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Student named fraternity national scholar

Student named fraternity national scholar



 Travis A. Adams, a junior political science major at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), has been named a National Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Scholar. The award is given to collegiate members of the fraternity who demonstrate high academic achievement, community involvement, and superior leadership abilities. With the award comes a stipend which the designee can use for academic related cost.

A Blytheville, Arkansas native, Travis is a member of the George “Doc” Jones Forensic Association, Vice-President of the Beta Theta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and Honors College. Upon completion of his degree he plans to attend law school.

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Student to attend master class in D.C.

Student to attend master class in D.C.



Washington, DC- Garry Grant, sophomore music education major at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), has accepted the invitation to attend a special master class with the Washington National Opera leadership team at their training facility January 8-9, 2011. The invitation came as a result of his notable performance as regional winner and one of the finalists in the 105 Voices Of History National HBCU Choir solo competition at the Kennedy Center in September.  Grant is a tenor from Savannah, GA, voice student of Dr. Heidi Gordon and member of the UAPB Vesper Choir.

The master class will be led by the Master Choral Director of the Washington National Opera and his team.

Federal stimulus gives Arkansas teachers bonuses

Every year, e-Stem Charter School gives its teachers bonuses and federal stimulus money will allow that trend to continue. English teacher Jenny Choate says teachers deserve a pat on the back.

"It's icing on the cake. It's a nice bonus, but I love to teach anyways," says Choate.

The federal jobs bill gives Arkansas schools $193 per student, but at e-Stem, CEO John Bacon says a private foundation has been funding the average $7500 bonuses, which are based on performance.

"As that phased out, we would take on a portion through our budget, so that after 3 or 4 years, we would be fully funding it through our school budget," says Bacon.

Executive Director Rob McGill of Academics Plus Charter School also hopes to use the extra cash for bonuses.

"We want to be competitive with other districts that are in Pulaski County," says Rob McGill.

Pine Bluff Police searching for 2 car thieves

Pine Bluff Police are searching for Henry Hayes and William Loisell are wanted for theft of property (auto) for selling stolen vehicles to the scrap yards for scrap metal.

These two were also accompanied by two other unknown black males.

The vehicle used to tow the stolen vehicles is described as a Jeep Grand Cherokee, grayish-green in color. The year is unknown but it is described as having a square type front end.

The Jeep is bearing Arkansas tag 434 ODG which does not come back to this vehicle.

If located, stop and hold and contact the detective office.

(Source: Pine Bluff Police Dept.)

Update: 2 arrested for Pine Bluff liquor store robbery

Pine Bluff police arrest two suspects for the liquor store robbery after a woman called police after she saw the story on the news and she told police one of the suspects had given her a pack of cigarettes for free that day.

The names of the suspects have not been released.

Monday morning around 1:10 a.m., Officer Jerry Hayes and Officer M. Brown were dispatched to a burglar alarm at McCurdy's Liquor Store on Dollarway Road.

When they arrived, Officer Brown found that the drive-thru window had been pried open and a white power cord hanging out of the window. A silver claw-hammer was found on the ground just outside the window.

Officer N. Smith was called to the scene and took photos of the drive-thru window, the damage done to the business, and the hammer, which was turned into evidence and will be printed.

More than a quarter of Arkansas children live in poverty

The U.S. child poverty rate in 2009 was 19.7 percent. The federal definition of poverty in 2009 was a family of four earning less than $22,050 a year.

The Arkansas child poverty rate jumped to 26.9 percent in 2009, up 2.3 percentage points from 24.6 percent in 2008, according to figures released by the Census Bureau.

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Tastesetter Eatery to host Christmas on Main in Pine Bluff

Sponsored by Brown Funeral Home and other local businesses, the free, public Christmas on Main December 14 and 20 from 5-7 p.m will feature live music, appetizers and door prizes.

Located in the heart of the central business district, Tastesetter provides an excellent atmosphere that is perfect for professional and business meetings in combination with the business services and amenities of the UAPB Business Support Incubator.

The company is accessible to the public online on Facebook, where a "Did You Know?" health tip will be posted weekly by the owner and your health and wellness related questions will be answered.

For information on menu selections, delivery options, and general inquires, please call 870-536-1800 or email dietofalifetime@aol.com .

(Source: University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff)