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Plaza Hotel sells at auction, property’s fate unknown

According to an online property market site, the Plaza Hotel at 2 Convention Center Drive was sold at an auction on June 2. The starting bid was $750,000, but the site — loopnet.com — doesn’t indicate how much the 200-room hotel that’s attached to the Pine Bluff Convention Center sold for.

UAM psychology honor society receives honor

The University of Arkansas at Monticello chapter of Psi Chi psychology honor society was selected as a “Model Chapter of the Year,” one of 27 nationally to receive the award, according to Rick Clubb, dean of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

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.

Election panel plans meeting

The Jefferson County Board of Election Commissioners will hold an emergency meeting at noon Wednesday, July 20, at the Election center, 123 Main St. The agenda includes relocating a polling site for the school election.