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Editor's Note: At press time, the following events and meetings were known to be still scheduled. Organizers or appropriate officials are encouraged to contact Sandra Hope at to make additions or changes.


Covid-19 testing sites available

Details for getting the covid-19 test are available by contacting: Jefferson County Health Department -- 870-535-2142; and Arkansas Department of Health -- Testing sites in Arkansas are listed on the department's website at Scroll down until you see the map and enlarge the map. Click on each star to see where each testing site is located.

Absentee ballot applications available at Jefferson County Clerk's Office

The Jefferson County Clerk's Office has absentee ballot applications available for people who would like to vote by mail. Voters may also download an application on the website at The general election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 3. The last day to request an absentee ballot is Tuesday, Oct. 27. The absentee ballot application can be mailed, faxed or scanned and emailed to Shawndra Taggart, Jefferson County Clerk, 101 W. Barraque St., Suite 101, Pine Bluff, AR 71601. The fax number is 870-541-5324. The email address is Details: 870-541-5322.

Election-related dates set

The Jefferson County Clerk's Office recently issued a reminder of election-related dates:

• Oct. 19 -- Early voting begins at the county courthouse.

• Oct. 27 -- Last day to request an absentee ballot at the county clerk's office.

• Oct. 30 -- Last day for a voter to transfer into Jefferson County.

• Nov. 3 -- Election Day (voters may go to polling sites between 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.)

Details: Jefferson County Clerk's Office website: or call 870-541-5322.

Beginning Saturday, Oct. 17

Jefferson County Mutual Aid Association sets firefighter training

The Jefferson County Mutual Aid Association will hold training on Saturdays, Oct. 17 and Oct. 24, in Jefferson County. The mutual aid association will be conducting classroom and practical skills training for fire departments participating with the county's Water Tanker Task Force, according to a news release from Eddie Anderson, mutual aid president. Residents should be aware that fire apparatus and man power will be operating near the Family Life Church parking lot at Interstate 530 and Highway 104. Residents should be cautious while training occurs in the area, Anderson said. This training has been approved by the Arkansas Fire Training Academy and will allow these departments to practice together to sharpen water tanker shuttle operations, Anderson said.

ASC to host CrEATe Lab with Faith Anaya

The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas concludes its CrEATe Lab, nutritious cooking 2020 series, with a fall workshop Saturdays, Oct. 17, and 24, from 1-3 p.m. A limit of eight students ages 10-17 may attend. The cost is $35. Partial scholarships are available. To register, participants may visit or call ASC at 870-536-3375. ASC has partnered with Faith Anaya and her Kids Cook! team for the series. Anaya has more than a decade's experience cultivating children's knowledge of healthy eating habits.

Sunday, Oct. 18

4-H fundraiser ends

Tractor Supply Company will continue its fall 2020 Paper Clover fundraising campaign through Oct. 18. The effort is held in partnership with the National 4-H Council and local funds are used for 4-H programming, including projects at Jefferson County. Customers can make donations at the store or when shopping online and funds will go toward programming for local youth, according to a news release.

Monday, Oct. 19

House of Bread to open drive-thru pantry

House of Bread Deliverance Church, 500 S. Main St., will open its food pantry in a drive-thru setting Monday, Oct. 19, from 1-4:30 p.m. or once the 200 food boxes are distributed. Food will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. Only one box will be given out per household. Everyone must bring proof of address (utility bills and driver's license.) Everyone is required to wear a mask. The police department will be on duty to direct traffic. Details: Saint Mary Harris, apostle at House of Bread, at 870-872-2196.

Caregivers Alzheimer's

supporters to meet

The Area Agency on Aging of Southeast Arkansas will host the monthly Caregivers Alzheimer's Support Group meeting virtually from 11 a.m. to noon Monday, Oct. 19. The topic will be Understanding and Responding to Dementia Related Behavior. The speaker will be Lynette Finley, outreach coordinator at the Alzheimer's Association Arkansas Chapter, according to a news release. The Zoom meeting ID is 997 5078 6690 and passcode is 990121. To join by Zoom app, via smart phone or tablet, enter the meeting ID and password. To join by phone, dial 877-853-5247. Those who plan to join, should call Carolyn Ferguson at Area Agency, 870-543-6300.

Beginning Monday, Oct. 19

Early voting set Oct. 19-Nov. 2

Early voting for the Nov. 3 general election will begin Oct. 19 at the Jefferson County Courthouse. Early voting dates include Oct. 19 through Oct. 23 (8 a.m. to 6 p.m.); Oct. 24 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.); Oct. 26 through Oct. 30 (8 a.m. to 6 p.m.); Oct. 31 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.); and Nov. 2 (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) The Jefferson County clerk's office also reminds voters of other election-related dates: Oct. 5 -- Last day to register to vote in the Nov. 3 general election; Oct. 27 -- Last day to request an absentee ballot; Oct. 30 -- Last day for a voter to transfer into Jefferson County; and Nov. 3 -- Election Day (polling sites will be open 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.) Details: Jefferson County clerk's office, 870-541-5322.

Tuesday, Oct. 20

Urban Renewal sets

commission meeting

The Pine Bluff Urban Renewal Agency will hold its monthly commission meeting at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 20. The meeting will be held at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave., in training rooms A and B, according to a news release. Masks and social distancing are required. Details: Commission Chairman Jimmy Dill, 870-536-4943, or Executive Director Maurice Taggart, 870-209-0323.

Police set Domestic Violence Walk

The Pine Bluff Police Department will host its 2020 Domestic Violence Walk from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20. The event begins and ends at the steps of the Civic Center, 200 W. Eighth Ave., according to a news release. A sack lunch will be provided to participants. The speaker will be Wendy Gates, mother of Hannah Roberts, 21, who was killed in 2019 in Jefferson County during a domestic incident, authorities said. Supporters of the walk include Mayor Shirley Washington, Police Chief Kelvin Sergeant, Margland Inns Bed & Breakfast, Super 1 Foods and Red Lobster. "Recognizing that an act of violence occurs every minute, we would like for you to join us in this walk," a spokesman said. "If you have been a victim, suffered a loss of a loved one or know someone who has been a victim, please come and show your support for the cause.

Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 20

Ivy Center hosts Zoom workshops

The Ivy Center for Education announces its upcoming workshops by Zoom primarily for students in 7-12th grades. Tuesday, Oct. 20 -- 6-7:30 p.m. -- A panel discussion, "Teenagers Growing Up Black in America," will be led by Carolyn Pridgeon and Melvin D. Clayton. Tuesday, Oct. 27 -- 6 p.m. -- Go Forward Pine Bluff (Youth Involvement) will be presented by Ryan Watley, Ph.D, and chief executive officer of Go Forward Pine Bluff. From 6:45-7 p.m. -- A College Readiness Workshop will be presented by Derrick Newby of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock recruitment office. To participate in the Ivy Center Zoom workshops, enter meeting ID: 856 8296 4187 and Passcode: 351061. Contact Mattie Collins at or Patricia Berry at


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