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Community Briefs

February 23, 2021 at 2:00 a.m.

Urban renewal board meets today

Pine Bluff Urban Renewal Agency board will meet at 5:30 p.m. today at Baim Law Firm, 301 E. Sixth Ave. Details: Jimmy Dill, board president, 870-536-4943.

Dog obedience classes starting soon

The Southeast Arkansas Kennel Club is sponsoring a dog obedience class starting March 2. It will be held at Hestand Stadium each Tuesday from 7-8 p.m. for eight weeks. The cost is $65, according to a news release. Details: (870) 879-3384.

Community broadband grants open

Grants of up to $75,000 each are available to help rural Arkansas communities apply for federal grants and loans to make broadband accessible to their residents. The broadband program is managed by the Institute for Digital Health & Innovation at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).

Just over $1 million remains available and grant applications will be reviewed and awarded through June 30, according to a news release.

Last year, $2 million was allocated as part of the Rural Broadband I.D. Expenses Trust Fund Grant. The program is funded by the state's Restricted Reserve Fund and federal coronavirus aid allocated by the Arkansas Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Steering Committee created by Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

Details: https://idhi.uams.edu/rural-broadband-grant.

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