Henderson State Bank will be celebrating 75 years of banking and serving the Henderson community this year.

On Thursday, May 3, 2018 at the annual Nebraska Bankers Association Conference, Henderson State Bank was presented the 75 Year Service Award by NBA Chairman Dave Dannehl, President and CEO of First State Bank of Loomis in Loomis.

Henderson State Bank opened its doors and started serving customers in October of 1943. During the past 75 years, the community and customers have experienced much growth along with the bank. In 2007 Henderson State Bank expanded its territory and added locations in York and Greeley, Nebraska. In 2013 they opened Giltner State Bank in Giltner, Nebraska and in 2014 a second location in York was opened with a drive thru along with lobby service.

Henderson State Bank has seen several changes in the president’s chair over the years. In 1943 the bank opened under the leadership of then President Dean Sack who remained in that position until 1975.

Victor Michel was the lead investor when the bank was purchased from Dean Sack and Hank and Jake Kroeker in 1975. He became Chairman and President and held that position until 1988 when his son, Steve Michel, took over as President. The Henderson location found the need to build a new, more spacious office building in 2003 which is where they are currently located.

In 2006, a group of mostly local investors purchased the bank at which time Kevin Postier joined the financial institution as President along with JB Suddarth as Executive Vice President. Steve Michel took on the role of cashier and marketing for the bank at that time.

“Henderson State Bank is proud to serve these rural Nebraska communities and looks forward to the next 75 years of supporting their customers,” said Postier. “Be sure to watch for upcoming special events as the bank celebrates its 75th year.”

Cornerstone Bank promotes officers

The Board of Directors of Cornerstone Bank has announced the promotion of the following officers of the bank:

Julie Cast was named Assistant Vice-President/Personal & Residential Loan Operations Officer for Cornerstone in York. Cast started with Cornerstone in 2015 and has worked as a loan officer in the Personal and Residential Loan Department that entire time. Cast is a graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University. She and her husband, James, have four children and reside in York.

Sandi Osentowski was named Vice-President/Trust Operations Manager for Cornerstone in York. Osentowski started with Cornerstone in 1997 in the Trust Department, worked in the Audit department and then most recently moved back to the Trust Operations Department in 2017. Osentowski is a native of York and a graduate of York High School. She and her husband, Allen, have two grown children and reside in York.

Cornerstone Bank is a $1.6 billion bank with 40 branches in 31 communities including: Albion, Aurora, Bartlett, Bradshaw, Central City, Clay Center, Columbus, Davenport, Edgar, Geneva, Glenvil, Grand Island, Guide Rock, Hampton, Harvard, Henderson, Hildreth, Marquette, McCool Junction, Monroe, Murray, North Loup, Polk, Rising City, Shelton, St. Edward, Stromsburg, Sutton, Waco, Wilcox and York. Cornerstone Bank is owned by First York BanCorp of York, Nebraska.

Farmers Market just around the corner

The York Farmers Market, which has been a popular event held on the square in York, is just around the corner. The first night will be Thursday, June 7 and will be held every Thursday until September 6. Only thing this year, it will be held in a different location.

This year, the Farmers Market will be held on the parking lot at Lichti’s TV & Appliance located on East Nobes Road.

“As we followed the processes of the courthouse expansion and the water main project over the winter months, our thoughts jumped ahead to June,” said Madonna Mogul, chamber executive director. “Not having a clear idea what phase each of these projects will be in, we began working on a contingency plan for the market. Rhonda Veleba visited with several of our regular market vendors during our winter events to get their feedback. The vendors we spoke with agreed that moving the Market at the beginning of the season instead of partway through is the better way to go.”

So this summer to get all those fresh vegetables, fruits and craft items, don’t forget to head to Lichti’s parking lot starting on June 7. The market will start at 5 p.m. every Thursday.

What the Heck: Put a little rain and sunshine and fertilizer together and what do you get? You get me out mowing my lawn about every three or four days the way it seems.


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