El Dorado News

May 27, 2018
El Dorado News Times

State News

Primary turnout expected to be 10,000 or less

Election officials anticipate El Dorado mayoral, Union County tax collector races to draw out local voters

Election Commission Chairman Kermit Parks said he would be surprised if there was a turnout exceeding 10,000 voters for the primary election Tuesday.

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El Dorado council candidates to face off Tuesday

Democratic voters in Ward 3 to decide between Andre Rucks and Tony Henry

Voters in El Dorado’s largest ward will select a new representative Tuesday, choosing between Democratic candidates Andre Rucks and Tony Henry for the seat currently held by Ward 3 Alderman Kensel Spivey.

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MAD Playscape

Fun for everyone: Parents watch as their children dart in and out of water sprinklers while enjoying the splash pad during the grand opening of the Murphy Arts District Playscape Saturday. With the opening of the playscape, MAD has officially completed Phase 1 of its multimillion-dollar project in downtown El Dorado. The facility will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to sunset, and is free. Along with the splash pad, the 2-acre facility boasts a playground, which includes slides, ropes, tunnels, ladders and a zip line. The area is securely fenced with a single entrance and has a building with changing rooms and bathrooms, as well as a concession area.

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NEXT 48, 05-20-18

TODAY: Sunday, May 20 Slay the DRAGon will be from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. today at HealthWorks Fitness Center. TOMORROW: Monday, May 21 LifeShare Blood Drive will be from 11:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. tomorrow at the South Arkansas Community College in El Dorado. Free snacks, drinks and t-shirt is available to all donors. Dinosaurs: Fossils Exposed exhibit will be open to the public tomorrow at the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources in Smackover.

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Speaker's circut, 5-20-18

Jerry Chism will be the speaker when Rotary Club meets at noon Monday at St. Mary’s Parish Hall. He is a native Arkansan, born and raised in Cabot, Arkansas where he still lives. In 1982, Jerry married his High School sweetheart, Kelly. They have three children and eight grandsons. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1984 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree and practiced architecture for 20 years with 10 years as partner in his own firm. A life-long interest in aviation led him to begin flying lessons shortly after graduating from college and flying soon became an addiction. In January 2004, he was able to turn his hobby into a career when he joined the Arkansas Department of Aeronautics as Assistant Director. He was appointed to the position of Director by Governor Asa Hutchinson in 2015. Jerry is a Multi-engine, instrument rated Commercial Pilot and Certified Flight Instructor, and he flies the Department’s Beechcraft A36 Bonanza. Johnnie Ware and Sara Carrington will be the speakers when the Kiwanis Club meets at noon Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church. Ware and Carrington are area directors for Area 15 of Special Olympics Arkansas, based in Magnolia. The Area covers 5 counties: Columbia, Lafayette, Nevada, Ouachita, and Union. Special Olympics Arkansas, a statewide non-profit organization since 1970, provides approximately 15,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to excel by offering training and competition in track and field, basketball, aquatics, and other sports.

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Visitation for Opal Christine Campbell will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Young’s Funeral Directors. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Young’s Chapel. Burial will follow at Arlington Memorial Park

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SAAC hosts exhibit by El Dorado artist

Reception to feature free night of improv

The South Arkansas Arts Center is showing an exhibit by El Dorado artist Mike Means entitled “Back to Basics,” which hangs in the Lobby Gallery through May 31.

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Parkview Baptist Church: 3rd Sunday Singing will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday at the church located at the corner of 8th and College in El Dorado. Featuring Mike Nutter and Friends and Christie Gunter. Fellowship with follow in Family Life Center. Faith In The Word Christian Center Music Department: Will host a family and friends day musical at 3 p.m. May 27 at the church, 1310 Detroit St., El Dorado. Erma Jackson, pastor. Featuring Russell Temple Church of Smackover, Fairview Faith & Worship Ministry, Faith In The Word Christian Center, New Jerusalem Ministry, Unconditional Praze, St. Vestal CME Church, and Annointed To Praze, all of El Dorado. Special guest will be The Sounds of Judah of Athens, Louisiana. For more information, contact Elder Lue Thompson at 870-862-3255. Free admission, the public is invited to attend. The Salvation Army: 2018 Revival featuring David Ravenhill and Cliff Preston will be held May 25-27, at the Salvation Army, 419 S. Madison. Beginning at 6:50 p.m. Friday and Saturday, at 10 a.m. Sunday, and at 11 a.m. for the closing service Sunday. For more information, call 870-863-4830. New Providence Baptist Church of Norphlet: Veteran’s Memorial Day celebration will be held at 11 a.m. May 27 at the church. This celebration was started five years ago in effort to pay homage to those who have fought and continue to fight for these United States of America. Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church: Choir Annual will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the church, 331 Hillsboro Road, Strong. Lamont Harris is the pastor. Guest pastor and church will be Pastor John Elliot and Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church. Scripture is, Psalms 40:3 “And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and shall trust in the Lord.” Lunch to be served following morning worship. Everyone is invited to attend. Calion Assembly of God Church: Saturday Night Singing will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the church. Fellowship and snacks to follow. Jerusalem Quinn Baptist Church: Musicians Appreciation to be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the church, 643 Quinn Road. The Rev. Corey Wade, pastor. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Casey Wade, associate minister of Little Bethel Baptist Church, and the congregation of Little Bethel Baptist Church. St. Paul AME Church: Annual Men & Women Day will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the church, 5731 Moro Bay Highway, El Dorado. The Rev. Joyce Jones is pastor. Guest speaker and church will be Pastor Loretta Willis and The Living Word Ministry of Strong. Other invited churches; St. Andrews of Huttig, Mt. Olive (Lapile) of Huttig, Pleasant Hill of Strong, Free Hope of Strong, Free Union and Lee Chapel AME of El Dorado, Free Will MBC of El Dorado, and Olive Light of Smackover. Theme is, “A Call To Worship” John 4:20-27, 29 & 39. Lunch will be served. The public is invited to attend. First Baptist Church of Norphlet: Vacation Bible School will be held from 5:30 until 8 p.m. nightly June 17-21 for student of grades 3-6, at the church, 201 South Main, Norphlet. Bible Study, missions, music, crafts, recreation, and snacks. If there are any questions, please call the church office at 870-546-2573. Curry Chapel A.M.E. Church: Family and Friends Day will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday at the church, 250 F St., Strong. Everyone is welcome to join in hearing and praising the word of God. New Jerusalem Christian Ministry: Pastor LaDebra Van Hook is holding evangelist services Sunday and Monday at 6:30 p.m. each night at the church, 1400 N. Gray St. The guest evangelist is Apostle Phillip Gordon of Divine Destiny of Camden. The public is invited to attend. Faith In The Word Christian Center: Youth Colorama will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the church, 1310 Detroit St. Erma Jackson is the pastor. Please come out and fellowship. Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church: Annual Ushers Day will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday at the church, 600 Ebenezer Road, Strong. The Rev. Stanley Stigars, pastor. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Kenneth Lowery of St. James Baptist Church of El Dorado. Theme is, “Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors” Proverbs 8:34 KJV.

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NEXT 48, 5-19-18

TODAY: Saturday, May 19 Farmer’s Market at MAD will be from 8 a.m. until noon today in the Murphy Arts District in the north pavilion in the Murphy Amphitheater at 105 E. Locust. The market will be open every Wednesday and Saturday morning from 8 a.m. until noon from May through October. Slay the DRAGon will be from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. today at HealthWorks Fitness Center. MAD Playscape Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting will be held at 9 a.m. today at the Murphy Arts District Amphitheater. Audition Call for “Singin’ in the Rain” will be held at 10 a.m. today at the South Arkansas Arts Center in El Dorado. TOMORROW: Sunday, May 20 Slay the DRAGon will be from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. tomorrow at HealthWorks Fitness Center.

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