Washita Valley Weekly

Page 4   Washita Valley Weekly “My Community Magazine” January 19, 2022 God Bless America C OOK ’ S S E P T I C S E RV I C E • Tank Cleaning • DEQ Certified • 24 Hour Service 4 0 5 - 6 4 3 - 2 1 0 8 5 8 0 - 5 5 0 - 0 5 4 5 T o l l F r e e 1 - 8 7 7 - 3 6 9 - 7 3 0 5 www.DarbysFurniture.com Shop Us Online At Locally Owned and Operated • Non-Commissioned Sales Staff Visit Us: W e h a v e F R E E D e l i v e r y . . . 6746 NW Cache Rd., Lawton 580.510.3242 129 Main St., Duke, OK 580.679.3310 Locally Owned & Operated Non-Commisioned Sales Staff 6746 NW Cache Rd., Lawton • 580-510-3242 129 Main St. Duke • 580-679-3310 Rick Johnston Insurance Agency Inc. Rick Johnston Agent 501 S. 4th Street Chickasha, OK 73018-3458 Bus. 405-222-2211 Fax 405-222-7153 rick.johnston.nqw8@statefarm.com The greatest compliment you can give is a referral. Liberty National Bank marks century plus 20  Liberty National Bank with facilities in Chickasha, Lawton, Elgin, Blanchard, Medicine Park, Apache, and Oklahoma City is celebrating it’s 120th Anniversary in busi- ness.  Before Oklahoma be- came a state, rising amidst the grasslands and rolling hills in the town of Elgin, Oklahoma, the bank began as the Bank of Elgin.  The Bank of Elgin was established in 1902 as a state bank by J.A. Butler and F.R. Dykeman, with its building situated on Main Street. In 1906, a businessman and banker from Iowa named Wilbert W. Brunskill moved to Elgin and acquired the bank from Dykeman and Butler. Brunskill then sold the bank in 1908 and spent the next six years focusing on other local business affairs.  In 1914, Brunskill reacquired the Bank of Elgin, serving as president and owner. Shortly thereafter, the bank grew to $5,000 in capital stock with $3,500 in surplus. These assets enabled the bank to play a considerable role in the local enterprise and energy that went into the commercial and agricultural development in the early part of the 20th century.  Fast forward to 1997, when another local businessman with a vision for growth and development, stepped into the picture. The businessman was Clayton L. Green, Jr., simply known by most as “Buddy”.  What began as a lunch between two business friends quickly evolved into a promising business opportunity. Less than a year later Mr. Green held 100% own- ership of the bank’s holding company - B.O.E Bancshares. At the time, the Bank of Elgin had about $24 million in total assets.  In 1998, Buddy built a new location at 44th and Gore Boulevard in Lawton. This new branch would be the first step in a plan for growth and acquisition, the likes of which the bank had not experienced in its almost 100-year history. To further demonstrate his intentions, Green purchased Lawton’s old Public Service Company building and completely renovated it to become the Bank’s flagship location.  As the Bank’s reach and customer base grew, it became apparent that it was time for a new name – one that would unite the communities it serves. In 2002, the Bank of Elgin became Liberty National Bank, representing the communities of Lawton, Elgin, and Medicine Park.  By 2013, Liberty National Bank’s assets topped $250 million. That same year, Liberty acquired Chickasha Bank & Trust Company, bringing total assets to $430 million.  In 2019, Buddy decided to expand once again by entering the Oklahoma City market by building a new full service facility in South OKC. With assets topping $700 million this is the first step in LNB’s future strategy for the metro area.  Liberty National Bank remains under the ownership of the Green Family and proud shareholders. Today, LNB serves customers all across Oklahoma and North Texas with locations in Lawton, Chickasha, Elgin, Blanchard, Medicine Park, Apache, and Oklahoma City.  Through toil and triumph, Liberty National Bank has been instrumental in the growth and success of Oklahoma over the last 119 years. Like the people whose livelihood is made in this one-of-a-kind region, Liberty recognizes hard work, can-do attitudes, and helping people get ahead. This spirit of shared success means Liberty National Bank is committed to the communities it serves, now more than ever before. 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Advertising Should Be ... • Effective • Efficient • Affordable •Measurable What the Chamber of Commerce Does by Whitney Palesano, Chickasha Chamber of Commerce Membership Director  As I prepared for my new role here at the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce, I had to ask myself – what DOES the Chamber do for its members? The answer is, a whole lot!  There are three main things a Chamber of Com- merce does for a community: provide opportunities to network and meet other community members, encour- age growth and often revitalization in their city, and offer marketing opportunities and exclusive advertising perks for members.  The Chickasha Chamber of Commerce excels in all three of these areas. We host monthly networking events each month called ChamberConnects. We part- ner closely with the Economic Development Council and City of Chickasha to encourage new businesses to come to our area and to help existing businesses thrive. We also host a number of events where members can learn new things and get their business name out by being a sponsor. More importantly, members benefit most from their membership when they actively participate with the Chamber. We love seeing our members out supporting us and other members.  It’s evident that there is lots of good change happening in Chickasha – new housing additions, great events, and a new park in the works. If you want to be in the know and involved in this city that is growing and evolving, being a mem- ber of the Chamber of Commerce is a great way to start.  Feel free to stop by, call our office or visit our website for more infor- mation on becoming a member. There is always something good hap- pening at the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce. Whitney Palesano Bananas Should Be Yellow, but Not Just Any Yellow  The bananas you see at the grocery store are Cavendish bananas — a cultivar that the banana industry adopted in the 1950s after a tropical fungus wiped out an earlier variety. Growers produce more than 60.6 million tons of Caven- dish bananas every year for export all over the world. The bananas are prized for their sweet- ness, creamy texture, and appealing bright-yellow skin. Oklahoma #1  As of June, 2021 Oklahoma is the number one state with marijuana dispensaries.  California (the liberal state) has 770. Oregon, Colorado and Washington has a combined number of 1,860. Oklahoma has 1,936. ( The Baptist Messenger)