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.
August 5th, 2010
This month, the Little Rock branch of the Federal Reserve Bank reopened – not to service bank customers, but students. The e-Stem High Public Charter School started its semester last Monday in two newly-renovated buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
But that’s nothing new for this innovative school. Two years ago, they chose a former newspaper building as their first campus. The downtown school quickly had a waiting list of over 1,000 students, which was far more than they could accommodate.
Southern Bancorp CDC, which has provided renovation assistance and financing to other public schools, bought the old Federal Reserve Bank in 2009 and is now leasing the building to e-Stem Public Charter Schools. Despite mechanical and plumbing obstacles, the building’s proximity, historic finishes, and ability to be renovated to fit current educational needs made it a perfect fit for e-Stem’s expansion.
July 7th, 2010
The Delta Bridge project may have lost a key organizer when Jack Hill left town, but a new face is already in place.
Lois McMurchy, who formerly worked with Coahoma Community College, has been named vice president of community development for the local Delta Bridge project and has already hit the ground running. McMurchy provided a report as part of the Industrial Foundation board meeting held Tuesday at the Chamber of Commerce.
June 30th, 2010
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark., June 30, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Theresa Metcalf has been telling everyone about her new home, and the grant program that helped her get into the home.
Ms. Metcalf, a 41-year-old single mother of six, heard about the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas’s (FHLB Dallas’s) Homebuyer Equity Leverage Partnership (HELP) program through her job as a substitute teacher for a Head-Start program in Blytheville, Arkansas.
June 16th, 2010
Arkadelphia, Ark. —
Phil Baldwin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Southern Bancorp, Inc., announced that Dominik Mjartan has been promoted to Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Communications.