El Dorado

9:58am

Wed December 3, 2014
Local

El Dorado toasts librarian for 40 years of promoting literacy in Union County

Librarian Nancy Arn treasures story time at Barton Library, on this day selecting Eric Carle's "A House for Hermit Crab" to engage her young audience.
Credit El Dorado News-Times

Public radio listeners love their librarians. Therefore, this story hits a nerve. The librarian of Barton Library in El Dorado for the past 40 years, Nancy Arn, is retiring.

While Arn was stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, she worked in the aeronautical library. There, she realized she wanted to get her master’s degree in library science. It was the dawn of computers.

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9:22am

Fri December 13, 2013
Local

'Meet me at the Court' takes off in El Dorado neighborhood

An El Dorado, Ark., woman has launched a neighborhood motivational speaker series that is held on a basketball court. The idea for “Meet Me at the Court” came to Veronica "Tonni" Bailey in a dream when her late sister told her to look after the children who live in El Dorado’s St. Louis neighborhood. Bailey said she decided to start a program in the precise location where children congregate.

“That basketball court is always full of children," Bailey said. "I wanted an environment where I knew the kids would love to come to, and where I would be able to find them."

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9:14am

Mon December 9, 2013
Science

El Dorado conservationist to be inducted into Hall of Fame

The heavy industrial users of groundwater switched to surface water from the Ouachita River in an effort to keep the Sparta Aquifer a viable source of drinking water for generations to come.

Arkansas’ Conservation Hall of Fame will honor an El Dorado man Tuesday evening for his long commitment to recharging the Sparta Aquifer, the sole source of drinking water for a number of municipalities in South Arkansas and North Louisiana. 

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9:43am

Mon July 29, 2013
Local

South Arkansas water solution draws attention of MIT scientists

MIT civil engineering graduate Rob Sowby evaluates sand structures from a Sparta Aquifer outcrop north of Camden, Ark.
Credit Sherrel Johnson

A new graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology wrote an article in the new issue of a newsletter for civil engineers that demonstrates how Union County, Arkansas, found a solution to the rapidly declining Sparta Aquifer. It’s a success story that’s now 16 years in the making.

Robert Sowby, a fellow graduate student and his adviser traveled to El Dorado earlier this year to examine the Sparta Aquifer. Sowby was impressed to learn how residents, local industries, and government all pulled together to find a solution to the rapidly depleting water supply.

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9:51am

Thu July 25, 2013
Politics

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor disheartened by farm bill status

The U.S. Senate and House have two dramatically different versions of a federal farm bill, and that comes as a disappointment to U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas. The Democrat backed a bipartisan Senate version passed last month. Pryor said he feels pressure from lobbies that oppose the farm bill and are trying to divide the Arkansas delegation.

“Farming is far and away our No. 1 industry in Arkansas," Pryor told Red River Radio in a recent interview. "We don’t need to listen to these outside groups. We need to listen to people from Arkansas, and we need to get this done.”

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