Retiring Simmons First National Corporation Chairman and CEO J. Thomas May was the guest of honor at a public reception Tuesday evening in the ballroom of the Pine Bluff Convention Center.
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The former Redfield Middle School, which occupies an eight-acre site, will be sold, the White Hall School Board decided in a regular meeting Tuesday night.
The Pine Bluff City Council Ways and Means Committee voted Tuesday to recommend a 2014 budget that eliminates several expenses recommended by other council committees in earlier budget negotiations.
Star City Mayor Gene Yarbrough, following a special (and closed) City Council meeting on Thursday, announced via a press release that he would retire from the mayor’s office effective Dec. 31.
While the approval of the 2014 budget for County General and the County Road Department took center stage Monday night, the Jefferson County Quorum Court also approved a number of other budgets for agencies and departments that rely on funds from a variety of sources.
Taylor Elementary School counselor Amy Allen said the Christmas Card Fund has made a big difference at their school.
The late Maxine Nelson, who served on the Watson Chapel School Board for nearly 25 years before her Nov. 21 death at the age of 70, was remembered and praised at the panel’s regular monthly meeting on Monday night.
The Pine Bluff Corps of the Salvation Army is in urgent need of participants for its annual Angel Tree campaign, which collects donated gifts for area children and seniors who would otherwise have nothing to open Christmas morning.
After the Education Committee of the Jefferson County Quorum Court voted last week to approve the application of Toni Bradford to fill a vacant position on the Watson Chapel School Board of Directors, the committee had to rescind that vote Monday when it discovered that Bradford does not live in the zone that the position represents.
Brenda Melton, an assistant superintendent in the Watson Chapel School District, says The Commercial’s annual Christmas Card Fund helps improve the lives of needy children in the district.