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Group raising funds for lignite core sampling

Group raising funds for lignite core sampling

MAGNOLIA, Ark. – A group supporting the development of lignite mining in south Arkansas is working to raise a $1.6 million match for a federal grant to conduct lignite core sampling.

Led by State Rep. Garry Smith, the group hopes to obtain a total of $3 million for the project. The core sampling is the first step in developing and mining south Arkansas lignite. Smith is hopeful that the funds can be raised, and said Governor Mike Beebe has pledged to support the project if funding is available.

Smith and other proponents of lignite development in Arkansas contend that mining the natural resource would be a boost to the region that has seen little economic growth in recent years. As a comparison, the Red Hills Mine in Mississippi reported a $13 million payroll with 180 employees in 2003.

Arkansas community leaders show how they serve

Arkansas community leaders show how they serve

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Consider this: Where would you turn for advice on assisting a loved one affected by Alzheimer's? How will your basic needs be met should your child become ill with cancer? What kinds of chemicals and additives are in your food -- and how is it affecting your health?

Do you know where to go to even get these answers?

Earlier this spring I was able to attend an event at War Memorial Stadium called "Little Rock Serves," which is sponsored by Create Little Rock, an arm of the Little Rock Chamber.

Conference recognizes those who care for elderly

Conference recognizes those who care for elderly

FERNDALE, Ark. -- When my great-grandmother became increasingly ill a few years back, my parents scrambled to find care for her. If we'd known about the types of resources that the Arkansas Gerontological Society made available, we might have had a smoother transition in her final weeks.

The AGS had their Spring Conference in the last week of March, and I went down to have a look. Vendors like AARP, The Longevity Center, the Arkansas Health Care Association, Amedisys Home Health and others made themselves available to answer questions and consult with the public. I had a nice chat with Tiffany of Alzheimer's Arkansas, and sat in on the AGS awards ceremony.

Folks from all over the state came to network with each other and discuss caregiving for the elderly. More information is available at www.agsociety.org.

FexEx exec to address Ark. aerospace industry

FexEx exec to address Ark. aerospace industry

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. -- FedEx Executive Gregory Hall will address the Governor’s Aerospace Summit on Tuesday, March 29 at the Hot Springs Convention Center. The Summit will bring together nearly 200 industry leaders, government officials and educators to discuss the progress and needs of the aviation and aerospace industry in Arkansas. The Summit is organized by the Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges (AATYC) Aerospace Training Consortium.

Hall is Senior Vice President of Technical Operations for Memphis-based FedEx Express.

Eagle Endeavor Inc. seeks to expand city

Eagle Endeavor Inc. seeks to expand city

Eagle Endeavor Inc. would like to formally announce  a new development in the city limits of East Camden and Ouachita County.  The Eagle Complex is being built to show our support for Highland Industrial Park, 20 plus companies, 10 fortune 500 companies, SAU Tech, Fire Training Academy, Arkansas Law Enforcement training academy and the good citizens of Ouachita, Calhoun and Dallas Counties and the surrounding communities.

The Eagle Complex will consist of restaurants, retail shops, hotel, conference center, office space, commercial and residential supply store, apartments, town homes, movie cinema, grocery store, and gated community.

Eagle Endeavor would like to thank Ouachita County, Calhoun County citizens, State Representative Garry Smith and area businesses for their support of this project.

Central Moloney announces expansion

Central Moloney announces expansion

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Central Moloney, Inc. is pleased and excited to announce its intention to expand our current transformer facility located in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

Since its inception in 1949, Central Moloney, Inc. has been an industry leader in manufacturing electrical distribution transformers and related components parts. With two facilities located in Jefferson County, our commitment has been and will remain to our community.

This expansion includes a 150,000 square foot addition to our current operating facility. Proposed construction will occur on existing Central Moloney, Inc.

Business networking event rescheduled

Business networking event rescheduled

PINE BLUFF, Ark. -- The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB)/Economic Research and Development Center and UAPB Business Support Incubator will collaborate with the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce to offer a FREE Arkansas Procurement Opportunities Pre-Conference Training Workshop Thursday, March 17 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 p.m.

Held at the Business Support Incubator located 615 South main street, the pre-conference training will get your company ready for business matchmaking. Doing business with the government, large corporations, and business-to-business has helped many small companies grow and develop. The conference team will teach small businesses how to fulfill eligibility requirements.