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Crisp County News & Events

The Watermelon Capital of the World is home to much more than just melons. Crisp County is known for it's abundance of agricultural crops like cotton, peanuts and pecans. South Georgia Banking Company is proud to partner with the community, individuals, area farmers and businesses to make Cordele GREAT!

SGBC Offers Six Ways to Avoid Online Shopping Scams

In the wake of recent data breaches, shoppers should be on high alert while purchasing items online.

“While millions of credit and debit card transactions are conducted safely every day, it’s important that consumers are aware of the potential for online scams,” said Melinda Moore, Senior Vice President.

South Georgia Banking Company offers the following tips to help consumer keep their information safe whether shopping in the store or online:

Monitor your account. Use online and mobile banking to keep an eye on your transactions, especially during the holidays. Notify the bank right away if there’s any fraudulent activity.

Beware of phishing scams. During the holidays, criminals will create a fake email for a deal that’s too good to be true. If you click on any links within the email, you may be downloading malware onto your computer or you may be asked for payment information that could lead to fraud.

Limit large sums of cash. Even though we’ve seen financial crime migrate from physical to cyber, customers should be careful not to carry around large sums of cash when shopping.

Secure your internet connection. If shopping online, make sure you do so from a password protected Wi-Fi network. Never access online banking from a public Wi-Fi network. 

Shop safely. Before making an online purchase, make sure the website uses secure technology. When you are at the checkout screen, verify that the web address begins with https. Also, check to see if a tiny locked padlock symbol appears on the page.

Read the site’s privacy policies. Though long and complex, privacy policies tell you how the site protects the personal information it collects. If you don’t see or understand a site’s privacy policy, consider doing business elsewhere. 

Faye Leary: Commitment to Connections at SGBC

Customer Service Representative (CSR) Faye Leary has been with South Georgia Banking Company – in the Cordele branch – for 18 years and takes to heart the term “connection” which defines the way SGBC relates to customers and the community.

Faye gets a lot of satisfaction out of being a CSR, “I am a people person so I enjoy the day-to-day interaction with our customers and helping them any way I can,” says Faye. She added, “Across all our bank locations, we are one big family. We genuinely care about each other and it makes the work experience that much more enjoyable.”

In addition to the relationships Faye has built with her customers and coworkers, she is also invested in the community. Faye and her husband, Earl, are actively involved in their church, Beulah Land Baptist Church. They thoroughly enjoy being grandparents and participating in their grandchildren’s activities. Faye and her SGBC “family” take pride in their participation of Relay for Life as well as the support given to community schools and law enforcement.

“I know personally how it feels when I don’t get quality customer service,” Faye continued, “whether it is on the telephone or in person. I always keep that in mind when dealing with customers, because I know they deserve the very best!” Faye strives to offer the kind of customer service that makes SGBC stand out from the competition. South Georgia Banking Company is proud to have representatives like Faye who demonstrate the heart of our business every day.

October means pink and pink means Breast Cancer Awareness. South Georgia Banking Company is proud to sponsor and support local events like the Pink Out Walk in Cordele hosted by the Impact Sports and Fitness. Pictured (l-r) are Paula Green, Kathy Campbell, Heather Barefoot and Kayla Yawn. Little cuties at the bottom are Aly Barefoot and Hollie Yawn.
The Cordele Kiwanis Club recently distributed books for preschoolers at the local pre-school. The Kiwanis Club strongly encourages young kids to read and enrich their minds. Pictured is Paula Green with South Georgia Banking Company proudly supporting new readers and community endeavors.

South Georgia Banking Company’s Peanut Butter Drive resulted in exactly 100 jars of peanut butter to benefit Cordele’s local food pantry, Hand of Hope. Thank you to our customers and community for helping us spread hope to those in need! Each jar will be used to fill tables and improve lives. Pictured are Beverly Helms with South Georgia Banking Company and Donna Stripling with Hand of Hope.

SGBC Cordele took the opportunity this week to show appreciation to local law enforcement and emergency personnel in Crisp County by taking cases of water to each location. Places visited include the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office, Cordele Fire Department, Crisp County Fire Department, Cordele Police Department, and Crisp County EMS. We are thankful for these local agencies and we should all be grateful for the services they provide to us in our homes and at work to keep us all safe.

County fire department employee and Cordele branch employees standing in front of fire truck, accepting donation of water.

City Fire department and Cordele branch employees standing in front of fire truck, accepting donation of water.

County EMS employees and Cordele Branch employees standing in front of an ambulance, accepting donation of water.

SGBC Cordele hosted a Customer Appreciation Day on July 15. Heather Barefoot, Kayla Yawn, and Heather Cobb were in charge of decorations and as you can see, they set the “summer” mood for everyone!! Customers enjoyed watermelon, fruit kabobs, and lemonade on this hot summer day. A drawing for a gift basket filled with summer goodies was given away to one lucky customer!
Brad Christian recently spoke to the Business Education class at Turner County High School. The students have been learning about the need for having a good checking account and maintaining a good credit score. Brad spoke about those topics and other topics with banking, including identity theft and online banking. He also stressed the importance of education after high school and that there are scholarship opportunities for students to further their education. The students asked questions about the process of opening an account and other areas involved in banking.
Brad Christian recently read to a group of first graders at Turner County Elementary School in Ashburn. Brad read “What Pet Should I Get” by Dr. Seuss. February 29-March 4 is Dr. Seuss Week and Turner County Elementary has asked various members of the community to read to each class. After the reading, the class went outside to release balloons into the sky and sing “Happy Birthday” to Dr. Seuss.