Nature center celebrates 15th anniversary

Fifteen years ago this week, the Governor Mike Huckabee Delta Rivers Nature Center opened its doors to the public with the intention of educating people about Arkansas’ fish and wildlife. The center also works to preserve the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s mission of wildlife conservation.

Plaza Hotel sells at auction, property’s fate unknown

According to an online property market site, the Plaza Hotel at 2 Convention Center Drive was sold at an auction on June 2. The starting bid was $750,000, but the site — loopnet.com — doesn’t indicate how much the 200-room hotel that’s attached to the Pine Bluff Convention Center sold for.

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Balloon release honors memory of slain woman

Trying to beat an oncoming thunderstorm with 50 mile-per-hour winds, family and friends of the late Maranda Goldman moved up their planned balloon release at the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Regional Park but still went ahead with it.

Nature center celebrates 15th anniversary

Fifteen years ago this week, the Governor Mike Huckabee Delta Rivers Nature Center opened its doors to the public with the intention of educating people about Arkansas’ fish and wildlife. The center also works to preserve the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s mission of wildlife conservation.

Sissy Jones wins Lifetime Achievement Award

From a small log cabin opened in 1970 with $1,500 borrowed from her aunt to being honored in one of the largest, most exclusive ballrooms in Manhattan — that’s the journey Sissy Jones of Pine Bluff has made in the jewelry business over the past 46 years.

Sports

SBC wins 2016 Southwest Regional, advances to Babe Ruth World Series

Tuesday night, Sylacauga, Ala., gave Southern Brazoria County their first loss of the 2016 13-15-year-old Southwest Regional tournament, but in order to win the title, Sylacauga would have to do it twice. By defeating SBC on Tuesday, Sylacauga forced another game that was played Wednesday morning, but this time the results were different. SBC beat Sylacauga by a final score of 5-3.

Sylacauga knocks off Mountain Home to advance to play for championship

After defeating Pine Bluff Northern Monday night by a final of 8-3, Mountain Home advanced to the semifinals, where they would face off against Sylacauga, Ala. Heading into the match-up Tuesday evening, both teams knew it was either win or go home. Mountain Home held their own in the game, but Sylacauga outlasted them, winning by a final score of 8-5.

Pine Bluff Northern eliminates White Hall in a local showdown

In previous match ups this season, the White Hall All Stars have had the advantage over Pine Bluff Northern, defeating them twice in the state tournament. But Pine Bluff would get a chance to redeem themselves Monday morning, as they squared off with White Hall in an elimination game of the 2016 Babe Ruth Southwest Regional. Pine Bluff put the previous games behind them and came out with a win, beating White Hall 7-6.

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‘Nerve’ a cautionary tale

The titular smartphone game at the heart of the cyber-thriller “Nerve” makes Pokemon Go look like amateur hour.

Harvey and Lou Taylor celebrate 50th anniversary

Harvey and Lou Taylor will celebrate their Golden Anniversary on July 31. They were married July 31, 1966 at Forrest Park Assembly of God on Hazel Street in Pine Bluff by the Rev. Colen Johnson, friend of family.

Blackwells celebrate 60th wedding anniversary

On July 29, 1956, Archie Blackwell and Mauricene Mitchell were married at First Missionary Baptist Church of Sherrill, Throughout the years together, they were blessed with three daughters, Tammy Anderson, Sandy Anderson (Darrell) and Debbie Gatlin (Gary).

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