$15,000 donated for Hoops conversion project

Southern Bancorp recently presented Main Street Blytheville with a $15,000 donation to be used for the demolition and construction of the old Hoops Drive-In lot. The lot, located next to the Greyhound Bus Station, is being turned into a landscaped parking lot....

KaBoom! playground design contest nets clay psychedelic catch

An effort to gin up support for the proposed KaBOOM! playground at Martin Luther King, Jr. park yielded one child $100 and project organizers a psychedelic clay playground model. The project was intended to give a group of summer school children an opportunity to get...

Southern Bancorp Adds Five New Directors

Shareholders of Southern Bancorp Inc. of Arkadelphia, the holding company for Southern Bancorp Bank and the nonprofit Southern Bancorp Community Partners, have elected five additional members to the board of directors. The new directors announced Wednesday are: •John...

Danny Robbins celebrates 30 years on the job

Danny Robbins, president of Southern Bancorp of Manila, has been on the job at the bank, serving the community, for three decades. Robbins hit the 30 year mark May 31. He said he enjoys coming to work as much today as he did in the early years. He feels fortunate to...

PRC school system saves $67,000 on energy bill

School Superintendent Alan Lumpkin in September implemented an energy savings contest between Pearl River Central’s five schools, and he told the Pearl River County school board on Monday that final tabulations show the contest saved the school $67,000 on the overall...

Accion hands out first loan

With the acceptance of a $4,000 check and a handshake between a local small business owner and loan officer Nathaniel Owen on March 20, Scottie Smith became the first loan recipient from Accion’s Phillips County office in Helena. Mindy Maupin of Southern Bancorp’s...

Super Chikan will be 'Live on the Levee'

Next Friday, June 8, is the date for the next Live on the Levee concert series in historic downtown Helena. The concert series is a partnership between King Biscuit Blues Festival, Sonny Boy Blues Society and the Delta Bridge Project. The concert features music by...

Downtown Apts. Finally Under Way

After two years and some inevitable development hurdles, Greenbrier Partners LLC’s mixed-use development at 436 S. Front St. is quickly taking shape. Construction began recently on the more-than-a-century-old warehouse at the corner of South Front Street and East...