Page 1 Covering Pine Bluff, Southeast and Central Arkansas

Summer 2014

Pops, Blues & Rocks Light Up the Sky on

July 4th! The Pine Bluff Festival Association and the Pine Bluff Parks & Recreation Department are teaming up to host this year’s Independence Day Celebration!



South Arkansas’ Largest Fireworks Display Bring the entire family and celebrate a safe and fun 4th of July at

PINE BLUFF’S REGIONAL PARK! Food vendors will open at 2:00 p.m. Live entertainment, sponsored by M.K. DISTRIBUTORS, will begin at 7:00 p.m. The band EXIT 123 will perform two sets starting at 7:00 p.m., capped off at 9:00 p.m. by south Arkansas’ largest fireworks display!



SIMMONS FIRST NATIONAL BANK, RELYANCE BANK, AND THE PINE BLUFF FESTIVAL ASSOCIATION. There is no admission fee, so bring the entire family and celebrate the Fourth with us at Pine Bluff’s Regional Park! The rain date for fireworks only will be July 5th.


For more information, visit, or call (870) 536-0920 or (870) 536-7600.

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Our Mayor’s Message Our Mayor’s Message

As mayor of the City of Pine bluff, I am overjoyed to announce As Mayor of the City of Pine Bluff,the success of ourtofirst youth-oriented I am overjoyed announce the Summer Enrichment & Cultural success of our first youth-oriented Summer Enrichment & Cultural Program and Mayor for the Day Program and Mayor for the Day initiatives, which was implemented initiatives, was move implemented last year.which As we forward last year. we move forward into to into thisAs year, we are planning this year, we are planning to continue continue our efforts to support our our efforts to support our youth youth within the community. within the community. The City of Pine Bluff plans The City of Pine Bluff plans to to continue with the Summer continue with the Academic & Cultural Enrichment Summer Academic & Cultural Program which began in June. The Enrichment Program which will objective of The thisobjective free program start in June. of this is to offer our students anour opportunity free program is to offer students to enhance their knowledge an opportunity to enhance their in academic studies, asstudies, well as knowledge in academic as the ability to gain experience well as the abilitycultural to gain cultural through structured cultural experience through structured enrichment programs and cultural enrichment programs and by by visitingsites sites outside CityCity of of visiting outsidethethe Pine Bluff. of this Pine Bluff.The Thecontinuation continuation of this

program is made possible through the special support from our local program is made possible through financial contributors, who believe the special support from our local in the future of our youth. financial contributors, who believe in the future of our Also, in ouryouth. efforts to provide Also, in our efforts provide Youth for our youth, ourtoSummer for our youth, ourprogram Summer Youth Employment will strive Employment program125-150 will strive youth to hire between toduring hire between 125-150 youth the 2014 summer. The during the 2014 summer. The youth youth will serve at our social will serve at our social agencies,centers, agencies, daycare daycare centers, Parks & Recreation Parks & Recreation centers, centers, Police department day Police Department day camp, camp, county departments, and county departments, and city city departments. The funds for this departments. The funds forbythis program are generously donated program are generously donated private donations as well as from the by private donations as well as from county and city governments. If any the county would and city governments. organization like to donate any organization would like toIfthe Summer Youth Employment to donate to additional the Summer Program to hire youth,Youth Employment Program please contact Vickie Conawaytoat hire 870-730-2040. additional youth, please contact Another goal weat have continued Vickie Conaway 870-730-2040.

Another goal we have continued is our endeavors to Reform, toto setset is our endeavors to Reform, Revitalize Restore Revitalize andand Restore our city;our andcity; and the during thewe summer during summer will havewe will have continuous SAFE Team continuous SAFE Team Sweeps Sweeps with theofassistance with the assistance our Church of our Church Outreach Committee Outreach Committee and other localand other localandorganizations organizations entities which hasand entities which has this assisted assisted us in executing in executing this project. The City of Pine Bluff’s ultimateThe goalCity Pine Bluff’s goal is to is of to provide many ultimate opportunities forprovide our youthmany expandopportunities their horizon, for ouratyouth expand their horizon, while the same time revitalizing while at the same revitalizing our neighborhoods to time provide our citizens with the “Qualitytoofprovide Place” our our neighborhoods and Qualitywith of Life” expect.of Place” citizens thethey “Quality KeepQuality your eyes more and of open Life” for they expect. new Keep initiatives to support our youth, your eyes open for more improve our city and image. new initiatives to support our Sincerely, youth, improve our city and image. The Honorable Sincerely, Hollingsworth TheDebe Honorable Debe Mayor Hollingsworth

Y L Y L I L L B I A B K A C K O C R O •• R S E S U L E B U L • B K CC K • O R O • R Y R • T N CC O O UUN T R Y

Honorable TheThe Honorable Debe Hollingsworth Debe Hollingsworth Mayor Mayor

EXIT EXIT123 123

4th 4thofofJuly JulyCelebration Celebration at Regional Park at Regional Park in Pine Bluff

in Pine Bluff

Exit 123 is a diverse group of musicians a variety styles Exitwho 123 iscover a diverse group of musicians from country, rockofand blues, who cover through a variety styles from to country, rockabilly.through Their styles wide to rockcover and ablues, variety of eras from the ‘60s to today, rockabilly. Their styles cover a wide and various fromthe Alan Jackson variety of artists eras from 60’s to today, to and ZZ Top. The band will provide an various artists from Alan Jackson enjoyable mix of popular dance tunes to ZZ Top. The band will provide an and even a little bit of on-stage humor. enjoyable mix of popular dance tunes Their goal is to create a memorable and even a little bit of on-stage humor. event for everyone in attendance.

Their goal is to create a memorable event for everyone in attendance.


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See Haley’s adorable patriotic photo when she was a little girl on Page 28 (Archie Sanders, State Farm advertisement). Pictured is the late Ann Sullivant with her great friend, Rodney Rodgers, a Pine Bluff hometown local favorite.

Ann’s Delicious Deviled Eggs Enjoy for the Fourth! 1 Dozen Eggs Put in pan to boil with cold water. Add salt and let them boil for 8 minutes Cover after boil & let sit for 20 minutes Pour hot water off. Add cold water. Pour off. Crack and roll shell. It’ll come right off. Cut in half. Put whites on paper towels. Put yellow yolks in bowl. Mash yolks with fork. Pour a little sweet pickle juice in yolks, mash together. Add (4) heaping tablespoons sweet pickle relish Add garlic powder to taste & stir. Add Hellman’s Mayo to stiff consistency. Salt and pepper to taste Put mixture back into egg white halves. Garnish with sliced olive on top of each egg *Could make two dozen and still run out. Make day before, cover with Saran Wrap (not foil) Keep in refrigerator.


Send-off Party

for Mrs. Arkansas America Kellie Glisson

Mrs. Arkansas Director Lynn DeJarnette with Mrs. Arkansas America Kellie Glisson. A send-off party was held for Kellie as she is competing at the Mrs. America Pageant August 22nd-29th! “We need a Mrs. Jefferson County and a Mrs. Pine Bluff to compete” for Kellie’s Mrs. Arkansas America title! Kellie crowns another Mrs. Arkansas America at our October 11th pageant! This could be their send-off party next year if they win!”

Lynn DeJarnette

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Gustek Sees Saracen as “Gem in Our Community”

One-half of the eight phases of the five-mile

Lake Saracen Walking Trail – which connect Regional



Saracen Landing to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff — have been completed. It may be 2016 before the last leg is finished, Pine Bluff officials note. They are waiting on the Arkansas Highway and


Department to complete the widening of University Drive



Caught at His Desk is Greg Gustek, Our City Treasurer & the director of Pine Bluff Festival Association. Busy! Busy! Busy!

Brumps Bayou, a 300foot fishing pier for the handicapped and wildlife observation area at the rear of the old George Washington





wildlife benches

have been designated

replacing an obsolete playground. Initially

splash pad.

lights installed for walkers

Work has been delayed Pine


using the trail at night.

because of a necessary



as “Golden Lions Park,”

Parks and Recreation



were installed for the

with UAPB agreeing to

Department officials said

officials said, and several

first phase, but planners

maintain the park and

they planned to break

changes in the plans.

determined it would be

provide security patrols.

ground on a splash pad

Gustek said he has


between Lake Saracen

walked the completed

constructing a 308-foot

and West Pullen Avenue

portions of the trail –


wildlife observation and

in 2012, then open the

designed for walkers,


fishing pier across where

facility for the summer

bicyclists and wheelchairs,

has won notice Gustek

of 2013.

but not motorized vehicles

reminds a visitor to his

A more realistic date

– several times and has


The city will use a

for the splash pad to be

been told repeatedly this

The walking trail was

combination of sales tax

completed is late this year,

is “the best thing Pine

awarded the “Governor’s

A large pavilion has

revenues and a 50/50

opening for the Memorial

Bluff has done.”

Fitness Award” in 2011,


been erected next to the

matching state grant to

Day weekend of 2015.

In response to one

Gustek reminds anyone

University Drive by the

parking lot for picnics

build a 3,600 square foot

The city contracted with

observation, he noted

who will listen, describing


and other activities.

splash pad at the west

a Little Rock engineering

initial plans called for

Lake Saracen as a “gem

edge of Lake Saracen,

firm to construct the

the walking trail to have

in our community.”

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff campus. Greg Gustek, treasurer of the Lake Saracen Project Association, said the first phase, which

School are on the agenda. The eighth and final phase of the walking trail will begin at the pier, turn south on Linden, then east on Pullen to return



was dedicated five years

to Saracen Landing. Once

ago, is used every day by

the last link is finished,

Brumps Bayou empties

walkers and others.

the trail will cover five

into the lake.

A parking lot and a new boat ramp behind the former UAPB chancellor’s home,



of another crossing at

miles for walkers and bicyclists.




too costly to light the full length of the trail. it

is the

not trail

SUMMER 2014 | PAGE 9



Hard boil a dozen eggs Cool and peel Cut eggs in half and empty yolks into a quart size plastic bag. Add around 1/2 cup Miracle Whip (more or less to your taste) Mash it all up Slowly add spicy mustard to taste. Salt and pepper to taste At this point you can add whatever you like as long as your able to pipe the yolk filling out of your bag. I like to add real bacon bits. Move the yolk mixture to a corner edge of the plastic bag. Snip a corner with scissors and pipe your filling into your eggs and add toppings as desired.

MOM’S GERMAN POTATO SALAD 3 lbs of small red potatoes 1 large onion finely chopped 3/4 cup pickles finely chopped Salt and pepper to taste 1 to 2 cups of Mayonnaise 3 hard boiled eggs 6 slices thick sliced bacon Cook potatoes 16 to 18 min until done, cool completely (this could be done the day before) peel skin of potatoes cut in half and slice into large bowl Add onions and pickles Fry the bacon crisp and crumble into your potatoes cut-up 2 of the eggs into small pieces, add to potatoes, add mayonnaise and fold everything together add salt and pepper to taste! Last egg cut into eighth and use as

garnish on top of salad sprinkle a little paprika for color Enjoy!!’


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Rickey Works . . . . . .President Mike Lane . . . . . . . . . Vice President Sue Trulock . . . . . . . . Secretary Glenn Minor . . . . . . . Treasurer

Look What’s Happening at Grider Field Museum The Pine Bluff Grider Field Aviation Museum has been incorporated with the Arkansas Secretary of State. Next, the Board of Directors will file for a 501(c)(3), non-profit corporation status with the IRS. Once complete, all donations to the museum will be tax deductible. In addition, a Board Committee is working with the State National Registry of Historic Places to add the Grider Field barrack and three original hangers to the National Registry. While completing these projects, members of the Board are interested in talking with anyone who may have aviation memorabilia, stories or information they would like to share with the museum. Items at the airport are currently being cataloged. If you, or someone you know has ties to Grider Field, or aviation in Southeast Arkansas, please contact us through our email account (info@ so that we may contact you personally.

Gerald Loyd Bruce Rodgers Jeremy Lambert Richard Warriner Jimmy Glover John Alexander

Randal Warren Kenneth Collins Gary Jafar Doug Hale Kate Terrell William Heird

Rickey Works . . . . . .President Mike Lane . . . . . . . . . Vice President Sue Trulock . . . . . . . . Secretary Glenn Minor . . . . . . . Treasurer

Website: (under development)


Gerald Loyd Bruce Rodgers Jeremy Lambert Richard Warriner Jimmy Glover John Alexander

PINE BLUFF AVIATION COMMISSION Michael Sizemore . . . . Chairman Joy Blankenship Kenneth Collins Gerald Andrews


Kirby Mouser Leon Scallion Ken Johnson

Randal Warren Kenneth Collins Gary Jafar Doug Hale Kate Terrell William Heird

Website: (under development)

E-mail: Continued On Page 31...

Doug Hale . . . . . . Airport Manager

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Cotton Belt Breaks Ground The Pine Bluff Cotton Belt Federal Credit Union is expanding with a new office under construction at 8540 U.S. 270 – also known as Sheridan Road – since breaking ground in late April. Established in 1936 to serve employees of the Cotton Belt Railroad, President Greg James said the financial institution now serves 72 employee groups, including the Cotton Belt Railroad Museum, railroads, retail stores, Pine Bluff Sand and Gravel, three churches, accounting firms and attorneys. “We have a wide variety of customers,” James said during an interview with The Updater at the institution’s main office, 1703 River Pines Blvd. “We also have a wide variety of services for those customers,” he added. The latter variety includes checking and savings accounts, loans for cars, home improvements and real estate loans, personal loans, investment services, retirement accounts, insurance, ATM and debit cards, cashiers’ checks, mobile banking, free notary service, bill paying by the Internet, night deposits and safety deposit boxes. The credit union’s customers dictated the location for the branch office just west of the Interstate 530 interchange and immediately south of the new Smart Motors complex. “We are trying to put the location to be convenient to our customers,” he added. The branch will have a drive-through lane and ATM. “We are constantly looking for ways to serve our customers,” James stated, with the mobile and on-line services. The credit union will launch a credit card service when the new branch opens. “We want to serve our members the best way we can and with the best services and facilities available,” the chief executive noted. The branch will open with five employees initially. The credit union is a non-profit organization with a seven-member board.

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Summer Time in the Bluff

Theatre Camp Arts & Science Center (870) 536-3375 Art Camp From 9:00 - 11:00 am: Arts & Science Center (870) 536-3375

Youth Summer Reading Program Altheimer Branch Library 870-766-8499 Free Youth Summer Reading Program White Hall Branch Library 870-247-5064 Free Youth Summer Reading Program Pine Bluff / Jefferson County Library System Main Branch 870-534-4802 Free Youth Summer Reading Program Watson Chapel Branch 870-879-3406 Free Tinker Jr.

Arts & Science Center Tim Rhoades (870) 5363375 $50-Members / $70-NonMembers Seabrook Family Christian Center 870-535-6909 $90-100 weekly (Membership Required)

Jefferson County Boys & Girls Club 870-534-2188 Theatre Camp Arts & Science Center (870) 536-3375 Art Camp Arts & Science Center (870) 536-3375 UAPB’s HathawayHoward Fine Arts Center The Leedell-MooreheadGraham Gallery features a series of student and professional art exhibitions throughout the year.

Teen Summer Reading Program Pine Bluff / Jefferson County Library System Main Branch 870-534-4802 Free Teen Summer Reading Program Pine Bluff / Jefferson County Library System White Hall Branch 870-247-5064 Free Teen Summer Reading Program Pine Bluff / Jefferson County Library System Altheimer Branch 870-766-8499 Free

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While Pine Bluff does not have a municipal swimming pool, plans are being developed for a new community water park with a swimming pool and other features. In the meantime, public pools are open for a fee at the University of Arkansas atPine Bluff and the Pine Bluff Arsenal during the summer months. For hours of operation and the fee schedule, call 575-8690 or 5757184. Fees begin at $4. UAPB also offers swimming lessons and water aerobics classes. The arsenal has two swimmings pools open noon to 7:30 p.m. seven days a week. Guest fees are $5 per person. Family passes are also available.

UAPB AgDiscovery Summer Enrichment Program UAPB School of Agriculture, Fisheries, & Human Sciences Willie Columbus, 870-5757252 Free

operations. 870-541-5402 University Museum & Cultural Center Monday-Friday: 9 AM-5 PM UAPB Childress Hall 870-575-8234

TOPPS Summer Program 870-850-7377 Free

Pine Bluff Art League Gallery Ongoing 211 W. 3rd Street, Pine Bluff (870) 534-1699

Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame Pine Bluff Convention Center Monday-Friday: 9 AM-5 PM (Except Holidays) 870536-7600 Jefferson County Historical 201 E. Fourth Avenue, Pine Bluff Please call for hours of

Juveniles In Motion (J.I.M.) Summer Sports Youth Program Cedric Jackson, 870-489-6024 Free Domestic Violence Walk Pine Bluff Police Department Lt. Warrier (870) 730-2078 Free

Development Corporation Dorothy Blanks Coleman (870) 850-7094 Jefferson County 4-H University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service Pia Woods (870) 5341033 Delta Rivers Nature Center Please call for dates and times. Delta Rivers Nature Center (870) 534-0011 Free Basketball Camp Pine Bluff Police Department Lt. Warrior (870) 730-2078 $15








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Spectacular Recipes for the 4th of July HOMEMADE VANILLA ICE CREAM

2 cups sugar 3 tablespoons cornstarch 1/4 teaspoon salt 3 cups light cream 4 eggs, slightly beaten 4 cups chilled heavy cream 2 tablespoons vanilla Combine first 3 ingredients in top of double boiler and stir in light cream. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. Add a small amount of hot mixture to eggs, stirring constantly. Stir in remaining hot mixture and continue cooking for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Stir in heavy cream and vanilla. Refrigerate until freezing time. Freeze in an electric or hand crank freezer. Yield: 3 quarts.

vegetables, combine with cabbage and chill. In a small saucepan combine egg, butter, flour, cornstarch, sugar, salt, turmeric and vinegar. Boil gently until thick, stirring constantly to prevent lumps. Pour hot dressing over vegetables and chill overnight. Yield 8 to 10 servings

pieces 3/4 cup chopped onion 1 10 ounce package frozen blackeyed peas 2 cups water 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup raw rice 2 teaspoons vinegar 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper



1 6 ounce package cherry flavored gelatin 2 cups boiling water 6 cups cold water 1 small can orange juice concentrate 1 small can lemonade concentrate 1 large can pineapple juice 1 quart chilled ginger ale Combine all ingredients except ginger ale and chill until very cold. Add 1 quart chilled ginger ale when ready to serve.


1 medium cabbage 1 bunch celery 2 onions 3 green peppers 1 sweet red pepper 1 egg, slightly beaten 3 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon cornstarch 3/4 cup sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon turmeric 1/2 cup wine vinegar Shred cabbage, chop


1/2 cup boiling water 1-1/2 cups fresh lemon juice 4-1/2 cups cold water Ice cubes Lemon slices Combine sugar, water, and lemon juice in a 2-quart pitiche and stir vigorously with a spoon until sugar is dissolved. Cover and store in refrigerator until ready to use. To serve, add cold water, ice cubes and lemon slices and stir. Pour over ice cubes into a 10 or 12 ounch glass.


31 3 ounce package cream cheese, softened 1 medium onion, chopped 1 medium tomato, peeled and chopped 2 ounces green chilies, chopped 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar 1/2 teaspoon salt Freshly ground pepper to taste Corn or tortilla chips Mix all ingredients except chips until creamy. If you are making this in advance, place it in a bowl with an avocado pit to prevent discoloring. Remove pit before serving. Serve with chips.


6 slices bacon, cut into 1/2 inch

Crackers or chips Cook bcon in large saucepan. Remove with slotted spoon and drain on absorbent paper; reserve. Add onion to bacon fat in saucepan; cook until tender. Add black-eyed peas, water and salt. Cover and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes. Stir in rice; cover and cook over low heat for 25 to 30 minutes, until rice is tender. Puree mixture in food processor or blender. Add vinegar and cayenne pepper. If mixture is too thick for dipping stir in a little boiling water. Heat. Sprinkle with crumbled bacon. Serve with crackers or chips.


1-1/4 cups sugar

1 cup seedless grapes 1-1/2 cups fresh orange sections 1 cup pineapple chunks 2 medium apples (unpeeled, cored and cubed) 1 cup maraschino cherries, halved 1 tablespoon sugar 1/2 cup flaked coconut, toasted 1 cup sour cream 2 tablespoons mayonnaise 1 tablespoon light cream Lettuce 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted Combine fruits, sprinkle with sugar, add coconut and toss lightly. Mix sour cream, mayonnaise and cream; fold into fruit just before serving. Serve on lettuce cups and garnish with almonds.


4 cups diced cooked potatoes 2 hard-boiled eggs, chopped 1/2 cup chopped celery 1/4 cup chopped pickle 2/3 cup mayonnaise 1 tablespoon vinegar 1 tablespoon instant minced onion 2 teaspoons mixed herbs 1/4 teaspoon white pepper 1 teaspoon dry mustard 1/4 teaspoon crushed fennel seed Combine potatoes, eggs, celery, and pickle in large bowl. Blend remaining ingredients and gently stir into potato mixture. Chill.

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More recipes for the 4th!


6 large tomatoes 6 green onions 3 ribs celery 4 cucumbers 2 green peppers 1/2 cup olive oil 1 cup red wine vinegar 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 clove garlic 1/4 teaspoon chopped mint 1/4 teaspoon oregano Crisp lettuce cups Chop first 5 ingredients into bitesized pieces. Toss and set aside. Combine next 7 ingredients and pour over vegetables. Cover tightly and refrigerate overnight. Remove the garlic before serving. Drain vegetables, reserving dressing to moisten. Fill lettuce cups and serve.


6 strips of bacon Combine all ingredients, topping with bacon slices. Bake in a 275 to 300 degree oven for 2-1/2 hours.

2 1-pound cans pork and beans 1 1-pound 3-ounce can chili without beans MARYJANE BUTTER RECIPES 1/3 cup dark brown sugar 1 tablespoon Worcestershire CRACKLY PEAR CAKE sauce 2 cups plus 3 tablespoons 2 cloves garlic, chopped unbleached flour 3 medium onions, chopped 1-1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons 1/2 green pepper, chopped sugar 1/2 rib celery, chopped 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon prepared mustard 3/4 cup cold unsalted butter, cut 1 tablespoon chili powder 1/2 of a 14-1/2 ounce bottle of into small pieces3/4 cup milk 2 large eggs catsup



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1 teaspoon almond extract Zest of 1 large lemon 1 tablespoon baking powder 2 cups fresh pears, peeled and diced 1 large egg white Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Grease and flour a 9-inch spring form pan. Using a pastry blender or fork, blend together 2 cups flour, 1-1/2 cups sugar, salt, and butter until crumbly. Press 1 cup of the mixture over the bottom and 1/2 inch up the sides of the spring form pan. With a whisk, blend the milk, eggs, almond extract, lemon zest, 3 tablespoons flour, and baking powder. Stir remaining crumb mixture into liquids until blended but still a little lumpy. Fold in pears. Pour into a spring form pan. Beat egg white until foamy, then add 2 tablespoons sugar and beat until the white stands in small

peaks. Spread over the batter. Bake for 65 minutes, and let cool for 30 minutes on a wire rack. Remove the side of the spring form pan and allow to finish cooling.


(As strange as it sounds, this salsa is excellent served on rice.) 1 cup watermelon balls (using the small end of a melon scoop) 1 avocado, diced 1/4 cup red onion, chopped 4 tablespoons fresh cilantro, coursely chopped 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice


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Theis couple inspires younger generations Kenneth and Carolyn Cummins Theis of Pine Bluff may be too busy for retirement. With interests in birding, music, books, the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, table tennis, hiking in pursuit of birds and travel, they don’t have a lot of spare time to enjoy residing in a condo at Trinity Village Retirement Community. Married for 57 years, Kenneth, 91, and Carolyn, 84, keep their residence filled with laughter. “A sense of humor is one of the best gifts you can bring to a marriage,” she told a recent visitor to their home. When he correctly recounted the number of years they have been married, she first gave a different number, then agreed with her husband. “I don’t do math,” she explained with a smile. A retired certified public accountant, Kenneth appears on the surface to be the more serious of the two, with his spouse frequently breaking into laughter while explaining their secret to a long marriage. However, he slips in a quip or two when the opportunity surfaces. They both share a

love for books, with Kenneth having added a Barnes & Noble Nook ebook and an iPad for reading. He enjoys the classics when reading, while she likes a good mystery. Carolyn recalls they owned hundreds and hundreds of books before downsizing and moving from the family home to the smaller condo. She said many books were donated to a library. “It was like giving away your children,” she said half jokingly, half serious, while sipping a cup of coffee. Kenneth loves big band music and symphonies, while she is more into classical music. There is ample evidence of their music collection in the home. Born in East St. Louis, Ill., Kenneth has long been a baseball fan, following the Pine Bluff Judges minor league baseball team that existed between 1930 and 1955. Following his retirement from an accounting firm, the husband and wife would often spend a month at spring training watching the Cardinals practice Kenneth was attending college when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor,

then joined the Navy immediately upon graduation, serving as a supply and disbursing officer on a destroyer escort. The ship was damaged in a kamikaze attack during the invasion of Okinawa and ordered back to the states. The atomic

bombs that ended the war in the Pacific were dropped when his ship was at a shipyard for repairs. He was on an Honor Flight to the World War II Monument in Washington four years ago. While studying at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, he was a champion table tennis player. He didn’t play again until retiring, joining a number of

retirees who play doubles weekly at a Pine Bluff Baptist church. “It’s something I had been good at,” he explained. “I’m not that good now.” Active in sports when he was younger, “I gave up golf ... and tennis a long time ago.” Carolyn, a Pine Bluff native, attended college in Texas, then taught school for two years. She obtained a civil service job with

the Army in occupied Germany to visit her brother and snow ski, then went to work for Pine Bluff-based AP&L after returning home. After meeting Kenneth at a social function, she said she abandoned thoughts of skiing and a civil service job in Alaska. “We got married after tax season,” she said with a laugh. A son and daughter kept her busy volunteering as a Cub den mother, Girl Scout leader, in the schools and with Red Cross and Junior Auxiliary. Now her time is occupied by the Three Rivers Audubon Society, playing guitar in a “sing-along-group” and riding her bike. They almost need an assistant to keep track of their busy schedules.

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June 6 & 7, 2014 The New Community Theatre presents “Liza & Judy, ” The New Community Theater June 6, 2014 Live@5 featuring , Legoria Payton & Friends, Arts and Science Center June 7, 2014 Plant Swap (Pine Bluff) Governor Mike Huckabee Delta Rivers Nature Center June 7, 2014 Farmers Market Festival, Saracen Landing June 7, 2014 Saturday - Farmers Market - 40th Anniversary Celebration - Saracen Landing * Farmers Market every Saturday June 8, 2014 Pine Bluff Dance Academy Recital, Pine Bluff Convention Center June 9 - August 8, 2014 Summer Camps start June 9 - 13, 2014 Art Camp - Art I, Arts and Science Center June 9 - 13, 2014 Art Camp - Art II, Arts & Science Center June 14, 2014 Printmaking with Delita Martin, Arts & Science Center June 14, 2014 Saturday Children’s Theatre - “Uncle Sam and Strawberry Jam!”

The New Community chery Range Theatre July 17, 2014 June 16 - 20, 2014 Basic Archery InTheatre Camp - The- structor Training (Pine ater I, Arts & Science Bluff), Governor Mike Center Huckabee Delta Rivers June 20 & 21, 2014 Nature Center The New CommuJuly 18 & 19, 2014 nity Theatre presThe New Commuents “Branson on The nity Theatre presents Road,” The New Com- “Bastille, The Mentalmunity Theatre ist,” The New CommuJune 23 - 27, 2014 nity Theatre Science Camp - SciJuly 23-27, 2014 ence II, Arts & Science ASC presents “Young Center Frankenstein,” Arts & June 27-29, 2014 Science Center Arkansas Big Bass July 26, 2014 Bonanza Saturday Children’s June 27 & 28, 2014 Theatre - “Happy The New Commu- Days,” The New Comnity Theatre presents munity Theatre “Marty Allen,” The New August 1, 2014 Community Theater Live@5 featuring July 4, 2014 Joe Pitts Band, Arts & Pops, Blues & Rocks, Science Center Pine Bluff/Jefferson August 1 & 2, 2014 County Regional Park The New CommuJuly 4, 2014 nity Theatre presents Bands and Fire- “Rio Clemente,” The works Program at the New Community TheAmphitheater ater July 11 & 12, 2014 August 3, 2014 The New CommuSaracen Sunday nity Theatre presents Concert “Craig Diamond,” The August 5, N e w 2014 Commu- Trinity Episcopal Church N a nity The- is the oldest continually t i o n a l in use Episcopal church in atre Night Out Arkansas. To inquire about July 12a tour call 534-3832. The ( P B P D ) , 13, 2014 church is located at 703 W. Pine Bluff 33rd 3rd in Pine Bluff. ConvenAnnual tion CenBen Pearson Memorial ter 3-D Tournament, Pine August 15 & 16, 2014 Bluff Bowhunters ArThe New Commu-

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Sissy’s Introduces New Pine Bluff Manager

Michel Gutman has succeeded Michael Bohner as store manager for Sissy’s Log Cabin jewelry store in Pine Bluff, with Bohner moving to Memphis to open the fourth store in the growing chain. More than four decades ago, Sissy Jones opened her first store in a small little log cabin in the 2300 block of Camden Road in Pine Bluff. Years later she along with her husband Murphy Jones upgraded it and expanded it into a true retail store. Since then, the company has expanded to Little Rock and Jonesboro. Gutman said he heard about the Pine Bluff store long before he arrived in Arkansas. “Sissy’s reputation expanded well beyond the state’s borders,” he added. “Everyone knows about Sissy’s if you are in the jewelry business.” A native of Long Island, N.Y., he said he has been in the jewelry profession for 28 years “after a friend got me started. Like

most people, I sort of fell into it.” No two days in the jewelry profession are alike, he observed. On the positive side, “you are usually dealing with a happy occasion – an engagement, birthday, or some kind of celebration.” He recounted Sissy’s success starting with estates and estate jewelry. “She developed one of the most respected jewelry stores in the country.” Gutman said he spent the last five years working at a Hot Springs jewelry store after almost 15 years at a Connecticut store. “I wasn’t looking for a job, but (the Jones family) had heard about me. I was flattered that they would think of me.” Jewelers must spend a lot of time traveling, Gutman noted, explaining for the past 20 years he has traveled to Antwerp, Tel Aviv, New York City and Los Angeles buying gems.

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Taylor Field to Host Babe Ruth Series

Pine Bluff’s historic Taylor Field will mark Field has played “a big part of our history.” The its 75th anniversary by hosting the 2015 Babe city was awarded the tournament during a Ruth 14-year-old World Series. The games teleconference in December. mark the sixth time a Babe Ruth Baseball Jim Hill, Taylor Field’s executive director, World Series national tournament has been said eight teams that won regional eliminaplayed in the city and the first since 2003. tions will play in the series, in addition to Taylor Field hosted the 15-year-old World one each from the Seabrook and White Hall Series in 1972, 1975, 1994 and 1998, in addileagues, with the North Arkansas and South tion to the 13-year-old World Series in 2003 Arkansas champions rounding out the series. and the 12 and under Softball World Series in The Babe Ruth League will spend $75,000 2000. A local team was in the finals of the 1994 in the community on baseball operations and tournament. Kevin Bonnette, Agent It’s how I treat all my 3077 W 28th Avenue travel. Local sponsors must guarantee $45,000 The majority Pine of the – six each day customers. And you can be Bluff,games AR 71603 helpto underwrite the series. 870-535-2233 I’llcontributions always do mytobest – will be played Bus: at Taylor Field, with two sure at in Hill needs. said proceeds from the series will help meet your the Eddie Bryan Field at Seabrook Family Bonnette, Agent It’s how I treat all my Like fund a good neighbor, at Taylor Field, which was improvements 7 W 28th Avenue Christian Center. customers. And you can beState Farm is there.® Bluff, AR 71603 Robert Faherty Jr.,Bonnette, Babe Ruth Kevin AgentLeague vice built by the Works Progress Administration. : 870-535-2233

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Couple talks of their love of the environment, biology

Pillow talk at the home of Bill and April Layher often resembles an environmental science lecture at a college, observed April, mixed in with healthy doses of laughter. They spend most of their working days involved with the environmental impact of various projects, so the discussion is normal for a couple with science backgrounds. Bill, a full-time professor at Southeast Arkansas College (SEARK), is a consultant with his company, Layher Biologics, an environmental casualty service, while April has been director of the Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Department since January. She left her post as an enforcement analyst with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality in North Little Rock to accept the municipal post. She is no stranger to Pine Bluff, having worked for ADEQ at the Pine Bluff Arsenal during the destruction of chemical weapons and as an environmental educator with the Delta Rivers Nature Center here, in addition to her involvement with the Bayou Bartholomew Alliance since the mid-1990s. Lake Saracen, Lake Langhoffer, the Arkansas River and Bayou Bartholomew offer many recreational opportunities, she noted during a recent interview at Saracen Landing. Eco-tourism here holds the potential for

increased economic activity, she pointed out, along a flyway of more than 100 species of migratory birds. “I simply love rivers,” Bill said of his work with the alliance. He has floated and waded the bayou from Old Warren Road south of the stream’s origin west of White Hall to Louisiana and into the latter state. The stream covers some 269 miles in Arkansas and another 90 miles before merging with the Ouachita River in Louisiana. The alliance has worked on numerous bayou projects, including the two-mile William G. Layher Nature Trail, and planted millions of trees. SEARK Marine in Monticello built a barge to help volunteers clean up log jams along the bayou, Bill said. The bayou passes the WalMart

Supercenter on South Olive, Bill added, and it required eight-feet of fill to raise the retail center above the high water mark. Their work on the bayou drew praise and a number of regional and national awards for wetland preservation. April said she hopes her skills writing grants will help the municipal department obtain funds to develop more recreational facilities for the city. Her venue includes Regional Park with boat ramps offering access to Lake Langhoffer and the Arkansas River, an amphitheater, RV park and ball fields. The city operates 18 parks, a golf course, two community centers and other buildings open to the public, with a dozen fulltime employees and a number of part-time workers.

In addition to maintaining the city’s parks and recreation assets, construction projects in the planning stage include a splash pad water park just west of Saracen Landing and a new community water park with a swimming pool and other features. Her music degree from the University of California at San Diego might not help her run a parks system, April said, but then added her experience with ADEQ and six years as a biologist with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Fisheries Division, and dual degrees from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in fisheries biology and animal science, she has an advantage in her new job. Her husband’s wetlands skills will help the city deal with cypress trees in Regional Park, and the skills she has amassed will help the Parks Commission plan “longterm for the big picture.” Nature trails at Regional Park could be developed with those skills and goals. A lot of what parks employees deal with on a daily basis involve those skills and will help protect the environment. “Now you can understand when I said many of our conversations at home would resemble an environmental science lecture Bill could give at SEARK,” April concluded.

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A Gala Evening Where The Fun Went Beyond The Food, With A Silent Auction & Live Entertainment By Doug Scallion Wednesday, May 22 at Hestand Stadium. All Proceed Bene�ited Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Presenting Sponsor was Dr. Tim Wilkins. Silver Sponsors were Dr. Amy Cahill, Relyance Bank, RV City – Benton. Bronze Sponsors were Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie Don McKissack, Mr. and Mrs. Adam Robinson and TJR Consulting, Inc. Patron Sponsors were Arkansas Printing, Salon Bella Rhys and Terry’s Tots. In Kind Sponsore was Petal Shoppe Florist.

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The menu selection was delicious thanks to the outstanding cuisine from Pine Bluff’s very own local establishments! Ameca Beaucoup Cafe Catering by Scotty Ray, Colonial Steakhouse, El Parian, Fowl Smokin’ Swine Harbar Oaks Larry’s Pizza Little Brown Jug MK Distributors Moore’s BBQ Mountain Berry Yogurt Co. Rich’s Hamburger Shipley Do-Nuts Wings to Go!

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UAPB archeologists uncover glimpses of Pine Bluff’s early history PINE BLUFF, BLUFF –Ark. Archaeologists sta- Archaeologists tioned at the University of Arkansas stationed at the University of Arkanat Bluff (UAPB) areare monitorsasPine at Pine Bluff (UAPB) moniing preliminary earthmoving toring preliminary earthmoving in conjunction with construction of a splash park at Lake Saracen Park in downtown Pine Bluff. The location is on the bank of Lake Saracen which occupies a former channel of the Arkansas River abandoned in 1908. This is the earliest part of Pine Bluff, a few blocks from the Jefferson County courthouse and not far from where Joseph Bonne, a fur trapper and trader of French and Quapaw ancestry, settled in 1819. Preliminary archaeological study of the site two years ago revealed artifacts, including ceramic and glass fragments and hand-forged nails dating from the pre-Civil War era. Artifacts representing the late 1800s and the 1900s up to the cre-

Archaeologist Robert Robert Scott Scott uncovers uncovers brick piers piers from from aalate late1880s 1880shouse houseat the site of the future splash park at at the site of the future splash parkLake at Saracen Park.Park. Lake Saracen ation of the city park in the 1970s were also found. The �irst first day of earthmoving at the splash park site uncovered a line of brick piers representing a structure, probably a residence, that appears to have been demolished in the 1920s or 30s. Lime and sand mortar between the bricks suggests

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that the structure had been built before 1900. The archaeologists have been watching for traces of a house indicated in the immediate vicinity on an 1864 U.S. Army Engineers map of Pine Bluff. Archaeological features expected at the location of an early to mid-1800s urban residence might include foundations of the house and outbuilding as well as remains of wells, cisterns, or privies. To date, however, artifacts from that era have only been found scattered in disturbed soil. John H. House and Robert J. Scott of the Arkansas Archeological Survey, a unit of the University of Arkansas System, are directing the work. House directs the Arkansas


Archeological Survey Research Station at UAPB and also teaches in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Scott has been Research Assistant at the station since October. Hydco, Inc. of North Little Rock, General Contractor, is constructing the splash park. The Arkansas Archeological Survey is carrying out the current work at Lake Saracen Park to assist the City of Pine Bluff in complying with federal laws pertaining to the conservation of cultural resources on projects that receive federal funding. For further information, contact the Arkansas Archeological Survey, UAPB Station, 870-535-4509, email

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Area Agency’s Bass Tournament A Huge Success

Eric Agee and Floyd Fullerton from White Hall, Arkansas, had the number one spot in the Bill SandersBo Piper Memorial Benefit Bass Tournament held Saturday April 5 on the Arkansas River at Pine Bluff. With their limit of five fish, the scales topped at 22.23 pounds for the 17th annual event held by the Area Agency on Aging of Southeast Arkansas. They took home the $2500 cash prize. Austin Holcomb and Blake Potter, both from Pine Bluff, weighed in a catch of 20.92 pounds netting second place $1000 prize. Third place went to Eddy Sanders and Andrew Sanders with a total weight of 19.93 pounds netting them a $800 cash prize. The Big Bass Lunker weighing 6 pounds was caught by Cory West from Pine Bluff for the $500 cash prize.

For the fisherman that were not in the top ten there were drawings for $50 cash and $20 cash bills for youth. Fisherman had to be wearing their official Tournament T-shirt in order to be eligible to win prizes. The individuals and business sponsors who donated to the program assured the 2014 Tournament was a wonderful success and it showed by the 88 team entries” “We love seeing our long time fisherman return and enjoy meeting the new comers to the tournament. The tournament has grown so much and we are very pleased with such a great turn out.” The tournament benefits the Area Agency on Aging of Southeast Arkansas an organization that provides quality care and affordable services to people of all ages across the southeastern part of the state. One

hundred percent of all the proceeds benefit the Area Agency programs and services, including Meals on Wheels. After all the fish were weighed in and po lygraphs were declared official, everyone headed up the hill to the Pine Bluff regional park Waterfront Facility to be treated to a catered fish fry. Additional photos and results are available on the Agency webpage and the Agency Face Book. Please like us at “Area Agency on Aging of Southeast Arkansas” and keep up with all the events and news we have all year. Coming in 1st place with a total weight of 22.23 was Eric Agee and

Floyd Fullerton which earned them $2500. Pictured are Jackie Sanders Kendrick, Cynda Piper, Eric Agee, Floyd Fullerton and Weigh master Gary Henderson. Second place was Austin Holcomb and Blake Potter with a weight of 20.92 for $1000. Pictured are Blake Potter and Austin Holcomb. Third place was Eddy Sanders and Andrew

Sanders with a weight of 19.93 for $800. Pictured are Eddy Sanders, Andrew Sanders and Gary Henderson. Rounding out the top ten are: 4tth Teddy Bogard / Jeff Browning – 19,23 lbs 5th Bart Moore / Reed Heagler - 18.25 lbs 6th Kurt Copeland / Williams Charles 18.01

lbs 7th Justin Hamilton / Adam Oldner 18.00 lbs 8th Monte Coleman / Wayne Coleman 16.78 lbs 9th Bobby Parker / Curtis Johnson 16.63 lbs 10th Jason Lay/Jason Sanchez 16.41 Lunker with a weight of 6.0 went to Corey West and Greg Stoops earning

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Pine Bluff Grider Field From April 1941 through October 1944, over 10,000 Army Air Corps pilots were trained here to fight in WWII. After the war, the airfield was turned over to the City. Having this facility provided opportunities for growth in agriculture, transportation, service, and entertainment aviation previously not available in southeast Arkansas. With this historical heritage, the Pine Bluff Aviation Commission approved the formation of a volunteer Pine Bluff Grider Field Aviation Museum Board of Directors to collect, preserve, restore and exhibit memorabilia pertaining to all aspects of aviation in the region. After restoration, the original WWII barrack will become the site of this new museum. PT – 19: Basic flight training prior to WWII was usually provided in light biplanes, which were slow, stable and tolerant of beginning pilots. With the increasing high performance nature of combat aircraft, the Army felt the training was too easy, providing a false sense of mastery which may slow down a pilot’s learning on more demanding aircraft. Experienced instructors wanted the primary trainer to be a monoplane, with higher wing loading that demanded more careful flying. The USAAC evaluation determined this plane to be exactly what they were looking for in a trainer. With a higher wing load and stalling speed, it would require a good deal more care at low speed, closely resembling the fighter aircraft the trainees would eventually fly. WWII Barrack: Construction on the airfield began in late November 1940. In just over four months, a cotton field was leveled, surveyed and sodded for an airfield. Administrative buildings, aircraft hangers, barracks, a mess hall and a control tower were erected. A total of fourteen buildings on fifteen acres comprised the training facility. Six Fairchild PT-19 aircraft were flown in. The flight school opened on March 22, 1941, under the control of the USAAC. The first class of fifty cadets began their ten week flight instruction. After the war the airfield was returned to the City which established the Pine Bluff Aviation Commission in 1957 to oversee the airport which now consists of 850 acres and is a full service municipal airport.

The museum is beginning a membership drive for individuals interested in aviation or wishing to support the museum. Below are levels of membership. If interested, please visit our website to leave a message, and you will be contacted by a board member with more information.

Only one original barrack remains at the airport, along with three original hangers. Plans are to restore the outside of the barrack to its original state. Two of the original bedroom/bath combinations will be returned to the 1940’s and the remaining structure will be renovated to house memorabilia representing all aspects of aviation in this area. All plans depend on the funding received through grants, donations and membership dues.

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Jefferson County Clergy Women press forward

Pictured left to right is Reverend Alicia Fry; Reverand Natasha Murry and Pastor Pam Estes.

Rev. Natasha Murray-Norman

Clergy Status: Ordained Elder in Full Connection Education: 1994 Graduate of Forrest City High School; 1997 Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Harding University; 1998 Master of Arts, Political Science, Arkansas State University; 2011 Master of Divinity, Saint Paul School of Theology. Work History: 19981999 Caseworker for Black Community Developers, Inc.; 19992000! Business Administrator at Philander Smith College; 2000-2007 Political Science Department Chairperson at Philander Smith College; 2007-2009 Campus Minister at Washburn University; 2009-2011 Pastor of Scranton and Auburn UMCs in Scranton and Auburn, KS; 2011-2013 Pastor of Parkview & New Hope, Benton AR; 2013- present Regional Missional Field Coordinator of the Southeast District. Family: Married to Rev. Mark K. Norman; children- Kelly & Mylas. Professional Affiliations: member of AR Conference COSROW- Committee on the Status and Role of Women; member- Camp Tanako Board of Trustees; member- AR Conference Board of Higher Education & Ministry; member- AR Course of Study School board of directors; currently serves as Circuit Elder & clergy mentor and served as a Mission (formerly AR School of Christian Mission) study leader 2012, 2013.

**Rev. Edna Morgan was featured in the spring 2014 edition of the Pine Bluff Updater.**

Rev. Susan Carter Wiggins

Rev. Susan Carter Wiggins moved to Pine Bluff in September 2013 when the congregation of First Presbyterian called her to be their interim pastor. Rev. Wiggins is a native Arkansan and a lifelong Presbyterian. She came to First Presbyterian after serving as a Chaplain Resident at Baptist Health 2012-2013, a call and ministry to which she was ordained in December of 2012. During that same year, Rev. Wiggins provided pulpit supply for the Presbytery of Arkansas in over twenty-five different congregations. Rev. Wiggins earned a Master of Divinity and a Master of Marriage and Family Therapy at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Prior to seminary, Rev. Wiggins was in the broadcast industry in Little Rock for over twenty years, serving KARN Radio, the Arkansas Radio Network, and KATV Television. In addition to her ministry at First Presbyterian, Rev. Wiggins serves the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) as a member of the Advocacy Committee for Women’s Concerns, providing a strong voice for women and girls around the world. She also serves the Presbytery of Arkansas

as a member of the Disaster Preparedness and Response Committee, currently working in partnership with Arkansas agencies, and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance responding to the April 27, 2014 tornado, which devastated the lives of the residents of Paron, Mayflower, Vilonia and El Paso. Rev. Wiggins’ community involvement has included Just Communities of Arkansas, The Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Leadership Greater Little Rock, and the Little Rock Chapter of Executive Women International. Since arriving in Pine Bluff, Rev. Wiggins has become involved with Jefferson County Clergy Women, and most recently, Pine Bluff Interfaith. In her leisure time, Rev. Wiggins enjoys reading, cooking, knitting, and crochet, and she’d like to learn to

paint, and to renew her love of throwing at the pottery wheel and yoga. One word to sum up Rev. Wiggins (Pastor Susie) is relationship. “We are all called by God to be in relationship, both vertically with our God and horizontally with the people of God. The cross gives us this image and points us towards both kinds of relationships.” Since her arrival, Pastor Susie has been building relationships as she listens to the stories of members of First Presbyterian through small groups called “Tea with Pastor Susie.” Within each, stories of the past, present, and future are shared, not only with Pastor Susie, but with one another. “We are all storytellers, and each person’s story is unique and important. I’ve loved hearing each one’s story and look forward to hearing even more in the weeks and months to come,” Rev. Wiggins said. Rev. Wiggins is the mother of two adult children, and two beautiful granddaughters, all who live in Central Arkansas, and she is the widow of Ralph J. Wiggins. His memory is a blessing. Worship at First Presbyterian is at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday, and all are welcome! Rev. Wiggins said, “Please join us for praise and worship to our abiding Triune God!”

Clergy Women Make a Difference

Pictured are four of the Jefferson County Clergywomen member are Pastor Pam Estes (from left), Rev. Susan Wiggins, Rev. Edna Morgan and Rev. Natasha Murray. Jefferson County Clergy Women are Barbara Douglas, St. Luke UMC; Jackie Gregory, Hawley/Wesley UMC; Edna Morgan, Healing Place/St. Mark UMC; Natasha Murray-Norman, regional mission coordinator, SE District, UMC; Pam Estes, Lakeside UMC; Alicia Fry, Lakeside/Mi Casa; Rev. Susie Wiggins, First Presbyterian; Maj. Geraldine Leonard, Salvation Army; Pastor Sam of Oak Park Nazarene and Pastor Carla of Cherry St. AME, Zion.

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2014 Fairfield Community Credit Union Scholarship Winners We would like to extend our congratulations to our 2014 scholarship winners!

The Credit Union gave away a total of $2,000 to two exceptional students Jeni Veazey of Watson Chapel High School and Trenton Bogy also from Watson Chapel High School. We wish both of them much success as they continue their education.

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A Heavenly Spring Wedding

A baby shower for Misti Smykla took place March 30 at the Pine Bluff Country Club. The hostesses were Catherine Anne Atkinson, Ann Cain, Marilyn Carter, Terri Cash, Sheila Hardin, Jean Hudson, Sissy Jones, Lauren Lawson, Laurie McAfee, Jacquiline Retzer, Becky Simpson, Rhonda Sizemore, Laura Smart, Lindsay Smart and Lala Trevino.

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Rick’s Quick Stop: Neighborhood grocery Rick’s Quik Stop, 6000 W. Barraque, is one of only a handful of neighborhood grocery stores still operating in Pine Bluff, which at one time had one or more small stores for most neighborhoods. Rick Williamson said he “grew up” in the business after his father, Don Williamson, acquired the store in 1980 and is proud of the record it never closes except on Sundays, “the Lord’s day.” The store opened in 1940 and has been a neighborhood fixture for more than seven decades. It didn’t close during remodeling several years ago, he noted with pride. The hours are long – 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., six days a week – the younger Williamson acknowledged, but serving the public has many benefits. He took over the store in 2003 after working for a number of years in route sales for firms that serviced a number of stores. “It makes for a long day,” he observed. Rick’s Quik Stop is a true neighborhood store and not to be confused with cookie-cutter convenience stores primarily interested in selling gas, he emphasized. “We are American-owned and believe in giving back to the community.

“We donate to charities, includgoods, including gasoline, fooding the United Way, Arkansas Chil- stuffs, soft drinks, beer and lottery dren’s Hospital, St. Jude’s Children’s tickets. A deli with seating occuResearch Hospital (at Memphis), pies a large area at the rear of the baseball and softball teams, and lo- store. cal school projects,” Rick told a reCustomers can request that the cent visitor to the store. “My father store stock different products and has told me to never judge people brands, Rick noted, and he will by their looks and always give back make an effort to comply. “I like to the community.” working with the public and helpThe elder Williamson is freing people.” quently at the store “like he is 30,” He noted that while the store his son said with a smile. can’t match prices offered by the The store offers a wide variety of giant retailer Wal-Mart, he sells

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merchandise at lower prices than convenience stores and often below prices of larger grocery stores. “I don’t know how we do it, but we do. “We have customers who were kids when their parents lived in the neighborhood,” he observed. “Now they are adults they shop and shop with us, even those that live across town. “When you treat people right, they will come back.”

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White Hall Aldermen Think Big with New Water Park of

Parsley said park rules


will be strictly enforced and

roads in White Hall will

a uniformed White Hall

soon become the home to

police officer will be on the

Southeast Arkansas’ only

premises when the park is

aquatic park. The James






“Jitters” Morgan Community

Rates, fees and hours are

Center is under construction

subject to change once the


park opens, Parsley said.

White Hall voters earlier





approved a maximum $4.5


million bond issue to help


finance the $7.5 million



of which will consist of



aquatic park. The bonds


prospective a

seasonal majority

certified lifeguards.

will be retired with revenues

Initially the water park

from the 2 percent sales tax

will be open from 10 a.m.

on prepared food and motel

to 8 p.m., Monday through

rentals adopted in 1997.

Saturday, and 1-6 p.m.





generated by the food and

Daily gate admission will

rental tax held in reserve,

range from infant to toddler,

residents were asked in

free; child 4-8, $6; 9-12, $8;

a 2012 municipal survey

and 13 and older, $10. A 10-



trip punch pass for all ages

money spent. A pool or

will sell for $75, while a

water feature rated high

family of four can purchase



with 88 percent of survey “think big” after being told floating, is scheduled to open respondents. a large swimming pool in mid-June, said Barbie Following the survey, would be costly to operate Parsley, who will manage

feel comfortable.

Mayor Noel Foster and

and more attractions would

several aldermen toured a


number of municipal water

a destination and fulfill

activities for the young, the showers and a concession

attractions “to learn what

requests from voters in the

park has been designed


works and what doesn’t.”


with adults in mind, both




the recreation complex. While there will be ample

a season pass for $200. The

The park will include a

family pass is restricted to

number of rest areas and

residents of the White Hall

ample shade, said Parsley, in

School District.

addition to changing rooms,





around Crenshaw Springs on Dollarway Road, hence

The lessons learned on those

The park, which will

Foster and Parsley noted.

Foster said the water the name for the water park will be marketed park.

trips were incorporated into

contain two large pools,

A zero-depth entry on the

to an area from Redfield

the plans for Crenshaw

flume slides, splash facilities,

largest pool will allow south, including Sheridan, is under construction near

Springs Water Park.

a rock climbing wall and

participants to walk into

Stuttgart, Dumas, Star City the center and water park,

a “lazy river” for leisurely

water at a depth where they

and Monticello.




A two-acre fishing pond

Foster said.

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