Choose Mutual Funds Carefully to Help Diversify Portfolio


If you’re somewhat familiar with investing, you probably have heard that owning mutual funds is a good way to help diversify your portfolio. Is this true? And, if so, how should you go about selecting the right mutual funds? To begin with, let’s quickly review the importance of diversification. By owning a variety of investments— […]

Arkansas Legislators Attempt To Change Term Limits

Trojan Horse

On Monday, Sept 15, 2014 Bob Porto, Co-Chairman of Arkansas Term Limits and Tachany Evans, State Representative of District 68 candidate, arrived in Fairfield Bay with a symbolic Trojan Horse to bring awareness to the public that ballot Issue #3 is slated for your vote on November 4, 2014 and politicians wants to increase term […]

Voter Registration Deadline Approaching

Arkansas Column

We are rapidly approaching an important deadline in Arkansas. October 5 is the last day you can register to vote and still cast a ballot in the November general election. Because the deadline this year falls on a Sunday, the Secretary of State’s office will continue to accept applications the following business day. The Secretary […]

Help Older Parents Avoid Financial “Scams”


Here’s a disturbing statistic: One out of every five Americans over the age of 65 has been victimized by a financial scheme, according to the Investor Protection Trust, a nonprofit organization devoted to investor education. If your parents are in this age group, should you be concerned? And can you help them avoid being “scammed” […]

Bayview Fire What’s Next?


The Board convened a special meeting on 9/11/14 with GM Paul Wellenberger and CFO Rocky Nickles sharing updates on actions underway, and pending, regarding the fire site. As expected, this quickly following the event, many details are yet to be secured. There are as many questions as answers. Briefly, here are some excerpts from the […]

Do Men and Women Invest Differently?


Several years ago, a book titled Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus was quite popular. As the title suggests, the book argues that men and women are vastly different from each other, particularly in their emotional needs and in the way they communicate. While not everyone agrees with the notion that men and […]

Van Buren County Republicans


The Van Buren County Republican Committee will hold luncheon honoring Ronald Reagan. The Reagan Roundup will be held at the Clinton Sr. Center, 311 Yellowjacket Lane, Clinton. Time for the luncheon will be from 1 p.m. till 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 20. Tickets are $15. You can reserve a table or purchase your tickets […]

Baptist Health Now Offers High Tech Prostate Imaging & Biopsy


Baptist Health, in partnership with Arkansas Urology, is proud to introduce Arkansas to a powerful new solution for analysis, planning, and targeted biopsy of the prostate. This complete clinical solution for the prostate combines MRI with ultrasound technology offering a new biopsy option for many patients with elevated and/or rising PSA levels. “This new technology […]

Van Buren County Land Auction Nets $31,561.38


The recent auction of tax-delinquent properties in Van Buren County collected over $31,000 for county and state government, the Commissioner of State Lands announced. The Land Commissioner’s office conducted the auction of delinquent properties recently at the Van Buren County Courthouse. The auction drew 17 bidders and sold 16 parcels, for a total of $31,561.38 […]

Take Advantage of Higher IRA Contribution Limits


For the first time since 2008, contribution limits have risen for one of the most popular retirement savings vehicles available: the IRA. This means you’ve got a greater opportunity to put more money away for your “golden years.” Effective earlier this year, you can now put in up to $5,500 (up from $5,000 in 2012) […]