Blood drive today
Medical Center of South Arkansas will host a blood drive in conjunction with LifeShare Blood Center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.
Voter registration events planned
The local branch of Fight Forward Arkansas will hold several voter registration events today in recognition of National Voter Registration Day.
One team will be located at Barton Library from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; one will be at South Arkansas Community College from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and a student group at EHS will also lead a drive at the school, helping to educate other students about voting.
To volunteer, reach out to Karen Hicks at 870-814-1225or Jeremy Owens at 870-814-8484.
For more information, visit facebook.com/UCVotes or fightforwardar.org or via email at [email protected]
Business After Hours today
This month's Business After Hours event will be held at the South Arkansas Regional Airport at 5 p.m. The monthly event is organized by the El Dorado-Union County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the hosting business, which this month is Southern Airways Express.
Southern Airways Express will be giving away a pair of round-trip tickets to Cancun at this event. Off The Rail Café will be grilling and providing free food and HEPCO, Inc. is providing free beverages, including adult beverages. There will also be live entertainment provided by BlackStrap.
RSVP is required. Email [email protected] with "RSVP" in the subject line and include the names of those attending. Those with business cards are asked to bring one to the event.
Parking is limited, so carpooling is encouraged. The capacity of this event is 300 people, so those who would like to attend are asked to RSVP as soon as possible.
Questions can be directed to Kaitlyn Rigdon, Chamber communications director, at 870-863-6113 ext. 1 or [email protected]
Union County Democrats to meet today
The Union County Democratic Party will convene for its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. today in the South Arkansas Community College Library Auditorium.
The group will present The Law and Politics in Arkansas, with guest speakers Richard H. Mays and Enrie Dumas, both El Dorado natives.
Mays is a Little Rock attorney who specializes in environmental protection law. Earlier this year, he filed a lawsuit against Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on behalf of eight Arkansas residents who allege that Rutledge "misused taxpayer dollars on self-promotion and activities that were not in the state's interest, including efforts to overturn results of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin."
Dumas is a writer for the Arkansas Times and has covered state politics for several decades, having previously served as the dean of the Arkansas Political Press Corps for more than 50 years.
He graduated from El Dorado High School in 1955.
Dumas worked for the former El Dorado Daily News and Smackover Journal, a weekly newspaper, as a high school student and while attending Henderson State Teachers College, now Henderson State University, in Arkadelphia. Dumas graduated from the University of Missouri in Columbia with degrees in journalism and English.
The public is invited to attend the meeting UCDP meeting. For more information, call Kensel Green at 870-918-4017 or Karen Baribeault at 708-870-6870 or visit the Union County Democrats Facebook page.
SWAPDD meeting today
The next One-Stop Committee Meeting for the Southwest Arkansas Planning and Development District will be held today at 10 a.m. via Teleconference. The Dial-in number to join is +1-501-244-3310 and the Phone conference ID is 870 011 990#.
No driver's license testing Wednesday
There will be no driver's license testing in El Dorado on Wednesday, Sept. 29.