Former CDFI Fund Director joins Southern Bancorp Board

Little Rock, Ark. – Southern Bancorp Inc., one of the nation’s largest Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) as well as the model upon which the CDFI industry was founded, has announced that Ms. Donna J. Gambrell, the longest serving director of the U.S....

Board Member Hugh Arant Featured in EatY'all.com

Eat Y’all: Southern Grown and Fed By Marianne Chapman Editor’s Note: This story is the second in a multi-part series profiling Delta Blues Rice, Mississippi-grown and artisan milled rice products produced on a multi-generational family farm operated by brothers...

Biscuit on a roll

29th King Biscuit Blues Festival to kick off in Helena SEAN CLANCY ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE 29th King Biscuit Blues Festival When: Wednesday-Saturday, various times Where: Cherry Street, Helena-West Helena Admission: Main Stage, $30 single day ticket, $50 three-day...

Renovations add energy to sluggish Helena-West Helena downtown

Arkansas Democrat Gazette By Chris Bahn Honestly, Matt Inman has no idea what sort of financial reward might be generated by the three buildings he now owns on Cherry Street in Helena-West Helena. Inman, a 27-year-old native of the Phillips County town, lives in a...

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...