Category Archives: By Allison Gatlin

Obama sworn in for second term

In timing with Martin Luther King Day, President Obama was sworn in during a private ceremony on Sunday preceding nationwide hoopla today. Watch below, from ABC, as the president is sworn in for another four years.

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Ouachita County judge held due to alleged threats

The government has requested Ouachita County Judge Mike Hesterly remain in jail while he awaits a bond hearing on federal charges of bribery and conspiracy, according to Dave Showers, the News-Times reporter on the story. Hesterly, who turned himself in … Continue reading

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Little Rock woman dies in wreck after dispatch delayed

A Little Rock woman whose vehicle slid on a patch of ice and ended in a pond, was killed Monday when a 9-1-1 operator failed to patch her call through to police and fire officials. According to the Associated Press, … Continue reading

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Beebe: Would repeal the death penalty

“Signing death warrants” has given Gov. Mike Beebe cause to question the death penalty to the point that he would legislate repealing them entirely, according to Arkansas News. Rather than allow any more prisoners on death row to face the … Continue reading

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Winter weather causes closures, wrecks

Inclement weather has resulted in a number of closures throughout Union County where slippery ice-coated roads have resulted in “quite a few” personal injury wrecks, according to Union County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Bill Hickman. Hickman was unsure at the … Continue reading

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Legislature convenes

State Reps. John Baine (D-El Dorado) and Matthew Shepherd (R-El Dorado) took their respective posts when the 89th General Assembly convened today with the first Republican majority since Reconstruction. Baine, a freshman, was one of the 43 first-time representatives sworn … Continue reading

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Day of sunshine makes way for wet weather return

Enjoy the beautiful weather today while it lasts because as soon as the weekend hits, temperatures are expected to plummet and the rain has an 80 percent chance of returning, according to the National Weather Service. Today has been a … Continue reading

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Arkansas receives Education Week B-minus

For two years running, Education Week ranked Arkansas as fifth nationally in educational policies and performance despite low ratings in student achievement and lack of success, according to Arkansas News. The B-minus ranking — the same designation the state received … Continue reading

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County officials pass blame for notice failure

Former Justice of the Peace Steve Ward created something of a quagmire on Monday when he accused the Union County Quorum Court of meeting illegally on Jan. 1 to set the 2013 monthly meeting time and date. Ward, who lost … Continue reading

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Egging spree runs through El Dorado

Homeowners in several neighborhoods woke up to a congealing surprise Thursday morning when they discovered their vehicles had been egged, according to several El Dorado Police Department reports. Upward of $2,000 in damage was estimated for the four vehicles egged … 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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Free GED testing goes the way of the dodo

In cooperation with the implementation of the Common Core Standards, by 2014 Arkansas will join the majority of states that charge students for GED enrollment and testing, according to a report by KUAF. Jacqueline Froelich, of KUAF, emphasized that in … 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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Local filmmakers vie for international acclaim

Two local filmmakers are endeavoring to win an international competition with the completion of a 48 Hour Film Project in the form of a seven-minute short film, “Fire Engine Red.” Jim Patterson, a News-Times editor, Michael Armstrong, a graphic designer, … Continue reading

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Rain, rain, rain

El Dorado may be able to skip out on the freezing precipitation expected to hit central and north Arkansas on Friday, but that doesn’t mean the region will get off completely water free. According to the National Weather Service, some … Continue reading

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