Thursday, April 2, 2009
New bank opens in Barton
By SUE WATSON
The clouds held back their rain Friday at noon in Barton for the grand opening of the First Security Bank branch office.
An estimated 150 members of the banking and business community, as well as local friends and customers turned out for a warm reception, ribbon-cutting ceremony and fish fry.
The First Security Bank branch opened February 26 at the intersection of Highways 302 and 309. The Barton branch of First Security Bank is the most recent of 14 to open, which include branches in Tunica, Robinsonville, Sardis, Hernando, Como, Crenshaw, Marks, Olive Branch and Batesville, according to bank president Frank West of Batesville.
First Security Bank opened in 1951 in Batesville and expanded to DeSoto County in 1995.
West is proud of his Barton bank officers – Tammy Cupp, branch president; Stacey Miller, loan assistant; Susie Dobson, customer service; and Christy Richie, head teller.
“We’re real proud of the reception we’ve received so far and we are ready to serve the community and to be a part of the community,” West said. “I think we’ve assembled an exceptional staff and we look forward to growing with the community and to being a part of the community.
“We’ve learned through the years the most important thing about banking is the people and we feel we have assembled a good team.”
He expressed gratitude to Century Construction of Tupelo for a good building, constructed professionally and more quickly and economically than any other previous branch banks First Security has built.
Episcopal priest Bruce McMillan provided the invocation and blessing for the new branch, saying, “We see this as a sign of hope to a troubled larger (worldwide) institution. May it be a beacon in the community for generations to come based on honesty, integrity, and service bound by grace, efficiency and good will.”
As a part of the day’s festivities, First Security Bank of Barton drew tickets for cash winnings - $302 at 3:09 p.m. and $309 at 3:02 p.m. The winners will be announced soon.
West said he thinks the drawing to be both interesting and significant since the bank is situated at the intersection of the two highways at Barton.
Catfish lunch was prepared by Marshall County Sheriff Kenny Dickerson and his crew.
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