NIFA Invests Over $5.4M in Bioprocessing, Bioengineering, Biofuels and Biobased Products Research

KANSAS CITY, Mo., June 30, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced today an investment of $5.4 million in bioprocessing, bioengineering, biofuels and biobased products research. NIFA recently awarded $4.8 million for 12 Bioprocessing and Bioengineering grants under NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, and more than $600,000 for six Biofuels and Biobased Products grants under NIFA’s Small Business Innovation Research program.… Read full story

Teller Position Available

Teller – Mount Vernon East Office

Park National Bank



Full Job Description


  • Ensure customers are promptly and professionally served and meet branch objectives by effectively cross-selling financial products and services
  • Provide a wide variety of financial services such as opening and closing various deposit accounts, renewing certificate of deposit accounts, processing loan transactions, initiating credit card applications, assisting customers with account questions and processing general deposit transactions
  • Complete ongoing product knowledge, financial services and sales-oriented training to sustain broad base of product, service and sales knowledge
  • Project the bank’s professional reputation through knowledgeable, courteous interactions with customers and prompt resolution of requests, inquiries or issues
  • Protect bank assets by adhering to all processes, policies and procedures related to branch and cash security, negotiable instruments, information security, and Federal, State or Local regulations impacting teller activity
  • Cross train in various branch operation functions, such as ATM balancing, cash item resolution activity, teller outage reporting, and supplies
  • Complete periodic in-store communication and promotion activities specific to the office, if applicable
  • Individually and if applicable, as a manager, participate in identifying, measuring, monitoring, controlling and mitigating departmental and enterprise-wide risks
  • Maintain an awareness of and adhere to Bank’s compliance requirements and risk management concepts, expectations, policies and procedures and apply them to daily tasks
  • Review, complete and assist customers with basic lending applications including consumer loans and personal loans
  • Communicate recommendations for improved work flow and service to customers
  • Assist Head Teller with daily branch operations duties such as vault and cash ordering
  • Complete training in and utilize Contact Management and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tools
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Well-developed knowledge of the banking center functions, banking products and related services
  • Active listening skills with an ability to proactively identify and recommend products and services
  • Ability to handle potentially stressful situations and offer resolution
  • Professional communication style and ability to effectively complete aisle visits, store announcements and other activities specific to the office
  • Able to execute branch functions at the highest service level, including cash handling and branch security
  • Capacity to analyze a situation and make appropriate decisions
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate multiple tasks, work well under pressure and in a fast-paced environment
  • Basic to intermediate proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Ability to work independently and handle basic customer issues
  • Deliver a consistent, high level of service within Service Excellence standards


Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 7:00 pm and Saturday 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

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Retail Sales Associate Wanted

Retail Sales Associate

Harbor Freight Tools

Mount Vernon, Ohio


Why You’ll Love It:

  • Closed by 8 pm nightly
  • Closed on Thanksgiving & Christmas & Easter
  • Clear path to promotion
  • Paid time off
  • Bonus opportunity
  • Flexible schedules
  • Associate discounts
  • Stable employment with growing company
  • Full-time opportunities

What You’ll Do:

  • Provide a great experience for our customers
  • Ensure efficient processing of point of sale transactions
  • Maintain a safe, clean, and organized store
  • Other duties as assigned

What We Need:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Minimum of 1 year experience in retail or customer service
  • Ability to communicate clearly with customers and associates in person and via e-mail and telephone.
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NIH-Funded Screening Study Builds Case for Frequent COVID-19 Antigen Testing

Rapid antigen tests perform on par with lab tests when used every three days.

Detecting SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, improves with regularity of testing, whether using rapid antigen tests or PCR molecular tests. The PCR test is considered the gold standard for diagnosing COVID-19 infection, but cost and infrastructure issues, as well as wait times for PCR results, have limited its use more broadly as a screening tool for asymptomatic people because rapid results are needed to interrupt the chain of transmission.… Read full story