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UAM professor publishes book

Clinton Young, associate professor of history at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, has published a new book of Spanish historical studies titled “Music Theater and Popular Nationalism in Spain, 1880-1930.”

Monticello store donates $25,000 to children’s home

The Corner Store recently donated $25,000 to The Baptist Home for Children in Monticello. Marty Walter, a Monticello store manager, presented the check Nov. 24 to Baptist Home employees Randy Luper and Curt Crook. The Corner Store is one of the largest independent retailers of motor fuels and convenience merchandise in North America, a spokesman said. The donation was part of the proceeds from the annual Country Run 5K fun run held in 10 cities. The Baptist Home is a ministry of Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries (ABCHomes,) a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization. Details: abchomes.org (Special to The Commercial)

UAM-McGehee nursing students receive awards

Three students at the University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Technology-McGehee received scholarships by the 2014 practical nursing graduating class. Awards were through the student organization of the Arkansas Licensed Practical Nursing Association. Participants, from left, were Priscilla Cessor of McGehee, a member of the 2014 graduating class; scholarship recipients April Jones of Lake Village, Dana Hilliard of Lake Village, Rolanda Merritt of Greenville, Mississippi; 2014 graduate Katie Wilkerson of McGehee, and registered nurse Kim Ray, ALPNA sponsor. (Special to The Commercial)

BealeCanto to perform Christmas concert at UAM

The Southeast Arkansas Concert Association will present the Memphis-based BealeCanto ensemble in a Christmas music concert. The event will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s fine arts center. The concert is sponsored by Simmons Bank.

New State Highway 530 opens

With the removal of tarps covering road signs and barrels blocking the on- and off-ramps, crews with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department on Thursday morning officially opened to traffic the Exit 44 State Highway 530 interchange with Interstate 530 on the south side of Pine Bluff.

1,500 attend Rice Expo

STUTTGART, Ark. — From a senator's perspective on farm policy to a look at new and in-development apps for agriculture, some 1,500 people took it all in at the 2013 Arkansas Rice Expo at the Grand Prairie Center in Stuttgart.