Taking Care of Business: Bayless leaves Legend for First State

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, March 24, 2018

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Nate Bayless moved across the street.

The former vice president of commercial lending services at Legend Bank in Decatur is now vice president of lending services at First State Bank, located just across Farm Road 51 South from Legend.

According to a press release, Bayless will focus on generating new customer prospects and expanding commercial and business lending in Wise County. He had been with Legend for six years.

Bayless is a member of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce and was vice president of the executive board the last two years. He’s a graduate of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas Lending Institute and served as vice president for two years.

Bayless holds a Bachelor of Science in finance with a focus on real estate and a Master of Business Administration from Angelo State University.


The other First State Bank, with locations in Bridgeport, Chico, Paradise and Runaway Bay, is having a free shred day Saturday, April 21, at the Bridgeport and Paradise locations.

Citizens are invited to bring unwanted confidential documents (old tax returns, monthly bills, credit card offers, bank statements, etc.) and shred them on-site at no cost. Staples are allowed, but do not bring three-ring binders, metal, plastic bags, cardboard, DVDs or electronics.

(Personal note: I wish banks would be more creative with their names. It gets incredibly confusing.)


Bottled water is important to volunteer fire departments, and to make sure Bridgeport VFD’s supply is adequate, Stagecoach Rehabilitation is having a water drive.

To help, donate water March 26-30 at Stagecoach, 2108 15th Street, and they will match donations, then deliver all of it to the fire department. Questions? Call 940-683-8500.


I don’t even remember the last time I had Chick-fil-A.

Spring break didn’t go as planned. Three states, no C-f-A. Sad story, I know.

Days Without Chick-fil-A in Wise County (starting in 2018) – 83.

Kristen Tribe is the Messenger’s assistant publisher. To submit a news item to Taking Care of Business, email

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