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.

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Ashley County anglers take top prize

An Ashley County pair topped a field of 87 two-person teams Saturday for the $2,500 top prize in the 18th annual Bill Sanders-Bo Piper Memorial Benefit Bass Tournament on the Arkansas River in Pine Bluff.

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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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