What if I have more than $250,000 in my accounts at Sherman County Bank (with three branches doing business as Howard County Bank)?
All deposit accounts have been transferred in their entirety to Heritage Bank,
based in Wood River, Nebraska. Due to the President’s Day holiday on
Monday, all former Sherman County Bank offices will reopen for normal business
hours on Tuesday, February 17th, as branches of Heritage Bank.
As an All-Deposit Transfer transaction, the total of all deposit accounts,
whether within FDIC insurance limits or not, have been assumed by Heritage Bank
and will be available for business as usual.
I have been advised there is a hold on my account. What does that mean?
It is possible a depositor’s account was held due to delinquent
loans where the depositor is the borrower or guarantor. Additionally,
any account pledged as collateral for a loan will continue to be held.
A letter will be sent informing you of any holds placed by the FDIC,
along with instructions on how to proceed. If you have any questions
regarding these holds, please call your loan officer or the FDIC at
the number provided in the letter.
Can I continue to write checks or use my ATM/Debit card?
You will be able to continue using your personal checks at this time, and
your ATM/Debit card will continue to work. The ATM machine will be unavailable
for a short period of time on Friday for processing; however, it will be
operational shortly after that is accomplished and will be available as usual.
I am a deposit broker or I have brokered deposits. What do I need to do?
As an All-Deposit Transfer transaction, the total of all deposit
accounts, including brokered deposits, have been assumed by Heritage
Bank. Be advised, however, that from and after the date of closing,
the Heritage Bank will accrue and pay interest on deposit liabilities
at a rate it shall determine; accordingly, the Heritage Bank shall
permit depositors, including brokered depositors, impacted by reduced
rates to withdraw their deposits without penalty for early withdrawal.
A merchant will not honor my check. What can I do?
A copy of this document or the press
can be provided since both documents state all deposits
have been transferred to Heritage Bank, and it is business
Copies of this
press release will be available at the former Sherman County
Bank branches. Depositors or merchants can also call the FDIC
at 1-800-823-5346 or the
former Sherman County Bank branches.
How do I claim my account(s)?
Your account(s) has already been transferred to Heritage Bank, and your
account(s) will be handled as usual. Any withdrawal, renewal or additional
deposits will “claim” your account. Please be advised that
if there is no activity in your account in the next 18 months, that money
will be turned over to your state as unclaimed property. Unclaimed property
can be located by visiting www.missingmoney.com or contacting your state
treasurer ’s office or office of unclaimed property.
How does this failure affect me?
All deposits (both insured and uninsured) of Sherman County Bank have
been transferred to Heritage Bank, and it will be business as usual. If
you held an account at Sherman County Bank, you now have an account at
Heritage Bank that is available to you at your former Sherman County Bank
branches during regular business hours.
If you had a loan with Sherman County Bank, please continue
to make your payments to the same address as you have in the past until
you are instructed otherwise. Continue to make your checks payable to Sherman
The former Sherman County Bank locations will reopen for normal
business hours on Tuesday, February 17th. You will have continued
access to your money through your ATM/debit card and by writing
Can Sherman County Bank customers use Heritage Bank branches?
No, not at this time. During the transition of Sherman County
Bank records to Heritage Bank systems, Sherman County Bank
customers should continue to conduct their banking business
at former Sherman County Bank branches. You will be notified
when you can use Heritage Bank branches.
Similarly, existing Heritage Bank customers cannot use former
Sherman County Bank branches and should continue to conduct
their business at Heritage Bank branches.
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 transferred accounts will be separately insured for at least
six months after the merger. This grace period gives a depositor
the opportunity to restructure his or her accounts, if necessary.
CDs from the assumed 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.
What will happen to my direct deposits?
Direct Deposits will continue as normal, including Social Security checks.
If you need to change anything in the future, please contact or visit your
former Sherman County Bank branch location to make those arrangements.
Will I incur an early withdrawal penalty if I close my CD before
No. 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.
How will I get my final account statement(s) from Sherman County
You will receive your account statements at the same time you have received
them in the past.
Will I continue to earn interest at the same rate?
All interest on insured deposits accrued through Friday, February 13,
will be paid at your same rate. Heritage Bank will be reviewing
rates and will provide further information soon.
Can I cash my interest check or cashier's check?
Interest checks and cashier's checks will continue to clear.
Why doesn’t my Internet connection to Sherman County Bank
The bank website will be available for regular transactions on Saturday,
What if I have an Individual Retirement Account (IRA)? Will my savings
still be insured?
Yes, all deposits, including IRAs have been transferred in their
entirety to Heritage Bank. IRA funds are insured separately from
other types of accounts up to $250,000.
If you close your IRA before maturity, you have 60 days to roll this over into
another retirement vehicle. You should consult IRS Publication 590 and/or your
tax advisor concerning the possible tax consequences of such distribution. IRS
Publication 590 may be obtained by contacting your local IRS office or via the
Internet at www.irs.gov.
Will I lose anything on my deposit account?
No. All accounts have been transferred in their entirety to Heritage
Bank and will be available starting on Tuesday, February 17th.
What will happen to the checks which have not cleared my account?
Checks drawn on Sherman County Bank that did not clear before Friday,
February 13, will be honored up to your available balance.
What if I need information regarding my account during the time
Sherman County Bank was in business?
Please contact a representative of your new bank at your former Sherman
County Bank branch location to obtain a copy of any records you may need
or visit your branch.
Who will send my 1098 and/or 1099 information after the end of the year?
Heritage Bank will be responsible for mailing your 1099 tax information.
Your 1098 reporting will be done by the FDIC or the servicer of your loan.
You will be notified of any changes in ownership or servicing of your loan.
Will I collect my uninsured deposits?
All deposits have been transferred in their entirety to Heritage
Bank; therefore, there are no uninsured deposits.
Can funds be wired to me?
Please contact your former Sherman County Bank branch location to obtain information
regarding your wire request.
Will my automatic transaction payment still occur on its assigned
You should experience no disruption in this service. We encourage you
to check your bank account the day after your scheduled draft to verify
the transaction. If the transaction did not occur, please notify your loan
officer and we will research your loan.
Will construction draws continue? Will my project be completed?
Each loan is being reviewed independently, and you should direct your
questions to your loan officer. These will be determined on a case-by-case
Will my subcontractors be paid as before?
Each loan is being reviewed independently and will be determined on a
case-by-case basis. You should direct your questions to your loan officer.
Will you continue to pay my escrows?
All services previously performed related to your loan will continue.
Should you receive notification that any portion of your taxes or insurance
were not paid, please notify your loan officer immediately.
Are there any changes to fees or charges due to this event?
No. The current fee structure will remain the same.
Who is my lender and has my loan contact changed?
Your loan is currently owned by the FDIC Receivership and is being serviced
by all of the same personnel with whom you have worked in the past. All
prior contacts remain the same.
Will my loan be sold?
Your loan may be sold at a future undetermined date. If that occurs,
you will be notified in advance through written correspondence.
If you are concerned about whom your future lender or servicer will be,
have the right to independently refinance your loan with
Can I continue to perform advances on my line of credit? I need money
to buy feed for my livestock or other needs.
All lines of credit, including Home Equity Lines of Credit (HELOCs), have
been suspended at this time and have been retained by the FDIC Receivership.
It is our intention to sell your loan. The Receiver is not a bank. We have
the ability to fund some short-term needs if in the best interest of the
Receiver, but any funding and issuance of a check is not immediate. We
encourage you to seek financing from another bank. They will be able to
better serve your needs on an ongoing basis. You may contact Heritage Bank
at your old Sherman County Bank Location to discuss establishing a borrowing
I have a loan currently in process. How is my loan impacted?
Please contact your loan officer directly.
Will my loan sweep be discontinued?
This will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Please contact your loan officer.
Will my overdraft line of credit continue to cover my overdrafts?
Yes. These lines have been transferred to Heritage Bank. Please contact
your new bank if you have additional questions regarding your accounts.
How and where do I make my payments?
You should continue to make your payments as agreed. Make checks payable
to Sherman County Bank and utilize the same payment address information.
You may continue to make your payments at the branch or by phone
via check or credit card.
If I refinance with another lender, will my pre-payment penalty be
Any pre-payment penalties will be waived as long as FDIC as Receiver is
in control of the loan, and the borrower refinances the outstanding balance
with another financial institution.
What will happen to my SBA/FSA loan application in process?
The FDIC as Receiver for Sherman County Bank will not be originating any
If your loan has been approved by the SBA/FSA, but is not yet funded,
please contact your loan officer. He will direct you to the proper SBA/FSA
contact to help you locate another approved lender.
If your loan is in process, but is not yet approved by the SBA/FSA,
we will release your SBA/FSA package on file with us to you, and you will
need to apply with another SBA/FSA-approved lender. Please contact your
loan officer to make arrangements to retrieve your application from the
What will happen to my loan?
Each loan is currently being reviewed independently to determine the best
action for that individual loan. If you are concerned about whom your future
lender or servicer may be, you have the right to independently refinance
your loan with another lender.
Since the FDIC Receivership now owns the loans and some borrowers are facing
financial difficulty, will you foreclose on properties?
At this point, we have suspended all foreclosure actions in order to properly
evaluate the loans and the borrower’s ability to repay. It is our
intention to sell all loans, and it will be up to the new owner to determine
the best method of collection on the loan. There may be instances where
will continue with the foreclosure process, but this will be done on a
Why do all deposits, insured and uninsured, pass is 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 is for the FDIC to transfer only the insured deposits in a merger
transaction. The FDIC is only able to transfer all deposits if the uninsured
amounts are covered by the premium. The FDIC has been able to transfer
all deposits in about 25% of the failures over the past 15 years.
How can I find out more about Federal Deposit Insurance rules?
You may access our website, which contains deposit insurance information and
an Electronic Deposit Insurance Estimator (EDIE):
You may also order any FDIC publication:
|FDIC Public Information Center
3501 North Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22226
I represent a TV/Newspaper/Radio and would like some information.
Please contact the Office of Public Affairs:
Is the new bank insured by the FDIC?
Yes. Your deposit at Heritage Bank is insured by the FDIC, and each depositor
is insured to at least $250,000, as established by law.
How can I claim the contents of my safe deposit box?
It is business as usual. You may go to your branch and access your safe
deposit box or make appointments by calling your former Sherman County Bank
I am a shareholder. What happens to my shares?
The Sherman County Bank had no publicly owned stock. Equity shareholders
were invested in the holding company, Sherman County Management, Inc., and
not in the bank. Please do not file a claim with the receiver, rather contact
the holding company with any questions you may have.
I did some work for Sherman County Bank and have not yet been paid.
What should I do?
Please send your bills to the following address:
|FDIC as Receiver for Sherman County Bank
1601 Bryan Street
Dallas, TX 75201
What happened, why did the bank fail?
Sherman County Bank, Loup City, NE was closed Friday, February 13, by the
Nebraska Department of Banking & Finance. Subsequently, the Federal
Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) was appointed Receiver. According
to regulatory policy, there is no advance notice given to the public.
Please see the Nebraska Department of Banking & Finance press release
for more information.
The good news is that no one lost any deposits as a result
of the closure of Sherman County Bank. To protect depositors, the FDIC
Board of Directors approved the assumption of ALL of Sherman County Bank’s
deposits by Heritage Bank, headquartered in Wood River, Nebraska.
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