May 3rd, 2012
The real focus of this plan is to make Helena-West Helena more walk-able and bike-able so we can offer the practical and low-cost alternative to those who do not have the option of a vehicle, as well as increase the tourism flow within the city,” said Ann Freiwald, of Alta Greenway Planning and Design.
Freiwald introduced the Greenway Master Plan at Tuesday night’s Helena-West Helena City Council meeting. Freiwald worked with the Advertising & Promotions Commission, the city and the Delta Bridge project, Helena Regional Medical Center and Delta AHEC to develop a master trails and greenway plan.
According to Julia Nordsieck, of Southern Bancorp, this project began with an availability assessment that Delta AHEC led about 2 years ago with the American Association of Retired Persons.
May 1st, 2012
Southern Bancorp held Customer Appreciation Day Friday grilling hot dogs and hamburgers, soft drinks, and give-away items including caps, key rings, measuring tapes, files, and more from 2-5 p.m. The special day was held at the Manila, Blytheville and Trumann banks.
Each main bank had a drawing giving away a 40 inch color television at the end of the day on Friday.
“We do appreciate our customers,” Dan Robbins, president of the Manila Southern Bankcorp, said.
Robbins served as the chief cook grilling hot dogs and hamburgers for the afternoon. He didn’t let a little rain stop the grill.
April 26th, 2012
The Helena-West Helena Police Department is looking into the possibility of securing several grants, including the Drug Interdiction Grant that would generate about $1.5 million in funding.
Assistant Police Chief Ronald Scott explained that the H-WHPD is partnering with Delta Bridge Project to acquire funding for a Computer Aided Dispatch software and a GPS mapping system. “We successfully put together a grant application and now its final stages. This grant will amount to about $250,000 and would be used to buy the hardware and software that we are going to need to make this a successful venture.”
April 24th, 2012
The Clark County town of Caddo Valley now has its own branch of the Arkansas Foodbank
The new distribution center in a 10,000-square-foot warehouse at 201 Valley Road opened with a dedication ceremony this morning.
Attending the dedication were Phyllis Haynes, the CEO of the Arkansas Foodbank, and Dianne Williams, Chief Program Officer. Also attending will be Arkansas State Rep. Johnnie J. Roebuck of Arkadelphia, and Shelley Loe, Senior Community Development Officer at Southern Bancorp in Arkadelphia, who have been instrumental in facilitating the Arkansas Foodbank’s establishing a branch location to better serve hungry people in the area.
April 23rd, 2012
Honor students from Central High School, DeSoto School and KIPP School were recognized at a reception hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Helena – West Helena. After a brief meet – and – greet period and dinner, the students received gifts, certificates of excellence and U.S. Savings Bonds donated by Helena National Bank and Southern Bancorp. The Honorable Judge Brian Miller was the keynote speaker for the evening. Miller encouraged the students to “not be afraid to try, believe in your dreams, and always keep learning.”