Author

Allyson Twiggs-Dyer

Browsing

Welcome to our first episode of Right at the HEART Podcast!

The Bank’s Vice Chairman & General Counsel, Bruce Maloch, sits down to share how he got started with the Bank over 30 years ago. He tells us a little bit about how he spends his free time auctioneering for charity, and what he thinks makes Farmers Bank & Trust so special to south Arkansas and northeast Texas.


Member FDIC | Equal Housing Lender

#BankingWithHEART

Farmers Bank & Trust Prosper, TX Grand Opening

On Thursday, December 5, 2019, Farmers Bank & Trust along with the Prosper Chamber of Commerce were proud to cut the ribbon on a brand new location in Prosper, TX.

We invite you to stop by 750 N Preston Road and check it out!


Enjoy Video Highlights from Farmers Bank & Trust. Check out our YouTube channel for more great video content! To Us, You’re Family. Now serving more locations in South Arkansas & Northeast Texas! To learn more about Farmers Bank & Trust, visit our webpage.

Member FDIC | Equal Housing Lender

#BankingWithHEART

Merry Christmas from Farmers Bank & Trust!

This festive season, take some time to spread some Christmas cheer wherever you go. From the Farmers Bank & Trust family to yours, have a great Christmas!


Enjoy Video Highlights from Farmers Bank & Trust. Check out our YouTube channel for more great video content! To Us, You’re Family. Now serving more locations in South Arkansas & Northeast Texas! To learn more about Farmers Bank & Trust, visit our webpage.

Member FDIC | Equal Housing Lender

#BankingWithHEART

Magnolia, AR

Thursday, December 5: Annual Christmas parade downtown kicks off Merrytime in Magnolia activities!

Saturday, December  7: Farmers Bank & Trust is sponsoring a magic show from Cedric Morley with Morely Family Entertainment on the Albemarle Stage in Square Park from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Friday, December 12: We will be the Host Sponsor of MASH (Make a Smile Happen). Dan Gregory with KVMA will be set up in front of the bank doing a live remote. The event will benefit the Compassion Foundation. They are requesting everyday necessities, new toys, and monetary donations. Listed below are some specific needs: Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Laundry Pods/Detergent , Dryer Sheets, 13 Gallon Trash Bags, Small Trash Bags, Cleaning Products (Toilet, Floors, Etc), Air Fresheners, Printer Ink (950/951XL) Black and Color, Office Supplies (Printer Paper, Tape, Paper Clips, Note Pads, File Folders, Etc.), Towels, Wash Rags, Pillow Cases, Batteries (AA-AAA), Disinfectants , Swiffer Pads, Light Bulb, Twin Size Sheets , House Shoes, Deodorant, Underwear and  New Toys for any age.

Friday, December 13: The LifeShare bus will be in the Main Bank parking lot located at 200 E Main in Magnolia, AR from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. We will be giving out t-shirts to those who donate.

Thursday, December 19: Shop with a Cop at Wal-Mart starting at 8:00 am. This sponsorship will spread Christmas cheer to five children in our community.

Texarkana, TX

Friday, December 6: Join us for pictures with Santa & his sleigh along with treats from the Pop Pop Shoppe from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at 2900 St. Michael Drive!
Thursday, December 12: Is the last day to bring your donations for Toys For Tots. Our drop off locations are 2900 St Michael Drive in Texarkana, TX, 5600 Richmond Rd in Texarkana, TX, and 416 N McCoy Blvd in New Boston, Tx.
Saturday, December 21: Farmers Bank & Trust is the Event Title Sponsor for the Perot Holiday Traditions at the Perot Theatre located at 221 Main Street in Downtown Texarkana. Starting at 10:00 am, enjoy family friendly movies, food trucks, vendors, refreshments, crafts, Santa and more!

Hope, AR

Monday, December 3: We will be sponsoring and participating in the Hope Christmas Parade starting at 6:00 pm in Downtown Hope, AR!
Wednesday, December 11: Join us at our Hope Main branch located at 201 East Third Street for a Hope-Hempstead Chamber of Commerce Christmas Coffee from 9:30 to 11:00 am and Cookies & Hot Chocolate with Santa from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Blevins, AR

Saturday, December 14: Join us in downtown Blevins for the Christmas Parade starting at 6:00 pm.

Malvern, AR

Thursday, December 12: Join us downtown for the Malvern Christmas Parade at 6:30 pm.
Friday, December 20: Farmers Bank & Trust Malvern Main located at 521 E. Page St. will be serving gingerbread cookies and hot cocoa during business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Prosper, TX

Thursday, December 5: Join us for our Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at our new branch located at 750 N Preston Rd in Prosper, TX from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.
Saturday, December 7: Farmers Bank & Trust is happy to help sponsor the Prosper Christmas Festival at Town Hall from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Sarepta, LA

Saturday, December 7: Farmers Bank & Trust is the Santa Gift sponsor for the 11th Annual Rock Around The Christmas Tree festival in Sarepta, LA.

Welcome, New Employees!

It is always an exciting time for us at Farmers Bank & Trust when we add new members to our family. Meet our newest additions:

Melinda Wells – Part-Time Teller in Prosper, TX
Kelli Longino – Part-Time Teller in Magnolia, AR
Lotiana Smith – Customer Contact Center Representative in Magnolia, AR
Annette Gunnels – Teller in Magnolia, AR
Macie Jones – Teller in Magnolia, AR
Iris Marino – Part-Time Customer Contact Center Representative in Texarkana, TX
Kevin Crow – Customer Contact Center Representative in Texarkana, TX
Shanice Webster – Retail Banker in Texarkana, AR

We cannot wait to see the talent, work ethic, and customer service these eight individuals will bring to our customers. No matter the role you take on at Farmers Bank & Trust, to us, you’re family!

Welcome aboard, new employees!

 


Interested in joining our Team?

You can explore open opportunities and submit an application using our Careers Portal.

Farmers Bank & Trust is here to help make the business of your dreams a reality.

Thank you to our friends at Mule Kick in Magnolia, AR for trusting us to be your bank.

To learn more about Commercial Loans at Farmers Bank & Trust, check out our website.


Enjoy Video Highlights from Farmers Bank & Trust. Check out our YouTube channel for more great video content! To Us, You’re Family. Now serving more locations in South Arkansas & Northeast Texas! To learn more about Farmers Bank & Trust, visit our webpage.

Member FDIC | Equal Housing Lender

#BankingWithHEART

All Farmers Bank & Trust branch locations will be handing out candy during business hours this Thursday, October 31, 2019, as a Safe Stop for trick-or-treaters! Have a safe and Happy Halloween– from all of us at Farmers Bank and Trust!

Magnolia, AR

Halloween Magnolia AR - Farmers Bank and Trust graphic

Enjoy candy, a hay ride, and a bounce house in the Farmers Bank & Trust Magnolia Main parking lot located at 200 E Main on Halloween night from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm with our local First Responders.

Camden, AR

Halloween Camden AR - Farmers Bank and Trust graphic

Trick or Treat with us at Silver Oaks Health and Rehabilitation in Camden, AR, from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm on Halloween night.

Tips & Tricks to have a safe and happy Halloween!

  • Stay alert for oncoming cars when walking through neighborhoods.
  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Carry a flashlight or glow stick so you can see and be seen better by drivers.
  • If you’re driving, slow down in residential neighborhoods.
  • Eliminate distractions while driving.
  • Sort and check candy for expiration dates and any sign of tampering.

We hope you have a spooky fun Halloween!

Farmers Bank & Trust supports the fight to end breast cancer.

Farmers Bank & Trust is a strong advocate for its communities and the families that are touched by the bank each day. This month, as the nation heightens awareness of breast cancer screening and early detection, Farmers recognizes the importance of the disease and supports the fight to end it.

To learn more about the lives impacted by breast cancer at Farmers Bank & Trust, check out our blog.


Enjoy Video Highlights from Farmers Bank & Trust. Check out our YouTube channel for more great video content! To Us, You’re Family. Now serving more locations in South Arkansas & Northeast Texas! To learn more about Farmers Bank & Trust, visit our webpage.

Member FDIC | Equal Housing Lender

#BankingWithHEART

Farmers Bank & Trust is a strong advocate for its communities and the families that are touched by the bank each day. This month, as the nation heightens awareness of breast cancer screening and early detection, Farmers recognizes the importance of the disease and supports the fight to end it.

According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, one in eight women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. At Farmers Bank & Trust, it’s safe to say everyone has been impacted by or knows someone who has been impacted by breast cancer.

Farmers Bank Texarkana associate Cala McCool - breast cancer awareness “My Farmers team has always told me that my health comes first,” Cala McCool, Universal Banker in Texarkana said. “I was very upfront when I pursued a job at Farmers Bank & Trust three years ago. They have been supportive of my trips to Little Rock.”

McCool first discovered a lump when she was 27 years old. She was breast feeding her five-month-old son, Malakai, and thought nothing of it. Seven months later, she went in for a mammogram and biopsy.

“The lump turned out to be breast cancer,” McCool said. “It had spread to some of my bones, making it Stage 4.”

Now, 31 years old, McCool said she is in remission by the grace of God. She encourages those who have to face the battle to find a support system to share daily struggles with and do research.

“If you feel uncomfortable about a certain treatment, ask if there is another option,” McCool explained. “Don’t feel like you have to do it just because that’s what everyone else does. Thankfully, I never had to go through chemo or radiation.”


Farmers Bank Prosper Texas associate Bea Little - breast cancer awareness Bea Little, an Executive Assistant in Prosper, Texas, was diagnosed with breast cancer in July of 2011. She said her saving grace was getting regularly scheduled mammograms.

“Nothing ever showed up,” she said. “One day I decided to get one done in Little Rock and the mammogram was suspicious. They thought it was calcium. Within three days, they ordered a sonogram and a biopsy, and I found out it was cancer. I was scheduled for surgery just a month after my diagnosis.”

For her, it was a best-case scenario. Little said her odds of getting cancer again are one percent, and without early detection, the odds could have been much higher.

“Farmers Bank & Trust cares about helping family and family values,” Little said. “It’s important because there are new treatments discovered every day. To see someone’s mother, daughter, grandmother, or sister fight the battle and win it, it’s just priceless.


Farmers Bank Magnolia associate Jana Harris - breast cancer awareness At the Magnolia branch, Customer Contact Center Representative Jana Harris said regular breast exams is what saved her.

“I had a normal mammogram in October of 2012, but found a lump in May of 2013, just seven months after the normal report,” Harris said. “I chose to have a bilateral mastectomy. All of my scans were clear until 2017 when the cancer returned. I went through five weeks of radiation, five days a week. I continue to have yearly scans and they have been clear the last two years.”

While Harris has only worked at Farmers for seven months, she said everyone has been supportive of her journey.

“I never take good health for granted anymore,” Harris said. “I’m grateful for each day!”


Farmers Bank Magnolia associate Kristin Kirkpatrick - breast cancer awareness Across the street from Harris in Magnolia, Kristin Kirkpatrick works as a Loan Assistant. She, too, feels like staying positive and active during the journey is important to healing when faced with a cancer diagnosis.

“I was blessed to be diagnosed at an early stage,” Kirkpatrick said. “My doctors worked with me to develop a plan that included surgery, chemo, and radiation.”

She has been at the bank for 17 years now and said her work family kept her going during that difficult time.

“Most important were the prayers for healing, but there were so many acts of kindness,” she said. “The one that really stands out to me is when my coworkers at FBT surprised me with gas cards to help with the travel expense to treatment.”


While each of these women have faced the fear of a breast cancer diagnosis, they all have their own unique journey and encourage regular screenings and self-exams. Farmers Bank & Trust is proud to raise awareness about breast cancer and the importance of early detection.

Farmers is the presenting sponsor for Party in Pink, a fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Texarkana Race For the Cure. For more information about the event, click here. For resources and ways to get involved, visit komenarkansas.org.

Give to Those Who Give So Much to Us

Farmers Bank & Trust is kicking off the 2nd Annual HEART of the Red, White & Blue military care package drive. Now through Veterans Day, November 11, the bank is collecting items to send to deployed troops.

Last year, soldiers received a little treat from home and enjoyed the care package items that lasted for up to two weeks.

“When we got them, it really boosted our morale,” U.S. Army Specialist Amber Baker said. “Being overseas without family and little resources made you feel so far from home. These care packages with the goodies, letters, and other supplies brightened everyone’s day. You can tell they were made with love. To know we have that much support back home means so much while deployed.”

This drive became a bank-wide community project when two employees, Chelsy Short and Katie Burkett, who have family and friends serving overseas, came up with the idea.

 “It’s like when you hear a song and it takes you to a place and time in life, when you receive a small sentimental token of appreciation and love (a simple piece of candy perhaps) and you’re briefly transported back home because someone took the time to care,” Retired Army Sergeant First Class Jason Mitchell said.

chris gosnell farmers bank military
Farmers Bank & Trust CEO Chris Gosnell makes the first donation for the HEART of the Red, White & Blue Military Drive.

Suggested Items to Donate:

  • Snacks – Crackers, Chips, Little Debbie Cakes, Raman Noodles, Beef Jerky, etc. (no cans or heavy items, please)
  • Drink Packets – Crystal Light & Gatorade
  • Baby Wipes & Gold Bond Powder
  • Bug Spray & Sunscreen
  • Soap – Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash
  • Dental Kits – Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Dental Floss

Anyone can drop off items for the care packages at any Farmers Bank & Trust location in Malvern, Texarkana, Camden, Hope, Magnolia and New Boston. Cash donations will also be accepted. One complete care package only cost $20 to fill.

“This bank-wide community project fits with the Farmers Bank & Trust HEART core values and giving mission,” Farmers Bank & Trust CEO Chris Gosnell said. “We want the men and women who have chosen to serve our country to know they are appreciated, and we haven’t forgotten the sacrifice they’ve made.”

Farmers Bank & Trust is proud to partner with Townsquare Media radio stations Kicker 102.5, Power 95.9, Eagle 106.3, Majic 93.3, and KOSY 790 AM.