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Southern Bank Names Community Bank of the Year By: Southern Bank For Immediate Release: December 18, 2013 Poplar Bluff, MO -- / Media Contact: Laura Moffitt/ 573-718-1863 Southern Bank named its Batesville location as its Community Bank of the Year for 2013. The announcement was made at Southern Bank’s annual employee Christmas party, held December 14, 2013. “This award is very prestigious and sought after within our organization. We analyze all aspects of our branches and make the determination based on a number of criteria. It is often very close, and this year, Batesville was our most deserving branch”, stated Greg Steffens, President and CEO of Southern Bank. The Community Bank of the Year Award is determined by a number of factors, but much weight is given to the dedication of the staff to outstanding customer service, loan originations and deposit growth, a strong commitment to giving back to the communities that they serve and the overall quality of banking standards and practices. Lee DeBerry, Community Bank President for the Batesville market, commented, “We are thrilled to be chosen as Community Bank of the Year. We work very hard, all year long. It is very fulfilling to be recognized for our efforts.” Julie Allender, Customer Service Manager for Southern Bank’s Batesville market added, “This award not only gives my staff bragging rights for the next year, but it also reinforces that we work for a great organization that values our contributions.” Southern Bank is a subsidiary of Southern Missouri Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:SMBC). Southern Bank currently has 22 branches that service Northern Arkansas and Southern Missouri. In November, Southern Bank announced that they have agreed to acquire Citizens State Bank in Bald Knob, Arkansas. The Batesville branch is located at 1583 St. Louis Street, Batesville, Arkansas.