El Dorado News

Friday
May 25, 2018
El Dorado News Times

Step in Time

Musical: Curtain Call will take place at 7 p.m. tonight at the El Dorado High School auditorium, which will showcase Barton Junior High’s last four musicals: "The Wizard," "Annie Jr.," "Mary Poppins" and "Shrek." There are almost 70 students involved in the productions, ranging from fourth grade to 12th grade. Original cast members, who are now El Dorado High School students, will be back starring in the roles. Barton’s MP3 students will also be participating in all four of the musicals. The students started working and reviewing the musicals in April for tonight’s show. “There are munchkins in the Wizard of Oz that are fourth through fifth graders, Barton Junior High seventh and eighth graders and ninth through 12th graders playing the starring roles in the three older shows,” Andria Gleghorn said. “The high schoolers and munchkins were all very excited to come back to the stage to portray their original roles. My MP3 group loves to perform, so they are all excited.”

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Clifford visits Hugh Goodwin

Two students recognized for submissions to writing contest

Clifford the Big Red Dog was welcomed by a sea of red Thursday at Hugh Goodwin Elementary School.

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Area veterans receive Quilts of Valor

Quilts were presented Tuesday by the Valor Group of Freedom Quilters of El Dorado, to show appreciation to veterans who have served in the military. The ceremony took place at the El Dorado Conference Center, where quilts made by the Freedom Quilters were passed out to the veterans.

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MAD for crops

Weather is great for growing crops, it also proved ideal for selling them. The Murphy Arts District’s Farmer’s Market held their grand opening and ribbon cutting Saturday morning, which brought out a large crowd and included a variety of vendors and products.

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Celebrating travel and tourism

Travel and tourism: The National Travel & Tourism Week Rally Day celebration took place Tuesday at the Arkansas Welcome Center located at Highway 167 and 82. Madison Murphy, board chairman of Murphy USA, shown above, was recognized by Brenda Clark, manager of the Welcome Center. Murphy was named Tourism Person of the Year in February for his work with the Murphy Arts District. El Dorado Mayor Frank Hash gave a proclamation announcing the week of May 6-12 as El Dorado Tourism Week throughout El Dorado and Union County. Additional speakers included Beth Brumley of Main Street El Dorado and John Lowery of the South Arkansas Arts Center. According to Hash’s proclamation, tourism contributed $7.8 billion to Arkansas in 2017 with more than 29 million visitors traveling through the state.

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#WearBlueMay2

Foster care awareness: The Union County Judge Mike Loftin and El Dorado Mayor Frank Hash both signed a proclamation declaring May 2, 2018 as Foster Care Awareness Day in Union County and El Dorado. The proclamation was read inside the Union County Courthouse and was part of the #WearBlueMay2 campaign. The proclamation states that there are children in Union County and El Dorado who have experienced devastating losses of family and identity due to neglect. “The foster care community throughout the county and city gives these children love and support and helps encourage and prepare them for the years ahead,” the proclamation states. “We urge all citizens to come forward and do something positive that will help change a lifetime for children and youth in foster care.”

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Isbell to perform Saturday

Jason Isbell said people who attend his concert are “probably going to be a little bit surprised by how much of a rock concert” they perform.

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Tax collector candidates differ on software systems

Editor’s note: This is the second in a multipart series looking at contested local races in the May 22 primary. Each installment, running Sundays until the primary, will look at a different race in Union County or El Dorado. Remember to check News-Times editions throughout May for more information on the primary elections and what voters can expect to see on their ballots!

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