When she was in the seventh grade, Jaicie Cheshire would take pencil sharpeners and razors apart, and use the blades to cut herself because she thought she deserved to be punished.
With the Memorial Day holiday being the unofficial start of summer, many people will be grilling and picnicing and the Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services Department has offered some tips on doing them safely.
LITTLE ROCK — Four of the five health insurance providers that will offer plans in Arkansas through the individual health insurance marketplace in 2017 are seeking rate increases of more than 10 percent, but Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s administration is not convinced the proposed hikes are justified.
LITTLE ROCK — U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., on Friday introduced five proposed amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act, including one to protect training programs for reserve officers and one to require burial of a child’s skull now on display in a museum.
LITTLE ROCK — The U.S. Senate on Friday approved and sent to the president’s desk legislation to rename a Perryville post office in honor of an Arkansas native who was the first American prisoner of war killed during the Vietnam War.
LITTLE ROCK — Incoming Little Rock School District Superintendent Michael Poore will start working early, the state Department of Education said Friday.
I finally got another chance to hit the road and headed for a state park that’s been on my radar for some time because it looked like something both guys and the gals would enjoy. I was right. Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View was amazing. I loved it for several reasons, but mostly because it’s an effort to continue the Ozark traditions of craftsmanship and because every crafter there was so friendly and knowledgeable about their chosen craft. And each was helpful with an explanation of what they do. The park’s mission is to perpetuate, present and promote the Ozark way of life, and they do it well.
Pine Bluff Police Officer Latherese Ellis, who will complete her second year on the force in November, was named Officer of the Year during the department’s annual awards banquet in April.
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The 2016 Ridgway Christian High School graduates have been named.
Vietnam veteran Nathaniel Howard Sr., a native of Pine Bluff, will be among honorees in a major weekend event, LZ Maryland, at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium Saturday and Sunday, June 18-19.
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.
Mr. and Mrs. Leon and Kim Scallion of White Hall, AR, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Haleigh Scallion, to Scott Hudgins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert and Tina Hudgins of Searcy, Arkansas.
One person was killed and a second injured Thursday in a two-vehicle accident in Cleveland County.
This year marks the 20th year for the Black Pilots of America to come to Pine Bluff over the Memorial Day weekend and during the weekly meeting of the West Pine Bluff Rotary Club on Thursday, BPA President Fred Lewis said “your children are home.”
LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday named two members of the Arkansas Racing Commission to be the panel’s new chairman and vice chairman and appointed two new members.
LITTLE ROCK — Former gubernatorial spokesperson Matt DeCample revealed Thursday that he is battling liver cancer.
LITTLE ROCK — A fifth case of the Zika virus has been confirmed in Arkansas, the state Department of Health said Thursday.
LITTLE ROCK — Rex Nelson, director of corporate community relations for Simmons Bank, was named 2016 Rural Advocate of the Year on Thursday by the Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s Division of Rural Services and the Arkansas Rural Development Commission.
LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees on Thursday approved systemwide tuition and fee increases — including a 6.5 percent increase at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff — and the mergers of schools in Mena and North Little Rock into the UA System.
LITTLE ROCK — A nine-member committee will look for a new name for the annual Democratic Party of Arkansas fundraiser that has been known for the past 35 years as the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, the party said Thursday.
A $10,000 bond was set Thursday for a man who allegedly hit a woman Wednesday while they were in a car on Interstate 530.
LITTLE ROCK — The Gerber Products plant in Fort Smith must pay employees for time spent donning and doffing uniforms, a divided Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
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Students, faculty and staff at the University of Arkansas at Monticello planted a chinkapin oak tree at the center of campus recently in observance of Arbor Day, a nationally-celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care.
Altheimer was among 11 communities to receive funding through the Rural Services Block Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2016.
A 19-year-old Pine Bluff man was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly touched a minor female inappropriately.
Rhonda G. Williams of Warren recently published her first novel, “The Naming of Girl.” The announcement was made by Upperhand Press of Bexley, Ohio.
A Pine Bluff man was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly shot two women during a fight at an apartment complex Monday.
We the People Connected Inc. presents Jack Robey Junior High School with a $500 contribution after Robey was named the top school in the Pine Bluff School District through a contest sponsored by the organization recently. Participants at the presentation included, from left, Bennie Shelton, Jack Robey Principal Donald Booth, We the People Connected President Sandra Seepersad, Gregory Moore and Officer Sanita Girley. Seepersad presented the donation to Booth. Funds were collected through a raffle for the top school. The organization has been a part of the city since 2015 and also works in conjunction with Pine Bluff High School to mentor students. (Special to The Commercial)
L.L. Owen Elementary School recently announced students of the month for February including, front row, Clayton Edwards, Cody Green, Shauwn Davis, Shamar Browning, Chelsea Grigsby, Wyland Bolen, Chance Williams, Ja’Niyah Goins, Marissa Levine; middle row, Caden Cochran, Zackary Mosley, Jabarri Allen, Braylen Gaston, Anosha Brunson, Dillon Kemp, Brannon Dycus, Nicolas Stafford, Amir Mitchell, Johnevan Shinn; back row, Dontrell Williams, Christopher Melton, Donnell Burnett, Alexandria Burnett, Zariyah Goodwin, Jordan Turner, Kasey Carder, Ayden Luckett, Kalen Parris, Caleb Hawkins, Lilissa Phillips, Ariyahna Dean, Matthew Givens and Zakiyah Melvin. (Special to The Commercial)