Celebrating Retirement

Les Mizell’s retirement from Sissy’s Log Cabin was celebrated Friday at the Pine Bluff store. Mizell worked for Sissy’s for 17 years, retiring as vice president/sales director. (Special to The Commercial)

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.

Correction

In an article in Friday’s edition about the appearance of Keshia Knight Pulliam at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, her first name and the name of Spelman College were misspelled.

Correction

The Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Department and the Jefferson County 5K Coalition are sponsoring the 5K Run/Walk/Dance to End Childhood Obesity, starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26. The name of the sponsor was incorrect in the Thursday and Friday editions.

Knight Pulliam tells students to follow their dream

After starting her career as a 9-month-old in an advertisement for baby products and going on to appear in the long-running “The Cosby Show” on television, Keishia Knight Pulliam said Thursday her decision to go to college “was the first time she ever said no” to her father.

Showing Appreciation

Historian Paul Perdue shows a reproduction of an artist’s perspective sketch of Pine Bluff drafted in 1887 while speaking Thursday morning at the annual Member Appreciation Breakfast of the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce at Harbor Oaks. Perdue was the featured speaker of the event. He showed the audience his online Pine Bluff Desktop Museum and explained many of the entries of the museum. (Special to The Commercial/Joe Dempsey)

Five Things to Do This Weekend

1. Cowabunga! The Ninja Turtles will take over the Pine Bluff Convention Center on Sunday for a live-action show that will focus on an anti-bullying message. The Guardian Anti-Bullying campaign has been on the road since December 2014 and does two to four shows a week, Mark Anthony Baca, the owner of the company, said Thursday. Baca said the show features some of the top martial artists in the country performing a variety of skits and interacting with members of the audience. “The program is useful for adults as well as kids,” he said. The show is due to begin at 3:30 p.m. with a special VIP event beginning at 2 p.m. The doors for general admission will open at 2:45 p.m. and tickets will be available at the door. General admission tickets are priced at $15 plus a $1.75 handling fee. Tickets for the VIP event will be $35 with a handling fee of $2.75. Details: http://ninjaturtleslive.ticketleap.com

SEARK receives Haas Foundation grant

Southeast Arkansas College recently received a $10,000 grant from the Gene Haas Foundation to provide scholarships. On hand during the presentation were Shawn Wilbanks, SEARK computer-aided and design instructor; Iry Rice, SEARK welding instructor; Carey Beevers, Haas specialist/sales engineer; Kaleybra Morehead, SEARK vice president for academic affairs; and Lyric Seymore, SEARK dean of technical studies. Funding will be used for students in the computer numerical control machining program and to support the Young Manufacturers Academy. (Special to The Commercial)

News

Rutledge: 2013 law allows open carry, with limitations

LITTLE ROCK — A 2013 Arkansas law allows a person to openly carry a handgun as long as he or she does so without intent to use it unlawfully against another person and does not violate any other gun law, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said in an opinion Friday.

Food processing business topic at workshops

How to start a food processing business will be explained during workshops at Pine Bluff and two other cities in October. The sessions are being presented by the Arkansas Food Innovation Center, which assists entrepreneurs with processing value-added food products.

Jefferson County Republicans set filing fees

Jefferson County Republican Committee Chairman Peter Smykla announced filing fees for county and Pine Bluff municipal offices for the March 1 Republican Preferential Primary Election.

Sports

UAPB Golden Lions preview

Based purely on the number of starters and key contributors Arkansas-Pine Bluff is returning, it would appear as though a veteran group of mostly juniors and seniors would be holding down key positions and limiting the possibility of underclassmen seeing the field.

Pine Bluff Zebras preview

For the Pine Bluff High School football team, this past offseason was in most ways exponentially easier than the previous one. In one key area, though, it was marginally more difficult.

Dollarway Cardinals preview

The Dollarway Cardinals football team has been quite successful in the past few years. They have been conference champions for the past three years (twice in 2-4A and last year in 8-4A) and have had winning seasons in the past four years. Head coach Cortez Lee works extremely hard with his young men, and the results on the field have shown that.

Accent

Kiwanis members attend conference

Kiwanis Club of Pine Bluff members recently attended the annual conference of the Missouri-Arkansas District of Kiwanis International.

Davis holds fun day

Davis Life Care Center, 6810 S. Hazel St., had a back-to-school fun day/car show for the residents and the community Aug. 8.

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