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Till Debt Do Us Part. Part 4.

Right now, in homes across the country, there are dirty little secrets stashed in shopping bags in the trunks of cars. Some are tucked away behind storage boxes in the garage or lurking under the bed.

Financial Tips, Home, Saving

Mama Bears. Part 4

Like most parents, I have a few control issues. When it comes to money mistakes, sometimes the best thing parents can do is let our kids mess up – especially when they’re young and the consequences aren’t critical. “Your children are going to learn some hard lessons when it comes to money. They are going to make some bad decisions, maybe some really bad decisions. But that’s okay.”

Home, Local Stories, Stories

Five to Follow with Mike Pettey

Five to Follow asks The Ohio Club owner Mike Pettey to share his five favorite media sites. Read all about Mike’s unique success story, and how his club’s history became it’s biggest asset. “The history has been a big draw. It’s been fun to develop The Ohio Club into a destination. People come to Hot Springs from Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Missouri and Tennessee, and part of the reason they come is The Ohio Club.”

Stories

Five to Follow with Dr. Jay Barth

Five to Follow asks Hendrix professor and self-described political junkie to share his five favorite media sites. Many are familiar with Dr. Jay Barth through his writings for Arkansas Times, his collaboration with Roby Brock for the Talk Business and Politics polls, and his past appearances on AETN’s Arkansas Week.

Bear Bites, Local Stories

Neighbor’s Mill Bakery & Café Crafts a Recipe for Success

If you asked Karin and Mike Nabors, founders of Neighbor’s Mill Bakery & Cafe, what makes their bread so good, they’ll tell you it starts with the best ingredients as well as a commitment to the time and expertise required to produce something remarkable.

Events

The Bear Goes Pink for the Jonesboro Fundraising Race

Bear State Bank is going pink for the inaugural Komen North East Arkansas Race for the Cure® set for Saturday, May 6 at the Centennial Stadium on the ASU Campus in Jonesboro. Bear State is a Crystal Sponsor and a team of associates from our Jonesboro branches will run/walk in the race.

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Financial Tips, Home

Till Debt Do Us Part. Part 4.

Right now, in homes across the country, there are dirty little secrets stashed in shopping bags in the trunks of cars. Some are tucked away behind storage boxes in the garage or lurking under the bed.

Financial Tips, Home, Saving

Mama Bears. Part 4

Like most parents, I have a few control issues. When it comes to money mistakes, sometimes the best thing parents can do is let our kids mess up – especially when they’re young and the consequences aren’t critical. “Your children are going to learn some hard lessons when it comes to money. They are going to make some bad decisions, maybe some really bad decisions. But that’s okay.”

Financial Tips, Home

Mama Bears. Part 3.

Kids are quick to ask questions, and they don’t shy away from the tough ones: Why is the sky blue? What happens after we die? How did a baby get into her tummy? Parenting books and stories from fellow parents help us anticipate those questions and think about how and when we want to answer them. But many of us are caught off guard when our kids ask about money.

Financial Tips, Home

Till Debt Do Us Part. Part 3.

Our grandparents’ generation used to joke about being attached to a “ball and chain” once they got married. For today’s couples, that heavy “ball and chain” is likely to come in the form of debt that one or both people brought into the marriage.

Financial Tips

Meet the ITM. It’s Like an ATM with a Smart Mouth.

Think of ITMs as the next generation of ATMs, only better. As the name suggests, ITMs offer you the option of actually interacting with a live teller via a video screen. Bear State Bank has three currently in use and plans to roll out more in the future.

Financial Tips, Home

Mama Bears. Part 2

I admit it. I’m a worrier. It applies to nearly all aspects of my parenting but particularly to teaching our three kids what they need to know about money. I worry that I’ve screwed it up already or that I’m actively screwing it up now.

Home, Local Stories, Stories

Five to Follow with Mike Pettey

Five to Follow asks The Ohio Club owner Mike Pettey to share his five favorite media sites. Read all about Mike’s unique success story, and how his club’s history became it’s biggest asset. “The history has been a big draw. It’s been fun to develop The Ohio Club into a destination. People come to Hot Springs from Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Missouri and Tennessee, and part of the reason they come is The Ohio Club.”

Stories

Five to Follow with Dr. Jay Barth

Five to Follow asks Hendrix professor and self-described political junkie to share his five favorite media sites. Many are familiar with Dr. Jay Barth through his writings for Arkansas Times, his collaboration with Roby Brock for the Talk Business and Politics polls, and his past appearances on AETN’s Arkansas Week.

Local Stories, Stories

Mountain Biking and Photography Drive Novo Studio Head

“Thanks for calling Novo Studio. This is Philip Thomas. I’m currently on the phone, on a photo shoot, on a bicycle or currently unavailable.” -voicemail, Novo Studio

Local Stories, Stories

Every Dog Has His Day in Front of Abby’s Camera

When Abby Malone was a young child, her family traveled from Arkansas to Ocean City, New Jersey, to visit her grandfather. Accompanying her were her pet raccoon and a sugar glider, a small pocket-sized marsupial native to Australia. She was an animal lover through and through. So it was no small leap for the child to grow up and become a pet photographer.

Stories

Five to Follow with Louie Graves

“What are your five favorite media sites?” Five to Follow asks veteran newspaperman Louie Graves of Nashville.

Local Stories, Stories

Derrick Hamilton Creates Fun, Finds Success

Throughout his adult life, there are two things of which Derrick Hamilton has always been certain and these have served as beacons when life was murky and the path to success clouded.

Events

The Bear Goes Pink for the Jonesboro Fundraising Race

Bear State Bank is going pink for the inaugural Komen North East Arkansas Race for the Cure® set for Saturday, May 6 at the Centennial Stadium on the ASU Campus in Jonesboro. Bear State is a Crystal Sponsor and a team of associates from our Jonesboro branches will run/walk in the race.

Events

Swing into Spring with the 34th Annual SpringFest

Fayettevilles SpringFest kicks off Saturday, April 15 with a 5K run, live music, arts and crafts booths and their signature event, the bed race up Dickson Street. See the schedule below for all the events.

Education, Events

Sip it Forward. Kindness by the Cup

Bear State teamed with Westrock Coffee of Little Rock to provide complimentary coffee for returning students across Arkansas’s college campuses.

Events

Support Our Troops with the Holiday Military Supply Drive in Harrison

Bear State is partnering with Cox Communications and the Army National Guard to collect items that will be sent to Arkansas National Guard troops who will be deployed over the holidays.

Events

Boots & Bling Raised Funds for Care to Learn

Bear State Bank helped sponsor Boots & Bling, a benefit for the Care to Learn chapter in Nixa, Missouri. The evening offered live music, games, an auction and more with 100% of the proceeds donated to Care to Learn.