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Rex Nelson named Rural Advocate of the Year

LITTLE ROCK — Rex Nelson, director of corporate community relations for Simmons Bank, was named 2016 Rural Advocate of the Year on Thursday by the Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s Division of Rural Services and the Arkansas Rural Development Commission.

Simmons declares dividend

Simmons First National Corp.’s board of directors declared a regular $0.24 per share quarterly cash dividend payable July 1 to shareholders of record June 15. This dividend represents a $0.01 per share, or 4.3 percent, increase above the dividend paid for the same period last year.

Belair to honor students May 24

Belair Middle School, 1301 Commerce Road, will hold its end-of-the year awards assembly at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 24, at the school’s gymnasium. The speaker will be Ashleigh Tate, the 87th Miss University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

WBC names honor students

Williams Baptist College at Walnut Ridge has named honor students for the 2016 spring semester. The President’s List includes full-time students with perfect 4.0 grade point averages and the Dean’s List includes those with at least a 3.5 GPA.

Washing cars at home may lead to water pollution

FAYETTEVILLE – Any water that enters into a storm drain inlet in Northwest Arkansas goes directly to a creek or stream without being treated. When cars are washed on streets and driveways, that dirty water eventually ends up in rivers, streams, creeks, and lakes. Outdoor car washing has the potential to result in high loads of nutrients, dirt, metals, and hydrocarbons entering the waterways. Commercial car washes are plumbed to a treatment plant which keeps these pollutants out of the water.