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John Worthen

State Desk Reporter - Pine Bluff Bureau

State Desk Reporter - Pine Bluff Bureau

Recent Stories by John Worthen

Pine Bluff to let bids next month for planned expansion of animal shelter

posted: 04/14/2014 3:52 a.m. Discuss

PINE BLUFF — Bids are to be let next month on construction of a Pine Bluff animal shelter expansion as part of the city’s economic improvement sales-tax plan passed by voters in 2011.

Tax collector faces charges; $162,000 gone

posted: 04/12/2014 3:19 a.m. Discuss

The Lafayette County tax collector, who also serves as the county’s treasurer, is facing federal embezzlement charges after a recent legislative audit of the county’s finances showed that more than $162,000 in grant funds and other money was missing.

Panel will appeal PB election ruling

posted: 04/10/2014 4:34 a.m. Comment 1

The Jefferson County Election Commission voted 2-1 Wednesday night to appeal a recent ruling by a circuit judge declaring that Pine Bluff’s mayoral, city clerk and city treasurer elections should not be held until 2016.

Chancellor at UAM set to leave job at year end

posted: 04/09/2014 4:31 a.m. Discuss

Jack Lassister, who has served as chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Monticello since 2004, announced Tuesday that he will step down Dec. 31, citing a desire to spend more time with his family.

Census: 5.5% drop in Jefferson County

posted: 04/07/2014 4 a.m. Discuss

PINE BLUFF — A recent population estimate released by the U.S. Census Bureau left Pine Bluff and Jefferson County officials worried and confused about how to combat the exodus of residents in the area.

Storms slap state; Camden hit hard

posted: 04/05/2014 3:54 a.m. Gallery Discuss

A spring storm system raked Arkansas late Thursday and early Friday, dumping large hail in the north, and producing damaging winds and heavy rain in the south that hammered Camden and knocked power out to more than 50,000 customers.

Judge rules Pine Bluff election OK’d by county panel unlawful

posted: 04/04/2014 2:57 a.m. Comments 4

A special judge ruled Thursday that Pine Bluff’s next mayoral, city-clerk and treasurer elections should not be held until 2016, ending attempts by former Mayor Carl Redus Jr. and other city candidates to run in the May 20 Democratic primary election.

Chief justice appoints judge to hear PB mayor case today

posted: 04/03/2014 4:58 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Jim Hannah has appointed retired Circuit Judge Ted Capeheart of Ashdown to hear a lawsuit today that will decide the date of the next Pine Bluff mayoral election.

HSU set to raze old dormitories, build new ones

posted: 03/31/2014 3:44 a.m. Discuss

Henderson State University in Arkadelphia is receiving $33 million through a 30-year bond issue to fund construction of new dorms and to purchase an apartment complex that sits adjacent to the campus.

Indicted official set to resign post

posted: 03/29/2014 3:03 a.m. Discuss

Ouachita County Judge Mike Hesterly, who has served as the county’s top elected official for the past 17 years, plans to resign from office effective Thursday, citing “health problems, current circumstances and other concerns.”


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