Gov. Mike Beebe has declared September "Arkansas Volunteer Month" to honor the thousands of volunteers who work to make the state a better place to live.
Sherry Middleton, director of the Arkansas Department of Human Services' Division of Community Service and Nonprofit Support, says Arkansas volunteers provide services and problem-solving skills to people and communities throughout the state.
Middleton says it's the spirit of helping one another that officials hope to promote, and it is those who have demonstrated that spirit who will be recognized during the month.
Nordex has reached an agreement with the state of Arkansas and the city of Jonesboro to repay more than $2.5 million in grants it received to build its wind turbine manufacturing plant.
Joe Holmes with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission says the deal comes after the company announced earlier this year it would stop production at its Jonesboro plant and would not be able to meet promised employment goals.