The Pine Bluff School Board rescinded an Oct. 3 decision to pay Pine Bluff High School Principal Michael Nellums an additional $27,780, after Superintendent Linda Watson repeatedly warned it could trigger an audit finding and land the district in fiscal distress.
Pine Bluff Mayor Debe Hollingsworth and Alderman Glen Brown Sr. were at the center of a dispute Tuesday over the placement of campaign signs at the county courthouse.
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.
LITTLE ROCK — Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson and Democratic candidate Mike Ross tangled Tuesday over their past statements on gun control and Hutchinson’s connections to overseas companies.
Members of the Economic Development Corp. of Jefferson County on Tuesday supported the idea of the Arkansas Department of Correction locating another prison in the county.
WASHINGTON — Two weeks ahead of Election Day, Republican challenger Tom Cotton is substantially ahead of Democrat Mark Pryor in Arkansas’ U.S. Senate race, according to the latest Talk Business & Politics/Hendrix College Poll.
WASHINGTON — The Republican Party’s hold on Arkansas’ four congressional seats could be slipping, according to the latest polls taken by Talk Business & Politics/Hendrix College.
LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas’ unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage point to 6.2 percent in September, according to labor statistic released Tuesday.
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.
A power outage caused a brief loss of electricity but did not otherwise impact the Dollarway School District operations on Tuesday, Dollarway Superintendent Bobby Acklin said.
A $10,000 bond was set Tuesday for a Pine Bluff man who was arrested on drug-related charges after a traffic stop Monday.
LITTLE ROCK — The major-party candidates for governor both said during a debate Monday they are open to amending a state law that requires mandatory consolidation or annexation of public school districts that fall below 350 students for two consecutive years.
Despite pleas from Alderman Glen Brown, the majority of the Pine Bluff City Council on Monday approved an ordinance that transfers five city inspectors to the police department.
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)
The identity of a man who died in a house fire on Oct. 10 has been confirmed by the State Medical Examiner’s Office.
A report that a man had been beaten Friday afternoon in front of Jefferson Regional Medical Center resulted in the arrest of another man who was identified by two witnesses who saw the incident.
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.
Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office employees remember their late colleague Deputy Dedrick Mustiful as a loyal employee and joyful Christian man.
LITTLE ROCK — A federal judge on Monday scheduled a Nov. 20 hearing in a lawsuit challenging Arkansas’ same-sex marriage ban.
The White Hall City Council discussed Monday the progress being made on the James “Jitters”Morgan Community Center.
The Pine Bluff School Board is scheduled to meet Tuesday for the first time since a dispute arose centering on the contract of Pine Bluff High School Principal Michael Nellums.
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.
Dealing with the problem of prison overcrowding and a backlog of inmates in county jails brought members of the Senate and House Committees of State Agencies and Governmental Affairs together Monday in Pine Bluff to discuss possible solutions.
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.
Former U.S. President and Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton told a large crowd at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff on Sunday that anyone who does not vote is casting a vote against their own interests.