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The U.S. Senate has approved renaming the Post Office in Little Rock in honor of former Gov. Sid McMath. The request, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, asked for the change to honor McMath’s legacy. McMath was a Marine during World War II. He served as governor of Arkansas from 1949-53, and served in the Marine Corps Reserve, rising to the rank of major general. He died in 2003 at the age of 91. The Post Office’s official name will be the Sidney “Sid” Sanders McMath Post Office Building.


Jan. 3 is the date for the organizational meeting of the Van Buren County Quorum Court. New justices of the peace will be taking their seats. They are: Gary Linn, James Reid, Robert “Bogie” Bramlett and Chuck Willard. They will join incumbent JPs Dell Holt, Dale James, Richard Collins Jr., James Kirkendoll and Randy Story. Presiding over the Quorum Court will be County Judge Roger Hooper. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at the Courthouse Annex. It is open to the public and is the only regularly scheduled Quorum Court meeting for January.

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The Democrat is searching for romance. In honor of Valentine’s Day Feb. 14, we want to know how you met the love of your life, or when you knew he or she was the one for you, or an amazing moment in your lives together. We will publish as many as we can of the best stories and prizes will be awarded. E-mail your story to or mail it to P.O. Box 119, Clinton, AR 72031. Deadline for the stories is Feb. 4, 2013. The essays will be judged by the Democrat staff and all decisions are final.


Write it in your heart that every day is the best day in the year — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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