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Monday, Jan. 28

Military and Veterans Museum board to meet

The Pine Bluff Military and Veterans Museum board will meet at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave. The board members and associate members will be making plans for the next fund-raising project, according to a news release. Details: Curtis Cook at 575-2310.

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.

Youth Advisory Council to meet

The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) of the Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation will meet Monday, Jan. 28, at the Donald Reynolds Center located at 211 W. 3rd Ave. from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, email Lawrence Fikes at pinebluffarea@arcf.org or Mattie Collins at kencol1@msn.com .

East Harding Neighborhood Watch Group meets

The East Harding Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, at Mt. Harmony Baptist Church, 812 E. Harding St. Details: 870-534-4795. Details: Deborah Davis, the Neighborhood Watch Coordinator at the Pine Bluff Police Department, 870-730-2073.

Tuesday, Jan. 29

UAPB plans woodland owners’ meeting at Camden

A Keeping it in the Family (KIITF) meeting for woodland owners is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the Shady Grove Baptist Church at Camden. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. with registration followed by dinner and the meeting. Joe Friend, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff forester, and Aaron Williams, Ouachita County forester, will be among the presenters discussing forest management production and documents every tree farmer needs, according to a news release. Pre-registration is requested for this dinner meeting. If participants have special needs or want to be included in the meal count, they should contact Kandi Williams, Sustainable Forestry and African-American Land Retention (SFLR) outreach coordinator, at 870-571-9428 or klwilliams4@gmail.com.

Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 29

Downtown Rotary Club meets

The Downtown Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets at noon Tuesdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Programs include Jan. 29: Meet the Newest Rotarians with Tongia Gaston, Camille Neeman and Erin Foster.

Wednesday, Jan. 30

AME churches sponsor pantry opening for federal workers

St. John AME Church, 1117 W. Pullen St., will host a “One Day Food Pantry” for people affected by the government shutdown. The pantry will be open from 12:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30. Participants must bring a federal government ID. The pantry is sponsored by St. John, Mt. Pleasant, St. Andrew, Allen Temple, St. Luke, Greater Ward Chapel and St. Paul AME churches, according to a news release. Although the President announced that the government will be reopened for three weeks, the pantry will still hold the opening, according to a spokeswoman. Details: 870-536-5909 or 870-535-3760.

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. 31

Crime Advisory Commission to meet

The Pine Bluff Crime Advisory Commission will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, in the city council conference room at city hall. Details: Jean Painton, chairwoman, 536-0733.

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.

Beginning Thursday, Jan. 31

West Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets

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

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.

Monday, Feb. 4

Jefferson County Democratic Women to meet

The Jefferson County Democratic Women will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at the Holiday Inn Express at The Pines mall. A representative from the Arkansas Democratic Party will discuss issues that are coming up in the current legislative session. Visitors are welcomed, according to a news release.

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.

Beginning Monday, Feb. 11

Dollarway sets parent teacher conferences

Dollarway School District announces its parent teacher conference dates. James Matthews Elementary School will hold conferences from 2:30-7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11. Robert Morehead Middle School and Dollarway High School scheduled conferences from 2:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12. Students will be dismissed two hours early on these days and a teacher break will be held between 4-4:30 p.m.

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.