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EL DORADO -- The visual arts committee of the South Arkansas Arts Center invites the public to an artist’s reception for the Annual Juried Art Competition Exhibit, sponsored by Smackover State Bank, from 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday.

The majority of Columbia County is in severe drought status with a very small area in moderate drought status, according to a map released July 5 by the United States Drought Monitor.

EL DORADO -- The South Arkansas Arts Center announces the cast for its summer musical production, "Singin' in the Rain,” sponsored by Murphy USA. The musical will run July 12-15 and 18-22.

The Central Arkansas Development Council Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program begins the week of July 2 and will continue until funds are exhausted.

As part of the annual Arkansas Economic Development Commission Rural Development Conference on Thursday, Gov. Asa Hutchinson presented grants totaling $735,516.23 to 54 Arkansas cities and counties.