Lighthouse receives garden grant

Pine Bluff Lighthouse Charter School is the recipient of the Arkansas Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom Outdoor Classroom Garden Grant. Samuel Glover, Lighthouse culture coordinator***, was presented the $500 grant by Jefferson County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee representatives Meredith Baker, chairwoman, and Susan Bitely.


An article published Friday in The Commercial about the Pine Bluff Lighthouse Charter School being the recipient of the Arkansas Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom Outdoor Classroom Garden Grant contained an error regarding Samuel Glover’s title. He is the Pine Bluff Lighthouse Charter School’s culture coordinator.

Felony charges filed

Felony charges were filed during the past week against the following individuals by Eleventh Judicial District-West Prosecuting Attorney S. Kyle Hunter. Listed below are the names and addresses of the defendants, the charges filed against them, the investigating agency and the bond amount if any.

Sowers still at large

A Pine Bluff man who was part of a four-state investigation targeting prescription drug trafficking that resulted in the arrest of 280 people was still at large Thursday.

Troopers involved in vehicle chase Thursday

Arkansas State Trooper Chris Barnett left, Lt. David Sims and Trooper Zack Varnell look over a vehicle in a ditch Thursday afternoon in the 5300 block of Smart Street. The driver of the vehicle allegedly refused to stop for Barnett and a chase resulted. Sims said that after the vehicle ran into the ditch, the driver and passenger fled on foot, with the driver jumping two fences and running through a wooded area before entering a house. The driver was found hiding in a back room of the house and another trooper who was coming to assist Barnett arrested the passenger at a nearby house. The names of the two people in the vehicle and the possible charges were not immediately available. (Pine Bluff Commercial/Ray King)

House Fire

Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services firefighters extinguish a house fire Thursday evening at 1302 Silver Fox Lane. No one was injured in the incident and the homeowner was not home at the time of the fire. At the scene, several windows were broken out and extensive fire damage was visible to the western end of the inside of the house. Multiple neighbors had seen smoke coming from the home and called 911 to alert the authorities. The cause of the fire was under investigation. (Pine Bluff Commercial/Amy Widner)




Economic Opportunities Commission to participate in statewide conference

The Pine Bluff Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission will participate in the annual conference of the Arkansas Community Action Agencies Association from May 27-29 at the Springdale/Fayetteville Area Holiday Inn to recognize the achievements of community action agencies across the state from the past year and further PBJCEOC’s mission through collaborative effort.


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