Koontz Electric congratulates graduates

Koontz Electric Company (KECI) wishes to congratulate this year’s graduating class from the Arkansas Construction Education Foundation Electrical apprenticeship program.

Each graduate completed 8000 hours of on the job training, and successfully passed exams during 576 hours of classroom time. Graduates are immediately eligible to take the Arkansas journeyman electricians exam, and Taylor May has already passed.

Kyle Bright was also awarded outstanding apprentice of the year.

Koontz Electric has 50 employees currently enrolled in electrical apprenticeship training. This workforce development program is fully funded by Koontz Electric Company, and has produced 47 Journeyman, and 43 Master Licensed Electricians in our employment. 75% of 200 plus employees are Conway County Residents.

Koontz Electric embraces this commitment to training so we can adequately staff our customer’s highly demanding and technically challenging projects, coast to coast, and border to border.

Rail earns research fellowship

Faulkner County native one of twelve students at Arkansas State University to receive one of the prestigious Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) in the annual competition administered through the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE).

Through the SURF program, undergraduate students conduct in-depth research projects in their specific fields of study with the assistance of faculty mentors.

Zachary Rail of Vilonia, conducted "Mathematical Modeling of a Thermoviscoelastic Rod-Beam System with Dynamic Contact," with faculty member Dr. Jeongho Ahn, associate professor of mathematics.

Faulkner County residents graduate from Harding University

The following local residents are one of more than 800 graduates who received a diploma at Harding University's commencement exercises May 5, 2018.


Danny Bohannan of Quitman received a Bachelor of Arts in middle level education in math and science
Mallory Bryant of Conway received a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry
Andrew Dather of Conway received a Bachelor of Business Administration in management
Jacob Fay of Vilonia received a bachelor's degree in social work
Madasyn Grasby of Jacksonville received a Master of Arts in Teaching in special education with a teaching license
Hannah Hitchcox of Conway received a Bachelor of Arts in public relations
Chelsa Painter of Quitman received a Master of Business Administration in management and business ethics
Connor Phillips of Vilonia  received a Bachelor of Arts in computer science
Kayla Richardson of Conway received a Master of Science in Nursing as a family nurse practitioner
Audra Staley of Conway received a Bachelor of Science in cognitive neuroscience
Mackenzie Steward of Vilonia received a Bachelor of Science in psychology

Graduates include students from the College of Allied Health, College of Arts and Humanities, College of Bible and Ministry, Paul R. Carter College of Business Administration, Cannon-Clary College of Education, Carr College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, College of Sciences, and the Honors College.

University President Bruce D. McLarty presented the diplomas to the graduates.

Harding University is a private Christian university located in Searcy, Arkansas. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, it is the largest private university in the state. Harding's student body is made up of students representing 50 states and 54 nations and territories. The University offers more than 100 undergraduate majors, graduate and professional degrees at the master's, specialist and doctoral level as well as numerous international study offerings including locations in Australia, Chile, England, France, Greece, Italy and Zambia. For more information, visit harding.edu.