2009-03-05 / Front Page

Community State Bank Breaks Ground Here

Hope to open in September
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

President of the Community State Bank of Orbisonia Board of Directors Emory "Sonny" Parsons Jr. turned over the first shovel of dirt last Thursday at 415 Fulton Drive, which will mark the financial institution's second branch location within Fulton County's borders. The new bank, which is being constructed by Rockwell Construction, will be open for business in September. President of the Community State Bank of Orbisonia Board of Directors Emory "Sonny" Parsons Jr. turned over the first shovel of dirt last Thursday at 415 Fulton Drive, which will mark the financial institution's second branch location within Fulton County's borders. The new bank, which is being constructed by Rockwell Construction, will be open for business in September. After several years of careful planning and deliberation, Community State Bank of Orbisonia finally came through last week with its promise of breaking ground for a second bank in Fulton County.

Gathered around Emory W. "Sonny" Parsons Jr., fellow members of the board of directors and bank officials as well as county business leaders witnessed the longtime bank chairman turn over the very first shovel of dirt Thursday, marking the official breaking of ground for the McConnellsburg branch office.

Those on hand at the 2 p.m. ceremony included directors Barbara Barlow, Linda Scott, Jessica Tice and Ramon Morgan; bank President and CEO Paul H. Yohn Jr.; proposed McConnellsburg branch manger Scott Knepper; and various branch executives. Excited to get under way after two years of planning, Craig Rockwell and Joe Sabol of Rockwell Construction, project general contractors, were also on site.

Located at 415 Fulton Drive in Ayr Township adjacent to Tri-State Community Heath Center, the new full-service bank with drive-through will follow the bank's standard brick facade, with the office layout resembling the Mount Union branch office. In addition to the main office in Orbisonia, branches are also located at Orbisonia, Waterfall, Saxton, Three Springs and Smithfield.

Groundbreaking had been set for late June or early July of 2008, but a minor snag along the way delayed the ceremony by several months. Hopeful that the move to open a new convenient location in McConnellsburg will relieve pressure currently experienced at their Waterfall office, bank executives remain upbeat that the merger of many local banking institutions may also result in new customers.

"We're going to continue offering our standard services plus the extras that give us our hometown feel," Yohn told the "News" last spring when the announcement first aired in May 2008 about the bank extending its reach further south into Fulton County. "We like to go out of the way for our customers. We don't want to just know your account number. We want to know your name and what services best suit your lifestyle."

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