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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

ASU-Newport celebrating ‘Music of Stax Records’ Feb. 7

As part of its observance of Black History Month, ASU-Newport will bring “A Tribute to the Music of Stax Records” to the stage of the ASUN Center for the Arts in a special performance at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7. Admission is free, but because a capacity crowd is expected, the performance is a ticketed event. One of the most influential record labels in the history of American music, Memphis-based Stax Records was a major factor in the creation of the Southern soul and Memphis soul music styles.  Also releasing gospel, funk, jazz and blues recordings, Stax Records featured the music of Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Johnnie Taylor, The Bar-Kays, Isaac Hayes and many others. ASU-Newport’s salute to Stax will feature the Memphis band, G3. Tickets will be limited to four per person and may be obtained by visiting the ASUN Business Office located at 7648 Victory Blvd. in Newport or by calling (870) 512-7802. A two-dollar handling fee will be applied to tickets that are mailed. 

Batesville Mayor Rick Elumbaugh (second from right) recently accepted over $8,000 in earned incentives on behalf of the city from its participation in Entergy Arkansas’ CitySmart program. Batesville recently replaced lighting in the city’s municipal building with energy-efficient LED lighting, improving both efficiency and light output for the entire three-story building. The building’s lighting system previously consisted of inefficient florescent interior lighting as well as high wattage parking fixtures. Entergy says the upgrades will save more than 74,300 kilowatt hours of electricity per year. “Anytime that we have an opportunity to do something good for the environment and reduce our spending,” said Mayor Elumbaugh, “it should be considered a win-win situation.” Pictured with the mayor (from left): Troy Cox, CCB Energy Consultants; Beau Blankenship, Entergy; Connor McWilliams, CLEResults; Elumbaugh; Jonathan Abbott, City of Batesville. Photo by Gary Bridgman

Long returns to Citizens to supervise local consumer lending, branch locations

Longtime Batesville banker Renee Long has returned to Citizens Bank as Senior Vice President of Consumer Lending, according to Phil Baldwin, president and chief executive officer. Long began her career in banking more than 36 years ago at Citizens Bank and has been a consumer lending officer for more than 20 years. In her new position, she will assume the supervisory responsibilities for all Citizens Bank consumer loan officers based in Batesville. “Renee Long is one of the most knowledgeable and respected members of the north central Arkansas banking community,” said Baldwin. “We are so pleased that she has returned to Citizens Bank and will lead our efforts to strengthen our consumer lending business at a very important time in the history of our organization. Her impact and expertise will a great benefit to Citizens Bank as we expand into new regions of Arkansas and beyond.” Long studied banking at the American Institute of Banking and Arkansas State University. She is a graduate of the Barret Graduate School of Banking in Memphis, a three-year program that included more than 40 hours of classroom instruction each year. “Renee and her twin sister, Robin Brock, have personified Citizens Bank in many of our branch communities for years,” said Baldwin. “They embody our bank’s new tagline, ‘A Bank Built For You,’ through their concern and compassion for helping guide economic growth and financial security for all our customers.” Robin Brock serves as a Senior Vice President and heads Citizens Bank’s Trust Division. Long is a native of Rosie and a graduate of Oil Trough High School. She is a member of the board of directors of Main Street Batesville, the Independence County 4-H Foundation and Family Violence Prevention, and she serves on the Advisory Board of Child Care Aware of America and is a member of the Batesville Rotary Club. She is an active member of Faith Baptist Church. She and her husband of 42 years, Tommy Long, live in Batesville, and have two sons and two grandchildren. 


Independence County Farm Bureau members (pictured from left to right) Tom Hess, Jeanice Hess, Stacy Wagoner and Eddie Wagoner were among more than 150 Arkansans who recently attended the 96th annual meeting of the American Farm Bureau Federation in San Diego, Cal. The event provided farm and ranch leaders from across the United States an opportunity to network with fellow Farm Bureau leaders, attend the trade show and learn about current agriculture issues. Arkansas Farm Bureau is a non-profit, private farm and rural advocacy organization of more than 190,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life. Photo submitted

Blake Caldwell recently accepted a scholarship to join the trap team at Lyon College for the 2015-16 academic year. Caldwell is a senior at Cedar Ridge High School. Pictured are front row (from left): Shawn Caldwell, Blake Caldwell, and Kerri Caldwell; and back row, (from left): Dave Heringer, vice president for administration and Landon Downing, assistant director of admissions. Photo submitted

Museum seeking ‘sweet makers’ for fundraiser

“Love Bites,” a Valentine’s Day fundraiser for the Old Independence Regional Museum, will be held Saturday, Feb. 14 at the museum. The event will raise money for museum operations. A contest sponsored by First Community Bank will be held during “Love Bites” for the best “sweet maker.” Contestants must bring 150 bite-sized pieces of a particular dessert for the contest. The first place prize is a $250 gift card with a $100 gift card going to second place. Registration is free, but pre-registration is required. For more infor- mation, contact the museum at (870) 793-2121 or visit their website at The Old Independence Regional Museum is located at 380 S. 9th St. in Batesville.