El Dorado News

Saturday
December 16, 2017
El Dorado News Times

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

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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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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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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HUB programs helps at- risk students graduate

Some of the students are homeless – drifting from one friend’s or relative’s home to another. Others are teenage mothers. Some may be struggling with emotional, physical and mental issues or catastrophic life changes, such as a divorce, a move from one town and school to another or the death of a loved one.

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Master Gardener Appreciation Day

Welcome gardeners: Above, this scarecrow, created by Union County Master Gardener Sharon Traylor, welcomed over 300 Master Gardeners from throughout the state to El Dorado and the South Arkansas Arboretum Monday, to celebrate Master Gardener Appreciation Day. Local Master Gardeners spent countless hours decorating the arboretum with hundreds of pumpkins and scarecrows for the first Master Gardeners Appreciation Day to ever be held in Union County. Left, Union County Master Gardener Charlotte Abbott takes a minute to relax and sit beside one of several scarecrows created by Sharon Traylor, to adorn the South Arkansas Arboretum during Master Gardener Appreciation Day. Over 300 gardeners from throughout the state attended the daylong celebration Monday and learned about Arkansas trees from Dr. Eric Sundell. They also painted rocks, made seed bombs and learned about numerous plants and flowers in the arboretum.

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Mass flu clinic set for Thursday

Free vaccines will be available at Union County Fairgrounds

The annual Mass Flu Clinic, to provide free flu vaccines for anyone 6 months of age and older, will be held from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Thursday at the Union County Fairgrounds Activities Building, near the intersection of 19th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

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MAD ribbon-cutting

Opening MAD: Madison Murphy and Claiborne Deming, center holding scissors, (top photo) prepare to cut the ribbon to officially mark the opening of the Murphy Arts District. A large crowd attended the ribbon cutting Wednesday, including several members of the El Dorado Festivals and Events board of directors and MAD officials, front row, from left, Pam Griffin, Brett Williamson, Steve Cameron, John Milam, Murphy, Deming, Terry Stewart and Austin Barrow. Murphy, right (center photo) talks about the MAD grand opening with Chuck Hays, from left, Williamson, Barrow and Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin. Griffin, bottom photo, talked to the crowd with Deming, from left, Hays, Williamson and Murphy.

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MAD Prep

MAD prep: Workers are putting the finishing touches on the Murphy Arts District, a state-of-the-art music, entertainment and restaurant complex, in preparation for the grand opening Thursday through Sunday. The four-day event will feature ZZ Top, Robert Randolph, Train, Brad Paisley, Ludacris, Smokey Robinson, the South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and many others, in the areas of Cedar, Jefferson, Locust and Hill streets near downtown El Dorado.

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Raising awareness

To help bring awareness of people struggling with mental issues and substance abuse and to celebrate those who have recovered, members of the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors held a balloon release Monday.

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