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LITTLE ROCK, ARK – Southern Bancorp is excited to announce the opening of its newest branch in Mount Ida, Arkansas, located at 1017 Hwy 270 E. Doors open to the public on August 19th. To celebrate the new branch, Southern is hosting a community cookout on August 30th from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM and all are invited to attend.

“We have had the pleasure of serving the Mount Ida community since last year, and look forward to expanding our impact with this new branch,” said Southern Bancorp, Inc. CEO Darrin Williams. “Our branches are Opportunity Centers, places you can go to improve your credit, receive a home or business loan, and open your child’s first savings account. At Southern, our mission is to be wealth builders for everyone, so we hope that you will visit our newest Opportunity Center and discover all the products and services we offer to help your family build wealth,” said Williams.

The Mount Ida branch is led by Market President Greg Black, a Mount Ida native who began his banking career there 20 years ago. During his career, he has served as Vice President and President of Lending for numerous financial institutions throughout Southwest Arkansas and Oklahoma. He and his wife Angie have been married 20 years and have two daughters, Addison and Olivia.

Ann Horrisberger will be serving as Branch Manager. She has worked in lending in Montgomery County for the past eight years. She and her husband of 20 years have two adult children.

The staff looks forward to seeing all of Mount Ida at the cookout as it is open to the public. Hamburgers and hotdogs will be served.

About Southern Bancorp

Southern Bancorp, Inc., a bank holding company; Southern Bancorp Community Partners, a 501(c)(3) development finance and lending organization; and Southern Bancorp Bank, one of America’s largest rural development banks; were founded in 1986 by then Governor Bill Clinton, former Walmart Chair Rob Walton, the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation and others who were concerned about the economic decline of rural Arkansas. All three entities are U.S. Treasury certified Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) collectively known as “Southern.” With $1.4 billion in assets, 65,000 customers and 47 locations in Arkansas and Mississippi, Southern invests in people and businesses in rural communities; empowers them to improve their lives; and helps them transform their communities. Learn more about Southern on the web at and