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Southern Bancorp News

Preparing to make a wish

March 18th, 2005

Preparing to make a wish

Southern Bancorp chosen state’s business of the year

March 11th, 2005

By Donna Hilton

Southern Bancorp of Arkadelphia was chosen Arkansas’ Business of the Year Thursday evening by Arkansas Business magazine.
The business won in category 3 of the competition, which is for businesses with 75 to 300 employees, Bill Wright, president of Elk Horn Bank and Trust, an affiliate of Southern Bancorp, said.

“People from every major business in Arkansas were there,” Wright said. “Over 900 business executives from all over the state attended.”

Maya Angelou captivates audience at HSU

March 4th, 2005

By Steve Fellers

Dr. Maya Angelou, considered one of the great voices of contemporary literature, shared her wit and wisdom with a capacity crowd Thursday at Henderson State University’s Arkansas Hall.

“I’m happy to be in Arkansas,” Angelou said. “You can never leave home. I found my great rainbows in the sky in Arkansas.”
Angelou often mentioned “rainbows in the clouds,” referring to the positive influences in her life.

Twin Cities to become one

March 3rd, 2005


The people have spoken. History was made just before 10 p.m. Tuesday when the final results came in. On January 1, 2006, the cities of Helena and West Helena will become one.

Approximately 3,500 voters turned out and voted in favor of consolidation, making the unified community the 25th largest city in Arkansas with a population of approximately 15,000. The merged city’s name will be Helena-West Helena.

Helena’s first job after merger vote: Redistrict wards

March 3rd, 2005

Still riding high after Tuesday’s vote of Helena and West Helena, consolidation supporters say they’re not worried about the next step in the process – redistricting – even through the responsibility falls on the fractious West Helena City Council.

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