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King Retires From OPB Board; Search For Missing Cottage Grove Woman; Florence Near the Top Again; CASA Fundraiser

King Retires From OPB Board

Founding Board member of Oregon Pacific Bank, Bobby King, has retired.  King, the last remaining original board member has stepped down after 40 years of service to Florence’s home grown institution.  For the past 12 years King has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors.  King said he still remembers the day he got the call from another founding member, Dr. A.J. Brauer.

“He said there’s a group of us that have been talking and we’d like you to come aboard and form a bank in the community of Florence, we feel like there is a need for a good community bank.”

King said it was an honor to be included in the group which worked diligently according to King, to put together what is now Oregon Pacific Bank.  Talks began in the spring of 1979 and the bank began operations in December of that same year.  King said he has seen a lot of changes to banking over the years, including the housing crunch in the 2000’s.  When banking regulators came down hard on banks, He said OPB was proactive.

“They’d come into your bank and examine everything and say they want this, this, and this.  90% of the time we were already ahead of them, we had those things already done.”

When asked what he would miss most about retiring, King choked up for a moment and admitted it was the people.

”When I walk into the bank and they go Hi Bobby, Hi Bobby, it’s a big deal.”

King, who is also the owner of R&R King logging joins us for the May edition of “Our Town” to tell his story.


UPDATE:  Search For Missing Cottage Grove Woman

The Lane county Sheriff’s Department no longer considers Gemany Eidman a missing person.

Florence Near the Top Again

Florence continues to make lists when it comes to “Best of” places.  Recently the tallied votes from across the country and their 4 million users and Florence received the second most votes for Top U.S. Harbor with the number one spot going to Pandanaram/South Dartmouth, Massachusetts.  There were nominations from 1278 harbors across the U.S. in 23 states.  Executive Director of the Florence Chamber, Bettina Hannigan says vacationers across the country and around the world are coming to know Florence and this is one more accolade to prove it.

CASA Fundraiser

The Yachats Ladies Club is hosting a dinner on Saturday, April 27th from 5-7 pm in support of CASA, the Court Appointed Special Advocates.  CASA works with children who have had to be removed from their homes due to neglect or abuse.  CASA is run entirely on private and government grants and fundraising efforts.  The cost for the meal, beverage and dessert is $17.  And will be served at the Yachats Ladies Club Clubhouse a2 286 West Third Street in Yachats.