Arkansas Baptist High students finish in the top 10 in stock market competition 

LITTLE ROCK – Four Arkansas Baptist High School students were given a hypothetical $100,000 to invest in the stock market and the return on their investment was an impressive 29 percent.

Seniors Sarah Glass of Maumelle, Todd Hickingbotham of Little Rock, Cody Guy of Maumelle and Chase Dunnaway, Jr., a junior from Maumelle, comprised the team competing in the 12th Annual Stock Market Game competition sponsored by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), the voice of the U.S. securities industry. Angie Hopkins is the faculty advisor working with the group.

Part of the reward of finishing in the top 10 sends the winning team on paid a trip to Washington, DC, to be recognized at an awards reception on Capitol Hill on June 17. 

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ABSC adopts new branding: ‘Arkansas Baptists’

Matt Ramsey


LITTLE ROCK – A new logo has been introduced as the centerpiece for an all-new branding and identity strategy for the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC). Out of the new logo will flow a new, distinctive and recognizable approach to communicating the mission and activities of Arkansas Baptists, according to ABSC leaders.

The organization’s full name, Arkansas Baptist State Convention, will be shortened to “Arkansas Baptists” for the purpose of the logo and for use in communications.  

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DR teams return from deployment

Arkansas Baptist disaster relief teams have returned home from deployment in Nashville and Oklahoma, said Randy Garrett, Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) disaster relief director.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson sent a letter to Garrett in thanks for the disaster relief work that was done in Nashville.

“I want to thank you for your team’s relief efforts following Sunday’s tornado in Nashville,” wrote Hutchinson in his letter dated May 13. “I was able (to) see them at work on Monday afternoon, and I have no doubt their quick response and continued efforts are of great comfort to those who were affected by the storm.”

Hutchinson concluded his letter by saying, “Arkansas is truly a state of neighbors, and the members of the ABSC never fail to take time from their own lives to help those in need. Please extend my gratitude to your team for their hard work.”

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Rex Horne leaves Ouachita for AICU post

HorneARKADELPHIA – Rex M. Horne, Jr., president of Ouachita Baptist University since 2006, has announced his resignation as president effective this summer in order to serve as president of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities (AICU). He succeeds Ouachita alumnus Rex Nelson who has been named director of corporate communications for Simmons First National Corp.

“My nine-plus years at Ouachita have been very rewarding,” Horne said. “I have been most impressed by the work performed by our faculty and staff. The sense of calling and commitment to duty has been evident on the campus. Our students are difference makers. I will treasure the time the Lord allowed me to serve here. Our prayers, continued interest and desire to help remain strong.”

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UPDATE: Ark. DR deploys in southwest Arkansas

NASHVILLE – Arkansas Baptist disaster relief teams have been deployed to southwest Arkansas in the aftermath of a strong storm that swept through the state overnight May 10.

Lake water floods Bob Brown's, member of Hot Springs Baptist Church, yard on Treasure Isle on Lake Hamilton. Photo by Bob BrownTwo people were reportedly killed in a mobile home park in Nashville when a possible tornado passed through the region. Two other residents of the park were critically injured during the storm, according to media reports.

Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) missions team member Michelle Hendrix said disaster relief teams were being deployed Monday, May 11, to aid areas affected by the storms.

“We have deployed assessors, a chaplain, Arkansas Valley Baptist Association skid steer and Nashville and Southwest Arkansas Baptist Association recovery teams,” Hendrix said in an email to ABSC staff.

Lake water floods Bob Brown's, member of Hot Springs Baptist Church, dock on Treasure Isle on Lake Hamilton. Photo by Bob BrownMuch of the state remained under a flash flood watch early in the day on May 11. Entergy Arkansas reported that nearly 8,000 Arkansans were without power, with most of the outages being in Columbia, Clay, Conway, Nevada, Pope and Saline counties, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Bob Brown, a member of Hot Springs Baptist Church, reported that his home on Treasure Isle in Lake Hamilton received more than 3 inches of rain during the storm, which cause the lake to rise nearly 3 feet. Brown said Treasure Isle, and other areas of the lake will be impassable until the lake recedes.

Brown also reported that Little Mazarn Creek, southwest of Hot Springs, is flooded and impassible.

The ABSC deployed five DR teams (Little River Baptist Association, Southwest Baptist Association, Arkansas Valley Baptist Association, Bartholomew Baptist Association and Centennial Baptist Association) to Nashville May 12. The teams did debris removal. They finished clearing their sites May 14.

"Our five teams did incredible work, completing over 50 jobs under the excellent servant leadership of Don Jones, associational missionary at Little River Baptist Associaiton, and Joe Chaney, the Lead Unit Leader," said Randy Garrett, ABSC disaster relief director. "As I drove around yesterday I saw the cleanest disaster site I’ve ever seen."

Garrett said ABSC DR teams have also been asked to aid Oklahoma teams in Tuttle, Okla. with heavy equipment. The Northwest Baptist Association and Tri-county Baptist Association are responding.

"This may be a long deployment because of the number of work orders," wrote Garrett in an email. "As of last count they had 853 jobs."

Garrett also told the Arkansas Baptist News that Cross Church in northwest Arkansas will be sending untrained volunteers to aid with clean up in Oklahoma. The group departure is planned for May 16 and will join the two ABSC teams already in the state.

"Lots of faithful, hard working volunteers are sharing Christ’s help, healing, and hope with those who so need it," said Garrett.

Visit for updates on recent storms. Story compiled, in part, with Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.

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