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Quorum committees recommend garbage rate hike be approved

A proposed $1.60-per-month rate increase for garbage pickup in the unincorporated areas of Jefferson County was recommended for approval by two committees of the Jefferson County Quorum Court on Thursday, but several members of the county’s legislative body voiced their concerns before the vote.

Cresting Waters

Floyd Fullerton travels by boat Thursday in the Island Harbor neighborhood of Pine Bluff, where flooding continues along the Arkansas River, forcing people in low-lying areas to evacuate their homes.

On The Rise

Flooding from the Arkansas River in the Island Harbor neighborhood in Pine Bluff is shown from above Wednesday. Forecasters with the National Weather Service predict the river will to crest in Pine Bluff at about noon Thursday at 46 feet, or four feet above flood stage. It is expected to be back down to flood stage — 42 feet — by Monday. (Pine Bluff Commercial/Stephen Simpson)