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Tuesday, Jan. 22

Pine Bluff City Council meets

The Pine Bluff City Council will meet for the second time this year Tuesday and, like their first meeting, will face a light agenda. The meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. at council chambers at the civic center. A resolution designating Fire Station No. 3, the city’s newest fire station, for retired firefighter Tommy Davis is up for a vote. The meeting was moved from Monday because of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday.

Democratic Central Committee meets

The Jefferson County Democratic Central Committee will have a special meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at GK Restaurant (formerly Garfield’s) in The Pines mall. Details: Michael McCray, committee spokesman, 870-543-0024.

USDA to reopen FSA offices during shutdown

Many Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices will reopen temporarily to perform certain limited services for farmers and ranchers during the government shutdown, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced in a Jan. 16 news release. Offices reopened Thursday, Jan. 17, and will be open Tuesday, Jan. 22. The offices will be closed for the federal Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday, Jan. 21. Southeast Arkansas FSA locations include Jefferson County Service Center, 100 E. Eighth Ave., Room 2603 of the federal building at Pine Bluff, 870-727-6147; Ashley County Service Center, Hamburg; Lincoln County Service Center, Star City; Lonoke County Service Center, Lonoke; and Phillips County Service Center, Helena.

Ivy Center for Education events set

Ivy Center for Education will hold the following meetings at Faith Presbyterian Church, 913 University Drive, Tuesday, Jan. 22: 6 p.m. — The Blue and You Foundation Grant Presentation will be made for Club Scrub-Future Medical Professionals. 6:30 p.m. — Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity will present “The Neck Tie Connection/Project Alpha” to the guys in the church fellowship hall. 6:30 p.m. — “Girl Talk” will be presented to the girls in the church sanctuary by Toni Seville, general manager of Hot 89.7 KUAP at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Details: Mattie Collins, mattie1908@gmail.com, or Patricia Berry, koolaidpat1@aol.com .

A&P Finance Committee to meet

The Advertising and Promotion Commission monthly Finance Committee meeting is scheduled for noon Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the second-floor conference room at the A&P Office, at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Business Support Incubator, 615 S. Main St.

Civic Auditorium panel meets

The Civic Auditorium Complex Commission will meet at noon Tuesday, Jan. 22, in the Sadler Room at the Pine Bluff Convention Center, according to a news release. Details: 870.536-7600.

Dollarway, CPA Neighborhood Watch Group meets

The Dollarway and Citizens Police Academy (CPA) Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at St. Luke Methodist Church, 32 School St. Details: 870-247-1796.

UAM Board of Visitors to meet

The University of Arkansas at Monticello Board of Visitors will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, in the Student Success Center, Room 208. The meeting is open to the public. Details: contact Jeff Weaver, 870-460-1328.

UAM event honors MLK

The University of Arkansas at Monticello Student Programs and Activities will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by hosting a dinner from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22. The buffet-style dinner will be held in the Gibson University Center’s Green Room. The price for dinner is $10.15 per person which will be collected at the door. All students with a university meal plan can eat free of charge. UAM’s Vice Chancellor for Student Engagements, Moses Goldmon, will be the guest speaker at the event.

Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 22

Downtown Rotary Club meets

The Downtown Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets at noon Tuesdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Programs include Jan. 22, Farmers’ Appreciation Day, which is also a joint meeting with the West Pine Bluff Rotary Club. The Joshua J. Euseppi Family, the 2018 Jefferson County Farm Family of the Year, will be honored and the guest speaker will be William C. Bridgforth, attorney with Ramsay, Bridgforth, Robinson & Raley LLP. The downtown Rotary programs will also include Jan. 29: Meet the Newest Rotarians with Tongia Gaston, Camille Neeman and Erin Foster.

Wednesday, Jan. 23

Advertising and Promotion panel sets meeting

The Pine Bluff Advertising and Promotion Commission will meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the A&P offices at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Business Support Incubator, 615 S. Main St. The meeting will be held in the second floor conference room of A&P, according to a news release.

McFarland sets free glaucoma screenings

McFarland Eye Care, 3805 W. 28th Ave., will offer free glaucoma screenings from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, according to a news release. Residents are urged to call for an appointment. Details: McFarlandEye.com or 870-536-4100.

Commercial sets church news deadline

Church news is printed in The Commercial on Friday and the deadline to submit church announcements is noon Wednesday. Articles may be submitted by email to pbcnews@pbcommercial.com, faxed to 870-534-0113, mailed to P.O. Box 6469, Pine Bluff, AR, 71611, or hand delivered to 300 S. Beech St. Area pastors or associate pastors may also submit columns for the Devotional Page by emailing the article and a photo. Photos may also accompany church news by email.

Thursday, Jan. 24

Twin Rivers Paper Co. sets job fair

Twin Rivers Paper Co., 1701 Jefferson Parkway, will host a job fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24. Interested participants must be at least 18 years old and have a Career Readiness Certificate. Resumes will be accepted or applications will be available at the event, according to a newsletter from the Pine Bluff Chamber of Commerce.

University Park neighbors meet

The University Park Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at Family Community Development Corp. Community Center, 1001 N. Palm St. Details: 870-850-7094.

Riverside/Pot Liquor neighbors meet

The Riverside/Pot Liquor Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at Riverside Wing Thing, 2010 Port Road. Details: 870-535-1860.

Chamber’s annual dinner meeting to feature Chris Masingill

The Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 annual dinner meeting will feature keynote speaker Chris Masingill, former co-chairman of the Delta Regional Authority. The formal dinner event will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Tickets are $60 each or $600 for a table seating eight, according to a news release. Planning is underway and limited sponsorships are available for the Chamber’s annual dinner meeting. Seating will be limited, so participants are urged to make plans to attend. Details: Nancy McNew, 870-535-0110.

Beginning Thursday, Jan. 24

West Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets

The West Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets at noon Thursdays at the country club. Programs include: Jan. 24: Salvation Army; and Jan. 31: Maurice Taggart, executive director of the Pine Bluff Urban Renewal Agency.

Friday, Jan. 25

Sulphur Springs UMC slates senior day

Sulphur Springs United Methodist Church, 9238 Sulphur Springs Road, will host its senior adult day at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at the church’s fellowship hall. There will be a potluck luncheon, games and prizes. David Rogers will provide the music. Participants may bring their favorite dish. Admission is free and all ages are invited, according to a news release.

Saturday, Jan. 26

Pilgrim church to hand out food

Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, 2507 Hill St., will open its Raven’s Nest Food Pantry Saturday, Jan. 26, from 8-9:30 a.m. or until all the food has been given away. Food will be given away on a first come, first-served basis. Participants must bring a picture identification, according to a news release.

First Baptist book review to feature retired WH teacher

First Baptist Church, 6501 Hazel St., will host its book review at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, in the fellowship hall. Marcia White, a retired teacher from the White Hall School District, will review, “She is Mine,” written by Stephanie Fast, an abandoned Korean War orphan, according to a news release. Everyone is invited to the book review. Refreshments and door prizes will be furnished following the review.

Beginning Saturday, Jan. 26

St. John offers free meals

St. John AME Church at the corner of Cherry and Pullen streets offers free lunches between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday and free breakfast Sundays beginning at 9 a.m. The meals are offered in the “Soul Food Feeding Program for the Mind, Body and Spirit.”

Monday, Jan. 28

Active, retired federal employees to meet; library director to speak

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) Chapter 287 will meet at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28, in the classroom at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Building, 211 W. Third Ave. Barbara “Bobbie” Morgan, director of the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library System, will be the keynote speaker, according to a news release.

Dallas County Solid Waste Authority meets

The Dallas County Solid Waste Authority will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the county courthouse at Fordyce. The date was changed from Jan. 21 because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, according to a news release. Details: 870-352-3371.

Thursday, Jan. 31

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity plans annual talent hunt

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. will sponsor their annual Talent Hunt competition for Pine Bluff area high school students grades nine through 12 at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at Robert F. Morehead Middle School, 2602 Fluker St. Tickets for adults are $5 and may be purchased at the door. There is no charge for students. Contestants who are home schooled must present verification from their school district that they are enrolled as a high school student, according to a news release. Applications, as well as a parental release and consent form, may be obtained from members of the Tau Phi Graduate Chapter or Tau Sigma Undergraduate Chapter of Omega Psi Phi or contact James Horton at 870-692-1064. Students may also obtain applications by submitting the request to jlabor1@yahoo.com ATTN: J Horton, Talent Hunt Chairman. The deadline for submitting the application is Friday, Jan. 25, 2019.

AARP Driver Safety Class set

The AARP Driver Safety Class will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave. Phil McBee, a certified instructor, will teach the multimedia course for people 50 and older. Participants who finish the course will receive a certificate that will enable drivers 50 and older to receive a discount on their automobile insurance. The discount is valid for three years under Arkansas state law, according to a news release. The cost of the course is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-AARP members. Checks should be payable to AARP. Participants should bring a valid driver’s license. AARP members should bring their AARP cards. To register, call 870-692-7926 and leave a name and phone number.

Friday, Feb. 1

UAPB slates Rural Life Conference

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will present the 63rd annual Rural Life Conference at the Pine Bluff Convention Center Friday, Feb. 1. The conference begins with registration at 7:30 a.m. The opening session begins at 8:30 a.m. and the S.A. Haley Memorial Lecture will be presented by Maurice Jackson, family and community fishing program coordinator with Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. The luncheon will be held at 12:45 p.m. featuring guest speaker Mamie Parker, Ph.D, president of MA Parker & Associates LLC and an executive coach and facilitator in the Washington, D.C., area. Participants will find a wide variety of workshops ranging from traditional to trending and hot topics. Sponsored by the UAPB School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences, the conference features a poster session highlighting research projects and exhibits by governmental and community agencies in addition to 17 workshops. Registration is requested even though the conference is free to producers/farmers/ranchers, homemakers and retirees. Registration for professionals and agency personnel is $75. To register, for special needs, or for more information, contact Casandra Hawkins-Byrd at 870-575-8123 or byrdc@uapb.edu.

Saturday, Feb. 2

Property Owners group to meet

The Pine Bluff Property Owners Association will meet at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Burt’s Food Court & Events LLC, 209 S. Main St.

Merrill All-School Reunion panel to meet

The Merrill All-School Reunion Committee will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at RJ’s Sports Grill, 128 Main St.

Tuesday, Feb. 5

IP/Evergreen retirees to meet

The International Paper/Evergreen Packaging Retirees will meet from 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, in the auditorium of the Arkansas River Education Service Cooperative, 912 W. Sixth Ave. All mill retirees are invited to attend. There will be a guest speaker. The January meeting has been canceled, according to a news release. Details: 870-534-7094.

Tuesday, Feb. 12

White Hall plans Visual Art Showcase

The White Hall School District’s Art Department will hold a Visual Art Showcase from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the White Hall Community Center. Artwork from White Hall students will be featured. The public is invited to attend this event.

Friday, Feb. 15

Jewel Foundation, Alpha Phi Alpha to present All Black Affair

The Southeast Arkansas Jewel Foundation, in conjunction with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Delta Sigma Lamda Chapter, will present An All Black Affair with a Touch of Gold. The gala will be held at 7:06 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The ceremony will honor outstanding community jewels: Dr. Stephen Broughton, Marguerite Flannigan, Lula Gray, Bessie Lancelin, George Makris, Chuck Morgan and Tom Reilley. Rice First Class will cater the event. Tickets are $25 each or $250 for a table of 10 people. Sponsorship levels are Jewel $500; Old Gold $499-$250; and Black $249-$100. Tickets are $25 or $250 for a table of 10 people. Sponsorship levels are Jewel $500; Old Gold $499-$250; and Black $249-$100. Details: Gregory Murray, 870-550-4281.

Thursday, Feb. 28

Registration ends for Blue & You Fitness Challenge

Registering for the 2019 Blue & You Fitness Challenge is underway. The challenge is held annually March 1 to May 31, according to a news release from Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Individuals may register until Thursday, Feb. 28. Groups or individuals are asked to log their exercise activity and to compete for points, according to the release. Details: blueandyoufitnesschallenge-ark.com.

Through Friday, March 15

Student applications being accepted for AgDiscovery

Applications are now being accepted for AgDiscovery, a residential career and science exploration program for teens. Friday, March 15, is the application deadline, according to Willie Columbus, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (research assistant/educational outreach coordinator and AgDiscovery program coordinator. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and UAPB will host AgDiscovery June 8-21 at UAPB. Students participate in hands-on labs, workshops and field trips as well as team building activities and diversity workshops. Students pay only the cost of transportation to and from UAPB. Room, board and supplies are covered by APHIS. Students may apply online at www.aphis.usda.gov/agdiscovery or mail application packet by March 15 to USDA-APHIS AgDiscovery Program, ATTN: Tammy Lowry, 4700 River Road, Unit 92, Suite 6C-04, Riverdale, MD 20737-1234. Details: Willie Columbus, 870-575- 7145 or email columbusw@uapb.edu.

Through Sunday, March 31

Registration opens for poultry feeding operations

The annual registration for Poultry Feeding Operations (PFOs) begins Jan. 1, 2019, in accordance with the Arkansas Poultry Feeding Operations Registration Act (Act 1060 of 2003). The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (ANRC) and the Jefferson County Conservation District issued a reminder for all owners of PFOs. Registration dates will run through March 31 and affect any PFO with 2,500 or more confined fowl, according to a news release. Each poultry producer will register their operation through the Jefferson County Conservation District. There will be an annual $10 registration fee per operation payable to the district. Details: Miccah Bowen, Arkansas Natural Resources Commission in Little Rock, 501-682-3968; Kathryn Hathcoat, district secretary, Jefferson County Conservation District, U.S. Federal Building, 100 E. Eighth Ave., Room 2114, Pine Bluff, 870-727-6125; or a local conservation district.

Saturday, April 13

Area Agency sets 22nd bass tournament

Area Agency on Aging of Southeast Arkansas will host its 22nd Reelin’ for Meals Bass Tournament Saturday, April 13, at Regional Park at Pine Bluff. First place winners will receive $2,500, according to the newsletter from the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce. Boats will launch at daybreak from Regional Park according to their paid registration numbers. The early entry fee is $110 per two-person team and includes two tickets to the King Kat Fish Fry that will immediately follow the weigh-in, according to the newsletter. Proceeds from this event will be used to fund Area Agency’s Meals on Wheels program. Details: sstichert@aaasea.org or 870-543-6300.

SBA disaster loans available; deadline May 6, 2019

Small nonfarm businesses in 11 Arkansas counties are eligible to apply for low‑interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, according to a Sept. 10 news release. The deadline to apply for economic injury is May 6, 2019. These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by hail and high winds that occurred July 20-21, 2018, in these primary counties: Arkansas and Monroe; and neighboring counties: Desha, Jefferson, Lee, Lincoln, Lonoke, Phillips, Prairie, St. Francis and Woodruff. By law, SBA makes Economic Injury Disaster Loans available when the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture designates an agricultural disaster. The secretary declared this disaster on Sept. 5, 2018. Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.


On-going events

EOC taking winter utility bill applications

The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission began accepting applications for the regular winter Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Jan. 7, at EOC, 1201 W. Pullen St. The winter portion of LIHEAP funds will be for gas and electric bills, according to a news release. EOC will accept applications from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Wednesday. EOC will open the program in Jefferson, Grant, Cleveland, Arkansas and Lincoln counties. Applicants for LIHEAP assistance must meet income guidelines. Details: EOC, 870-536-0046.

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Parent center’s community computer lab available

The Pine Bluff School District’s Title I Parent & Family Resource Center’s community computer lab is available for use by parents, teachers, students and the community, according to a news release. Located in the Jordan-Chanay Administrative Center at 1215 W. Pullen St., the lab will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and the second and fourth Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon (excluding holidays.) Details: Parent Center Coordinator Freddie Jolivette, 850-2008/2009.


Free financial seminars

Free small business financial planning and management classes are held at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at Unity Christian Fellowship Church, 2712 S. Bay St., at Pine Bluff. Anthony Armstrong, the pastor and regular instructor of the class, is a business analyst for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s Small and Minority Business Division. Details: www.unitychristianfellowshipchurch.com

Toastmaster Club

Simmons First Pine Bluff Toastmaster Club meets at 12:15 p.m. each Tuesday on the ground floor of the city hall next to the chambers. All those who are interested in better communication and leadership skills are invited. Details: Barbara Rhinehart, 534-3625.