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Fireworks

Clinton Police Chief Toney Parish wants to remind everyone of the city’s ordinance on fireworks as the Fourth of July approaches.

Among fireworks allowed in the city limits are firecrackers, sparklers, Roman candles, skyrockets and cone fountains, but size and weight limits apply.

Permissible fireworks may be sold and used in the city from June 20 through July 10 and December 10 through January 5 of each year.

The ordinance was passed in 2004. It is available in its entirety at City Hall.

Fest time

Archey Fork Summer Festival is set for Friday, June 27, and Saturday, June 28, at Clinton City Park. The festival includes a carnival, concessions, music, a softball tournament, car show, fly-in at the Municipal Airport, and a fireworks display at dark.

Judge

Circuit Judge Michael Maggio was the subject of a hearing Friday by the Arkansas Ethics Commission in Little Rock. The commission found probable cause in a campaign-finance case against Maggio. The judge is also under investigation by the FBI.

Maggio is accused of violating state law by accepting campaign contributions of more than $2,000 per election from anyone and accepting a prohibited contribution.

The commission took no public vote after the closed hearing. That means it did not dismiss the case and will propose a settlement with Maggio.

The judge was stripped of his cases, which included Van Buren County Circuit Court, by the Arkansas Supreme Court. He remains a judge until his term ends at the end of the year.

Deadlines

The Van Buren County Democrat’s deadlines are early next week due to the July 4th holiday. Deadlines for advertising and community news will be 4 p.m. Thursday, July 3, for the July 9 newspaper. The Democrat office will be closed Friday, July 4.

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