The Pine Bluff School Board of Directors approved a motion Thursday to conduct a national search for the district’s next superintendent.
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After deliberating for less than an hour Thursday, a Federal Court jury at Little Rock found the self-styled ambassador of the Conch Republic guilty of pretending to be a diplomat and of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
A Pine Bluff man who was part of a four-state investigation targeting prescription drug trafficking that resulted in the arrest of 280 people was still at large Thursday.
Arkansas State Trooper Chris Barnett left, Lt. David Sims and Trooper Zack Varnell look over a vehicle in a ditch Thursday afternoon in the 5300 block of Smart Street. The driver of the vehicle allegedly refused to stop for Barnett and a chase resulted. Sims said that after the vehicle ran into the ditch, the driver and passenger fled on foot, with the driver jumping two fences and running through a wooded area before entering a house. The driver was found hiding in a back room of the house and another trooper who was coming to assist Barnett arrested the passenger at a nearby house. The names of the two people in the vehicle and the possible charges were not immediately available. (Pine Bluff Commercial/Ray King)
As part of the celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month, the Southeast Arkansas Behavioral Health Center held a reception Thursday afternoon in an effort to raise awareness of mental health issues.
With the 19th annual Black Pilots of America fly-in Operation Skyhook set to begin Friday, a member of that organization told the West Pine Bluff Rotary Club on Thursday that the city has become their home.
Arkansas prison inmate Timothy Buffington — who escaped from the Pine Bluff complex July 21, 2014 — will serve an additional 18 years with no possibility of parole after pleading guilty to charges relating to the escape.
Pine Bluff Aviation Commission member Gerald Andrews recognized Pine Bluff Regional Airport Grider Field Manager Doug Hale for his service and leadership Thursday at a meeting at the airport.
Two Pine Bluff residents were among 18 people indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with a wide-ranging investigation into illegally distributed pharmaceuticals that has resulted in 140 people being charged in Arkansas in the past year, including four doctors, four nurses and five pharmacists.
The Pine Bluff City Council approved a resolution Monday to allow the city to apply for a grant to aid homeless people or those who are in danger of becoming homeless.