El Dorado News

May 23, 2018
El Dorado News Times

Junction City man arrested in kidnapping, rape case

Sheriff’s Department: Suspect confessed to May 2017 assault

A Junction City man who was arrested in connection with a kidnapping and rape that occurred over the weekend has reportedly confessed to the kidnapping and rape of a 61-year-old that happened last spring.

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El Dorado receives ‘D’ rating from state

District superintendent: Grade is not an ‘accurate representation’

The Arkansas Department of Education released letter grades for the 2016-17 school year for over 1,000 schools in Arkansas last week, with El Dorado High School receiving a D and two El Dorado elementary schools receiving F’s.

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Setting up the booths

Programming: Above, left, Kermit Parks and LaQuita Rainey, election commissioners on the election committee, review the voting machines that will be used during the primary election. The machines were programmed in the County Clerks office in the Union County Courthouse Tuesday. Early voting for the primaries will begin May 7 and Election Day is May 22. Right, Tanner Hayes, with Harp Enterprises Inc., programs a voting machine Tuesday that will be used in the primary election.

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Relay for Life

Proclamaition: Union County Judge Mike Loftin proclaimed April 9 through April 13 as “Relay For Life days in the city of El Dorado.” Various Relay For Life committee members and sponsors gathered Monday on the east side of the Union County Courthouse to hear the proclamation and participate in a balloon release. Relay For Life of Union County 2018 Relay is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday on Elm Street in downtown El Dorado. Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and funds that are raised are used for cancer research and to support those living with cancer. Luminary bags may be purchased at the relay in memory of a loved one. The Union County Relay will be free and open to the public.

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson highlights importance of computer coding

As part of his Computer Science Tour of Arkansas Schools, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Arkansas is leading the nation in computer science education. Hutchinson spoke to El Dorado School District students of all ages involved in computer science classes Wednesday at the high school.

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Fallen Tree

Strong winds: An oak tree in the backyard of Terry and Annette Sturgis’ home at 2105 Helena St. uprooted Tuesday, landing on the roof of their bedroom. The Sturgis’ were inside the home when the tree fell Tuesday afternoon, but no one was injured. “The rest of the house is fine, it was just that one room,” Annette Sturgis said. “If anyone needs a tree, come and get it.” Terry said the tree has withstood tornadoes and bad storms, but the wind was blowing “just a little harder” than normal. According to the National Weather Service, a lake wind advisory was in effect in Union County throughout most of the day Tuesday. According to the service, a series of storm systems is expected to bring showers and thunderstorms to the region late Thursday night through Saturday, and then again Sunday and Monday. Other areas of the state were expected to see strong storms Tuesday followed by plunging temperatures, with areas in northern and western Arkansas placed under a freeze warning Tuesday night.

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Antique Power Show

Jeep: People look inside an antique military jeep at the 11th annual Antique Power Show, held Saturday in the Courthouse Square. The show featured cars, pickups, farm machinery, military vehicles, tractors, a train and hit and miss engines. Below, Buster Noris of El Dorado and Steve Crain of Hot Springs work on an antique motor.

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Giving back to the community

Community cleanup: Arkansas Razorback and El Dorado native Daniel Gafford was the special guest at the fourth annual Sharon Bailey Whitlock Spring Clean Up. The cleanup is put on by Meet Me at the Court and the Bailey Family each year. “It feels good coming back to be with everybody that I used to hang around when I was younger,” Gafford said. “It just feels good to be back in the city and be with all of the people that I know and that I’m not nervous around.”

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