Brumett apologizes for remarks

Editor’s Note: The following is an unedited letter from Alderman Bill Brumett concerning accusations that he intentionally called J.C. Cunningham “Cooninham” on Facebook. The local branch of the NAACP has called a press conference for Tuesday where they intend to ask Brumett to apologize on the same social media forum where the comments took place.

Clarification

Alderman Bill Brumett said that he should have used the word “acknowledged” instead of “accepted” in an article in Saturday’s edition of The Commercial when he was describing J.C. Cunnigham’s response to his apologies.

Legislative leaders unveil proposed budget

LITTLE ROCK — Legislative leaders on Friday unveiled a nearly $5.2 billion budget plan that is similar to the proposed budget Gov. Asa Hutchinson unveiled in January, but with money carved out for a capital gains tax cut and a rainy day fund.

Police offer tips to reduce business robberies

Although Pine Bluff police in recent months have made a number of arrests for business robberies, the numbers so far this year exceed those of a year ago, so police are offering a number of tips for business owners and employees to help them reduce their chance of becoming a victim.

Felony charges filed

Felony charges were filed during the past two weeks 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.

Calvert serves as page in state senate

Christopher Calvert, a Watson Chapel High School student, poses with state Sen. Stephanie Flowers of Pine Bluff. Calvert served as an Arkansas State Senate page for Flowers in spring 2015. Calvert is the son of Michael Calvert and Lee Case of Pine Bluff. (Special to The Commercial)

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Clarification

Alderman Bill Brumett said that he should have used the word “acknowledged” instead of “accepted” in an article in Saturday’s edition of The Commercial when he was describing J.C. Cunnigham’s response to his apologies.

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Weevils split doubleheader, take series

MONTICELLO — According to Arkansas-Monticello head coach John Harvey, the beauty of winning Game 1 of a three-game series is having less pressure. That assessment rang true against Arkansas Tech on Saturday.

Gone Fishin’

Blake Bradshaw, of White Hall, shows off his catch, a 6.65-pound Large Mouth Bass that took the “Lunker” prize for the largest fish weighed in, Saturday at the Bill Sanders-Bo Piper Benefit Bass Tournament produced by the Area Agency on Aging.

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Senior schedule

Activities planned Monday through Friday at the Strachota Senior Center, 801 E. Eighth Ave., are:

First Baptist seniors visit Sheridan

Members of the Senior Adult Ministry from First Baptist Church in Pine Bluff recently made a trip to Sheridan to eat at The Cottage and visit the Grant County Museum.

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