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Arkansas Master Gardener program accepting applications

LITTLE ROCK — If you’re looking to take your green thumb to the next level, the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service Master Gardener program is now accepting applications to become a trained volunteer. Participants will be given the training to sharpen their horticultural skills and the mission to share their knowledge with others.

Meetings cancelled

Officials have canceled the Pine Bluff Civic Auditorium Complex Finance Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday and the joint meeting of the Pine Bluff Civic Auditorium Complex and Advertising and Tourist Promotion commissions scheduled for Wednesday.

PBSD announces March literacy winners

The Pine Bluff School District’s Title I Parent & Family Resource Center announces the March winners of the K-9 district-wide Literacy Initiative. Students who read at least 20 books received a Readers are Leaders medallion and for reading 10 books they received an I Love to Read ribbon. Listed by school, the medallion winners are:

UAPB STEM members attend conference

Members of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff STEM Academy recently attended the Emerging Researchers National Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The objectives of the conference are to help students to enhance their science communication skills and better understand how to prepare for careers in a global workforce. Participants included from left, Alyssa Cobbs (senior, chemistry major); Anissa Buckner (chair of biology); Jasmine Washington (senior, chemistry major); Mary E. Benjamin (principal investigator/STEM Academy); Andrea Jenkins (senior, chemistry major); Johnnieshia Frazier (junior, plant science major); Aliyah Glover (sophomore, biology major); and Andra Bates (senior, biology major). (Special to The Commercial)

SEARK inducts honor society members

Southeast Arkansas College recently held the spring induction ceremony for new members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Members must have completed 12 credit hours in an associate degree program with a grade point average of 3.5. Participants are, front row from left, Elizabeth Kerr, Shayla Grimmett, Mary Harris, and Karen Ford; middle row from left, Undrea Washington, Daniel Jackson, Patrick Shelley, Kianna Reed, Ashley Granderson and Rose Beck; third row from left, Donald Thurman, Katarina Kofoed, Charles Johnston, Courtney Ibbotson, Jesse Harwick, John Goodwin, Carolyn Cannady and Patrick Wauters. (Special to The Commercial)