El Dorado News

August 20, 2018
El Dorado News Times

State News

Educator's Breakfast

Educator's breakfast: As part of the New Educators Breakfast, organized by the El Dorado-Union County Chamber of Commerce, incoming teachers were greeted with swag bags and words of encouragement from Little Rock Police Officer Tommy Norman (above). Norman is known as the ‘Social Media Cop’ for his efforts to use videos of him joking around with members of the community. Teacher of the year awards were also given out at the breakfast. Jonna Bates (pictured) from Smackover-Norphlet, Dr. Sterling Claypoole from South Arkansas Community College, Lisa Voss from West Side Christian School and Melissa Inman from El Dorado were recognized with Teach of the Year Awards.

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Lawsuit accuses Arkansas judge of imposing excessive fines

LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An Arkansas judge is violating the constitutional rights of thousands of poor people who appear in his court by imposing excessive fines and jail time when they can't pay, creating a spiral of debt for many who are already struggling financially, a civil rights group said in a lawsuit filed Thursday.

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Judge: JCSD will participate in School Choice

Court finds district has not shown ‘irreparable harm’

Junction City School District will be required to allow the five students who have requested interdistrict transfers to go for the upcoming school year, which starts Monday.

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Open House

Open House: South Arkansas Developmental Center for Children and Families (SADCCF) held an open house Wednesday, educating the community on the services they provide. The open house included a dunk tank, face painting, food, games for the children, door prizes and more. In attendance at the open house were members of the El Dorado Fire Department, who brought a fire truck. SADCCF provides day programs for people with developmental disabilities. The center provides child services from 8-weeks to 5-years-old who have been identified or are at risk of developmental delay. Above, Grady Tracy, chief operating officer of SADCCF, gets dunked by Josie Mann at the open house. Left, With help from El Dorado fireman Jessie Lewis, Braeden Kirtz tries to dunk Tracy by throwing the ball at the target.

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Senior portraits

Ready for the year: Smackover High School senior football player Synard Williams poses for Kim Smith of Winning Streak Photography during the team's annual photo shoot. For senior players, it will be their final season on the field.

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Barton Summer Reading winner

Winner: Barton Public Library Children’s Librarian Karla Nelson, left, stands with Bianca Reyes. Reyes read 46 books over the summer, placing her first overall in the summer reading program. Reyes received a $50 gift certificate.

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Local Digest, 8-9-18

El Dorado City Council to hold monthly meeting The El Dorado City Council will convene for a regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. today in the Council Chamber of City Hall. Council members will get an update on efforts to form committee to help prepare for the 2020 Census. The council will also consider the reappointment of Billy Green to the Water Advisory Board.

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Next 48, 8-9-18

TODAY: Thursday, Aug. 9 BancorpSouth LifeShare Blood Drive will be from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. today at 101 W. Main in El Dorado. The Salty Dogs will perform at 8 p.m. tonight at the Griffin Music Hall in the Murphy Arts District. TOMORROW: Friday, Aug. 10 The annual Educator’s Breakfast, put on by the El Dorado-Union County Chamber of Commerce, will be held at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow at the El Dorado Conference Center.

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