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

June 19th, 2013

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 General (and current U.S. senator) Mark Pryor. These days Williams represents District 36 (he first ran in 2008) in the Arkansas General Assembly.

“I’ve been able to see firsthand how public servants help people,” said Williams.

Influenced by his parents, Williams, 44, has made helping people his objective since he entered politics.

“Your name is on the ballot. You’re the person people call,” Williams said.

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

June 18th, 2013

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 parent company, First Delta Bankshares Inc., were sold to Southern Bancorp Inc. of Arkadelphia.

McAnally, who grew up in Lake City (Craighead County), now serves as executive vice president and director of the North Regional Advisory Board for Southern Bancorp.

Rep. Hodges Joining Southern Bancorp Bank

June 3rd, 2013

Freshman State Rep. Monte Hodges (D-Osceola) is following the footsteps of State Rep. Darrin Williams (D-Little Rock).

Hodges was named Vice President of Commercial Lending for Southern Bancorp Bank’s North Region on Monday (June 3).

A native of Mississippi County, Hodges joins Southern with two decades of lending experience. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Arkansas State University and an Associate degree in Arts from Arkansas Northeastern College in Blytheville. Additionally, Hodges attended the Lending School within the Arkansas Banking School at ASU.

“We are delighted to welcome Monte to Southern Bancorp in Blytheville, and are confident he will make a significant contribution to our bank,” said Gary Griffin, President and CEO of Southern Bancorp’s North Region.

Grant money eyed for county animal shelter

May 1st, 2013

Representatives from the East Arkansas Planning and Development District and the United States Department of Agriculture attended Wednesday’s meeting of the Mississippi County Animal Rescue Shelter project’s board to discuss the possibilities of grant funding.

The shelter project has approximately $45,000 — $20,000 from private donations and a promise of $25,000 in GIF funds from Sen. David Burnett. The Poinsett County Shelter, which is being used as a loose model for the Mississippi County project, was built for less than $200,000.

Money Smart classes being offered at no charge

April 16th, 2013

Next week Southern Bancorp and the Delta Bridge Project are launching a series of financial aid classes called Money Smart.

Money Smart, which will be held during the lunch hour April 22, April 24 and April 26, are designed to help make sense out of foreclosures, predatory lending practices and credit scores.

The classes will be led by guest speakers and by Charlestien Harris, a licensed financial counselor, and is on staff at Southern Bancorp. Harris said the first series of financial literacy classes debuted in February, and this second series coincides with Money Smart Week. The series is also inspired by community needs the bank has noticed.

“We have had a couple of personal cases where people have been scammed by foreclosure modification,” she said. “So we joined forces with the Mississippi Center for Justice.”

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