Southern Bancorp Makes New Move in Mississippi


Arkadelphia’s Southern Bancorp Bank continues to extend its reach eastward with a new branch in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

The move by the $1.6 billion-asset lender actually marks the conversion of a loan production office opened nine months ago.

The location represents full-service branch No. 17 among Southern Bancorp’s 19 offices in Mississippi.

The bank, which deploys a staff of 353, generated a $4.1 million profit in the first quarter, compared with $3.4 million in 2020.