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University women set brunch, fashion show

Pine Bluff Branch (National Association of University Women) will have their annual Scholarship Brunch & Fashion Show on Saturday, December 12 from 10 am-1 pm at New Morning Star Baptist Church Family Life Center, 1026 Missouri St. For information contact Mary Liddell at 870-643-2383 or send an email to

UAPB receives more than $200,000 for memorial scholarships

The union of the late Herbert and Marether Herts resulted in an appreciation and support for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Although neither of them attended UAPB, they both came from small towns in the South and understood the importance of being able to extend an opportunity to those that came behind them. Having passed away in 1992 and 2013 respectively, their estate bequeathed $207,643.95 to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff to establish the Herbert, Marether, and George Herts Scholarship.

City photo contest winners announced

Winners in the second annual “Beauty in the Bluff” fall photo contest sponsored by Pine Bluff Mayor Debe Hollingsworth’s office have been announced, and Hollingsworth said she was “ecstatic” about the entries.

AGFC approves grant of fine money to counties

LITTLE ROCK — When the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission collects fines from game law convictions, the money goes back to the county where it was collected. During a recent commission meeting, the agency approved a grant of more than $600,000 to the Division of Rural Services of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission as a result of fines collected during the 2015 fiscal year.

Full bellies, good vibes on the menu for ‘Dining In Day’

LITTLE ROCK — Each year, families across Arkansas gather around the dinner table for Thanksgiving to enjoy a home-cooked meal. With planning, that treasured family time can be a daily event, said Rosemary Rodibaugh, professor-nutrition with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

Traditional Thanksgiving dinner to cost less this year

LITTLE ROCK — It will cost families about $1 less to prepare the classic Thanksgiving meal this year, due largely to a decline in the average cost of frozen turkey and a gallon of whole milk. According to Arkansas Farm Bureau’s 30th annual survey, it will cost $45.25 for a family of 10, or $4.52 per person, to enjoy the feast. Last year’s average was $46.23.