News Briefs for April 23, 2008

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By The Staff

Local bank earns highest rating for safety and soundness

BauerFinancial, Inc. of Coral Gables, Florida, the nation's leading independent bank rating and research firm announced that United Citizens Bank and Trust, Campbellsburg has once again achieved its highest 5-star rating. The 5-star rating is based on the overall financial picture of the bank and indicates that United Citizens Bank and Trust is one of the strongest banks in the nation. This quarter represents the 59th consecutive time that United Citizens Bank and Trust has earned this highest honor. Institutions like United Citizens Bank and Trust that have achieved a 5-Star rating for 10 years or longer have yet another distinction: Exceptional Performance Bank." Only 15 percent of the nations banks are branded as such.

United Citizens Bank and Trust was established in 1872 and has been steadfastly serving the financial needs of its neighbors and friends for 136 years. It operates through five conveniently located offices in Campbellsburg, Carrollton, New Castle, Pendleton and Port Royal and can be found on the Internet at www.unitedcitizensbank.com.

Postal Customer Appreciation Day

This is an invitation to visit the post office of your choice or visit them all for Customer Appreciation Day at any Henry County Post Office on Friday, April 25. Join us for cookies and drinks between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Please check with your local post office for exact hours. Door prizes and information on the new rate increase will be offered to all who attend. This appreciation day is sponsored by the Bethlehem. Campbellsburg, Eminence, New Castle, Pendleton, Pleasureville, Port Royal, Smithfield and Sulphur Post Offices.

New Priority Mail Large Flat-Rate Boxes offer great value and convenience

When mailing packages, customers should consider the tremendous value and convenience of Priority Mail Flat-Rate Boxes.

The Post office now offers three Priority Mail Flat-Rate Box sizes each identified by a red starbust with the priority mail label on the outside. The new Priority Mail Large Flat-Rate Box (12"x12"x5"), 50 percent larger than the current box, can be used for both domestic and international shipments. There is also a five percent online discount. The first flat-rate box was introduced in November 2004. There is also a $2 discount, if shipped to an Army Post Office or Fleet Post Office (APO/FPO) address, a postal first for the armed forces.

Anything that fits into the Priority Mail Flat-Rate boxes, up to 70 pounds, can be shipped to any destination in the United States (including military addresses). Just make sure the items fit without altering the shape or size of the box.

They're available at the Post Office, online at www.usps.com/shippingsupplies or by telephone at 1-800-STAMP-24. The boxes are shipped at no charge.

You can give your postage-paid Priority Mail Flat-Rate box to your carrier or you can go online at http://www.usps.com/ to request carrier pickup the next day at no charge. Due to aviation security policies, only stamped items that weigh less than 13 ounces can be deposited into collection boxes. Contact your local post office for more information.

Submitted by Bethlehem, Campbellsburg, Eminence, New Castle, Pendleton, Pleasureville, Port Royal, Smithfield and Sulphur post offices.