Simmons Continues Heartland Deconstruction

Simmons Continues Heartland Deconstruction
George Makris Jr., CEO of Simmons First National Corp.

The countdown to folding Heartland Bank operations into Simmons bank is under the 60-day mark.
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Windstream Confirms Elimination of 54 Jobs in Arkansas

Windstream Confirms Elimination of 54 Jobs in Arkansas

Sources tell Arkansas Business that hundreds of Windstream employees are being laid off, but the Little Rock telecom released only the local number affected.
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Arkansas Lawmakers OK Ban on Dicamba

Arkansas Lawmakers OK Ban on Dicamba

Arkansas lawmakers have approved banning an herbicide that farmers say has drifted onto crops where it wasn't applied and caused damage, but the prohibition still faces a legal challenge from a maker of the weed killer.
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The List Largest Mortgage Lenders

Largest Mortgage Lenders in Arkansas list ranked by total value. Also includes year-over-year change, number of mortgage locations, total value of mortgages originated, number of mortgages, total value of mortgages serviced and total number serviced.

Rank Name Total $ Value of 2017 Loans (including originations and purchases) % Change
1 Arvest Bank 771,903,000 -6
2 IberiaBank Mortgage Co. 388,196,977 -11
3 Simmons Bank 377,106,708 -19
4 Centennial Bank 359,986,205
5 Bank of Little Rock Mortgage Corp. 318,831,362 5

Executive Q&A

Chip Blanchard on Community Banks Staying Centered at Home

Chip Blanchard, the president of First State Bank in Russellville, says that in local economies, community banks have “more skin in the game.”