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February 23, 2018
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Next 48, 2-17-18

TODAY: Saturday, Feb. 16 SouthArk’s eighth annual African American Family and Friends Day will start at 9 a.m. at Heritage Plaza, located on the West Campus. Registration for the free event starts at 8:30 a.m. The Community Stars Banquet will be held at 6 p.m. at the TAC House, 1101 N. West Ave.

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LOCAL DIIGEST, 2-17-18

Norphlet City Hall offices to be closed for President’s Day holiday The offices at Norphlet City Hall will be closed Monday in observance of the President’s Day holiday. Normal hours will resume at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. Payments for Norphlet water, Entergy and Centerpoint can be put in Mayor Jim Crotty’s office door.

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MAXINE GARRIS COLLINS JONES

Funeral for Maxine Garris Collins Jones, 85, will be held at 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church of El Dorado with the Rev. LaMont Harris and the Rev. Charles Ainsworth officiating. Interment will follow in Memorial Park in Camden under the direction of Young’s Funeral Directors. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 200 W. Main St., El Dorado, AR 71730, or to Cullendale First Baptist Church, 1850 Cash Rd. SW, Camden, AR 71701.

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Former UCSO deputy sentenced in child porn case

Justin Crain to serve 12 years in federal prison

A former Union County sheriff’s deputy was sentenced Thursday to just more than 12 years in federal prison on one count of knowing receipt of child pornography. According to a release from Duane Kees, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, Justin Grant Crain, 38, of El Dorado, was sentenced to 148 months in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release at the sentencing hearing in the United States District Court in El Dorado. According to court records, in April 2016, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children forwarded information to the Arkansas State Police that images of child pornography were uploaded to cloud storage associated with a specific phone number. A resulting investigation by the Arkansas State Police and the Department of Homeland Security revealed that the images were uploaded by Crain. At the time, Crain was a sergeant with the Union County Sheriff’s Office, where he had worked for nearly a year and a half. Prior to working for the sheriff’s office, Crain was an officer with the El Dorado Police Department. The Arkansas State Police obtained and executed a federal search warrant on Crain’s cellphone while he was at work and found that he possessed over 50 images of child pornography. Crain was arrested on a federal criminal complaint obtained on June 3, 2016, for accessing the internet with the intent to view child pornography and receipt of child pornography. At the time of his arrest, officials with the sheriff’s department told the News-Times that Crain was terminated from his position in the office after the sheriff learned of the investigation the week before Crain’s arrest. A subsequent federal search warrant executed by the Arkansas State Police and the United States Secret Service on Crain’s electronic devices found that Crain possessed approximately 850 additional images of child pornography at his home. In June 2016, Crain was indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in the Western District of Arkansas and pleaded guilty to the knowing receipt of child pornography in March 2017. The case was investigated by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Arkansas State Police Cybercrimes Unit, the Department of Homeland Security, the United States Secret Service, the Union County Sheriff’s Office and the Arkansas Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce. Assistant United States Attorney Benjamin Wulff prosecuted the case for the United States.

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El Dorado receives several ALFiE awards

For the first time, El Dorado hosted the annual Arkansas Festivals and Events Association Conference and Trade Show and as a first time host, the city picked up several awards that were handed out during the conference.

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Freedom Songs

Black History: Above, Shauna Davis and Micah Hazel perform several scenes from, “Freedom Songs: The Music of Black History” at South Arkansas Arts Center. The actors are members of Bright Star Touring Theatre. The Barton Public Library, in celebration of Black History month, sponsored the event. The event was free and open to the public. Right, Shauna Davis of Bright Star Touring Theatre performs a scene as Harriet Tubman from, “Freedom Songs: The Music of Black History” at South Arkansas Arts Center.

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LOCAL DIIGEST, 2-16-18

Old Friends to perform at S.I.G.H.T. meeting S.I.G.H.T. (Sight Impaired Group Help Team) will meet at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Dumas Memorial Methodist Church, 132 South Wyatt Drive. Entertainment will be presented by “Old Friends” (George Haynie, Harold Kinard, Ebb Darden, Ken Lewis, and Don Smith). The public is invited to attend. Auditions for EHS production of “High School Musical” scheduled El Dorado High School announces auditions for its production of Disney’s High School Musical, presented with special permission from Musical Theatre International. Those interested in auditioning are asked to prepare a 30-second selection from the songs “Breaking Free” or “Bop to the Top” from the show. Roles available for those 12-80 years old. Auditions will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday in the El Dorado High School Performing Arts Auditorium and are open to the public. For more information and to fill out an online audition form, visit troupe42.com. Caledonia Road to be closed for two weeks Starting Monday, Caledonia Road will be closed for two weeks for new bridge construction. The road will be closed about one half mile west of Welch Road. Union County officials are pointing to Wingfield Lake Road as an alternate route. Executive Board of Directors of Southwest Arkansas Planning & Development District to hold meeting The Executive Board of Directors of Southwest Arkansas Planning & Development District, Inc. will hold an executive committee meeting at 10 a.m. Feb. 27 at 101 Harvey Couch Blvd., Magnolia. EL Dorado Offices to be closed for Presidents' Day All administrative offices of the city of El Dorado, including the administrative offices of the police and fire departments, will be closed Monday for Presidents’ Day. The city’s garbage collection service run a day later than the normal schedule. Several City Commissions look for new members There are vacancies on several city commissioners, and city officials are encouraging citizens who are interested to apply to fill those positions. There are openings on the airport, historic district, parks and playgrounds and planning and zoning commissions. Members of the El Dorado Historic District Commission have expressed a desire to add an attorney to the commission. To request an application to serve on a city commission, stop by City Clerk Heather McVay’s office on the second floor of city hall, call 870-881-4877, send an email to cityclerk@eldorado.org, or reach out to McVay on the city hall Facebook page.

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NEXT 48, 2-1618

TOMORROW: Saturday, Feb. 16 SouthArk’s eighth annual African American Family and Friends Day will start at 9 a.m. tomorrow at Heritage Plaza, located on the West Campus. Registration for the free event starts at 8:30 a.m.

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CEO Scott Street to be keynote speaker for ‘Go Red’ event

Special to the News-Times Medical Center of South Arkansas CEO Scott Street is sharing the vision to make El Dorado a destination for health care, not only for Union County residents, but also for patients across southern Arkansas and northern Louisiana. As the keynote speaker for the 2018 Go Red for Men and Women Luncheon, Street will introduce the overview of destination health care for MCSA at the luncheon, which will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday at the Griffin Music Hall. “As we grow our services, people will become more confident their health needs can be met here,” Street said. “Quality health care is not restricted to specific geographic locations or large populations. The key is offering signature clinical programs to patients so they do not have to travel hours to receive specialty care.” “Health care is a major component of Union County’s current and future economy,” Street continued. “Creating infrastructure to support continued growth of MCSA’s health care providers and optimize the patient experience in El Dorado is a top priority of ours. We believe our vision will not only advance the health of our community and beyond, it will strengthen the financial future in our community.” Joining Street in the program are survivors Judith Fussell and Mike Morton, and his friend/caregiver BJ Darden. They are advocates for heart health in the community and will share personal experiences by video. Education and awareness are powerful messages for prevention, early detection and proper treatment. Symptoms are usually different for men and women, and everyone needs to know the signs of a heart attack for themselves and their family members. The Go Red event will offer free health screenings as part of the Heart Health Fair from 11 a.m.-noon to allow attendees to learn personal health numbers including blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and body mass index (BMI) and assess risk for heart disease and stroke. Medical staff from the Heart & Vascular Center, Cardiac Rehab, Wound Care Center and the MCSA Emergency Department (Trauma, Stroke and Chest Pain) will answer questions and provide health tips for making lifestyle choices to support heart health. The event also will include a silent auction from 11 a.m. to noon, with items ranging from golf packages to beauty/relaxation baskets to airline tickets to advertising packages all donated by area merchants. The speakers and lunch will follow from noon to 1 p.m. Murphy-Pitard Jewelers is sponsoring the donation drawing featuring a .5 carat diamond and white gold Journey Diamond Heart necklace valued at $1,250. The recipient does not need to be present to win. Visit Murphy-Pitard Jewelers for more details. The El Dorado Country Club will provide golf carts for easy access from the parking lot to the entrance. The Go Red for Men and Women Luncheon benefits the MCSA Auxiliary and the American Heart Association. For tickets, call 870-864-3245 or visit themedcenter.net/GoRed.

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MAXINE GARRIS COLLINS JONES

Maxine Garris Collins Jones, 85, of El Dorado passed away Feb. 12, 2018. Born Nov. 26, 1932 in Wesson, she was the daughter of Alden and Ethel Adams Garris. She was the oldest of seven children, growing up in Wesson and attending Junction City High School and later business school in El Dorado. While in high school Maxine was named Most Outstanding Athlete for her ability on the basketball team. During her teen years Maxine learned to sew and made many of her own clothes. She later married John M. “Rip” Collins, a recent forestry graduate from the University of Florida. They began their married life in Malvern where Rip was employed by International Paper Co and Maxine worked at Acme Brick payroll Department. Rip was later transferred to Sheridan with IP and Maxine worked for Williams Lumber Co. Another transfer for Rip sent them to Rison for a short time and then to El Dorado for several years then to Pine Bluff. A later transfer sent the family to Camden where Rip passed away in 1997 after 45 years of marriage. She worked at the Hush Puppy Restaurant in Camden and the Duck Inn on weekend nights. Maxine took up bowling along the way and travelled to many tournaments and was the Arkansas State Tournament winner in Fayetteville one year. She also loved growing flowers and learned to make jelly and jam for entry in the Camden Fair and to share with friends. Maxine enjoyed working in the churches wherever she lived and taking part in all the activities that she could. Maxine served as Treasurer of the Camden Women’s Golf Association for six years and President of the Camden Women’s Bowling Association. Maxine later married her high school friend, Frank Taylor Jones, Jr. in El Dorado, enjoying a year and a half marriage before Frank passed away. While a member of First Baptist Church of El Dorado she served on the Flower Committee, Senior Choir and was an active member of the Parlor Sunday School Class. Preceding her in death along with her parents are her husbands, a son, Greg Collins and a brother, Howard Garris. Survivors include a son, Scott Collins of Stephens, a brother, Elton Garris (Annette) of El Dorado and sisters, Amy Thorne of Marietta, Georgia, Relda Huitt (Kenny) of Junction City, Mary Lou Fischer of Allison Park, Pennsylvania, Francis “Teal” Combs (Dean) of Spring, Texas along with a host of nieces and nephews. Funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at First Baptist Church of El Dorado with the Rev. LaMont Harris and the Rev. Charles Ainsworth officiating. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery in Camden under the direction of Young’s Funeral Directors. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 at Young’s. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 200 W. Main St., El Dorado, AR 71730, or to Cullendale First Baptist Church, 1850 Cash Rd. SW, Camden, AR 71701. An online registry will be available at www.youngsfuneralhome.com.

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Valentine's Day

Roses: Workers at La Pegasus Florist and Gifts rush to fill hundreds of orders for Valentine's Day. (Top) Jewel Turner, left, Tammy Sharp, center, and Shelley Womack decorate floral arrangements before delivery. (Bottom) Krystal Whitecloud, left, and Sharon Morgan, center, decorate floral arrangements before delivery. Amos Dade, right, purchases a Valentine’s Day gift for his "special someone" at La Pegasus Florist and Gifts.

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