Category Archives: By John Worthen

A head scratcher

According to a report on Fox News.com today: “A top Department of Homeland Security official reportedly said his agency will not necessarily process illegal immigrants referred to them by Arizona authorities. “John Morton, assistant secretary of homeland security for U.S. … Continue reading

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Hear ye, hear ye

Remember “Satire Wednesday?” Well, now we’re introducing “Sporadic Satire,” a feature where we’ll offer something fun now and again, rather than committing ourselves to a specific day. This logo will appear at the end of each SS piece so you’ll … Continue reading

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Early voting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning June 1 at the county clerk’s office on the first floor of the Union County Courthouse. There will be no weekend early voting. On June … Continue reading

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Major drug bust made in county

The Union County Sheriff’s Office made a major drug bust Monday — one of the largest ever in this part of Arkansas — according to Union County Sheriff Sheriff Ken Jones. Look for more in Tuesday’s (May 18) News-Times.

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MusicFest 2010

I’ve heard cheers and jeers about the lineup for MusicFest this year. What say ye, my fellow music lovers? I feel like the lineup is decent, but there is not a true headliner in the bunch. To me, Marty Stuart … Continue reading

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Strange signs from around the world

Strange, indeed. Follow this link to a New York Times photo essay depicting strange signs from around the globe. This one, taken by Robert Stephens, is from the Daintree Rainforest of Queensland, Australia. The picture shows a live cassowary bird … Continue reading

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This and that

Things have been keeping me away from posting lately. The print side comes first, remember. Please keep checking back for more updates soon. Many thanks.

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A sad event

The video below is of a SWAT Team raid in Columbia, Mo., taken in February 2010. Thanks to my friend and colleague over on the broadcast side of journalism — Rodney Wimberly — for the tip about this. I will … Continue reading

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New chicken place a hit at chamber meeting

According to sources who ate a spread of food recently from the soon-to-be-opened Chicken To Go at the corner of College and 19th streets in El Dorado, it’s very good. The business catered the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce’s monthly … Continue reading

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More revealed about troubled Timberland Bank

From Arkansas Business: “It’s starting to become clearer why Southern Bancorp of Arkadelphia took everything but the loan portfolio when it bought Timberland Bank of El Dorado last year. “A federal lawsuit filed by Timberland in an attempt to enforce … Continue reading

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Severe storms pass through Union County

Two tornado warnings were issued Saturday evening in Union County, but no damage has been reported, according to the Union County Sheriff’s Office. The earlier storm, at around 6:30 p.m., tracked to the west of El Dorado near Urbana. The … Continue reading

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Severe storms rake through Arkansas Friday

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Former Smackover resident vying for D.C. council seat

Clark Ray, former class president and star athlete of Smackover High School, is challenging Washington, D.C., council member Phil Mendelson in the September Democratic Primary. Click here for the scoop from the Washington Post.

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Your opinions needed

If you haven’t yet, click here to participate in the El Dorado Branding Survey, designed to aid Roger Brooks of the Seattle-based Destination Development International in his efforts to “brand” El Dorado. Brooks was in town this week to perform … Continue reading

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Mayhaw Festival will roll ahead as planned

Festival organizers are saying that they will not move activities to the El Dorado/Union County Recreational Complex, even in the event of inclement weather. Activities will take place in and around the John Newton House, beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday … Continue reading

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