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Question and Answer Guide
Bank of Hiawassee, Hiawassee, GA
FDIC Call Center
Toll free number 1-800-508-8289
Hours of Operation – Eastern Time
Friday, March 19, 2010:   Until 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 20, 2010:   9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 21, 2010:   Noon – 6:00 p.m.
Thereafter:   8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.


On Friday, March 19, 2010, Bank of Hiawassee, Hiawassee, GA was closed by the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) was then named Receiver. Subsequent to the closure, Citizens South Bank, Gastonia, NC acquired substantially all the deposits and assets of Bank of Hiawassee from the FDIC as Receiver for Bank of Hiawassee. Any claims by equity holders were not acquired. Share price does not trigger a bank closing and was not the reason for Bank of Hiawassee’s failure.

The total balance in your account(s) has been transferred to Citizens South Bank and will be available for transactions during regular business hours at the former Bank of Hiawassee branches (including those operated under the names "Bank of Blue Ridge" and "Bank of Blairsville").

You may continue to use your same checks, ATM cards and debit cards until notified.

All Direct Deposits, including Social Security checks, will continue as usual.


Account(s): What about my account with Bank of Hiawassee?

If you had an account with Bank of Hiawassee, you now have an account with Citizens South Bank, Gastonia, NC . All deposit accounts, which include checking, savings, money market, CDs and retirement accounts, have been transferred to Citizens South Bank, regardless of the dollar amount. No one lost any money on deposit in Bank of Hiawassee.

Customers of both banks should continue to use their existing branches until Citizens South Bank can fully integrate the deposit records of Bank of Hiawassee.

To forewarn you of any scams, please be advised that you will not receive any notification from the FDIC, the Receiver, or Citizens South Bank to provide any private information. Please be watchful for and resist any such scams to obtain information from you by individuals or entities purporting to act on behalf of Bank of Hiawassee, Citizens South Bank, or the FDIC.

ATM/debit card and/or Billpay: What about my ATM/debit card and/or bill paying with Bank of Hiawassee?

Your ATM/debit card will continue to work, and bill paying will work as it has in the past.

Brokered Deposits: I am a deposit broker or have brokered deposits. What do I do?


As an All-Deposit Transfer transaction, the total of all deposit accounts, excluding the Cede & Co. brokered deposits, have been assumed by Citizens South Bank. The FDIC retained the Cede & Co. brokered deposits and will pay those accounts off directly.

Be advised, however, that from and after the date of closing, Citizens South Bank will accrue and pay interest on deposit liabilities at a rate it shall determine; accordingly, Citizens South Bank shall permit depositors, including brokered depositors, impacted by reduced rates to withdraw their deposits without penalty for early withdrawal.

If you are a customer who has a Bank of Hiawassee deposit through a broker, you must contact your broker with any questions.

Direct Deposits - Government Deposits: What will happen to my direct deposits?

Direct Deposits, including Social Security checks, will continue as normal.

Existing Deposits at Citizens South Bank: I already have other deposit accounts with the new bank.  When combined with balances at this bank, my deposits exceed $250,000.  Are all funds insured?

The accounts transferred to Citizens South Bank will be separately insured for at least six months after the merger.  This grace period gives a depositor the opportunity to restructure the accounts, if necessary.

CDs from the failed bank are separately insured until the earliest maturity date after the end of the six-month grace period.

CDs that mature during the six-month period and are renewed for the same term and in the same dollar amount (either with or without accrued interest) continue to be separately insured until the first maturity date after the six-month period.

If a CD matures during the six-month grace period and is renewed on any other basis, it would be separately insured only until the end of the six-month grace period.

Interest Rates, Early Withdrawal Penalty: Will I continue to earn interest at the same rate?  Will I be charged an early withdrawal penalty?

Interest on all deposits accrued through Friday, March 19, 2010, will be paid at your same rate. Citizens South Bank will review rates and notify you if interest rates will change. Your interest rate may be reduced.

You may withdraw funds from any transferred account without an early withdrawal penalty until you enter into a new deposit agreement with your new bank. Entering into a new deposit agreement can be done by either renewing your CD or making a deposit to or a withdrawal from your account.

Loans/mortgages: What about my loan or mortgage with Bank of Hiawassee?

All mortgages and loans have been assumed by Citizens South Bank.  Your payment amount and due date are the same.  If you are having your payment deducted from your account, it will continue as it has in the past.  You should continue to make your checks payable to Bank of Hiawassee and send your payments to the same address.

Loans in Process: What happens if I had a loan in process that had not closed or a line of credit not fully funded?

You should contact your loan officer.  All prior contacts remain the same.

Media: I represent a TV/Newspaper/Radio and would like some information.

Please contact the Office of Public Affairs:

Greg Hernandez
1-202-898-6984
ghernandez@fdic.gov

Outstanding Checks: What about checks that I have written on my account with Bank of Hiawassee?

Your checks will clear up to the available balance in your account.  You can continue to use your existing checks.

Safe Deposit Boxes: How can I claim the contents of my safe deposit box?

It is business as usual.  You can go to your local branch and access your safe deposit box; however, no action on your part is required because of this transaction.

Shareholders: What about my shares of stock?

All shares of Bank of Hiawassee were owned by its holding company, Chatuge Bank Shares, Inc., Hiawassee, GA. The holding company was not included in the closing of the bank or the resulting receivership. If you are a shareholder of Chatuge Bank Shares, Inc., please do not contact or file a claim with the Receiver. You may contact Chatuge Bank Shares, Inc., directly for information as follows:

Chatuge Bank Shares, Inc.
20 South Main Street
Hiawassee, GA 30546
1-706-896-2243

Transaction Types: Why do all deposits, insured or not, pass in some transactions but not in others?

The FDIC is required by law to employ the least-cost resolution measure for each failed financial institution. The most frequent result had been for the FDIC to transfer only the insured deposits in a Purchase and Assumption transaction; however, the temporary increase in the deposit insurance limit has assisted in the transfer of all deposits more often in the past year.

Unpaid Bills: I did some work for the bank and have not been paid. What should I do?

All claims against Bank of Hiawassee, together with proof of the claims, must be submitted in writing to the Receiver at the following address:

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Receiver: Bank of Hiawassee
1601 Bryan Street
Dallas, TX  75201-3430
Attention: Claims Agent



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