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Celebrating Retirement

Les Mizell’s retirement from Sissy’s Log Cabin was celebrated Friday at the Pine Bluff store. Mizell worked for Sissy’s for 17 years, retiring as vice president/sales director. (Special to The Commercial)

Cotton crop catches up from rain-delayed plantings

Despite a slow, rainy start to the planting season, Arkansas’ small cotton crop is looking good, but there are “still a lot of bears out in the woods,” said Bill Robertson, extension cotton agronomist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

Center unveils redesigned timber report

The Arkansas Forest Resources Center is debuting a newly redesigned Arkansas Timber Price report that provides statewide average stumpage prices for pine pulpwood, pine chip-n-saw, pine sawtimber, hardwood pulpwood, mixed hardwood sawtimber and oak sawtimber products.

Simmons appoints 3 board members

Simmons First National Corp. announced the appointments of Mark C. Doramus, Christopher R. “Chris” Kirkland and Joseph D. “Joe” Porter to its board of directors, according to George A. Makris Jr., chairman and chief executive officer.

New Media completes purchase of Stephens Media

NEW YORK — New Media Investment Group announced Wednesday that it completed the previously announced acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Stephens Media, including the Pine Bluff Commercial, for $102.5 million in cash, subject to working capital adjustments.