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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Mississippi partnership wins license to construct, operate Arkansas River Valley casino

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Mississippi-based Gulfside Casino Partnership has won the Arkansas Racing Commission’s license to construct and operate a casino in Pope County. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the seven-member commission selected Gulfside on Thursday. The panel spent about three hours hearing presentations...

Citizens Bank announces recent promotions

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Citizens Bank announced the promotions of Rhonda McKay, Angie Hooker, and Leah Massey in its loan operations group, and Lisa Davis in its compliance department. “The unique demands of 2020 have presented unprecedented opportunities for Citizens Bank, and allowed our team members to demonstrate their...

Hazelle Whited joins White River Now marketing team to service northern counties

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Hazelle M. Whited (pictured above) has joined the White River Now team to help with their expansion into Sharp, Izard, Fulton, Baxter, and surrounding areas. A Sharp County resident for over a decade, Whited will be based out of her office in Cherokee Village, and...

Walmart moves guns, ammunition in some stores to secure area

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NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart says it has removed ammunition and firearms from displays at some of its stores. The move comes in the wake of the killing of George Floyd that has set off sometimes violent demonstrations against police brutality and injustice against African...

Shelly Hendrix talks the 2020 BACC Business Expo

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The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) will hold a Virtual Business Expo presented by FNBC Monday, June 22 through Friday, June 26. The event will be hosted virtually through the BACC’s website, batesvilleareachamber.com and the chamber’s Facebook page. The theme for the 2020 Business Expo is “Discovering...

First Community expands trust and wealth management specialties

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First Community Bank has announced an expansion of the company's trust and wealth management divisions with three key promotions. According to a release from the bank, Brandon Brewer, senior vice president and regional trust manager, will assume command of First Community Bank’s trust department as...

Batesville Community Theatre receives $25,000 pledge for building campaign from First Community

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Pictured: Dale Cole, chairman and CEO of First Community Bank; Brandt McDonald, AVP teller operations assistant at First Community Bank and BCT board member; Tommie McDonald, BCT board vice president; Colyn Bowman, BCT board president; and Angie Weaver, BCT board member. First Community Bank has...

Resurfacing project on 19-mile section of 167, including Batesville and Southside, begins Tuesday; some work to be overnight

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A major resurfacing project on a section of Arkansas State Highway 167 that includes Batesville and Southside is set to begin next Tuesday. The bid to complete the project went to a local company, Atlas Asphalt. Mark Lamberth, the president of Atlas Asphalt, told White...

First Community Bank’s ‘Keep on Restoring’ campaign helping during crisis

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First Community Bank of Batesville's "Keep on Restoring" campaign has been working to assist area organizations during the coronavirus crisis. First Community Bank’s Kenny Gerhardt (pictured above, left), senior vice president of teller operations and treasurer of the Old Independence Regional Museum, presented a donation...

IMPACT Independence County leadership announces review of strategic plan

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The IMPACT Independence County Steering Committee has announced the process has begun to revise IMPACT Independence County’s strategic plan. IMPACT planning efforts began in 2015 under the direction of three co-chairs: Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC), Lyon College, and the University of Arkansas Community...

Habitat for Humanity receives donation from First Community Bank

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First Community Bank’s Tim Haunert (pictured above, right), vice president of consumer lending, presents a donation to Habitat for Humanity of Independence County’s executive director Shannon Haney (left). Haunert serves on the board of directors of the non-profit. Founded in 2007, HFHIC partners with volunteers...