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Smart Holiday Shopping Tips

Posted by First BankPosted on General, Money & Metrics

With the winter holidays right around the corner, spending on gifts, decorations, and party planning is about to become more and more routine! During this time it is easy to get carried away and spend over your expected, and intended, budget. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you save some of your holiday money and avoid that … Read More

Harvest Safety

Posted by First BankPosted on Agriculture, General

As the weather gets cooler and the days get shorter, harvest season is in full swing for many farmers across the country. Although harvest can feel like a routine part of the year, it’s always important to keep in mind that it can also be the most dangerous season of the job. Farmers, workers, friends, and family can all benefit … Read More

We Are Now First Bank.

Posted by First BankPosted on General

We have some exciting news to share with our valued customers! For 155 years, we have remained locally owned and community focused; having operated as a National Bank since 1884. Since that time, First National Bank has been regulated as a National Bank Charter and under the supervision of the OCC. After much consideration the decision was approved by the … Read More

Farmers Markets & Supporting our Local Growers

Posted by First National BankPosted on Agriculture, General

Supporting local business is a common initiative in many communities, one of the best ways to do this is to visit a local farmers market. Local businesses, farmers, gardeners, crafters, independent sellers, and artists can all utilize farmers markets to reach new customers. Supporting these local sellers can be a fun activity for community members including families, individuals, and even … Read More

Buying Your First or Forever Home

Posted by First National BankPosted on Home Ownership, Loans, Mortgages

Buying a house can be thrilling and stressful, no matter if it’s your first home or your last home. It’s easy to get lost in the excitement and pressure of touring homes and submitting bids to the seller, but it’s important to slow down and assess the details of the house itself and especially the financial and legal paperwork involved. … Read More

Protecting Yourself from Money Scamming

Posted by First National BankPosted on Banking 101, Money & Metrics

Money scams are nothing new. On some level, everyone who owns a phone, landline or mobile, has interacted with a money scammer at some point in their life. However, money scammers can also take the form of pre-recorded audio calls, personal emails, messages on social media sites, and many more, so no one can say that they are not at … Read More

Family Fun In The Sun

Posted by First National BankPosted on General

As communities adjust to life with the aftermath of COVID 19, this summer is unlike any summer on record. Although communities are unable to host some of the traditional summer activities with social distancing guidelines still in place, families can still have fun at home. Some activities to consider include yard games, outside crafts, yard or sidewalk decorating, and trying … Read More

Safety Practices For Your Family Farm

Posted by First National BankPosted on Agriculture

Owning and operating a farm can be hard work. One of the toughest parts is ensuring that everyone stays safe and healthy. According to NIOSH, “Agriculture ranks among the most hazardous industries. Farmers are at very high risk for fatal and nonfatal injuries; and farming is one of the few industries in which family members (who often share the work and … Read More

Saving For Your Future & Your Family

Posted by First National BankPosted on Banking 101

When you are younger, saving money for your future such as kids, purchasing a house, or retirement may seem like the last thing you need to worry about. According to new data from Nationwide, “A good 25% of millennials worry about saving enough money for their senior years. That’s a valid concern since retirees without savings risk struggling financially.” In … Read More

The Future Of Farming As A Business

Posted by First National BankPosted on Agriculture

It is believed that farming first began nearly 23,000 years ago, according to Sciencedaily.com. Farming is one of the oldest and most valued past times of the human race. Even the largest of operations carry origins stemming from small and in some cases, ancient practices. How has farming changed over the years and what is still to come? Starting Out … Read More

Improving Your Credit Score

Posted by First National BankPosted on Banking 101

Your credit score has a huge bearing on many aspects of your life. Your credit score helps financial institutions and lenders determine your creditworthiness. According to Fico.com, the FICO score was first introduced in 1981 by the Fair Isaac Company (now called FICO.) “Lenders use credit scores to evaluate the probability that an individual will repay their debts. A person’s … Read More

Updates to the SECURE Act You Should Know About

Posted by First National BankPosted on Trust & Investments

The 1.4 trillion dollar SECURE Act was signed into law effective January 1st of 2020. The SECURE Act, which stands for, “Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement,” was designed to make retirement an attainable goal for all Americans. This legislation will be the largest change to retirement plans in this country for over a decade. Whether you have a … Read More