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Jail administrator responds to complaints

The Commercial frequently receives letters from inmates listing grievances from their time at W. C. “Dub” Brassell Adult Detention Center, some of which — like overcrowding — jail administrators agree with, while others they dispute.

Calendar of Events

Editor’s Note: To submit items to our calendar of events, email , fax 870-534-0113 or bring announcements to 300 S. Beech St., Pine Bluff. To view more calendar items, visit

Fall Cleaning

Members of the Clean Team trim vegetation Thursday next to Martha Mitchell Expressway. People who belong to the Clean Team are performing community service in lieu of paying fines. (Pine Bluff Commercial/David Hutter)

Making Connections

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff senior Ashlyn Morton, left, speaks with Ashley Chapa, marketing and communications manager at the University of Tulsa’s Collins College of Business Graduate Programs. An accounting major from Memphis, Tennessee, Morton took part in the 2015 fall UAPB/Southeast Arkansas College Career Day and Teacher Education Fair on Wednesday at the Kenneth L. Johnson Sr. Health, Physical Education and Recreation Complex.

A hike toward independence

Aspen Matis’s new memoir, “Girl in the Woods,” drags me, under protest, into the woods along with her. Before the 19-year-old has worn out her first pair of shoes on her 2,650-mile trek along the Pacific Crest Trail that runs from Mexico through California, Oregon and Washington, to Canada, I am already keen to abandon her.

5 Things to Do This Weekend

1. Take in a home game. All four Jefferson County high school teams will be playing at home on Friday, as will the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff on Saturday. So it’s a good weekend to support our local teams, without the drive. See the sports section for details.