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Healthbytes - Heart-healthy diet tips for the new year

It’s only been a few weeks since the start of 2015, and if you’re like millions of Americans, you may have recently resolved to try and make changes to your diet in an attempt to be healthier in this new year. Many people probably wonder what exactly is recommended in a “heart-healthy” diet. The American Heart Association gives some basic guidelines to help one make healthy dietary choices.

Unsafe Cargo? Log truck routes through city examined

A recent accident near South Blake Street and Miramar Drive in which a log truck lost its load on top of a passenger car, sending the car driver to the hospital, resulted in a number of people contacting The Commercial and complaining about where the truck was, but according to the city code of ordinances, the truck had every right to be there.

Jail population declines as year ends

Although the inmate population at the adult detention center is currently below the 300 mark, that was not the case for much of 2014, costing taxpayers additional money, and creating security problems for detainees and jail employees.

Business increasing at recycling center

Since the new Jefferson County Recycling and E-Waste Center opened at the beginning of September, volume has increased dramatically and the center is projected to make between $450,000 and $500,000 this year, according to Daniel Marks, the legislative assistant to County Judge Dutch King.

2014 Christmas Card Fund Names

Now in its 27th year, the Commercial Christmas Card Fund benefits needy children in the Pine Bluff, Dollarway, Watson Chapel and White Hall school districts. The newspaper collects the funds, which are divided among the four districts. All of the proceeds are given to the schools and no money is kept for administrative costs at The Commercial. Donations through December 24 were close to $8,000.