El Dorado News

May 27, 2018
El Dorado News Times

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Flying high

Motocross: Mitch Hall completes a jump at Cuz’s Playground motocross training facility Saturday. Hendricks was one of many regional riders sharpening their skills while attending the facility’s benefit ride for Murphy Kemp, a colleague who was injured.

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Retaining the Title

Retaining the title: Wrestler Damon Windsor holds up his title belt before wrestling in the Imperial Wrestling Revolution’s World Class Revolution wrestling match at Griffin Music Hall in the Murphy Arts District Saturday. The event featured 2018 World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame inductee “Double J” Jeff Jarrett and WWE Hall of Famer “Mean” Gene Okerlund and was headlined by former WWE Superstar Jack Swagger defending the World Class Heavyweight Championship against Matt Sydal. The event was taped for an upcoming television pilot.

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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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