It’s almost Independence Day, and you are probably looking for a great fireworks show.
Parkers Chapel is having a community barbecue party, Veteran’s Program and fireworks display at their football field at 5 p.m.
The event is free, open to the public and is bring provided by Charlene and Dan Forth, with assistance from the Parkers Chapel Volunteer Fire Department. Persons attending are asked to bring a dessert.
However, if you are looking to escape the area, but still stay in the state, there are plenty of firework shows available.
Thunder on Thunderbird Fireworks, Cherokee Village
4th of July Fireworks Show, Bismarck (over Lake DeGray)
Mayor’s 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza, Fort Smith
Fireworks in the Park, Salem
Independence Day Celebration, Bull Shoals
4th of July Freedomfest, Greenwood
Sherwood’s 4th of July Family Celebration, Sherwood
30th Annual Pops on the River, Little Rock
Annual 4th of July Celebration, Mena
16th Annual Independence Day Celebration-Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Eureka Springs
Mountain Harbor July 4th Celebration and Parade, Mount Ida
2013 Fire in the Sky-4th of July Celebration, Harrison
An Evening at Orchards Park, Bentonville
3rd Annual Uptown Fayetteville Freedom Fireworks, Fayetteville
Gentry Freedom Fest 2013, Gentry City Park, Gentry
4th of July Fireworks, Magic Springs Theme and Water Park, Hot Springs
4th of July Fireworks 2013, Mountain View
4th of July Celebration, Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Regional Park, Pine Bluff
Fourth at the Field, Arvest Ballpark, Springdale
If you haven’t picked up a newspaper or watched TV lately, Paula has gotten herself in a world of trouble for admitting using the N-word.
Today, Target Corp. and Home Depot, Inc. announced it is severing all ties with southern home cooker Paula Deen.
Deen has already been cut from Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Also, Food Network is not renewing her show and her name is being stripped from four buffet restaurants owned by Caesars Entertainment.
Should we forgive her? Accept her apology and say it’s OK it happened a long time ago when it was “acceptable?”
Is society being too hard on her? Too judgmental?
Or does she deserve it?
In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court ruled today that the Defense of Marriage Act, the law barring the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages legalized by the states, is unconstitutional.
“The federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and effect to disparage and to injure those whom the State, by its marriage laws, sought to protect in personhood and dignity,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion. “By seeking to displace this protection and treating those persons as living in marriages less respected than others, the federal statute is in violation of the Fifth Amendment.”
President Obama also released a statement praising the Supreme Court’s decision.
“I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. This was discrimination enshrined in law. It treated loving, committed gay and lesbian couples as a separate and lesser class of people.”
For more information, check out this article on Huffington Post.
What do you think of the decision?
For 82 years, Hostess has been filling bellies with delicious snacks such as DingDongs, Ho Hos, Donettes and CupCakes amongst others.
In November, the company filed for bankruptcy leaving many people in an uproar about their beloved sweets being taken from the shelves forever.
Fortunately, Metropoulos & Co. decided to buy the rights to Twinkies and other snacks from Hostess earlier this year.
Well, good news Twinkie fans, the Twinkie will be returning to stores on July 15. It will still be $3.99 for a box of 10 twinkies.
Daren Metropoulos, principal of Metropoulos & Co. said the company will sell all of the Hostess and Dolly Madison branded snacks such as Zingers, Donettes, Ho Hos, fruit pies, muffins, CupCakes and DingDongs.
In an article in CNN Money,Metropoulos said, “America wanted Hostess back — they wanted the original.”
While pondering on what shall I do this weekend in El Dorado, I realized all of the entertainment is out of town.
This weekend is the 42nd annual Oil Town festival located at Broadway and 10th St. in Smackover.
The event will host free concerts every night, a 5k oil run, contests and tournaments for kids and adults, arts and crafts and a free water slide for kids.
Also, Ruston’s Peach Festival is this weekend and will be held on Trenton St. Admission for ages six and under is free. On Friday, admission after 5 p.m. is $5. Saturday’s admission prices varies on the time. From 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. it is $5, 8 a.m. through evening is $10 and after 6 p.m. is $10, or buy a $10 armband will cover all day plus the Railroad Park music.
At the event there will be a parade, antique car show, a rodeo, 5k run, cookery contest and more.
The last day for each festival is Saturday!
Now, the question is should I return to my stomping grounds and attend the Peach Festival or try something new and attend the Oil Town Festival?
Also, I can’t wait to find out what acts will be at this year’s MusicFest! The announcement will be made this Tuesday.
After much anticipation, El Dorado’s Mellor Park Mall is finally receiving a new addition to their shopping center, department store T.J. Maxx.
T.J. Maxx will be holding a hiring event from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on June 24-25. It will be held at 1865 North West Ave.
Positions available include: dressing room associate, sale associates, back room associates, cashiers, customer service associates, loss prevention and management.
T.J. Maxx offers designer and brand name clothing for men, women, teens, kids and baby for up to 60 percent off department store prices.
The department store is set to open late summer around August or September.
Garland County Sheriff Deputy Neil Parliment, 39, was booked into the Union County Jail Thursday where he is on hold for the U.S. Marshals Service.
According to a press release from United States Attorney Conner Eldridge, Parliment was arrested for enticing an individual to engage in prostitution from January to June 2013.
Parliment allegedly arranged for a Memphis prostitute to come to Hot Springs for the purposes of exchanging sexual activity for money, according to the report.
The report also stated that over the course of investigation, it was discovered he had facilitated meetings and introductions between the prostitute and others for sexual activity.
If convicted, Parliment faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
Parliment is the Marine Patrol Commander for Garland County Sheriff’s Office.
In efforts to promote the Essence Music Festival, an annual music festival held in New Orleans every July 4th weekend, Bentonville will be hosting “The Road to Essence Festival.”
The free concert will be this Friday at 6 p.m. at Orchards Park and will feature acts such as LL Cool J, Maxwell, Estelle, Trey Songz and Hezekiah Walker.
The concert is sponsored by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. who also sponsors the festival in New Orleans.
For more information about the Essence Music Festival visit Essence’s website.
After mass shootings in a Colorado theater and a Connecticut elementary school last year, the push for gun control was on every news channel and more importantly on Congress’ agenda.
This week is the six-month anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut and some are wondering has Congress put a hold on passing stricter gun laws or completely took it off the agenda?
Last April, every gun control proposal brought before the Senate was shot down. The question now is will the proposals be reworded and brought before the Senate again in hopes to get it passed? Or will new proposals or some other form of action come about?
In an article in the Washington Post, Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake (R) said, “I don’t think they’re going to come back on it.” “They’ve got a long way to go. And frankly, I just don’t see people who voted against it moving on their position.”
Is Congress all talk or will they actually help to tighten gun laws?
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Rumors that New Century Chinese Restaurant might be vacating its premises in Mellor Park Mall are right now merely a matter of negotiation, said Sajal Agarwal.
Agarwal, one of the owners of the mall, declined to comment further saying he doesn’t have all the information yet and doesn’t expect to be free to further elucidate on the matter for another week or longer.
If New Century ultimately doesn’t resign its lease on the North West Avenue location, Agarwal said he wishes them luck, but doesn’t believe the premises will be difficult to fill.
“If their decision is to vacate we with them the best,” he said. “I don’t think it will be hard to find someone to fill their spot and I’m confident they’ll thrive in another location if they so choose.”
Less than two days after opening statements began at the Union County Courthouse, the jury has entered into deliberations on whether Wendi Cox is guilty of a multitude of thefts in connection with the Mulerider horse case of late 2011.
Cox, the mother of former Southern Arkansas University student Jaci Jackson, is charged with four counts of theft of property over $5,000, two counts of theft of property over $25,000, and two counts of theft of property over $1,000. If guilty, she could face up to 90 years in prison.
Jackson’s arrest was on Dec. 5, 2011, little more than a year after the theft occurred. Her mother’s arrest followed on July 27, 2012.
The former, who is alleged the mastermind of the thefts, has yet to be tried.
State legislators are likely days away from brokering an agreement on approximately $100 million in tax cuts, according to breaking coverage from Arkansas News.
Senate President Pro Tem Michael Lamoureux said today the deal is expected within “a day or two” and House Speaker Davy Carter confirmed the likelihood.
Few details are available at the time, but Matt DeCample, a spokesman for Gov. Mike Beebe, said the deal will be tied to expanded health care under the Affordable Care Act.
Nearly a year after the resignation of the former board and the growing pains associated with passing new bylaws, the Union County Animal Protection Society has set its sights on a new venture and plans to talk expansion at tonight’s meeting.
UCAPS has invited mayors from El Dorado, Norphlet, Smackover and Calion, Union County Judge Mike Loftin, Union County Sheriff Mike McGough and El Dorado Public Works Director Robert Edmonds to the 6:30 p.m. meeting at St Paul United Methodist Church.
More in tomorrow’s News-Times.
If you happened to grab today’s paper in hopes of checking out Kevin Sims’ column for whatever antics he got himself into this week then you’ll already have heard the news. For those who haven’t, we’re headed to California!
It’s not without some trepidation that we move out West and it’s certainly not going to be an easy goodbye. After several years in El Dorado we’ve met some amazing people, made some wonderful friends and had our journalistic mettle tested to the maximum. But a chance to better ourselves arose unexpectedly and that’s not something we’re willing to turn down.
In two weeks we’ll head out and Between Editions will fall under the purview of a new administrator. On April 8, I’ll start my tenure at The Salinas Californian as the breaking news/crime reporter. Hopefully, if you haven’t already, you’ll continue to follow me on Twitter.
For those faithful readers who kept me on my toes these past two years and some change, thank you! You pushed me to do better and I hope to have delivered.