One Team helping another

Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Southern Bancorp staff of Manila were on hand for the dedication of the softball field sponsored by the bank. Pictured are, from left: Christie Bolar, Gena Smithee, Ashley Forehand, Regina Stone and President Danny Robbins. Not pictured are Vickie Skaggs and Jessica Nunnally.
By Revis Blaylock

Southern Bancorp's Bank team has again provided an example of their mission statement, “Building Communities, Changing Lives.”

One of the most recent community projects for Southern Bancorp of Manila is sponsoring a softball field at the Manila Park.

Southern Bancorp sponsorship has helped provide a state of the art scoreboard on one of the four fields at the Manila ballpark. The Southern Bancorp field is the Manila High School girls softball team's home field and is utilized by Manila's recreation league softball teams, as well as other teams.

The scoreboard is digital, wireless controlled, with new LED lighting system.

Darrell Birmingham, parks director, expressed his appreciation to Southern Bancorp for their generous donation.

“It makes me proud to work for a bank that wants to give back to the community we serve,” Danny Robbins, Manila Southern Bancorp president, said.

“We are getting things done at the park,” Birmingham said. “The city, the school, the community, and the businesses are all coming together as a team. The park is for every one to enjoy but the improvements have really benefited our youth.

Birmingham said Manila has four 5-6 year old t-ball teams; three 7-8 year old baseball teams; four 9-11 year old baseball teams; two 11-12 year old baseball teams; two 10 and under softball teams; one 8 and under softball team and one 12 and under softball team.

“We are serving a lot of our youth,” Birmingham said.

On hand for the dedication were Southern Bancorp's Manila staff President Robbins, Christie Bolar, Gena Smithee, Ashley Forehand and Regina Stone.

Other staff Manila staff members are Vickie Skaggs and Jessica Nunnally.

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