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Drug court celebration set Friday

Jefferson County Drug Court will celebrate National Drug Court Month on Friday with a celebration at 9:30 a.m. at the Jefferson County Courthouse. Supervisory Special Agent Anthony Lemons of the Drug Enforcement Administration will be the featured speaker.

Pine Bluff woman makes finale

Since the finale of “Redneck Island: Battle at the Lake” premiered in March, Katie Milam, the Pine Bluff woman who was selected for the show, has been traveling the United States with her Redneck Island competitors with whom she’s become great friends.

Promising Prospects

From left, Ariel Brown, a senior business management major at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, waits as Katy Alderman with Simmons Bank reviews her resume Wednesday at the 2016 spring Career Day and Teacher Education Fair at UAPB. Hundreds of students circled through the Kenneth L. Johnson Sr. Health, Physical Education and Recreation Complex from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., speaking with dozens of employers about potential jobs. Employers ranged from the Little Rock Police Department to several area banks and local industries. Organizers said they were pleased with the large turnout, which gave students a chance to circulate their resumes and test their professional skills. (Special to The Commercial/John Worthen)

UAPB dorms to expand to keep pace with student growth

Dorms at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff are bursting at the seams thanks to an ever-increasing student population. To help ease the growing pains, university officials are in the early stages of renovating and adding 200 rooms to the female-only Delta Housing Complex.

Lt. Gov.: Arkansas needs to work harder on economic development

Arkansas Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin said Tuesday that the state has to work harder to compete with the rest of the nation if it’s going to grow economically in the 21st century. Griffin’s main talking points at the Coffee with the Chiefs event, which is hosted by Interested Citizens for Voter Registration Inc., dealt with Arkansas’ economy and ways he thinks it can be improved.

Four finalists for PB superintendent named

A former Van Buren superintendent, an Arkansas state education official and a candidate each from Texas and Maryland are the four finalists for Pine Bluff School District superintendent, the Pine Bluff School Board heard from consultants Tuesday.

Trotter Ford opens up shop in new facilities

Two years ago, H. Ford Trotter III stood on an empty lot off of Interstate 530 and Old Warren Road with a mound of dirt in one hand and a dream in the other. The president of Trotter Ford-Lincoln had just closed a deal to purchase the property and was in the early stages of planning a new dealership for his family’s car business.