Here’s the latest from the KMLK News Room…
Delek officials have released a statement regarding a fire Saturday at the El Dorado refinery. It states: Our on-site emergency response team, with the assistance of the El Dorado Fire Department, extinguished the fire. We immediately began to monitor the air quality within the refinery and the community and have detected no adverse impacts. We have accounted for all personnel, and we are deeply saddened that six Delek employees are receiving medical treatment. Our hearts and prayers go out to them and their families during this difficult time. Delek said an investigation into the accident is pending.
The El Dorado Police Department is hoping a monetary reward will lead to information into the disappearance of a young woman who was last seen on November 4. The El Dorado Crime Stoppers, a board which consists of community members, has offered a $3,000 reward for information concerning Ieshia Jackson. Anyone with information can contact the El Dorado Police Department. All information will be kept confidential.
The U.S. is getting a third vaccine to protect against the coronavirus, as the Food and Drug Administration on Saturday cleared a Johnson & Johnson shot that works with just one dose instead of two. Health experts are eagerly awaiting a one-and-done option to help speed vaccinations, as they race against a virus that already has killed more than 510,000 people in the U.S. According to the Arkansas Department of Health, Union County has a 10.8 percent rate of residents who have had at least one vaccine shot. Columbia County has a 10.3 percent rate while Ouachita County has a 13.6 percent rate.
A bill that will remove sworn statements as a way of casting a provisional ballot in Arkansas has been passed by the Arkansas Senate. Sen. Trent Garner of El Dorado spoke in favor of the bill, stating that it closed a loophole in the voting process that caused “confusion and anarchy” in elections. He said there is a process where the people of Arkansas can get a free ID to go vote if needed.