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Southern Bancorp News

Police department overhaul coming to Helena-West-Helena

October 9th, 2012

There’s a police department overhaul in the works for a part of Arkansas long known for corruption.

The police chief in Helena-West-Helena announced some major improvement plans for the force during a press conference Tuesday. They are aimed at better tracking crime and making cases more transparent to the community.

Chief Uless Wallace doesn’t hold back when it comes to the department’s past fallbacks. He openly admitted during the press conference that they’ve lost case files and evidence and it has kept police from solving cases. But now after scoring a roughly $108,000 grant, the department’s implementing a new system to turn things around in Helena West Helena.

Haven UMC MLK Park donation

September 25th, 2012

Haven United Methodist Church members and VBS participants are pictured inside of the Greyhound Bus Station presenting a check to Clarksdale Revitalization Inc., Director Mac Crank in support of the new KaBOOM!! Playground that will soon be installed in Martin Luther King Jr. Park. Crank and Southern Bancorp met an Aug. 30 deadline to raise $75,000 for the playground, money that has been matched by the Delta Bridge Project for the new playground. The money came from all across the community, including church groups, civic organizations and from Southern Bancorp itself.

Plenty of green in new bank

September 20th, 2012

A local building is the first bank branch in Mississippi to become LEED certified.

Shortly after the opening of the Southern Bancorp Hernando Branch in summer 2011, the bank applied for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has now awarded the Hernando Branch its LEED Certification.

LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system verifying a building was designed and built using principles aimed at increasing performance, reducing waste and improving quality of life. LEED certified buildings save energy, have better water efficiency, reduce carbon dioxide emissions and improve indoor environmental quality.

“The Hernando Branch features more windows for day lighting, increased views for inhabitants, a higher degree of insulation, and a more energy efficient air conditioning system.,” a press release from the bank states. “The site has a larger green area than a bank its size normally would, containing plants compatible with the local climate. The lights are also of a lower wattage and have sensors to adjust to daylight and room occupancy.”

“The building uses recycled materials like its cork floor, which is renewable and soft for the employees that stand throughout the day.”

“The quality of our building reflects the quality of our products and the commitment to offer the very best in service and convenience to our customers,” said Alan Sims, DeSoto County President for Southern Bancorp. “A component of Southern’s mission is to promote community economic development through innovative means, and this building is an example of our commitment to our mission. We were charged with constructing a building our customers and employees will truly enjoy and we believe we have accomplished this.”

Southern Bancorp branch earns LEED certification

September 18th, 2012

Shortly after the opening of the Southern Bancorp Hernando Branch in summer 2011, Southern applied for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has now awarded the Hernando Branch its LEED Certification – the first LEED Certified bank building in the State of Mississippi, according to Southern.

The Hernando Branch features more windows for day lighting, increased views for inhabitants, higher degree of insulation and more energy-efficient air conditioning system. The site has a larger green area than a bank its size normally would, containing plants compatible with the local climate. The lights are also of a lower wattage and have sensors to adjust to daylight and room occupancy. The building uses recycled materials like its cork floor, which is renewable and soft for the employees that stand throughout the day.

Alan Sims, DeSoto County president for Southern Bancorp, said, “A component of Southern’s mission is to promote community economic development through innovative means, and this building is an example of our commitment to our mission. We were charged with constructing a building our customers and employees will truly enjoy and we believe we have accomplished this.”

KaBOOM! fundraising complete

August 23rd, 2012

Dozens of people, adults and children, swarmed Martin Luther King, Jr Park Tuesday afternoon for hotdogs and music in a celebration of a new playground that is expected to get built later this year, provided the project can raise an additional $10,000 for a fence.

Mac Crank, the director of Clarksdale Revitalization, Inc., a nonprofit group that worked to raise funds for the playground with Southern Bancorp, said that he is confident that the fence money will get raised soon, although there is no deadline.

“I want to get it over and done with,” he said. He added that he would knock on doors, pass the hat and call in verbal commitments for donations.

Crank and Southern Bancorp met an Aug. 30 deadline to raise $75,000 for the playground, money that has been matched by the Delta Bridge Project for the new playground. The money came from all across the community, including church groups, civic organizations and from Southern Bancorp itself, which pledged a 3-to-1 match in the final months of fundraising.

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