According to an email from Sherrel Johnson, Union County Water Conservation … Continue reading

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Fireworks display renders beautiful photos

Happy News Year from the News-Times editorial department! To celebrate the turning of the year and the ringing in of 2013 — Particularly because we all thought the world was going to end on Dec. 21, 2012, right? — News-Times … Continue reading

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Despite rain, Chamber promises spectacular fireworks show

Despite what the National Weather Service assures is a 100 percent chance of rain this evening, the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce said it still plans to put on the New Year’s Eve fireworks show as promised. According to the … Continue reading

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McDaniel admits to “inappropriate” relationship with Hot Springs attorney

Representatives for Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said today despite affirmation that he was involved in an “inappropriate” relationship with a Hot Springs lawyer last year, he will still seek the Democratic gubernatorial nomination for 2014. According to Arkansas Online, … Continue reading

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El Dorado lauded as a 2012 Arkansas Business City of Distinction

On the same day El Dorado received news of EDIE’s Village — a cute name for a serious idea to incubate local small business initiatives — the city was also lauded with a 2012 Arkansas Business City of Distinction award … Continue reading

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LSB Industries signs on for EDC expansion

El Dorado Chemical and LSB Industries, Inc., have firmed up the details of construction on a $120 million nitric acid plant as part of a series of expansions planned in the aftermath of an explosion at the plant in May. … Continue reading

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Razorbacks anticipated to make head coach hire

Many, many Arkansas publications are abuzz this afternoon with the news that the University of Arkansas is expected to tap Bret Bielema as the Razorbacks head coach. Bielema, who has been with the Wisconsin program since 2004, is expected to … Continue reading

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On an interestingly morbid thought: State puts death certificates online

Ridding taxpayers of much of the drudgery and paperwork formerly involved in obtaining a copy of a death certificate, the Arkansas Department of Health rolled out a program today to allow users to state death certificates online. Currently the only … Continue reading

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