|Union County News|
|2/5/2013 ||Willie Nelson & Family to Perform in El Dorado |
| ||Main Street El Dorado will present "Willie Nelson & Family Live” on
Thursday, March 14, at the El Dorado Municipal Auditorium.
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.|
|7/3/2012 ||Website Development Classes for Small Businesses Coming to El Dorado |
| ||The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center is offering Website Design for Small Business I and II.
|2/24/2012 ||Vienna Boys Choir to Perform Sunday |
| ||The South Arkansas Symphony will present the Vienna Boys Choir at 6:00 p.m. Sunday at the El Dorado Municipal Auditorium.
|10/12/2012||Video Project Proposal for El Dorado Attractions Tour |
| ||Traylor Productions and Be Sighted
Marketing are joining forces to produce three prototypes for a video tour of El
Dorado. They are inviting writers and
acting talent to attend an orientation meeting at the South Arkansas Arts
Center on Thursday, October 18, at 7:00 p.m.
|3/3/2012 ||Union County Job Fair to Offer Job seekers a Full-Service Experience |
| ||Job seekers who attend the Union County
Job Fair on Thurs., March 8, will find that, in addition to meeting
representatives from businesses who are hiring, they will receive assistance to
help better prepare them for interviews.
|5/3/2013 ||Union County Job Fair to Offer Full-Service Experience for Job Seekers |
| ||The second annual Union County Job Fair will provide a full-service
experience to job seekers. The fair provides an opportunity for them to
meet representatives from a variety of local businesses that are hiring
and get professional resume assistance on site. The Union County Job
Fair, sponsored by Martin Lubricants, is on Tues., May 14, from 9:00
a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the El Dorado Conference Center, located at 311 S.
West Ave. The El Dorado Chamber of Commerce is hosting and organizing
|2/15/2012 ||Union County Job Fair Set for March 8 |
| ||The El Dorado Chamber of Commerce will host the Union County Job Fair on
Thursday, March 8, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the old El Dorado
High School, 501 Timberlane.
|5/8/2012 ||Union County Candidate Forum Set for May 10 |
| ||Union County voters have a unique opportunity to learn more about the
candidates in the four contested races during the Candidate Forum this
Thursday, May 10, at City Hall immediately following the El Dorado City Council
meeting, which begins at 5:30 p.m.
|4/13/2012 ||UCCF Awards Grants to Local Non-Profits |
| ||Twenty-two local non-profit organizations received $24,645 in grants
from the Union County Community Foundation’s Public Trust Fund during a
ceremony Thursday on the grounds of the historic McKinney/O’Connor House
in El Dorado.
|7/23/2012 ||Trotter Plans New Showroom in El Dorado |
| ||Effective in early June, Ford Trotter incorporated Murphy Motor Company
and Murphy Nissan in El Dorado and recently announced plans to build a
Chrysler Dodge Jeep showroom within the next 18 months.
|1/9/2013 ||Travis Tritt Returning to El Dorado |
| ||Main Street El Dorado announced that that country
music superstar Travis Tritt will return to the El Dorado Municipal Auditorium with his "Evening with Travis Tritt” tour on Jan.
|1/26/2013 ||Tickets Available at the SAAC for Arkansas’ AACTFest 2013 Sponsored by Murphy Oil |
South Arkansas Arts Center’s box office is open to sell play passes for
the public to attend all four performances presented on Saturday,
February 2, during Arkansas’ AACTFest 2013, sponsored by Murphy USA. A
festival play pass opens the doors for all four performances, the
hospitality bar, and the evenings cast party. |
|5/15/2012 ||THV Extra: Exceeding Expectations With A+ Program |
| ||Today's THV, the CBS affiliate out of Little Rock, Ark., did a piece on
May 14, 2012 about Hugh Goodwin Elementary School in El Dorado, Ark.
|7/20/2012 ||Therma Flite Up, Running and Hiring |
| ||Therma-Flite Manufacturing began work last month in El Dorado. Watch KTVE's news story about the new South Arkansas company.
|5/1/2012 ||The Travelin’ McCourys and Effron White to perform in El Dorado |
| ||El Dorado Festivals & Events, Inc. with the 21st
Annual Mayhaw Festival presents Effron White and The Travelin’ McCourys
at the El Dorado Conference Center on May 4 beginning at 5:00 p.m.
|4/19/2013 ||The Texas Tenors to Perform April 27 |
| ||On April 27, the Texas Tenors will perform at the El Dorado Municipal Auditorium with the South Arkansas Symphony. More than 100 million people from around the world tuned in to NBC’s
"America's Got Talent” in 2009 to see The Texas Tenors become the
highest-ranking vocal group in the history of the show. |
|5/10/2012 ||The Importance of Internships |
| ||So what is an intern? The most basic description is "a current
student or recent graduate going through supervised on-the-job training in
their chosen profession.”
|8/24/2012 ||Stay Positive! Keep Differences Civil, Florsheim Urges Civitans |
Sam Walton made Bentonville famous as the birthplace of a
multi-billion-dollar international retail chain, he owned a
5,000-square-foot Ben Franklin’s variety store in Newport that he tried
unsuccessfully to pass on to his son.
|5/15/2013 ||State Sen. Shane Broadway Addressed EHS Graduates on Academic Signing Day |
| ||Saying he was honored to stand in the spot where two former U.S.
presidents have been, State Sen. Shane Broadway addressed the 2013
graduates of El Dorado High School during the seventh annual Academic
Signing Day Tuesday at the EHS Arena.|
|6/5/2012 ||State Preservation Program to Hear from Area Residents on June 5 |
The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the
Department of Arkansas Heritage, will conduct a series of listening sessions in
June, July and August to solicit comments on regional historic preservation
issues, AHPP Director Frances McSwain has announced.
The first forum will be held
at 5:00 p.m. on June 5 in council chambers of El Dorado City Hall, 204 N. West
|2/29/2012 ||Starfish Circus Matinee Performance |
| ||Bring the kids downtown to witness these incredible performers. Expect
to see fire-breathing, juggling, balancing acts, trapeze-work and more.
|4/25/2013 ||Southern Food & Wine Festival to Be Held This Weekend |
| ||El Dorado Festivals & Events has announced that the Southern Wine
& Food Festival will be held Friday and Saturday and, "We would
like to encourage everyone to come and enjoy this wonderful weekend full
of music, art, great food and wine,” said Austin Barrow, president of
|2/19/2013 ||Southern Food & Wine Festival Tickets on Sale Now |
| ||Tickets for the second biennial Southern Food & Wine
Festival presented by El Dorado Festivals & Events, Inc. are on sale now.|
|11/30/2012||SouthArt Touts Training Program's Impact on Local Industries |
| ||Facing up to a 20 percent loss in experienced industrial workforce over
the next three to five years, members of South Arkansas Community
College gave a presentation about the immediate impact the $300,000
Hands On Training unit has made in local industry during Tuesday's El
Dorado Economic Development Board meeting, which was held at the
Workforce Development Center on the SouthArk East Campus.
|11/21/2012||SouthArk, Winrock International and the Arkansas Women's Business Center Offer Classes |
| ||Winrock International and the Arkansas Women’s Business Center have
announced South Arkansas Community College as a partner to offer an
Operation Jump Start class, beginning Jan. 19 in El Dorado.
|3/31/2012 ||SouthArk Signs Onto Entrepreneurship Campaign |
Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges has launched a
statewide effort to promote entrepreneurship, according to Heath Waldrop, coordinator of marketing and communications
for South Arkansas Community College in El Dorado.
|12/18/2012||SouthArk Offers Shorter Path to Business Degree |
| ||After an infusion of federal money for the Arkansas Association of
Two-Year College’s Path to Accelerated Completion and Employment
Initiative, South Arkansas Community College has restructured two
programs to shorten the time that it can take for a student to get a
degree in the business field.|
|10/18/2012||SouthArk Marketing Director Wins Awards |
| || Marketing and Communications Coordinator Heath Waldrop of South Arkansas
Community College recently won two Silver Medallions at the National
Council for Marketing and Public Relations District 4 Conference.
|2/20/2012 ||South Arkansas Administrative Professionals (SAAP) Group Formed |
| ||The South Arkansas Administrative Professionals (SAAP) group has been
formed as a way to those in administrative roles to network and for
|9/5/2012 ||Small Business Training Offered at SouthArk |
| || Are you dreaming of starting a small business? Have you started a business but would like some guidance? The six-week Operation JumpStart: First Step, a nationally-recognized
training model for entrepreneurs, is being offered October 2 through November 4 at the Center for Workforce
Development at South Arkansas Community College
|6/6/2012 ||Smackover Oil Run Set for June 16 |
| ||The 34th running of the Smackover Oil Run will begin at 7:30 a.m. on June 16 in Kennedy Park in downtown Smackover.
|4/25/2013 ||Showtime Shuttle Arrives |
| ||El Dorado Mayor Frank Hash announced that the
city is now the proud owner of its very own street car/trolley bus to
transport visitors for tours and special, public events.|
|6/26/2012 ||Showdown at Sundown Begins Saturday |
at Sunset, the long-running historical re-enactment of an early 1900s
gunfight that left three men dead on the Union County Courthouse square,
will begin its summer run on Saturday on the east side of the
|7/5/2012 ||Shelly’s Shoes Joins with Brighton to Support SAAC’s Art Programs for Children |
| || Show your American spirit while helping the South Arkansas Arts Center’s Children’s Arts Programs at the same time. You can
all make a difference in a child's life when you purchase a Brighton
Loves Kids Across America Americana Bracelet, available only until July
31, at Shelly’s Shoes, located at 115 N. Jefferson in El Dorado.
|8/1/2012 ||SHARE Foundation Names New Chairman |
| ||Steve Cousins of El Dorado has been named chairman of the SHARE Foundation board of directors.
|4/20/2012 ||Seventeen Aspiring Entrepreneurs Competed in the Gone in 60 Seconds Elevator-Pitch Competition |
| || In the digital age of cell phone apps, social media, texting and video
sharing, attention spans are dwindling, making a succinct message of the
utmost importance. That was the premise for ‘Gone in 60
Seconds’ Thursday night, an elevator pitch competition where 17
presenters distilled their business plans into 60-second spiels they
hoped would garner $1,000 for their fledgling enterprises.|
|9/19/2012 ||Second Annual Mistletoe Market to Expand for More Vendors |
| ||The Arkansas Women’s Business Center and South Arkansas Community
College’s Office of Corporate and Community Education will host the
second annual "Mistletoe Market” shopping extravaganza from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00
p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the El Dorado Conference Center.
|4/3/2012 ||SeaPort Pets Fly Free in April |
honor of the upcoming National Pet Month, SeaPort Airlines is waiving
pet fees when a pet is traveling with their owner on the same itinerary
throughout the month of April. Man’s best friend deserves to be spoiled
on occasion, so don’t be afraid to "throw your dog a bone” this month
and bring him or her along on your travels!
|9/26/2012 ||Seaport and Wings of Alaska Launch Oktoberfare Sale |
Airlines and Wings of Alaska today announced the launch of
"Oktoberfares” to celebrate the return of autumn and Oktoberfest
celebrations across the country.
|11/27/2012||SeaPort Airlines Announces Lower Fares in Arkansas Markets |
| ||SeaPort Airlines today announced that it has lowered fares on its
scheduled service to three communities: El Dorado, Harrison, and Hot
|8/1/2012 ||Sales Tax Holiday Begins Saturday |
| ||From 12:01 a.m. Saturday
to 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Arkansas shoppers can reap the benefits of a
paucity in the state’s 6 percent sales tax on exempted items including
school supplies, clothing less than $100 per item and accessories or
equipment less than $50 per item, according to a list provided by the
Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration.
|6/17/2012 ||SAAC Welcomes Guest Artist Choreographer Monroe Moore to "Chicago" |
South Arkansas Arts Center welcomes professional choreographer Monroe
Moore of Houston, Texas, to the production team of the 2012 summer
musical "Chicago.” The Nexans AmerCable sponsored production of Bob
Fosse and Kander & Ebb’s musical vaudeville opens July 12 and
continues through July 22.
|2/28/2012 ||SAAC Viewfinder Photography Competition |
| ||If a picture
paints a thousand words, then the South Arkansas Arts Center's (SAAC) The Viewfinder, our biennial open
photography competition, speaks volumes.
|5/11/2012 ||SAAC to Hold Auditions for *Chicago* |
Theatre Committee of the South
Arkansas Arts Center (SAAC) announces auditions for the upcoming summer musical production of Chicago, on May 22 and 23
at 6:00 p.m. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. on both nights.
|9/21/2012 ||SAAC to Hold Auditions for "Irving Berlin's White Christmas" |
| ||The theatre committee of the South Arkansas Arts
Center wants you to audition for their upcoming 2012 holiday production
of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, on October 1 and 2, at 6:30 p.m. The Simmon’s First Bank sponsored musical opens November 29 and
continues through December 9.
|5/17/2012 ||SAAC Sizzles this Summer with Chicago |
| ||"Come on,
babe why don’t we paint the town!” This summer the South Arkansas Arts
Center paints the town red with the
sizzling hot musical vaudeville Chicago, July 12-22. The groundbreaking musical is sponsored by Nexans AmerCable.
|1/8/2013 ||SAAC Registration for Spring Classes Still Open |
| || The South Arkansas Arts Center announces that
registration is still ongoing for Creative Arts Academy Spring classes.
Classes are offered in art, ballet, computer arts, drama, and music.
Various classes still have space available for students.
|4/11/2013 ||SAAC Produces "Oliver!" This Summer |
| ||The theatre committee of the South Arkansas Arts Center proudly announces the upcoming
2013 summer production of one of the most beloved British musicals, Oliver!
sponsors the family musical, which vividly brings to life the
ever-popular story of the boy who asked for more, in the Callaway
Theatre, July 11-22. |
|11/12/2012||SAAC Prepares for Festival of Trees |
| ||The Visual Arts Committee of the South Arkansas
Arts Center is busy preparing for an El Dorado tradition, "The Festival
of Trees.” The annual exhibition of evergreens sponsored by Deltic Timber
will be in the galleries November 29 through December 9.
|11/7/2012 ||SAAC Prepares for "Irving Berlin's White Christmas" |
cast of SAAC’s production, under the direction of Gary Hall, have been
hard at work staging the production. The new stage musical, which
opened on Broadway in 2006, is based on the Paramount picture of the
same name starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and
|2/26/2013 ||SAAC Opens Two New Exhibitions in March |
| ||The visual arts committee of the South Arkansas Arts Center announces two new exhibitions, Time Was and perception,
which fill the galleries From March 4 through 27. An artist reception will be
hosted on, Saturday, March 9, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Merkle and Price Galleries. |
|9/5/2012 ||SAAC Opens New Exhibitions in September |
| ||The South Arkansas Arts Center opens two new exhibitions in the galleries for the month of September.Artist
in Residence, Jorge Villegas’ "Venus Gaze,” and up and coming artist
Sheri Van Dyck’s "Eclectic Dreams” will be on exhibition from September
5-28. An artist reception will be hosted on Friday, September 7,
beginning at 7:00 p.m.
|2/28/2013 ||SAAC Opens Hitchcock's "The 39 Steps" |
| ||Have you booked passage to an
evening of spellbinding thrills, chills, and spills from the mind of the
master of suspense? The box office of the South Arkansas Arts Center is
currently reserving tickets for their spring production of Alfred
Hitchcock’s "The 39 Steps.” |
|10/30/2012||SAAC Opens 2012 Membership Show and Competition |
| ||The South Arkansas Arts Center announces the
opening of their annual Membership Show and Competition, in the Merkle
and Price Galleries, on November 1. The show, sponsored by William P.
Cook and Associates, PLLC, continues until November 21. An artist
reception will be hosted on Friday, November 2, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
|5/31/2012 ||SAAC Offers Ballet Camp This Summer |
| ||The South Arkansas Arts Center announces a new addition to their summer camp roster with "Where the Wild Things Are Ballet Camp” the week of June 4-8. |
|5/7/2013 ||SAAC Now Accepting Submissions for 2013 Juried Art Competition |
visual arts committee of the South Arkansas Arts Center is now
accepting artwork submissions for the 2013 Juried Art Competition.
Entry deadline for the Smackover State Bank sponsored competition and
exhibition is May 31.
|5/2/2013 ||SAAC Hosts Student Showcase |
| || The South Arkansas Arts Center hosts their spring student showcases on May 2 and 3, beginning at 6:00 p.m. The showcases are free and open to the public. |
|8/1/2012 ||SAAC Hosts Reception Saturday for August Gallery Artists |
| || The
South Arkansas Arts Center will host a reception celebrating the works
of two artists with local roots, Virmarie DePoyster currently of Little
Rock and Ann Trimble of Los Angeles on Saturday, August 4, at 6:00 p.m. The
show will be open through August 29.
|9/11/2012 ||SAAC Hosts Benefit Concert |
| ||The South Arkansas Arts Center (SAAC) will hold an encore performance of "Romance in Concert” as a
benefit for the Chris McKnight family. The benefit concert will be
hosted in the Callaway Theatre of the SAAC on
Thursday, September 13, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available at
SAAC. All proceeds go to Chris McKnight and family.
|6/5/2012 ||SAAC Hosts Artists Reception on June 9 |
Visual Arts Committee of the South Arkansas Arts
Center hosts an artist
reception for three new exhibitions in the Merkle and Price Galleries on
Saturday, June 9, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
|7/17/2012 ||SAAC Hosts Artist Reception for Juried Art Competition |
Visual Arts Committee of the South Arkansas Arts Center hosts an artist
reception in the Merkle and Price Galleries for the 2012 Annual Juried
Art Competition on Saturday, July 21, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Awards will be
presented by guest judge Manuela Well-Off-Man, Ph.D., assistant curator at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, at 6:30 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.
|5/7/2013 ||SAAC Holds "Oliver" Auditions |
theatre committee of the South Arkansas Arts Center is looking for
actors, singers, and dancers
for their upcoming summer production of Lionel Bart’s "Oliver!” The
Nexus AmerCable sponsored family musical opens in the Callaway Theatre
on July 11 and continues through July 21.
|6/27/2012 ||SAAC Box Office Now Open for *Chicago* |
South Arkansas Arts Center’s (SAAC) box office is now open for their 2012
summer production of Bob Fosse’s legendary masterpiece Chicago A
Musical Vaudeville. Performance dates for the Nexans AmerCable sponsored
play are July 12-16, and 18-22. Box office hours are Monday through Friday from
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and can be reached at (870) 862-5474.
|12/10/2012||SAAC Announces Director of "The 39 Steps" |
| ||The Theatre Committee of the South Arkansas Arts Center announces the
selection of Austin Barrow as director for the upcoming spring
production of "The 39 Steps.” Auditions for the Teague Auto
Group/Southern Bancorp sponsored, award winning comedy are December
|3/25/2013 ||SAAC Accepting Entries for Student Art Show and Competition |
South Arkansas Arts Center is now accepting artwork entries for the
2013 Student Art Show and Competition. Entry deadline for the New
Flooring Creations sponsored
show and competition is April 1.
|3/4/2012 ||Restored 1918 Version of "Tarzan the Apes" to Be Shown at the Rialto |
| ||A restored version of the 1918 original silent "Tarzan of the Apes” film
will be shown at 7:30 p.m. on March 10 at the Rialto Theatre on East
Cedar in El Dorado.
|8/17/2012 ||Register for the Hero 5K Run-Walk |
| ||Registration is open for the Hero 5K Run-Walk, part of the Sept. 8 South
Arkansas Community College Outdoor Expo and sponsored by HealthWorks
Fitness Center, which will pay homage to the four Arkansans who died
during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.
|9/6/2012 ||Rally on the Square Tonight |
main goal of the First Thursday Rally on the Square, a retail promotion
that will kick off at 5 p.m. today, is to bring as many people to
Downtown El Dorado as possible, according to Mark Givens, executive
director of Main Street El Dorado.
|9/7/2012 ||Rachel's Challenge Program Coming to El Dorado |
| ||Please join the TOUCH Coalition and PRIDE Youth Programs for the
Rachel’s Challenge program on Tuesday, September 18, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at
the El Dorado High School Auditorium. The program is free of charge and open to parents and community leaders, but
seating is limited. |
|3/4/2012 ||R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Coalition to Host Interest Meeting for New Club |
| ||An interest meeting for the new African American Cultural Enrichment
Club, targeting Union County youth ages 13-18, will be held from 6:00
until 7:00 p.m. on March 11.
|8/22/2012 ||Proposed Termination Between Medical Center of South Arkansas and Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield Is Lifted
between representatives from Medical Center of South Arkansas and Arkansas Blue
Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) resumed today and the proposed termination of the
contract between the organizations was withdrawn.
|5/9/2013 ||Projects Highlighted at Quarterly Gathering |
| ||Sponsored by Clean
Harbors, the fifth El Dorado Chamber of Commerce Economic Outlook
Luncheon featured eight speakers who provided updates on their
respective projects. |
|3/30/2012 ||President Clinton to Speak at Academic Signing Day |
| ||The Honorable William J. Clinton, 42nd President
of the United States
and Founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation, will be the keynote speaker
for Academic Signing Day, for this year’s recipients of the El Dorado Promise
|9/27/2012 ||Preservation Society Hosts Archeology Lecture |
| ||The Preservation Society of the South Arkansas
Historical Foundation (SAHF) is pleased to announce that Dr. Jamie Brandon, the
station archaeologist at Southern Arkansas University, will make his annual
presentation to the Preservation Society at 5:15 pm on Monday, October 1, 2012.
|3/1/2012 ||Pre-Job Fair Workshop Set for March 6 |
| ||The El Dorado Chamber of Commerce is hosting a pre-job fair workshop for
on Tuesday, March 6, to prepare job seekers for the upcoming Union County Job Fair.
|2/1/2012 ||Point of Grace and Bebo Norman to Headline An Evening of Compassion in El Dorado |
| ||Main Street El Dorado, El Dorado
Chemical Company and First Christian Church of El Dorado are proud to present An
Evening of Compassion featuring Point of Grace and Bebo Norman on Friday, March
2, at the El Dorado Municipal Auditorium. |
|10/31/2012||Plan Would Renovate Downtown El Dorado |
| ||Representatives of El Dorado Festivals and Events, Inc., unveiled Tuesday a portion of what they called a game-changing plan that, if implemented, would forever alter the look and economic direction of El Dorado.|
|9/12/2012 ||PJ's Coffee Announces Grand Opening of its First Arkansas Location |
| || PJ’s Coffee is coming to Downtown El Dorado and will have their grand opening on Friday, September 14, at 10:00 a.m. The new location will be in the corner retail space of the Armstrong Building located at Main and Washington.
|8/22/2012 ||Photography Contest Part of SouthArk Outdoor Expo |
| ||Cash prizes will be awarded in four different categories plus best of
show in the SouthArk Outdoor Expo Photograph Contest on Sept. 8.
|4/4/2012 ||Parkers Chapel Ranks Second Statewide |
| || Parkers
Chapel ranked second in the state when the school’s test scores for all
students were taken into account.|
|7/23/2012 ||Panel Discussion to Follow Showdown at Sunset |
| ||Howie Klausner, screenwriter
from Nashville, Tennessee will be leading a panel discussion following Showdown at Sunset on Saturday, July 28. Special
guests will be Daniel Parnell and his brother Chuck Parnell, visiting from
California as well as former Governor Jim Guy Tucker. |
|3/14/2012 ||Paint the Town Green Saturday, March 17 |
| ||St. Patrick’s Day is Saturday and Main Street El Dorado is gearing up
for its annual celebration that will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the Union
|4/4/2012 ||OUACHITA RIVER PUBLIC MEETING: Proposed Lock & Dam Operations Reductions |
| ||The Corps of Engineers will hold a public meeting in El
Dorado at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10, at the Municipal Auditorium to hear from
constituents about the Vicksburg District's plans to reduce the operations
of all four locks from full service (24/7/365) to two shifts daily in July
2012, and in 2013 could further reduce the services at the two Arkansas locks
to weekend and holiday operations only. |
|6/13/2012 ||Oil Town Festival Begins Thursday |
Smackover is expected to swell with more than 20,000 people this week
during the 41st annual Oil Town Festival, to be held Thursday through
|10/7/2012 ||New Training Unit Arrives in El Dorado |
| ||A massive hands-on training unit, signifying a city investment of
$300,000 through the El Dorado economic development tax, was wheeled
into El Dorado recently and came to rest at South Arkansas Community
|3/29/2012 ||New Tech Program Set for EHS Freshmen |
| ||Between 100 and 120 El Dorado School
District students who will be freshmen during the 2012-13 school year will have
the opportunity to be the first students to participate in a New Tech Network
|8/21/2012 ||New Events Planned for SouthArk Outdoor Expo |
| ||With the inclusion of a 5K run/walk to honor those killed on 9-11 and
nearly $90,000 in corporate sponsorships thus far, it’ll be a year of
firsts for the SouthArk Outdoor Expo, set for Sept. 8, representatives
of the various sectors involved told the El Dorado Rotary Club on
|6/21/2012 ||MusicFest XXV Headliners Announced |
| ||The audience who gathered Wednesday at the Rialto Theater erupted
several times with cheers, whistles, claps and whoops as the headliners
for MusicFest XXV, set for Oct. 5 and 6, were announced via a video
presentation on the big screen.
|3/17/2012 ||MusicFest Named Festival of the Year For the Third Time in Four Years |
| ||The 25th anniversary celebration of MusicFest just keeps getting better. For
the third time in four years, MusicFest El Dorado has been
recognized as the Festival of the Year in Arkansas, becoming the first festival to achieve a three-peat in that category of the
ALFiE (Arkansans Love Festivals and Events) Awards.
|9/24/2012 ||MusicFest 25 Returns October 5-6 |
2007 and 2009 and most recent 2011 Arkansas Festival of
the Year, MusicFest 25 returns to Downtown El Dorado for
amazing 25th anniversary celebration. Two days, four stages
and more than 30 musical acts featuring Jake Owen, MC
Hammer, Vanilla Ice, Parmalee, Frank Foster, Steven Cooper
and many more performing at South Arkansas’ largest outdoor music
|4/25/2012 ||Museum of Natural Resources Opens Traveling Dinosaur Exhibit |
| ||The Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources has announced the arrival of a
new, customized traveling exhibit titled, "Dinosaur Discoveries: Ancient
Fossils, New Ideas.”|
|3/13/2012 ||Museum of Natural Resources Announces Spring Break Activities |
| ||The Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources announces Spring Break activities at the museum on Saturday, March 17, and March 21.
|1/9/2013 ||Murphy Oil USA, Inc. Gets New President & CEO |
| ||Murphy Oil Corp. has announced the appointment of R. Andrew Clyde, formerly of El
Dorado, as president and chief executive officer of Murphy Oil USA,
Inc., the U.S. retail marketing subsidiary of Murphy Oil Corp. |
|10/16/2012||Murphy Oil Corporation Announces Plan to Separate U.S. Downstream Business into Independent Company and Authorization of a $2.50 Per Share Special Dividend and $1 Billion Share Buyback Program |
| ||Murphy Oil Corporation (NYSE:MUR) ("Murphy”) announced that its Board of
Directors has approved a plan to spin off to its stockholders its U.S.
downstream subsidiary, Murphy Oil USA, Inc. ("Murphy USA”), into an
independent and separately traded company, and has also authorized a
special dividend of $2.50 per share for a total dividend of
approximately $500 million and a share buyback program of up to $1
billion of the company’s shares of common stock. Murphy also reaffirmed
the plan to divest the U.K. downstream operations and stated that it is
continuing to review possible options with respect to selected assets.
|6/20/2012 ||Murphy Oil Corporation Announces Executive Management Changes |
| ||The Board of Directors of Murphy Oil
Corporation (NYSE: MUR) ("Murphy”) today announced the appointment of
Steve Cossé as President and Chief Executive Officer, effectively
|8/7/2012 ||Murphy Education Foundation Honors Local Students |
One hundred forty-nine El Dorado High School students received awards from the
Murphy Education Foundation during an awards ceremony held Thursday night at
|4/25/2012 ||Motorcycles, Kentucky Headhunters, Swamp People, Frogs and More at Bugs, Bands & Bikes Weekend |
| ||Main Street El Dorado, Murphy USA and El
Dorado Festivals & Events are proud to present its annual Bugs,
Bands & Bikes Weekend Friday and Saturday, May 11 and 12 in the
Union Square Entertainment District in historic, Downtown El Dorado.
Over the years, the annual event has become the region’s largest
Motorcycle themed event filled with hundreds of bikes, the best in live
music and the region’s best crawfish.
|5/1/2012 ||MCSA Receives Award |
Center of South Arkansas has earned a Quality Sustainability Award in the
Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care’s annual Quality Awards program.
|10/15/2012||MCSA Announces New Certification |
| ||The Medical Center of South Arkansas announced the certification of its cardiovascular rehabilitation program by the American
Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, according to
a release from the hospital.
|4/15/2012 ||Mayhaw Festival will Feature Bluegrass Music |
| ||The South Arkansas Historical Foundation has announced that the 2012
Mayhaw Festival will feature an excellent selection of Bluegrass music.
|4/19/2013 ||Mayhaw Festival Announces Music Lineup |
| ||The South Arkansas Historical
Foundation is pleased to announce that the 2013 Mayhaw Festival will once again
feature an excellent selection of live music. The 2013 title sponsor for the festival is First Financial Bank. The Mayhaw Festival music can be heard May 3 and May 4.|
|5/4/2012 ||May 8 Is Tourism Day |
El Dorado Advertising & Promotion Commission will host a National
Tourism Week Celebration on Tuesday, May 8, at the Arkansas Welcome
Center at 11:00 a.m. The event is open to the public and is being
sponsored by AT&T and The Real Yellow Pages. |
|5/31/2012 ||Mattocks Park Pool Now Open |
city’s only public swimming pool marked its traditional summer opening
with a splash on Memorial Day and will remain open until Labor Day.
|2/9/2012 ||March Madness Is Coming to Union County for the 6A State Basketball Tournament |
teams from 11 different cities will travel to El Dorado for the 6A
State Basketball Tournament. The tournament will run from February 28
through March 3, 2012.
|8/14/2012 ||Making a Local Impact: Lion Oil's Steve Cousins Speaks to Rotary |
Oil Refinery Manager Steve Cousins gave a brief history of Lion Oil’s
impact in South Arkansas and a presentation of its parent company Delek
U.S. Holdings when he spoke at the Rotary Club meeting Monday.
|9/21/2012 ||Main Street Cash Mob to Strike Again Sept. 27 |
| || It is time for the Main Street Cash Mob to strike again. Please make
plans to take part Thursday, September 27, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Main
Street El Dorado will let you know the business the mob will be hitting
on Wednesday, September 26.
|8/15/2012 ||Main Street Cash Mob Hits August 16 |
| || The very first Main Street Cash Mob will hit downtown August 16. The instructions thus far are to arrive at Corrine Court (between
KTVE and House of Wylie) between the hours of 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Upon arrival, you will be
informed on which business the Cash Mob is hitting.
|3/23/2012 ||Local House Under Review for National Register of Historic Places |
| ||The Randolph James House in El Dorado is one of nine Arkansas properties
being considered for nomination to the National Register of Historic
|4/10/2012 ||Life Touch Hospice Prepares for Nation Healthcare Decisions Day |
| ||Life Touch Hospice, along with other national, state and community
organizations, is leading an effort to highlight the importance of
advance healthcare decision-making - an effort that has culminated in
the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day
|7/6/2012 ||Kay Smith Promoted to Director of Member Services |
| ||The El Dorado Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Kay Smith
has been promoted to director of member services.
|10/2/2012 ||Ireland Visits El Dorado for One Night Only |
| ||The Brock McGuire Band, voted the traditional Irish band of the decade by the Irish American News,
returns to the South Arkansas Arts Center’s Callaway Theater, during
their USA tour, for a one night only concert on Tuesday, October 9 at 7:30 p.m.
|2/5/2012 ||Holding a Mirror to Society: Leadership Union County's First Class Explores Dynamics of Society Through Simulated Experience |
| ||On Jan. 11, the Chamber
announced the inaugural class of Leadership Union County, a project designed to
identify, develop and promote the future leaders of the community.
|10/26/2012||Historical Foundation Hosts Keeping History Alive Banquet |
| ||The South Arkansas Historical Foundation (SAHF) and the Preservation
Society are proud to announce the addition of some important news to the
Newton House Museum Facebook page and web site. The address of the SAHF
web site is www.soarkhistory.com. A link to the Newton House Museum Facebook page is found on the homepage of the website.
|10/20/2012||Health Unit to Host Area Drive-Through Flu Clinic |
influenza activity likely to increase in the upcoming months, the
Arkansas Department of Health will host a drive-through flu vaccination
clinic from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Union County Fairgrounds.
|1/15/2013 ||Grammy Award-Winning Travis Tritt Returning to El Dorado January 30 |
| ||Main Street El Dorado and El Dorado Chemical are proud to present "An
Evening with Travis Tritt” on Wednesday, January 30, at the El Dorado
Municipal Auditorium (100 W 8th). The concert begins at 7:30 p.m., with
doors opening at 6:30 p.m.|
|9/5/2012 ||Governor Beebe Offers Accolades to EHS Students |
| ||Emphasizing that education is the number one priority in the state of
Arkansas, Governor Mike Beebe told El Dorado students Tuesday he is
"very proud” of their outstanding achievements on Advanced Placement
|10/4/2012 ||Gov. Beebe Pleased with Union County Update |
| ||Gov. Mike Beebe got informative updates Wednesday on the economic
outlook of El Dorado and Union County, and apparently, he liked what he
|4/27/2012 ||GLAMS Conference Coming Back to El Dorado |
| ||Area eighth-grade girls will have an opportunity to take part in the
GLAMS: Girls Learning About Math and Science conference on May 15 at
South Arkansas Community College.|
|5/16/2012 ||GLAMS Conference Combines Fun, Math and Science |
| || Approximately 170 eighth-grade girls attended the
second annual Girls Learning About Math and Science conference held Tuesday
at South Arkansas Community College.
|11/7/2012 ||Free Enterprise Day at SouthArk |
| ||The Sigma Epsilon Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda at South Arkansas Community College is hosting a Free Enterprise Day seminar at 11:00 a.m. on Nov. 14 in the SouthArk Library Auditorium. |
|6/19/2012 ||Fourth of July Fireworks Show |
| || July
4, 2012, will mark the 32nd year that the El Dorado Chamber of
Commerce has lit up the sky over Union County with a brilliant
fireworks display. Fireworks will be shot off from the Union County
Fairgrounds at approximately 8:30 p.m.
|2/29/2012 ||Forestry Expert to Speak at Preservation Society Meeting |
| ||The Preservation Society
of the South Arkansas Historical Foundation (SAHF) is pleased to
announce that Dr. Don Bragg of the USDA Forest Service will make a
presentation to the Preservation Society.
|2/14/2012 ||First Financial to Give Nonprofit Award at Chamber Banquet |
| ||First Financial Bank will once again recognize the important work being
done by nonprofit organizations in our community. The FFB Nonprofit Excellence Award will be presented during the
El Dorado Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting, scheduled to be held on
March 29 at the El Dorado Golf and Country Club. |
|11/2/2012 ||First Financial Bank Donates $60,000 to Project |
| || First Financial Bank has donated $60,000 to help fund the construction of Heritage Plaza, a proposed beautification project at South Arkansas Community College.|
|12/26/2012||Fireworks Set for New Year's Eve |
| ||El Dorado will ring in the new year with a fireworks display on Monday,
December 31, at 6:00 p.m. at the Union County Fairgrounds.|
|6/28/2012 ||Fireworks Rescheduled Due to Burn Ban |
| ||Due to the burn ban currently in effect in Union County,
the fireworks show scheduled for Wednesday, July 4, will be rescheduled for New
Year’s Eve. The decision was made after consulting with the El Dorado Fire
Department, Union County Judge Mike Loftin and the Arkansas Forestry
Commission. The hot, dry weather conditions are not expected to change between
now and Wednesday night.
|2/4/2013 ||FFB to Recognize Nonprofits |
First Financial Bank Nonprofit Excellence Award will be presented during the Chamber of
Commerce’s annual meeting, scheduled to be held on April 2 at the El
Dorado Conference Center. This is the fifth year First Financial has
presented this award.|
|3/27/2012 ||Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge Hosts First Frog Giggin’ Tournament |
| ||Crossett Harbor in Felsenthal National Wildlife
Refuge will be the site of Riverbank Products’ first Frog Giggin’ Tournament on
|3/11/2012 ||Events Planned at Moro Bay State Park |
| ||Several events have been planned to be held at Moro Bay State Park March
16 and 17.
|11/26/2012||Entry Deadline Extended for El Dorado Christmas Parade |
| || The entry deadline for the El Dorado Christmas Parade presented by Union Power Partners has
been extended to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 29.
|3/4/2013 ||Entrepreneur Conference and Gone in 60 Seconds Coming to El Dorado |
| ||Several business and education organizations are joining forces to
present the 2013 Entrepreneur Conference and Gone in 60 Seconds Event in
April, geared to inspire small business leaders.|
|12/19/2012||El Dorado Wins Arkansas Business City of Distinction Awards for Workforce Development and Tourism |
| ||El Dorado
has earned two City of Distinction
Awards from Arkansas Business, winning for Workforce
Development Under 20K and Tourism Under 20K.|
|12/12/2012||El Dorado Wins Arkansas Business City of Distinction Award for Workforce Development |
Workforce development is a priority in El Dorado. The town of 18,000 or so remains a regional hub in south Arkansas,
and an impressive collection of civic organizations has pulled together
to create a comprehensive list of programs designed to meet the needs of
the area’s biggest employers.
|12/12/2012||El Dorado Wins Arkansas Business City of Distinction Award for Tourism |
| || El Dorado began looking forward, rebranded itself, and became
arguably the festival destination of the region. Its effort to bolster
tourism with the development of a downtown entertainment district has
earned it a 2012 Arkansas Business City of Distinction award.|
|8/23/2012 ||El Dorado Welcomes New Downtown Coffee House |
| ||Nearly two years after his purchase of downtown El
Dorado’s historic Armstrong Building, Virginia-based real estate
developer Pete Dunn announced the rapidly-approaching opening of PJ’s
Coffee in September via an emailed release.
|2/27/2012 ||El Dorado Trivia Challenge Set for March 15 |
| ||At 6:30 p.m. on March 15, teams made up of staff from local companies
will gather at the South Arkansas Arts Center to participate in a battle
of wits at "retro trivia” by attempting to answer question from the
70s, 80s and 90s.
|3/15/2012 ||El Dorado Trivia Challenge is Tonight! |
| ||The Trivia Challenge is a
fun-filled evening with teams of community leaders competing for the
trivia contest top award. The challenge is going retro this year and
will feature questions from the 70s, 80s and 90s.
|2/3/2012 ||El Dorado Promise Shows Promising Results |
| || Test scores are rising,
graduation rates are improving and enrollment is growing in the El Dorado Public School District, which received a $50 million private pledge to
give students college tuition.
|1/20/2013 ||El Dorado Promise Impacts Test Scores |
| ||Six years after the El Dorado Promise scholarship program was introduced
to the students of the El Dorado School District, the program’s impact
on student success continues to impress. According the latest El Dorado
Promise report released last week, an independent study conducted by the
Office of Education Policy at the University of Arkansas (UA-OEP) found
that El Dorado junior high students’ test scores were higher than
those of similar students in other South Arkansas school districts.|
|3/4/2013 ||El Dorado Promise Expands Student Eligibility |
| ||El Dorado
Promise, Inc. announced its intention to broaden student eligibility for the El
Dorado Promise Scholarship program by removing the requirement for El Dorado
Public School students to reside in the district in order to receive the
|2/15/2012 ||El Dorado Parks and Playgrounds Receive $500K |
| ||The El Dorado Economic
Development Board compromised to half a million dollars in economic
development funding for the El Dorado Parks and Playgrounds Commission
to begin improvements at some of the city’s recreational facilities.
|2/6/2013 ||El Dorado Insider's Guide Wants to Feature You |
| ||El Dorado Insider’s Guide, a new city magazine featuring the
events, individuals and businesses that make our city unique, is
launching this April. The first issue features April, May and June
events, and we need your event information. To be considered for
inclusion in this historic first issue, you must submit your event to
the Community Calendar at goeldorado.com/events by March 1, 2013.
|2/13/2013 ||El Dorado Insider's Guide to Launch in April |
| ||Don Hale, President of the Diamond
Agency, a marketing and publishing firm based in El Dorado, Arkansas, has
announced the introduction of a new city magazine, El Dorado Insider’s Guide. This glossy, four-color magazine will
promote the city, its events, businesses and personalities to locals, newcomers
|9/14/2012 ||El Dorado High School to Host Rachel's Challenge Program |
| ||An hour out of the regular class schedule could spawn a lifetime’s worth
of change for students and educators, as well as the communities they
touch over the course of their lives. Such is the potential impact of
the Rachel’s Challenge student assembly that will take place on
September 18, 2012.
|3/14/2013 ||El Dorado Festivals & Events Hosting Mayhaw Jelly Contest |
| ||El Dorado Festivals & Events, Inc. is hosting a Homemade Mayhaw
Jelly Contest in conjunction with the South Arkansas Historical
Foundation’s 21st Annual Mayhaw Festival.|
|3/7/2012 ||El Dorado Enters Its Second Act |
| ||This article by El Dorado's Don Hale examines El Dorado's rebranding as a Festival City.
|5/15/2013 ||El Dorado Downtown Named a Top Ten Business District |
| || Southern
Business & Development (SB&D)
magazine and its companion website, SB-D.com, listed El Dorado
as one of the "Ten Wonderful Small Town Central Business Districts in the South”
in a recent issue.
|5/3/2013 ||El Dorado Conference Center Named One of Four National Design Winners |
| || The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) in Chicago has
announced that Polk Stanley Wilcox Architect’s design of the El Dorado
Conference Center in El Dorado, Arkansas has been honored with the
highest recognition possible, a National Award, in its prestigious
|10/30/2012||El Dorado Christmas Parade Brings "Tales from the North Pole" to Life |
| ||Participants of the 2012 El Dorado Christmas Parade presented by Union
Power Partners will bring their favorite book, movie or Christmas story
to life on Thursday, Dec., 6, beginning at 7:00 p.m. This year’s theme
is "Tales from the North Pole.”
|12/4/2012 ||El Dorado Christmas Parade Air Dates |
| ||Immanuel Baptist Church has teamed with Suddenlink
Communications to bring the El Dorado Christmas Parade presented by Union Power Partners online and on your TV.
The parade will air on Immanuel Baptist’s KCIB-LD TV 5.1, Suddenlink cable
channel 14, at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 15 and 22. It will also air on Monday,
December 24, at 9:00 a.m. and Tuesday, December 25, at 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and
|2/20/2013 ||El Dorado Chamber of Commerce Announces Leadership Union County Class 2 |
| ||A group of emerging future leaders of Union County
have been selected for Class 2 of Leadership Union County. The 10-month program
of the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce begins Feb. 27 and is designed to develop
leadership through community interaction, teamwork, networking and hands-on
|5/17/2012 ||EHS to Be Featured at San Antonio Conference |
The National Math and Science Initiative chose El Dorado High School to
feature in a video that will be presented in June during the national
conference of the National Society of Engineering Educators. The
conference will be held in San Antonio, according to Rena Pederson,
director of communication for NMSI.
|3/29/2012 ||EHS Arkansas Scholars Honored |
| || On Wednesday, March 28, 180 students
who have met the criteria for the Arkansas Scholars program at the El Dorado High School were honored as Arkansas Scholars at
an event sponsored by the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce, El Dorado High School,
El Dorado Education Foundation and Union County Community Foundation. The
number of students qualified for Arkansas Scholars program has increased from
2011 to 2012.
|3/27/2012 ||EEF Works to Create a Local Theater Company |
Dorado Festivals and Events, Inc. is aiming to create a nationally
recognized theater company in El Dorado to help rebrand the city and
turn it into "The Festival City” of the South.
|6/14/2012 ||Economic Outlook Luncheon Focused on Prosperity |
holistic approach to the county’s economic concerns was the recurring
sentiment expressed Wednesday at the El Dorado Conference Center by the
procession of speakers who addressed the Economic Outlook Luncheon
hosted by the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by First Financial Bank.
|6/10/2012 ||Economic Outlook Luncheon |
| ||On June 13, the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce is holding its first ever
Economic Outlook Luncheon, sponsored by First Financial Bank, during
which representatives from each community in Union County will have the
opportunity to give a status update.
|12/13/2012||DRA Helps Launch New El Dorado Small Business and Jobs Accelerator |
Small businesses in El Dorado and across South Arkansas will receive a
major investment in resources, Delta Regional Authority Federal
Co-Chairman Chris Masingill today announced. The investment will help
launch the El Dorado Incubator Environment business accelerator – a
powerful new tool to help create jobs across the state.
|9/5/2012 ||Dr. Jeff Miller to Speak to Preservation Society |
| ||The Preservation Society
of the South Arkansas Historical Foundation (SAHF) is pleased to
announce that Professor Jeff Miller, Ph.D., chair of the SAU Agriculture
Department, will make a presentation to the Preservation Society that is
free and open to the public.
|8/28/2012 ||COVER Program to Announce Hotel Vacancies for Evacuees |
| ||The Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism has activated the COVER
program, due to potential evacuation of the Gulf Coast by Tropical Storm
|10/26/2012||Cousteau Lecture on November 8 |
| ||The seventh annual Lecture Series at South Arkansas Community College
will continue with oceanographer Fabien Cousteau in The Great Ocean
Adventure at 7:00 p.m. on November 8 at the El Dorado Conference Center.
|12/13/2012||County Leaders Discuss Economy |
| ||If infrastructure underpins economic vitality, then amenities engender a quality of life that spurs prosperity. That
hand-in-glove relationship was discussed Wednesday during the El Dorado
Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Outlook Luncheon at the Museum of
Natural Resources in Smackover. |
|8/16/2012 ||Cosi fan Tutte Coming September 24 |
| ||The Muses Creative Artistry Project, a non-profit arts organization
designed to promote music, art, creativity and wellness will perform the
Mozart opera Cosi Fan Tutte, or "Women are Like That;” a surprisingly modern, insightful, and comedic tale about love, seduction, deception and fidelity. |
|6/12/2012 ||Coach Al "Butch" Miller to be Inducted to El Dorado Boys and Girls Club Hall of Fame |
| || Al Miller
joins a distinguished group in the El Dorado Boys and Girls Club Alumni Association at
6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10, in Murphy Hall at the El Dorado Conference Center. |
|3/12/2013 ||CNN Article Lists El Dorado Among the Best Small Town Comebacks |
| ||In a story posted Monday on CNN.com, El Dorado was
ranked with seven other small towns across the nation for its "heart and
hard work of historic rebound" and lauded for having recouped its
reputation as "the pride of South Arkansas."|
|10/15/2012||Cloud 9 Names Editor |
| ||Laura Allen has been named Managing Editor of Cloud 9 magazine.
According to Don Hale, publisher of the SeaPort Airline in-flight
magazine, Allen will handle the day-to-day operations of the new
magazine, as well as write feature articles.
|4/16/2012 ||Clinton to Speak at EHS Academic Signing Day Tomorrow |
| || Former President William J. Clinton of Arkansas, the 42nd president of
the United States, will be the guest speaker for the sixth annual
Academic Signing Day for El Dorado High School seniors – recipients of
the El Dorado Promise scholarship program – at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, at
Wildcat Arena at the new EHS.
|4/18/2012 ||Clinton Praises El Dorado Promise |
| ||Increasing college enrollment and graduation from an institute of higher
learning are the "keys to economic recovery,” President Bill Clinton
told members of the 2012 El Dorado High School graduating class during
the Sixth Annual Academic Signing Day on Tuesday.
|11/4/2012 ||Clementine Hunter's Story to be Presented at Banquet |
| ||Tom Whitehead, a retired journalism professor from
Northwestern State University in Louisiana, will lecture on the "Story
of Clementine Hunter, Her Plantation Life and Her Historical Primitive
Art,” during the South Arkansas Historical Foundation’s Keeping History
Alive Banquet at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 13 at the El Dorado Golf and Country
|2/14/2013 ||Clean Harbors Expansion Will Add Jobs |
| ||Clean Harbors announced an expansion Wednesday during the El Dorado
Chamber of Commerce Economic Outlook Luncheon at the El Dorado Golf and
|10/27/2012||Civil War History Lecture at SouthArk |
| ||Civil War expert and published author Dr. Gary Joiner will deliver the
lecture "The Camden Expedition and Its Role in the Red River Campaign of
1864” at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 1 at the South Arkansas Community College
Library Auditorium, part of an ongoing series of history lectures
co-sponsored by the college and the South Arkansas Historical
|10/20/2012||Chamber President Excites at Council Meeting |
Dorado city aldermen wanted to know how the El Dorado Chamber of
Commerce is representing the city’s economic development interests, and
the chamber’s president and chief executive officer let them know
exactly that during a presentation Thursday that drew a round of
applause from the audience.
|3/15/2012 ||Chamber Opposes Natural Gas Severance Tax Act |
| ||The El Dorado Chamber of Commerce approved
a resolution to oppose the passage of the Natural Gas Severance Tax Act
|9/14/2012 ||Chamber of Commerce to Host Two Candidate Forums |
| ||Union County voters have an opportunity to learn more about the
candidates running for office during two Candidate Forums. Both moderated
forums will be held at the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce
|7/12/2012 ||Chamber of Commerce Officials Pass Resolution in Support of Road Funding |
| ||Madison Murphy,
chairman of the state highway commission, won the support Wednesday of
the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce during its monthly meeting. Its board
of directors adopted a resolution to support the amendment, joining the
Move Arkansas Forward campaign to raise money and awareness for the
proposed sales tax increase.
|3/20/2013 ||Chamber of Commerce Now Taking Applications for the Administrative Professional of the Year Award |
| ||The El Dorado Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the Administrative Professional of the Year Award, which will be given at the Chamber’s annual Administrative Professionals Appreciation Luncheon on April 24 at the El Dorado Conference Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.|
|4/12/2012 ||Chamber Launches Internship Campaign |
| ||Kicking off the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce internship campaign, Chamber President and CEO Henry Florsheim encouraged local businesses to
contact his office on possible position openings
|4/11/2013 ||Chamber Heralds Festival Season |
| ||The El Dorado Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors heralded the
arrival of the festival and event season Wednesday during its monthly
board of directors meeting.|
|3/18/2013 ||Chamber Annual Banquet to Feature U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton as Speaker |
| || U.S. Representative Tom Cotton will be the keynote speaker at the El
Dorado Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet on April 2 at
the El Dorado Conference Center.
|4/16/2013 ||Chamber Announces Three Finalists for Administrative Professional of the Year |
| ||Three finalists have
been selected for the first Administrative Professional of the Year Award,
which will be presented by the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce at the upcoming
Administrative Professionals Appreciation Luncheon on April 24 at the El Dorado
Conference Center. The three finalists are: Ronda Jolley with South Arkansas
Otolaryngology – Dr. Richard C. Pillsbury; Rhonda Q. Jones with Cross Oil
Refining and Marketing; and Susan Jordan with South Arkansas
|11/30/2012||Chamber Announces Parade Grand Marshals and Banner Carriers |
| || Students and family members from around Union County filled the Charles
H. Murphy boardroom of the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce on Thursday to
hear the announcement of the winners of an annual essay contest to
determine who will lead the 2012 El Dorado Christmas Parade presented by Union Power Partners.
|1/18/2013 ||Chamber Accepting Applications for Leadership Union County Class 2 |
| ||The El
Dorado Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for Leadership Union
County Class 2. The 10-month program, which begins Feb 27, is designed to
strengthen the community by developing leadership through community
interaction, teamwork, networking and hands-on experiences.
|11/2/2012 ||CEO Touts MCSA's Commitment to Quality Services |
| ||With the same enthusiasm he had when he arrived in El Dorado a year ago, Kyle Swift, chief executive officer at the Medical Center of South Arkansas, spoke to the Civitan Club about the hospital’s continued effort to provide the best quality care to the people of El Dorado and the surrounding area during the club’s meeting Thursday at Immanuel Baptist Church.|
|1/3/2013 ||Carroll Invested as Circuit Court Judge |
| ||After serving two terms as prosecuting attorney for the 13th Judicial District, Robin J. Carroll on Wednesday became the first
elected prosecutor to become a circuit judge in the district in 40 years
and the second youngest elected judge in Arkansas.|
|4/4/2013 ||Bugs, Bands & Bikes Set for May 10 and 11 |
| ||Southern Bancorp and Main Street El Dorado will host its annual Bugs,
Bands & Bikes Weekend on May 10 and 11 in historic downtown El
Dorado. The festival, which was recently featured on CNN, is celebrating
its 13th anniversary with a weekend filled with mudbugs, music and
|4/12/2012 ||Bugs Bands & Bikes Schedules Additional Events |
list of activities continues to grow for the 2012 Bugs Bands and Bikes
Festival, which is set for May 11 and 12 in Union Square District,
downtown El Dorado.
|2/4/2012 ||Boys & Girls Club Reveals New Gym |
| ||Members and staff at the Boys & Girls Club of El Dorado were full of
excitement Friday as they cut the ribbon on the new Southeast Unit
David A. Wetherington Gymnasium.
|4/5/2012 ||Beebe Announces Opposition to Severance Tax Proposal |
| ||After initially suggesting he would favor an increase in the
severance tax, Gov. Mike Beebe now says he probably won’t vote for it
should it appear on the ballot in November out of concern that it will
stunt the development of oil and gas fields in southern Arkansas.
|2/15/2013 ||Award-Winning Classical Guitarist to Perform at SAAC |
| ||Award-winning classical guitarist Peter Fletcher will perform a diverse
program of music ranging from four centuries when he makes a return
visit to the South Arkansas Arts Center at 7:00 p.m. on Feb. 23.|
|8/21/2012 ||Atwoods Opening in El Dorado |
| ||Ten years after K-Mart declared bankruptcy
and was forced to permanently shut the doors to its El Dorado facility,
the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce announced on Monday the addition of
an Atwoods to fill the vacant space early next year.
|3/22/2012 ||Athletic Director Offers Thanks for Basketball Tournament Success |
| ||Phillip Lansdell, athletic director El Dorado Public Schools, thanks the community for a successful 2012 6A State Basketball Tournament.
|3/21/2012 ||ASHC Discusses Local Improvements |
| ||El Dorado and South Arkansas should see hundreds of millions of dollars
in improvement projects along several of its highways over the next few
years, members of the Arkansas State Highway Commission and the Arkansas
Highways and Transportation Department staff told a crowd Tuesday.
|7/6/2012 ||Arkansas State Chamber/AIA Announces Leadership Arkansas Class VI Graduates |
| ||Henry Florsheim,
president and CEO of the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce, and Magen Olive, a
business analyst with Murphy Oil USA, Inc., recently became a graduate of the
Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Arkansas Class VI.
|3/13/2012 ||Arkansas South Tourism Grew in 2011 |
| ||Arkansas’ South total travel
expenditures increased by 4.4 percent over 2010, to a record
|5/1/2012 ||Arkansas Chamber of Commerce Accepting Applications for Leadership Class |
| ||The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce Leadership
Arkansas program has begun taking applications for Class VII. The mission of
the Arkansas State Chamber's Leadership Arkansas program is to
challenge, inform, inspire and engage current and future business
leaders to enhance the economy of the state of Arkansas.
|3/15/2012 ||Area Elementary Students Receive Digital Books Through ACORE Grant |
| ||Both Strong and El Dorado elementary students are beneficiaries of the 2012 Arkansas Capstone Online Reading Experience grant.
|3/30/2012 ||AEDC Executive Director Speaks at Chamber's Annual Banquet |
| ||Virtually every Pop Tart distributed across the globe is made in Searcy,
said Arkansas Economic Development Commission Director Grant Tennille
Thursday evening at the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Banquet.
|5/22/2012 ||73 Students Named Arkansas Scholars |
| ||Seventy-three members of the El Dorado High School graduating class of
2012 were recognized as Arkansas Scholars at a reception and awards
ceremony at the South Arkansas Arts Center on Monday, hosted by the
Union County Community Foundation, the El Dorado Education Foundation, El Dorado Chamber of Commerce and the South Arkansas Arts Center.
|9/22/2012 ||38th Annual Junior Livestock Sale Smashes Records |
| ||A 1,360-pound steer set a record this year at the 38th Annual Junior
Livestock Show with a sale of $9 per pound, reaping $12,240 for owner
James Hampton who paraded the massive animal in front of nearly 100
listed buyers early Friday afternoon.
|5/21/2012 ||13th South Judicial District Receives $5,000 Plum Creek Foundation Grant
| ||The 13th South Judicial District Court Appointed Special
Advocates program, a non-profit organization providing a voice to children in
the juvenile justice system, was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Plum Creek
Foundation. Funds will support the program’s child advocacy project in Union County.
|10/19/2012||"Woman in Black" Grand Premiere October 21 |
as a play within a play, directed by Austin Burrow, El Dorado native
William Ragsdale tackles the improbable task of acting out seven
distinct charters in "The Woman In Black.”
|9/7/2012 ||"The Woman in Black" Brings Actor William Ragsdale Home |
| || El Dorado Festivals & Events and Southern Theatre Festival
announce an exciting collaboration with actor William Ragsdale. Ragsdale
will be starring in STF’s upcoming production of The Woman in Black.
|8/30/2012 ||"The Woman in Black" Auditions Open Tuesday |
| ||El Dorado Festival and Events and the Southern Theatre Festival of El
Dorado will be holding auditions at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at the
South Arkansas Arts Center, 110 E. Fifth., for women over the age of
|12/4/2012 ||"Irving Berlin's White Christmas Continues at SAAC This Weekend |
| ||This weekend, the South Arkansas Arts Center
continues to entertain and delight audiences young and old with the 2012
Holiday production of "Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.” The new
musical has been playing to sold out crowds and will continue its run
on Friday, December 7, with a special performance honoring the
courageous men and women of the United States military. |
|4/19/2012 ||"An Evening with the Stars" to Honor SouthArk Friends |
| ||A dance, dinner and cocktails and an auction will be among the
festivities as the South Arkansas Community College Foundation hosts An
Evening With the Stars, honoring Friends of the College, Distinguished
Alumni and Outstanding Employees beginning at 6:30 p.m. on April 28 at
the El Dorado Conference Center.