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Drug court celebration set Friday

Jefferson County Drug Court will celebrate National Drug Court Month on Friday with a celebration at 9:30 a.m. at the Jefferson County Courthouse. Supervisory Special Agent Anthony Lemons of the Drug Enforcement Administration will be the featured speaker.

Pine Bluff woman makes finale

Since the finale of “Redneck Island: Battle at the Lake” premiered in March, Katie Milam, the Pine Bluff woman who was selected for the show, has been traveling the United States with her Redneck Island competitors with whom she’s become great friends.

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)

Protesters at McDonald’s seek hike in minimum wage

Wearing shirts and carrying signs saying “$15 an hour and a union” and “Fast Food Workers Fighting for Dignity and Justice,” an estimated 20 to 25 people, about half from Pine Bluff, staged a protest in front of the McDonald’s at 101 N. Blake St. on Thursday, seeking an increase in the minimum wage law.

UAPB champion Pearlie Reed dies

Funeral services for former U.S. Department of Agriculture Assistant Secretary and University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff graduate Pearlie S. Reed, who died a week ago, will be 11 a.m. Friday at Old St. Paul Church in West Memphis.