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Last updated on Thursday, October 23, 2014, 2:38 pm

Sudden Departure

Did you know Rogers’ top tourism official has resigned? Allyson Twiggs Dyer, executive director of Visit Rogers since October 2010, is leaving to launch her own marketing company, The Twiggs Group. Dyer said she will stay on through at least mid-November to help with the transition of finding the next person to handle oversight and day-to-day duties of the organization. Before coming to Rogers, Dyer — a Gentry native and basketball player at the University of Arkansas from 1990 to 1995 — was director of the Fayetteville Convention & Visitors Bureau for eight years. Dyer said she will start her business from her residence in Fayetteville, with the ambition of opening an office near the downtown square in the future. The change in occupation, she said, will afford her... [ MORE ]
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  • Well-Crafted Combination

    Rick Barrows, president of Multi-Craft Contractors Inc. in Springdale, is partnering with water-conserving innovations company Recycled Hydro Solutions. [ MORE ]
  • Refined Pallet

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  • Mass Hire

    Local news reporter/anchor Kelly Johnson has gone from one side of the television camera to the other. [ MORE ]
  • Electionville

    Fayetteville voters will not be done with the election season Nov. 4, but will have to return to the polls for a vote on the civil rights ordinance. [ MORE ]
  • Purchase From Paragould

    First National Bank of Paragould recently purchased five empty bank branches in Benton and Washington counties for a combined $12.2 million. [ MORE ]
  • Beau Terre Bought

    A California-based investor recently paid $21.75 million for 370,000 SF of upscale office space through the purchase of Beau Terre Office Park in Bentonville. [ MORE ]
  • Apple Pay Potential

    Arvest Bank has the ball rolling on Apple's brand new mobile payment system. [ MORE ]
  • Hicks Hire

    Great Southern Bank scored a nice hire recently by naming Matt Hicks its new market manager for Northwest Arkansas. [ MORE ]
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