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Labor Day

The annual National Chuckwagon races are set for Friday-Sunday at the Eoff ranch in Clinton. The races draw thousands of people to the area, so get your spurs on and be prepared for the Labor Day weekend traffic.

The Democrat office will be closed Monday, Sept. 2, in observance of the holiday. Deadlines for the Sept. 4 newspaper are: 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, for all classified and display advertising; and 2 p.m. Friday for all community, school and society news. Happy Labor Day!

Scam alert

A caller to the newspaper says everyone should be on alert about a scam in the area.

She said she received a phone call from a person claiming to from Publishers Clearinghouse stating that she had won $225,000. The man wanted to verify that the woman would be home and told her to call a number that our caller said is out of Kingston, Jamaica. When she told the mystery caller that, he assured her the number was legit and told her to call another number and put in a six-digit code. The ultimate goal of the scam is to gain credit card information from the victim. Publishers Clearinghouse does not call people before going to their home.

The caller to the newspaper said she has contacted the Attorney General’s office, the Van Buren County sheriff’s office and local radio stations.


Van Buren County is among those winning a safety award from the Arkansas Association of Counties, according to the association. The award means that the county scored at least an 80 on the AAC’s safety survey, had a loss ratio of less than 50 percent and had not been in the hazardous employer program during 2012 or 2013. Thirty-two counties won the award. Five counties - Calhoun, Izard, Lee, Monroe and Pike - received certificates for no reportable injuries in 2012.

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