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Furry friends

Pine Bluff Police Officer Hodges Stewart holds Bear, a 1-and-a-half year-old male Shih Tzu puppy that was turned in to the shelter Monday afternoon. Stewart said the owner of the dog was an elderly lady who could not take care of Bear anymore and brought him and another dog to the shelter. ‘That’s really smart,’ he said. ‘We can try to get them adopted or rescued by someone.’ (Pine Bluff Commercial/Ray King)

Testing Kick-off

Jack Robey Junior High band members perform in the gymnasium for the first ACT Aspire Test Kick-off Celebration on Friday. ACT Aspire is an online criterion-referenced test in English, reading, writing, math and science. The testing dates for the seventh- and eighth-grade students will be April 19-22. (Pine Bluff Commercial/Patrick Geans)