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Gibson says he’s going to ‘shine a light’ on Siemens issues

On Oct. 11, 2013, the city of Monticello entered into a $10 million contract with Siemens Industry Inc. to upgrade the city’s water system with new water meters and replace aging water lines. A year and $7 million later, the city has hired an attorney to determine whether the transaction complies with applicable law and, if so, is the company fulfilling its obligations under the contract.

Ding Dong Days

Three intrepid rock-wall climbers show their stuff Saturday at the 2014 Ding Dong Days Fun Day at Memorial Park in Dumas, which offered music, munchies and a lot of other family-oriented activities for everyone. Dumas also held its annual Ding Dong Days parade as part of the annual community celebration. (Special to The Commercial/Joe Dempsey)

UAM sees enrollment decline

The University of Arkansas at Monticello saw its enrollment decline from 3,893 students in September 2013 to 3,854 students as of September 2014, according to numbers provided by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

Dumas native serves aboard USS Forrest Sherman

NORFOLK, Va. — A 2012 Dumas High School graduate and Dumas native is serving aboard USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), one of the world’s most versatile multi-mission combat ships.

Area farmers able to burn even during ban

Despite the burn ban that was in effect for Jefferson County for the past several weeks before Friday's heavy rains, plumes of smoke could nevertheless be spotted on an almost daily basis rising from agricultural land in rural areas to the east of Pine Bluff.

New State Highway 530 opens

With the removal of tarps covering road signs and barrels blocking the on- and off-ramps, crews with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department on Thursday morning officially opened to traffic the Exit 44 State Highway 530 interchange with Interstate 530 on the south side of Pine Bluff.

1,500 attend Rice Expo

STUTTGART, Ark. — From a senator's perspective on farm policy to a look at new and in-development apps for agriculture, some 1,500 people took it all in at the 2013 Arkansas Rice Expo at the Grand Prairie Center in Stuttgart.