BRTC’s Project REACH to reopen

Black River Technical College's Project REACH sites has set Tuesday as its reopening date. The REACH sites will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and 9 a.m. to noon every second Saturday of the month through the month of October.

Project REACH is a restoration project undertaken by BRTC of the Rice-Upshaw House, 4800 Arkansas 93, Pocahontas, built in 1828, and the Looney-French House, 1325 Deer Run Trail in Dalton, built in 1833.

For more information, contact the BRTC Office of Institutional Advancement, 870-248-4000 or visit

Concepts of Truth to host 5K

Concepts of Truth International in Wynne will hot its annual 5K in October. Because of Arkansas Department of Health COVID-19 guidelines for large gatherings, the race will be held virtually. Participants can join from anywhere and run or walk at their own pace.

At noon From Oct. 4-10 participants can walk, run, jog, hike or use a treadmill, tracking the run/walk electronically and submitting the results.

Medals will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for overall male and female winners. Those registering by Tuesday will receive a race T-shirt. To register online, visit For more information, call 870-238-4329.

Blood drives set

During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood or platelets to support kids, teens and young adults battling cancer. Donations are accepted daily at the Jonesboro Blood Donation Center, 1904-A Grant St.

Make an appointment to donate by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-733-2767 or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

Local blood drives scheduled are:

Wednesday — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Families, Inc., 1815 Pleasant Grove Road, Jonesboro and Merchants and Planters Bank, 915 Arkansas 367 North, Newport.

Thursday — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Walnut St., Walnut Ridge.

Sept. 11 — 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wynne High School, 800 E. Jackson Ave.

Sept. 14 — 2 to 6 p.m., Rector Community Center, 740 E. Ninth St.

NEAWDB to meet

Northeast Arkansas Workforce Development Board will meet at 3 p.m. Sept. 24, at the Jonesboro Municipal Center, 300 S. Church St.

Following COVID-19 health guidelines, the location requires attendees to wear masks while in the building. Temperatures will be taken at the door.

Once completed, a digital copy of the packet will be made available at the following link: Auxiliary aids and services will be available upon request to individuals with disabilities. For more information contact James Morgan at 870-932-1564.

Applications open for Arts on Tour roster

The Arkansas Arts Council in Little Rock is accepting applications for artists to join its Arts on Tour Artist Roster, a list of artists who are selected and given the Arkansas Arts Council’s stamp of approval as quality artists.

Deadline for applications is 4:30 p.m. Oct. 23. An independent panel will review applicants Nov. 12. Applications and additional information regarding the roster can be found at