First National Bank Holds Grand Opening

Thursday, December 26, 2013
Rodney Rouse, community bank president of First National Bank of Piggott, speaks during last week's ribbon cutting and open house at the new facility.

A ribbon cutting and open house were held Wednesday, Dec. 18 at the new First National Bank community branch in Piggott. The 4,200 square foot bank actually opened for business on Monday, Dec. 9.

The opening of the facility marked the conclusion of months of planning and construction. Luckily, favorable weather conditions helped contractors keep with the project timetable and the job was completed on time.

Piggott native Rodney Rouse is the community bank president, and works out of the local office. A longtime veteran of the banking industry, he indicated the new bank will work hard to become part of the community. "First National Bank is a part of the fabric of each community we serve, and Piggott is no exception," he explained. "We will be working hard to support our school, hospital, local businesses and charitable events to help improve the quality of life for those who have chosen Piggott as their home."

The Piggott Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Piggott location of First National Bank on Wednesday, Dec. 18. Chamber and city officials were joined by FNB owners, staff and administration, along with local business leaders and well-wishers, in officially opening the new bank. Handling the ribbon cutting was community branch president Rodney Rouse (with big scissors). (TD photo/Tim Blair)

In addition to Rouse the staff includes, Cole Baldwin as loan officer, Rhonda Phillips, Jonathan Wright and Fallon Winscott as customer service representatives and Joanna Ivy and Kortney Smart as tellers.

Following the ribbon cutting Rouse offered appreciation to the people who made the project possible, noting "it's a once in a lifetime opportunity for me and one I've dreamed of for years. I just want to say thank you to Larry Brewer-Chairman Emeritus, Bill Brewer-Chairman of the Board, Donald Quinn-CEO and Will Brewer, Vice-President/Board Member of First National Bank for all their support and for making this possible."

The new bank branch is located at the corner of East Main Street and Garfield Avenue, on the lot formerly occupied by the local Chevrolet dealership. Total cost of the project was set at around $1 million.

The new branch bank also includes four drive-through lanes, with the last lane also featuring an ATM.

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