El Dorado News

August 20, 2018
El Dorado News Times

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Backyard Ecology

Have you ever seriously wondered whether your yard has a positive or negative effect on the environment? Consider the following: Watering your lawn depletes water resources. Mowing, using aerators, leaf blowers, weed whackers, and edgers add to air pollution and eventually to global warming. To cut your yard one time, your lawn mower emits as much pollution as a car on a 300 mile trip.

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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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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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