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Tears mix with smiles at FNB

Business was booming Saturday morning at the former First National Bank Main office in downtown Barnesville just hours after the bank was closed by the FDIC and its assets purchased by United Bank. Officers and personnel from both institutions were on hand to greet bank customers and reassure them that their deposits are safe and that their checks and ATM cards will work normally. The bank was staffed by the normal team of FNB employees. Among those on hand to greet customers were Jim Edwards, United Bank chief executive officer; Robbie Tenney, UB Barnesville division president; Bonnie Abbott, UB Barnesville division vice-president, Scott Tenney, UB Barnesville division vice-president; Scott Boggs, UB information systems manager; Rick Klepper, FNB vice-president; and Kathy Bates Anthony, veteran FNB officer with 27 years in the bank. ”We’re grateful. The FDIC could have closed the bank. United Bank saved us,” Anthony said. All FNB employee retirement 401K accounts are also intact. FNB stockholder Jim Granum was also at the bank. His father-in-law, the late John T. Middlebrooks, was a former FNB director. “I just came down here to see what I’ve lost,” Granum said. All FNB personnel will have the opportunity to apply for jobs at United Bank.

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