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Summer Fun

Peyton Smart, 7, swims Tuesday at the Pine Bluff Country Club swimming pool. Peyton is entering second grade at Moody Elementary School in White Hall. He was just one of many people looking to find ways to beat the heat Tuesday, with a heat advisory in effect for most of the state. (Pine Bluff Commercial/David Hutter)

Say Cheese

Trisha Davis prepares her tri-colored chihuahua Squeaker to sit for a photograph on Wednesday at Shepherd’s Florist. Shepherd’s Florist hosts a Barks and Blooms animal photography fundraiser to benefit Pine Bluff Animal Friends. (Pine Bluff Commercial/David Hutter)

County officials identify $341,000 in budget savings

Jefferson County department heads collectively figured out how to cut more than $341,000 from the county general budget during a meeting Tuesday afternoon, an amount the Jefferson County Quorum Court Finance Committee said was needed for the county to be able to make payroll through the end of the year.

Time to Celebrate

Alfred McMillion Sr. volunteers his cooking skills Tuesday to prepare hot dogs at Coleman Elementary School as part of the Great Pine Bluff Cleanup Neighborhood Winner Fun Day Celebration. Pine Bluff Police Department, Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services, Mayor Debe Hollingsworth’s office and volunteers cooked food and played games with children. The Westside Loop Neighborhood Watch won the party as recognition after doing the best in a recent citywide cleanup. (Pine Bluff Commercial/David Hutter)