Brad Tidwell, president and chief executive officer of Citizens National Bank, announced the purchase of White Oak State Bank from First White Oak Banc Shares, Inc. has been finalized.
White Oak State Bank's main location is in White Oak, with a full service branch in Longview. The transaction was approved by the boards of both banks and has received regulatory approval. White Oak State Bank will continue to operate under its present name until the official conversion in February, when the Citizens National Bank signs will be replaced. Citizens National Bank is a locally-owned, independent community bank based in Henderson, and has been serving East Texas since 1930.
“This is an exciting time for Citizens National Bank and we are proud to have acquired such an outstanding bank,” Tidwell said in a statement. “Our plan is to continue with the excellent service the officers and employees of White Oak State Bank have offered for the last 40 years.
“This acquisition gives CNB a tremendous opportunity to continue to expand our presence in Gregg County. With the recent opening of our new convenience center and drive-thru in downtown Longview, CNB will now have six full- service Gregg County locations to better serve this dynamic community.”
Citizens National Bank is a $940 million independent community bank with 19 locations across East and Central Texas. It provides commercial, consumer, investment, insurance and mortgage products.
Honor Awards were given to Liberty Hall in downtown Tyler and Cardiovascular Associates of East Texas. FRESH by Brookshire's was recognized as a Merit Award project; and Spring Hill High School and North Elementary in Hallsville were selected to receive a Citation Award.
Butler Architectural Group of Tyler was the architect for the renovation of Liberty Hall. The project was developed as a public/private partnership between the city of Tyler and the East Texas Symphony Organization. Fitzpatrick Architects of Tyler designed Cardiovascular Associates of East Texas and FRESH by Brookshire's. Thacker Davis Architects of Longview designed North Elementary for Hallsville ISD and Spring Hill High School for Spring Hill ISD. The Northeast Texas American Institute of Architects chapter awards program also recognized projects that have not been constructed, including the Boy's and Girl's Club of Walker County designed by Fitzpatrick Architects.
“We're excited to take home our fourth Franchise of the Year award and proud of our hard-working staff who made this possible,” Bedgood said.
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Dr. Donepudi earned her medical degree from Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Belgaum, Karnataka, India. She completed her internship and residency in diagnostic radiology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine, Little Rock. She received fellowship training in neuroradiology at Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, N.C. She is board certified in diagnostic radiology by the American Board of Radiology.
More than 70 banks and credit unions are Prime Partners and directly benefit the funding of civil legal services in Texas communities. Prime Partner banks voluntarily pay higher interest rates on IOLTA accounts, helping close the gap in legal services funding. The foundation recognized 13 banks, including Lindale State Bank, that have participated in this program since its inception more than five years ago with the Prime Partners in Justice Award. For more, visit www.teajf.org.
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In 2011, East Texas experienced the largest-scale timber losses in its history. Prescribed burning is a tool used by natural resource managers to help maintain healthy ecosystems, improve wildlife habitat and mitigate hazardous vegetation, Wildland Urban Interface Specialist Jared Karns said in a prepared statement. To apply for a grant, landowners must submit a prescribed burn plan, a map of the area to be burned showing its proximity to national forest land and the physical address of the burn unit. Those approved can be reimbursed up to $30 per acre. Visit the “Protect Your Community” tab at texasfirewise.org. The deadline is Dec. 14.
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