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March 22, 2004

Marks to lead Heritage Community Bank's

expansion into Lexington market

Mike Marks, a 30-year veteran of the Kentucky banking industry, has been named executive vice president in charge of the expansion of Danville's Heritage Community Bank into the Lexington and Fayette County market. His primary focus will be to oversee the development of a full-service branch in Lexington.

Marks comes to Heritage from Farmers Bank of Nicholasville, where he served as president and CEO.

A graduate of Centre College and Xavier University and resident of Jessamine County, Marks has worked in the Kentucky banking industry since 1975. His career began with First National Bank in Nicholasville where he managed the operations of the bank for several years. Marks also has served as president of Peoples Bank in Berea and Whitaker Bancorp of Lexington. He also was in charge of Lexington-area Republic Banks for a number of years.

"Mike is a critical part of our strategic plan to expand Heritage Community Bank to the metropolitan Lexington market," said Rick Neikirk, president of Heritage Community Bank. "It is practically unheard of for a community bank to make this kind of move, but with Mike's many years of Kentucky banking experience behind us, we are confident that Heritage Community Bank can provide a much-needed alternative for Lexington customers. We are extremely excited that Mike has joined the Heritage family."


Mitchell honored at Northpoint

Sandy Mitchell of Junction City has been selected as "Employee of the Month" for March at the Northpoint Training Center.

Mitchell began her employment at Northpoint Training Center in July 2002 as a Secretary III.

She was selected as "Employee of the Month" based on her outstanding job performance. She will receive a letter of commendation and will be assigned a reserved parking space for the month.

Her name also will be added to the "Employee of the Month" plaque.

Yatso named director of

materials management

George Yatso has been named director of materials management for Ephraim McDowell Health.

Yatso is a 1984 graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He has experience at several hospitals with more than a dozen years in healthcare materials management, as well as a retail background. He most recently worked as regional director of materials management for Doctors Community Healthcare Corporation.

He and his family are relocating to Danville from Castaic, Calif. a suburb of Los Angeles.

Yatso and his wife, Anita, have two children: Mandy, a high school sophomore, and Corey, who is currently stationed in Afghanistan as a member of the U.S. Air Force.

Schlea to photograph wild horses

Kirk Schlea of Kirk Schlea Photography in Gravel Switch has been asked by the Let 'Em Run Foundation of Reno, Nev. to photograph wild horses in Nevada for advertising and promotional use.

The foundation is a nonprofit organization in partnership with government, business and communities, committed to the protection and preservation of wild horses and the heritage of the American West, Schlea said in a press release.

Reynolds receives

retirement services certification

Brian Reynolds, vice president of employee benefits for Kentucky Trust Company (KTC), has successfully completed the requirements for the Certified Retirement Services Professional designation from the Institute of Certified Bankers.

Reynolds, a 1997 graduate of Centre College, joined KTC in 1999 and is responsible for managing all aspects of employer-sponsored retirement plans, including 401(k) and profit-sharing plans. He and his wife, Allyson, a teacher at Woodlawn Elementary, are members of Centenary United Methodist Church where he is currently serving as treasurer of the trustees.

In announcing the certification, Jim Sullivan, CEO and chairman of KTC, stated, "This achievement is the culmination of Brian's hard work and determination over the last five years and reflects the commitment Brian has to providing our retirement plan customers with the highest level of professional service."

KTC is an independent, locally owned financial institution founded in 1995. It provides financial services, including retirement plans, individual IRA and investment accounts, and personal trust and estate administration.|3/17/04|***

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