UPPER SANDUSKY— The Board of Directors of Commercial Bancshares, Inc. has approved a quarterly dividend in the amount of $0.14 per share, payable December 17, 2012 to shareholders of record as of December 3, 2012. This represents a 12% increase from the most recent dividend paid to shareholders on September 28, 2012.
“The Board was pleased to provide an increased dividend to our shareholders,” said CSB President and Chief Executive Officer Robert Beach. “We will continue working hard to provide enhanced value to our shareholders.”
The Company’s stock (symbol-CMOH.BB) is not listed on any stock exchange, but trades on OTCQB, the OTC market tier for companies that report to the SEC or a U.S. banking or insurance regulator. There are no financial or qualitative standards for quotation in this tier. Investors can find Real-Time quotes and market information for the Company on www.otcmarkets.com. Commercial Bancshares, Inc. is the parent company of the Commercial Savings Bank. For more information, contact Tom Dooley at Boenning & Scattergood, the Company’s market maker, at 866-326-8113, or your local broker.
Commercial Savings Bank is once again a collection point for the Coats for Christmas campaign. Collection boxes are located at the branches in Carey, Upper Sandusky, Harpster and Marion. Please drop off your gently used winter coats to any of these branches to help those less fortunate this upcoming winter season.
Coats will be collected until Nov. 16 at which time all the coats will be cleaned thanks to the generosity of Kimmel Cleaners in Upper Sandusky.
Coats will be distributed on Saturday, December 9 at Tri-Rivers in Marion, St. Peters in Upper Sandusky and Amvets Post #27 in Bucyrus. Staff from Clear Channel in Marion are organizing the event.
UPPER SANDUSKY---Commercial Savings Bank was proud to help sponsor a visit by the Alex Brown family from Wellman, TX, to area schools. Alex Brown was a 17-year-old high school senior who was killed on her way to school on November 10, 2009, because she was texting and driving. She lost control of her pickup truck and it went off the roadway, ejecting her from the vehicle and eventually rolling on top of her 110-pound frame. She was not wearing her seat belt.
Mother Jeanne Brown and her 14-year-old daughter Katrina visited our area the week of September 17th and shared their message with nearly 3,000 high school and college-aged students. Presentations took place at The University of Findlay (which included Hancock County high school students), Marion Harding High School, Mohawk High School and Upper Sandusky High School.
During the assemblies, Jeanne said she was not there to tell the students to not text and drive, but to make them aware of the dangers, so they can make informed choices. Drivers who talk on their cell phones are 4 times as likely to be involved in an accident...the same as a legally drunk driver. Drivers who text and drive are 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident. Eleven teenagers die each day in traffic fatalities.
Jeanne shared several apps that are available for download that prohibit texting and driving: www.phoneguard.com; www.TextToggle.com; and www.DriveSafe.ly. These applications either shut down the ability to text while the vehicle is in operation or read the messages aloud to the driver of the car.
For more information on the Brown family, visit www.rememberalexbrown.org.
(Pictured above Upper Sandusky Branch Manager Sarah Johnson with Jeanne Brown and daughter, Katrina, at the Upper Sandusky High School events. The photo below shows a 10' banner that contains more than 1,000 signatures of Hancock County and University of Findlay students who took the pledge to not text and drive.)
FINDLAY--Commercial Savings Bank was happy to be the main sponsor for the Arts Partnership's annual Rib-Off in August.
Beth Waddell, Findlay Market Manager, was one of the judges for the event. Business Development Officer Matt Wood was also on hand to help out at the evening's activities.
An estimated 3,000 people attended the event and were entertained by the bands Nashville Crush and Mad Hatter.
Winners in the various categories were:
Best Sauce--1st Place, Wally's Great American; 2nd Place, Twist N' Shout BBQ; and 3rd Place, Whistlestop Inn.
Best ribs--1st Place, Whistlestop Inn; 2nd Place, Texas Roadhouse; and 3rd Place, Twist N' Shout BBQ.
People's Choice--1st Place, Twist N' Shout BBQ; 2nd Place, Wally's Great American BBQ; and 3rd Place, Big Moe's.
The Mission of The Arts Partnership of Greater Hancock County is to provide, encourage and promote quality arts presentations, educational opportunities and entertainment.
CAREY—The annual Carey Fest was a big success, despite some not so perfect weather conditions.
The three-day event kicked off on Thursday, August 2, with a Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase, vintage baseball game and fireworks.
On Friday, August 3, the 2012 Carey Fest Queen Katie Driggers, Junior Queen Ella Clinger and Junior King Duane Gibson were crowned. Commercial Savings Bank was co-sponsor of the Mustang Sally concert. Pantasia also performed on Friday.
The annual parade was the highlight for Saturday, August 4. Grand Marshalls were Pete Fanning and his wife, Ruth. A CSB-sponsored concert with Phil Dirt & the Dozers had to be cancelled due to storms.
Commercial Savings Bank employees were busy throughout the event volunteering at Carey Athletic Boosters and Music Boosters food tents, selling 50/50 tickets for the Chamber of Commerce and at the Twilight 5K and Twilight Trot. CSB also had a parade in the float to promote an upcoming Mike Albert and the Big E concert at the Wyandot County Fair on Sunday, Sept. 16, at 3 p.m. in the Junior Fair Arena. Employees passed out "drums" at during the parade at the Chamber booth to promote the upcoming concert.