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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and Santa is coming to Farmers Bank & Trust! Mark your calendars to bring the family for hot cocoa, cookies, and a merry good time!

Texarkana, TX

38th Annual Main Street Christmas Parade
Monday, December 5 | 7 p.m.
This year’s parade route has changed! Click HERE for the new route.

Pictures with Santa
2900 Saint Michael Dr.
Friday, December 9 | 3 – 5 p.m.

Paris, TX

Pictures with Santa
1375 NE Loop 286
Wednesday, December 21 | 1 – 4 p.m.

Camden, AR

Pictures with Santa
116 Jefferson Dr. SW
Tuesday, December 20 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Hope, AR

Hope-Hempstead County Chamber Christmas Coffee
Wednesday, December 14 | 9:30 – 11 a.m.
201 East Third St.

Pictures with Santa
Tuesday, December 20 | 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Community Christmas Parade
*Farmers Bank & Trust is the Parade Presenting Sponsor!
Monday, December 5 | 6 p.m.
For more details, click HERE.

Prescott, AR

Prescott-Nevada County Chamber Christmas Coffee
Tuesday, December 13 | 9:30 – 11 a.m.
103 E 2nd St South

Prescott-Nevada County Christmas Parade – A Cowboy Christmas
Thursday, December 8 | Begins at 6 p.m.
215 East 2nd St. South
Click HERE for more details.

Magnolia, AR

Magnolia’s Christmas Parade – Magic of the Movies
Thursday, December 1 | 5 p.m.
Parade Route: Jackson Street
Click HERE for more details.

Bryant, AR

Pictures with Santa
Friday, December 23 | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
3345 AR-5 N Suite 100

Saline County Christmas Parade
Monday, December 5 | 6-7 p.m.
Downtown Benton

Mt. Ida, AR

Pictures with Santa
Friday, December 16 | 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
221 George St.

Glenwood, AR

Pictures with Santa
Friday, December 9 | 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
214 N 1st Street


To find a branch near you, visit HERE.

 

As we enter into a season of gratitude, this podcast episode is focused on our Bank interns! We’re thankful they chose to come and experience all departments at Farmers Bank & Trust.

While they’re here for the 12-week program, their main areas of focus are Retail and Lending. They spend a few days in other areas like Marketing, Human Resources, and Training. At the end, they complete a project to share takeaways with the Executive Management team. However, it’s not the banking experience they say impacted them the most.

Rocio Medina
Kade Schutte 
Chris Lyles

If you’re interested in an internship with Farmers Bank & Trust, be on the lookout for a posting on our website next Spring 2023 for a Summer internship opportunity.

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Farmers Bank & Trust CEO Chris Gosnell (left) is pictured with the Southern Arkansas University Trap Shooting Team. The group took first place at the third annual South Arkansas Outdoor Social trap shoot near Magnolia on Sept. 17.

Farmers Bank & Trust hosted its third annual South Arkansas Outdoor Social in Columbia County on Sept. 16-17. The two-day, three-event benefit served as a fundraiser for the Arkansas Game & Fish Foundation.

Families participated in the free fishing derby on Friday, September 16.

The affair consisted of a free fishing derby at the Southern Arkansas University Engineering Pond on Friday, Sept. 16, then followed on Saturday, Sept. 17, with a competitive trap shoot at the Farmers Bank & Trust Trap Shooting Range at Southern Arkansas University’s facility along Columbia Road 13 nearMcNeil.

The winner of the event was the SAU Trap Team. The champions took home a $2,000 prize as well as numerous individual gifts, including custom coolers featuring Arkansas Game & Fish Foundation graphics. The benefit concluded Saturday night with a free Red Dirt Country concert at Southern Arkansas University’s Alumni Center. The show featured the Texas-based Drew Fish Band, as well as fellow Lone Star State act, Saints Eleven.

Saints Eleven performing at the South Arkansas Outdoor Social.

All proceeds from the two-day, multi-event benefit went to the Arkansas Game & Fish Foundation. The nonprofit organization serves as a fundraising arm of the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission. The auxiliary’s mission includes supporting conservation efforts throughout the state, as well as property acquisitions to help enhance fishing and hunting opportunities in Arkansas. The Arkansas Game & Fish Foundation also aids in enhancing youth interest in outdoor and recreational activities, education, and more.

In total, the two-day benefit saw dozens of volunteers from Farmers Bank & Trust, Southern Arkansas University, and the Arkansas Game & Fish Foundation participate to help make the South Arkansas Outdoor Social possible in 2022.

Talesha Tatom, Vice President and Senior Retail Loan Officer

Farmers Bank & Trust is proud to announce the return of Talesha Tatom, Vice President and Senior Retail Loan Officer, to the Magnolia Market. Tatom, a 20-year banking veteran, came back to the Farmers Bank family in June.

The longtime lending professional previously served at Farmers Bank & Trust from 1999 to 2018. During that time, she began her career as an executive assistant and moved into lending as a retail loan officer.

Experience

Tatom brings with her a wealth of lending knowledge and experience. She holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Southern Arkansas University. She has also earned numerous American Banking Association certifications, including graduating from Mortgage Lending School, Credit Analyst School, and Basic Lending School. Tatom’s primary areas of expertise include residential mortgages and auto loans, as well as personal loans and other borrowing programs. Her office is located at the Magnolia Main Branch at 200 E. Main Street, and she can be reached at 870-235-7000.

“It is such a blessing and privilege to do what I do,” she said. “Whether it is someone purchasing their first vehicle or a couple building their dream home, it is an honor to be able to help them achieve that dream. It feels really good to go to work and get to do what you love.”

Community Involvement

Tatom attends and takes part in activities at First Baptist Church in Magnolia. She has also been part of charitable and social organizations such as the Magnolia Junior Charity League, Circle of Friends for Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and the Columbia County Sesquicentennial Committee.

“Having Talesha back in the Farmers Bank family is a great asset for both our customers and our community,” said Monty Harrington, Farmers Bank & Trust Magnolia Market President. “Her knowledge in this market is second-to-none, and we couldn’t be more pleased to see her back in the building again.”

The Farmers Bank Foundation recently donated $10,000 to the Magnolia Fire Department to go toward the purchase of new life-saving vehicle extraction equipment, commonly known as “jaws of life.”

The donation will aid in further outfitting the Magnolia Fire Department fleet with vital rescue technology.

“Every new firefighter has to be EMT-certified, so these tools are extremely valuable,” said MFD Chief Greg Pinner. “We currently have them on our rescue truck, but, if it’s gone from the station on a call, we don’t have anything left if another incident comes in.”

The new extraction equipment to be purchased with the help of the Farmers Bank Foundation is quite advanced. Instead of requiring two separate mechanical tools –one for cutting and one for spreading during rescue situations –the “combi” setup that the fire department will purchase features attachments for both tasks in one, easy-to-exchange, handheld device.

“This funding will really help us out,” Pinner added. “We’re always grateful for the donations from Farmers Bank.”

The Magnolia Fire Department is responsible for all fire and rescue operations in Magnolia. The emergency agency also responds to all significant vehicle accidents throughout Columbia County. The MFD staff now contains numerous certified paramedics, as well as firefighters.


For more on the Farmers Bank Foundation, visit HERE.

The Farmers Bank & Trust Board of Directors recently announced the addition of Sonja Hubbard as a Director. In addition, Mrs. Hubbard will serve as the Audit committee chair for the Bank. While Farmers Bank is majority female-owned, Sonja will be the first female to serve on the Board of Directors.  

 “Adding Sonja Hubbard to our Farmers Bank & Trust Board of Directors is an enormous win for the Bank,” said Farmers Bank & Trust Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, Chris Gosnell. “Sonja’s proven leadership and an extensive list of national accomplishments will be tremendously valuable as we look to the future of the Bank.” 

Reared in Ashdown, Arkansas, Sonja Hubbard is a Certified Public Accountant who received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Sonja Hubbard is currently a Principal for the Yates Group, Inc., which manages retained assets from E-Z Mart Stores, Inc., where she was formerly CEO for 20 years. The family-owned convenience store assets were sold in 2018.   

Sonja was named the 1999 Outstanding CPA in Business & Industry by the Arkansas Society of CPAs, the 2009 Accountant of the Year in Industry/Government by the University of Arkansas and was recognized as a Woman of Influence in the Food Industry by the Griffin Report. She was inducted into CSN’s Convenience Store Hall of Fame in 2010 and, the same year, received the Texarkana Regional Arts & Humanities Hero Award for Leadership. She received the C.E. Palmer Achievement Award and Leadership Texarkana’s Idalee Hawkins Leader of the Year recognition in 2019.  

Sonja has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis after serving as a Director and President of the Little Rock Branch of the Bank. From 2009-2010 she served as Chairman of the National Association of Convenience Stores, representing the nation’s 152,000 stores and its members. She was the first woman and legacy, following her father’s footsteps, to serve in this capacity. Sonja is also a director for Opportunities, Inc., CHRISTUS Northeast Texas, Arkansas Research Alliance, Arkansas Children’s Hospital Board and Foundation, UAMS Fund Foundation, University of Arkansas Accounting Advisory Board, AR-TX Regional Economic Development Incorporated, and Riverbend Water District.  

Sonja Hubbard resides in Texarkana, Texas, with her husband, Bob Hubbard, and they have one daughter, Lauren, who lives in New York City.  

“When my parents, Jim and FaEllen Yates, founded E-Z Mart in 1970, they were young, visionary entrepreneurs but not wealthy. They relied on the support of community banks, including Farmers Bank & Trust, to get them started. Farmers financed stores #25 and #26 in Magnolia, Arkansas beginning a relationship that continued for many decades, meeting many more expansion needs. Having lived and seen the value of these relationships, I am excited to now be able to serve and support from the other side of the relationship.” says Hubbard. 

While the episode of this podcast is “How to Become a Millionaire,” we all know, unless you’re very fortunate, it doesn’t happen overnight. Entrepreneur Greg Shinn learned from a young age the importance of hard work. His family business specializes in hospitality and radio broadcasting. Despite already having multiple streams of income, he shares an exciting new venture he’s taking on! Hear his advice on making financially smart decisions to put yourself ahead. 

“You have to have a good relationship with your bank. That’s one thing we’ve always had – we’ve always had a good relationship with our lenders. You have to have that open communication because when you go in to put in an investment especially into something like a hotel, that’s quite an investment. You have to save. You always have to have a nice nest egg. I’ve learned that from my father.”


 

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2022 Back to School Events

Free Snow Cones:

Mt. Ida, AR – 221 S. George St. 
Friday, August 5 | 10 AM – 2 PM

Glenwood, AR – 214 N. 1st St.
Thursday, August 11 | 2-4 PM

Malvern, AR – 1929 Oliver Lancaster Blvd.
Friday, August 12 | 2 – 4 PM

Mulerider Club Kickoff:

Magnolia, AR – Story Barn, 832 Columbia 405
Tuesday, August 9 | 5-7 PM
Tickets are available at Farmers Bank & Trust’s main branch location at 200 E Main St.
For more details visit HERE.

Texarkana Arkansas School District Back-to-School Community Bash:

Texarkana, AR – Razorback Stadium, 1920 East 18th Street
Tuesday, August 9 | 5 PM, Red & White games to follow
Free school supplies, food, music, games, and athletics meet and greet

Hope Back to School Bash:

Hope, AR – The Hub Junction of 3rd & Elm St.
Thursday, August 25 | 5-8 PM
Free snowcones, hot dogs, games, face painting, bounce houses, prizes, and more!

Salt Bowl:

Benton/Bryant, AR – War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock
Saturday, August 27 | 7 PM
We will be set up before the game, handing out free clear backpacks.

 

 

Left to Right: Brenda Holley, Sgt. Liz Colvin, K-9 Officer Bret, Talesha Tatum, Monty Harrington, Chris Gosnell, Chief Todd Dew, Sgt. John Talley, Sgt. Ted Rocole, and Mayor Parnell Vann

Farmers Bank & Trust recently agreed to donate $10,000 to the Magnolia Police Department over five years, to a total of $50,000. The donation will specifically be used to fund training for the local department.  

“We thank the Magnolia police department for protecting our community; their diligent service does not go unnoticed,” Gosnell said. “As part of our giving mission to help local first responders, we are committed to helping them advance their training program to make Magnolia safer and stronger.”

The Magnolia police chief set the expectation of 101 hours of training per officer over the next year. Funds will also be used to purchase supplies and equipment for the exercises. Most training will occur at the MPD Robert G. Gorum Training Facility. Examples of training include active shooter, de-escalation, less lethal equipment, firearms, domestic response, routine reports, traffic stops, and contact with the public.

Four local NCAA athletes have signed Name, Image, Likeness (NIL) deals with Farmers Bank & Trust (FBT). Derrian Ford, Landon Jackson, Carlee Ratcliff, and Frankie Price (in alphabetical order) will be partnering with the bank for the upcoming year.

Chris Gosnell, FBT’s chief executive officer, is excited by this new opportunity to support education locally. “These first four student partners will be the beginning of deepening our relationships with our Farmers communities through NIL support,” Gosnell said. “We can’t wait to see our Farmers student-athletes continue to excel.”

Derrian Ford

Ford graduated from Magnolia High School and will be playing as a freshman for the University of Arkansas (UA) men’s basketball team. In his high school career, Ford was named the state final Most Valuable Player three times. This March, Ford led in scoring at Magnolia’s state championship final against Blytheville, capping off the team’s undefeated season.

Landon Jackson

Sophomore Jackson joined UA’s football team on the defensive line after transferring from Louisiana State University last year. He graduated from Pleasant Grove High School in Texarkana, Texas. There he helped win two state football championships. As a junior in high school, Texas Sports Writers Association named him 2019’s 4A Defensive Player of the Year.

Carlee Ratcliff

Ratcliff of New Boston, Texas is entering her sophomore year playing for the University of Texas (UT) softball team. During her freshman year, she played 16 games as a pinch hitter/runner, third baseman, or outfielder. She is part of the first team in UT’s program history to reach the championship series of the Women’s College World Series.

Frankie Price

Rising sophomore Price hails from Coppell, Texas, and is a member of the UA gymnastics team. She trained with the renowned team Texas Dreams Gymnastics and competed in national competitions. She qualified for the Junior Olympic Nationals in 2018 and the Nastia Liukin Cup in 2019.

“We look forward to cheering on Derrian, Landon, Carlee, and Frankie in their upcoming seasons,” said Gosnell.