Hancock Bank To Build Community Center In Waveland

WAVELAND (WLOX) -- It's another major sign that Waveland is bouncing back from Katrina. Hancock Bank's Waveland Branch held a grand opening Thursday for its new building on Highway 90.

Up until now the Waveland branch operated out of a modular unit. The 4,000 square foot full service bank has four teller stations and four drive through lanes.

Right next to the building sits what will be called the Leo W Seal Jr. Community Center. Bank officials surprised Mr. Seal, the long time president of Hancock Bank, with that honor Thursday evening.

"It's a community center for our community. We have different non-profit organizations that are needing a place to meet. The normal big convention rooms and conference rooms are no longer in Waveland, and this is just one way for them to be able to come together and meet. We built this for the community, for non-profit and general types of organizations to come in and be able to reserve the room and to use it to meet," said Hancock Bank's Senior Vice-President, John Baxter.

Hancock Bank was founded in 1899 in Bay Saint Louis. The bank operates 164 banking and financial services in four states.