By JUDY SHERIDAN
Outside, the sign still reads Town and Country Bank, but inside, staff are now answering the phone, “Aledo InterBank,” reflecting the change of ownership that took effect Jan. 25.
On that date, InterBank, a $2.1 billion state bank with 30 locations in Texas and Oklahoma, purchased Town and Country Bancshares Inc., with locations in Aledo, Granbury, Glen Rose, Bluff Dale and Stephenville.
“InterBank felt it would be a good opportunity to expand their banking presence,” Mark Martin, president of the Central Texas Region for InterBank, said. “We had nothing south of Graham. This takes us below I-20.”
Martin said Town and Country’s founder, Jim Chambers, retired, and other owners sold their stock.
The Aledo location was a branch of the Stephenville bank, Martin said, but under the new ownership, it will operate as a community bank with the authority to make its own lending decisions.
“We’re a much larger bank with more resources in all aspects,” he said, “but certainly in consumer, mortgage, commercial and real estate lending. We will be more aggressive in lending, with much larger lending limits.”
Martin said there will be no personnel changes, and Kevin Wright will remain the bank’s senior lender.
“We will offer the same variety of services,” he added. “Drive-through hours will be the same, we’ll have the same bank routing numbers and account numbers, and customers will be able to use their current checks until they’re gone.”
Martin said the new bank’s motto is, “We put our community first.”
“We intend to be a good corporate citizen, involved in the community and participating in charities,” he said. “We’re already one of the sponsors for ‘Ride for Heroes.’”
Martin said he will continue to have his central office in Stephenville but will be in Aledo weekly.
He said the new outside sign will be erected in mid-April.
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Ride for Heroes a success
Nearly 1,200 cyclists flooded the roads around East Parker County during Saturday’s 12th annual Moritz Ride for Heroes.
Aledo ISD School Board Place 7 candidates
Early voting for the May 10 general election begins April 28. Following is information gathered from the candidates for the Place 7 Aledo ISD trustee race, Hoyt Harris, James Riley Morrison and Debra Rogers.
Aledo ISD School Board Place 6 candidates
Early voting for the May 10 general election begins April 28. Following is information gathered from the candidates for the Place 6 Aledo ISD trustee race, incumbent David Davis and challenger Farida Goderya.
Callaway gets A+
Anita Callaway, an English teacher at Daniel Ninth Grade Center, was named “Teacher of the Year” during the 2014 Marva Collins Teaching Excellence Awards ceremony held April 15 in the Aledo High School auditorium.
Man dies in Farmer Road crash
A 60-year-old Parker County man was killed around 9:30 a.m. April 15 in a one-vehicle crash in the 2100 block of FM Road 3325, also known as Farmer Road.
Fire victims' fund established
Two streets down and hours after many members of the East Parker County community gathered April 5 to present a new home built with donations to the Hancock family, another family in the West Oak subdivision lost their home to a fire and is now in need of support from the community.
Delay adds $56,000 to Aledo Trail project
The long delay in the Aledo Trail downtown couplet, now due to finish in summer instead of spring, will add about $56,000 to the cost of the project, Parker County commissioners learned last week, when they approved a change order upping the contract to around $3.3 million.
Parker County Sheriff's Report March 31-April 11
Theft of property
A deputy was dispatched to 8600 Interstate 20 East, Aledo, in reference to a theft investigation. The 57-year-old male complainant said an unknown suspect stole $1,000 of copper wire from the Sprint tower on the site. A case was made for the theft of property: aluminum, bronze, copper and brass.
East Parker County Calendar of Events
Bearcats ‘N Boots Gala: dinner, auction and entertainment
• 6:30 p.m. at Cendera Center, 3600 Benbrook Highway, Fort Worth.
• Catered by The Wild Mushroom; entertainment by Four Day Weekend.
• Tickets cost $100.
• Benefitting the Aledo ISD Education Foundation
• Title sponsor Buford-Thompson Company.
• For more information, go to aledoef.org.
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