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Economic Opportunities Commission to participate in statewide conference

The Pine Bluff Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission will participate in the annual conference of the Arkansas Community Action Agencies Association from May 27-29 at the Springdale/Fayetteville Area Holiday Inn to recognize the achievements of community action agencies across the state from the past year and further PBJCEOC’s mission through collaborative effort.

Graves, Johnson plan June wedding

Kamryn D’shon Graves and Brent Taylor Johnson, along with their parents, are pleased to announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage. Kami is the daughter of Glenn and Kenna Graves of Star City. Brent is the son of Lonnie and Melissa Johnson also of Star City.

Births

Darwin and Enisha Evans gave birth to a baby girl, Lauryn Alyssa Evans, on May 1. She weighed 6 lbs 10 oz and was 19.25 inches long. Her grandparents are Wilbuerto Sims, Sandra and Theodis Maddox, Glynsis Holloway and Darwin Evans.

Depressed student shouldn’t let illness stand in way of success

Q. I am a first-year college student who made C’s and D’s this semester. I know that I am depressed, but my parents tell me that I’m just lazy. They are against all medications for mental health problems and refuse to discuss it with me. They have told me I can use St. John’s wort because it is natural. What can I do to convince them that I need “real” medication?

Extension Homemakers hold Garden Party

Bettye Johnson, Jefferson County Extension Homemakers Club president, welcomed members and guests from all the county clubs to the Spring Council Garden Party. Special decorations were bird houses and spring flowers by Johnson and Jo Segars that turned the room into a garden party. Members were adorned in their spring hats and attire.

Cleveland County Historical Society to publish Civil War book

The Cleveland County Historical Society is in the process of publishing “Civil War People and Events in What Became Cleveland County Arkansas,” the story of the people and events during the Civil War in what is now Cleveland County, Arkansas. It is being published in conjunction with the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

Boys State delegates named

American Legion Hearin­Connolly Post 32 announces the appointment of 21 high school juniors who will attend Arkansas Boys State at the University of Central Arkansas, May 31 to June 5, now in its 74th year. The students are from Pine Bluff, Watson Chapel, Dollarway and Ridgway Christian School.