Employees of First Southern Bank donated $7,500 to both Hospice of Southern Illinois and CASA of Williamson County earlier this month.

The funds were raised by First Southern Bank employees throughout the past year as part of a special service project called "Employees Caring for Our Community." Over the past 28 months, $34,000 has been donated to Hospice and CASA.

First Southern Bank is a locally owned and operated community bank with 15 locations in Marion, Carbondale, Murphysboro, Carterville, Herrin, Creal Springs, Carrier Mills, Eldorado, Grand Tower and Royalton.

— The Southern