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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.
Renderings of the Farmers Bank & Trust Workforce Center.
The Farmers Bank Foundation has committed $100,000 to the University of Arkansas at Hope-Texarkana (UAHT) to fund the construction and development of a new Workforce Center at the Texarkana, Arkansas, campus.

Farmers Bank & Trust Workforce Center

The building will be called the Farmers Bank & Trust Workforce Center and is set to open for the 2023 spring semester. The new 14,754-square-foot facility will serve as a modern employment training center for students in the southwest Arkansas region and house the Arkansas High School Collegiate Academy and the Secondary Career and Technical Education Center.
Renderings of the new Farmers Bank & Trust Workforce Center at the Texarkana, Arkansas, campus.
“We are excited to partner with the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana to provide a state-of-the-art facility for workplace education,” said ElizabethBurns Anderson, Executive Director of the Farmers Bank Foundation. “Preparing students with hands-on employment training is the future of education and benefits local communities for years to come. We are humbled and grateful to support the efforts of UAHT. This type of project is exactly why the Farmers Bank Foundation was established.”

10 Years

The contribution from Farmers Bank & Trust’s charitable nonprofit organization was approved in early September by the University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees, which oversees UAHT. The six-figure donation for the Workforce Center will be paid out over 10 years. The Bank announced the gift publicly Saturday evening, Oct.8, 2022, with a check presentation at the UAHT 10th Anniversary Celebration at the Texarkana, Arkansas, Convention Center.
The Bank announced the gift publicly Saturday evening, Oct. 8, 2022, with a check presentation at the UAHT 10th Anniversary Celebration at the Texarkana, Arkansas, Convention Center.
“We are grateful for Farmers Bank &Trust’s investment in our students and community through this generous gift,” said Dr. Christine Holt, UAHT Chancellor. “These funds will be used to provide our students with state-of-the-art education and job training, which will, in turn, help them invest back into our communities in the future. Partnerships like this will help improve our communities for decades.”

No Better Fit

“When I thought of the opportunity for naming the Texarkana Workforce Center and it being the first named building on our Texarkana campus, there was no better fit in my mind than our friends at Farmers Bank and Trust,” said Anna Powell, UAHT Executive Director of Institutional Advancement. “The Farmers Bank and Trust Organization is the real deal. They are a consistent long-term partner of The University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana, and I am honored to have their name on our building.”

Long -Lasting Impact

James Bramlett, Texarkana Market President at Farmers Bank & Trust added, “This is a fantastic opportunity for the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana and Farmers Bank & Trust to work with our partnership in education for the Texarkana region. This will help us to better prepare our workforce for the future and have a long-lasting positive impact for our region.”

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. 

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.

 

 

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.

The Farmers Bank Foundation of Magnolia, Arkansas, donated a total of $5,000 to five affiliate offices of The CALL, a non-profit organization that mobilizes and equips local churches to serve children and youth placed in foster care.

The Farmers Bank Foundation granted $1,000 to the following The CALL offices in Arkansas: Hempstead & Nevada Counties, Miller County, Columbia & Lafayette Counties, Saline & Perry Counties, and Ouachita County.

“I have seen first-hand how The CALL can make a difference in a child’s life,” said Farmers Bank Foundation Executive Director Elizabeth Burns Anderson. “They work endlessly to provide safe Christian homes for children in foster care.”

A living and meeting space inside of The CALL home office located at 2010 Military Road in Benton, AR.

The giving priorities of the Farmers Bank Foundation are to support local nonprofits whose mission is to purposefully enrich the quality of life in the communities where Farmers Bank & Trust customers and employees live.

The CALL is a statewide organization and is active in 44 counties around Arkansas. They partner with the Division of Children and Family Services to recruit, train and support foster and adoptive families for children and teens in foster care.

“The generous financial support from our community enables us to focus on finding healing and supportive homes for children in foster care instead of having to focus our time and energy on fundraising,” said Julia DesCarpentrie, County Coordinator for The CALL in Saline & Perry Counties. “We appreciate the support of Farmers Bank & Trust!”

(L to R): Farmers Bank & Trust Content Specialist Cara Knight, The CALL County Coordinator Julia DesCarpentrie, Farmers Bank Foundation Executive Director Elizabeth Anderson

DesCarpentrie said the money donated for Saline & Perry Counties will be used to finish out a back patio and a new swing set before the spring for their home office located at 2010 Military Road in Benton, AR.

For ways you can get involved with The CALL, please visit TheCallinArkansas.org/volunteer.

The CALL of Saline & Perry Counties Foster Care Closet located in Benton, AR.

Hempstead & Nevada Counties

(L to R): Farmers Bank & Trust Hope Market President Jacob Jones, The CALL Administrative Assistant Julie Lively, The CALL Financial Coordinator Bill Coffee, The CALL County Coordinator Dixie Coffee, Famers Bank & Trust Commercial Loan Officer Janet Choate

Miller County

(L to R): James Bramlett, Farmers Bank & Trust Texarkana Market President
Laura Smith, The CALL Miller County Coordinator
Cala McCool, Farmers Bank & Trust Mortgage Loan Processor

Columbia & Lafayette Counties

(L to R): Monty Harrington, Farmers Bank & Trust Magnolia Market President
Krista Hamlin, The CALL County Coordinator
Brenda Holley, Farmers Bank & Trust Retail Loan Officer
Maggie Harrell, Farmers Bank & Trust Teller
Jason Ray, Farmers Bank & Trust Commercial Loan Officer

Ouachita County

(L to R): Farmers Bank & Trust Camden Market President Blake Fain, The CALL County Coordinator Makenzie Hayes

About Farmers Bank Foundation: Created in 2021 for Farmers Bank & Trust’s 115 anniversary, the Farmers Bank Foundation’s giving priorities are to support local nonprofits whose mission is to purposefully enrich the quality of life in the communities where Farmers Bank & Trust customers and employees live. The foundation’s funding is made possible by the bank’s shareholders and employees across Arkansas and Texas. The Farmers Bank Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that will operate independently from Farmers Bank & Trust. For additional information or to apply for Farmers Bank Foundation funding, please visit HERE.

This is the BONUS episode with Texarkana Santa! He made a special trip to Bryant, Arkansas to answer some kids’ tough questions.

“How did you become Santa?”
“Have you ever caught a kid on Christmas?”
“How many cookies do you eat in one night?”
“Who is your favorite reindeer?”
“Do you ever shave your beard?”
…and more!

Santa shared with each child their own “Elfin” name. He says that’s the only language they speak at the North Pole! So please welcome Sneezlewee (Shad), Lillywee (Elin), Lillywoo (Etta), Flunk (Warner), and Floober (Slater) to the Podcast!

Etta McClure interviewing Santa

You can listen to his interview with Farmers Bank & Trust Right at the Heart Podcast Host Cara Knight HERE.


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#BankingWithHEART

We’re feeling the magic of Christmas after this interview with the big man in red – that’s right, Santa Claus!

Santa Mark, aka Texarkana Santa, stopped by the Farmers Bank & Trust Bryant branch to share a little bit about his life leading up to this magical role. You’ll never guess his career prior to suiting up!

If you’re listening to this podcast episode with your children, skip on to our bonus episode HERE. Several Farmers Bank & Trust kids interview Santa, and some even share their “top secrets”!

The Royal Robe, as Santa Mark calls it.

The Details of Santa’s Suit

As I explain to the children, the boots have a lot of extra cushiony room on top of my toes because reindeer are really clumsy and they step on my toes a lot! They’re also extra-wide so they look and work like snow shoes, so I don’t fall on the snow and ice at the North Pole.

The glasses perched right at the tip of his nose are non-reflective, non-glare for pictures.
Snowflake designs are pressed into the red velvet vest and it’s fashioned together with gold snowflake buttons.

My reindeer bells are solid brass bells that are tuned. There are three different-sized bells on there so they produce a magical sound.

Santa Mark posing with some of the Bryant branch staff. L to R: Loan Assistant Emilee Neal, Market President Kent McClure, Retail Banker Kayla Ray, Content Specialist & Right at the Heart Podcast Host Cara Knight, Branch Manager Allie Stokes

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It’s without a doubt the most wonderful time of year and local businesses are looking festive! It’s a great time to take advantage of the free photo opportunities available in Texarkana and the surrounding areas.

Downtown Magic

Downtown Texarkana has kicked the holiday magic up a notch this year and there are festive things on every street. The business all along Broad Street have fun scenes painted on windows or decorated storefronts. It’s especially beautiful to stroll in the evening as the streetlights come on.

The Regional Arts Center and the ArtSpark outdoor art display have been updated with Christmas and holiday scenes, be sure to go snag a photo with your favorite piece of art. My daughter’s favorite is the saguaro with the holiday lights and my son’s favorite is the wolf.

Then, head on over to 1894 Gallery to grab some photos outside, and if they’re open, head on in to check them out while you’re there. It’s a phenomenal, ever-expanding art gallery featuring local and regional artists. Some of our favorite photos are the beautiful, red, phone booth out front and the antique garage door. Keep your eyes on the windows for a full display of nutcrackers in all different shapes, sizes, and styles.  For a bit of Polar Express whimsy, grab some photos on the railcar across the street.

Hold Onto Your Britches

From there, keep heading east in Arkansas for Crossties. You can’t miss the Christmas tree forest display outside of the event venue. Local businesses and residents can adopt a tree and decorate it according to a theme of their choosing. The trees are beautiful both day and night but pop over at dusk for some extra special holiday magic as the lights come on. A wonderful thing about this event is that the money raised from the event goes toward Hold Onto Your Britches Foundation, which helps bring Christmas trees to local children in need.

As you head back up State Line, don’t miss a stop at the recently renovated photographer’s island in front of the post office. You can’t miss the giant Christmas tree which splits the state line! The newly renovated area features new signs and maps, as well as Astroturf green space and parking spaces for food trucks.

Christmas on Main

As you are celebrating the holiday season, be sure to check out the new Christmas on Main by the Perot Theater. The event is on December 18th and will feature several Christmas movies, an ice skating rink, and a special appearance by the man himself, Santa Claus.

Wishing you and your family a truly wonderful holiday season!

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 a merry good time!

Texarkana, TX

23rd Annual Bramlett Beans & Cornbread Community Fundraiser
Thursday, December 2 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Texarkana Texas Convention Center – 2910 S. Cowhorn Creek Loop
All proceeds benefit the Christmas Basket program
Click HERE for more details

37th Annual Main Street Christmas Parade
Monday, December 6 | 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 10 | 3 – 5 p.m.

New Boston, TX

Farmers Bank Free Entry Night – The Grinch
Thursday, December 23 | 6 p.m.
New Boston Cinema
142 N. Elm St.
*Up to 150 people

Paris, TX

Pictures with Santa
1375 NE Loop 286
Wednesday, December 22 | 2 – 5 p.m.
*Special goodie bag given to first 30 kids!

Prosper, TX

Pictures with Santa
750 N. Preston Rd.
Friday, December 10 | 2 – 4:30 p.m.

Camden, AR

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

Hope, AR

201 East Third St.
Chamber Coffee
Wednesday, December 8 | 9:30 – 11 a.m.
Pictures with Santa
Tuesday, December 14 | 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Community Christmas Parade
*Farmers Bank & Trust is the Parade Presenting Sponsor!
Monday, December 6 | 6 p.m.
For more details and parade entry form, click HERE

Prescott, AR

Nevada County Christmas Parade
Thursday, December 9 | Begins at 6 p.m.
215 East 2nd St. South
Click HERE for more details

Magnolia, AR

Magnolia’s Christmas Parade 
Thursday, December 2 | 5 p.m.
Parade Route: Jackson Street
Farmers Bank & Trust is sponsoring the $250 Christ in Christmas Award
Click HERE for more details


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