March 3rd, 2005
By JOSH TROY
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.
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.
October 8th, 2004
Southern Development Bancorporation of Arkadelphia will receive a $1.8 million equity grant to help the bank acquire additional branches to provide housing, business and consumer lending in the Mississippi Delta region, the state’s Democratic Congressional delegation announced Thursday.
U.S. Sens. Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor and U.S. Reps. Mike Ross and Marion Berry announced more than $1.8 million in grants provided by the U.S. Treasury Departmentâ€™s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund. The money is aimed at providing assistance to low-income, rural areas of the state.
August 23rd, 2004
In 2002, Phillip Baldwin looked around at the crumbling buildings and the dilapidated houses in Helena and wondered if the nearly $150 million in development loans to the Delta had made a difference