El Dorado News

October 21, 2018
El Dorado News Times

Lady Warriors claim title

LITTLE ROCK - West Side Christian won its first-ever championship in the AACS South Division Volleyball Tournament Saturday. The Lady Warriors beat defending champion Columbia Christian School 3-0 in the finals.

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WWI traveling exhibit comes to El Dorado

Panels depicting Arkansans' role in war set up at SouthArk Library

Walking into the South Arkansas Community College Library patrons will temporarily be greeted by a collection of panels depicting the life of Arkansans during World War I.

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2 contested races held for city council seats

Early voting gets under way Monday for the Nov. 6 General Election, and among the ballots for El Dorado voters are two contested races for El Dorado City Council seats. Voters may begin casting their ballots at 8 a.m. in the county clerk’s office in the Union County Courthouse. Residents in Ward 1, Position 2 and Ward 4, Position 1 will have two candidates each from which to choose.

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ON THE RECORD, 10-21-18

Marriage Licenses Randall B. Frisby and Lindsey M. King, Oct. 15 Dan C. Boyd and Lauren T. Taylor, Oct. 16 Hunter B. Hightower and Chelsea K. Pepper, Oct. 16 Curtis L. Moss and Hannah B. Clark, Oct. 16 Bridget D. Walters and Jessica R. Redmond, Oct. 16 Gary S. Cook and Marilyn S. Robicheaux, Oct. 17 Michael A. Gary Jr. and Riquita T. Hunt, Oct. 17 Terry L. Clift and Lyndia A. Russell, Oct. 18 Thomas W. Riddell and Hailey N. Blackwell, Oct. 19 Divorces Jennifer M. Boswell vs. Jason Boswell, Oct. 18 Civil Cases Bradley Joe D. JR et al vs. Burley Alan, Oct. 17 Capitol One Bank (USA) vs. Melissa Balentine, Oct. 12 Capitol One Bank (USA) vs. Alexis McDonald, Oct. 12 Capitol One Bank (USA) vs. John Reed, Oct. 12 Capitol One Bank (USA) vs. Joseph McKnight, Oct. 12 America’s Car-Mart vs. Larethia Ford, Oct. 15 America’s Car-Mart vs Tyrone Hollis, Oct. 15 Entergy Arkansas Inc. vs. Al-Aayfee Aboo Yah Ya Rontonda Williams vs. Shakina Miller, Oct. 16 James Thompson vs. James Dunn/Heather Shelton, Oct. 17 La Capitol Federal Credit Union vs. Latoyla Smith, Oct. 18 Bankruptcies Misti Kate Stone, 159 Jones Lake Cutoff, Strong, Oct. 17, Chapter 7. Food Service Inspections NOTE: Any violations reported in an inspection may have been corrected before time of publication. The Food Protection Program of the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) inspects all food establishments in the state to make sure they follow ADH Food Establishment Rules & Regulations. Arkansas’ Health Department’s inspections are conducted 1 to 3 times per year depending upon the Risk Category of the establishment. Additional inspections occur to follow-up on violations and when the ADH receives a complaint. The regulations are written to ensure food is prepared, stored, and served safely, which in turn may prevent food-borne illness. From the Inspection Report, you can see if the establishment is following the food safety regulations. Remember this inspection is only a snapshot in time. It represents only what the inspector saw on the particular date of inspection. It is also important to remember that if problems were found during the inspection, the person in charge is shown what changes are needed to ensure safety. This week’s noted inspections in Union County: • Brookshire Food Store 40 bakery, 220 S. West Ave., El Dorado, handles of the refrigerator and cooking oven were observed to have debris accumulation on them; employees started wiping surfaces clean after touching them. • Brookshire Food Store 40, 220 S. • Tom’s One Stop, 713 Olin Ave., Huttig, except during preparation, cooking or cooling, potentially hazardous food shall be maintained at 41 degrees Fahrenheit or less. Deli meats and cheeses have been moved to the walk-in cooler, and it was advised to have the unit and refrigerator checked by a HVAC technician. Food prepared and packaged by a food processing plant shall be clearly marked, at the time the original container is opened in the food establishment and to indicate the date or day by which the food shall be consumed on the premises, sold or discarded. Open cut deli meat shall by used, sold or discarded within seven days from the day it is opened. • Tom’s One Stop 3774 Dollar Junction Road, Huttig, no violations. • Laura’s House of Fashions, 607 Olin Ave., Huttig, food-contact surfaces and utensils should be clean to sight and touch. Employee placed can opener in dish water to wash. An adequate supply of hand cleanser must be provided at each handwashing sink. Owner advised that she will refill soap. • Huttig Mart, 613 Olin Ave., Huttig, food prepared and packaged by a food processing plant should be clearly marked at the time the original container is opened in the food establishment and to indicate the date or day by which the food should be consumed on the premises, sold or discarded. Food should be protected from cross-contamination; employees rearranged the cold holding unit to keep raw animal food separate from vegetables. Hands also should be washed any time contamination could have occurred and when changing tasks. • Jolley’s & The Backwoods Grill, 10588 Haynesville Highway, Junction City, no violations. • Dollar General Store #17231, 3071 Haynesville Highway, El Dorado, no violations. • Yocum Elementary School 2-4, 308 S. College Ave., El Dorado, no violations. • ET Relay Station, 500 N. College, El Dorado, no active managerial controls to maintain food safety were observed during time of inspection. Employees should be able to respond correctly to inspectors questions relating to specific food operations. Food employees must report information about their health and activities as related to diseases that are transmissible through food. Food prepared and packaged by a food processing plant shall be clearly marked, at the time the original container is opened in the food establishment and to indicate the date or day by which the food shall be consumed on the premises, sold or discarded.

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POLICE LOG,10-21-18

City Arrests: • Charlette N. Manning, 26, of 226 Union 406, was arrested Oct. 18 on a Union County Sheriff’s Office warrant for aggravated assault and filing a false police report. • Latetkie E. Carter, 44, of 2040 Lakeland, was arrested Oct. 18 on an Arkansas Parole Board warrant for parole violation.

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Watch may have watched murder

The United States received a payment of $100 million from Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, the same day Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Riyadh to discuss the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Saudi Arabia publicly pledged the payment to support U.S. stabilization efforts in northeastern Syria in August, but questions persisted about when and if Saudi officials would come through with the money. Sigh … cleaning up a crisis sometimes calls for digging deep in the coffers. Also Tuesday, President Donald Trump floated the idea of rogue killers when he stopped to talk to reporters at the White House as he left to inspect hurricane damage in Florida and Georgia. He said he had talked to King Salman and “the king firmly denied any knowledge of it. I don’t want to get into the king’s mind, but it sounded to me like these could have been rogue killers. I mean, who knows? We’re going to try to get to the bottom of it.” Do you believe those firm denials? Both the king and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have denied knowledge of what happened to Khashoggi, who went missing Oct. 2 while attempting to acquire a marriage license. The Turkish government has told U.S. officials that there are video and audio recordings that prove Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate in Istanbul. Turkish news organizations say Khashoggi was wearing an Apple Watch, which was connected to other devices and authorities recovered the audio from his iPhone and his iCloud account. The journalist reportedly had given his phones to his fiancée before entering the consulate. The killing was ordered by the crown prince who was not pleased with Khashoggi’s coverage of the royal family, according to multiple news reports. The Saudis are said to be preparing a cover story that will attribute Khashoggi’s murder to the excesses of a team that was dispatched to interrogate him. That would, of course, deflect blame from the crown prince, who is believed to have ordered and overseen the operation. Free speech and human rights aren’t big priorities in Saudi Arabia, but they are flush with cash and oil so U.S. presidents and others have a history of looking over things like the majority of the 9/11 terrorists being from the kingdom. But some are apparently getting fed up. Sen. Lindsey Graham, who has been one of the kingdom’s most loyal friends, has had a change of heart. “This guy is a wrecking ball,” he said of Salman. “He had this guy murdered in a consulate in Turkey, and to expect me to ignore it — I feel used and abused,” said Graham, who is typically a close ally of Trump’s. He told Fox News Tuesday night that “There’s a difference between a country and an individual, but Mr. bin Salman is toxic and he can never be a leader on the world stage.” Interesting. Graham calls the crown prince a toxic, wrecking ball. Trump suggests the denials of Saudi royals should be trusted. Given Graham’s past relations with the country and the fact that Trump has raked in millions selling luxury apartments and renting hotel rooms to the Saudis, I think I’ll trust Graham’s instincts on this one. Shea Wilson is the former managing editor of the El Dorado News-Times. E-mail her at melsheawilson@gmail.com. Follow her on Twitter @SheaWilson7.

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I’m for Increasing the Arkansas Minimum Wage

I noticed in the paper recently that our governor, lieutenant governor, and three of our four congressmen will vote no on the ballot proposal to raise the minimum wage. That brought back memories of how I was disinvited to not be a part of a ski vacation. It was a number of years back, but the subject matter of the discussion around the dinner table that night is still pertain to today’s minimum wage discussion. The group of men on that ski trip were primarily executives representing a number of companies who were headquartered in the United States, but had factories in other countries. One evening after dinner, the table discussion centered around why companies had manufacturing facilities right across the border in Mexico. As the conversation continued, it was obvious the primary reason was because labor costs were much lower. Then a newspaper story about overseas manufacturing crossed my mind. The article focused on labor cost. However, what caught my attention was the conditions of the workers. In some countries, the pay was so low that workers were literally living in refrigerator crates or something so sub-standard in housing that we would all be appalled to even think about living in. It was obvious these workers were not receiving a living wage. Then the discussion moved to what is a living wage, and I took the position that a company should feel an obligation to pay its workers enough to assure them simple necessities such has housing, food, and medical care. The companies should pay its workers enough to where the employees could purchase these necessities. That got some negative looks, and I knew I was treading on shaky ground, when one of the executives commented. “No, Richard. It is not our responsibility to pay any more than the going wage.” “Really?” “Of course not, Richard. We’re not the Salvation Army.” Well, that brought a chuckle from around the table from everyone but me, and then, when I replied, I knew my comments made sure I wouldn’t be with the group when they returned next year. “I read recently where some workers who were employed by American companies overseas were being paid so little that they were living in refrigerator crates. If you had workers living in those conditions wouldn’t you feel an obligation to pay them enough where they could have decent housing?” Yes, that got an icy stare from more than one of the executives, and after another man reiterated the pay was based on local standards, I replied, and I knew that my comment confirmed an invite for a return trip with this group wouldn’t be forthcoming. “How would you like to sleep in a refrigerator crate after working 12 hours a day being paid twenty-five cents an hour?” Of course, after that zinger the host of the meeting could see things about to become a shouting match, and he said: “Let’s go into the den for an after dinner drink.” Which everyone nodded, and I left the table knowing I wouldn’t be invited back next year. Yes, I know workers in the USA aren’t living in refrigerator crates, but are the people we depend on for our great standard of living being paid a living wage? Of course, it’s not just the unskilled labors, but its professionals such as school teachers, who many times are forced into second jobs just to make ends meet. Considering the current Arkansas minimum wage, it’s obvious we are behind the times and numerous other states are considerable ahead of us, and leading the way, Amazon has just raised its minimum wage to $15/hour. The ballot proposal won’t solve all of the problems we have with low wages, inadequate health care, high taxes, and other problems, but it will help. We know companies will complain that higher wages will drive them out of business, but that was the complaint back in the early 1900s when unions were formed and child labor laws were passed. The resulting higher wages from that time forward have made the United States the unequaled economic powerhouse in the world. Along with higher wages came a working class of people who bought more goods, sent their kids to college, and the increased productivity made our manufacturing companies more money. Of course, of all times to increase the minimum wage this is the best of times, because the country is stronger than ever after rebounding from the Great Recession, and the recent huge corporate tax cut has given corporations in this country record earnings. Just take a look at some of the quarterly earnings reports that are flooding in, and you will be shocked at the astronomical amount of money corporations are making. Now, let me comment about the opposition to the proposal. But before I do, I’ll give you my prospective on the political situation in our country. I believe one of the strongest parts of our democracy are the two major political parties that vie for congressional seats and the presidency. If one party ever dominates the system to the point where the other party is irrelevant, we will have seriously weakened our democratic foundations. I believe our country is a series of checks and balances and that goes for our political system. What I’m saying is that the Obama administration and the Trump administration are good for our country in a way that is so much a part of our underlying democratic strength that it can’t be overemphasized. So after saying that, you might understand why, after Trump was elected I didn’t wail and panic, because it was just the pendulum swinging back and forth and the American people, the swingers of the pendulum, wanted to move it back closer to the center. Well, that has happened. In fact the pendulum passed the center several months back. But back to the discussion on the Minimum Wage. It shouldn’t have surprised you that our Republican Governor, Republican Lieutenant Governor, and three Republican Congressmen opposed raising the minimum wage. That’s what Republicans do, and since where talking about what Republicans do, let’s take it a little further. We’re already said Republican are for lower wages for workers, but they don’t stop there. They are against health care for those workers, retirement funding, and a host of other benefits for the average workers. But they are for a lot of stuff too. Lower taxes…for corporations. Fewer environmental regulations for corporations, and they used to be for free trade, but not anymore. Ask an east Arkansas soybean farmer how much less he or she is receiving after our president did away with free trade. Whether you are a Republican, Independent, or a Democrat, I urge you to vote for an increase in the Arkansas Minimum wage proposal. History proves an ever increasing minimum wage, especially when the country is in an economic upswing is not only more money in the pocket-books of hourly workers, it actually boosts corporate profits by increasing the demand for goods. Arkansas has spent too many years on the lower rung of wages. It’s time to give our hourly workers a raise. Richard Mason is a registered professional geologist, downtown developer, former chairman of the Department of Environmental Quality Board of Commissioners, past president of the Arkansas Wildlife Federation, and syndicated columnist. Email richard@ gibraltarenergy.com.

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Richard Perry will be the speaker when the Rotary Club meets at noon Monday at Buffet Palace restaurant in front of Walmart. Perry is with the Arkansas Community Correction and will discuss the ACC Reentry Section that assists parolees and probationers reintegrating into their communities and families from incarceration. The program also works with organizations within the community to assist with mentoring, continued education, job services, training and placement; plans the arrangement and inspection of locations for use as transitional housing facilities for offenders who have been transferred or paroled from ACC or have been placed on probation by the courts; and enlists volunteers within the community who, without compensation, provide services to ACC.

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NEXT 48, 10-21-18

TODAY: Sunday, Oct. 21 Old Fashion Gospel Singing benefit for the Salvation Army will be at 2 p.m. today at the Municipal Auditorium. Cost is $5. TOMORROW: Monday, Oct. 22 Kidney Smart will be at 3 p.m. tomorrow at South Arkansas Dialysis, 620 W. Grove, El Dorado.

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Preston Melton Haynes, 74, passed away Friday, October 19, 2018 in El Dorado, Arkansas. Arrangements will be under the direction of Young’s Funeral Directors of El Dorado.

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The Rev. Doctor E. A. Porchia, passed away on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 at National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs. Services will be announced by Andrew’s Funeral Home.

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Samuel Lynn “Pup” Raynes, 60, of El Dorado, passed away Sunday at the John R. Williamson Hospice House. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today at Young’s Chapel with Shelby T. Raynes officiating. Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Young’s Funeral Directors. Memorials may be made to Victory Bible Camp or to Life Touch Hospice, 2301 Champagnolle Rd., El Dorado, AR 71730.

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Pamela White Callaway passed away the morning of October 18, 2018. Born to the late Brents Rex White and Billie Jo White October 18, 1964, Pam was a North Little Rock native. She attended the University of Arkansas and was a member of Chi Omega sorority. After earning a degree in business, Pam moved back to Little Rock where she met the love of her life, her husband, Matt, and the two relocated to El Dorado, AR by way of Birmingham, AL. Pam spent her time giving — whether it was volunteering at her children’s schools, working vacation bible school at First Presbyterian Church, sharing her talents with the South Arkansas Arts Center or being the greatest mom not only to her own children, but countless kids in this community. Her loyalty and love for her friends and family was unwavering — above all else, she loved hard and was always prepared to support and cheer on those she cared for. Her zeal for life was inspiring and her positive attitude infectious. Pam believed she should put good into the world and leave everything and everyone better than she found them. Pam is preceded in death by her father, Brents Rex White, sister, Kristen White, grandparents and aunts and uncles. Pam is survived by her husband of 30 years, Matt, her daughters, Katy, Caroline and Abigail, her mother, Billie Jo White, sisters-in-law Beth Callaway and Anita Hemmila niece, Natalie Rothwell, nephew, Will Rothwell, brothers-in-law Jace Callaway, Thom Callaway and Ty Lewis as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. A service honoring Pam will be held Tuesday, October 23 at 3:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church in El Dorado, AR, followed by a celebration at the South Arkansas Arts Center at 5:00 pm. Attendees are encouraged to wear bright colors to honor Pam’s memory and the light she radiated into the world. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in memory of Pam to the South Arkansas Arts Center, 110 East 5th Street or UCAPS, 1000 Sunset Road.” An online guest registry will be available at www.youngsfuneralhome

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Nina T. Jones, 90, of Smackover, passed away Thursday, October 18, 2018, at Oak Ridge Nursing and Rehab. She was born February 4, 1928, to Daniel W. and Lettie Long Tucker in Atkins, AR. She was a member of Maple Avenue Baptist Church and was a retired Licensed Practical Nurse. Preceding her in death are her parents; husband, James Doyle Jones; grandson, Seth James Parrish; three sisters, Dorothy Tucker Branscum, Norella Tucker Harden; Flossie Jo Tucker; and two brothers, Delbert and James Tucker. Survivors include her three daughters, Doy Jones Thomasson (Ronnie), Jan Jones Henderson (Dan), Glenda Sue Jones Langley (Clark) all of Smackover; her “other daughter,” Barbara Wood; sister, Iva Pearson; grandchildren, Ray Thomasson (Lea) of El Dorado, Amber Langley Miller, Tim Langley (Candis), Ashli Parrish Henderson all of Smackover, Tara Thomasson Prestridge (Rusty) of Fayetteville, AR, Drew Henderson of Chicago, IL, Tucker Henderson of Smackover; her “other granddaughter,” Cary Evans; and great-grandchildren, Cole Thomasson (Johnna), Sydnee Thomasson, Rex Allen Hayes (Katy), Addie Hayes, Emma Hayes, Kaylee Graham McCormick (Michael), Mark Miller, Austin Miller, Grace Langley, Coa Langley, and Parker Prestridge. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday , October 23, 2018, at Maple Avenue Baptist Church with Dr. Benjy McCann officiating. Burial will follow at Smackover Cemetery under the direction of Young’s Funeral Directors. An online guest registry will be available at www.youngsfuneralhome.com.

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Samuel Harris Johnson, age 8, passed away on October 13, 2018, at his residence. In the early morning hours of Saturday, God decided he needed Sam in Heaven. He was non-verbal with Autism with many other health issues, and despite these challenges, he never let that stop him from being the gentle laid-back sweet boy that he was. He had a love for his lil sister who was his best friend, cars, and hugs. His smile could brighten anyone’s day. His brief life left an impression on all who knew him. Though he could not talk his smile said it all. Sam is survived by his mother, Stacy Johnson; his father, Daniel Johnson; his five siblings, Paige Johnson, Chase Johnson, Bella Johnson, Presley Johnson and Chapel Johnson all of El Dorado; and numerous other family from all over. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday at the Pentecostals of El Dorado with Rev. James Fout officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Monday at the church. Burial will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery under the direction of Young’s Funeral Directors. Memorials may be made to the Northwest Elementary Special needs department. An online guest registry will be available at www.youngsfuneralhome.com.

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Council tables MAD funding request

City, MAD and Municipal League officials to meet next week

City officials will schedule a specially called meeting to sort through issues surrounding a funding request from the Murphy Arts District.

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