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SOUTHERN BANCORP TO ACQUIRE BANK OF BOLIVAR COUNTY

Arkadelphia, Ark. – Southern Bancorp, Inc. (“Southern”), a rural-focused Community Development Financial Institution (“CDFI”) and holding company for Southern Bancorp Bank, today announced it had signed an agreement to acquire the Bank of Bolivar County, which operates two branches in the Mississippi communities of Shelby and Mound Bayou. Southern currently operates a branch in Shelby, [...]

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SIMMONS FIRST NATIONAL CORPORATION AND SOUTHERN BANCORP ANNOUNCE DEAL FOR DELTA TRUST BRANCH IN EUDORA

Pine Bluff, Ark. – Simmons First National Corporation (“Simmons First,” NASDAQ-GS: SFNC) today announced plans to donate the Delta Trust & Bank (“Delta Trust”) branch located in Eudora, Arkansas to Southern Bancorp Bank, a rural-focused Community Development Financial Institution headquartered in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. According to George A. Makris, Jr., Simmons First National Corporation Chairman and [...]

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Mississippi County Unveils Roadmap for Community Revitalization

BLYTHEVILLE, ARK. – A yearlong collaboration of Mississippi County’s private and public sectors culminated in the unveiling of the county’s first Delta Bridge Project Strategic Plan on Tuesday. The celebration included local leaders, funders, and a special address from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s Executive Director, Grant Tennille, who welcomed the plan to the community. [...]

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Southern Bancorp Community Partners Announces College Completion Matched Savings Program

Helena-West Helena, Ark. – Southern Bancorp Community Partners (SBCP) is proud to announce a new product for non-traditional students in Phillips County. This new offering is available from SBCP’s Individual Development Account program and is part of SBCP’s ongoing effort to improve educational outcomes throughout the community. The College Completion Matched Savings Program provides a [...]

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Economic Development Incentives Target Downtown Helena, Ark.

Southern Bancorp project to provide matching funds for revitalization efforts in historic downtown corridor HELENA, ARK. – Southern Bancorp announced this week the launch of the Riverside Renewal Project, a program to accelerate the revitalization of historic downtown Helena by matching investments in eligible commercial and residential properties dollar-for-dollar, up to $100,000. The Riverside Renewal [...]

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Southern Bancorp Kicks Off 10th Year of Free Tax Filing Service

Southern Bancorp kicks off its 10th year of offering free tax filing services for income eligible individuals and families in Arkansas and Mississippi on Tuesday, January 21st.  The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program features trained, IRS-certified volunteers who guide taxpayers through the filing process and help them identify potential credits and deductions. The program [...]

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King joins Southern Bancorp Community Partners

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Tanya Wright, CEO of Southern Bancorp Community Partners (SBCP), today announced that Mircha King, a graduate of both the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service and William H. Bowen School of Law, has joined the non-profit organization as senior community development officer for Phillips County. “Southern Bancorp Community Partners [...]

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Former Lawmaker Steve Jones to Join Southern Bancorp Nonprofit as Senior VP

Steve Jones, a former state legislator and currently a deputy director at the Arkansas Department of Human Services, will join Southern Bancorp Community Partners as senior vice president of programs. In this post, Jones, who served three terms in the Arkansas House of Representatives, will focus on SBCP’s community development programs in Arkansas and Mississippi, [...]

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Darrin Williams Serves Call of Public Service as Lawyer, Banker, Politician

Darrin Williams has a number of titles: state representative, lawyer, CEO and church deacon. But in many ways, Williams said, the work he does is all the same. Williams, 44, was a member of the Arkansas Business 40 Under 40 Class of 2000. He went on to serve as chief of staff for then-Arkansas Attorney [...]

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Southern Bancorp’s Paul McAnally named to the 2013 Arkansas Business 40 Under 40 list

Farming drew his attention after high school, but Paul McAnally’s interest in lending attracted him to college four years later and into banking after that. He joined the Bank of Trumann in August 2000 as a loan officer trainee and rose to senior vice president of lending in 2009. That’s when the bank and its [...]

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