Regions Bank has been serving the residents of Clinton and Van Buren County since October of 1998 with its customer base dating back to 1946. Regions Bank in Clinton, formerly Clinton State Bank, received its charter from the State Banking Commissioner on Oct. 16, 1946. The bank was housed in the old Van Buren County Bank building on the northeast corner of the court square, with that building being currently occupied by Edward Jones Investments. In 1948, the bank built a new building on the southwest corner of the square, currently occupied by the Van Buren County Prosecutor’s Office. This building was used until they moved into the present building at 179 Elm Street on Jan. 24, 1966.


The original incorporators consisted of 25 men and women living in Van Buren County. Sitting on the first board of directors were Roy Lefler, C. M. Horton, Arthur Lewis, Homer Brown, and Howard Johnson.


With almost 75 years of service Clinton State Bank, now Regions, has seen a lot of changes in banking; from hand-posting checks to direct deposit and now internet and electronic banking. Banking procedures is not the only thing that has experienced changes or events over the years. As with all business downtown, the Regions bank building got to experience the Clinton flood firsthand in Dec. 1982. With the water getting over 6 feet inside the lobby, it soaked everything including safety deposit box contents and bank records. All of the equipment had to be cleaned or replaced.


Regions’ dedication to our community is not only displayed by the number of years in business, but also through its employees and their commitment to our community — not only as employees of the bank, but also as neighbors and friends. Regions and its employees are active in Meals on Wheels, financial education through our public schools, local athletics booster clubs, Cattlemen’s Association, 4H Foundation, Clinton School Wellness Committee, and the Van Buren County Literacy Council, among many other sponsorship and activities they help make happen.


The “360 approach” is a term one will come to know if they visit their local Region’s branch. Their “360 approach” is their everyday effort to inform and work with their customers to look at their total financial portfolio. Financial health is multifaceted and Regions’ experienced staff in Van Buren County, with 11 employees and over 150 years experience, will walk you through all the different aspects of your portfolio. This can be done through a number of their subsidiaries and services, Regions mortgage, insurance, investments, private wealth division, life insurance, fixed annuities, consumer loans, business loans, checking accounts, and savings accounts. It is the goal to make every customer feel at home and this effort starts at the top with its branch manager Carrie Ward, and can be felt throughout one’s experience, from the greeting at the door, to the individual time spent on every customer to make sure they receive the service they deserve and the product they need. Take time to visit you local Regions branch in historic downtown Clinton.