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Business Beat

By Staff
July 28, 2002
Jeff McCoy has joined Community Bank, Meridian, as senior vice president.
McCoy graduated from Mississippi State University with a bachelor's degree in banking and finance. McCoy is a graduate of Louisiana State University's School of Banking of the South and has more than 23 years of banking experience.
McCoy is a member of the board for the Choctaw Area Council and Boy Scouts of America. He and his wife, Ethel Ann, have two children, Kyle and Leah. The family attends DeKalb United Methodist Church.
Angie Shirley recently received her Certified Public Accountant certificate at a presentation ceremony held at Central High School Auditorium in Jackson.
Shirley is the daughter of Harvey and Janis Smith of Meridian. She is married to Roger Shirley and has a daughter, Allie Shirley.
She holds a bachelor's degree from Livingston University. Her company is Angie Shirley, CPA, formerly known as Bonita Accounting.
Sonja Hardy of Lauderdale County was one of 16 people who took the real estate broker's examination in June. Hardy passed the exam and will receive the Salesperson License.
The examination consists of 100 questions prepared by the American College Testing Services for Real Estate License Law Officials across the United States and Canada. Applicants are questioned concerning the Mississippi real estate law, and rules and regulations governing their activities in that vocation.
Charles W. Nicholson Jr., president of Community Bank, Meridian, has announced the promotion of two staff members Laura M. Wilson to branch officer and Cathy K. Lewis to loan administration officer.
Wilson is a graduate of Mississippi State University. She has a bachelor of business administration degree in banking and finance and a master's degree in business administration. She has worked with Community Bank for two years as a loan administrator.
While in college, Wilson received the 2000 Mississippi Young Banker Award and was president of Students in Free Enterprise. She volunteers with the United Way of East Mississippi and the American Cancer Society and is a committee member for Mississippi Junior Miss.
Wilson and her husband, Jake, attend First Baptist Church in Meridian.
Lewis, with over 21 years of banking experience, has been with Community Bank for three years as a loan administration manager. She volunteers with the United Way of East Mississippi and the American Cancer Society.
Lewis is the mother of 11-year-old twins, Megan and Kevin. The family attends Enterprise Baptist Church.
Local bail bondsman Susan Ethridge was elected to the board of the Professional Bail Agents of Mississippi at a recent conference on the Gulf Coast. Ethridge will serve a two-year term as one of four board members representing the association's Central District.
The Professional Bail Agents Association of Mississippi is the voice of bondsmen statewide, and lobbies the Mississippi State Legislature on bail bond-related issues. The association was established in 1992 and has offices in Jackson. It's current membership is more than 1,200.
Its main purpose is to foster professionalism in the business and provide training and education to its members. The association also strives to promote a closer relationship between the industry and the criminal justice system. Membership is restricted to licensed bail agents in Mississippi. Regular board meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month.

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