Category Archives: By Allison Gatlin

Walmart Foundation director expected to receive executive nomination

The Obama Administration is expected to go the Walmart way when it nominates Sylvia Mathews Burwell, president of the Walmart Foundation, to head up the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. According to numerous sources, cited by Talk Business, the … Continue reading

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El Dorado braces for colder weekend temperatures

Those hoping the changeover from February to March would give some winter weather reprieve will be sorely disappointed this weekend as temperatures continue to plummet into the 20s, according to the National Weather Service. Heading into Saturday, the high is … Continue reading

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Promise expands to include non-resident students

The El Dorado Promise is expanding the parameters for eligibility to the scholarship program to include non-resident El Dorado Public Schools students, according to a release from Magen Olive, of the Murphy Oil Corporation. Effective with the May 2013 graduating … Continue reading

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House overrides Beebe’s abortion ban veto

In a completely anticipated move, the Arkansas House of Representatives overrode a gubernatorial veto that would have defeated a measure to ban abortions at 20 weeks. The so-called “fetal pain” bill has received huge attention across the state as the … Continue reading

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House speaker proposals $150 million in tax cuts

Arkansans could reap the benefits of more than $150 million in tax cuts if House Speaker Davy Carter has anything to say about it. Carter (R-Cabot) asked the House Revenue and Taxation Committee today to come up with proposals for … Continue reading

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Sequestration estimated to have a $920 million economic productivity impact in Arkansas

Eleventh-hour opportunities to spare the nation the economic impact of sequestration are thinning as both chambers of Legislature work on proposals that would replace the $85 billion in federally-mandated across-the-board cuts. In Arkansas, cuts are expected to signify a $920 … Continue reading

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Officials backpedal on FedEx deal saying it’s still under negotiation

El Dorado Mayor Frank Hash may have spoken a bit too soon when he revealed during Thursday’s El Dorado Civitan Club meeting that a FedEx facility would soon be built on Champagnolle Road near Therma-Flite. Negotiations have been underway since … Continue reading

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Abortion ban goes to governor

The Arkansas House of Representatives is forcing Gov. Mike Beebe to put his money where his mouth is when it comes to constitutional worries over a pair of bills that would ban abortions at 20 and 12 weeks, according to … Continue reading

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Entergy prepares for wide-sweeping outages

As of 3:50 p.m. Wednesday only 114 customers statewide were without power — two in Union County — but that doesn’t mean Entergy Arkansas isn’t preparing for wide-sweeping outages following a line of ice and thunderstorms across the state Wednesday … Continue reading

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Wildcat Drive shut down as crews plug gas leak

Responders with CenterPoint Energy are currently working to plug a gas leak caused by contractors laying orange pipe at Timberlane and Wildcat drives, according to officials with the El Dorado Police and El Dorado Fire departments. They emphasize there is … Continue reading

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Shepherd files proposed constitutional amendments

Among the five proposals submitted ahead of Wednesday’s deadline, Rep. Matthew Shepherd (R-El Dorado) included one that would redefine Arkansas Supreme Court positions as appointed rather than elected seats. If passed HJR1005 would alter the Arkansas Constitution to allow the … Continue reading

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OEM director found deceased at residence

Union County Coroner Curtis Butterfield confirmed that the Jerry Thomas found deceased at his El Dorado residence this morning by family members was in fact THE Jerry Thomas, former El Dorado Fire Department assistant chief and current director of the … Continue reading

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House passes bill to reward whistle blowers on fraud and waste

Augmenting ethics reform and the state’s online open checkbook — both of which became realities after the 2011 general session — the Arkansas House of Republicans passed a bill today to offer cash rewards to state government employees who blow … Continue reading

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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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