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White Hall millage round 2

The city of White Hall has done a lot of growing over the past couple of decades. From traffic lights to businesses and all manner of residential developments, White Hall is growing up. One thing that hasn’t kept pace with all this growth: The White Hall High School. If you were a student there in 1981 the core amenities would look pretty familiar.

Tired approach awakens resources

It is so refreshing to see government working as it should. Last week The Commercial published a report detailing innovations in the Jefferson County recycling program. In specific, the article highlighted a process in which the county produces and sells fuel made from discarded tires.

Prisons, diamond clad and breaded

Since the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its nominees for the upcoming awards presentation, there’s been a bit of a furor over the demonstrable lack of diversity among the current cohort. While those nominated certainly reflect the demographic character of those in charge of nominations, they aren’t very reflective of the U.S. population. In specific, the nominees in most of the major categories are all white.

Landmark slips slowly away

A few days ago The Commercial reported a recent act of vandalism at the historic Saenger Theatre located in downtown Pine Bluff. While thieves destroyed property and took things that weren’t theirs to take, the real damage is found in what they have exposed. They have cast a harsh light on Pine Bluff’s darkest secret: nobody cares.

In baseball a metaphor

While plans had been underway for more than a year, on this day in 1936, the U.S. Baseball Hall of Fame elected its first members. At the Cooperstown, New York ceremony a cohort of early baseball legends, Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Matthewson and Walter Johnson were inducted into the newly formed pantheon. While the facility itself would not be dedicated for another three years, the event set in place a time honored baseball tradition.

Bonnie Briney

BRYANT - Bonnie Faye Patton Briney, 76 of Bryant passed away September 17, 2015. She was born February 3, 1939, daughter of the late, Lawrence Patton and Mabel Kennedy Patton. Bonnie was a homemaker and a Baptist. Her parents, one son, Michael Briney, step mother, Vivian Patton, two sisters, Pat Dalton and Shirley Minor and six brothers, Billy and Hamp Patton, Robert, Dee, Charles and Gene Sandlin preceded her in death.

Confusion about code enforcement

In 1945, the British author, George Orwell, published his allegorical novel, Animal Farm. It is from that work that we get the famous political contradiction, “All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.” In Pine Bluff today, we have ample evidence that this kind of thinking isn’t reserved for fictional pigs and chickens.

When the backbeat began

This week in 1955, Richard Wayne Penniman of Macon, Georgia, made musical history. Better known to the world as “Little Richard,” Penniman walked into a New Orleans recording studio and laid down the early rock and roll hit, “Tutti Frutti.” What most don’t know, the song Little Richard presented to legendary producer, Bumps Blackwell, and the one that was finally recorded were very different.

Why We Should Take More Syrian Refugees

In the months before the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Secretary of State Colin Powell sometimes invoked what he referred to as the Pottery Barn Rule: “You break it, you own it.” The obligations of ownership are now coming due, in the form of millions of refugees desperate to escape the strife of the Middle East.

Coco and white pants

Labor Day marked the symbolic end of summer. While astronomical fall doesn’t begin until Sept. 23, the mood has already begun to shift from crisp white to autumnal orange. This segue can also be seen in another seasonal shift: the custom of putting away one’s white clothing until Easter, next spring.