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Past articles by John:

Holiday display's wiring pilfered

PINE BLUFF -- Organizers of the Enchanted Land of Lights event at Pine Bluff's Regional Park said someone recently caused more than $3,000 in damage to the attraction featuring 280 illuminated seasonal scenes along a 1.3-mile path, which draws thousands of adults and children annually. → Read More

JPs table jailer pay, new hires proposal

The Jefferson County Quorum Court's Public Safety Committee voted to table a proposal Monday night that provides raises for jailers at the Jefferson County jail and would add 12 more guards at the facility. → Read More

County jailers' pay raise on table

The Jefferson County Quorum Court will consider tonight whether to approve raises for jailers, along with a request to expand the number of workers at the Jefferson County jail. → Read More

Cleanup to begin Sunday at PB sites

At least three aging buildings in Pine Bluff have collapsed over the past year, spilling rubble onto Main Street's sidewalks. Another is in danger of toppling any day, city inspectors say. → Read More

$340,000 chipped in to ease county's woes

Jefferson County's elected officials came up with nearly $340,000 from their collective budgets Tuesday to bolster the county's budget for the rest of the year. → Read More

Jefferson County to tighten belt

Jefferson County's elected officials have a tall task to tackle on Tuesday in aiming to trim their collective spending by about $350,000 monthly so the county's budget won't break before year's end. → Read More

District calls off search for chief

The Pine Bluff School Board has halted its search for a new superintendent, saying members were unsatisfied with the qualifications of the 15 candidates who applied. → Read More

County holds off budget decision

Jefferson County officials failed Tuesday night to come up with a way to solve their financial emergency. → Read More

PB demolition plan slow to set up

A program that will put parolees to work tearing down condemned homes in Pine Bluff has hit another delay. → Read More

Can't meet payroll, JPs told, so cut

Jefferson County justices of the peace will discuss tonight how the county can make its July 15 payroll after experiencing a steady decline in revenue because of population losses over the past two decades. → Read More

Residents left cleaning mess from flooding

Hundreds of Jefferson County residents have been busy over the past week, cleaning up their homes after floodwaters that had crept into them abated. → Read More

PB fix-up proposal delayed

A proposal by Pine Bluff-based Simmons First National Bank to help revitalize the city has been slowed by scheduling conflicts and a need for further research, Simmons President George Makris said. → Read More

Slow swell arrives at PB homes

Dozens of Pine Bluff residents who live along the Arkansas River spent Friday defending their homes from rising water, with some sandbagging them and others praying that the flood will spare them. → Read More

Students' costs set to rise after boards vote at Tech, HSU

Trustees for Arkansas Tech University in Russellville and Henderson State University in Arkadelphia met separately Thursday and raised the cost of attendance at each university. → Read More

Planning resumes on new PB center

Plans for a multimillion-dollar aquatics center are being finalized more than four years after Pine Bluff voters approved partial funding for it. → Read More

Aldermen tiff in Pine Bluff hinders work

PINE BLUFF -- City business in Pine Bluff has slowed, and a quarter-million-dollar grant is in limbo after four aldermen say they refuse to work with one of their colleagues over the use of an online racial slur, Pine Bluff Mayor Debe Hollingsworth said. → Read More

68 to lose job at PB schools

The Pine Bluff School District is laying off 68 employees in June in an effort to save money after years of financial and enrollment declines, interim Superintendent T.C. Wallace Jr. said Wednesday. → Read More

Council: No faith in official

PINE BLUFF -- The Pine Bluff City Council unanimously passed a no confidence vote against absent Alderman Bill Brumett on Monday night and asked that he resign over what council members believe was the intentional use of a racial slur during a recent online debate. → Read More

Camdenite's reign as world's oldest ends

Camden resident Gertrude Weaver, who held the title of world's oldest person for less than a week, died Monday surrounded by family at Ouachita County Medical Center after a short battle with pneumonia. She was 116. → Read More

2nd protest set seeking ouster of PB official

PINE BLUFF -- Protesters plan to gather at Pine Bluff City Hall before tonight's City Council meeting to call for Alderman Bill Brumett's resignation in the second protest in less than a week over what Brumett has said was the unintentional use of a racial slur online. → Read More