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Members of the community stopped by Angel Medical Center on Monday night to wish CEO Jim Bross well during the next chapter of his life.

Bross announced his resignation of the hospital earlier this month after three years leading the facility.



Macon Bank, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Entegra Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: ENFC) (Entegra) has announced that it has entered into an agreement with Arthur State Bank to acquire two bank branches in Anderson and Chesnee, S.C. The two branches have approximately $42 million in deposits and $9 million in loans. Macon Bank will pay a deposit premium of approximately 2.87% as part of the deal.

“We are thrilled to announce the acquisition of these two branches as we continue to expand our franchise into upstate South Carolina said Roger Plemens, president and Chief Executive Officer of Entegra. “In addition to our soon to open Greenville branch, these branches will provide us with a stronger presence in the Upstate as we continue to execute upon our strategic priorities of seeking accretive acquisition opportunities, diversifying into higher growth contiguous markets, leveraging our capital, and positioning the Company for long-term independence.”


Angel Medical Center, under the strong leadership of Jim Bross has continued to grow, develop and significantly improve services and programs for Macon, Jackson, and Swain county communities. With these accomplishments and major projects successfully managed, Bross has decided to resign as president and CEO of Angel Medical Center (AMC), effective August 31.

“It has been an absolute honor to serve this community for three years,” said Bross. “The staff here has done great work to ensure our patients receive exceptional, compassionate care that our community can count on. I look forward to celebrating their success for years to come.”

During Bross’s tenure at Angel Medical Center, he has been very focused on the improvement and growth of existing clinical programs and adding services, providers and specialists to the AMC-Franklin campus and surrounding communities, making a significant impact.


The old Walmart property located at the Holly Springs Plaza was sold to the highest bidder last week.

“There were eight groups registered and approved for bidding,” said Sam Young, president of DTZ, the firm who handled the online auction. “All eight bidders were bidding early in the process, but once a certain price was hit, it narrowed down to three bidders for several rounds.”

Young noted that the final two bidders went back and forth for several rounds, causing the auction to exceed pricing expectations. Young could not yet confirm who won the winning bid, but noted that the information will be public once the deed is recorded. The starting bid on the 155,000 square foot property was set at $750,000. After the auction ended, the purchaser had two hours to submit the signed purchase contract, and closing is expected to occur 30 to 45 days from the auction end.


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