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October 2022

The Not-So-Scary Grayberry Spectacular 

We’re so happy that we had the chance to be a part of The Not-So-Scary Grayberry Spectacular!  There were so many amazing costumes and themes from everyone at the event.  We’re already looking forward to participating in this fun event next year!

A special thank you to Terry, Brandi, & Giselle for participating in this event.  The Candy Crush theme looked fantastic!  We really appreciate everything all of you do to represent MSB in our community!

Mr. Angel "Georgia Prize Pack" Winner 
Congratulations Carlton Gardner on winning the Georgia Prize Pack!!
Mr. Angel, the first English Bulldog to serve the University of Georgia as its mascot from 1944-1946. Mr. Angel’s hometown and where his statue resides in Eastman, GA is where our Eastman Branch is located.  We wanted to hold a giveaway for our customers, in which they would have the chance of winning our Georgia Prize Pack in honor of Mr. Angel.  The Prize Pack was full of goodies from all over the state of Georgia!   
Read more information regarding Mr. Angel's History        

Pictured above is Mell Merritt, our Gray Market President, and Carlton Gardner our winner. 

Reality Check: 
We had a wonderful time at the Reality Check event!  Milledgeville-Baldwin Chamber hosted the Reality Check event at the Georgia Military College Prep School for their 10th grade students.  The students pretended to be 25-year-old, some were married with children, and some were single, with monthly budget to work within.  The students then had to determine how much they were going to spend and budget accordingly.  Some of the different stations included Auto, Education, Utilities, Retail, Law & Order, Just for Fun, and etc. 

A special thank you to April & Claire for participating in this event.  We really appreciate everything both of you do to represent MSB in our community!

August 2022

 Bowling for Business 2022: 


Pictured above are a few of our Magnolia State Bank team members at the MBC Chamber of Commerce Annual Bowling for Business. We look forward to this event each year and its always a pleasure to spend time with our coworkers and other business leaders in our community. Also, a little friendly competition never hurt anyone!


Milledgeville Downtown First Friday: 

We had a great time at Milledgeville's First Friday this month!  We had a “Color A Classic” Contest to win a MSB goodie bag.  We had a ton of entries for the coloring contest.  We end up dividing all the entries into three different age bracket 1) 2 years - 5 years old, 2) 6 years - 8years old, and 3) 9 years & up. 

Our three winners from each bracket are:

2 years to 5 years – Winner: Annabell  

6 years to 8years – Winner: Addi (Pictured above)

9 years & up – Winner: Garrett                 

And a shout-out to Catelynn for taking the lead for this event. We couldn't do this without our amazing team!

July 2022

Magnolia Spotlight: Meet Our New Collection Assistant Tiffany Ward 


#MagnoliaSpotlight Magnolia State Bank is proud to announce that Tiffany Ward has been promoted to Collections Assistant.  Tiffany first started with Magnolia State Bank in September of 2015, since then everyday has been truly a delight to work alongside her.  She started out on the Teller line and then moved to Customer Service where she then gained more banking knowledge.  From there, Tiffany began assisting multiple departments.  She has continuously been an individual that has exceeded our expectations around every corner.  We’re extremely thankful to have a member like Tiffany to be a part of our MSB family. 

 Magnolia Spotlight: Meet Our New Branch Manager April Thompson 


#MagnoliaSpotlight Magnolia State Bank is proud to announce that April Thompson has been promoted to Branch Manager of the Milledgeville branch, located at 2451 N. Columbia Street. Ms. Thompson joined the bank in 2021 and in that brief period of time has proven to be a great asset to our institution. In her role as Branch Manager, Thompson will be responsible for overseeing and directing the overall performance of the branch, including attracting, expanding, and retaining client relationships, as well as consumer and small business lending.

March 2022

Happy St. Patrick's Day:These little leprechauns were running amok when we arrived at the bank! We caught them pouring out their pot of gold everywhere. There were coins in every little nook and cranny!  We know they will be back next year to cause as must chaos as possible.  Pictured above are some of our Magnolia State Bank team members, Tawnya Schmitt, Sarah Paul, and Greg McRee.

February 2022

 Visiting our Milledgeville Customers:

Milledgeville, Ga customers

We pop by a few of our customers place of business in the Milledgeville area on February 14th, to visit with them and see how they were doing.  At the same time, we delivered a special treat to each of them.  Pictured above representing Magnolia State Bank is Catelynn Duncan & Ariel Bowley.  Pictured above are a few of our customers from round the Milledgeville area from left to right; C&B Meat Market LLC, Bug House of Milledgeville, Fowler-Flemister Concrete Inc, Dr. Nazir with the Baldwin Medical Center (staff member), Twin Lakes Physical Therapy, PrimeCare Home Care Services Inc, and Castco Investment Group LLC.

 January 2022

 Magnolia State Bank's Appreciation Gift for Essential Workers: 

CRA - Law Enforcement

Magnolia State Bank presented the Dodge County/Eastman essential workers, from the Police, Fire, and Sheriff's Departments, with a gift consisting of The Butcher Block gift certificates on January 25th.  To show our appreciation for the outstanding job they do for everyone in our community.  Pictured above are our team members Becky Howell, Otis Goolsby, Jolene Carroll, Allen Long, and John Jessup.  The picture on the left is the Eastman Police department represented by officer Shawcroft, Josh King, Chief Becky Sheffield, Asst. Billy Cooper, Sargent Wesley Dyal.  The top right picture is the Fire department represented by Buddy Noles, mark Sheffield & Fire Chief Scotty Whitten.  The bottom right picture is the Sheriff's department represented by Sheriff Brian Robinson.


December 2021 

Christmas 2021:
Saver Squirrel Giveaway:

Saver Squirrel Winners 2021

Every year Magnolia State Bank holds a coloring contest, where the winners are given a special Christmas present.  The holiday season is all about giving back, so seeing a child's face light up when they receive a gift makes everything worthwhile.

Pictured above are the winners of our Saver Squirrel Nintendo Switch Lite giveaway. A winner was chosen in each of our market areas out of all of those who were entered into the drawing. The winners are Ryder Holt (Eastman), Kason J. Lumley (Gray), and (not pictured above) Cayden D. Juhan (Milledgeville). Congratulations and Merry Christmas! 


October 2021 

Halloween 2021:
Halloween 2021
Happy Halloween! Pictured above are some of our Magnolia State Bank team members that participated in our annual costume contest at each of our locations.  Top left is our Milledgeville location sporting an Atlanta Braves all-star team being led by Jesse Law. Top middle is our overall winner, Becky Howell, with the amazing costume of "The Claw" machine from Toy Story.  Top right is our Downtown Milledgeville showing their team spirit for the Georgia Bulldogs.  Bottom left is our Gray location where they're always busy as a bee.  The bottom right is our Eastman location where we had Jack from The Nightmare Before Christmas, an Iron Chef, a homeless man, Tyler the Creator, and Wednesday Addams. 
112th Anniversary Prize Winners:
In celebration of Magnolia State Bank's 112th Anniversary we held a giveaway for our customers to enter a drawing at the chance of winning a Traeger Pellet Grill or Fire Pit.  Also, if any child had a Saver Squirrel savings account, then you could enter the drawing for a Nintendo Switch Lite + Super Mario Bro. U Deluxe game prize.  For a customer to enter the drawing for these prizes all they had to do was visit one of our locations: Eastman, Gray and Milledgeville.

Pictured above are a few of our MSB employees with our prize winners (from left to right). Market President David Dyer with Mazi Simmons our winner of the Nintendo Switch Lite, Catelynn Duncan & Amber Johnson with Addie Pierce our winner of the Fire Pit, and President Jolene Carroll with Phillip Harrell our winner of the Traeger Pellet Grill! 
112th Anniversary Celebration:
Magnolia State Bank welcomes everyone to come join them in celebration of their 112th Anniversary at all of our locations.  We're looking forward to the next 112 years of serving our communities needs!

Pictured above are a few of our MSB employees (left to right). In the top left corner picture we have Catelynn Duncan, Kacey Underwood, and April Thompson.  In the top center left picture we have our Gray Market President Mell Merritt.  The top center right picture we have Otis Goolsby, Sherri Barber, Jolene Carroll, Corey McCarthy, Greg McRee, Allen Long Sarah Paul, Jamie Sheffield, Frederick Miller, and Ariel Bowley.  The top right corner we have Kelsea Willis, Chloe Kell, Terry Ramsey, and Mell Merritt.  In the bottom left corner we have Ariel Bowley.  In the bottom center we have Tatjana Thompson-Robards, Chloe Kell, Kelsea Willis, and Terry Ramsey.  Then in the bottom right corner we have Blair Portwood, De Cannon, Sandy Smith, Amber Johnson, David Dyer, Cheryl Underwood, and Tiffany Ward.       

Here are a few of our customers that stopped by to help celebrate our Anniversary with us!
112 Years in Business:

magnolia state bank anniversary celebration ad

September 2021 

Nikki Graham Memorial Scholarship:

ariel bowley giving check to woman

Magnolia State Bank sponsored a hole for the Nikki Graham memorial scholarship gold tournament. 

Bowling for Business 2021:
8 magnolia state bank employees take photo at bowling alley.

Pictured above are some of our Magnolia State Bank team members at the MBC Chamber of Commerce Annual Bowling for Business. We always enjoy being a part of this event each year and be able to spend time with other business community leaders.

April 2021 

Magnolia Spotlight: Meet Our New Head Teller Connie Jordan
Spotlight photo of Connie Jordan

#MagnoliaSpotlight Meet Connie! She's the new head teller at our Eastman Office. Ever since Connie joined our bank family, she has been an individual that will go above and beyond to help anyone that walks through our doors. She provides guidance to co-workers, who benefit from her 13 years of banking experience. We’re grateful to have a member like Connie be a part of our MSB family. #MagnoliaStateBank #BankLocal #CommunityBank  

December 2020

Bank of Eastman Name Change Letter

Magnolia State Bank's Christmas Gift for Essential Workers:
Christmas meals for essential workers at the sheriff department, fire department, and police department.

Magnolia State Bank presented Dodge County/Eastman essential workers, from the Sheriff, Police, and Fire Departments, a Christmas gift consisting of Shug’s BBQ gift certificates. Pictured above are our team members Jon Butler and Jamie Sheffield, along with the Eastman MSB Jr. Board of Directors.

W. L. Jessup Memorial Scholarship Winners for 2020:

Collage photo of the four junior board scholarship recipients.

The W. L. Jessup Memorial Scholarship Award has been instituted for more than 18 years at Magnolia State Bank, and was established in the memory of Mr. W. L. Jessup, one of our banks founding fathers. The scholarship was created to assist with the continuing education costs for those interested not only in our locally owned financial institution, but also for seniors who serve on the Magnolia State Bank's Junior Board of Directors. This award has been granted to more than 100 graduating seniors, and has substantially contributed to their paths for higher education.  This scholarship has been instrumental in helping form lives that contribute positively to local and surrounding communities.

Recipients this year were:  1st place Cayden Studstill, 2nd place Brayden Studstill, 3rd place Leslie Watson, 4th place MacKenzie Thomas.  These four not only held offices on the board but also led in several projects during the year.

Saver Squirrel Giveaway:

Saver Squirrel giveaways Christmas 2020

Magnolia State Bank holds a coloring contest each year, where the winners receive a wonderful Christmas gift. Christmas time is the season of giving and we can’t go without taking care of the little ones. Seeing smiles on kids’ faces when they get their gift makes it all worth it.

Pictured above are the winners of our Saver Squirrel bicycle giveaway. A winner was chosen in each of our market areas out of all of those who were entered into the drawing. The winners are Adam Smith (Eastman), Izabella Sharpe (Gray), and Cayden Juhan (Milledgeville). Congratulations and Merry Christmas!

Bowling for Business:
Bowling for Business December 2020

Pictured above are some of our Magnolia State Bank team members at the MBC Chamber of Commerce Annual Bowling for Business. It’s always a pleasure to unwind with coworkers and other business community leaders with a little friendly competition.

October 2020

Bras for a Cause:

bra with a note on it

Every October, The Brick in Milledgeville, GA holds their annual Bras for a Cause contest to raise money for Georgia Cancer Support during breast cancer awareness month. Each participant submits their own bra design, with some flair. Magnolia State Bank has had the honor of being the reigning Champ since 2017!

January 2020

100th Day of School:

man with several kids

The kids at Baldwin County’s Early Learning Center love to celebrate their 100th day of school! They took a special field trip to visit our Milledgeville Office and were able to cash in their 100 pennies for a cool, crisp dollar bill. It’s always great to see their smiling faces!

August 2019

Saver Squirrel:
2 picture collage of the Magnolia State Bank Saver Squirrel giving balloons to kids.

What better way to end a summer break than to have a Back to School Bash in downtown Milledgeville with Magnolia State Bank’s Saver Squirrel. Milledgeville Main Street was able to do just that to help the kids end their summer on a high note, plus they got to hang out with the Saver Squirrel!

July 2019

Back The Blue Cookout:
2 picture collage for July 2019 Back the Blue Cookout.

Our First Responders do so much for our community. Hosting a cookout to provide them with a good meal was the least we could do for them. It’s always an honor to give back to them when we can.

June 2019

Chamber Gala:
2 picture collage of 2019 Chamber Gala event.

Each year, the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce recognizes the Small Business of the Year, along with other notable community awards. In 2019, our very own Jordan Norville was named Chamber Ambassador of the Year for his volunteer work with the Chamber and the local business community.

Congratulations to Jordan Norville on being named Ambassador of the Year for the Milledgeville Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce. Jordan regularly attends Chamber functions and positively represents Magnolia State Bank. This is quite an honor, as there are over 20 Ambassadors involved in the program. Way to go Jordan! Also, shown in the picture is MSB Market President, David Dyer.

June 2019

Beach Bash:
2 picture collage of June 2019 Beach Bash community event.
Milledgeville Main Street’s annual Beach Bash brings a small taste of the beach to downtown Milledgeville.

May 2019

2019 Milledgeville Hometown Celebration:

plinko booth

If you’ve ever attended one of Milledgeville’s Hometown Celebrations, it was very likely that you stopped by our table and walked away with free stuff! It’s always a great event, with a turnout that grows every year. We have a blast with everyone who stops by, and love talking to members of the community!

January 2019

Reality Check:

four adults smile at camera

The Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce held their Reality Check 2019 event at Baldwin High School. Our very own, Jesse Law, was there to give the kids an idea of what to expect after graduating!

University of Georgia Mascot Buried at Magnolia State Bank Eastman Office:
Collage of Mr. Angel the UGA mascot

Mr. Angel, The first English Bulldog to serve the University of Georgia as its mascot.  Today, this type of bulldog has become one of the nation's most famous collegiate symbols with the continued use by the University of Georgia.
Click here for a deeper look into Mr. Angel's history 

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