[UPDATE] Wakulla Bank Closes

By: FDIC Press Release/AP/Centennial
By: FDIC Press Release/AP/Centennial

[UPDATE] 10-27 2:14PM --

Tracy French, Regional President of Centennial Bank, recently named Wallace Jensen as Market President for Panama City and Donnie Gay as Market President of Apalachicola, Mexico Beach to Carrabelle.” I’m very excited about these two exceptional bankers, and know with their hard work ethic and leadership skills our bank will thrive,” said French. “We are very pleased to name two local residents to leadership positions.”

Jensen has over 35 years of banking and lending experience. Jensen received a bachelor’s degree in finance. For a large part of his banking career he has served in several senior leadership positions, including vice president, compliance officer, chief lending officer, president and C.E.O. Jensen is active in the community and serves on the Board of Directors for Port St. Joe Economic Development Company. He has 5 children and resides with his wife Pamela in Panama City.

Gay grew up in Apalachicola and began his banking career as a senior in high school. Gay attended Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City and graduated from Florida Banking School in 2002. Gay is very active and serves on several boards in the community. Gay is presently the Chairman of the United Way of Big Bend, Franklin County Unit and a member of the Apalachicola Bay Rotary Club. Gay resides in Eastpoint with his wife, Marci Mullins Gay, and their 2 children Juliana and Matthew.

Centennial Bank acquired Bayside Savings Bank and Coastal Community Bank on July 30, 2010. Centennial Bank provides a broad range of commercial and retail banking and related financial services to businesses, real estate developers and investors, individuals and municipalities. Centennial Bank has locations in central Arkansas, north central Arkansas, southern Arkansas, the Florida Keys, southwestern Florida, central Florida and now the Florida Panhandle. The Company's common stock is traded through the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "HOMB."

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[UPDATE] 10-21 12:37PM

WCTV has received the third quarter earnings statement of Home BancShares, Inc., the parent company of Centennial Bank, which took over Wakulla Bank. We have attached the full PDF to this article.

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[UPDATE] 10-4 1:30PM

On October 3, Centennial Bank took ownership of Wakulla Bank. Wakulla Bank was on a problem list by the Florida Office of Financial Regulation since 2009. Because the bank was unable to fix its problems (see previous posts), the bank was closed. Now Centennial Bank has taken over, and promises a smooth transition. Bank officials say there is nothing to worry about as the transition takes place and that customers' money is insured with FDIC. Officials at Centennial also plan to open more branches for the convenience of customers.

Stay with WCTV for more on this story.

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PRESS RELEASE FROM THE FDIC
Wakulla Bank, Crawfordville, Florida, was closed today by the Florida Office of Financial Regulation, which appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as receiver. To protect the depositors, the FDIC entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with Centennial Bank, Conway, Arkansas, to assume all of the deposits of Wakulla Bank.

The 12 branches of Wakulla Bank will reopen on Saturday as branches of Centennial Bank. Depositors of Wakulla Bank will automatically become depositors of Centennial Bank. Deposits will continue to be insured by the FDIC, so there is no need for customers to change their banking relationship in order to retain their deposit insurance coverage. Customers of Wakulla Bank should continue to use their existing branch until they receive notice from Centennial Bank that it has completed systems changes to allow other Centennial Bank branches to process their accounts as well.

This evening and over the weekend, depositors of Wakulla Bank can access their money by writing checks or using ATM or debit cards. Checks drawn on the bank will continue to be processed. Loan customers should continue to make their payments as usual.

As of June 30, 2010, Wakulla Bank had approximately $424.1 million in total assets and $386.3 million in total deposits. Centennial Bank did not pay the FDIC a premium for the deposits of Wakulla Bank. In addition to assuming all of the deposits of the failed bank, Centennial Bank agreed to purchase essentially all of the assets.

The FDIC and Centennial Bank entered into a loss-share transaction on $212.7 million of Wakulla Bank's assets. Centennial Bank will share in the losses on the asset pools covered under the loss-share agreement. The loss-share transaction is projected to maximize returns on the assets covered by keeping them in the private sector. The transaction also is expected to minimize disruptions for loan customers. For more information on loss share, please visit: http://www.fdic.gov/bank/individual/failed/lossshare/index.html.

Customers who have questions about today's transaction can call the FDIC toll-free at 1-800-528-6357. The phone number will be operational this evening until 9:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time (EDT); on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., EDT; on Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m., EDT; and thereafter from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., EDT. Interested parties also can visit the FDIC's Web site at http://www.fdic.gov/bank/individual/failed/wakulla.html.

The FDIC estimates that the cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) will be $113.4 million. Compared to other alternatives, Centennial Bank's acquisition was the least costly resolution for the FDIC's DIF. Wakulla Bank is the 128th FDIC-insured institution to fail in the nation this year, and the twenty-fifth in Florida. The last FDIC-insured institution closed in the state was Haven Trust Bank Florida, Ponte Vedra, on September 24, 2010.

Congress created the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in 1933 to restore public confidence in the nation's banking system. The FDIC insures deposits at the nation's 7,830 banks and savings associations and it promotes the safety and soundness of these institutions by identifying, monitoring and addressing risks to which they are exposed. The FDIC receives no federal tax dollars – insured financial institutions fund its operations.

FDIC press releases and other information are available on the Internet at www.fdic.gov

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Washington, D.C. (AP) - Regulators have shut down a small bank in
Florida, lifting to 128 the number of U.S. bank failures this year
amid mounting loan defaults and lingering economic distress.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. on Friday took over Wakulla
Bank, based in Crawfordville, Fla., with $424.1 million in assets
and $386.3 million in deposits. Centennial Bank, based in Conway,
Ark., agreed to assume the assets and deposits of Wakulla Bank.
The failure of Wakulla Bank is expected to cost the deposit
insurance fund $113.4 million.

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FDIC Press Release - On Friday, October 1, 2010, Wakulla Bank, Crawfordville, FL was closed by the Florida Office of Financial Regulation. Subsequently, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) was named Receiver. No advance notice is given to the public when a financial institution is closed.

All deposit accounts, excluding certain brokered deposits, have been transferred to Centennial Bank, Conway, AR. For more information on Centennial Bank, visit us at www.my100bank.com

The FDIC has assembled useful information regarding your relationship with Wakulla Bank. Besides a checking account, you may have Certificates of Deposit, a business checking account, a Social Security direct deposit, and other relationships with the institution.

Please select the link below to read more about this event:

FDIC Bank Closing Information for Wakulla Bank

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  • by anonymous on Nov 3, 2010 at 05:09 AM
    I'm sick of this! Everyone is entitled to their opinions. Now i guess you will be able to complain that the electon was rigged and that is why Howard Kessler is out of office! Some people must live very miserable lives up on their pedestals.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 2, 2010 at 10:14 AM
    To: annonymous Location: wakula on Nov 1, 2010 at 02:20 PM - "TO THE PERSON TALKING ABOUT WE THINK CORRUPTION IS NORMAL, NO THAT IS NOT THE CASE. THE GOOD PEOPLE THAT HAVE LIVED HERE FOR YEARS AND YEARS AREN'T THE ONES COMPLAINING. CORRUPTION IS NOT NORMAL TO US, WE ADDRESS THINGS THAT ARE WRONG"..You should complain and you do not address the things that are wrong, the corruption IS committed by those people who are members of families that have lived here all their lives, therefore, "abnormal" is the "norm". "HE WAS RE ELECTED AND HAS BEEN THE SHERIFF FOR AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER".....maybe too long, Harvey was not relected, the election was adjusted in Sopchoppy by enough votes, after they had submitted their total results, to make it look like a mistake had been made, the "Forest Meeting Group" couldn't let Harvey lose. You are right, LIFE WILL GO ON NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS, however, be assured, those of us who are against crooks running our county will continue speaking out.
  • by lj Location: crawfordville on Nov 1, 2010 at 09:39 PM
    annonymous, You have misunderstood the term HillBilly. I am also educated, I got my degree at a Christian College in Tn. Yes, I did sign a Mortgage that I read. I am disappointed that I am now paying interest on a house with negitive equity. Oh well, I will make the best of it...there are some great people in Wakulla, I am thankful for my blessings every day. Sometimes I think my papa was right, he didnt trust banks and was wary of the law. Maybe that was just the Hill Billy (or cherokee) in him.
  • by annonymous Location: wakula on Nov 1, 2010 at 11:20 AM
    I WILL LET EVERYONE KNOW THAT I AM A "NORMAL WAKULLA CITIZEN"! I AM NOT A "HILLBILLY', I HAVE A COLLEGE DEGREE AND A VERY GOOD CAREEER. TO THE PERSON REGARDING YOUR MORTGAGE, THE BANK DID NOT FORCE YOU TO SIGN THE MORTGAGE PAPERS. TO THE PERSON TALKING ABOUT WE THINK CORRUPTION IS NORMAL, NO THAT IS NOT THE CASE. THE GOOD PEOPLE THAT HAVE LIVED HERE FOR YEARS AND YEARS AREN'T THE ONES COMPLAINING. CORRUPTION IS NOT NORMAL TO US, WE ADDRESS THINGS THAT ARE WRONG HOWEVER WE WERE ALL RAISED TO APPRECIATE THE SMALL TOWN LIVING. SOME OF US ARE INTELLEGENT ENOUGH TO KNOW WHEN WE ARE BEING LIED TO OR CHEATED. WE HAVE A SAFE COUNTY AND THAT MEANS MORE TO ME FOR MY CHILDREN'S SAKE THAN WHY THE BANK IS CLOSED OR WHAT THE SHERIFF DOES IN HIS PERSONAL LIFE. RIGHT, WRONG, OR INDEFFERENT HE WAS RE ELECTED AND HAS BEEN THE SHERIFF FOR AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER. PEOPLE TAKE BLAME FOR YOUR OWN LIVES AND STOP WORRYING ABOUT EVERYONE ELSES. I PROMISE LIFE WILL GO ON NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS!!
  • by Current Wakulla Employees on Oct 29, 2010 at 07:46 PM
    What are you going to do when you don't have the good ol boy network behind you? When you aren't bigger than your average county citizen or everyday person who has a boss that isn't above everyone? When you can't get away with breaking the law? You are the ones that will have a rude awakening, get ready it is coming. I can promise you, you will be the one standing in everyone else's shoes realizing everything that the normal county citizens keep saying.
  • by Future on Oct 29, 2010 at 07:39 PM
    Its ok pretty soon the younger generation is starting to take over & the "older" generation will DIE off from old age & the many other things that they are hiding from but don't get caught.(sex out of marriage, drugs & lies etc...)
  • by lj Location: crawfordville on Oct 29, 2010 at 02:45 AM
    Unknown, I wish I oould leave Wakulla, but thanks to crooked bankers I am stuck in a mortgage and cant sell the house I am living in. Like alot of hill billys I left home to work, I made some money down here in this place but I am stuck in your little city and cant seem to find a way to go home. Thanks for every thing you did for us Wakulla Bank, now please let me free.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 28, 2010 at 12:21 PM
    LOL! Those "NORMAL CITIZENS, WHICH HAVE LIVED IN WAKULLA THEIR ENTIRE LIVES" have no clue that their NORMAL is ABNORMAL! It confuses them when people bring up the subject ABOUT HOW CORRUPT THE SHERIFFS DEPT, BANK, COUNTY, ETC ARE. They don't see it as a problem simply because it has always been their NORMAL. This is evident in the posting by "unknown Location: crawfordville on Oct 27, 2010 at 02:47 PM - THE NORMAL CITIZEN OF WAKULLA WOULD NOT BE COMPLAINING CONSTANTLY ABOUT HOW CORRUPT THE SHERIFFS DEPT, BANK, COUNTY, ETC ARE. IF YOU ALL WERE NORMAL CITIZENS, WHICH HAVE LIVED IN WAKULLA THEIR ENTIRE LIVES,". Yes, you have good schools and we like that. Also, Wakulla County provides a better way of life than that found in other areas, however, there are a bunch of crooks that run the county and you people don't like to have others point out your faults. Straighten up, listen to our ideas, appreciate the taxes and income we bring to the county and we will stop complaining.
  • by facts Location: next door on Oct 28, 2010 at 08:35 AM
    please, if David Harvey were running for governor,would be a shoe in.The golf and motel business was justified by it true valve at 7 mill.Who ever gave him a liquior liscense knew he was a sherriff.He issued the liscence and blame him not Mr Harvey.The agency that allowed it is more at fault than the person requesting it. In conclustion,our sherriff is more honest, trust worthy , more quailified to be the governor than either person who is running for that position. Wake up people, go after someone else somewhere else and thank yourself that u live in wakulla county.
  • by frank Location: fl on Oct 27, 2010 at 01:49 PM
    mr jensen i hope mr harvey said you could come and work in wakulla???
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