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The runoff election for the position of Clinton treasurer/recorder and City Council Ward 1, Position 2 is Nov. 27. Wendy Henderson and Dena Thompson Malone are vying for the treasurer’s position. Incumbent Richard “Dickie” Hink and Nina Bonds Baker are the contenders for the council seat. Early voting continues Wednesday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 26, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. There will be no voting on Thursday or Friday, Nov. 22-23. The office is closed in observance of Thanksgiving.

Sales tax

Clinton received $79,754 in revenue from its 1 percent sales tax, collected in October and reported in November.

Shirley received $2,960 from its 1 percent tax, and Fairfield Bay got $24,837 from its 1.5 percent sales tax.

Van Buren County has two 1 percent sales taxes, one for general revenue and one dedicated to construction bonds for the hospital.

The general revenue tax is divided among the county and its four incorporated towns based on population. Those figures for the same period are: Van Buren County, $1340,822 (includes both taxes); Clinton, $30,275; Damascus, $2,909; Fairfield Bay, $25,074; and Shirley, $3,386.

Figures are provided by the Arkansas Municipal League.


The city of Shirley has launched a new website,, featuring the town, its history, recreational opportunities, city services, school, local businesses, and events. Shirley celebrated its 100th birthday last year and opened a Centennial Museum to collect and display history and artifacts from the area. The town’s beginning, spawned by the railroad, and its landmark railroad bridge are topics of both the museum and website. The website posts the hours the museum is open and staffed by volunteers as well as a list of publications available for sale. To submit content for the website, e-mail Melissa Worthing at

The Van Buren County Democrat website is available only to print and digital subscribers. If you are already a subscriber, you can access the website at no additional charge.