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There will be a farewell reception in honor of outgoing District Court Judge John Aldworth from 4-6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at the First Service Bank Community Room. Everyone is welcome. Aldworth has been district judge for 13 years. He will continue his private law practice in Clinton.


The city of Shirley will hold its annual Community Christmas Party at 6 p.m. Dec. 1, at the Shirley Community Center. There will be food, fellowship, door prizes and, of course, Santa Claus will visit and distribute gifts to area children in attendance.


The final 2012 Democrat’s Playing Favorites ballot is in this week’s paper. Be sure and pick your favorites and return the ballot to the Democrat office by the close of business Monday, Dec. 3. Bring them by or mail them to P.O. Box 119, Clinton, AR 72031. Originals only, no photocopies will be counted.


Van Buren County Tax Assessor Trina Jones is featured in the fall 2012 issue of County Lines magazine, the official publication of the Association of Arkansas Counties. Jones, born in Leslie, Ark., graduated from Clinton High School in 1984 and was still in high school when she began working for the sheriff/collector’s office. In her third term as tax assessor, Jones tells the magazine that without the natural gas industry, the county would have no jobs. She noted that in 2005, the county assessed about 6,000 parcels with non-producing mineral values at $375,150, and in 2012, the county assessed 87,157 mineral-producing parcels at $296,716,398. Jones, a married mother of three, volunteers with CASA and the CALL.


Nobody won Saturday’s Powerball, and as of Monday the jackpot for the drawing Wednesday is estimated at $425 million. The winner must select the correct six numbers.

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.