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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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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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