• St. James Village Outreach Facility, 1108 E. Hillsboro, will give food only each Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Please place clothing only in blue containers in front of building. They do not accept furniture. For more information, contact Bishop George Calloway at 875...
Category: Features    Published: Wednesday, August 8th, 2012     comments
Hope Landing talent show tonightHope Landing Inc. and the South Arkansas Arts Center will present a “Talent Show” featuring the children of Hope Landing at 7 p.m. today at the South Arkansas Arts Center. The Hope Landing Talent Show is to celebrate the abilities and talents of children w...
Category: Features    Published: Thursday, August 9th, 2012     comments
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The family of Cora Hatcher invites friends to attend her 85th birthday celebration from 2 until 4 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall in Smackover.
Category: Features    Published: Friday, August 10th, 2012     comments
Picture: United Way execs: United Way of Union County Loaned Executives include, seated, from left, Lakeetra Candley, S...
United Way execs: United Way of Union County Loaned Executives include, seated, from left, Lakeetra Candley, S...
Thirteen local business leaders participated in the United Way of Union County’s 2012 Loaned Executive training on Aug. 9, according to Alexis Alexander, executive director of the UWUC. “The group toured facilities and met with representatives from each of the United Way’s 12 membe...
Category: Features    Published: Saturday, August 11th, 2012     comments
El Dorado Rotary Club has changed its meeting location. It will now meet at noon Mondays at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.• Monday Painters meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Monday at the South Arkansas Arts Center. For more information, call 862-5474.• The St. James Village Outreach Fac...
Category: Features    Published: Monday, August 6th, 2012     comments
• Liberty Baptist Ministries Center will give out food from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. today at 1506 Mount Holly Road.• Union County Senior Citizens meet each Thursday at 8 a.m. at Champagnolle Landing.• Stitch & Share Quilters meets at 9:30 a.m. each Thursday at 826 Camp St., El Dorado....
Category: Features    Published: Thursday, August 9th, 2012     comments
The South Arkansas Center on Aging, a program of the Arkansas Aging Initiative and UAMS, in partnership with HealthWorks Fitness Center, will present Savvy Seniors at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the HealthWorks conference room.Sharon Traylor will talk about recycled yard art. The program is free to seniors a...
Category: Features    Published: Friday, August 10th, 2012     comments
• Disabled American Veterans and Auxiliary will meet at 10 a.m. the second Saturday at Grace Bible Baptist Church, 1502 Champagnolle. Anyone who is a disabled veteran is welcome to attend and join the activities.  • South Arkansas African American History Museum, 423 W. Fifth St., is...
Category: Features    Published: Saturday, August 11th, 2012     comments
• Liberty Baptist Ministries Center will give out food from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. today at 1506 Mount Holly Road.• Union County Quilt Guild meets at 9:30 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Hillsboro Church of Christ Fellowship Hall, 1322 W. Hillsboro. The contact person is Ruth Matocha...
Category: Features    Published: Tuesday, August 7th, 2012     comments
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 These kittens are now available for adoption at the Union  County Animal Protection Society shelter, 1000 Sunset Road. The shelter is open from noon until 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. For more information, call UCAPS at 862-0502.
Category: Features    Published: Wednesday, August 8th, 2012     comments
Barton Library is having a book sale at the back of the building, 200 E. Fifth St., through Aug. 16. A large variety of books are for sale. For more information, call 863-5447.
Category: Features    Published: Friday, August 10th, 2012     comments
JUNCTION CITY – Junction City High School will be conducting a seventh grade and new student orientation at 6 p.m. on Aug. 16. Students and their parents will meet in the multipurpose room. The purpose of the orientation is for students to meet with the principal and pick up schedules. Seventh...
Category: Features    Published: Friday, August 10th, 2012     comments
A wake for Billy DeWayne Tatum, 54, of Kansas City, Mo., and formerly of Smackover, will be held at 11 a.m. today at New Vision Christian Church of Kansas City. Funeral will be at noon today at the church with the Rev. Lawrence Nevels officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemete...
Category: Food    Published: Saturday, August 11th, 2012     comments
New Creations Life Center will have a work day at 10 a.m.  Saturday at 918 Columbia.New Creations, which assists the homeless population in Union County, is repairing and cleaning the vacant residence to use as part of its program. For more information, call Sabrina King at 312-6329, 315-5832 o...
Category: Features    Published: Friday, August 10th, 2012     comments
City Arrests:• Willie R. General, 45, of 815 Russell, was arrested Wednesday for terroristic threatening, first-degree. El Dorado police responded to a report of a person with a weapon in the 800 block of Russell and a man said General, who is his neighbor, came to his residence and pulled a gu...
Category: Features    Published: Friday, August 10th, 2012     comments
In the article titled “Local soldier, EFD captain receives welcome home” and the accompanying picture, it wrongly stated the Captain James Bates served in Iraq during his year-long deployment. Bates was stationed at Camp Virgina in Kuwait close to the Iraqi border while helping soldiers...
Category: Features    Published: Friday, August 10th, 2012     comments
• The Concerned Christian will give away free clothing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1116 Junction City Road (next to Chick-A-Dilly).• St. James Village Outreach Facility, 1108 E. Hillsboro, will give food only each Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please place clothing only...
Category: Features    Published: Friday, August 10th, 2012     comments
J.R. White of Multi-Task Industrial of Hampton grinds down a weld on part of the superstructure the company is building near the corner of Jefferson and Church Streets in El Dorado. The building at one time housed Garrett Furniture Store.
Category: Features    Published: Friday, August 10th, 2012     comments
EL DORADO – The SERVSAFE program is being offered to all food service professionals in Union, Columbia, Ouachita, Dallas, Lafayette and Calhoun counties, according to Liz McKay, family and consumer sciences agent for the Union County Extension Service Office.The SERVSAFE manager training will...
Category: Features    Published: Sunday, August 5th, 2012     comments
Picture: Scott Bennett, director of the Arkansas State Highway and Transpo...
Scott Bennett, director of the Arkansas State Highway and Transpo...
With the 12th largest highway system in the nation, yet 43rd in revenue per mile, the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department is almost in a finical crisis trying to complete a multitude of projects around the state, which included the widening of U.S. Hwy. 167 and U.S. Hwy. 82 in South...
Category: Features    Published: Tuesday, August 7th, 2012     comments
Picture: Rickey Smiley, a comedian known for his prank calls and silly characters will be coming to the El Dorado Munic...
Rickey Smiley, a comedian known for his prank calls and silly characters will be coming to the El Dorado Munic...
It is so good to be back in town!As much as I love going home to see Mom, it sure isn’t home anymore. For those who missed me, I spent last week taking care of my cousin’s adorable little boy and nursing my mom back to almost normal after she had knee replacement surgery. She isn’t...
Category: Entertainment    Published: Friday, August 10th, 2012     comments
Friday•Lost Prairie Band, American Legion Club 10, 8:30 p.m.•Chris Loggins, Marilyn’s at the Rialto, 9 p.m.•Beer Pong Tournament, Silverado Club, 8 p.m.•Tony Smith and the Whiskey River Band, Silverado Club, 9 p.m.Saturday•Rickey Smiley and Friends, El Dorado Municipal...
Category: Entertainment    Published: Friday, August 10th, 2012     comments
An El Dorado man already incarcerated in the Arkansas Department of Correction got his stay extended Thursday in Union County Circuit Court. Denzel Clemons, 18, pleaded guilty to first-degree battery and possession of a firearm by a certain person and was sentenced to two concurrent 15 year sentence...
Category: Features    Published: Friday, August 10th, 2012     comments
Among a number of four-figure appropriations, Union County Finance Committee members made two big ticket funding movements during the monthly meeting Thursday into the Union County Sheriff’s Office and Union County Highway Department budgets.The largest appropriation, $186,000, went from unapp...
Category: Features    Published: Friday, August 10th, 2012     comments
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 El Dorado Street Department employees paint handicapped parking signs and turn arrows on the street around the square. The men were working early Tuesday before the shops downtown opened.
Category: Features    Published: Wednesday, August 8th, 2012     comments
City Arrests:• LaQuita N. Gatson, 28, of Junction City, was arrested Monday for second-degree domestic battering, first-degree terroristic threatening, possession of   marijuana, careless and prohibited driving, no child safety restraint, and no seat belt. Gatson’s husband told...
Category: Features    Published: Thursday, August 9th, 2012     comments
An El Dorado man alleged to have stolen a pickup pleaded guilty to theft of property Tuesday in Union County Circuit Court. James Walthall, 47, was sentenced to five years in the Arkansas Department of Correction and a one-year suspended imposition of sentence. He could face an additional five years...
Category: Features    Published: Wednesday, August 8th, 2012     comments
An El Dorado man was injured Wednesday with severe lacerations to the head, and police are working to determine exactly what happened to the man and to find a suspect who has been identified in the case.Police said 33-year-old Joshua R. Arredondo sustained deep lacerations around his eyebrows, abras...
Category: Features    Published: Friday, August 10th, 2012     comments
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 Newly elected officers of the Take Off Pounds Sensibly AR-140 El Dorado chapter are, from left, Annette McMahan, weight recorder; Bobbie Wilson, assistant weight recorder; Patty Walker, treasurer; Terrie Simpson, secretary; Wilma Beene, co-leader and Charla Cheatham, leader.
Category: Features    Published: Thursday, August 9th, 2012     comments
Restoration of Confederate monument nearing completion
For years, the Confederate monument on the Union County Courthouse square in downtown El Dorado has weathered the seasons, but they have taken their toll on the 102-year-old statue.In 2010, when El Dorado resident Julie Waschka discovered a postcard of the statue, she contacted Andy Reed, a local en...

Picture: <p>Andy Reed of El Dorado, above left, has spent months working to restore the Confederate monument on the southwest corner of the Union County Courthouse Square. Reed used a toothbrush and water to clean some of the intricate details on the monument. Above right, years of South Arkansas weather had caused quite a build-up of &lsquo;carbon crust&rsquo; on the monument. Reed said it took two weeks to clean just the statue. After a thorough cleaning, intricate details such as veins in the soldier&rsquo;s hands, an insignia on his belt buckle and facial features came to life. <br /><br /></p>Picture: Picture: <p>The Confederate monument in downtown El Dorado.</p>Picture: <p>This photo shows Main Street, El Dorado, on March 10, 1910, when the Confederate monument on the southwest corner of the courthouse lawn was dedicated by members of the Daughters of the Confederacy. The now familiar landmark, shown draped in Confederate bunting, was erected by the Henry G. Bunn chapter of the UDC. This photograph shows Main Street, looking east to a long-gone bandstand and a two-story building that was the Arcade Hotel and later McCrory&rsquo;s Store (now Laredo Grill). There was not a single motor-driven vehicle at this public gathering more that six decades ago.</p>Picture: <p>Luke Short and other employees of Mason Plumbing of El Dorado work to repair the fountain inside the Confederate monument.</p>Picture: <p>Tommy Reed uses old-fashioned elbow grease and water to clean the marble columns on the Confederate monument on the square.<br /><br /><br /></p>

Category: Features    Published: Friday, August 10th, 2012     comments
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 Charla Cheatham, left, the Take Off Pounds Sensibly 2009 state queen, congratulates the newly elected TOPS state queen, Randa Bowman. Cheatham and Bowman attended the TOPS state recognition days recently in Hot Springs. TOPS is a non-profit weight loss support group. El Dorado has two chapters...
Category: Features    Published: Wednesday, August 8th, 2012     comments
Jerry Matthew Digman of Little Rock graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine recently and began his pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital in Little Rock on July 1.He is the son of Jerry and Pam Digman of Little Rock. He is a graduate of Westside C...
Category: Features    Published: Thursday, August 9th, 2012     comments
City Arrests:• Edward Reams, 39, of 1551 N. Roselawn, was arrested Monday for terroristic threatening, first-degree and on a warrant for possession of a firearm by certain persons. El Dorado police said they responded Saturday to a report of a disturbance between Reams and his wife at their res...
Category: Features    Published: Tuesday, August 7th, 2012     comments
Back to School pool party set for ThursdayA Back to School pool party will be held from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Thursday at Mattocks Park, 1100 Detroit.There will be free food and beverages. The event is sponsored by the city of El Dorado and Chemtura.CADC to distribute USDA commoditiesThe Central A...
Category: Features    Published: Saturday, August 11th, 2012     comments
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Diversified Services workers cut out dead trees around the new El Dorado High School. Many trees just haven’t made it through this long, dry summer and the rains that have occurred recently just came too late.
Category: Features    Published: Wednesday, August 8th, 2012     comments
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 Jerry Thomas, second from right, director of the Union County Office of Emergency Management, presents Union County Sheriff Mike McGough, third from left, and members of the UCSO SWAT team, from left, Investigator Jim Sanders (assistant SWAT team leader), Lt. Adam Sawyer (SWAT team leader), (M...
Category: Features    Published: Saturday, August 11th, 2012     comments
City Arrests:• Jon W. Waller, 32, of 277 Waller Road, was arrested by the Union County Sheriff’s Office Thursday on an El Dorado Police Department warrant for first-degree terroristic threatening.• Allonzo James, 52, of 1326 W. First, Apt. 36, was arrested Thursday for aggravated ass...
Category: Features    Published: Saturday, August 11th, 2012     comments
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