PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 September 30, 2013

                    SouthernTrust Bank Announces                        

Strategic Realignment of Services 

GOREVILLE, IL.  (September 30, 2013) – New, improved, and modified services coming soon to SouthernTrust Bank.

Current and future customers of SouthernTrust Bank can look forward to new, improved, and modified services through initiatives currently underway for electronic banking, communications, and physical branch services.  New services coming soon for electronic banking include Mobile Banking, Person to Person payments, and Mobile photo check deposit.   Additionally, SouthernTrust has ramped up its presence on social media including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Google+ so that interactions with customers are no longer limited by bank hours or branch locations.  The bank’s website will also be getting a facelift with easier site navigation.  Improved ATM services at the Lake of Egypt branch are also on the way with the ATM and night depository being relocated to a safer and more convenient location in front of the building and as an additional measure to enhance the safety of our employees, the Lake of Egypt facility will be converted to an ATM/Night Depository only facility.  All of these initiatives are anticipated to be complete by year end.

The bank’s President and CEO Gary Boblett stated that “SouthernTrust is committed to being the best at providing personalized and convenient customer service, whether that service is provided thru electronic channels, face to face at one of our convenient locations, or at a customer’s kitchen table or out in the field.  The changes in service are part of our effort to enhance efficiencies and realign delivery channels.  We also want to ensure the continued safety of our employees, particularly at our Lake of Egypt facility where local law enforcement has expressed concerns for robbery due to its location”.

About SouthernTrust Bank:

SouthernTrust Bank offers conveniently located branches in Goreville and Vienna, Illinois and is a community bank focused on providing exceptional customer service.  Its mission is to exceed customer expectations while providing safe and sound community banking.

To learn more about SouthernTrust Bank please visit us on Facebook or at www.southerntrustbank.com