Arkansas Business: Windstream released quarterly earnings

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Arkansas Business) -- Windstream Holdings Inc. of Little Rock on tap to deliver quarterly earnings before the market opens today.

Windstream having just last week announced a plan to spin off part of its business assets into a separate publicly traded company by early next year.

Shares of the company pretty much flat yesterday, ending at $11.55.

New CEO for El Dorado Festivals board

El Dorado nabbed a prominent name in entertainment to lead its nonprofit promoting the South Arkansas city's festivals and events.

Terry Stewart, the former president and CEO of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum in Cleveland, has accepted the position as CEO and chairman of the board of the El Dorado Festivals & Events.

The move comes as the city looks to establish itself as an entertainment hub to rival other tourist destinations.

Stewart, an Alabama native, also worked as president and COO of Marvel Entertainment Group, the comic book giant responsible for Spiderman, the X-Men and the Incredible Hulk.

He retired in December from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame where he was paid more than $578,000 in 2012, according to its IRS records.

His El Dorado salary isn't yet known.

Russellville getting into the convention biz

The city of Russellville getting into the convention center business.

City officials accepting a proposal from a Tennessee firm Hunt Properties to build a convention center and hotel complex there.

The company's CEO says he believes the company can have a drawing of the hotel and convention center toward the end of the year.

The proposal calls for construction to start on the hotel and convention center within 180 days.


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