James Lee Witt campaigns at UAPB

Democratic 4rth District U.S. House of Representatives candidate James Lee Witt campaigned with the national Put the Middle Class First Bus Tour on Tuesday at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. He discussed raising the minimum wage, equal pay for equal work, making college affordable and protecting Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

Pumpkin Patch

Pine Bluff Police Officer Melissa Johnson hands pumpkins out of a trailer to other volunteers, who were stacking them on pallets Saturday in the yard by Good Faith Carr Methodist Church in preparation for the church’s annual pumpkin patch, which opened Sunday and continues through Friday, Oct. 31. Johnson was being assisted by Garrett Smith, 4, and Addyson Browning, 5, in the foreground and several teen volunteers with the police department’s Explorer Post Program. Many other volunteers were also pitching in to help. The church is at 703 Ryburn Road. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to noon and 3-7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 1-7 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. All proceeds benefit local mission projects, including Neighbor to Neighbor. Details: 870-879-3360. (Pine Bluff Commercial/Amy Widner)


In an article in Sunday’s edition of The Commercial outlining the unopposed races in the Nov. 4 general election, two political party affiliations were incorrect. Rick Billingsley is running as a Democrat for Whiteville Township constable. Mark Sheppard is running as a Republican for Villemont Township constable.

Early voting begins

LITTLE ROCK — By 4 p.m. Monday, 21,094 Arkansans had cast ballots on the first day of early voting for the Nov. 4 general election, according to Secretary of State Mark Martin’s office.

Huckabee headlines Rutledge rally

LITTLE ROCK — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee vouched for the character of attorney general candidate Leslie Rutledge during a Republican Party rally on Monday, the first day of early voting for the Nov. 4 election.


McDaniel announces school safety initiative

LITTLE ROCK — Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced Tuesday the launch of a training initiative for law enforcement officers, educators and emergency responders to help schools prepare for the possibility of active threats on campus.


Chapel’s OL key to turnaround

After starting the season 0-4, Watson Chapel has found its groove — winning three straight games — and almost all of it is due to its offensive line.

Blazers look to challenge Razorbacks

FAYETTEVILLE — Former Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee was supposed to be returning as Alabama-Birmingham’s head coach this week.



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