El Dorado News

October 20, 2018
El Dorado News Times

State News

County sued by former employee

Eight justices, judge also named in suit filed by Conor Gleason

Former Union County employee Conor Gleason has filed suit against Union County, County Judge Mike Loftin and eight members of the Quorum Court nearly one year after he resigned.

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Tourism Conference moves to Hot Springs

For the first time in more than four decades, El Dorado was set to host the annual Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism. Now, the city will have to wait a little longer for the opportunity.

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Rocking out MusicFest

Playing for the crowd: Sheila E. plays the drums during her performance at MusicFest XXXI in Griffin Music Hall on Thursday.

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Feeding the caregivers

Giving back: Officers from the Union County Sheriff office went out to Life Touch Hospice on Thursday to cook up lunch for the workers there. It was part of recognizing the work they do for the community. Along with the lunch, Life Touch was given a thank you plaque. (pictured, left to right) Johnetta Roberts, Bob Inmon, Kiley Whitten, Courtney Sherman, Jenifer McLelland, Ginger Mills, Melissa Henley, Mona Johnson and Lacie Hill.

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Funeral services for Melba Louise Graham, 80, of Farmerville will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Liberty Baptist Church, near Spearsville, with Bro. Doyce Whitten and Bro. Robert Davis officiating. Interment will follow in Liberty cemetery under the direction of Farrar Funeral Home in Farmerville. Mrs. Graham went to her heavenly home on October 17, 2018. Mrs. Graham was a member of Liberty Baptist Church. She was a great Christian lady who was devoted to her husband, children and grandchildren. She enjoyed spending time with her sisters and her family. Mrs. Graham loved attending church and her grandchildren’s athletic events. Mrs. Graham was preceded in death by her parents, Morris and Nonie Williams Watson; one daughter, Donna Rigdon Brazeale; and one sister, Gertrude LaBeff. Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband, Sherward Graham; three sons, Johnny Rigdon & wife, Sherri, Terry Rigdon & wife, Lori and Paul Rigdon & wife, Becky; one daughter, Debra Bates & husband, Mark; four sisters, Junette Adcock, Nita Graham, Lou Quincy Kennedy and Nila Gay Beaird & husband, Franklin; nine grandchildren, Anthony Brazeale, Josh Rigdon (Britni), Jordan Rigdon (Kaitlyn), Kirk Havens, Brittany Downs, Courtney Rigdon, Jacob Rigdon, John Cody Rigdon & Caden Bates; two great-grandchildren, Dorsi Rigdon and Myles Rigdon; and a host of nieces, nephews and other family and friends. Pallbearers will be Anthony Brazeale, Josh Rigdon, Jordan Rigdon, Kirk Havens, Jacob Rigdon, John Cody Rigdon, Caden Bates, Michael Beaird and Mickey LaBeff. Visitation will be Friday, October 19, 2018 from 5:00pm until 8:00pm at Liberty Baptist Church. Online memorials may be left at farrarfuneralhomeonline.com.

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NEXT 48, 10-19-18

TODAY: Friday, Oct. 19 MusicFest XXXI will begin at 5 p.m. today at the MAD Amphitheater featuring Sammy Hagar and the Circle, Bret Michaels, and Lita Ford. The Griffin Music Hall Late Night Show will begin at 11 p.m. and will feature 2 Chainz. Visit eldomad.com for ticket information. Josh Walker & Tannehill Band - Official Red Rocker Afterparty will perform at 10:30 p.m. today at the Griffin Music Hall. Child Care for MusicFest will be open from 5 until 11 p.m. today at Victory Church, 1432 N. West Ave. TOMORROW: Saturday, Oct. 20 MusicFest 5/10K will begin at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow at 101 W. Main St., El Dorado. Farmers Market will be from 8 a.m. until noon tomorrow at the MAD Amphitheater. SouthArk Library Seed Library Exhibit will be at 8 a.m. tomorrow at the SouthArk Library. MusicFest Dutch Oven Gathering will be from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Newton House Museum. MusicFest Historic Trolley Tours will begin at 10 a.m. tomorrow at 101 W. Main St., El Dorado. MusicFest XXXI will begin at 5 p.m. tomorrow at the MAD Amphitheater featuring Toby Keith, Justin Moore, Carly Pearce and Jimmie Allen. The Griffin Music Hall Late Night Show will begin at 11 p.m. and will feature Gucci Mane. Visit eldomad.com for ticket information. Fall Fest will be at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources. Child Care for MusicFest will be open from 5 until 11 p.m. tomorrow at Victory Church, 1432 N. West Ave.

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LOCAL DIGEST, 10-19-18

Chamber closed today, courthouse closing early The El Dorado-Union County Chamber of Commerce will be closed today because of MusicFest, which continues today and Saturday in downtown El Dorado. The Union County Courthouse will close at 3 p.m. today because of road closures downtown associated with MusicFest. S.I.G.H.T. to meet Sunday S.I.G.H.T. (Sight Impaired Group Help Team) will meet at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Dumas Memorial Methodist Church, 132 South Wyatt Drive. Entertainment will be presented by vocalist Bill Keys. The public is invited. Old Fashion Gospel Singing to be held Sunday An Old Fashion Gospel Singing will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Municipal Auditorium. Cost is $5 at the door plus non-perishable food item or new children’s toy. All net proceeds benefit the Salvation Army Angel Tree Christmas Program. Captains Jason and Elyshia Perdieu from the Salvation Army will be present to accept donations. The event is a community service project sponsored by the Union County Republican Committee. For more information please contact 870-643-0271 or 870-863-3150. AACA 2018 Life Changing Summit to be held Saturday The African American Coalition of Arkansas’s (AACA) 2018 Life Changing Summit will be held from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday at Divine Faith Full Gospel Church, 1218 E. Hillsboro St., El Dorado. Guests will include the Rev. J. Turner, Pastor Cliff Preston and Keynote Speaker-Congressman Bruce Westerman.

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Retired Marine receives Medal of Honor for Vietnam actions

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump presented the nation’s highest military honor Wednesday to an 80-year-old retired Marine sergeant major who five decades ago “fought with unmatched bravery” at the beginning of one of the Vietnam War’s longest and bloodiest battles.

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EWB recommends $2.2M MAD funding request

After a lengthy and frank discussion, the El Dorado Works Board agreed to recommend to the El Dorado City Council a $2.2 million-plus funding request from the Murphy Arts District to cover cost overruns in the construction of the MAD amphitheater and playscape.

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Prepping for MusicFest

Preparing: Savonte Hearns watches as Rus Goss places sand bags to secure a barrier wall for the VIP for MusicFest XXXI on Wednesday.

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