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Southern Bankcorp CEO Phil Baldwin retires

Southern Bankcorp CEO Phil Baldwin retires

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. You are invited to attend the Retirement Reception honoring Phil Baldwin on February 10 from 4 – 6 p.m. at Southern Bancorp, 601 Main Street in Arkadelphia. Come celebrate his career and service to our community. Email questions to cprice@banksouthern.com.

ASMSA student "masters the mainfraime"

ASMSA student "masters the mainfraime"

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts senior Calvin MacKenzie was the only high school student to win a place on the “Wall of Fame” in IBM’s sixth annual Master the Mainframe Contest.

The contest is for university students, but high school students are encouraged to participate. This year’s contest attracted 3,537 students from 400 schools in the U.S. and Canada.

MacKenzie placed third and will receive an Apple iPad and a two-day expense-paid trip to the IBM mainframe plant in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

The contest was divided into three parts and began in October 2010. To successfully complete Part 3, students had to complete a series of difficult and time-consuming tasks, mastering the inner-workings of mainframe software products, security protocols, multiple programming languages and various utilities.

Announcing legend ends streak

Announcing legend ends streak

HOT SPRINGS, AR – Terry Wallace, Oaklawn Park’s track announcer for 37 years, ended his record streak of consecutive race calls at 20,191 Friday when he handed over the microphone to Frank Mirahmadi for the fifth race, which was won by Heavenly Prize. Wallace, who was back in the booth for the sixth race, took advantage of Mirahmadi’s visit to the track and enjoyed his very first Oaklawn race among the fans on the apron.

“For 37 years and counting I’ve had the best job in the world, calling races at Oaklawn Park,” said Wallace. “I’m very comfortable in knowing that my record isn’t going to be broken any time soon, so I’m thinking it might be fun to experience the track I love so much from a different prospective.

St. Joseph's honors staff for service

St. Joseph's honors staff for service

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center held its 2010 Service Awards and Recognition Dinner on January 27 at Horner Hall at Hot Springs Convention Center. Roberta Swaim was named St. Joseph’s Mercy’s Co-Worker of the Year, while Jennifer Thompson received the Pelton Leadership Award.

St. Joseph’s Mercy honored 280 co-workers for their service to the ministry.

In order to be eligible for co-worker of the year, one must first win co-worker of the quarter during that year. The co-worker of the first quarter was Melissa “Missy” Shuffield of Nutrition Services, Swaim won the second quarter, Linda Chadick of 70 West Mercy Clinic won for the third quarter and Holly Crise of Utlilization Management won for the fourth quarter.

Swaim was nominated by her co-workers who said she “constantly goes above and beyond the scope of her job duties to help her fellow co-workers. Roberta’s job consists of many functions, including helping with payroll.

Hot Springs Police chief finalists announced

Hot Springs Police chief finalists announced

 

HOT SPRINGS -- City Manager Lance Hudnell announced today that the finalists for the position of Hot Springs Police Chief include David Flory of Bedford, Texas;  David Ebinger of Moorhead, Minnesota; and Mike McCormick of Hot Springs, Arkansas.

“After careful consideration of 65 applications from several states, the selection committee and I have determined three finalists for on-site interviews,” Hudnell said.  “The committee spent several hours reviewing the applications, determining and interviewing nine semi-finalists, conducting background checks and ultimately selecting three candidates as finalists.  We are very pleased with the quality of the three finalists and look forward to concluding the interview process later this year and in early January.”

The ad hoc citizens selection committee assisting in the selection process includes Sam Stathakis, businessman and Civil Service commissioner; Steve Oliver, prosecuting attorney; Harrie