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Winners of the 2010 Duck Pluck for Special Olympics!

The Arvest Bank/Peabody Hotel Duck Pluck for Special Olympics Arkansas is in the books with Tracey Zeiner winning the Grand Prize - $2,500.00 in gift cards to Walt Disney World!  Tammy Foreman won a $1,000 cash from Arvest Bank and Andrea McNeely won the 42" Plasma HDTV provided by Cardinal Health.Below is a list of the prizes drawn Friday night at the Peabody Hotel. A special thanks to Arvest Bank, The Peabody Hotel, Golden Corral and all sponsors who contributed tomake this a great event for the whole family! 

In all about $15,00 dollars was raised for Special Olympics Arkansas!


Amazed By Arkansas: Arkansas Railroad Museum

It's a large building full of large machines

It was built to do heavy maintenance on steam locomotives. Of course, that's all they had back then

Now The Arkansas Railroad Museum, it was once the heart of the St. Louis Southwestern Railway yard in Pine Bluff.
And on these very tracks - they built massive steam locomotives.

"In fact they had to add on to the building, says Bill McCaskill. "There are three tracks in this building that are longer than the rest of the tracks. And that's due to the fact that they had to add on to the building in able to get the engines in here."

McCaskill worked for the St. Louis Southwestern for more than 4 decades. Now he's a volunteer at the museum. And if you ask nicely, he'll give you an expert tour of the oversize exhibits.

Chemical agent samples shipped


The agent samples that are being returned to Maryland were laboratory quality control quantities that are no longer needed due to the destruction of the chemical weapons.

The chemical agent samples were transported from the Arsenal by Army helicopter to Grider Field, and were then transferred to an Army fixed-wing aircraft for the flight to APG, Edgewood, Md.

Personnel from the U.S. Army 22nd Chemical Battalion/CARA West accompanied the shipment to provide security and emergency response capability.

(Source: Pine Bluff Arsenal)

SAU trustees approve $6.5 million bond issue for Agri Center

The vote came during the trustees' quarterly meeting on Thursday at the SAU Tech campus in East Camden.

The Department of Agriculture is currently housed in Childs Hall, a 13,240 square foot building that has previously been used as both a barn and a residence hall. The facility was constructed in 1946.

The resolution approved by the Board says that there is a "need for a facility that meets the current standards of quality and size" for continued success in the Department of Agriculture. The University plans to construct a two-story, 30,000 square foot academic building to house classrooms, laboratories and a lecture hall. The building would be constructed near the new University Science Center on the west side of the Magnolia campus.

The University received $1 million in general improvement funds for the project from the Arkansas General Assembly during the 2009 legislative session.

UAPB Homecoming Traffic Information

After the UAPB Homecoming football game Pine Bluff Police Officers, Jefferson County Deputies, and Arkansas State Police Troopers will be positioned at intersections and directing traffic through specific streets to ensure an orderly exit from the campus. The following traffic control pattern will begin at the conclusion of the UAPB Homecoming Game:

  • University Drive will be closed to all north bound traffic following the conclusion of the game.  
  • All traffic on Martha Mitchell Expressway will be east and west abound only.
  • There will be no traffic from side streets allowed onto University Avenue.
  •  L.A. “Prexy” Davis Drive will be one way south bound from UAPB to Pullen Street.
  • All traffic on Pullen will be directed west towards Dollarway Road.

Ross wins re-election in Arkansas' 4th District

Ross was the only incumbent member of the U.S. House from Arkansas to seek re-election this year. Reps. Marion Berry in the 1st District and Vic Snyder in the 2nd District, both Democrats, chose not to seek re-election. Third District Rep. John Boozman, a Republican, did the same, instead mounting a successful challenge to Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln.

Ross and Rankin also had competition in the 4th District from Green Party candidate Joshua Drake.

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Update: Pine Bluff offering reward for arson information


In Pine Bluff, there's one charred home after another. They aren't hard to find. There's about 150 up in flames in the last three years and 50 of those since January.

Resident David Dixon says, "It's hard not knowing who's doing it. Or why they're doing it."

The house next door to him caught fire about two weeks ago. He explains, "The first thing I thought was my house is on fire and stuff and I got up and got my daughter, my wife and both my sons up and we got out the house safely."

Investigators say the majority of the fires happen at vacant homes and businesses between midnight at 6 a.m. But Fire Chief Dannie Smith says he's fearful the suspects may eventually start targeting occupied homes.

Smith explains, "I would say they are very skilled and probably the best way to define that skill is they are an arsonist." So he's set up a $2,500 reward and there's an arson tip line for residents.