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Weed and Seed program helps youth DEFY drugs, crime

Weed and Seed program helps youth DEFY drugs, crime

PINE BLUFF, Ark. - The ICVR Weed and Seed program will sponsor a Drug Education For Youth (DEFY) summer program in July. The program targets youth ages 9-12 within the University Park and Central Park Weed and Seed sites.

Weed and Seed DEFY begins this summer at Camp Joseph T. Robinson in Little Rock with a seven-day camp which will be fun-filled and challenging followed by a year of mentoring. DEFY is a self-esteem building program that provides kids with the tools they need to resist drugs, gangs, and alcohol. The DEFY program focuses on building youngsters' self-image and setting goals. It stresses interpersonal relations, and emphasizes leadership and teamwork. "The previous Weed and Seed DEFY program helped us to raises awareness among youth about the harmful effects of alcohol and other drugs, as well as the dangerous effects of peer pressure to join gangs." -Rev. Jesse C.

Ministry to revamp lodge

Ministry to revamp lodge

SHERWOOD, Ark. --  The 14,000 square foot, three-story Pintail Peninsula Lodge which sits on a 280 acre farm in the Bayou Meto wildlife management area has been purchased by Beautiful Feet Ministry, a lay ministry founded and directed by Matt Mosler of Sherwood, Arkansas.  The lodge is in Humphrey (Arkansas county), approximately 14 miles southwest of Stuttgart on world-renowned duck hunting property.  

Renovations are already underway at the lodge to prepare it as a teaching and retreat center for churches, men’s and women’s groups, corporations and individuals.  Beautiful Feet Ministry was able to purchase the property, Mosler said, solely through gifts and donations from the ministry’s Board of Directors and supporters.  The largest amount came as a result of memorial gifts made to honor the late Jim Miller of Burke, Virginia.  Miller was the father of one of Mosler’s life-long friends who is also a board member of the ministry.&nbs

PBPD mourns death of fellow officer

PBPD mourns death of fellow officer

PINE BLUFF, Ark. - Officer Catherine Whiteside was a ten-year veteran with the Pine Bluff Police Department. She was assigned to the Patrol Division, Vice and Narcotics Unit, and the Warrants division. She was 49 years old when she passed away due to a debilitating long term illness. 

She was a valued member of this department and will be deeply missed.

Enjoy spring fling at ASC

Enjoy spring fling at ASC

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Take advantage of these class being offered at the Arts & Sciences Center in Pine Bluff. Each class starts at 1 p.m. for grades K-5. Costs are $100 for members, $135 for non-members for the full week.

Monday, March 21: Be an Artist to Watch: Learn and improve your artistic talents as you create, draw, color and delve into all types and media of art. Green Art is here! Renew, Reuse and Recycle objects and learn to see them as art just waiting to happen.
Tuesday, March 22: Cute Chemistry and Pretty Physics: Use everyday household items to create “sensey” bath salts, perfumes and clay masks. Learn the chemistry and physics behind these arts.
Wednesday, March 23: It Doesn’t Compute!: Want to become a human calculator?

Celebrate history at the Daffodil Festival

Celebrate history at the Daffodil Festival

CAMDEN, Ark. – Join Camden as we Celebrate Spring at one of South Arkansas' largest and most beautiful events, the 18th annual Camden Daffodil Festival, March 11-12 in Beautiful Downtown Camden.

Join thousands from all around the region and nation at this unforgettable weekend for the entire family at the 2011 Daffodil Festival! Tour the amazing Daffodil Gardens, with over a million blossoms! Enjoy the rich History of South Arkansas with guided tours through Camden's famous museums, antebellum homes, and historical sites complete with costumed re-enactments.  Or shop ‘till your heart's content along the sidewalks of downtown Camden displaying a myriad of food, collectables, and crafts.

Stay for the entire weekend complete with the annual 5k run, Kiwanis-Pancake Breakfast, Arts and Crafts show & sale, Live Music acts and stage events.

Boy gives up gifts to encourage caring for others

Boy gives up gifts to encourage caring for others

PINE BLUFF, Ark. - Young Caleb has decided to celebrate his ninth birthday by asking his friends and family to help children in need rather than buy birthday gifts for him.

He has involved the community in his endeavors to help make sure that all abused and neglected children in foster care get a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) to help guide them through our over burdened child welfare system.

The CASA’s job is to make sure the child’s needs are being met and that they never become lost in the system. The CASA is appointed at the Probable Cause hearing and continues to advocate for the child until the child is placed in a safe and permanent home.

Caleb will be presenting his donation to Voices for Children/CASA Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 3:30 pm.  We would like to invite you to join us for this presentation to be held at the Donald W Reynolds Community Center, 211 West Third in Pine Bluff.

Your face is an art form

Your face is an art form

PINE BLUFF, Ark. - Create a mask of your own face and decorate it under the direction of UAPB art educator Husny Dahlan. Life Masks capture the person’s likeness and allow a unique presence and beauty to be physically, emotionally and energetically expressed through a work of art.

The workshop is at the Arts and Sciences Center on Saturday, Feb. 12 at 1 p.m. The cost is $20 for members, $55 for non-members.