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Escapee captured

Officials on Monday said Paul Grice, 38, who escaped from the county jail around midnight Saturday was back in custody. A search for Grice had been concentrated in Drew County after he was tracked by his cell phone.

Taylor announces January honorees

G.R. Taylor Elementary School in the White Hall School District has named its Students of the Month for January. They are first row, Lylla Gatesman, Elizabeth Gammill, Laythen Hartsfield; second row, Trey Booker, Alice Huo, Nour Nimer, Anna Akines, Harleigh Jo Bean; third row: Liam Andersen, Jase Malone, Daisy Zhu, Jailin Rice, Landon Garrick; back row, Ben Redix, Dakota Yeager; and not pictured, Bethany Roper. (Special to The Commercial)

Recognizing Student Achievement

Pine Bluff High School sophomore Kim Rhona Jacinto, left, smiles Thursday after receiving an award for perfect attendance from Pine Bluff High School guidance counselor Elfreda Boyd. Jacinto also received the principal’s award for earning all A’s. Pine Bluff High School students also received awards for honor roll for earning A’s and B’s; merit awards for earning A’s, B’s and C’s; and citizenship. (Pine Bluff Commercial/ David Hutter)

Trump slams Cruz at Little Rock rally

LITTLE ROCK — Two days after coming in second to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in the Iowa Republican caucus, presidential candidate Donald Trump took several swipes at Cruz during a campaign rally Wednesday evening in Arkansas’ capital city.