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Clarification

Articles published Tuesday and Wednesday about the Pine Bluff School District did not include all possible options related to a proposed consolidation of schools at the mid-grade level.

Simmons acquisitions approved

Simmons First National Corp. has received approval from the Federal Reserve System Board of Governors for its proposed acquisition of two financial institutions, the company reported in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing Thursday.

Hanging in There

Western Waterproofing staff work at water-proofing the outside of the Simmons Bank headquarters Thursday afternoon in downtown Pine Bluff. (Special to The Commercial/Joe Dempsey)

Animal shelter construction

Contractors began work this week at the Pine Bluff animal shelter property. Cannon Contracting employee Allen Jones operated a vibrating roller Wednesday to smooth dirt and level the dirt on a parcel of land that was previously grass and trees. The city of Pine Bluff approved the construction of a new building and the upkeep of the existing building. Construction is scheduled for completion in December. (Pine Bluff Commercial/David Hutter)