Category Archives: Money

Huttig alderman-elect hit with $2,000-plus civil suit

A Huttig alderman-elect was recently hit with a $2,000-plus lawsuit alleging he owes St. Vincent Health Systems for medical bills left unpaid over the last year. According to a complaint for collection of debt, John Osgood, who beat out Marcus … Continue reading

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Light at the end of the tunnel for the under-staffed jail

Next week, the Union County Quorum Court will consider a proposal to create two additional positions at the Union County Jail in response to an under-staffing problem. Both positions would be for lieutenant shift supervisors at salaries of $31,809.75, according … Continue reading

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Grants in aid proves sticking point at UCQC

The grants in aid budget was a topic of contention at the Union County Quorum Court this morning where several justices of the peace were split on the matter of charitable contributions made out of county funds. Historically, the issue … Continue reading

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Murphy to separate oil and retail sides of company

Murphy Oil Corporation announced today its intention to separate itself into two distinct companies which will allow Murphy Oil to focus primarily on independent exploration and production and Murphy USA to work exclusively on the retail side. According to a … Continue reading

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MusicFest 25 prepares to kick off

Preparations are underway for MusicFest 25 with streets blocked and stages going up in downtown El Dorado this evening. The two-day event kicks off at 5 p.m. on Friday with more than 30 acts touted by Main Street El Dorado, … Continue reading

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Union County jobless rate drops for August

Union County and the state of Arkansas received some encouraging news in the form of a decreased unemployment rate for the month of August following a spike in July, according to data aggregated by Discover Arkansas from the U.S. Bureau … Continue reading

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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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Pizza Inn robbery results in dual arrests

Two 18-year-old males were arrested on Saturday after they allegedly robbed a Pizza Inn delivery guy at gunpoint in the 400 block of West Wesson Street, according to an El Dorado Police Department report. Germany Maxwell and Jarvis Carter, both … 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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Medical marijuana initiative challenged in lawsuit

The controversy surrounding the medical marijuana issue in Arkansas continued today with a lawsuit filed by several Christian conservative groups intent on removing the initiative from the ballot come November. Last week the secretary of state determined that petitioners had … Continue reading

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