El Dorado News

February 20, 2018
El Dorado News Times


Local Digest, 2-7-18

SouthArk to host FBLA-PBL celebration today To celebrate Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda Week, the South Arkansas Community College Sigma Epsilon Chapter of PBL is sponsoring a seminar, Road Map to Success, at 9:30 a.m. today in the SouthArk Library. El Dorado Mayor Frank Hash will begin the program with a proclamation, and dean Sherry Howard of workforce development and continuing education will discuss strategies for success in the business world. Howard is a former director of the Arkansas Women’s Business Center with 18 years of management experience in banking, retail and education. FBLA-PBL is a nonprofit vocational student organization that prepares students for careers in business and business education. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sigma Epsilon advisor Donna Hendricks at 870-864-7177 or pbl@southark.edu South Arkansas Historical Preservation Society sells historic Valentine’s gifts The South Arkansas Historical Preservation Society is offering historic Valentine’s Day gift boxes that include handmade sweets and a vintage Valentine card. The society is selling a limited amount of boxes, which will include hand-dipped strawberries, homemade truffles, brownies and heart-shaped cookies, as well as a couple of roses and a reproduced vintage Valentine card, for $30 each. To reserve a box, call the Historical Society at 870-862-9890. Boxes may be picked up at the Newton House Museum, 510 N. Jackson St., from noon-3 p.m. Feb. 14, and delivery to a downtown office also can be arranged. Go Red Luncheon set for Feb. 20 The annual Go Red Luncheon, which benefits the American Heart Association and the Medical Center of South Arkansas Auxiliary, will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Griffin Music Hall. The event features a variety of heart health screenings, as well as a silent auction, lunch and a program. The event will also include a drawing for a .5 carat diamond and white gold necklace donated by Murphy-Pitard Jewelers. Tickets for the drawing are $10 each. The silent auction and heart health screenings will begin at 11 a.m., with the lunch and program beginning at noon. Tickets are available for $30 each. For more information, contact Catherine Noyes at 870-864-3245 or catherine.noyes@mcsaeldo.com.

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Next 48, 2-7-18

TODAY: Wednesday, Feb. 7 Children’s Storytime will be at 10:30 a.m. at the Barton Library. Senior Circle Lunch and Learn will be held from noon until 1 p.m. at the Medical Center of South Arkansas. Admission is $15. TOMORROW: Thursday, Feb. 8 The Global Business Institute will meet starting at 8 a.m. tomorrow at the SouthArk Library at South Arkansas Community College. The Strong-Huttig School District will hold parent/teacher conferences from 3 to 6 p.m. tomorrow. Rodney Block - Thursday Night Live! will perform at 9 p.m. tomorrow at the Griffin Music Hall in the Murphy Arts District.

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Lawsuit targets Arkansas hot-check court

SHERWOOD, Ark. (AP) — A new federal lawsuit mirrors a 2016 suit that alleged a central Arkansas city and judge violated constitutional rights by effectively operating a debtor's prison with a court that imposed fines and jail time on people whose checks bounce.

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Steve Earle to perform in El Dorado

Murphy Arts District announces March 16 concert

Three-time Grammy winner Steve Earle and the Dukes are set to perform in El Dorado come March 16. In a news release, the Murphy Arts District announced the concert planned for the Griffin Music Hall, describing Earle as “a cornerstone artist of Americana music.” Earle’s songs have been recorded by music legends such as Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Carl Perkins, Waylon Jennings, Vince Gill and Joan Baez. He has created such country successes as “When You Fall in Love,” “Guitar Town,” “Goodbye’s All We’ve Got Left,” “A Far Cry From You” and “Nowhere Road.” During his four-decade career, Earle has also become a novelist, a film, TV and stage actor, a playwright, a short-story author, a record producer and a radio host. Earle’s musically adventurous style has led to his diverse collaborators with such notables as The Pogues, Lucinda Williams, Patti Smith, The Fairfield Four, The Indigo Girls, Chris Hillman, Sheryl Crow and Shawn Colvin. Earle is expected to play his critically acclaimed album, “Copperhead Road,” in it’s entirety. A second set is expected to feature songs from his new album, “So You Wannabe an Outlaw,” and other favorites. Tickets will be available to MAD members on Wednesday and Thursday, while tickets will go on sale to the public starting Friday. For more information, visit eldomad.com.

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Next 48, 02-06-18

TODAY: Tuesday, Feb. 6 El Dorado Veggie Club Meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. at South Arkansas Community College. Smackover-Norphlet School District will be dismissing at 12:30 p.m. for parent-teacher conference. TOMORROW: Wednesday, Feb. 7 Children’s Storytime will be at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Barton Library. Senior Circle Lunch and Learn will be held from noon until 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Medical Center of South Arkansas. Admission is $15.

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Local Digest, 2-6-18

Strong-Huttig School Board to meet Monday Strong-Huttig School Board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the high school library. Submissions sought for literary magazine Submissions are being sought for Between the Lines, the online literary journal of South Arkansas Community College. Stories, poetry and essays submitted by writers 18 years and older who live in Ashley, Bradley, Chicot or Union County in Arkansas; or Union, Claiborne or Webster Parish in Louisiana will be considered. Fiction and essay submissions must be no longer than 3,000 words; poems must not exceed 50 lines. Submissions are due by Feb. 28 by email to editor Scott Larkin at slarkin@southark.edu. Submissions may be edited at his discretion. Free HIV testing to be offered Wednesday In recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the South Arkansas Fights AIDS office will be open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Wednesday and will offer free oral HIV testing and test counseling. The office is located at 526 W. Faulkner St., El Dorado and regular office hours are 10 until 11:30 a.m. and 1 until 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. To schedule an appointment to take an oral HIV test, call the SAFA office at 870-875-2099. Test results take 20 minutes, said Janet Beane, executive director of SAFA.

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