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Washington State Bank announces new directors

WASHINGTON, Iowa — Washington State Bank board of directors announces that two new directors have been named: Martin “Marty” L. Beenblossom of Washington and Robert “Bob” G. Davis of Columbus Junction.

Beenblossom, a Washington native, owns and operates Jones-Eden Funeral Home, where he has been employed since 1991. Beenblossom graduated from Washington High School in 1987; from Iowa Wesleyan College in 1991; and received one year of mortuary science training in Boston, Massachusetts. He and his wife Teresa, who is principal of Lincoln Elementary School in Washington, have two children, Brynn and Luke.

Beenblossom served a term on the board of trustees of Washington County Hospital and also served a term on the Washington Community Schools board. He is an active member of St. James Church, a member of the Noon Kiwanis Club and the Washington Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

Davis is a native of the Cotter and Columbus Junction area. He graduated from Highland High School in 1971 and attended Iowa State University’s Farm Operations winter program for four years. Davis has farmed since high school and his family’s Century Farm has been in the Davis family for 134 years. Davis is an elder of the Cotter Presbyterian Church. He and his wife Lori have two adult children: Jeremy is an engineer at Unverferth Manufacturing in Shell Rock; and Ashley is a media manager for Wyffels Hybrids in the Quad Cities.

Both new directors will begin their responsibilities on the Washington State Bank board of directors in November. They take the positions held most recently by the late Dr. James Harris and by James Lloyd, who retired from the board in September following 35 years of service as a director.

State Central Bank announces election of Logan as bank president

BONAPARTE — At the most recent board of directors meeting, William “Arch” Logan was elected president of State Central Bank.

State Central Bank is one of Iowa’s oldest banks. It was founded in 1858 and still is operating, primarily out of Van Buren County, in Bonaparte, Farmington, Stockport, and the Trust Services in Keokuk.

Logan is a fifth-generation banker. He attended and graduated with honors from Missouri Valley College and began his career teaching and coaching. He decided to return to a career in banking in 1986.

Logan has received many awards, including an achievement award from the Small Business Administration. He was a founding member of the Lee County Economic Development Committee, which was the first joint economic development group organized in Lee County. He was a decadelong director of the Fort Madison Economic Development Board, along with being a director on the board for the Fort Madison Chamber of Commerce.

He is a graduate of the Iowa School of Banking and has obtained an accredited Asset Management Specialist license from the College of Financial Planning.

Tenco creates Donor Wall honoring friends, benefactors

Tenco is beginning its 54th year of service to people with disabilities in southern Iowa; and while supporters have been recognized in annual reports and newsletters, and at the Tenco Awards Banquet throughout more than a half-century, only recently has a Tenco Donor Wall become a reality.

The Tenco Donor Wall, featuring a tribute to Tenco’s first Executive Director Tom Johnson, was made possible through a lead gift from the Johnson family, and recognizes friends and benefactors who have made contributions of $500 or more to the agency since its incorporation in October of 1965.

Tenco invites everyone to visit its facility at 710 Gateway Drive to view the Donor Wall in the lobby.

“And we are asking for people’s assistance in suggesting those we may have overlooked” said Bob Morrissey, development officer at Tenco. “Reconstructing a history of giving that covers 53 years is a daunting task, and we knew this wall would be a work-in-progress as it initiates; it is appropriate to announce the Tenco Donor Wall with Thanksgiving approaching, as Tenco is so very thankful for friends and benefactors.”

The catalyst that precipitated the move to develop the Donor Wall was the Capital Campaign that Tenco conducted from 2013 through 2017 reaching and surpassing its goal. The fruits of that campaign included a wheelchair accessible van, upgrades in the vehicle fleet, a tractor and farm equipment to garden the land adjacent to the new hydroponic greenhouse, the four-bay hydroponic greenhouse itself complete with a multipurpose facility and a 74.88 kWh solar system, and the establishment of a Tenco Endow Iowa account that provides Iowa taxpayers who make gifts a 25 percent Iowa tax credit.

Ottumwa Regional Health Center part of merger

LifePoint Health Inc. has announced the completion of its merger with RCCH HealthCare Partners, which is owned by certain funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management LLC.

LifePoint Health and RCCH HealthCare Partners have completed their merger and will now begin operating as one, united company under the LifePoint Health name.

As part of RCCH, and now LifePoint, Ottumwa Regional Health Center is now connected to an even stronger network of community hospitals, regional health systems, physician practices, outpatient centers and post-acute facilities that spans 30 states. This will give the Ottumwa Regional Health Center new opportunities to grow and thrive in the rapidly evolving, competitive health care landscape, say officials.

While there are great opportunities ahead, much about how the hospital operates today, including a dedication to patients, employees, physicians, and community, will remain the same, continued officials. No changes are anticipated in how patients access the hospital and health care providers.

Grassley named ‘Guardian of Small Business’” by NFIB

WASHINGTON — The National Federation of Independent Business presented Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa with its “Guardian of Small Business” award for his outstanding support of America’s small business owners.

he “Guardian of Small Business” is the NFIB’s most prestigious award. It is reserved for lawmakers who vote consistently in support of small business.

“Small business is the backbone of America’s economy, making up nearly 50 percent of our nation’s workforce,” Grassley said. “Last year, my Republican colleagues and I passed comprehensive tax reform. I am glad to hear from the small business community that those common sense changes continue to produce real, positive results in Iowa and nationwide, such as lower unemployment, wage increases and tax savings. It’s an honor to serve as Iowa’s senior senator and support pro-growth policies that enable Iowans to succeed.”

The NFIB represents 325,000 small businesses in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., from every industry and sector whose mission is established by the members directly, not by executive staff or the Board of Directors. According to the NFIB, its mission is to defend the right of small business owners to run their businesses without undue government interference and to advance public policies that promote their success.

“The NFIB Guardian of Small Business Award is presented to senators who truly vote as champions of small business,” said NFIB President and CEO Juanita D. Duggan. “Those who earn this recognition have been staunch supporters on the issues that are crucial to the success of small businesses, like making tax relief for small businesses a reality. Guardians of Small Business are the lawmakers small business owners can count on as advocates in Washington, and we’re proud to recognize Senator Grassley with the award he has earned during the 115th Congress.”