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2014 Christmas Card Fund Names

Now in its 27th year, the Commercial Christmas Card Fund benefits needy children in the Pine Bluff, Dollarway, Watson Chapel and White Hall school districts. The newspaper collects the funds, which are divided among the four districts. All of the proceeds are given to the schools and no money is kept for administrative costs at The Commercial. Donations through December 24 were close to $8,000.

Lighted fire truck to tour city

Again this year, the Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services Department will be spreading holiday cheer with a firetruck decorated with Christmas lights and a sound system that will play Christmas music as it travels through neighborhoods beginning Tuesday.

Healthbytes - What to get the senior on your Christmas list

If your holiday shopping list includes an older friend or family member, you know how hard it can be to find an appropriate gift. Lets face it: they probably don’t need any more ties or bottles of cologne. Most seniors appreciate items that will make their daily lives easier. Here are a few suggestions for this Christmas season.

Willis retires as court bailiff

Circuit Judge Rob Wyatt Jr., left, poses with his bailiff, Jesse Willis, on Willis’ last day of work Friday after a law enforcement career that spanned 42 years. Willis was in his eighth year as Wyatt’s bailiff. He formerly worked for the Pine Bluff Police Department and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office before retiring in 2005, then came back to work for the court system. (Pine Bluff Commercial/Ray King)

Clarification

The Arkansas Department of Community Correction was responsible for notifying the people who were called in by the Pine Bluff Police Violent Crime Task Force for a meeting Thursday night. They were not listed in the story that ran Friday in The Commercial.