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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

yourfm 99.5 is on the air, online, and on the White River Now app

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Around 9 a.m. Friday, a new music format for the area went on the air. The White River Now media family's yourfm 99.5 will include the greatest hits from artists such as Adele, Backstreet Boys, Whitney Houston, Billy Joel, Bruno Mars, Jason Mraz, Katy Perry,...

Business leaders say area’s economy improving with gradual reopening

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A new survey of business leaders from Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and South Dakota that was released Wednesday suggests the economy has started to recover as businesses reopened in the past month. But Creighton University economist Ernie Goss said the...

Happy Birthday to KBTA — 70 years young today

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June 30, 2020, marks a milestone anniversary for Batesville radio station KBTA-AM. Local historian Craig Ogilvie reminds us that on this date 70 years ago, KBTA 1340-AM signed on the air in its test pattern and received its official license in July of that year. KBTA-AM...

First Community to build banking center in Brookland

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First Community Bank has purchased property at 8101 Highway 49 in Brookland, Ark., and has received regulatory approval to build a sixth northeast Arkansas banking center that will mark the 28th location in the bank’s branch network. “The Brookland branch is the result of our...

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...

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...