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<p>Work is proceeding on the site for the new Auto Zone store that plans to open this spring on Highway 65 in Clinton.</p>

Work is proceeding on the site for the new Auto Zone store that plans to open this spring on Highway 65 in Clinton.

<p>This sign in the trash bin tells the story of the long-vacant lot on Highway 65 in Clinton. An auto parts store will open there this spring.</p>

This sign in the trash bin tells the story of the long-vacant lot on Highway 65 in Clinton. An auto parts store will open there this spring.

The news from the local business community has been gloomy so far this year. Already at least four businesses have closed or announced they will close. Those include two consignment shops and a coffee shop. Sources tell me, though, that by the time you read this there will be some better news on the local job front.

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The news wasn’t good earlier this month for local chicken producers, either, as the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal in New Orleans rejected their appeal in a lawsuit against Pilgrim’s Pride.

The Van Buren County chicken growers sued Pilgrim’s Pride after it closed its plant in Clinton in 2008, claiming that they spent as much as $150,000 each building and upgrading facilities at the urging of the company. The court ruled that any oral commitments by Pilgrim’s Pride representatives were trumped by written contracts.

Previously District Court judges had ruled in favor of the company.

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The Democrat got a phone call last week from a Van Buren County man who wanted to warn others about a scam. He said his wife received some “great news” in the mail telling her a $100 gift card good at Walmart or Target had been reserved in her name and all she had to do was call a toll-free number to cash in on the offer. The caller said the “great news” was actually an attempt to get credit card information.

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County Judge Roger Hooper has signed a proclamation declaring this week Farm Bureau Week, according to Cindy Wilson of the agency’s women’s committee. She said Hooper said he was happy to sign the proclamation in support of the agriculture community.

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Barbara Dunham of Scotland has been awarded a Child Development Associate credential in recognition of outstanding work with young children. The organization said the recognition is bestowed after the candidate is observed working with young children and demonstrate the ability to work with the youngsters in a group setting.

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Doug Davidson of Clinton has been elected secretary of the National Agriculture Aviation Association for 2013. Davidson is a pilot and owner of Davidson Solid Rock Insurance, according to a news release from the NAAA.

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