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Vet award

The Drive a Van Transportation Service holds a special place in Earl Smith’s heart. Smith, a retiree and White Hall native, devoted 4,500 hours of community service and drove 25,000 miles over an eight year period for the program, which provides transportation for disabled veterans to and from the veteran’s hospital.

Nature center celebrates 15th anniversary

Fifteen years ago this week, the Governor Mike Huckabee Delta Rivers Nature Center opened its doors to the public with the intention of educating people about Arkansas’ fish and wildlife. The center also works to preserve the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s mission of wildlife conservation.

Johnson’s attorney says case ‘about nothing’

Defense attorney Austin Porter on Tuesday blamed Jefferson County Election Commissioner Stu Soffer as one of the reasons his client, Jefferson Count Clerk Patricia Royal Johnson, is on trial. After being postponed twice, Johnson’s trial began at the Jefferson County Courthouse with retired Pulaski County Judge John Langston presiding.

Money for jail raises fails in Quorum Court meeting

While the Jefferson County Quorum Court on Monday approved two appropriation ordinances — one to pay the off-duty Pine Bluff Police Department officers who have been providing security at the county courthouse, and the second to fund two new sheriff’s deputies through the end of the year — a third proposal that would have retroactively covered raises that were given to employees at the Jefferson County Adult Detention Center failed.

UAPB part of pilot program to build entrepreneurship

Six Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the Delta region, including the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, have been selected to participate in an entrepreneurship program through the inaugural HBCU Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Initiative, the Delta Regional Authority announced Monday afternoon at UAPB.