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Food processing business topic at workshops

How to start a food processing business will be explained during workshops at Pine Bluff and two other cities in October. The sessions are being presented by the Arkansas Food Innovation Center, which assists entrepreneurs with processing value-added food products.

ABATE District 20 plans meeting

Pine Bluff/Sheridan ABATE District 20 will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, at Delta Rivers Nature Center at Regional Park. The agenda will include the Hot Springs rally, Sept. 10-12. All members and interested riders are invited to attend.

Extension offers seminar

The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture will sponsor the Nonpoint Source Pollution Media and Communications Seminar for writers and Conservation District employees from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on these dates:

Simmons donates Wilmot facility

Simmons First National Corp. donated a former branch bank on U.S. 165 South in Wilmot to the city of Wilmot to be used as a municipal building for the community in Ashley County. The announcement was made Friday.

2 WH Boys State delegates become officers

John Lytle, left, and Yinghan Chen, center, White Hall High School delegates to Arkansas Boys State, receive a tour of the Capitol by the state Auditor Andrea Lea. Chen, who was elected Boys State auditor, appointed Lytle assistant auditor. The two were among Boys State delegates at the University of Central Arkansas in June. (Special to The Commercial)

UAPB to host ice cream social Aug. 23

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff invites the community to the Chancellor’s Ice Cream Social Kickoff Pep Rally. The free event will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, in the Kenneth L. Johnson Sr. Health, Physical Education and Recreation Complex.