El Dorado News

Wednesday
August 23, 2017
El Dorado News Times

Eclipse viewing

As the moon passed between the sun and the Earth on Monday, local residents were able to view the solar phenomenon at 86 percent of the total eclipse.

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Eclipse Viewing 2

Nancy Whitmore, left, with straw hat, looks through one of her cereal boxes repurposed as a safe way to view Monday’s eclipse – a pinhole box. Whitmore, physical education professor at South Arkansas Community College, invited those attending SouthArk’s eclipse watch party to view the astronomical phenomenon to view the eclipse, with safe glasses and with boxes of varying sizes. Whitmore made several pinhole boxes – some large enough for children to view the eclipse sitting in the box – to others made with cookie and macaroni and cheese boxes. She also provided ‘moon pies,’ and ‘Orbit’ and ‘Eclipse’ chewing gum.

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Eclipse viewing 3

South Arkansas Community College was bustling with a number of activities Monday (above), including the first day of fall classes and these students, staff and local residents, who gathered to watch the solar eclipse. The school’s library auditorium was full of people filling out applications to work for the new Murphy Arts District, scheduled to have their grand opening Sept. 27-Oct.1.

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Bill Howard, foreground, one of several residents attending the South Arkansas Community College eclipse viewing on Monday, with his back to sun, views the eclipse shadowed on the sidewalk, times the number of circles on this pegboard, while Charley Hankins views the sky with eclipse-safe glasses.

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Family offers reward for information

The family of Curry Bolton, who was found shot in his home in Strong on Jan. 17, 2017 and later died in a Crossett hospital, is offering a reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Bolton’s death. A $1,000 reward is being offered and persons with information about the shooting are urged to contact Union County Sheriff’s Investigator Jamie Morrow, at 864-1970.

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Alex Jeffery named as director for ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’

South Arkansas Arts Center and the theatre steering committee have announced Alexander Jeffery as the director for the fall production of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” The full length drama will take the audience through love and the power of human connection. Auditions will be held for this production on Sept. 5-6 at SAAC. More information about auditions will be forthcoming.

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United we stand

Big gift: Murphy USA CEO and President Andrew Clyde presented Alexis Alexander of United Way of Union County a check for $530,289.48 on Tuesday. The check is from the company’s employee and corporate match. Right, Clyde gets a hug from Alexander after unveiling the amount.

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United we stand 2

Big gift: Murphy USA CEO and President Andrew Clyde presented Alexis Alexander of United Way of Union County a check for $530,289.48 on Tuesday. The check is from the company’s employee and corporate match. Right, Clyde gets a hug from Alexander after unveiling the amount.

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RICHARD E. PERKINS

Richard E. “Dick” Perkins, 91, of Norphlet, passed away Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, at his residence. He was born Nov. 6, 1925, to W.H. and Claudia Taylor Perkins in Smackover.

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ROBERT TRUCKS

ROBERT TRUCKS Funeral for Robert Trucks, 75, of the Trucksville Community near Rison, will be at 10 a.m. today at Rison Baptist Church in Rison with Brother Danny Allen and Brother Wade Totty officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Zion Cemetery in Trucksville, under the direction of Buie Funeral Home of Rison.

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PATRICK J. McKINNEY

PATRICK J. McKINNEY A memorial service for Patrick J. McKinney, 65, of Camden, will be held at 10 a.m. today at Smackover First Baptist Church. Proctor Funeral Home of Camden is in charge of the arrangements.

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