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Kevin Brockmeier is second speaker in "Meet the Author" series

Kevin Brockmeier is second speaker in "Meet the Author" series

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The William F. Laman Public Library System announces its 2011 Fellowship recipient, Kevin Brockmeier as its next guest author in the 2011 Summer Reading Program Meet the Author series.

The reading and book-signing will take place on a Tuesday, June 28, at 6:30 p.m. in the lecture hall at the library system's main branch.

Brockmeier will discuss his newest novel, The Illumination: A Novel, in which six recipients—a data analyst, a photojournalist, a schoolchild, a missionary, a writer, and a street vendor—inhabit an acutely observed, beautifully familiar yet particularly strange universe. A world in which human pain is expressed as illumination, so that one’s wounds glitter, fluoresce, and blaze with light.

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Mobile unit purchased to train green job workers

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (DWS) -- Apprenticeship training for jobs in "green" industries just got a lot easier with the purchase of a new Mobile Training Unit.

Improving energy efficiency is a top priority for many businesses and that starts with technology.

"It's going to be more relevant in the future, it's going to have to be. Everybody's wanting to save, conserve energy, and use renewable sources," says Jim Ryan, president for the Arkansas Apprenticeship Coalition.

Ryan says their mobile training unit is truly unique.

"We're trying to teach them green and renewable energy. And that's what all these trainers are. We're trying to teach the things of the future that we know our apprentices are going to have to work with," adds Ryan.

Ryan says the mobile unit is a great way to teach participants in apprenticeship programs more about energy efficiency.

PCSSD board member resigns for personal reasons

UNDATED (KTHV) -- A member of the Pulaski County School Board stepped down Wednesday because of what she says are personal decisions.

In a her resignation letter, Sandra Sawyer said she wanted to re-prioritize her life and dedicate more time to work and family.

"I have enjoyed my tenure as a board member with PCSSD, through our challenges and accomplishments over the last two years. However, after much deliberation and prayer, I have decided to resign my position as the Zone 2 board member. In no way does this reflect the confidence I have in Dr. Hopson as superintendent, who I believe has shown great leadership. He is uniquely capable -- because of his willingness to progressively think outside the box -- to lead this district where it needs to go.

Simmons First announces officer promotions

Simmons First announces officer promotions

PINE BLUFF, Ark. - - Simmons First National Corporation recently announced the promotions of Sandy M. Richard to vice president within the corporate marketing group and Leslie M. Gober to senior loss share accounting officer in the finance group according to J. Thomas May, chairman and chief executive officer.

Richard joined the marketing group in June 2010 after serving as student loan business development officer at Simmons First for the previous 14 years.

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Miss Arkansas performs at Laman Thursday

Miss Arkansas performs at Laman Thursday

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Thursday, June 16 at 7 pm, Miss Arkansas Alyse Eady will perform her ventriloquism act, sing, and speak to the audience at William F. Laman Public Library Main Branch.

You can catch Alyse on "Today's THV This Morning" with Tom Brannon during the Summer Cereal Drive. She officially joins "Today's THV This Morning" on August 1.

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Nonprofits receive over $33K from Ark. Black Hall of Fame

Nonprofits receive over $33K from Ark. Black Hall of Fame

LITTLE  ROCK, Ark. – During a ceremony at the Peabody Hotel on Tuesday night, 14 nonprofit organizations serving minority communities will receive a total of $33,425 in grants from the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation fund. The grants, administered by Arkansas Community Foundation, will support projects focused on education, health and wellness, youth development and small business/economic development.

“It is very gratifying that the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame is able to have an impact on so many communities throughout Arkansas.  It is the goal of the Foundation to recognize and support the uniqueness of community projects in addressing challenges within their area.