Northeast Arkansas

Integrity CEO Gary Childers: Farmers & Merchants Came Calling

Integrity CEO Gary Childers: Farmers & Merchants Came Calling
Gary Hudson, CEO of Farmers & Merchants Bancshares, made the first move in the first Arkansas bank deal of 2019 — back in 2017.

Integrity First Bank of Mountain Home was not actively seeking a buyer when the CEO of Farmers & Merchants Bankshares in Stuttgart rang.
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Bad News, Good News And Business Models

Wehco Media is converting two south Arkansas dailies into weeklies, and a hedge fund-owned group is out to buy the big news chain Gannett.
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Bee Pollination Declining with Increased Use of Pesticide

Bobby Coy and his son, Richard Coy, owners of Crooked Creek Bee Co., in Jonesboro, began noticing a decline in bee pollination after nearby farmers began using the pesticide dicamba on nearby crops during the past three years.
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Today's Power Breaks Ground on Forrest City Solar Array

Today's Power Inc. continued its run of installing small utility-scale solar power plants for the state's electric cooperatives Tuesday, breaking ground on a 1-megawatt array for Woodruff Electric Cooperative Corp. in Forrest City. read more >

Legislature Could Shuffle New Deal for Casino This article is available only in print.

Can the General Assembly alter an amendment to the Arkansas Constitution? The question is relevant because Clarksville has indicated interest in hosting a casino if Pope County rejects it. read more >

Multiple Ways to Keep Arkansas Works Insurance (Ray Hanley Commentary)

One aspect of the Medicaid expansion/Arkansas Works debate that gets little attention is the efforts to help eligible Arkansans keep their health insurance. read more >

Debbie Reynolds Named FNBC Bank Branch Manager (Movers & Shakers)

Debbie Reynolds has been hired as branch manager of FNBC Bank's new office in Jonesboro. read more >

Who Owns Dispensaries? Documents Show Who'll Sell Medical Cannabis

A complete list of who owns the companies in line to get licenses to operate the 32 medical marijuana dispensary sites approved by state regulators. read more >

Permit Spike Reflects Jonesboro's Growth Heading Into 2019

Propelled by a handful of large commercial projects, the number of building permits in the city nearly doubled in 2018, with the total value of residential and commercial permits coming in near $288 million. read more >

George Dunklin Joins Board of Wetlands America Trust

Wetlands America Trust, the land trust arm of Ducks Unlimited, said this week that it has added George Dunklin to its board of trustees. read more >

Arkansas State's Terry Mohajir Added to College Football Committee

Former Texas A&M coach R.C. Slocum, Arkansas State athletic director Terry Mohajir and retired Gen. Ray Odierno have been added to College Football Playoff selection committee. read more >

A-State Alumnus Tiner Sets Up Scholarship Program

Dr. B.D. Tiner, an Arkansas State University alumnus who lives in San Antonio, Texas, is establishing an endowed scholarship program at his alma mater called the Hite and Glenda Tiner Memorial Scholarship Fund. read more >

Arkansas Marijuana Finally Set to Roll

When medicinal cannabis begins to be sold in Arkansas, possibly in April, a potential $100 million-a-year industry is poised to emerge from a complex and harshly criticized regulatory landscape. read more >

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