El Dorado News

February 20, 2018
El Dorado News Times

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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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SAAC and Rhonda Hicks to host ‘Corks and Canvas’

The South Arkansas Arts Center will present another Corks and Canvas class, hosted and taught by local artist Rhonda Hicks. Corks and Canvas is an art class for non-artists who have always wanted to paint. Hicks, who runs Backwoods Art and Frame, will take the class through the step-by-step process to complete a work of art in three hours. At the class on Feb. 15, Hicks plans to teach a mixed media painting, instructing students on an acrylic 11x14 painting with a spring theme. Hicks has previously taught Corks and Canvas and students responded well to her style. “Being around Rhonda is a party,” said Melissa McFarland, who has participated in one of Hicks’ previous classes at SAAC. “She is fun, creative and inspiring.” The class, which costs $40, will run from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 15 with snacks provided and participants can bring the beverage of their choice. The next Corks and Canvas night will be held March 15 with Kelly Campbell instructing. 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.

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Donation to The CALL

Donation: Karen Langston, coordinator of The CALL in Union County, left, stands with News-Times General Manager Ronnie Bell and foster mother Mayela Tom, right, at the News-Times office to collect the $1,864 raised during the newspaper's annual Community Christmas Card campaign. Everyone who donated at least $2 through Dec. 21 had their name listed in the Community Christmas Card that was published on Christmas Eve.

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