Subscribe to Local RSS feed


Another segment of Arkansas 530 dedicated

Officials with the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department joined elected officials from Star City and Lincoln County on Friday afternoon to officially dedicate another section of what will be a four-lane connector between Interstate 530 at Pine Bluff and the planned Interstate 69 near Wilmar.


In an article in Friday’s edition about the appearance of Keshia Knight Pulliam at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, her first name and the name of Spelman College were misspelled.

Knight Pulliam tells students to follow their dream

After starting her career as a 9-month-old in an advertisement for baby products and going on to appear in the long-running “The Cosby Show” on television, Keishia Knight Pulliam said Thursday her decision to go to college “was the first time she ever said no” to her father.

Showing Appreciation

Historian Paul Perdue shows a reproduction of an artist’s perspective sketch of Pine Bluff drafted in 1887 while speaking Thursday morning at the annual Member Appreciation Breakfast of the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce at Harbor Oaks. Perdue was the featured speaker of the event. He showed the audience his online Pine Bluff Desktop Museum and explained many of the entries of the museum. (Special to The Commercial/Joe Dempsey)

Five Things to Do This Weekend

1. Cowabunga! The Ninja Turtles will take over the Pine Bluff Convention Center on Sunday for a live-action show that will focus on an anti-bullying message. The Guardian Anti-Bullying campaign has been on the road since December 2014 and does two to four shows a week, Mark Anthony Baca, the owner of the company, said Thursday. Baca said the show features some of the top martial artists in the country performing a variety of skits and interacting with members of the audience. “The program is useful for adults as well as kids,” he said. The show is due to begin at 3:30 p.m. with a special VIP event beginning at 2 p.m. The doors for general admission will open at 2:45 p.m. and tickets will be available at the door. General admission tickets are priced at $15 plus a $1.75 handling fee. Tickets for the VIP event will be $35 with a handling fee of $2.75. Details:

Fan Drive

Ron Strickland, who works for Car-Mart at Pine Bluff, is shown stacking one of the 59 box fans that Car-Mart customers donated Friday to the Area Agency on Aging of Southeast Arkansas. The fan drive ended Friday, and Carolyn Ferguson, who is the officer of community service for the Area Agency, said they will be calling people who are elderly or disabled and were placed on a waiting list for fans. Ferguson said Kats and Queens, a club at P.J.’s Nightclub, donated 29 fans and the Civitan Club donated 10 fans to the drive, which began June 8. (Pine Bluff Commercial/Ray King)

Five Things to Do This Weekend

1. The big movies opening this week are “Fantastic Four,” a PG-13 reboot of this superhero franchise; “Shaun the Sheep Movie,” an animated PG tale about a sheep; and “The Gift,” an R thriller starring Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton and Busy Philipps.