First Sentry Bank opens in Putnam County

Huntington, W.Va., 10/10/16: First Sentry Bank, a $600 million community bank headquartered in Huntington, West Virginia, announced today that it has officially opened in Putnam County, West Virginia after completing its merger with Rock Branch Community Bank on October 7, 2016. Rock Branch Community Bank will now operate as First Sentry Bank and the Putnam County banking office is located at 4650 First Street in Nitro, West Virginia.

“Putnam County has been in our strategic plan for some time and the merger with Rock Branch provides a great introduction for us in the region as we will hit the ground running. We look forward to developing our brand of banking in the region as well as being active and meaningful participants in the community,” said Geoffrey S. Sheils, President and CEO of First Sentry Bank.

Former Rock Branch customers have the ability to enjoy First Sentry’s ever-increasing modern financial products and services such as internet banking, mobile banking, e-mail bank statements, ApplePay, debit card rewards program and more. Commercial customers will also benefit from First Sentry’s larger lending limits, cash management and remote deposit products while retaining the quality customer service and prompt credit decisions for which community banks like Rock Branch and First Sentry are well-known.

Former Rock Branch President, CEO and Chairman Joseph K. McDonie stated, “First Sentry Bank and their team have been trusted colleagues for many years and now they’re teammates. We couldn’t have merged with a better partner and we are confident our customers will appreciate the type of service they receive.”

First Sentry Bank, a West Virginia state chartered bank has been recognized for several years by American Banker Magazine as one of the Top 200 Community Banks in America. Additionally, the bank maintains a 5-star rating, the highest possible rating by Bauer Financial, the nation’s leading independent bank rating firm.

First Sentry Bancshares, Inc. is a one bank holding company headquartered in Huntington, West Virginia with full service banking offices in Huntington, Barboursville, Hamlin and Nitro, West Virginia. The company, which started in 1996, currently has roughly $600 million in assets and $435 million in loans outstanding. More information can be obtained at