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Work is underway on a 1,500 square foot addition to the south side of the building. "As a result of the trust and confidence placed in Home State Bank by local residents and businesses, the bank has continued to grow and expand, both in size and products and services offered. The bank's owners and directors are happy to reinvest in the community as a response to that growth," HSB president Sid Jones said. 

The bank has tripled since the last remodeling was completed 25 years ago. The growth, along with addition of services like online and mobile banking, makes the additional space necessary. Included in the project will be a handicap-accessible entrance off the parking lot. 

The first phase of the project has begun with the construction on the south side of the building. The south entrance of the bank is temporarily closed. Customers are reminded to use on-street parking on the west and north sides of the building and to use the north entrance. The south entrance is scheduled to be open again for customers by mid-December, with the new space fully enclosed by the end of December. The Investment Center and the office of the president will eventually occupy the new space, allowing for an expanded lobby area and additional offices in the existing building. 

Also included in the first phase is the remodeling of the Ag loan/farm management department on the east side of the building. Windows are being replaced and the available space will be remodeled to provide an additional office. 

A redesign of the teller area will begin in January. The end result will be moving the teller line to the west side of the bank.

Some offices and departments have already been temporarily moved. "It might be a little confusing, but everyone is here. If your banker isn't where he or she has been before, just ask," Sid said.

Completion of the project is anticipated in June. The bank will be open while construction is being done, so there may be times that customers notice a little extra dust and noise. Sid thanks customers in advance for their patience as the project progresses. 


I hope by now you have had the opportunity to stop in the bank or go through the drive-up and meet some of our new employees! We are pleased to have found such quality people and are excited they are part of our growing team. As a result of the great support and confidence you have placed in Home State Bank, we continue to grow. That growth has necessitated an expansion and remodel of our building. You will be hearing more from us about some of our plans in the very near future as we intend to begin the expansion phase of the building before the end of October. Stay tuned as we progress and share our excitement with all of you!


New Teller

Nancy Allen, who recently moved to Jefferson from Holstein, comes to Home State Bank with 14 years of customer service experience. Nancy previously worked as an estimator and customer service representative in the architectural door industry. She and her husband, Michael, who is an agronomist with FC Coop in Lohrville, have two sons. Jason lives in West Des Moines and Justin and his wife in Ankeny.

Nancy stated, "In addition to joining a great team here at Home State Bank, I look forward to meeting our customers and members of this great community."


Paragraph from the President: 

As a result of support from our customers, Home State Bank continues to grow and expand the services we can provide for you. Our growth also means we need more help, so as you come into the bank, please allow us to introduce you to our new employees. Keep an eye on us, as you will be noticing other exciting changes and improvements in the near future.  My door is always open, please stop by for a visit when you are in the bank. Sid Jones, President

New Part-time Teller

Sid Jones, president of Home State Bank, has announced the hiring of Rachell Smith as a part-time teller.  Rachelle comes to Home State Bank with several years of teller experience and as a previous business owner in Jefferson. She and her husband Ron reside in Jefferson. They have three children, Taylor, Nicole and AJ. Rachelle enjoys spending time with her family and friends and spending time outside.  "I am excited about joining the team at Home State Bank and serving our community," Rachelle said.

New Teller Administrator

Sid Jones, president  of Home State Bank, announced that Nicole Bollenbaugh has joined the bank staff as teller administrator. Nicole is from Ogden and comes to Home State Bank with seven years of banking experience as she worked for US Bank prior to here. 

Nicole and her husband David live in Ogden with their two girls. She enjoys spending time with family and friends. 

Stop in and say hello. 


If you have been to the bank recently, you may have noticed some new faces. We are pleased to introduce some of our newest employees: 

Mary Grandon, Receptionist

Mary sits at the desk by the north doors and welcomes you when you walk in the door, she is also one of the voices you hear when you call into the bank. Mary and her husband, David, moved to Jefferson about one year ago when David accepted the position of pastor at the Gospel Open Bible Church. They have two grown children. Mary enjoys walking, reading, spending time with family and friends. 

Katie Leusink, Teller

Katie is from Sioux Center, Iowa and graduated this past May from Iowa State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science. She and David Hoskins, whom she met at ISU, will be married December 1, 2012. Katie enjoys spending time with family and working livestock. According to Katie, she is excited to make Greene County her home and is looking forward to getting involved throughout the community.

It's County Fair Time! 

Don't have any plans this week? Come out to the fairgrounds and take in a variety of events. Be sure to view all of the exhibits from the 4Hers and also the commercial exhibits. Some of the key events are listed here but there are numerous other events to participate in or observe.

Livestock Exhibits:

    Wed - Poulty and Dog Shows

    Thurs - Swine, Rabbit, Horse and Pony Shows

    Fri - Sheep, Goats, Beef Pen of 3 Shows

    Sat - Beef Show

Friday highlights: 

    County Queen Contest

    Beef BBQ 

    Grandstand entertainment - Kountertop and fireworks

Saturday highlights: 

    Baby contest

    Kid's pedal pull

    Pork and Lamb BBQ

    Barn dance

    Grandstand entertainment - Tractor Pull

Sunday highlights:

    Cribbage tournament, tug of war, Monster arm wrestling

    Youth dance

    Grandstand entertainment - Motocross

Monday highlights:

    Pancake breakfast

    Livestock auction 




Customer Appreciation Ice Cream Social

Join us for homemade ice cream Monday, July 9th from 6:00-7:30 pm. The ice cream social will be held at the Greene County Community Center and the Rhythm Room dancers will once again provide entertainment. We will have homemade vanilla, chocolate and raspberry for you to choose from or try all three! 


Jenny Marshall was the lucky winner of the Kindle Fire given away by Home State Bank in our recent website unveiling contest which ran during the month of May.  There were 935 entries from 96 different individuals. Daily there were 5 lucky individuals who each won a $2 bill. Jenny is being presented the Kindle Fire by Home State staff Sue Durlam, Kristal Baugh and Kim Bendickson (l to r).



Rolling out the Red Carpet is the theme for the annual Bell Tower Festival which is this weekend in Jefferson.

Friday’s opening ceremonies start at 7:00 and will feature Elvis tribute artist Joseph Hall.

The Pork Producers will be grilling pork chops and pork burgers at the Community Center for the BBQ this year. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

The Beverage Garden will feature Heath Alan Band on Friday and Kountertop on Saturday night.

RVP1875 and History Boy Theater Company will present 3 shows of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson Musical.

The Ding Dong Dash 5K run/walk will be held Saturday morning.

The Isiserettes, a drum and drill corp dedicated to changing the lives of young people in Des Moines, are set to perform during the Bell Tower Festival parade, as well as south of the courthouse on Lincolnway from 12:30 to 1 p.m. again this year.

The Bell Tower Festival parade will be on Saturday starting at 11:00.

Rock the Red Carpet, sponsored by Gospel Open Bible Church and Project Jesus Freak, will be held at The Greene County Community Center on Saturday, June 9, at 6 p.m., with doors opening at 5:30 p.m..  A $5 cover charge will provide four hours of life-changing musical entertainment, featuring The Impact of Reason, There Goes My Hero, The Widow, At War with Giants, and Call It Karma.

Antique tractors, art show, golf tournament, poker ride, bike event, Bill Riley Talent search, mud volleyball and 3 on 3 basketball tournament are just a few of the other events planned.

For a complete list of planned activities and ticket information, please see the following link:





Financial literacy is a relatively new buzz term in the education of our students. It refers to the ability to understand day-to-day financial concepts.  The Iowa Department of Education says, “Iowa’s students deserve an education that helps them succeed in today’s technology-rich, global economy.”  Jefferson-Scranton Community School District follows the Iowa Core curriculum, which includes essential concepts and skills for 21st century learning.  Among those is financial literacy.

Home State Bank president Sid Jones says, “To be personally successful and achieve financial security and independence in our increasingly complex world and to understand the basic concepts of personal finance, financial literacy is imperative.” Sid became aware of a technology-based program called Everfi through the Iowa Bankers Association.  The Everfi program is supported and fits perfectly into the vision of the Iowa Core curriculum.  In the spring of 2011, a team of Jefferson-Scranton High School teachers, Home State Bank and Everfi officials met and agreed to partner for the 2011-2012 school year.

The Everfi program is available to students who were enrolled in the life skills class and certain business and math classes as part of an initiative to make innovative financial education available to students.  The Everfi program is web-based and uses the latest in new media technologies – video, animations, 3-D gaming, avatars, and social networking – to bring complex financial concepts to life for today’s digital generation.  Jones states, “The bank is excited to be able to provide the high school with a program that teaches students these important life skills using the technology tools that teens love – digital learning and gaming.”

Home State Bank wrapped up their Everfi involvement for the 2011-2012 school year with an interactive Jeopardy game during lunch.  Categories and questions were based on financial topics taught in the Everfi curriculum.  They varied in difficulty based on the value assigned to the question, similar to the game show version.  Students who answered the question correctly were given monopoly-style money which they could bring back the following day for cash or prizes.  Teresa Green, one of the Jefferson-Scranton teachers involved with the Iowa Core curriculum says, “This is a great teaching tool for our students to learn real-life applications.  The students had a lot of fun playing the financial Jeopardy game with Home State Bank personnel.”

The students worked hard and gained great skills from the Everfi curriculum.  In honor of that, the students who completed the program successfully received a certificate certified by the Iowa College Student Aid Commission, Everfi and Home State Bank.   




Bob Allen Joins Home State Bank As Vice President Business Banker

Sid Jones, president of Home State Bank, has announced the hiring of Bob Allen as vice president business banker. Jones stated, "We have known Bob and his family for many years and could not be more pleased than to have Bob join our Home State Bank team in providing financial services to Greene County and the surrounding area. 

Bob comes to Home State Bank with over eight years of banking experience, emphasizing in ag & commercial lending. Bob is a Greene County native and a graduate of Jefferson-Scranton High School and Iowa State University with a bachelor's degree in ag business. He is currently active in the community serving as vice president of the Greene County Fair board, treasurer of the Greene County Chamber of Commerce, and also a member of the Greene County Development Corporation, Kiwanis board and Greene County Medical Center finance committee.

He and his wife Bridget live near Churdan on the family farm. They are the parents of three children, Lizzy, Cody and Paisley. Bob enjoys spending time with his family and helping his dad around the farm.

Bob said, "I am excited about this new opportunity and look forward to continuing to serve our community."

Stop in and say hello to Bob!


Home State Bank Annual Shred Day

Another successful Shred Day was held Saturday, May 5 in the Home State Bank parking lot. Secure Shred Solutions out of Carroll provided their service for us. Over 75 cars came through to drop off bags of documents to be shredded. As a result, over 4500 pounds of product is now secure and not in a landfill! Please remember to join us next year. 



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