El Dorado News

February 23, 2018
El Dorado News Times

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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Monster Mash

Crafting: Children decorate masks Tuesday at the Barton Public Library’s Monster Mash Bash, which included face painting, bat mask making and lollipop ghost making. The event also included Thomas & Friends Halloween Movie. Left, Karla Nelson, children’s librarian, helps Damauria Harris cut out her mask that she decorated at the event.

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Citywide prayer

Prayer meeting: Citywide prayer meeting took place Friday at the Salvation Army Church. It was a time in which anyone could come and pray in reflection for the 40 Days of Prayer event. There was singing, reading of the scripture and prayers for the community.

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Tax collector, Quorum Court at odds over background checks

New ordinance leads court members to threaten to withhold paychecks to those who don’t comply

A new ordinance requiring all Union County employees and officials to consent to background checks caused a disagreement between the Quorum Court and one county department that called the move “unconstitutional.”

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Book Sale at Barton Library

Always time for reading: Above, customers and volunteers go through books at the Barton Library Fall Book Sale. Left, Lawrence Beard skims through a bird watching book at the Barton Library Fall Book Sale. The sale will go on every day through Friday from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. at the Barton Library. Hardbacks, softcovers, audiobooks and DVD/videos are all $1 and paperbacks are 50 cents. All proceeds will go to the Barton Library, so they can purchase newer books for the community.

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Breakfast for dinner

Hot off the griddle: Kiwanis Club member Gerry Tomlinson flips pancakes during the organization's annual Pancake Day at the TAC House Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The club provided all you can eat pancakes, sausage and beverages for $5 a plate, with proceeds going toward the children of Union County. Pictured left is an M&M pancake that was being served during the event. Below, residents enjoyed pancake dinners during the event.

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