El Dorado News

January 20, 2018
El Dorado News Times

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Officer of the Month

Dedication: Officer Anthony Bernard Ross, right, is honored as October’s Officer of the Month at the Kiwanis Club meeting by Jaren Books, left. Ross’ knowledge of suspects played an important role in situations that could have been much worse. He was successful in two instances in recognizing and convincing suspects to turn themselves in, without incident. “His training as a police officer allowed him to stay in control and bring the circumstances to a nonviolent ending,” Patrol Capt. Karl Nichols said in a press release. Not pictured was Sgt. Robert Scott Harwell, who was honored as September’s Officer of the Month. For September, Harwell had 10 CID arrests, three patrol adopted cases, 13 felony cases and conducted one search warrant.

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Art Under Glass at Barton Public Library

Art Under Glass: Barton Library is featuring Lucy Gibney’s Art Under Glass display through Wednesday. Laura Cleveland, right, admires Gibney’s, left, artwork. The art features drawings from different countries and Gibney’s goal is to inspire art for kids. This is the first Art Under Glass display to be in Arkansas.

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Fourth annual film festival wraps up

Filmmakers talk process, industry

Producer Kristin Mann and director Martha Stephens talked independent filmmaking and specifically making movies in Arkansas at the 2017 El Dorado Film Festival.

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Arkansas counties differ on background check policies

County judge says issues in other areas prompted concern about Union County process

Several areas in Arkansas have seen cases of embezzlement in the past few years, prompting Union County Judge Mike Loftin to question if he was doing enough to protect local residents.

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Tax collector claims county background checks meant to target employee

County judge: Move meant to protect county from liability issues in bond coverage

A new requirement for all Union County employees to submit to a background check has caused an issue in the tax collector’s office, with Tax Collector Paula Beard now saying that the policy was implemented to target one of her employees.

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Quorum Court looks to enforce background checks

One county employee refuses to comply after issues raised about constitutionality, process

Though Union County began requiring background checks for all county employees earlier this fall, one person has failed to comply and officials are trying to determine what the next step should be.

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