First Community Bank's Newport branch opened for business recently at 2525 Malcolm Avenue. "We are excited to expand our footprint into neighboring Jackson County because it is a natural extension of our home office, and we already serve a number of customers from the area," said Dale Cole, Chairman and CEO.
"We believe that finding the right people to manage our locations is crucial so we are pleased to announce that Bill Keedy, a Newport High School grduate and respected banker, will lead our Newport team." Keedy is a graduate of Arkansas State University with a bachelor of science degree in corporate finance. He is also a graduate of the Barret School of Banking. He brings 14 years of banking experience and a love for community service.
Joining Keedy are four other experienced bankers. Tricia Roberts, a veteran banker and local resident, brings eleven years of experience. Stevie Mauldin has seven years of banking experience, and Sara Baker and Destiny Davis have served for more than a year in teller positions.
"I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to work for a community bank that is known for its commitment of putting community first, Keedy said. "First Community Bank is a bank that strongly supports education, economic development, the medical community, tourism and the everyday banking needs of customers large or small. They are committed to giving back to the communities they serve. I am estatic to be a member of such a dynamic organization."
Newport's lobby and drive-thru will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday with Saturday drive-thru hours from 9:00 a.m. to noon. You can reach the branch by calling 870-201-6202 or toll-free 1-888-870-8391.