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UAPB alumnus gives $300,000 for Vesper Choir endowment

UAPB alumnus gives $300,000 for Vesper Choir endowment

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Before the Christmas season began, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Vesper Choir received a very special gift.

The university received a $300,000 donation to establish the John E. Smith and Charlene Smith-Gaines Vesper Choir Fund. Donated by Mr. John E. Smith, a 1961 graduate of AM&N College (now UAPB), the fund will assist in taking the choir to all corners of the state of Arkansas and the nation through a variety of outreach activities.

“We are very much grateful for the incredible generosity of Mr. John E. Smith,” UAPB Chancellor Dr. Laurence B. Alexander said. “His remarkable contribution will have a profound and sustained impact on our university and, more specifically, our internationally-renowned Vesper Choir through the establishment of the fund.”

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UPDATE: Victim identified in Pine Bluff murder


 

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) – The man that was reportedly found shot to death in Pine Bluff on Friday morning has been identified. 

Around 7:20 a.m., Pine Bluff police were dispatched to the area of 19th Avenue and Grant Street concerning a possible dead body.

Reports state that officers discovered a man, now identified as 19-year-old Brandon McKay, who had apparently been shot lying on the ground. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

No suspects have been named and a motive has not been determined.

No other information has been released at this time.

If you have any information regarding the homicide, please contact the Pine Bluff Police Department at 870-730-2090 or call the dispatch center at 870-541-5300.

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Pine Bluff light display back on tonight


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - Pine Bluff's 19th annual "Enchanted Land of Light and Legends" display was shut down this week because of flooding from the Thanksgiving rain.

The city originally thought the drive thru would be shut down until next week, but crews worked hard Thursday to get each display up and running again.

Water from Lake Langhofer rose over 7 feet during Thanksgiving weekend, putting 20 light displays under water.

"The displays are commercial, so they will actually burn under water, but the animation boxes aren't supposed to be submerged," said Greg Gustek, director of the Pine Bluff Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The city caught the damage Sunday, and shutdown the display immediately.

UAPB receives more than $200,000 for memorial scholarship

UAPB receives more than $200,000 for memorial scholarship

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The union of the late Herbert and Marether Herts resulted in an appreciation and support for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).

Although neither of them attended UAPB, they both came from small towns in the South and understood the importance of being able to extend an opportunity to those that came behind them. Having passed away in 1992 and 2013 respectively, their estate bequeathed $207,643.95 to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff to establish the Herbert, Marether and George Herts Scholarship.

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Police offering reward for information on Pine Bluff fatal hit-and-run


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) – The Pine Bluff Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying a suspect in a hit-and-run that happened last month.

On November 4, shortly before 7 p.m., 45-year-old Annie Harris of Pine Bluff was reportedly walking on 13th Avenue near Cedar Street when she was hit by a vehicle that then left the scene. Harris died from her injuries several days later in a Little Rock hospital.

Initially investigated by the department's Traffic Division, the case has been transferred to the Detective Division for continued investigation.

At this time, the suspect was believed to be driving a dark colored four door truck that was possibly a Chevrolet.

Police believe that anyone in the area around 7 p.m. on Nov. 4 may have information and they have also asked businesses in the areas to check security cameras.

Early morning Ark. car accident leaves Okla. man dead


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) – An early morning single vehicle traffic accident left one man dead on Wednesday.

Schulyer Pickle, 22, of Oklahoma was traveling north on Bryant Street shortly before 2 a.m. when his vehicle reportedly left the roadway, striking a culvert and then a tree.

Pickle was pronounced dead at the scene by the deputy coroner.

A passenger was taken to JRMC for treatment of injuries. The extent of his injuries is not known at this time.

The accident is under investigation by the Pine Bluff Police Traffic Division.

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Pine Bluff shooting leaves three injured


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) – A Monday night shooting in Pine Bluff left three people injured.

Shortly after 7 p.m., officers responded to a shooting on East 26th Street and were notified that three gunshot victims had already been taken to the emergency room.

Two of the victims were in serious condition. One went into surgery at JRMC while the other was transferred to a Little Rock Hospital. The third was treated and released. The extent of their injuries are unknown.

Anyone with any information on the shooting is asked to contact the police department at 870-730-2090.

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