Calendar of Events

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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.

Scallion, Hudgins to wed

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.

Rex Nelson named Rural Advocate of the Year

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.

UAM holds Arbor Day observance

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.

Donation to Jack Robey

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 honorees

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)


Conference to focus on what smart communities do to stand out

Community and regional leaders and organizers will have the opportunity to learn how to more effectively attract tourists, retirees, families, entrepreneurs and businesses to their areas at the 2016 Breakthrough Solutions conference and pre-conference workshop, July 7-8 in Little Rock.


Blake Phillips headed to play for the Arkansas Baptist College Bucs

Standout catcher, Blake Phillips, of the Watson Chapel Wildcats signed his letter of intent Friday morning. Phillips will further his baseball career at Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock, Arkansas. This was a proud moment for Watson Chapel’s head baseball coach Chad Cope, as he’s seen Phillips grow into the young man that he is today.

Sheridan caps of great run securing the 2016 6A state title

The Sheridan Lady Yellow Jackets ended their season on an amazing run that was capped off with a 2016 state softball championship. Sheridan (23-7) were tough all season long, and when it was time for them to play their best ball, they did just that. Saturday, the Yellow Jackets faced off against the Benton Lady Panthers (18-10) for the 6A state title, and Sheridan cruised to a victory by the score of 6-0.

2016 PRO-DAY Arkansas Future Stars Showcase successful

The bad weather held off, and the 2016 PRO-DAY Future Showcase was able to proceed smoothly. This year’s showcase featured twelve participants that displayed their talents in front of a number of college coaches, scouts, and professional scouts. PRO-DAY has continued to expand over the years, and the purpose and the production is a large reason for that.


Grider field plans airshow, fundraiser

The Pine Bluff Grider Field Aviation Museum Inc. will hold its third annual Airshow and Fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at Grider Field. The purpose of the fundraiser is to restore the only remaining World War II barrack at Grider Field and develop an aviation museum.


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