Community Briefs Feb. 24

PBSB to meet Monday

Pine Bluff School Board will hold its regular board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the boardroom of the Jordan-Chanay Building, 1215 W. Pullen St., according to a news release. Details: (870) 543.4203.

Corps extends comment period on drafts

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Little Rock District is extending the public comment period for the draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment and draft Finding of No Significant Impact for the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System (MKARNS) 12-foot Channel Deepening Project. Comments will now be accepted until March 10, according to a news release.

The comment period is being extended due to unforeseen circumstances. The extension will ensure full public participation and allow the public more time to send in their responses. All comments will still be taken via an online submission form, through regular mail, email, and fax.

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Surge valve, moisture sensor school set

Farmers and other agriculture industry personnel can learn how surge valves and soil moisture sensors can improve irrigation at daylong sessions set for Feb. 27 at the Reynolds Center in Paragould and March 5 at the Northeast Research and Extension Center at Keiser, according to a news release.

"This school covers how surge valves function and how to use them to improve irrigation," said Chris Henry, professor and water management engineer for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. "Participants will learn to program and design a computerized hole selection plan using Pipe Planner for surge irrigation. The second half of the surge school is practical, where participants program valves for different conditions."

There is no cost to attend, but the cost of the optional materials is $680 for four sensors, the reader, and a slide hammer.

Attendees should register at least two days in advance. Space is limited to 20 participants. To register for the Paragould event, contact Dave Freeze at (870) 476-9891 or Adam Eades, (870) 212-3000. To register for the Keiser event, contact Ethan Brown at (870) 919-4812, or Alan Beach at (870) 278-6418.

Locals in statewide poetry contest

Arkansas Poetry Out Loud, the statewide poetry recitation competition, will begin at 10:45 a.m. March 2 at Ron Robinson Theatre in Little Rock. Participants include Sheridan students.

An independent panel of judges will determine which high school students advance to the national competition, according to a news release from the Arkansas Arts Council and Arkansas Heritage.

Competing schools this year are: Sheridan High School, England High School, Deer High School, Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts, Lisa Academy West High School, Little Rock West High School of Innovation, Parker's Chapel High School, Arkansas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Founders Classical Academy, and Valley Christian High School.

High school students who won poetry competitions via their schools or educational groups will compete for the state title. The Arkansas champion will have the opportunity to compete at the national level for a chance to win $20,000 this spring. Attending the Arkansas Poetry Out Loud event is free and open to the public. Details:

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