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Youth track and field group heading to California

When Shannaine Eans blows her whistle, she means business. On a recent afternoon at the Watson High School football field, she took command of the 20-yard line like a four-star general in front of a regiment of troops. Only she wasn’t commanding soldiers — her army is made up of area kids with a passion for track and field.

Johnson found not guilty on all charges

After just two hours of deliberation, 12 jurors found Jefferson County Clerk Patricia Royal Johnson not guilty on all charges. Family and friends clapped as Johnson hugged her attorney after the verdict was read Friday at the Jefferson County Courthouse. Retired Pulaski County Judge John Langston presided.

Sheriff: Charges against Johnson ‘a bunch of crock’

Hard work and dedication — just a couple reasons why Patricia Royal Johnson, Jefferson County Clerk, saw fit to give her employees checks in the form of end-of-the-year bonuses. Johnson testified Thursday at the Jefferson County Courthouse that she believed compensating her employees for not only their commitment to the office, but also the citizens of the county, should be rewarded.

ASP investigator testifies clerk admitted documents ‘were false’

Will Fox, former Jefferson County elections coordinator, took the stand Wednesday in the trial of Jefferson County Clerk Patricia Johnson, alleging that she asked him to accept her resubmitted political practices pledge past the deadline. This was the second day of witness testimony for the state of Arkansas against Johnson, who is charged with forgery, abuse of public trust and theft of property.

PLAY BALL! Taylor Field preps for Babe Ruth tournament

Jim Hill mows the outfield at Taylor Field Wednesday afternoon as the home plate sprinkler offers the grass a cool drink. Hill said damage caused to the outfield wall during a storm last week was repaired by prisoners from the Arkansas Department of Correction. The field will host the 13-15 Southwest Regional Babe Ruth tournament this weekend. Commercial Managing Editor/John Worthen

Correction

An article in Wednesday’s edition about the Pine Bluff City Council contained incorrect information. The council voted 6-2 Monday night in favor of passing an ordinance to fund municipal bonds for community improvement projects.