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by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Mar. 14, 2011 12:00 am  

Silas Hunt Memorial Room Renovated

Charles Robinson, vice provost for diversity at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, discusses the importance of Silas Hunt's legacy at the March 4 open house of the renovated Silas Hunt Memorial Room in the Arkansas Union. In 1948, Hunt was admitted to the University of Arkansas School of Law, "becoming the first African-American student admitted to the university since Reconstruction and the first black student to be admitted for graduate or professional studies at any all-white Southern university," according to the "Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture." Robinson's office provided funding for a timeline displayed in the room that chronicles the black experience at the UA. Hanging in the background are banners of two recipients of the Silas Hunt Legacy Award, Lonnie Williams and Gerald Jordan.


Bess Chisum Stephens Dies

Bess Chisum Stephens, wife of the late W.R. "Witt" Stephens, died March 4 in Little Rock. She was 83. A memorial service for Bess Stephens took place March 5.

Bess Stephens was active in the Little Rock community, particularly the Little Rock Central YWCA. The organization honored her in 1986 by naming its facilities on 12th Street in Little Rock the Bess Chisum Stephens Center. The center is an affiliate of the Centers for Youth & Families.

Born in Little Rock on Sept. 23, 1927, she graduated from Little Rock High School in 1945. After attending Little Rock Junior College in 1947, she began her business career at the Walthour Flake Realty Co. She later worked at the W.R. Stephens Investment Co., which her husband built. That firm is now known as Stephens Inc. She was later chairman emeritus of The Stephens Group.

The family said memorials could be made to the Bess Chisum Stephens Center for Youth & Families at 5909 Forest Place, No. 205, Little Rock, AR 72207.


ABF Expanding Service

ABF, the largest subsidiary of Arkansas Best Corp. of Fort Smith, said last week that it was expanding its RPM service to the western third of the country, giving the freight company's services coast-to-coast to reach. ABF first offered RPM, short for Regional Performance Model, in 2006 along the Eastern Seaboard. It expanded coverage to the eastern two-thirds of the nation in 2007.

"Customers benefit from rapid, dependable regional service in addition to the flexibility, supply chain visibility, careful cargo handling and attentive customer service they've come to expect from ABF," ABF Senior Vice President Roy Slagle said in a news release.




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