News in brief

The Bella Vista company acquires

Village accounting

An accounting firm in Bella Vista announced Monday that it has acquired another local bookkeeping business.

Seay said it purchased Village Bookkeeping and Tax Service, whose owner, Mike Moles, is retiring after a 53-year career in public accounting. Moles has owned and operated Village Bookkeeping and Tax for 15 years.

Seay Firm’s main office will now be located in the current Village office at 32 Sugar Creek Center and the two employees who worked alongside Moles will remain with the company.

“Over the years, I’ve learned that when you acquire a successful business, the # 1 priority is to pursue the strategies that made the business successful,” said Brent Seay, founder of the accounting firm. “I don’t plan on making any significant changes to Mike’s business model which has served Village customers so well in the past.”

Founded in 2020, Seay is a full-service accounting firm providing tax planning and preparation, bookkeeping, bookkeeping and payroll services.

– André Moreau

UAW chooses Curry

as its next president

DETROIT – The board of directors of United Auto Workers International on Monday appointed Ray Curry, its secretary-treasurer, as union president, replacing Rory Gamble, who is retiring on Wednesday.

Curry joined the UAW in 1992 as an assembler at Freightliner Trucks in Mount Holly, NC, and rose through the ranks to regional manager in the South.

He negotiated new employment contracts with numerous auto parts makers and helped organize Freightliner factories in North Carolina, according to his bio on the union’s website. He also led the union movement in casinos in 2015 when the UAW succeeded in organizing the workers at the Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore.

Curry was named secretary-treasurer at the union convention in 2018, replacing Gary Jones, who became president. Earlier this month, Jones was sentenced to 28 months in federal prison in an embezzlement scandal.

Curry, 55, has about a year to distance himself from corruption and convince members that he will put the union on the right track. Some time before November, members will decide whether they wish to elect the officers directly. If this is the case, the direct elections will have to take place before June 30, 2022.

– The Associated Press

Arkansas Index Slips

3.99, ends at 625.24

The Arkansas Index, a price-weighted index that tracks the state’s largest public companies, closed Monday at 625.24, down 3.99.

“The S&P 500 and Nasdaq hit record highs Monday as tech stocks were boosted by a legal victory for Facebook.” said Chris Harkins, Managing Director of Raymond James & Associates.

The index was developed by Bloomberg News and the Democrat-Gazette with a base value of 100 as of December 30, 1997.

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