Citizens Bank, Batesville Schools Honor Sylvia Lovell As April ‘Above & Beyond’ Award Recipient

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BATESVILLE – April 21, 2014  – Sylvia Lovell, an employee of the Batesville School District for more than four decades, was named today as the April 2014 recipient of the “Citizens Bank Above & Beyond Award” for the Batesville School District.  Mrs. Lovell, who is currently Secretary at Eagle Mountain Magnet School, has also worked at Batesville Junior High School, East Elementary and the Kindergarten Center.

Applications Now Being Accepted for Citizens Bank’s Education Grants

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BATESVILLE – April 9, 2014 – Applications are now available for the 2014 Citizens Bank Education Initiative, the fourth annual program in which educators in the Batesville School District receive the opportunity to share in $15,000 in grants to fund unique and innovative classroom concepts and projects to make learning interesting and fun. 

Citizens Bank ‘Doubles Down’ on Blue Jean Fund Donation

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BATESVILLE – March 7, 2014 – Patty Duncan (center right in photo, holding banner), Executive Director of Family Violence Prevention Inc. in Batesville, visited with several employees of Citizens Bank as her organization became the latest recipient of a contribution from the bank employees’ “Blue Jeans Fund.”  In recognition of National Employee Appreciation Day on Friday, March 7, Citizens Bank doubled the donation from $500 to $1,000.

Citizens Bank Education Initiative Grants to Help Technology, Literacy Projects at Midland

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BATESVILLE – February 17, 2014 – Technology and literacy were the primary focus of the three projects that have been funded in the inaugural Citizens Bank Education Initiative grant program with the Midland School District.

After discussions last year with School Superintendant Dean Stanley, Citizens Bank agreed to expand its Education Initiative to Midland, offering educators the opportunity to share $5,000 in grant money to help turn their creative educational ideas into meaningful projects. 

Changing of the Art at Citizens Bank

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BATESVILLE – February 12, 2014  – Paige Dirksen, Executive Director of the Batesville Area Arts Council, changes out a piece of art on display in the “Josephine Raye Rogers Art Gallery” at Citizens Bank.  The Arts Council regularly displays the works of local artists in the art corridor of the bank’s Main Branch in downtown Batesville.  Most of the artwork is available for purchase.  Here, Ms. Dirksen hangs a watercolor entitled “Shack in Field,” which was produced by artist Ruby Schaaf.  The art corridor was dedicated last year for Mrs.

Carma Osborn, Other Area Bankers Join Citizens Bank

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BATESVILLE – January 29, 2014 – Citizens Bank has secured the services of several longtime employees of other area banks, including the former Bank of America, which has closed its Batesville offices.

“We are pleased to bolster the professionalism of our staff with the addition of so many talented bankers, led by Carma Osborn,” said John Dews, Chief Executive Officer of Citizens Bank.  “Each is well known in the Batesville community and surrounding area, and each shares our commitment to solid banking principles and exceptional customer service.”

Citizens Bank Helps Furnish Chapel at Wood-Lawn Heights

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BATESVILLE – January 27, 2014 – Judy Belcher, director of Wood-Lawn Heights, recently accepted a $5,000 contribution from John Dews, Chief Executive Officer of Citizens Bank, which helped furnish the chapel at the new Wood-Lawn Heights nursing home and rehabilitative facility at 2800 Neeley Street in Batesville.

The bank’s donation helped pay for pews, lighting fixtures, carpeting, a podium and even a grand piano.

‘Loving Your Sweet Hearts’ To Be Topic of Red Hot Ladies Luncheon

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BATESVILLE – January 16, 2014 – A highly respected cardiovascular and geriatric expert will address Citizens Bank’s “Red Hot Ladies Luncheon” on Friday, February 14, in Independence Hall at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.  The annual event focuses on raising women’s awareness of health issues and promotes good habits for healthy lifestyles.

Citizens Bank Helps Ladene Bray Celebrate Her Retirement

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Citizens Bank Directors (from left) Jay Shell, Rog Rogers and Kay Southerland present a proclamation to Ladene Bray, honoring Ms. Bray upon her retirement from the bank at a reception on Friday, Jan. 3.  Ms. Bray concluded more than 43 years of service to Citizens Bank, retiring as Senior Vice President and Senior Commercial Loan Officer/Special Assets.  She began her employment with Citizens Bank on September 1, 1970.

Citizens Bank Honors Ladene Bray for 43 Years of Service

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BATESVILLE – January 2, 2014 – On Friday, January 3, Ladene Bray will conclude more than 43 years of service to Citizens Bank.  Ms. Bray, who retires as Senior Vice President and Senior Commercial Loan Officer/Special Assets, began her employment with Citizens Bank on September 1, 1970.

The bank’s Board of Directors, officers and her co-workers will honor Ladene with a reception in the Loan Department of the Main Bank in Batesville from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.

Citizens Bank Adds More Hope to ‘Christmas Brings Hope’

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CELEBRATING A SUCCESSFUL DRIVE – Christmas Brings Hope Treasurer Greg Shaver (left) and Chairman Ted Hall discuss Citizens Bank’s $2,500 donation and the results of the organization’s 2013 non-perishable food drive which provides boxes of food that help feed needy families of four for four to five days.  Shaver and Hall said they are grateful to everyone who contributed to this year’s drive which – despite two separate snow and ice storms –managed to collect and distribute contents for 1,080 food boxes, about equal to last year’s donations.

Southside Southerners, Citizens Bank Support ‘Be A Santa To A Senior’

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BATESVILLE – December 20, 2013 – Southside High School students and Citizens Bank employees recently assembled and delivered Christmas gift baskets to the “Be A Santa To A Senior” program.  Purchased through equal donations from students and bank employees, the baskets and contents included a nice warm blanket, snack foods, fruit, candy, a $20 gift card and a personalized stocking for each Senior. 

Citizens Bank, Batesville Schools Honor Mary Faulkenberry As December ‘Above & Beyond’ Award Recipient

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BATESVILLE – December 16, 2013 – Mary Faulkenberry, Academic Coach at Batesville Junior High School, was named today as the December recipient of the “Citizens Bank Above & Beyond Award.” 

Citizens Bank and the Batesville School District created the award to recognize school staff members who go “above and beyond” in their service to the district.  Personnel throughout all schools nominate recipients of the monthly Above & Beyond award, which includes a certificate from the Board of Education and a $50 gift card from Citizens Bank. 

‘Scent of Christmas,’ Then Santa Claus at Citizens Bank

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BATESVILLE -- December 12, 2013 -- Customer Cheryl Toon (left) of Batesville accepts a potpourri cachet as a gift from Tracy Kennon, a teller at the Citizens Bank Main Branch in downtown Batesville. Citizens Bank’s celebration of the holiday season included the distribution of a limited supply of free cachets of Aromatique potpourri as a special gift to customers. The bank also will host Christmas open houses at its branches, including:
* Imboden -- Friday, Dec. 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
* Eagle Mountain -- Thursday, Dec. 19, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

'Angel' Cruisers

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BATESVILLE -- December 9, 2013 -- Ron Lewallen and Dwane Thompson (from left) of the River City Cruisers stopped by Citizens Bank to acknowledge the car club’s $1,000 donation to the Fifth Annual “Angel Tree” project of the United Way of Independence County.  Joining Lewallen and Thompson in looking over a donated bicycle are Colin Patterson, Angel Tree Committee Chairman; Deanna Green, United Way Executive Director; and Marty Lehman of Citizens Bank and a United Way Board Member.  Citizens Bank employees have been active contributors to “Angel Tree” each yea

Midland, Mountain View Schools to Receive Funding From Citizens Bank Education Initiative

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BATESVILLE – December 5, 2013 – The successful Citizens Bank Education Initiative has been expanded to provide grant money for projects created by teachers in the Midland and Mountain View School Districts.  Citizens Bank offered $5,000 to each district’s educators.  Recipients of the Midland grants will be announced at a banquet Monday, Dec. 9, at Batesville.  The Mountain View grants will be awarded at a luncheon on Thursday, Dec. 12.