Arkansas Corporation Buys Liberty Bank

A bank franchise with a branch in Joplin has been sold. A press release issued this morning says Simmons First National Corporation, based in Arkansas, is buying the Springfield-based Liberty Bancshares - which operates in this area as Liberty Bank - for just under $207-million. Liberty Chairman and CEO Gary Metzger tells News Talk KZRG employees' jobs won't be affected, and calls this a "win, win, win" situation.