December 21st, 2006
HELENA-WEST HELENA – Phillips County is Arkansas’ poorest. But in the last two years, residents, local leaders and business owners have worked with Southern Bancorp to begin turning the economy around. The rural development bank-holding company says in a new report that the effort so far has brought almost 24 (m) million dollars into the eastern Arkansas county of 24-thousand people.
December 5th, 2006
Situated in the impoverished Mississippi River Delta, the county has the highest poverty rate, 33 percent; one of the highest unemployment rates, 8.7 percent this fall, and the lowest homeownership rate, 56 percent.
November 26th, 2006
ARKADELPHIA – Phillip Baldwin was the director of corporate finance for Dillard Department Stores six years ago when he got the opportunity to change his career – and his life. “I was only a bean counter, working on a 10K [an annual financial disclosure report] for the lawyers in New York City,” he recalls.
November 25th, 2006
For five years, G. David Yarber rented space in Marianna for his income tax service, Pro File America Inc., but that hindered his small business’s ability to grow.
“We were just a seasonal business, about four months of the year,” said Yarber, the president and chief executive officer of the company.
November 9th, 2006
The William J. Clinton Foundation had $154.8 million in the bank at the end of 2005. That’s shy by a few million of the bucks held by the Gates Foundation ($29.1 billion) or Arkansas’s home-grown Walton Foundation ($1.1 billion).