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Dead hotel do-over needed

Rare is the day when our city is given the chance to undo a huge mistake. Fortunately, that day appears to have arrived. While the details have yet to be revealed (and neither party has committed to the idea), Bruce Rahmani owner of the blighted Plaza Hotel has offered to sell the once-thriving concern to the city at a cost of $3 million or lease the hotel to the city at $20,000 per month with no money down.

Are ballot choices worth the trouble?

The unspoken question in Judge James Moody’s Eastern District courtroom Monday was, how much trouble should the election process undergo to accommodate candidates who aren’t going to win anyway, and also to accommodate Arkansans who want to vote for them?

Jan Irwin

HOUSTON, TEXAS - Jan Dilley Irwin, 59, of Houston, Texas, formerly of Pine Bluff, died May 1, 2015. She was a daughter of the late Dr. Raymond A. Irwin, Jr. and Eve Dilley Irwin.

Zola Glennon

MONTICELLO _ Zola Bee Scroggins Glennon, age 90 of Monticello, passed away Monday, July 27, 2015 at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. She was born October 26, 1924 to the late Clarence David Scroggins and Lizzie B. Horn Scroggins.

Helen Hughes

Funeral services for Helen Barnes Hughes, 79, of Pine Bluff, passed July 20 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center, will be held Thursday 10:30 a.m. at Spiritual Temple Church of God in Christ, Elder John Bynum pastor, 1001 S. Linden Street, Pine Bluff, Ark.

Lottie Brentley

On the evening of July 21, 2015, Lottie Mae Brentley, 88 of Pine Bluff departed this life. Lottie was born on November 14, 1926 to Elbert and Beulah Watts-Allen in Lake Providence, LA. In her early years she attended high school in Caddo Parrish, LA.

Joe Garrett

RISON - Joe Lonnie Garrett, 83 of Rison, died July 25, 2015 in Pine Bluff, Ark. He was born September 30, 1931 in Thornton, Ark. to the late Henry and Vera Garrett. He was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the American Legion out of Little Rock, and a member of Shriner’s Tangier Temple of Omaha, Neb.

Ronnie Wardlaw

Ronnie Wardlaw, 66, of Pine Bluff, died Sunday, July 19, 2015, at the V. A. Hospital in Little Rock. He was born March 25, 1949 in Pine Bluff, to Ralph and Dovie Wardlaw. Ronnie graduated from Pine Bluff High School in 1969.

Donna Stephens

Donna Louise Stephens, 80 years old, of Pine Bluff, Ark., died Sunday, July 19, 2015 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. She was born September 21, 1934, in Santa Clara, Calif. to Gus and Edith Bettencourt Mariotti. She was a homemaker.

Barbara Lipe

Barbara Carol Buckley Lipe, 81, of Pine Bluff, Ark., died, Saturday, July 18, 2015 at White Hall Nursing and Rehab. She was born February 5, 1934, in Bolton, Miss., to Archie M. and Carrie Kelley Phillips Buckley.

J.W. Evans Jr.

J.W. Evans, Jr., 76, of Pine Bluff, died Saturday, July 18, 2015. He was born October 30, 1938 in Bastrop, La., son of Joseph Willie Evans, Sr. and Eugenia Prince Evans.

Alma Boyce

Alma Ruth Via Boyce, age 82, of Pine Bluff died Monday, July 20, 2015. She was born September 25, 1932 at Birta, (Yell County) Ark. to the late Jeff and Clara Tanner Via. She moved to the Pine Bluff area when she was 16 years old and was a graduate of Linwood High School in 1950.