El Dorado News

December 16, 2017
El Dorado News Times

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Jingle all the way

Walking in a winter wonderland: The 2017 Christmas parade makes its way through the streets of downtown El Dorado.

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LOCAL DIGEST, 12-08-17

VFW Post to host Christmas dinner Sunday The VFW Post 2413 will have their annual Christmas dinner at 1 p.m. Sunday at the home post on Industrial Road. All members and guests are welcome to attend. OWLS to make Christmas crafts at Tuesday meeting The South Arkansas Center on Aging, a program of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, in partnership with HealthWorks Fitness Center, the Medical Center of South Arkansas and South Arkansas Community College, will present OWLS (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) at 2 p.m. Tuesday at HealthWorks. The program will include a Christmas craft - bird feeder ornaments with Laura Rogers. This program is free to seniors and they do not have to be a member of HealthWorks to attend. Reservations are required and must be received by 5 p.m. Monday. For more information, contact the UAMS South Arkansas Center on Aging at 870-881-8969.

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NEXT 48, 12-08-17

TODAY: Friday, Dec. 8 Holiday Light Extravaganza will be open 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. today at the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources. Admission is $10 per car. Hollywood & Pine Holiday Revue will be held at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the South Arkansas Arts Center. Southern Koast will be performing at 8 p.m. tonight at American Legion in El Dorado. TOMORROW: Saturday, Dec. 9 Christmas Bake Sale and Relay For Life will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow in downtown El Dorado. Walks Through History Tour will begin at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Union County Courthouse. Christmas on the Ranch will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at HOPE Landing. The public is welcome. Phil Vassar & Kellie Pickler will perform at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Griffin Music Hall in the Murphy Arts District. Visit eldomad.com for ticket information. Hollywood & Pine Holiday Revue will be held at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the South Arkansas Arts Center.

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79 entries set for annual Christmas parade

North Jefferson to be closed at 4 p.m. today for annual holiday procession

The 2017 annual Christmas Parade, with a theme, “Christmas Through the Ages” and 79 entries, will begin at 7 p.m. today at the intersection of 18th Street and North West Avenue. The parade will then proceed south on North West Avenue to the downtown area and will end at Jefferson and Peach Streets.

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LOCAL DIGEST, 12-07-17

Barton Library plans Christmas Wonderland Barton Public Library, 200 E. Fifth St., El Dorado, will present Christmas Wonderland from 6:30 until 7 p.m. Tuesday to “color your own Christmas ornament” and from 7 until 8 p.m., “A Miser Brothers’ Christmas” will be shown. Children are invited to “come in your pajamas and sip hot chocolate.” For more information, contact Karla Nelson, children’s librarian at 870-863-5447 or at knelson@bartonlibrary.org. Union County Relay for Life to host Gingerbread house contest Today is the deadline to enter the Union County Relay for Life Gingerbread House Contest, which is set for Saturday at The Spot, 106 W. Main, between PJ’s Coffee and the El Dorado Creamery. The entry fee is $10. Setup begins at 9:30 a.m., and the Gingerbread houses will be displayed from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Winners will be announced at 12:30 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded for first place, $150; second place, $100; third place, $50; and People’s Choice, $50. Relay will also be holding a bake sale Saturday on the sidewalk of the Union County Courthouse. The winning entries will be displayed at City Hall from Monday through Dec. 14. Gingerbread houses must be picked up by 4 p.m. Dec. 15 or the Relay committee will dispose of them. Entry fees may be mailed to Debbie Harbour, 101 W. Main, Suite 413, El Dorado. Make checks payable to the American Cancer Society. For more information and the official rules of the contest or to request an entry form, send an email to debbie_harbour@yahoo.com. Full House to play at American Legion The band, Full House from Little Rock, will play from 8 p.m. until midnight Friday at the American Legion. Everyone over 21 is invited to attend. No smoking will be allowed and an $8 cover will be charged. ‘Walks Through History’ tour planned in El Dorado The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program’s final 2017 “Walks Through History” tour will visit downtown El Dorado beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday. The historic district includes the city blocks surrounding the courthouse, as well as several blocks extending east along Main Street and south along Washington Avenue. The tour will begin at the Union County Courthouse at 101 N. Washington and is being co-sponsored by Main Street El Dorado and the Arkansas Humanities Council.

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Funeral for Mary Jones, 66, of Magnolia, who died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 at Trinity CME Church, Magnolia with the Rev. Al Brewer officiating. Burial will follow in Kendrick Chapel Cemetery, Willisville, under the direction of Henderson Funeral Service.

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St. Paul announces Bethlehem Marketplace

For the second year, members of St. Paul United Methodist Church will host their Bethlehem Marketplace from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday at the church, 700 W. Eighth St., El Dorado. “Last year we had a gym full of vendors selling everything from make-up to fairy gardens. This year proves to be no different. Our space is limited, so we choose the cream of the crop when we look for vendors,” said Liz Slater, director of Bethlehem Marketplace at St. Paul United Methodist Church. Sandy Maguire is co-director. Members of the church’s W.O.W. (Worship Our Way) kids will have a booth to sell items they have handcrafted. “Catch a ride on the golf cart to whisk you to the top of the hill and deposit you right next to the baked goods table. While you shop, your kids can paint a ceramic Christmas ornament ($5), you can get your Christmas presents wrapped (priced by size), all while you find fabulous Christmas decorations and gifts,” she said. “While you’re there, visit ‘Mary & Martha’s Kitchen’ for soup and a sandwich. This year’s menu includes potato soup, tomato soup, grilled cheese sandwich, or a hot turkey sandwich,” Slater said. Proceeds from Bethlehem Marketplace will fund a number of St. Paul Children and Family Ministries. For more information or take-out lunch orders, call 862-4242.

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Next 48, 12-07-17

TODAY: Thursday, Dec. 7 The El Dorado City Council will convene for a regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. today in the Council Chamber of City Hall. South Arkansas Poets of the Pines will be at 5:30 p.m. today at the Barton Library. El Dorado Christmas Parade will start at 7 p.m. this evening on North West Avenue. “The Nativity” portrayed by the children of HOPE Landing will be held at 7 p.m. tonight at South Arkansas Arts Center. Dazz & Brie - Thursday Night Live! will be held at 9 p.m. tonight at the Griffin Music Hall in the Murphy Arts District. It is a free show. TOMORROW: Friday, Dec. 8 Erica Campbell and Friends will start at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Griffin Music Hall in the Murphy Arts District. Visit eldomad.com for ticket information. Holiday Light Extravaganza will be open 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources. Admission is $10 per car. Hollywood & Pine Holiday Revue will be held at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the South Arkansas Arts Center.

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Norphlet Citizen of the Year

Citizen of the Year: Jimmy Lambert, right, receives the 2017 Citizen of the Year Award from Norphlet Mayor Jim Crotty during the Norphlet Tree Lighting Celebration on Monday.

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Camp Fire Cookies

Christmas cookies: Maddy Nolan, left, and Jadon Webb, members of Camp Fire El Dorado, learned how to decorate Christmas cookies Tuesday at the Camp Fire office in El Dorado. Amanda Blanchard of Magnolia, who owns and operates Cookie Doughmain, baked sugar cookies, brought icings in Christmas colors and showed students how to decorate sugar cookies for the holidays.

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