December 10th, 2012
On March 1, 1997, a tornado ripped through Arkadelphia, killing six people, injuring more than 100 others and destroying the downtown.
As Arkadelphia’s residents restored their lives, they vowed to rebuild.
“Although the struggle to bring the downtown area back from the brink has been long and tedious, buildings have since been repaired or rebuilt and the sense of community pride is still strong,” said Brooke Gregory, community program coordinator for Southern Bancorp Partners, the nonprofit division of Southern Bancorp of Arkadelphia.
December 3rd, 2012
Karen Martin is the new director of communications for Southern Bancorp Inc. a bank holding company based in Arkansas.
Martin will be responsible for managing internal and external communications – including news dissemination, media relations, public relations, social media and marketing activities – for Southern Bancorp Inc. and its nonprofit affiliate Southern Bancorp Community Partners.
She has held previous posts at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Arkansas Gazette and Arkansas Business Publishing Group. She has also worked in communications and public relations at Baptist Health and Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods (CJRW).
November 29th, 2012
Civil War Helena is up and moving as Cathy Cunningham confirmed Tuesday night at the city council session. Cunningham explained that there are currently two projects in the works including Battery C at the entrance of Yorkshire and Freedom Park, which is slated to be dedicated during Black History Month in February. Cunningham stated that her presence at the council meeting was to request that the council affirm the projects that are currently being worked on and to provide a progress update for each project. According to Cunningham, Battery C’s property was donated to the city in the 70s by Gibson Turley and is one of four earthen batteries erected by the Union Army is 1862, when it briefly fell to the Confederates during the Battle of Helena on July 1863. “Battery C and the interpretation of Battery C is a major key element of the Civil War Helena Project,” said Cunningham. According to Cunningham, Southern Bancorp Community Partners will soon be requesting the city council to deed part of the property of Battery C to them, which they will then, in turn by the end of 2013, develop that land as a public park to be deeded to the Delta Cultural Center. Cunningham explained that this will be the same process that was advocated with Fort Curtis as it will be deemed a non-profit and allow them to write the grants and be granted the funding needed to develop the park.
November 29th, 2012
Tom Fugate, collections manager for the Capital City Museum in Frankfort Ky. recently made a trip to Helena to advise the Helena Museum Board on museum management techniques. Mudpuppy and Waterdog recommended Fugate to the Helena Civil War Project, part of the Delta Bridge Project, to improve their collection management techniques in what has been described as Phase1 of museum collective management advisement. “We hope that this will enable us to write grants based on his research to preserve the artifacts of the museum,” stated Cathy Cunningham of Southern Bancorp. Pictured are Fugate and Ron Kelley observing a late 19th Century confederate first national pattern Garrison flag that is expected to be displayed in the Phillips County Museum of Helena
November 26th, 2012
Southern Bancorp of Little Rock has hired Karen Martin as director of communications.
Martin was the founding editor of Arkansas Business Publishing Group website InArkansas.com. She was the website’s editor for nearly three years.
Martin starts the position with Southern on Wednesday.