First Community appoints new leadership at Main St. branch

First Community Bank announced the promotion of two bankers at their Main Street branch in downtown Batesville. Lauren Stott (picture above, left) has been promoted to manager of the branch, which is located at 301 E. Main St. In her role, she will oversee the operations at the branch while managing resources and staff. Stott …

UACCB receives over $1,000,000 for Workforce Development Program

The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville (UACCB) has been awarded $1,075,943 through a competitive grant process offered by the U.S. Department of Labor, Delta Regional Authority, Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) grant program. The funding will be utilized to provide pre-employment training and wraparound support services, especially to persons from traditionally underserved …

UACCB celebrates Workforce Training Center opening 

Featured image: Becky Warren, director of adult education at UACCB, inside the college’s new Workforce Training Center The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) and the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville (UACCB) teamed for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for UACCB’s new Workforce Training Center. The ceremony was held last week in conjunction with the …

Davis receives promotion at Citizens Bank

Batesville-based Citizens Bank has announced the promotion of Lisa Davis to senior vice president, managing director of enterprise risk management. Since joining Citizens Bank in 2009, Davis has served in a variety of roles within the bank, including AVP, loan processing supervisor; VP, loan operations manager; and VP, senior compliance officer. Her expertise in risk …

Bethesda Wireless discusses new internet service in Cushman, packages, more

Many Cushman residents now have a new option for internet service thanks to a grant from Arkansas Rural Connect (ARC). Bethesda Wireless is now providing high-speed low-latency internet for Cushman residents in addition to current customers in Bethesda, Spring Mill, Locust Grove, Pfeiffer, and Westwood Hills. Arkansas Rural Connect is a grant program designed to …

Batesville A & P: Speedway, Watermelon Fest events brought almost 500 overnight stays

Cut Line: Evie Clauss of the Advertising and Promotions Committee presents A & P Event grant checks to Connie Starr of the Batesville Motor Speedway (left image) and to Tyler Parsley of the Cave City Watermelon Festival (right image). The Batesville Advertising and Promotions Commission met Tuesday and presented checks to representatives of the Cave …

Rayford completes Community Development Certification; recognized for leadership, integrity 

Pictured (left to right): Lisa Johnson, Jamie Rayford, and Shelby Fiegel  Jamie Rayford, chief operating fficer of the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, recently completed the Community Development Institute (CDI) training at the University of Central Arkansas, according to a release from the chamber.  CDI is a resource for community and economic development training. Professionals …

Arkansas Business looks at most profitable nursing homes in area

White River Now’s Gary Bridgman takes a look at a recent list from the Little Rock business journal, Arkansas Business, concerning the most profitable nursing facilities in the state.   Just under 20 percent of Arkansas’s most profitable nursing homes are located in the north central region of the state. Two of the top five …

Pinkston named Ozarka Employee of the Quarter

Scott Pinkston of Batesville, Arkansas has been selected as Ozarka College’s Employee of the Quarter, according to the Melbourne-based institution. “Scott is most deserving of this recognition; going the extra mile in all facets of his role and always working tirelessly to ensure students, staff, faculty, and administration have the advanced tools they need to …

Longinotti joins mortgage team at First Community Bank

First Community Bank has promoted Stephen Longinotti to secondary mortgage loan originator. Longinotti will educate, advise, and guide potential borrowers through the loan application process. “What motivates me each day is to connect customers with the expertise, support, and the resources they need to purchase or refinance homes,” said Longinotti. “I consider it a privilege …