This week Gurdon will see the official ground breaking for our new Southern Bancorp Gurdon branch.

This week Gurdon will see the official ground breaking for our new Southern Bancorp Gurdon branch.
The new build is located on Highway 53 South or Main Street across from the Gurdon Family Dollar Store.
CEO of Southern Bancorp's Western Division, Bill Wright said that this is going to be a beautiful bank offering a full array of services. He tells me that the architecture will be similar to one of Southern's Hot Springs locations. This is another exciting addition to our recent building boom in Gurdon which includes; Exxon TigerMart, Sonic Drive Thru and Drive In and AllCare Pharmacy.
We have been working with Southern Community Partners at the Gurdon Business Center on Main. Our next free class at the Gurdon Business Center will be coming up soon. I will keep you posted.
I am pleased to announce that the Gurdon Dollar General Store parking lot will soon be resurfaced. Our friend, Jeanie Venturi at the Dollar General Corporate office said that the project should be complete by the end of this month. The property is owned by a landlord, Ocwen. Dollar General only leases the site.
To no avail, City attorney, Todd Turner and I cited Ocwen earlier this year regarding the poor condition of the parking lot. At the same time I began working with Dollar General. They agreed the lot was unsafe and even though the landlord is responsible, Dollar General is making the repairs. We appreciate their assistance. This is a popular store that will now be safer for customers.
Did you pay attention to the First Presbyterian Church bells in late July?
At first, it may have caught you off guard and made you wonder if you were hearing things. The bell tower was playing Christmas hymns. It was a welcome time to be thinking of our favorite holiday.