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Police testify that Paxson admitted to slaying

Crystal Joy Scott Paxson told a Pine Bluff police officer who arrived at the house where the death occurred that she “didn’t mean to shoot” the victim, the officer testified Wednesday afternoon during Paxson’s trial on charges of first-degree murder.

PBPD expands social media outreach

The Pine Bluff Police Department will begin a social media outreach service Thursday that will provide followers with information on wanted individuals, stolen vehicles, missing persons and other items regarding public safety or community interest.

WHSD losing 200 years of teaching experience

The White Hall School Board unanimously approved six faculty retirement requests Tuesday night and will be losing more than 200 years of combined classroom teaching experience at the end of the 2013-14 academic year, including nearly 180 years on a single campus.

Simmons shareholders celebrate continued success

The Boys and Girls Club of Jefferson County and the Juvenile Division of the Jefferson County Circuit Court were honored Tuesday night during the Simmons First National Corporation Shareholders Meeting as recipients of the inaugural ‘Tommy May Make a Difference’ grants.

Stocking Up

Clint Coleman (left), with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commision’s Family and Community Fishing Program, unloads large catfish from a truck with the help of Tyrone Harris on Wednesday as they restock the pond at Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Park. (Special to The Commercial/William Harvey)

Devoted coach, teacher knew the score and taught what counts in life

As a respected basketball coach and algebra, calculus and geometry teacher over three decades at the old Watson High School in Desha County, Anna Margaret Lee Willis knew the true value of a educator’s devotion to students — imparting discipline to and teaching a child to count will start them on a brighter path, but making the extra effort to relate the wisdom of what counts most in life will help them to ensure success for generations to follow.