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New Online Banking Look Coming Soon

Our Online Banking will soon have a new look. All features will function the same and you will still be able to manage your accounts, pay bills, and transfer money. The only change will be the look of Online Banking. You will notice that you will login entering both your Access ID and Password on the homepage.New Look Article Image

The new online banking design will allow for easier navigation and will be more accessible using your mobile device or tablet.

If you have any questions regarding Online Banking, please contact the Electronic Banking Department at 402-363-7411.

Click here to view the demonstration video of our new online banking design.

Cornerstone Bank Receives Lender Honors from USDA Rural Development

York, Nebraska, October 27, 2016 —Cornerstone Bank in York was recognized today by USDA Rural Development Nebraska State Director Maxine Moul as a Top Ten Lender (Ranking 10th) for the Fiscal Year 2016 USDA Rural Development Guaranteed Rural Housing (GRH) loan program. Cornerstone Bank delivered in excess of $2.2 million in home loans to allow 27 rural Nebraska families to “build a better future together.”

RD Award 2016
Pictured: Gene Oxley, Maxine Moul - Director of USDA Rural Development, Angie Hass and Ashley Luethje

In Fiscal Year 2016, 79 approved lenders participated in the GRH program and provided more than $97 million to assist 948 rural Nebraska households in achieving homeownership. The program assists first time homebuyers and those who are seeking a different home because of changing family needs.

Moul said, "We appreciate the Nebraska approved lenders, our partners, who make this program such a success. We anticipate another active year and we look forward to helping more rural Nebraskans to achieve the dream of homeownership. I wish to thank Cornerstone Bank for its dedication in using the program.”

With guaranteed financing, private lending institutions provide the loans which are guaranteed by the federal government. The program features no down payment to eligible income households and no maximum mortgage limits. Homes must be located in rural areas. All communities in Nebraska are eligible for USDA Rural Development housing programs with the exceptions of Fremont, Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney, Lincoln, North Platte, Omaha and South Sioux City/Dakota City.

Community Canvas Winner Selected

Community Canvas - Mary and Sketch

YORK – Cornerstone Bank has selected Mary Cummins of Waco as the winner of the York Community Mural Contest. Mary is pictured to the right holding her original design idea.

Cornerstone asked the community of York for mural ideas for the wall to the south of their Drive-Thru branch on 6th Street and Grant Avenue. Over 60 contest entries were received. Contest registrations were due September 9, 2016. A committee reviewed the entries and selected Mary Cummins as the winner on September 15, 2016. Mary won $300 for having the winning design idea.

Upon selecting the winning contest entry, Cornerstone Bank asked Tim Alvis, a professional artist from Stromsburg, to create the final sketch for the Community Canvas. Pictured below is Kelly Holthus, Mary Cummins, Tim Alvis and Kris Holoch. 

Mary’s design included multiple scenes that all represent the York community including: history, people, agriculture, industry and education. Her flexible idea allowed for Tim to add additional scenes to the final design to reflect the entire York community.

Community Canvas Sketch - Kelly, Mary, Tim, KrisMary was born and raised in York, Nebraska and grew up on a farm. After completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts
Degree in Art, she worked as a design consultant in California. She taught art at Centennial for 29 years, overseeing all of the musical and one-act set designs. Mary has won awards in several national design contests. She now lives on her family farm with her husband, Hal.

Cornerstone Bank would like to thank everyone who submitted an entry for the York Community Canvas Mural Contest, and looks forward to seeing the final art work completed which is anticipated to be next spring.

The final artist rendering of the mural can be viewed in the lobby of the Cornerstone Bank on the corner of 6th Street and Grant Avenue. 


Cornerstone Bank Purchases The State Bank of Hildreth

HILDRETH--Effective Friday, September 30th, The State Bank of Hildreth was merged into Cornerstone Bank.

The entire staff of the former State Bank of Hildreth will continue with Cornerstone, and Matt Mundorf will serve as Vice President and Manager of the Hildreth Branch.

Matt Mundorf added becoming part of the Cornerstone family will benefit customers. Cornerstone has a reputation for community focused banking on which The State Bank of Hildreth was founded and will provide additional financial services such as online banking, mobile banking, trust and investment services to name a few.

Kelly Holthus, Chairman of the Board of Cornerstone Bank, stated that he felt the bank in Hildreth would be a very good fit for Cornerstone, as the customer base and services offered are similar to what Cornerstone is doing in several communities in east-central Nebraska.

With this addition, Cornerstone has 39 banking facilities in 30 communities and 15 insurance agencies in the 16 county area that it serves. Cornerstone Bank has $1.5 billion in total assets and is a wholly owned subsidiary of First York Ban Corp.


Cornerstone Bank Hosts the 26th Annual Careers in Agriculture Day

More than 200 high school students from 14 area high schools attended the 26th Annual Careers in Agriculture Day on September 28 at the Holthus Convention Center sponsored by Cornerstone Bank.

Keynote speaker for the day was Willow Holoubek, Executive Director for the Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (A-FAN). Willow shared the story of her journey leading into the agricultural field and her love for her current role at A-FAN. Her inspiring presentation encouraged students to recognize the importance they play in their communities as they enter the agricultural industry and to share their stories with others. She stressed that the students present were the future of the agriculture industry – and that they should be proud.

Students learned of educational opportunities, training requirements and salary range potential in agriculture related fields from roughly thirty presenters and instructors.

Topics included alternative production agriculture; conventional production agriculture and farm management; commodity marketing and grain merchandising; ag education/extension; agronomy and horticulture; ag finance and banking; sales and ag mechanics; veterinary/animal science; career bingo and a session on “Smart Credit”. Students were also given the opportunity to visit with colleges during a college fair session.

In addition to the sessions, two scholarships of $1000 each will be awarded to graduating seniors who attended the event. The scholarships are sponsored by Cornerstone Bank.

Schools attending Careers in Agriculture Day were: Aurora, Bruning-Davenport, Centennial, Central City, Exeter-Milligan, Fullerton, Hampton, Heartland, High Plains, McCool Junction, Sutton, Thayer Central, Twin Rivers and York.


Cornerstone to Purchase Murray State Bank

MURRAY – An announcement was made today that Cornerstone Bank has entered into an agreement to purchase Swedlund Management Company and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Murray State Bank. As of June 30, 2016, Murray State Bank had Total Assets of $47 million, with Total Deposits of $40 million and Total Loans of $27 million. The purchase is subject to regulatory approval with a closing date expected in the fourth quarter of 2016.

“Cornerstone Bank is very pleased to have the opportunity to expand into eastern Nebraska and acquire Murray State Bank; thereby, growing our banking operation into this rich agricultural region, as well as becoming a part of the suburban area,” stated Kelly Holthus, Chairman of Cornerstone Bank. “Cornerstone is committed to serving the smaller communities in the state, and this expansion fits well into our business plan.”

Holthus also mentioned that no personnel changes are expected.

Larry Swedlund, President and CEO of Murray State Bank, has owned and operated the bank for 42 years. He has known Kelly Holthus for many years and appreciates the way Cornerstone Bank treats its customers, employees and the communities it serves. Swedlund, who will retire upon completion of the sale, said that Cornerstone brings to Cass County large bank strength with small town and rural banking expertise.

As of June 30, 2016, Cornerstone Bank had $1.5 billion in Total Assets and with the acquisition of Murray State Bank; Cornerstone will have 40 banking branches in 31 communities. Other communities include: Albion, Aurora, Bartlett, Bradshaw, Central City, Clay Center, Columbus, Davenport, Edgar, Geneva, Glenvil, Grand Island, Guide Rock, Hampton, Harvard, Henderson, Hildreth, Marquette, McCool Junction, Monroe, North Loup, Polk, Rising City, Shelton, St. Edward, Stromsburg, Sutton, Waco, Wilcox and York. Cornerstone Bank is owned by First York Ban Corp. of York.


Cornerstone Bank Installs New ATM

East ATM Cornerstone Bank installed a new, drive-thru ATM at their downtown York branch located at 526 North Grant Avenue.

The new ATM is one of the final pieces of the construction project at the York East location and can be found in the far drive-thru lane. The building to the south of the branch was demolished in the fall of 2015, which made space for a wider drive-thru lane and some parking stalls. This is also the location of the Community Canvas, a mural contest for York residents.

“We are pleased to have a drive-thru ATM location in downtown York,” said Mandy Hengelfelt, Vice President of Marketing & Business Development at Cornerstone Bank. “This will be a great addition to the area just in time for Labor Day and Yorkfest.”

The new ATM is Cornerstone’s tenth ATM location in York. For a list of all Cornerstone Bank ATM locations, visit our ATM Locations page. 


Cornerstone Tennis Tournament - RESULTS!

The 34th Annual Cornerstone Bank Tennis Tournament was held Saturday and Sunday August 6 and 7 at the Levitt Tennis Courts in York. Over 80 competitors took part in the two day event, and there was a competition in nine separate divisions.

In the Men’s Open Championship final, Seth Harris of Crete met Erik Hjermstad of Lincoln. Harris defeated Hjermstad 6-3, 7-5.

In the Women’s Open Championship match Katherine Ternent of Lincoln defeated Clair Hying of Lincoln 6-2, 6-1.

Men's OpenSeth Harris (Crete) over Erik Hjermstad (Lincoln) 6-3, 7-5Men's Open 2016
Erik Hjermstad, Seth Harris

Men's BJameson Hofker (Lincoln) over Ed Kirkwood (Fremont) 6-4, 6-0Men's B 2016
Ed Kirkwood, Jameson Hofker

Men's 35Chris Warneke (York) over Frank Tenkorang (Kearney) 6-0, 6-0Men's 35 + 2016
Frank Tenkorang, Chris Warneke

Men's 50Phil Cook (Beatrice) over Mark Leahy (Fremont) Default after rain delay
Men's 50+ 2016
Phil Cook, Mark Leahy

Men's Open DoublesJoe Ritzdorf (Grand Island) and Comron Yazdgerdi (Hastings) over Seth Harris (Crete) and Grayson McCartney (Papillion) 3-6, 6-1, 10-6
Men's Open Doubles 2016
Grayson McCartney, Seth Harris, Joe Ritzdorf, Comron Yazdgerdi

Men's 35+ DoublesMark Leahy (Fremont) and Clark Thomas over Mike Willman (Fremont) and Chris Westergaard 3-6, 6-4, 10-7
Men's 35+ Doubles 2016
Mike Willman, Chris Westergaard, Clark Thomas, Mark Leahy

Women's OpenKatherine Ternent (Lincoln) over Claire Hying (Lincoln) 6-2, 6-1
Women's Open 2016
Katherine Ternent, Claire Hying

Women's BNicole Mittman (York) over Penny Jacobsen (York) 1-6, 6-3, 11-9
Women's B 2016
Penny Jacobsen, Nicole Mittman

Women's DoublesJennifer Heywood (Lincoln) and Kristin Weems over Tammy Tegler (Eagle) and Claire Hying (Lincoln) 6-1, 6-3
Women's Doubles 2016
Jennifer Heywood, Kristin Weems, Claire Hying, Tammy Tegler


Cornerstone Purchases Wilcox Branch of Iowa-Nebraska State Bank

Effective Friday, July 15th, the Wilcox Branch of Iowa-Nebraska State Bank was merged into Cornerstone Bank.

Mike Soneson will serve as Vice President and Manager of the Wilcox Branch. Mike is a native of the Holdrege area, and graduated from Holdrege High School and the University of Nebraska with a B.S. Degree in Agronomy.

He has farmed and also worked as a Loan Officer at the First National Bank of Holdrege for nine years. Mike and his wife, Marcia, have four grown children and nine grandchildren.

In addition to the purchase of the bank, Cornerstone also purchased the Iowa-Nebraska State Bank Insurance Agency at Wilcox. This agency will continue to be managed by Stephanie Harms.

Kelly Holthus, Chairman of the Board of Cornerstone Bank, stated that he felt the bank in Wilcox would be a very good fit for Cornerstone, as the customer base and services offered are similar to what Cornerstone is doing in several communities in east-central Nebraska.

With this addition, Cornerstone has 38 banking facilities in 29 communities and 15 insurance agencies in the 15 county area that it serves. Cornerstone Bank has $1.5 billion in total assets and is a wholly owned subsidiary of First York Ban Corp.


Cornerstone Bank Ag Intern Welcomed to York

Ag Intern - Katie

Katie Cumming, Cornerstone Bank Ag Intern, Kelly Holthus, Chairman of Cornerstone Bank, and Dr. Ron Hanson, Professor of Agribusiness at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, pose for a photo during Dr. Hanson’s visit to York.

Dr. Hanson retired this spring after 43 years of service to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He created the agribusiness program and the ag banking and finance program in the Department of Agricultural Economics. Cornerstone has enjoyed hosting an ag intern at the bank for all but one year of the program’s existence. We thank Dr. Hanson for his years of service and wish him well during retirement!