Category Archives: By Allison Gatlin

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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Running back’s mother absconds with letter of intent

Arkansas fans are waiting with bated breath to see if Alex Collins’ mother will return with the paperwork necessary for him to sign with the Razorbacks, according to fansided.com. Collins, who rivals.com ranked as the 13th top running back in … 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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Beebe: Abortion ban may be unconstitutional

Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe won’t say where he lands on the bill that would prohibit the majority of abortions in the state of Arkansas, but said today initial research by his office shows the measure could be unconstitutional. The full … 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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Hammer assaults keep EPD on their toes

The El Dorado Police Department has been busy today responding to incidents of aggravated assault at the hands of someone yielding a hammer, according to a pair of reports. Yolanda Ford, 35, of 923 E. Elm, was arrested for allegedly … Continue reading

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Abortion bill moves to full Senate

Flying in the face of the 40-year Roe v. Wade decision, an Arkansas Senate panel OK’d a bill today that would ban abortion at the state level if a fetal heartbeat can be detected. Only two of the eight-member Senate … Continue reading

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Batten down the hatches: Gusty winds, storms likely

The National Weather Service has issued a lake wind advisory for El Dorado in effect until 9 p.m. tonight, cautioning against winds gusting on average between 15 to 25 m.p.h. and as high as 35 m.p.h. A high of 79 … Continue reading

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Hesterly released to house arrest

After contesting allegations that he threatened his ex-wife, federal authorities and witnesses in a bribery and conspiracy case against him, Ouachita County Judge Mike Hesterly was released Monday to home detention until his trial later this year. According to Arkansas … Continue reading

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McDaniel bows out of gubernatorial race

In the wake of a personal controversy that shed light on an extramarital affair, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that he won’t pursue the governor’s seat when it opens in 2014. According to Arkansas Times, McDaniel eluded to the … Continue reading

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School violence bill hits Legislature

Keeping with the topical tones that have the nation as a whole debating gun rights and mental health issues, one Arkansas senator has begun the process of drafting a bill to better prepare students and educators for potential violence on … 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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Treasurer: “That is a matter between the judge and Shannon and I won’t get involved.”

The ongoing battle at the Union County Courthouse between Judge Mike Loftin and Clerk Shannon Phillips over a payroll issue has other elected officials on edge. While not nearly as juicy as the continuing story of Ouachita County Judge Mike … Continue reading

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