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The groundbreaking ceremony for Heritage Plaza, the beautifcation project at South Arkansas Community College's West Campus, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 16. The public is invited to attend.

The plaza will be a green space that reflects on the historical significance of the block between West and Summit Avenues and Block and Wesson Streets, which has had a lengthy tenure of use for educational purposes dating back to the Civil War days and prior, and is well-remembered as a former location of El Dorado High School.

Named in honor of El Dorado's Bill Howard and his late wife Cacilia Howard, the plaza is expected to be complete by early summer, but fundraising continues. About $520,000 has been raised toward the goal of $700,000. When finished the area will have a tree-lined pathway, grassy areas, a fountain (convertible to a stage) and park benches.

Contributions still are being accepted and naming opportunities still are available; contact Cynthia Reyna at or (870) 864-7106 for more information.