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Robert Birch Hired as Economic Development Director for the City of Jacksonville (Movers & Shakers)

He previously was director of business development for the city of North Little Rock. read more >
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Westrock Coffee Hires Justin Majcher as Chief Information Officer (Movers & Shakers)

Justin Majcher has been hired as chief information officer at Westrock Coffee of Little Rock. He previously was chief information officer and vice president of Whole Earth Brands. Mallory Ramsey has been […] read more >
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Lydia Smith Named Director of Mortgage Production at Southern Bancorp Inc. (Movers & Shakers)

Lydia Smith has been hired as director of mortgage production at Southern Bancorp Inc. of Little Rock. She previously was vice president of diversity lending at InQlusion Mortgage Capital. David Roberts has […] read more >
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Southern Bancorp Names Charles Blake As Little Rock Market Executive

Southern Bancorp Inc. names former state legislator Charles Blake as its Little Rock market executive. read more >
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Arkansas Capital Corp. Board of Directors Elect Chair, Vice Chair (Movers & Shakers)

Carroll Penick and Bryan Scoggins have been elected. read more >
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19 Arkansas Banks and Lenders to Split $72.65M in GrantsLock Icon

The U.S. Treasury announced the grant recipients from their Equitable Recovery Program last week. read more >
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Southern Bancorp Buys FCB Financial Services, Premier Bank

Premier Bank is a $213 million asset bank with three branches in Marion, West Memphis and Jonesboro. read more >
Southern Bancorp gains two new counties in its Arkansas service area with its acquisition of Premier Bank.
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Southern Bancorp Paying $28M Cash for Premier Bank

The addition of the $227.4 million-asset bank, which operates full-service offices in Craighead and Crittenden counties, will enlarge Southern Bancorp’s footprint to 16 Arkansas counties. read more >
Darrin Williams, CEO of Southern Bancorp Inc., talks about urban branching and more at Little Rock’s 12th Street Station.
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Southern Bancorp Poised to Double Capital, Expand Financial ReachLock Icon

It took more than a decade for Southern Bancorp Bank to double its tally of total assets from $1 billion to $2 billion. The top executive of the bank’s parent company expects the journey to $4 billion will be much shorter. read more >
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Anthony Young Chosen as Southern Bancorp Community Partners President

He replaces Karama Neal, who earlier this year was appointed to a position at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. read more >
The main office of Arkansas County Bank at 220 W. Cross St. in DeWitt
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DeWitt First Set to Sell for $26.1M

The stockholders at DeWitt First Bankshares Corp. are looking at a $26.1 million payday in the pending sale to Southern Bancorp Inc. of Arkadelphia. read more >
Darrin Williams, CEO of Southern Bancorp Inc.
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Southern Bancorp to Acquire DeWitt First Bankshares

Southern Bancorp Inc. of Arkadelphia says it will acquire DeWitt First Bankshares Corp. and its wholly owned subsidiary, Arkansas County Bank. read more >
Little Rock School Superintendent Mike Poore: “We’ve got to be aggressive, and I hope that the community feels like that’s what’s happening in Little Rock right now.”
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Beyond COVID-19: Industries and Leaders Look to FutureLock Icon

Arkansas Business asked industry leaders to share their expectations for 2021, both before and after the coronavirus vaccine is widely available. Here’s what they said. read more >
Darrin Williams, CEO of Southern Bancorp Inc.
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BOA Invests in Southern BancorpLock Icon

Bank of America recently acquired about 5% of shares in Southern Bancorp Inc. of Little Rock, worth about $5 million. read more >
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Arkansas Bankers Seize a National MomentLock Icon

George Floyd’s death in May in Minneapolis set off protests against police brutality and racism nationwide, but it had an unforeseen effect on Arkansas banking. read more >
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Southern Bancorp Certified as State’s First B Corporation

Arkadelphia’s Southern Bancorp Inc. has joined the ranks of Certified B Corporations, an Arkansas first. read more >
Berry Bishop’s defunct Alliance Insurance Group of Arkadelphia reported $2.9 million in gross revenue in 2017. It filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in May 2018.
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Berry Bishop Sentenced to 60 Months for Bank Fraud

Supportive family members cried in a Hot Springs courtroom Friday morning as Berry R. Bishop, the Hot Springs insurance agent who also had offices in Prescott and Arkadelphia, was sentenced to five years in federal prison for bank fraud totaling more than $4.3 million. read more >
Karama NealPresident of Southern Bancorp Community Partners
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Karama Neal Tabulates Successes of Southern Bancorp Community Partners

Karama Neal, president of Southern Bancorp Community Partners, gives credit to "critical mix" that have kept her company at the forefront of public policy. read more >
From left: Abby Turner, Abby White, Griffin Brown and Emilee Roberson are all students who are attending college with the help of the Arkadelphia Promise program.
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Promises Are Kept, Paving A Broader Path To College

Southern Bancorp Inc., the Ross Foundation and Murphy Oil Corp. are spending millions on Promise scholarships that sponsors and an administrator say have increased the college-going rate of high school graduates in Arkadelphia and El Dorado. read more >
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Southern Bancorp Raises $17.7M in First Close of Capital Campaign

Southern Bancorp Inc. of Little Rock raises $17.7 million through a recent capital campaign. read more >