El Dorado News

February 18, 2018
El Dorado News Times

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Local Digest, 2-9-18

Heart healthy tips to be presented at HEAT Tuesday The South Arkansas Center on Aging, a program of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in partnership with HealthWorks, the Medical Center of South Arkansas and SouthArk, will present HEAT (Healthy Eating and Tasting) at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at HealthWorks Fitness Center. Because February is heart health month, MCSA registered dietician Stacie Smith, noting “an avocado a day may keep bad cholesterol at bay.” The program is free to seniors and a light lunch will be served. Reservations are required and must be received by noon Monday. For more information, contact the UAMS South Arkansas Center on Aging at 870-881-8969 or email Lori DeWese at lkdewese@uams.edu. SouthArk to ‘Celebrate the Legacy’ during its annual African American Family & Friends Day The annual African American Family and Friends Day is Feb. 17 at Heritage Plaza on the West Campus of South Arkansas Community College. In its eighth year, the free event recognizes Black History Month and culminates SouthArk’s African American Heritage Week. This year’s theme is Remember the Past, Educate for the Future, Celebrate the Legacy. The event’s centerpiece is Heritage Trivia, which will pose black history questions to random audience members for a chance to win prizes. AAFFD also will feature board, card and lawn games; basketball, as well as college information and booths from area organizations. The event will begin at 9 a.m., with registration starting at 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided and each attendee also will receive a free t-shirt, while supplies last. For more information, contact Tim Johnson at 870-864-8421. SAAC to present photography competition, awards reception Saturday The South Arkansas Arts Center’s open photography competition, “The Viewfinder,” is on display in the Merkle and Price Galleries through Feb. 27. The bi-annual judged photography competition is sponsored by William P. Cook and Associates, PLLC. An artist’s reception is planned for 6-8 p.m. Saturday with the awards presented at 6:30 p.m. An avid photographer since 1997 and also holding an BA in photojournalism, Terrance Armstard, news editor at the El Dorado News-Times and adjunct instructor at South Arkansas Community College, served as judge this year’s competition. Armstard has selected the award winning photographs for Best of Show, First, Second, Third Place and Honorable Mention. $600 in prize money will be presented to the winning selections during the artist’s reception. Viewing hours for the Price and Merkle Gallery are 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call the SAAC office at 870-862-5474 or visit saac-arts.org. SAAC is located at 110 E. Fifth St., El Dorado. McLelland elected to HPCAA board The SHARE Foundation announced that Jenifer McLelland, Life Touch Hospice executive director, was elected to the Hospice & Palliative Care Association of Arkansas (HPCAA) Board of Directors. HPCAA is a statewide, public benefit, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to ensuring access to high quality hospice and comfort care for all Arkansans. Their mission is to promote awareness of and access to high quality hospice and palliative care. McLelland joined Life Touch Hospice in 2010 as a PRN RN in the John R. Williamson Hospice House. She has also worked as a RN case manager in the home care/nursing home program and most recently as the home care program coordinator before becoming the executive director of Life Touch Hospice in November. McLelland has over 20 years of nursing experience. Life Touch Hospice is an agency of the SHARE Foundation and provides quality care for those patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families. Life Touch serves patients and families in five Arkansas counties: Bradley, Calhoun, Columbia, Ouachita and Union. For more information about Life Touch Hospice, call 866-378-0388.

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SAAC hosts show from local artist in lobby gallery

The South Arkansas Arts Center is hosting El Dorado artist Danny Nesbit’s show in the lobby gallery through Feb. 27. An artist’s reception honoring Nesbit will be held from 6-8 p.m. Saturday. Nesbit’s eclectic exhibit consists of a varied grouping of sizes and media, mostly concentrating on detail oriented small mixed media pieces. His works are showcased on different backgrounds, including canvas, boards, small shells and other miniature items. His show also includes drawings and abstract paintings, as well as cartoon drawings. Nesbit’s interest in art began when he was in high school, and a few of his works from that period of his life, mostly cartoons, are included in this show. Most of the pieces in his exhibit have been done in the last four to five years, and from a period when he lived in Florida. Some of his favorite pieces are beach scenes and paintings done on driftwood from a canal near where he lived. “My art consists of many different mediums, acrylics being my favorite,” Nesbit said. “Melting crayons with a heat gun is a technique I recently tried and I liked the colorful results. I enjoy creating and thinking outside of the box. I may see an image in an object that someone else may have overlooked. Also, working with old barn wood from my grandparent’s farm keeps me connected to my family’s past.” Gallery viewing hours are 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call the SAAC office at 870-862-5474 or saac-arts.org. SAAC is located at 110 E. Fifth St., El Dorado.

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Next 48, 2-9-18

TOMORROW: Saturday, Feb. 10 The Gardner Strong Elementary Pee-Wee Sweetheart Court will be presented at 4 p.m. tomorrow at Strong High School. UCAPS’ annual Fur Ball will be held at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at the El Dorado Conference Center. The fourth annual Black History Persons of the Year and Youth of the Year Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. tomorrow in the Parish Hall of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 512 Champagnolle Road.

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SHARE Foundation announces new employee

New: The SHARE Foundation announced the hire of Megan Klippert as an administrative professional. Klippart previously worked at Barton Library as a circulation clerk for three years. She is lifelong resident of El Dorado and a member of the Cross Life Church.

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Lawsuit filed over Arkansas' revamped voter ID law

LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An Arkansas resident asked a judge Wednesday to strike down a new state law requiring voters show photo identification before casting a ballot, arguing the measure causes the same problems as a nearly identical state voter ID law struck down four years ago.

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Battling the blaze

Car Fire: An El Dorado Firefighter battles a car fire in the parking lot of First Financial Bank on Timberlane and Highway 82. According to Teague Ford auto mechanic Brad Brown, the car became engulfed in flames after stopping on an incline in traffic along Hillsboro during a test drive. “I coasted the car into the parking lot out of traffic,” said Brown. Kelly’s Wrecker Service towed the charred remains of the car after firefighters quenched the blaze.

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Next 48, 2-8-18

TODAY: Thursday, Feb. 8 The Global Business Institute will meet starting at 8 a.m. today 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. today. Rodney Block - Thursday Night Live! will perform at 9 p.m. today at the Griffin Music Hall in the Murphy Arts District.

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Local Digest, 2-8-18

Genealogical Society to hear history of First Baptist Church The Union County Genealogical Society will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday in the History Room of First Baptist Church on Main Street. Charlotte Baine, a member of First Baptist and a local genealogist, will give the history of First Baptist from its organization to present. The city of El Dorado was laid out as a town and county seat in 1843, and First Baptist Church was established in the winter of 1845 by seven people, who met in the little log courthouse located on the corner of North Washington and Elm Street. In 1848, the congregation had grown to 28 and they built a church on East Peach Street, where they met for 46 years. In 1894, the church acquired the property where it is currently located, with the current building erected in 1921-22 during the days of incredible growth that came with the oil boom. To attend Sunday’s meeting, where visitors will be welcome, enter the building on Elm Street and go in the right back door. Gusher Elk Lodge, American Legion to host Valentine’s Day events Two local organizations are planning Valentine’s themed events this weekend. The Brothers of Gusher Elk Lodge No. 560 will host a Pre-Valentine’s Day Dance featuring Front Cover of Shreveport. The doors will open at 9:30 p.m. with the show beginning at 10 p.m. Saturday at Gusher Lodge, 1525 E.19th St., El Dorado. Admission is $12 on the day of the show, $15 for an advance couple’s ticket and $10 advance ticket. For more information, contact Jerome Robinson at 870-918-1512. The American Legion will host a Valentine’s Dance featuring the Mike McKenzie Band from Louisiana. The band will play in the banquet hall in Club Ten, 105 Christian Drive, from around 8 p.m. until midnight. Cover is $8 and everyone 21 and older is welcome.

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