El Dorado News

Saturday
December 16, 2017
El Dorado News Times

El Dorado High School Student Council collects food items

Members of the El Dorado High School Student Council are collecting food items to be sent home with students in need of food during the Christmas/New Year’s holiday break, Riley McAdams, EHS Student Council secretary, told members of the El Dorado School Board Monday night. El Dorado schools will dismiss students for the holidays after school Dec. 19 and classes will resume Jan. 3.

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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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Campfire Cookies

Chevron pattern: Junior high and senior high Camp Fire El Dorado students learned to decorate cookies and make designs and patterns with the icing, including this Chevron design. They decorated Christmas cookies in the shapes of candy canes, tree ornaments, stockings, Christmas trees, gingerbread men and holly at the Camp Fire office Monday and Tuesday.

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Work continues on new bridge over Ouachita River

Bridge expected to be complete in late 2018

In 1931, when the first bridge spanning the Ouachita River on U.S. 167 near Calion was built – it cost $376,992.83. The bid to construct the new bridge, expected to be completed in 2018, was awarded for more than $29 million.

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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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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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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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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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