News and Events

Attention Mobile Banking Users

Coming soon! The new PS&L Mobile App

March 22, 2023 

On March 30th, Pickens Savings & Loan’s mobile app will be upgraded from the Touchbanking App to the PS&L Mobile App. Existing mobile banking customers will be prompted to download the new app in their phone’s app store. You will be able to login using your existing online banking username and password.

If you have any questions, please contact a member of our Customer Service Team by calling (864) 878-2444 or emailing us at, and they will be happy to assist you!

Executive VP, Lauren Murphy Retiring


September 17, 2021

Lauren MurphyIt is with mixed emotions that we announce the retirement of Lauren Murphy, Executive Vice President and Loan Department Manager of Pickens Savings & Loan. In her 14 years with us, Lauren has provided wisdom, leadership, and compassion. She will be greatly missed but has made a lasting difference in the lives of her coworkers, customers, and the Pickens community. Please join us in extending best wishes to Lauren Murphy as she starts a new chapter in her life. On behalf of the PS&L staff, we are going to miss you, Lauren! We have been privileged to work alongside you and to share your friendship. Your kind heart, generosity, and quick wit will be greatly missed. You are a cherished part of our family and always will be! Enjoy your retirement!

Reopening Our Lobbies

Lobbies will be open on Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Reopening Procedures

On Tuesday September 8th we will reopen our lobbies. We ask that customers please be patient and continue to practice social distancing when you visit us. Below are a few suggested guidelines to follow as we continue to protect both our customers and our employees from COVID-19.

Reopening Guidelines:

  • We suggest that you please wear a mask if you have one.
  • Please make an appointment with our Loan Department if you need to speak to a Loan Officer. Our goal is to limit the number of customers in the Loan Department lobby to two.
  • Please make an appointment if you need to meet with one of our Customer Service Representatives. Our goal is to limit the number of customers in the main lobby to four.
  • At our Six Mile Branch, please make an appointment if you need to meet with one of our Customer Service Representatives. Our goal is to limit the number of customers in the Six Mile Branch office to two.

If you have any questions please contact us via email at or call us at 864-878-2444.                

Pickens Office Hours Update

Closing Early Every Wednesday

April 2, 2020

In a continued effort to meet the needs of our customers and employees during these challenging times, we will close the Pickens Office at 1:30 every Wednesday until further notice. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 864-878-2444.


New Preventative Measures Due to the Coronavirus Outbreak

March 23, 2020 

During the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak, we have made changes to our everyday banking procedures to protect the health and safety of our staff and customers. Please click the link below to learn more about the preventative measures we are taking.

Coronavirus Information

Grand Opening of our Six Mile Branch

Six Mile Branch is now open! 

November 26, 2019

On Friday, November 22 2019, Pickens Savings and Loan celebrated the Grand Opening of our new Six Mile Branch. Attendees included customers, employees, Board of Directors, Six Mile Chamber of Commerce and Six Mile City Council Members. Thank you to all who supported us on this special day.

Click here to see more pictures from our Grand Opening. 


Six Mile Bank

Six Mile Branch Update

Six Mile Here We Come!

October 29, 2019 

As of November 18, 2019, Pickens Savings & Loan will officially open their first branch office in Six Mile, SC. We are very excited to have the opportunity to serve the Six Mile Community, and we are looking forward to getting to know our new customers! On behalf of everyone at Pickens Savings & Loan, we would like to welcome the staff and customers of Select Bank & Trust in Six Mile to our Pickens Savings & Loan family!

Please click here for more information on the Six Mile Branch conversion from Select Bank & Trust to Pickens Savings & Loan.

New Branch Opening in Six Mile, South Carolina 

Pickens Savings and Loan will be expanding by opening a second location in Six Mile.   

June 13, 2019 

We are excited to announce that Pickens Savings and Loan will be expanding by opening a branch office in Six Mile. After months of planning, the current Select Bank and Trust branch office located at 115 North Main Street in Six Mile, will become the home of Pickens Savings and Loan’s 2nd location. Our plans are to have the new branch opened by the end of this year. We are looking forward to this opportunity to better serve our friends and neighbors in the Six Mile area.


Bank Picture

Welcome, Harold Alexander, New Senior Vice President

Harold Alexander has joined the Pickens Savings and Loan team as our new Senior Vice President.   

June 13, 2019 

It is our pleasure to announce that Harold Alexander has joined the Pickens Savings & Loan family as our new Senior Vice President. Harold has over 19 years of experience in the banking industry. His knowledge and passion for helping others will make him a great asset to our lending team. Join us in welcoming Harold to Pickens Savings & Loan.



Readers Choice Award Winner for Best Bank

Pickens Savings and Loan wins the Pickens County Courier Readers Choice award for the Best Bank in Pickens County.  

May 30, 2019

Thank you to the reader's of the Pickens County Courier for voting Pickens Savings and Loan the Best Bank in Pickens County. We are so grateful that we have been able to serve such a great community for 99 years! We will continue to help improve our community by providing reliable, customer-focused banking and loan services in the years to come.


Rod and Lauren

2019 Fitness Challenge is Under Way 

Participating PS&L employees are kicking off National Nutrition Month with our Annual Fitness Challenge 

March 13, 2019 

Pickens Savings and Loan’s participating employees are kicking off National Nutrition Month with our Annual Fitness Challenge. We first implemented a Fitness Challenge in 2017, and it has been a huge hit with the employees. Physical activity and good nutrition can impact your daily life in a positive way. At Pickens Savings and Loan we want to promote overall health because of the significant benefits it has in the work place. By encouraging and promoting a healthy workforce, we can help improve productivity, performance, staff morale and employee engagement.

For this year’s Fitness Challenge, we will give our employees a monthly calendar that list daily fitness challenges. Each challenge completed is worth points. There will also be surprise team challenges (Survivor style), where teams will go head to head in competitions. We have divided the employees into teams this year to help with accountability and to make the challenges more exciting. Each month the challenges will include the categories of physical activity, eating healthy, and emotional health. We recognize emotional health is just as important as physical and nutritional health for productivity in the workplace. The way employees think, feel, and behave can impact everything.

We are so excited to start focusing on eating healthier, being more physically active and taking care of our emotional health. Stay tuned on our Facebook page for announcements and updates throughout the Challenge. 

New President and CEO Rod Gettys  

Rod Gettys appointed as new President and CEO of Pickens Savings and Loan

January 15, 2019

We are excited to announce that our Board of Directors has promoted Rod Gettys to be the new President and CEO of Pickens Savings and Loan! Rod has served as a Senior Vice President and as an Executive Vice President since joining our PS&L family in 2012. His appointment to President and CEO following Alex Gettys retirement came as no surprise to anyone as Rod’s knowledge of the banking industry and strong interpersonal skills make him a natural leader. He is a valuable source of information and is always willing to go to great lengths to help anyone in any way that he can. We are very thankful to have Rod as our new President and CEO. We know he will do great things for the future of PS&L!


Rod Gettys


Alex Gettys Retiring as President and CEO  

Long-time Pickens Savings and Loan President and CEO retires.  

January 10, 2019

It is with mixed emotions that we announce the retirement of Alex Gettys, President and CEO of Pickens Savings and Loan. Alex has provided us with 25 years of outstanding leadership and devoted service. Thankfully for us, Alex will remain involved with the bank in a part-time capacity. He will also serve as the Vice Chairman of our Board of Directors.

On behalf of the PS&L staff, thank you Alex! You are one of a kind and we appreciate your supportive and kind nature. You never fail to put a smile on our face. You have the biggest heart for people in this community and always go above and beyond for those in need. Thank you for caring about us, our families and for loving PS&L! Enjoy your retirement!


Alex Gettys Retirement


South Carolina Bankers Association Scholarship

Tessa Dunaway receives 2018 SCBA Scholarship 

May 23, 2018

The South Carolina Bankers Association held their annual scholarship award event on May 22, 2018. We would like to congratulate Tessa Dunaway, daughter of Susan Barkley, for receiving the SCBA scholarship for the second time. The SCBA offers scholarships to eligible children of bank employees to demonstrate both its appreciation to member banks and their employees. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been awarded over the years to deserving students. We are so proud of Tessa, keep up the good work! 

Tessa SCBA 2018


98th Anniversary Special Offer

Pickens Savings and Loan is Celebrating 98 Years of Business!

May 14, 2018


2018 Fitness Challenge 

Pickens Savings and Loan employees kick off National Nutrition Month with a three month fitness challenge

March 8, 2018

March is National Nutrition Month. National Nutrition Month is an educational campaign that is focused on the significance of eating nutritional meals and being physically active. Taking charge of your health contributes to overall well-being! Maintaining a healthy weight reduces risks of chronic illness such as heart disease and diabetes. At Pickens Savings and Loan, we realize the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and therefore wanted to challenge our employees to get active and eat healthy.

This is the 2nd year we have challenged our employees. In 2017, our employees were encouraged to participate in a fitness challenge that focused on miles and minutes walked in a day. The challenge lasted for 4 months and was such a success that we have decided to challenge our employees again this year.

In support of National Nutrition Month, this year’s challenge began on March 1, 2018. Our 2018 Fitness Challenge is a 3-month challenge that focuses on eating healthier and being more physically active. Participating employees will receive a fitness calendar for the months of March, April and May. Each calendar list a daily challenge with points that can be earned for completing the challenge. Some of the fitness challenges include walking a certain number of miles, drinking 64 oz. of water, eating low carb for the day, etc. At the end of each month a winner will be named and at the end of the Fitness Challenge in May we will name an overall Fitness Challenge Champion!

National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day 2017

Pickens Savings and Loan employees celebrate National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

December 15, 2017

Christmas 2017Today at Pickens Savings and Loan we held our annual employee Christmas breakfast. On this day we all get together and enjoy a delicious breakfast made by some of the employees. Since our employee Christmas breakfast aligned with National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day, we decided to take advantage of that and make our breakfast even more festive.

National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day is a day to dress in your most festive sweater and have some light hearted fun. If you were wondering how National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day came about, you are not the only ones, we had some questions about it as well. According to The Fact Site, National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day is a holiday started by a group of “ugly Christmas sweater fanatics” in 2011.

Ugly Christmas sweaters started way earlier than 2011 because they can be seen in classic Christmas movies such as National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. National Ugly Christmas Day is simply just a fun way to get in the holiday spirit and that is certainly what we did today at Pickens Savings and Loan.

If you would like to participate National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day is always celebrated on the third Friday of December each year. So, if you still have that embarrassing Christmas sweater that your family member gave to you 10 years ago, get it out of your closet, throw it on and get in the Christmas spirit!

Beware of Scams

Beware of text message and email "Phishing" and "Smishing" Scams

November 27, 2017

Phishing or Smishing scams are sent to you via either email or text message.  The message will appear to be from your bank and claims your account is locked or compromised.  In order to unlock or freeze the account, the unsuspecting victim is instructed to follow a link that asks for their personal information.

Please note that Pickens Savings and Loan will never contact you by text message, Facebook message, or email asking you to disclose your personal information.

Some security best practices to follow are:

  • Do not open links in unsolicited text messages or emails.
  • Do not call any unfamiliar telephone numbers listed in suspicious text messages or emails. 
  • Do not respond to any of these suspicious text messages or emails.

An Emoji Halloween

Pickens Savings and Loan employees dress up as emoji's

October 31, 2017

The employees at Pickens Savings and Loan had a blast celebrating this Halloween! For our theme this year the employees decided to dress up as their favorite emoji. Halloween was packed full of fun activities. The day started out with trick-or-treaters coming by to see us and the employees made sure they could catch a glance at all of the creative and adorable costumes. Throughout the day there was a lot of candy being consumed and not just from the trick-or-treaters. The PS&L emojis ended the day by participating in the Trick-or-Treat on Main Street event. The turnout for the event was amazing and it brought out the Halloween spirit in all of us. It was so exciting to see all of the trick-or-treaters dressed up in their costumes and their happy faces from receiving candy. Thank you to all who celebrated Halloween with us!

Emoji Costume picture Trick or Treat on Main 2017

Attention Mobile Banking Users

Older phones may soon be incompatible with the Touch Banking Mobile App

June 13, 2017

On June 25, 2017 a major security upgrade to our Mobile banking experience will require a phone that is capable of providing a secure connection.  On this date, only phones with either Android Kitkat (Level 20) and above or iPhones with iOS 8 and above will be compatible with mobile banking.  Support for older phones that do not meet these minimum requirements will be discontinued due to security issues.  This change ensures that the platform is secure, encrypted, and safe  from malicious attacks.

SCBA Awards Scholarship

 Tessa Dunaway receives South Carolina Bankers Association Scholarship

May 24, 2017


The South Carolina Bankers Association awarded $56,000 in scholarships to South Carolina college students on May 23, 2017. Fifty-six students from 18 S.C. institutions received Palmetto Scholarships during a reception in Columbia. Over the past three years alone, the SCBA has awarded $155,000 to S.C. undergraduates. Pictured above are many of the scholarship recipients, including Tessa Dunaway. Tessa is the daughter of Susan Barkley, our Vice President and HR/Deposits Manager, and is a junior at North Greenville University. Congratulations Tessa on receiving this scholarship!  

Pickens Chamber of Commerce Member of the Month

Pickens Savings and Loan Selected as Member of the Month

May 19, 2017

Pickens Savings and Loan would like to thank the Greater Pickens Chamber of Commerce for selecting us as the Chamber Member of the Month!  


New Look to Online Banking

Coming Soon! Upgraded Online Banking Experience

March 8, 2017

On March 27, 2017, Online Banking will be upgraded to a newly redesigned version.  The new Online Banking upgrade is an innovative solution that will enhance every aspect of our customers’ online banking experience.

From its intuitive user interface to its simplified navigation, improved information display and streamlined user workflow, the latest version of Online Banking delivers anytime, anywhere capability.   Through a responsive design, Online Banking will provide a consistent user experience through all devices regardless of screen size, resolution, and orientation.

Please click here to see a list of internet browsers that are compatible with the new Online Banking upgrade. 

Update Your Internet Browser

Updated Internet Browser Required for New Online Banking Changes

March 8, 2017

On March 27, 2017 a major upgrade to our online banking experience will require an updated internet browser.  On this date, only the following internet browsers will be compatible with online banking:

  • Internet Explorer, version 11
  • MS Edge
  • Chrome (current version)
  • Firefox (current version)
  • Safari, version 7.0+
  • Safari for iOS, version 7+

This requirement is necessary to provide a more safe and secure online banking experience for our customers.

National Wear Red Day

Pickens Savings and Loan Supports National Heart Association Day

February 3, 2017

Some of the employees at Pickens Savings and Loan are wearing their red colors today to raise awareness for National Wear Red Day. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute sought to fight against one of the number one deadly diseases of women, heart disease. They came up with National Wear Red Day to raise awareness of this fatal disease. 

The Move to .bank

Why did Pickens Savings and Loan change from .com to .BANK?

November 7, 2016

  • .Bank is directed by banking and security experts.
  • Websites that have a .Bank address have been stringently verified to be a legitimate website of the bank.
  • Emails sent from a .BANK address help ensure that email messages received really are from the Bank.
  • Stronger verification of domain-name approval.
  • Requires multifactor authentication for banks.
  • Stronger encryption standards for online communication between the institution and customer and within the institution itself.
  • Reduces website-hijacking.


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