August 27th, 2010
A Crime Task Force that brings together the Helena-West Helena Police Department, Phillips County Sheriff’s Office and Arkansas State Police are seeking community support to make their plans for a substation in downtown Helena.
Joe Black, president of Southern Bancorp Capital Partners (SBCP), an affiliate of Southern Bancorp, who’s been ardently involved in promoting tourism, said crime is a deterrent to the growth of tourism and the task force and creation of a police substation has been one of his more pressing goals.
July 7th, 2010
Employees of Southern Bancorp recently gave savings lessons to elementary students as part of the American Bankers Association Education foundation’s Teach Children to Save Program.
Southern employees joined thousands of bankers across the country that traded in their balance sheets for blackboards to help fill the need for financial education.
June 7th, 2010
The temperature is rising quickly on a muggy Wednesday morning as Trey Berry and I walk through the woods on Hindman Hill in Helena-West Helena, the nonsensical but now official hyphenated name for this history-rich city on the Mississippi River.
Berry, a noted historian who’s now a deputy director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, wants to show me Battery D, one of four Union batteries built to protect Helena from Confederate attack during the Civil War.
May 21st, 2010
Tonight at 7:00 on the campus of Phillips Community College in Helena-West Helena, the first class of seniors will graduate from what’s commonly known as the KIPP school.
If you closely examine how far these kids have come, you’ll realize just how remarkable this story is.
Gov. Mike Beebe will deliver the commencement address at what’s officially known as the KIPP Delta Collegiate High School. Mike Feinberg, one of the national founders of KIPP (which stands for Knowledge Is Power Program), will be there.
If there has been a more hopeful day than this one in the Arkansas Delta in recent years, I’m not sure what it is.
May 21st, 2010
The Boys and Girls Club provides more than a place for kids to play after school. There are programs to help kids become successful adults, like Money Matters a program to teach financial responsibility and Smart Girls, which teaches self esteem.