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Simmons declares dividend

Simmons First National Corporation’s Board of Directors declared a regular $0.22 per share quarterly cash dividend payable Oct. 1 to shareholders of record Sept. 15. This dividend represents a $0.01 per share, or 4.8 percent increase over the dividend paid for the same period last year.

Martin to head UAPB Human Sciences Department

Brenda A. Martin has been named chair of the Department of Human Sciences at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. She will provide leadership to the department that includes four units – food service/restaurant management; human development and family studies; merchandising, textiles and design; and nutrition and dietetics.

SEARK hosts orientation

Southeast Arkansas College’s new students prepare for the school year by attending one of two annual Fall Semester New Student Orientation sessions. Participants were from SEARK’s service area which includes Jefferson, Cleveland, Desha, Drew, Grant, and Lincoln counties. Classes began Monday. At the orientation, students were introduced to officials and received information about the college.