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ARKANSAS

The Communications Group, Little Rock, has been awarded a contract to provide a public education program for Arkansas' Workforce Investment Board and its statewide One-Stop Career Centers.

The Morning News has chosen Mangan Holcomb Rainwater Culpepper, Little Rock, to handle marketing, advertising and public relations. The newspaper is circulated in northwestern Arkansas.

Taylor Mack Advertising, Fayetteville, has been appointed to handle advertising for First Federal Bank of Arkansas, which operates 16 branches in northern Arkansas. The agency will introduce six new television commercials this year.

OKLAHOMA

Sterling Integrated Communications, Tulsa, was among four companies honored nationally by the Better Business Bureau for promoting ethical business standards.

XOR Strategic Creative, Tulsa, has landed the account of AFN Communications, a Tulsa-based provider of high-speed broadband access and data transport in 13 states. The business was awarded following a review.

TEXAS

Insurance company Higginbotham + Associates has hired the Balcom Agency to handle its advertising. Both client and agency are based in Fort Worth. Balcom was also presented with three healthcare advertising awards by Healthcare Marketing Report for its work for Texas Health Resources.

Fort Worth agency Graphic Concepts Group has been selected to develop a promotional program for Diamond H Recognition, a provider of gifts for corporate reward programs.

Cinco Media Communications, Dallas, was earlier this year awarded the Hispanic advertising account of the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (Houston area).

The City of Bedford has tapped local agency Hill & Company to help promote its annual Labor Day BluesFest outdoor music festival.

Banowetz and Company, Dallas, has launched a campaign encompassing billboards, public service announcements and posters on behalf of the incest recovery program at The Family Place, Dallas.

Designer Marc English of Austin has created the summer catalog for Indian furniture importer Four Hands.

Creative Civilization—An Aguilar Agency, San Antonio, has received the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's Emerging Business Award.

Group Bolton, Dallas, has created a new print advertisement for Bruce hardwood floors. The piece features a bulldog labeled "You" facing off against a fire hydrant labeled "Them."

Bates Churchill Public Relations, Houston, was recognized by two industry groups at recent awards banquets. The agency was presented 10 Excalibur awards by the Public Relations Society of America and five Bronze Quill awards by the International Association of Business Communicators. Sister company Bates Churchill Investor Relations was selected to handle financial communications on behalf of energy equipment and services provider Dresser.

Square One Interactive, Dallas, has added the account of homebuilder Centex Corp. to its client roster.

An annual report designed by Pennebaker.LMC, Houston, for Tidel Technologies will be recognized in the fall issue of Print's Regional Design Annual 2001.

Don Hewlett Chevy-Olds-Buick, Georgetown, has selected Anderson Marketing Group, San Antonio, to handle its account following a review of Texas agencies.

JWT Specialized Communications, Austin, partnered with the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing in a promotion intended to increase the number of African-American women screened for breast cancer in Texas.

Interactive agency hybrid, Dallas, has had its work for Travelocity highlighted in a recent issue of design publication How.

Janimation, Dallas, assisted with the production of The Richards Group's latest work for 7-Eleven, which featured animated fish. Richards is located in Dallas.

Stuart Bacon Advertising and Public Relations, Fort Worth, has been retained to execute a public relations program for commercial real estate firm NAI/Stoneleigh Huff Brous McDowell.

Kolar Advertising and Marketing, Austin, captured a gold award in the Internet category in a contest sponsored by the National Association for Promotional and Advertising Allowances.

M2K, Austin, has won a gold medal in the Neenah Paper Text and Cover Paperworks Competition for creatively combining paper, design and printing on behalf of client FreeMarkets.

M/C/C, Dallas, has been assigned advertising duties for Xtria, a new spin-off of information technology company Kaneb Services.

Vollmer, Houston, has added two clients: Houston-based InterFit Health, a provider of medical-screening services to corporations, and Austin biotechnology company Oncology Sciences Corp.

Griffith Phillips Creative, Dallas, has developed a regional e-mail promotion for the March of Dimes' 2001 WalkAmerica.

Four production companies have formed a strategic alliance called 1080i to jointly market and provide creative services to their clients. Members of the new affiliation are Terry McCullough Productions, Dallas, and San Antonio firms Giles Design, Cibolo Films and 5.6 Studios.

Shelton Communications Group, Fort Worth, has been named public relations counsel for InfoSphere Inc., an e-business and consulting company.

Temerlin McClain, Irving, has launched a campaign for Subaru's new 2002 Impreza WRX. The "Driving performance" series of three television spots and print ads is aimed at drivers, 25-35 years old.

A recruiting sign by NourzAds, Austin, for Samsung Austin Semiconductor won top prize in the outdoor billboard category of the Employment Management Association's creative excellence awards.

Steve R. Lee, president and chief executive of Quicksilver Interactive, Dallas, was recently honored as the eighth recipient of the Texas Public Relations Association's honorary life member award. Quicksilver also received kudos for its Triton Energy corporate Web site and intranet work for Ebby Halliday Realtors.

Design annual American Corporate Identity has included logos for First Bank and the Pain Rehabilitation Group of Wichita Falls, both from DesignWorks Group, Wichita Falls, in its 2001 edition.

Handango has selected Fort Worth-based Interactive Associates to create an e-mail marketing campaign to promote its Palm IIIc software.