Folks who picked up a copy of the Pickens County Herald's July 29, 1944 issue read about a wide range of news. There were stories about FDR's nomination for his fourth term as president of the United States, the construction of new stables across from the railroad depot in Reform and the announcement of Unity Grove's annual camp meeting in Palmetto.
But the largest headline that day was "Reform Opens New Bank." Articles invited readers to visit the bank on its opening day, July 29.
Seventy-five years later, that bank, which was called Bank of Reform, has a different name but is still proud to call Pickens County home. West Alabama Bank now has 13 offices with 172 employees. The bank has assets totaling $625 million -- quite a change from $507,000 in assets with which the bank opened its doors back in 1944.
See complete story in the Pickens County Herald.