Category archives: January 2018

The Banker Behind Southern Bancorp

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Darrin Williams, CEO Of Southern Bancorp Southern Bancorp • 800-789-3428 • banksouthern.com For Darrin Williams, becoming CEO of Southern Bancorp was not happenstance. It was predestined. Before taking the reins, he served as chief deputy for then Attorney General Mark Pryor. He was a partner in a securities class action law firm, and in 2008, was ele[...]

The Banker Behind First Community Bank

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Dale Cole, Chairman & CEO of First Community Bank First Community Bank • 800-971-4671 • firstcommunitybank.com Dale Cole, chairman & CEO of First Community Bank, is a veteran in the financial industry. He began his career in 1974, in downtown Dallas. Years later, he would found First Community Bank after going door to door, collecting exactly [...]

Behind the Bank

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By Caleb Talley | Photography by Jamison Mosley, David Yerby  and Meredith Mashburn Our banks play a critical role in so many facets of life. These institutions grease the wheels of a changing economy, cultivating stability in the present and strengthening investments for the future. More than just a countinghouse, we turn to community banks for the loan [...]

Landers Cabin

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Down a scenic, twisty highway, across a cattle grate and at the end of a gravel driveway in rural Saline County is a barn. Its metal roof extends gracefully over the front porch. But this isn’t the kind of place you store hay. Inside, Sandy and Steve Landers have made a warm, welcoming family retreat, combining the past, present and future in a home away fr[...]

Top 10 Events for January

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Arkansas Chinese Lantern Festival | Fayetteville | December 8 - January 14 Each night from 5:30 to 10 p.m. from December 8 to January 14, the Arkansas State Fairgrounds will be alight with more than 30 sets of larger-than-life light sculptures. And the event doesn’t just feature lanterns — in addition to the giant lit-from-within pandas, dragons and more,[...]

Publisher's Note: New Year, New Outlook

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It’s a new year, and for many of us, that means a new year’s resolution. Whatever you set out to do in 2018, the pages of AY’s January edition provides plenty of examples to follow. In a debut series, “Bankers Behind the Bank,” we get to meet some of the most enterprising individuals in Arkansas’ financial industry. These interesting men, from so many di[...]

Arkansas Backstories • Joe David Rice

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Arkopolis As early explorers left the Mississippi and slowly navigated their way up the Arkansas River, the first rocky outcrop they encountered after miles and miles of travel was situated on the south bank. Compared to a massive bluff just upstream on the opposite side, the smaller of the two quite logically became known as the “little rock.” To no one’[...]

Winter is for Planning: Basic Principles of Garden Design

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Winter is the perfect time to reflect on the successes and mistakes of the previous year. Once you’ve finished pondering your wins and losses — ideally with a slice of pie and hot coffee in your hand —it’s time to plan for the future. I love to do that by thinking about garden design. Take a bird’s-eye view of your garden and assess its potential. Are you ma[...]

Essential Arkansas Dishes

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How do you eat like an Arkansawyer? Here’s how to dine like a local. What unique and delicious items does Arkansas bring to the table? Plenty. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert or even party time, these dishes bring a unique Natural State flavor to your fork. Breakfast Going back to our territorial days, Arkansas has been a haven for those wh[...]