Mineral County residents will soon be saying good-bye to their local Bank of America in Hawthorne and saying hello to Washington Federal.

The local bank which has changed hands and names over its existence in Hawthorne will officially become Washington Federal in early May. Account holders will be notified by mail of the exact date.

In a statement sent out by Federal, Chairman, President & CEO Roy M. Whitehead commented, “We enthusiastically welcome all new employees and customers joining us b virtue of this agreement. When completed, the transaction will represent a significant enhancement of our branch network in Arizona and Nevada.”