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03/11/05

Glennville Bank Turns 100

You write checks, make deposits and get loans. But do you think about your bank as a friend? They do at one bank in Glennville, in Tattnall County. The community came together to celebrate the Glennville Bank's 100th anniversary.

Carolyn Moore has been banking longer than some of her customers have been breathing. She's been at Glennville Bank for a third of its 100 years. "When I started, we wrote everything with pencil and paper," she said. "We had no computers and not many adding machines and everything was done by hand."

As part of its 100th birthday, employees and customers celebrated the bank's new building. On hand were past presidents and our own Sonny Dixon.

With personal service, bank leaders say they've built up assets of $110 million in a hometown bank that's still locally owned.

"We needed a bank, but we needed to grow a town," said bank chairman Lauree Kicklighter. "Not just for profit, but we needed to grow our town and community and serve it."

Kicklighter says they've helped generations of farmers and other business people through highs and lows. She says with a family of employees who know customers by their first name, the bank won't slow down anytime soon.

Investors started the bank back in 1905 with just $30,000. In all that time, they've only had seven presidents.

Reported by: Dal Cannady, dcannady@wtoc.com

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