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ICVR sets Coffee with the Chiefs UAPB Chancellor to address Clergy and Community

ICVR sets Coffee with the Chiefs UAPB Chancellor to address Clergy and Community
PINE BLUFF, Ark. (ICVR)The Interested Citizens for Voter Registration, Inc. (ICVR) Coffee with the Chiefs is scheduled for 9:00 AM to 10 AM Tuesday morning November 05, 2013 in Pine Bluff. Dr. Laurence B. Alexander chancellor at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is scheduled to address members of the clergy and community. The meeting will be held at the Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church located 1801 South Indiana Street in Pine Bluff.  Coffee with the Chiefs provides an opportunity for members of law enforcement and fire safety officials to interact with clergy leaders in an effort to exchange information and ideas for reducing crime, arson and other safety issues in Pine Bluff. Elected officials and community residents are invited to enjoy a cup of coffee with the chiefs and the speaker.

Pine Bluff council to vote on Merrill Building upgrades

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - Pine Bluff city leaders are getting ready to vote on a major upgrade to a long-time community center in town.

On the agenda Tuesday night, the city council will consider spending about $450,000 to remodel the Merrill Building, a deteriorating community center along South Ash Street.

Mayor Debe Hollingsworth said improvements could include fixing the roof hit by a storm, re-surfacing basketball courts and creating more space inside for structured activities, like mentoring and computer labs. The mayor and a direct neighbor that THV11 spoke with feel this neighborhood, in particular, needs these improvements.

"I think it's a wonderful idea. The kids? That's all we got around here, and I think that would be a good investment for our kids," Neighbor Tonya Boston said.

Pine Bluff Police re-establish bicycle patrol

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - The Pine Bluff Police Department is implementing bicycle patrols in the city.

Pine Bluff voted down ordinance for closing private clubs early

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - Club owners in Pine Bluff get a vote in their favor Monday night. An ordinance forcing clubs to close at 1 a.m. failed to pass the city council. The debate took over the Pine Bluff City Council chambers.

"They are busy with club related traffic. There is a 200 percent increase. The numbers are there," argued interim Pine Bluff Police Chief Jeff Hubanks.

"We are being watched tonight as to how we vote on this particular ordinance," said Mayor Debe Hollingsworth.

Should private clubs open until 5 a.m. be forced to close early at 1 a.m? Mayor Debe Hollingsworth and Interim Police Chief Jeff Hubanks said the later the closing the time, the more police are called to the clubs, but not everyone agreed.

"If you close these clubs at 1 o'clock, all you are going to do is allow illegal underground clubs to open up," said Ward 1 Alderman, Lloyd Holcomb, Jr.

Pine Bluff considers cut to club and bar hours

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) -- It's moving closer to a vote. People in Pine Bluff might soon have to leave the bars and nightclubs earlier. It stems from a campaign promise Pine Bluff Mayor Debe Hollingsworth made last November to curb crime.

"It's about public safety, and we have to take that first and foremost," Mayor Hollingsworth said.

She added that it starts with night spots. Most clubs and bars in Pine Bluff currently have approval to stay open until 5 a.m. A new ordinance would move those closing hours up at least three to four hours.

"We heard about this from early on that the 5 o'clock closing at many of the establishments is too late," Hollingsworth said.

The Mayor, along with the Church Outreach Committee, met Thursday to speak about the proposed ordinance.

Voters to decide on penny tax, community center, form of gov't

UNDATED (KTHV) - A handful of cities and counties in Arkansas have elections on Tuesday, May 14.

In Sebastian County and Fort Smith, voters decide whether to continue implementing a penny sales tax. The tax has been in place for 20 years; in 2012, it contributed nearly $22 million to the county.

Hot Springs residents could switch the way their government is run. They're deciding whether to keep the current city manager plan or change to the traditional mayor and city council structure.

In Pine Bluff, the Watson Chapel School District wants to raise the millage rate to build a new elementary school; voters will decide whether to do that on Tuesday.

Hollingsworth holds town hall meeting

Hollingsworth holds town hall meeting

Mayor Debe Hollingsworth will be hosting a town hall meeting Monday night, May 13 at 5:30 in the Pine Bluff Convention Center.