Category Archives: Business

Arkansas Ethics Commission investigates Huttig mayor

An Arkansas Ethics Commission investigation has been opened against Huttig Mayor Tony Cole in connection with allegations that he directed a city employee to perform landscaping duties at his personal residence on the city dime. According to a letter addressed … Continue reading

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Livestock auction breaks record with $12,240 steer sale

This year’s Union County Fair Junior Livestock Show shattered last year’s $73,000 in sales with more than $124,000 raised by 53 members of Union County 4-H and Future Farmers of America who sold their steer, hogs, lambs and goats at … Continue reading

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PJ’s Coffee opens on Union Square

Gathered in a blocked off portion of Union Square, members of the community welcomed PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans to El Dorado in grand fashion with a ribbon cutting ceremony, free samples and speakers from Main Street El Dorado, Main … Continue reading

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El Dorado USA Drug survives Walgreen acquisition

El Dorado’s USA Drug is one of fewer than half of all 144 USA Drug stores to survive a massive closure following Walgreen Company’s acquisition in July of Little Rock-based Stephen L. LaFrance Holdings Inc., for $438 million. According to … Continue reading

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Union County leads southwest in lottery sales

Union County topped the southwest region of the state in lottery sales for the month of August, according to data released by the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery. Of the $688,913 in lottery ticket sales during the month, the lion’s share was … Continue reading

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Student group blames SouthArk teacher for lost work

South Arkansas Community College administrators received a complaint today from a group of surgical technician program students who allege their professor failed to send out the applications that would allow them to be certified to work in their field. The … Continue reading

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MSE gears up for First Thursday

Main Street El Dorado is ramping up for the inaugural First Thursday, a retail promotion set to kick off at 5 p.m. tonight on Union Square. The event is meant to benefit 9-to-5ers who can’t make it downtown quickly enough … Continue reading

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Cut line knocks out power for nearly 2,000

Nearly 2,000 Union County residents are currently without power due to an electrical line accidentally cut during work by county employees, said Entergy Representative Bill Luther. The numbers continue to fluctuate on the Entergy Storm Center website, however, as of … Continue reading

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MCSA stats stack up well against state, nation

Even recent controversy involving the acceptance of a major health care insurer doesn’t overshadow the numbers the Medical Center of South Arkansas puts up against the state and nation on hospitalcompare.hhs.gov for quality of care. Hospitalcompare.hhs.gov, a hospital quality of … Continue reading

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PHOTOS: Walmart bomb threat

A bomb threat at Walmart Saturday evening in El Dorado may have been one of a slew of recent bomb threats at Walmarts in the midwest, all of which were evacuated after an automated voice gave employees and officers two … Continue reading

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Bomb threat called into Walmart

A bomb threat has allegedly been called into Walmart. The El Dorado Police Department is on the scene and shoppers have been shuffled from the store to the former Ryan’s parking lot. Approximately 150 shoppers and employees are gathered in … Continue reading

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MusicFest clash inspires racist accusations

An alleged clash between Main Street El Dorado Director Mark Givens and former MC Hammer performer Benito Glosson resulted in accusations of racism plastered across the latter man’s Facebook page. Glosson, a former El Dorado mayoral candidate who is currently … Continue reading

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Natural gas several tax proposal fails by 41,000 signatures

A 41,000-signature deficit separated Sheffield Nelson from his efforts to put a raise in the state’s severance tax on natural gas on the ballot in November, according to Arkansas News. The former natural gas tycoon ended his campaign in July … Continue reading

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Arkansas receives $7M highway spending gift

Arkansas’ highway department has been gifted with nearly $7 million in federal earmarks that it will be required to spend before the end of the year, according to Arkansas News. The “use it or lose it” program identified $473 million … Continue reading

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Boatloads of debt accompany CHS’ decision to terminate BCBS contract

In light of the Community Health System and Blue Cross Blue Shield contract non-negotiation debacle that essentially left much of El Dorado without hospital insurance coverage, a reader sent me this little tidbit Wednesday morning showing that CHS is approximately … Continue reading

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