Originally created 06/05/99

Growing bank elects new board



Samuel Fowler Jr.'s 10-year history with Georgia-Carolina Bancshares Inc. makes him a capable leader to guide the community bank holding company into an era of growth, said Patrick G. Blanchard, president and chief executive officer of First Bank.

Georgia-Carolina Bancshares recently elected Mr. Fowler as chairman of its board of directors.

Mr. Fowler, a Thomson attorney, has served for the past decade in various capacities on the board of the holding company that owns First Bank.

Other appointments to the board include Larry DeMeyers, J. Randal Hall, George O. Hughes, George H. Inman, Julian W. Osbon and Bennye M. Young.

"We have a very strong board of directors that has lots of connections with the community," Mr. Fowler said. "It's very helpful in generating new business."

There are two bank branches in operation: First Bank-McDuffie in Thomson and First Bank-Augusta, which opened in Daniel Village shopping center in March.

A third bank -- First Bank-Columbia County -- is slated for completion by October in the West Town Shopping Center on Washington Road in Martinez.

The board also has appointed a site selection committee to decide where a fourth First Bank branch will be built.

"I am very excited about our growth opportunities," Mr. Fowler said.

As of April 30, First Bank of Georgia announced that it had total assets of about $52 million, an increase of 16 percent since Dec. 31, 1998.

Heidi Coryell covers business for The Augusta Chronicle. She can be reached at (706) 823-3215.