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Brumett apologizes for remarks

Editor’s Note: The following is an unedited letter from Alderman Bill Brumett concerning accusations that he intentionally called J.C. Cunningham “Cooninham” on Facebook. The local branch of the NAACP has called a press conference for Tuesday where they intend to ask Brumett to apologize on the same social media forum where the comments took place.


Alderman Bill Brumett said that he should have used the word “acknowledged” instead of “accepted” in an article in Saturday’s edition of The Commercial when he was describing J.C. Cunnigham’s response to his apologies.

New Media completes purchase of Stephens Media

NEW YORK — New Media Investment Group announced Wednesday that it completed the previously announced acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Stephens Media, including the Pine Bluff Commercial, for $102.5 million in cash, subject to working capital adjustments.

Collins fined in 2014 hit-and-run fatality

After deliberating several hours Tuesday night, a Jefferson County Circuit Court jury fined Jon’trel Collins $15,000 for negligent homicide in the April 18, 2014, death of 14-year-old Charles E. Jones III, who was hit by a vehicle driven by Collins while trying to cross Blake Street.