El Dorado News

November 17, 2017
El Dorado News Times

Background checks continue to cause conflict at county

Stating that he is not a “two-time convicted felon” and “has not done time in jail,” Conor Gleason, executive administrator in the Union County Tax Collector’s Office, said he has not turned in his background check to Union County Judge Mike Loftin – but he has turned in the document to county Tax Collector Paula Beard.

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New playground equipment

Ribbon cutting: Marn Cheng, center, a retired employee of Murphy USA, cuts the ribbon to announce that new playground equipment has been placed on the grounds at Retta Brown Elementary. Reggie Thomas started a fundraising drive and volunteered numerous hours to provide the equipment. Thomas was unable to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony Monday, so his wife, Kimberly Thomas, standing left of Cheng, Retta Brown Principal Bethanie Hale; Keri James, community relations with Murphy USA; Kristen Thomas; Lisa Hooks; El Dorado Chamber of Commerce members Jaren Books and Debbie Harbour, along with teachers and students, participated in the ribbon cutting Monday.

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Loving homes for Union County children

Adoption needs: Karen Langston, center, Union County coordinator of The CALL, a local agency that serves foster and adoptive children and families, and several Union County children who have already been adopted, stand behind 16 pairs of shoes to represent the 16 children in the county that are now ready to be adopted. The National Adoption Month ceremony on the Union County Courthouse square Monday was held to bring awareness about children in the foster system and those waiting to be adopted. Rexayn Tribble, a member of The CALL board, said last year, 17 Union County children were adopted and so far this year, 10 have been adopted. For more information about being a foster or adoptive parent, contact The CALL at 870-904-0581.

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Salute to MCSA Veterans

Passing: Alex Bennett, marketing coordinator for the Medical Center of South Arkansas, gives balloons to veterans, their families and friends to release at the conclusion of a Salute to MCSA Veterans. The event was held Thursday morning at the hospital.

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Reggie Thomas recognized as Retta Brown Elementary School Hero

Recognized as a “Retta Brown Hero,” Reggie Thomas was presented with a plaque and letters written by students at the elementary school to thank him for the new playground. Retta Brown Principal Bethanie Hale made the presentation to Thomas during a meeting of the El Dorado School Board on Monday night.

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Parkers Chapel Homecoming

Great turnout: A large crowd lined both sides of Arkansas 15 on Friday afternoon to watch the annual Parkers Chapel Homecoming parade. The float was built by members of the junior class.

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Donation: Debbie Harbour, left, event chair for the American Cancer Society-Union County Relay for Life, Dianne Hammond, second from right and Tucker Peek, right, accept a $1,000 Allstate Foundation Helping Hands in the Community grant, from Allstate volunteer Keith Jackson. The Keith E. Jackson Allstate Agency is located at 403 W. Eighth St. in El Dorado.

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Jeans ‘n Classics to perform the Beatles Abbey Road

Jerry Douglas and The Earls of Leicester perform Friday

Jerry Douglas and The Earls of Leicester will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at Griffin Music Hall, 101 E. Locust St., and Jeans ‘n Classics will perform the Beatles Abbey Road with the South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, also at the Griffin Music Hall.

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Murphy-Pitard Jewelers named Small Business of the Year

Union County businesses recognized during Spirit of South Arkansas Small Business Awards

Small businesses in Union County were nominated for awards in several categories during the annual Spirit of South Arkansas Small Business Awards ceremony in El Dorado on Wednesday.

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