First Bank, a local community bank, recently presented Bethel College with a gift in the amount of $15,000.  The funds will be used to replace seating in Thresher Gym and allocated to other projects by the college.  Bethel College is a four year, private liberal arts college and is the oldest Mennonite College in North America.

First Bank President, Ray Penner, stated, “We are happy to make this contribution to the college as well as the students that it serves.  The college brings great value to our community and we look forward to partnering with them now and in the future.”

First Bank is Harvey County’s oldest bank, established in 1873.  The bank has four locations and eleven ATMs in Newton and Hesston.