El Dorado News

December 16, 2017
El Dorado News Times


79 entries set for annual Christmas parade

North Jefferson to be closed at 4 p.m. today for annual holiday procession

The 2017 annual Christmas Parade, with a theme, “Christmas Through the Ages” and 79 entries, will begin at 7 p.m. today at the intersection of 18th Street and North West Avenue. The parade will then proceed south on North West Avenue to the downtown area and will end at Jefferson and Peach Streets.

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LOCAL DIGEST, 12-07-17

Barton Library plans Christmas Wonderland Barton Public Library, 200 E. Fifth St., El Dorado, will present Christmas Wonderland from 6:30 until 7 p.m. Tuesday to “color your own Christmas ornament” and from 7 until 8 p.m., “A Miser Brothers’ Christmas” will be shown. Children are invited to “come in your pajamas and sip hot chocolate.” For more information, contact Karla Nelson, children’s librarian at 870-863-5447 or at knelson@bartonlibrary.org. Union County Relay for Life to host Gingerbread house contest Today is the deadline to enter the Union County Relay for Life Gingerbread House Contest, which is set for Saturday at The Spot, 106 W. Main, between PJ’s Coffee and the El Dorado Creamery. The entry fee is $10. Setup begins at 9:30 a.m., and the Gingerbread houses will be displayed from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Winners will be announced at 12:30 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded for first place, $150; second place, $100; third place, $50; and People’s Choice, $50. Relay will also be holding a bake sale Saturday on the sidewalk of the Union County Courthouse. The winning entries will be displayed at City Hall from Monday through Dec. 14. Gingerbread houses must be picked up by 4 p.m. Dec. 15 or the Relay committee will dispose of them. Entry fees may be mailed to Debbie Harbour, 101 W. Main, Suite 413, El Dorado. Make checks payable to the American Cancer Society. For more information and the official rules of the contest or to request an entry form, send an email to debbie_harbour@yahoo.com. Full House to play at American Legion The band, Full House from Little Rock, will play from 8 p.m. until midnight Friday at the American Legion. Everyone over 21 is invited to attend. No smoking will be allowed and an $8 cover will be charged. ‘Walks Through History’ tour planned in El Dorado The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program’s final 2017 “Walks Through History” tour will visit downtown El Dorado beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday. The historic district includes the city blocks surrounding the courthouse, as well as several blocks extending east along Main Street and south along Washington Avenue. The tour will begin at the Union County Courthouse at 101 N. Washington and is being co-sponsored by Main Street El Dorado and the Arkansas Humanities Council.

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Funeral for Mary Jones, 66, of Magnolia, who died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 at Trinity CME Church, Magnolia with the Rev. Al Brewer officiating. Burial will follow in Kendrick Chapel Cemetery, Willisville, under the direction of Henderson Funeral Service.

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St. Paul announces Bethlehem Marketplace

For the second year, members of St. Paul United Methodist Church will host their Bethlehem Marketplace from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday at the church, 700 W. Eighth St., El Dorado. “Last year we had a gym full of vendors selling everything from make-up to fairy gardens. This year proves to be no different. Our space is limited, so we choose the cream of the crop when we look for vendors,” said Liz Slater, director of Bethlehem Marketplace at St. Paul United Methodist Church. Sandy Maguire is co-director. Members of the church’s W.O.W. (Worship Our Way) kids will have a booth to sell items they have handcrafted. “Catch a ride on the golf cart to whisk you to the top of the hill and deposit you right next to the baked goods table. While you shop, your kids can paint a ceramic Christmas ornament ($5), you can get your Christmas presents wrapped (priced by size), all while you find fabulous Christmas decorations and gifts,” she said. “While you’re there, visit ‘Mary & Martha’s Kitchen’ for soup and a sandwich. This year’s menu includes potato soup, tomato soup, grilled cheese sandwich, or a hot turkey sandwich,” Slater said. Proceeds from Bethlehem Marketplace will fund a number of St. Paul Children and Family Ministries. For more information or take-out lunch orders, call 862-4242.

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Next 48, 12-07-17

TODAY: Thursday, Dec. 7 The El Dorado City Council will convene for a regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. today in the Council Chamber of City Hall. South Arkansas Poets of the Pines will be at 5:30 p.m. today at the Barton Library. El Dorado Christmas Parade will start at 7 p.m. this evening on North West Avenue. “The Nativity” portrayed by the children of HOPE Landing will be held at 7 p.m. tonight at South Arkansas Arts Center. Dazz & Brie - Thursday Night Live! will be held at 9 p.m. tonight at the Griffin Music Hall in the Murphy Arts District. It is a free show. TOMORROW: Friday, Dec. 8 Erica Campbell and Friends will start at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Griffin Music Hall in the Murphy Arts District. Visit eldomad.com for ticket information. Holiday Light Extravaganza will be open 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources. Admission is $10 per car. Hollywood & Pine Holiday Revue will be held at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the South Arkansas Arts Center.

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Norphlet Citizen of the Year

Citizen of the Year: Jimmy Lambert, right, receives the 2017 Citizen of the Year Award from Norphlet Mayor Jim Crotty during the Norphlet Tree Lighting Celebration on Monday.

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Camp Fire Cookies

Christmas cookies: Maddy Nolan, left, and Jadon Webb, members of Camp Fire El Dorado, learned how to decorate Christmas cookies Tuesday at the Camp Fire office in El Dorado. Amanda Blanchard of Magnolia, who owns and operates Cookie Doughmain, baked sugar cookies, brought icings in Christmas colors and showed students how to decorate sugar cookies for the holidays.

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Monsanto moves to stop Arkansas from banning weed killer

LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Monsanto asked a judge Tuesday to prevent Arkansas from enforcing a proposal going before lawmakers next week that would ban the use of a weed killer that farmers in several states have said drifts onto their crops and causes widespread damage.

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Arkansas students handcraft ornaments to accompany National Christmas Tree

Ornaments by local Arkansas students will dazzle President’s Park (White House) in Washington, D.C. as part of the 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting display. Jorge Villegas and Maria Botti Villegas of El Dorado, directed the creation of ornaments that showcase the rich natural and economic resources of the state of Arkansas.

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Campfire Cookies

Chevron pattern: Junior high and senior high Camp Fire El Dorado students learned to decorate cookies and make designs and patterns with the icing, including this Chevron design. They decorated Christmas cookies in the shapes of candy canes, tree ornaments, stockings, Christmas trees, gingerbread men and holly at the Camp Fire office Monday and Tuesday.

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LOCAL DIGEST, 12-06-17

Junction City Christmas follies postponed JUNCTION CITY — The Junction City School District announced that Christmas follies scheduled for Friday have been postponed due to the 3A football championship game. HOPE Landing’s ‘Christmas on the Ranch’ scheduled Saturday The community of El Dorado is invited to share the spirit of Christmas with the children and families, the staff and the board of HOPE Landing during “Christmas on the Ranch” from 1 until 3 p.m. Saturday during the Christmastime Open House for everyone. Located on the property of HOPE Landing at 214 Hope Landing (five miles east of El Dorado on U.S. 82 East), the two-hour event is for children of all ages and their families to enjoy the beauty of the ranch while they visit Santa at the Santa Claus Cottage, make reindeer food at Santa’s Workshop, pet and read Christmas stories to Santa’s reindeer at the Reindeer Barn and enjoy a “sleigh ride” while sipping on warm cocoa at the Reindeer Crossing, said Jenny Williams, directing of marketing and relations for HOPE Landing. “You may purchase crafts made by the children at HOPE Landing. At the heart of it all will be a live, interactive Nativity where children and their families can gather around to view the true story of Jesus! Please come and join in the celebration,” Williams said. Strong-Huttig School District to present facilities report STRONG — Strong-Huttig Schools will present its Master Facilities Report to the Public at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the high school library. The board will hold its regular monthly meeting immediately following at 6 p.m. HOPE Landing announces ‘Unwrapped: A Christmas Truth’ HOPE Landing, Inc. and the South Arkansas Arts Center will present “Unwrapped: A Christmas Truth” at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at the arts center. This year’s production is a story of a family’s discovery of the significance of the age-old symbols of Christmas, performed by the children of HOPE Landing. Following the production there will be refreshments available in the Merkle Gallery. Admission is free to the public; however, donations will gladly be accepted. For further information, call HOPE Landing at 870-862-0500. Circle of Friends’ annual Festival of Stars toy drive scheduled LITTLE ROCK — Make the holidays brighter for children by giving a brand-new toy or making an online donation to Arkansas Children’s Festival of Stars Toy and Donation Drive. Festival of Stars benefits patients who spend the holiday season at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and who visit our outpatient clinics throughout the year. Toys donated will also be used to stock Arkansas Children’s Northwest when it opens in early 2018. The Festival of Stars Toy and Donation Drive is a statewide effort to collect toys and raise funds for patients at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Arkansas Children’s Northwest and the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Clinics. Toys and donations will be accepted at 10 additional locations around the state. This new effort reflects Arkansas Children’s commitment to reaching more children where they live, learn and play. All funds raised through Festival of Stars will support the Child Life and Education Fund and the Social Work fund at Arkansas Children’s Northwest and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Individuals, families and community groups have the opportunity to make the holiday season special for these children by making an in-kind donation of new toys or a monetary donation. The local Circle of Friends chapter will be accepting toy donations from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 15 outside of Walmart. To find out about the items Arkansas Children’s patients need most, please visit archildrens.org/festival. To protect patients from infections, all items donated must be new and in original packaging. Groups with questions can email volunteerservices@archildrens.org.

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