Crews at the El Dorado Municipal Auditorium work to put together the set for “Willie Nelson and Family Live” set to roll at 7:30 p.m. tonight.
The show is completely sold out, however, interested parties may call Main Street El Dorado at 862-4747 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today to inquire about potential availability. Will call tickets can be picked up before 4 p.m. at the MSE Office, 101 W. Main, or outside the auditorium at 5 p.m.
If so, you might try explaining to her the implications of allowing selfie pictures from the iPad she stole to end up in the owner’s cloud.
Allen Engstrom, of North Little Rock, was en-route from Phoenix to Denver when he left his iPad on the plane, according to KATV. Although he’s since written off the possible return of his device, he’s enjoying the entertainment he receives each time this woman uploads a self portrait.
Engstrom said his name and contact information is inscribed on the back of the iPad, but hasn’t heard from the woman who picked it up. He added the tracking settings on the device are switched off.
Black smoke rising from the Sistine Chapel signaled to the world the Cardinals of the Catholic Church have yet to select a new Pope on the first day in conclave.
All 115 Electors will be secluded in the Santa Marta residence of the Vatican until Wednesday morning when the schedule calls for two additional votes. White smoke billowing from the chimney will signify the election of a new Pope.
Father Gregory Pilcher, of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, sent along a graphic this morning for those interested in learning the process by which the Pope is elected.
Check it out here and stay tuned for more from the Vatican.
A 44-year-old Norphlet man remains in critical condition at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences after he was discovered unconscious next to his inverted four-wheeler Saturday night at Gas Plant and Hayes City roads.
Jerry Womack was traveling with a group of family and friends late Saturday when he sped ahead on his own, according to a Union County Sheriff’s Office report. He was later found unresponsive next to his four-wheeler by two family members who turned the four-wheeler over and tried unsuccessfully to revive him.
Womack was initially transported by ProMed Ambulance to the Norphlet football field to be airlifted to UAMS, but complications forced a quicker airlift to the Medical Center of South Arkansas. He was then stabilized and airlifted to Little Rock.
On Monday he remained in critical condition, according to a media relations representative of UAMS. No other information was available for public release.
El Dorado earned a bit of national cred this morning as one of the “best small town comebacks” compiled by CNN.
Citing the city’s investment in the $18 million El Dorado Conference Center and a recent boom in commerce and restaurants, CNN notes El Dorado has fended off a 1980-era economic weakening to recoup its reputation as “the pride of South Arkansas.”
“Thanks to one huge civic mobilization, mass restorations, a new $14.4 million conference facility and a roster of annual festivals, El Dorado has recouped its reputation as ‘the pride of south Arkansas.’ The once desolate downtown is now lined with more than 65 specialty shops, eateries, inns and the state’s only operating art deco theater.”
Union County investigators arrested on Thursday a 32-year-old Calion man who reportedly left the scene of an accident earlier this week in which the driver of a United Parcel Service truck was trapped behind his wheel, according to UCSO Investigator Randy Gilbert.
Walter S. Eisenburg, 32, of 112 Hollow Tree Circle, was arrested for leaving the scene of an accident with both injury and property damage, vehicular theft of property and defaulting on a misdemeanor fine. He was assigned a $35,000 sheriff’s bond on Friday in Union County District Court.
According to original reports, 52-year-old James Ware, of North Little Rock, was traveling north on U.S. 167 at 7:30 p.m. on Monday when he collided with a partially obscured trailer pulled over to the side of the road. When his car careened into a southbound ditch, Ware reportedly became trapped and later had to be extricated with a broken leg.
He was transported to the Medical Center of South Arkansas for emergency services and remained for further treatment Tuesday.
After leaving the U.S. 167 scene, Eisenburg allegedly crashed the GMC Jimmy he was driving on Amason Road.
The price tag for the two accidents is estimated at $12,000.
Nearly two months after an unidentified person went on an egging spree through several affluent neighborhoods in El Dorado, a second vehicular crime wave swept through the area with a rash of spray paintings causing more than $11,000 in damage, according to numerous El Dorado Police Department reports.
Reports varied in damage estimates from $500 to $5,000, but all five complainants advised the incidents took place sometime Sunday or Monday and involved their unattended vehicles targeted by white or black spray paint.
In one instance, a woman’s vehicle was tagged with curse words while she was inside Courtyard Health & Rehabilitation with a resident. In another, an El Dorado High School teacher’s vehicle was parked at his residence when he discovered a coating of graffiti totaling $4,000 in damage.
Overall, damage was estimated at $11,300 and no suspects were named.
Gov. Mike Beebe stuck to the same rationale he used to veto last week’s 20-week abortion ban — quickly overridden in the House and Senate — when he vetoed this morning a measure that would ban abortions at 12 weeks.
The legislation, proposed by Sen. Jason Rapert, would have made illegal any abortion performed if a fetal heartbeat could be detected at 12 weeks. Many opponents have called the proposal one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the country and, like Beebe, believe the law could prove unconstitutional, in violation of Roe v. Wade.
Republicans hold slim majorities in both chambers with 51 of 100 seats in the House 21 of 35 seats in the Senate. They used that majority last week to override Beebe’s veto of a 20-week abortion ban, the so-called “fetal pain” bill.
Overriding the veto will require a simple majority in the House and Senate — the latter of which is expected to attempt an override this afternoon, according to csmonitor.com.
The Obama Administration is expected to go the Walmart way when it nominates Sylvia Mathews Burwell, president of the Walmart Foundation, to head up the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. According to numerous sources, cited by Talk Business, the announcement is expected to occur today.
Burwell will replace Jeffrey Zients, who has been the interim director for more than a year. She came to the Walmart Foundation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, was the deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget during the Clinton Administration and worked for a short time in the U.S. Department of Treasury.
The Walmart Foundation confirmed the nomination in a statement on Sunday.
“We congratulate Sylvia on her nomination by President Obama to be director of the Office of Management and Budget,” said Wal-Mart CEO Mike Duke. “Sylvia is a strong leader who both masters the details and has a clear vision for making big things happen. She cares deeply about people and has natural personal warmth that enables her to build relationships and drive results that deliver impact. She understands business and the role that business, government and civil society must play to build a strong economy that provides opportunity and strengthens communities across the country. Sylvia does a great job leading the Walmart Foundation, and if confirmed by the Senate, will do a tremendous job serving our country.”
Those hoping the changeover from February to March would give some winter weather reprieve will be sorely disappointed this weekend as temperatures continue to plummet into the 20s, according to the National Weather Service.
Heading into Saturday, the high is estimated for the high 40s with a low slated for 26. Sunday shows only a slight increase in temperatures to a high of 55 and a low of 37.
On the bright side (pun intended) sunny skies are anticipated throughout the weekend, darkened by cloudy skies and a 20 percent chance of rain on Monday.
That weather, however, comes with the caveat of higher temperatures into the 60s.
The El Dorado Promise is expanding the parameters for eligibility to the scholarship program to include non-resident El Dorado Public Schools students, according to a release from Magen Olive, of the Murphy Oil Corporation.
Effective with the May 2013 graduating class, students who attend El Dorado Public Schools and meet all other requirements but live in neighboring areas will also be eligible to receive the Promise. The removal of the previous residency requirement allows students transferring to El Dorado Public Schools via school choice to apply for the scholarship as a non-resident.
Seventy-five students who currently attend an El Dorado school as a non-resident are immediately eligible for the Promise as a result of the announcement.
Other requirements remain the same and include graduation from El Dorado High School and continuous attendance to an El Dorado school since 9th grade.
The announcement comes days before registration for the upcoming school year on March 4 and 5 at 200 W. Oak.
In a completely anticipated move, the Arkansas House of Representatives overrode a gubernatorial veto that would have defeated a measure to ban abortions at 20 weeks.
The so-called “fetal pain” bill has received huge attention across the state as the new Republican majority in the Legislature and Democrat Gov. Mike Beebe swing back and forth on the issue. Although the matter passed with ease in the House and Senate, Beebe shot it down with a veto days later.
According to Arkansas News, the House voted again on the matter today, passing the legislation again with a vote of 53-28. Only 51 votes were needed for the majority in the House. If the matter goes to the Senate, only 18 votes will be needed for the measure to become law.
Accompanying the 20-week ban, the Legislature is still contending with changes to the 12-week abortion ban, which would make illegal any abortions performed after a fetal heartbeat can be detected.
Beebe has openly opposed both pieces of legislation, stating they’ll ultimately prove unconstitutional.
Arkansans could reap the benefits of more than $150 million in tax cuts if House Speaker Davy Carter has anything to say about it.
Carter (R-Cabot) asked the House Revenue and Taxation Committee today to come up with proposals for tax cuts, which he said the state can afford to balance by trimming the same amount in spending, according to the Associated Press.
He made no comment on the proposals he will personally back.