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Shelley Pfitzner Receives Above & Beyond Award From Citizens Bank, Batesville School District

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BATESVILLE – February 21, 2017 – Shelley Pfitzner, Speech Teacher/Pathologist at Eagle Mountain Magnet Elementary School, was named Tuesday as the February 2017 recipient of the “Citizens Bank Above & Beyond Award” for the Batesville School District.  The presentation was made at the School Board’s meeting at the Batesville Junior High School.

The Above & Beyond program, created in 2012 by the bank and the district, recognizes employees for exceptional service to students, parents, their school, peers and the district. 

Main Street Pottery Owners ‘Double Down’ Through Citizens Bank’s Impact Grant Program

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BATESVILLE – January 20, 2017 – Karen and Jeff Bailey are maximizing a $5,000 grant they received through the Citizens Bank Impact Loan and Grant Program to revitalize the retail space they own in downtown Batesville.

In fact, the Baileys appear to be “doubling down” on their investment – and there’s more to come.  Their primary business, Main Street Pottery, occupies the back portion of the building at 309 East Main Street, and has now been joined by the relocation of Denim Blues, a clothing store that recently opened in the front of the “L”-shaped structure. 

Henry ‘Chopper’ Headley Receives Above & Beyond Award From Citizens Bank, Batesville School District

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BATESVILLE – December 19, 2016 – Henry “Chopper” Headley, an Environmental Services employee at Batesville High School, was named Monday as the December recipient of the “Citizens Bank Above & Beyond Award” for the Batesville School District. 

Schedule of 2017 Activities

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Schedule of Events


BATESVILLE – November 28, 2016 – The Citizens Bank Travel Club today announced its 2017 calendar of monthly activities for bank customers and guests.  The schedule includes such premium trips as the Canadian Rockies by train and a “Southern Charm” excursion to the Southeast United States.


Grant Program Helps Spruce Up Hail Building, Downtown Batesville

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BATESVILLE – November 9, 2016 – The historic Hail Building, at 231 East Main Street in downtown Batesville, recently got a facelift with assistance from a $5,000 grant from the Citizens Bank Impact Loan and Grant Program.

The building, home to Elizabeth’s Restaurant & Catering, needed its huge front windows to be repaired and repainted; plus, property owner Ron Lewallen decided to add a spiffy awning to improve the building’s appeal.

New Auto Repair Shop Not Just A Foreign Concept

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BATESVILLE – September 14, 2016 – Operating a foreign car repair business in historic downtown Batesville might seem like a foreign concept to some, but not to Al and Sarah May, owners of May Auto Repair.

The new shop specializes in servicing and repairing foreign vehicles, including Volkswagen, Audi, Toyota, Lexus and others.  “We are trying to build that clientele,” said Al May.  “We do everything we can: diagnose, computer, mechanical, electrical – everything but tires.”

A New Landmark is Coming to Batesville!

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Construction will begin in early 2017 on a new five-story, 60,000-square-foot Citizens Bank headquarters building in Batesville. Positioned on one of the highest points in town, the structure will provide sweeping views of the community where Citizens Bank was founded more than 60 years ago.

“This new building will be a visible sign of Citizens Bank’s commitment to the community,” said Phil Baldwin, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are excited, too, about providing numerous opportunities for local subcontractors and laborers during the construction phase.”

Citizens Bank Honors Ron Lewallen for 27 Years of Service

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BATESVILLE – January 20, 2016 – Ron Lewallen of Batesville will observe two major milestones next week. On Tuesday, Jan. 26, Lewallen will celebrate his 64th birthday. On Friday, Jan. 29, he will end a 27-year career as a loyal employee of Citizens Bank. It would be an understatement to say that Lewallen is a native, since he was born in Batesville, graduated from Batesville High School and the former Arkansas College (now Lyon College), and has worked his entire career in Batesville. After a short stint as a real estate agent, Lewallen transitioned into banking.

Citizens Bank Re-Launches Travel Program

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BATESVILLE – January 6, 2016 – Citizens Bank today announced the introduction of a new Travel Club for bank customers and their guests, representing an exciting renewal of a very popular program the bank had previously offered.
The inaugural meeting of the Travel Club will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, in the Citizens Bank Community Room at 285 College Street in Batesville.

Citizens Bank Names Bruce Hankins as Vice President, Manager of Retirement Plan Division

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BATESVILLE – August 11, 2015 – Citizens Bank today announced the hiring of Bruce Hankins as Vice President and Manager of Retirement Plans within the bank’s Trust Department, according to Robin Brock, Senior Vice President and Trust Officer. 

“Bruce will play a key role in the Trust Department as the bank continues to grow and expand its services, particularly in the area of financial services,” Brock said.  “His background adds a wealth of knowledge and experience that will prove very valuable both to the Trust Department and our bank.”

Technology, Literacy Concepts Gain Funding in Citizens Bank’s Education Initiative for Batesville

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BATESVILLE, Ark. – August 5, 2015 – Seven inventive curriculum projects conceived by Batesville educators will be implemented through $15,000 in grants provided by the Fifth Annual Citizens Bank Education Initiative for the Batesville School District. 

Citizens Bank’s 2015 Education Initiative Benefits Science, Literacy Curriculum at Southside Schools

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BATESVILLE, Ark. – July 28, 2015 – Five projects conceived by ten Southside educators will share in $5,000 in funding through the Third Annual Citizens Bank Education Initiative for the Southside School District.  This year’s Southside grant recipients were announced at an awards banquet Monday night at Elizabeth’s Restaurant.

Citizens Bank Garners Awards at 2015 United Way Reception

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BATESVILLE – July 23, 2015 – Citizens Bank was named Industry of the Year and Leader of the Year, and also received a Pinnacle Award as United Way of North Central Arkansas hosted its annual awards reception on Thursday, July 23, at Lyon College.

United Way celebrated those in our community that choose to give back.  United Way’s mantra is GIVE. ADVOCATE. VOLUNTEER. LIVE UNITED., and the group of individuals that were honored do just that.

2015 High School Golf Season Kicks Off At Citizens Bank Pioneer Invitational

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BATESVILLE – July 20, 2015 – The Nettleton Raiders and Wynne Yellowjackets will return as defending team champions at the 2015 Citizens Bank Pioneer Invitational High School Golf Tournament to be held Tuesday, Aug. 4, at The Course at Eagle Mountain.  The tournament, now in its third year, will open the 2015 season for golfers from Batesville, Forrest City, Greene County Tech, Nettleton, Paragould, Southside, Valley View and Wynne. 

Citizens Bank, Co-Sponsors to Host 18th Annual ‘Celebrate America’ in Riverside Park in Batesville on Saturday, July 4th

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BATESVILLE – June 23, 2015 – A full afternoon and evening of entertainment will precede the region’s premier fireworks display as Citizens Bank hosts its 18th consecutive “Celebrate America” event on Saturday, the Fourth of July, in Riverside Park in Batesville. 

Citizens Bank, Midland Schools Honor Maribeth Nardecchia As ‘Above & Beyond’ Award Recipient

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PLEASANT PLAINS – June 16, 2015 – Maribeth Nardecchia, a Math Teacher at Midland High School, was named Monday as recipient of the “Citizens Bank Above & Beyond Award” for the Midland School District. 

The “Above & Beyond Award” recognizes school staff members for exceptional service to students, parents, their school, peers and the district.  Midland School personnel nominated Ms. Nardecchia for the award, which included a certificate from the Board of Education and a $50 gift card from Citizens Bank.