Steve Willbanks, President and CEO of Community Service Inc. has announced his retirement effective Sept. 1.  Willbanks has been employed for the agency for 41 years, most of that time as the chief executive officer. He gave as his reason for leaving the agency as primarily health issues.

The CSI Board of Directors is currently interviewing candidates for the position and expects to have someone one on board by Willbanks’ retirement date.

Community Service Inc. began business serving Conway County residents in 1958 and quickly added Perry County as a part of its service area. Under Willbanks’ leadership the agency expanded its service area to include a total of 11 counties, including not only Conway and Perry, but Faulkner, Van Buren, Searcy, Yell, Logan, Scott, Pope, Johnson and Franklin counties as well.

Sonshine Academy has announced the addition of a new staff member, Jessica Lin. 

Lin, a former corp de ballet and solo artist with Ballet Arkansas, has trained with Shuffles and Ballet II in all dance disciplines for the past 11 years. She has studied mostly with Arleen Sugano, artistic director of Ballet Arkansas, whose career highlights include teaching at the Joffrey Ballet School and Rod Rodgers Dance Company, both in New York City, and the Lula Washington Dance Company in L.A., coaching ballet gold medallist Aya Noma to six national titles in Japan, and performing seven companies of "A Chorus Line." Jessica has also attended several summer intensives as far away as Long Beach, Calif. 

She has an extensive performance resume, having portrayed roles including Chinese, Snowflake, Waltz of the Flowers, Spanish, and Rat Queen in the Ballet Arkansas version of "The Nutcracker." She has also been a regular professional performer with Radio Disney’s Rockin’ Road Show for the past two years in addition to dancing in performances with Ballet Arkansas Arts in Concert in 2007 and 2008 as a solo artist. She in now a pre-med student at Hendrix University and continues to pursue her dance training. 

For more information on the professional dance program offered at Sonshine Academy please call the office at 327-7742 or on the web at 

Terry and Glen Ross recently opened the door to American Pride Properties. "We’re not ashamed of the love we have for our country," Terry Ross said. "We enjoy helping people achieve home ownership and we are fortunate to live in a country where owning a home is possible for so many people."

"Some might ask about the timing of our new venture considering the economic condition our nation is currently facing" Glen Ross said. "We believe that there are major changes on the horizon for the real estate industry and we want to be free to make our own decisions and chart our own path".

American Pride Properties is located at 306 Salem Road in Conway, and specializes in providing individualized residential real estate services to buyers and sellers. For more information, visit the Web site at