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Youth track and field group heading to California

When Shannaine Eans blows her whistle, she means business. On a recent afternoon at the Watson High School football field, she took command of the 20-yard line like a four-star general in front of a regiment of troops. Only she wasn’t commanding soldiers — her army is made up of area kids with a passion for track and field.

Johnson found not guilty on all charges

After just two hours of deliberation, 12 jurors found Jefferson County Clerk Patricia Royal Johnson not guilty on all charges. Family and friends clapped as Johnson hugged her attorney after the verdict was read Friday at the Jefferson County Courthouse. Retired Pulaski County Judge John Langston presided.

Food safety 7-23-16

The Arkansas Department of Health regulates the sale of food at establishments which include restaurants, bars, daycares, schools, grocery stores, convenience stores, bed and breakfast facilities, hotels/motels, mobile units and concession stands. Inspections are made unannounced by environmental health specialists.


An article in Wednesday’s edition about the Pine Bluff City Council contained incorrect information. The council voted 6-2 Monday night in favor of passing an ordinance to fund municipal bonds for community improvement projects.

Moody April honorees

Moody Elementary School in White Hall honors the following Students of the Month for April: first row from left, Micah Denney, Eric Goss, Andrew Goss, Devon Bolanos, Cole Hendricks; second row from left, Akira Bell, Ja’Quary West, Kaitlynne Murphy, Montavian Phillips, Rebecca Rittenhouse; third row from left, Ashlyn Cooper, Christian Townsend, Alayna Plumlee, and Chance Storz. Special to The Commercial

Moody May honorees

May Students of the Month are honored at Moody Elementary School in White Hall. They are, first row from left, Brooklyn Hultz, Arryanna Johnston, Jayden Ramos; second row from left, Blessence Beavers, Jocelyn Cooley, Jacob Evans, Matthew Nguyen; third row from left, Ephraim Mauldin, Keeton Hearn, Jasmine Curtis, and not pictured, Noah Shirley. Special to The Commercial

Streetscape, aquatics center projects fully funded

Bonds have been sold to finance a downtown Pine Bluff streetscape project and an aquatics center as part of a voter-approved initiative to improve the city’s quality of life. The total amount of the bonds issued is $6,810,000, with $2,385,000 going to street improvements and $4,425,000 to the aquatics center.

Johnson’s attorney says case ‘about nothing’

Defense attorney Austin Porter on Tuesday blamed Jefferson County Election Commissioner Stu Soffer as one of the reasons his client, Jefferson Count Clerk Patricia Royal Johnson, is on trial. After being postponed twice, Johnson’s trial began at the Jefferson County Courthouse with retired Pulaski County Judge John Langston presiding.