Bank of the Ozarks (OZRK) is expanding across the South, but is sticking with its roots for the sign out front.

The Little Rock, Ark., company would gain 14 branches west of Charlotte, N.C., in its $67.8 million deal for First National Bank of Shelby announced last week. Bank of the Ozarks, with assets of $4 billion, has had a loan production office in the vicinity for more than a decade and has a branch in Wilmington.

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