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LSU extends Miles’ contract with raise

Reports linking Louisiana State University’s Les Miles to an alleged $27.5 million offer from University of Arkansas have been dashed with the extension and raise of Miles’ LSU contract. According to Arkansas News, LSU athletic director Joe Alleva released a … Continue reading

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State to auction off unclaimed property

The Arkansas State Auditor’s Office will soon begin auctioning off 20 years worth of unclaimed safe deposit boxes turned over or abandoned to the state, according to a release on the auditor’s website. As the chances of the owner of … Continue reading

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Significant changes needed to maintain lottery’s lifeblood

Without extreme changes in how it functions, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery could fold in just over a year, said Shane Broadway, interim director of the state Department of Higher Education. According to Arkansas News, Broadway has cautioned funds are expected … Continue reading

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Huttig alderman-elect hit with $2,000-plus civil suit

A Huttig alderman-elect was recently hit with a $2,000-plus lawsuit alleging he owes St. Vincent Health Systems for medical bills left unpaid over the last year. According to a complaint for collection of debt, John Osgood, who beat out Marcus … Continue reading

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Ideas?

As part of a new push for more localized content in conjunction with our new focus feature pages, the News-Times is still soliciting ideas for a running series on older businesses in El Dorado. The only criteria is the business … Continue reading

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Light at the end of the tunnel for the under-staffed jail

Next week, the Union County Quorum Court will consider a proposal to create two additional positions at the Union County Jail in response to an under-staffing problem. Both positions would be for lieutenant shift supervisors at salaries of $31,809.75, according … Continue reading

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Students find favorable their SouthArk experiences

South Arkansas Community College students still have a few notches to climb in reaching their five-year goal of buoying critical thinking skills, according to the most recent Community College Survey of Student Engagement which shows them ahead of their statewide … Continue reading

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Grants in aid proves sticking point at UCQC

The grants in aid budget was a topic of contention at the Union County Quorum Court this morning where several justices of the peace were split on the matter of charitable contributions made out of county funds. Historically, the issue … Continue reading

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ADOH prepares for possible meningitis outbreak

The Arkansas Department of Health is preparing for the possibility that a fungal meningitis outbreak stemming from products shipped from a Massachusetts company to several hospitals could expand into Arkansas. So far, officials say the outbreak has spread to 15 … Continue reading

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Murphy to separate oil and retail sides of company

Murphy Oil Corporation announced today its intention to separate itself into two distinct companies which will allow Murphy Oil to focus primarily on independent exploration and production and Murphy USA to work exclusively on the retail side. According to a … Continue reading

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MusicFest 25 gears up with famous faces

Union Square has been transformed in time for MusicFest 25 and is filled with greasy food, blasting music and one famous face gearing up for tonight’s show. Check out our slideshow below and get a taste for what MusicFest 25 … Continue reading

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MusicFest 25 prepares to kick off

Preparations are underway for MusicFest 25 with streets blocked and stages going up in downtown El Dorado this evening. The two-day event kicks off at 5 p.m. on Friday with more than 30 acts touted by Main Street El Dorado, … Continue reading

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Union County jobless rate drops for August

Union County and the state of Arkansas received some encouraging news in the form of a decreased unemployment rate for the month of August following a spike in July, according to data aggregated by Discover Arkansas from the U.S. Bureau … Continue reading

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SouthArk shows increases in developmental class pass rate, enrollment

Statistics provided during the latest South Arkansas Community College board of trustees meeting show significant bounds in the success of developmental programs, according to charts compiled by Stephanie Tully-Dartez, the director of institutional effectiveness and research. In the last year, … Continue reading

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Chamber plans series of political forums

The wheels of election season keep on rolling with a series of political forums by the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce at the Chamber to encompass local and state candidates, according to a release from the Chamber. Political action starts … Continue reading

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