Citizens Bank announces Adam Mitchell as new CEO

Batesville-based Citizens Bank announced Thursday that Adam Mitchell is stepping into the role of CEO, succeeding outgoing CEO Phil Baldwin.  Baldwin’s retirement, originally planned for mid-year, has been shortened due to the successful completion of a planned transition earlier than expected. “When I announced my retirement in August of last year, my original plan was […]

BACC holds ribbon-cutting for American Freight

The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for American Freight Furniture, Mattress, Appliance on Friday, March 12, 2021, at 1 Furniture Lane in Batesville. In a release, the chamber said American Freight has been helping customers save money on quality furniture and mattresses since 1994. In 2020, American Freight acquired FFO Home, […]

First Community Bank appoints new chief marketing director

First Community Bank recently announced the hiring of Carrie Price (pictured) as senior vice president and chief marketing officer, according to Dale Cole, chairman and chief executive officer of the financial institution. Price will oversee and provide direction, guidance, and leadership in the bank’s overall marketing efforts throughout Arkansas and Missouri. “As we continue to […]

Spring River Innovation Hub, Cherokee Village hosting Virtual Community Forum

The Spring River Innovation Hub, in association with the City of Cherokee Village and the National Endowment of the Arts, is facilitating a virtual community forum via Zoom on Thursday, March 4, 2021, regarding the recently awarded Our Town Grant. The forum is an important aspect of the community engagement process and will introduce grant […]

Peco Foods closing 3 Mississippi locations, expanding others

CANTON, Miss. (AP) — A family-owned Mississippi poultry company said Thursday it is closing three of its locations in the state, while expanding operations at two other locations and a third in Pocahontas, Ark. Multiple news outlets report Peco Foods’ Mississippi facilities in Brooksville, Canton, and the hatchery in Philadelphia will be shuttered. Company officials […]

America’s Car-Mart announces rebranding

America’s Car-Mart, one of the largest publicly-held automotive retailers in the “Integrated Auto Sales and Finance” segment, recently announced its new visual identity and tagline that reaffirms, “…the company’s unwavering commitment to its customers and communities,” according to a news release. The rebrand represents a significant step in the company’s evolution as a prominent leader […]

First Community’s Fisher earns diploma

First Community Bank is pleased to announce that Rachael Fisher (pictured), vice president benefits manager in human resources, has recently earned a bachelor of science in business administration and management through the University of Arkansas systems eVersity program. “We could not be more proud of Rachael for receiving her diploma. Our support of her endeavors […]

Todd joins First Community Bank’s secondary mortgage team

First Community Bank has announced that Scott Todd has joined the bank as VP secondary mortgage production and sales manager for the organization’s home lending division. He will serve as a liaison for all secondary market originators and support staff across the bank’s network. Todd brings extensive knowledge to his new position. He has nearly […]

Jamie Chapman joins banking team at Merchants and Planters Bank 

M & P Community Bancshares is pleased to announce that Jamie Chapman has joined the Merchants and Planters Bank team as Assistant Vice President – Loan Officer. Chapman (pictured) will be responsible for managing commercial and consumer loans and establishing and maintaining business relationships in Newport, Batesville, and the surrounding areas. He brings three years […]

Batesville Area Chamber reminds all to ‘Keep the Cheer Here’ and shop local

Shelly Hendrix with the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce visited with the White River Now Family of radio stations about the chamber’s campaign to shop local this year, “Keep the Cheer Here.” And, she also previewed some highlights of the seasonal fun, including the Friday opening of the 70-foot, LED Ferris wheel in White River […]