Put Your Eyes to the Test During National Eye Exam Month

Thursday, August 21 at 11:10 AM
Category: Arvest News

Your eyes. They've been with you for your entire life, but how well do you really know them? Let's see. Take out your number two virtual pencil and tell us if the following statements are "True" or "False."

  1. 39 million people in the world today are blind.
  2. 234 million people have some kind of vision impairment.
  3. 80 percent of vision problems can be avoided or cured.
  4. Vision requires 80 percent of your brain to be involved.
  5. Eyes heal quickly.
  6. Your eyes can get sunburned.
  7. Around the world, an adult goes blind every 5 seconds.
  8. Your eyes blink an average of 17 times per minute.
  9. Smoking increases the risk of eye disease.
  10. Someone can get an eye disease at any time.

If you answered "True" to all of the statements above, you not only scored 100 percent, but also made an important case for why it's critical to get a regular eye exam. In honor of the importance of eye care, the month of August has been designated as National Eye Exam Month, a period dedicated to eye health and safety. Even if you have perfect vision and your eyes don't bother you, it's critical to get your eyes examined regularly.

An eye exam can help you in a number of ways, including:

  1. Diagnose eye diseases. You could have an eye disease or the onset of one without ever experiencing any symptoms. An optometrist will be able to determine eye diseases during an exam, helping you get the treatment you need.
  2. Diagnose health issues. Your eyes say a lot about your health. An optometrist also may be able to detect signs of diabetes, high blood pressure, or glaucoma.
  3. Vision correction. Your vision changes over time. So while you may not have needed glasses before, you might need them now. In addition, if you have a prescription for eyeglasses, it may need to be updated.
  4. Better performance at school for kids. Vision problems can result in reading and other learning difficulties for children at school. That's why it's important to get your children checked regularly as well.
  5. Better health. Do you suffer from headaches? Your pain may be related to your eyes. Be sure to talk to your optometrist about any pain you experience.

Make a bright move this August!
Observe National Eye Exam Month by scheduling eye exams for you and your family members.


Friday Financial Forum Aug. 22 in Bartlesville, Okla.

Thursday, August 21 at 07:35 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Join us Friday, Aug. 22, at 10 a.m. for our Friday Financial Forum. We’ll meet in the Friday Forum Room at Arvest's Eastside Branch located at 4225 Southeast Adams Rd., Bartlesville, Okla.

Every Friday we invite customers like you to attend our one-hour Financial Forum. This Friday, we're pleased to welcome guest speaker Chris Batchelder, president and CEO of the Oklahoma State University Alumni Association.

What else you can expect at the event:

  • News: "The Scoop" about businesses coming, going and expanding in Bartlesville (Amelya Wilmott, Arvest Bank)
  • Information: Community leaders share topical, local and state information (Senator John Ford, Representative Earl Sears and city councilman Mike McGrew)
  • Updates: Arvest provides current economy and stock market trends (Sonya Reed, Arvest Bank)
  • Hilarious Anecdotes: Jim Bohnsack, Arvest Bank

We look forward to having you join us! There is no need to RSVP; just join us if you can. If you have any questions about the event, please contact Amelya Wilmott at (918) 337-4358.

Tags: Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Holy Cow in Poteau, Okla.!

Wednesday, August 20 at 10:15 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Have you seen the newest bull in town? Pop on by the Arvest in Poteau, Okla., to take a look! Arvest’s popcorn decorated bull will be tied up inside its branch at 3002 N. Broadway before MOOving to its permanent location at the Arvest ATM at 1228 S. Broadway.

As a long-time supporter of the community, Arvest is excited to join the “Bulls for Poteau Project” steered by the Poteau Chamber of Commerce and the City of Poteau. The organizations announced the project in February 2013 to beef up the arts and history in the community.

In 2013, the groups grabbed the bulls by the horns and placed the first two bulls at the north entrance to town and at the Reynolds Center. Now, other Poteau businesses are chipping in and placing painted bulls in front of their locations.

The Black Angus bull symbolizes both art and the history of the community. Senator Robert S. Kerr made the Black Angus bull notorious in Oklahoma in 1961 when he showed off his prize bull to President John F. Kennedy during a visit to the Kerr Ranch in Poteau.

Tags: Community Support, Oklahoma

Cheyne Coverdale Promoted to Branch Manager in Mountain Home, Ark.

Wednesday, August 20 at 03:15 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

We're happy to have Cheyne Coverdale rise to branch manager in Mountain Home, Ark.

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. — Arvest Bank announced that Cheyne Coverdale has been promoted from assistant branch manager to branch manager at the Arvest Mountain Home/Wallace Knob location.

Coverdale has been with Arvest for nearly seven years in the role of assistant branch manager. 

“We are thrilled to announce Cheyne’s promotion to branch manager. He has proven himself as a capable, valuable member of the Arvest Bank team,” said Tom Dame, President of Arvest North Central Arkansas. “We know he is a dedicated associate that maintains Arvest’s community focus and provides excellent customer service. We are eager to watch him grow in this position.”

After graduating from Mountain Home High School, Coverdale attended the University of Arkansas where he received a Bachelor of Science in business administration. He also graduated from the Twin Lakes leadership program through the Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce. He serves as treasurer of the Mountain Home Lion’s Club, financier for Twin Lakes Future and as a financial partner for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of the 14th Judicial District. 

Coverdale and his wife, Lindsey, have a four-year-old son, Brooks, and are expecting a daughter this fall.

Tags: Arkansas, Associates, North Central Arkansas, Press Release

Brandon Scallion Hired as Commercial Lender in Mountain Home, Ark.

Tuesday, August 19 at 04:40 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest in Mountain Home, Ark., is excited to welcome Brandon Scallion as a Commercial Lender.

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. — Arvest Bank is pleased to announce that Brandon Scallion has been hired as a Commercial Lender in Mountain Home. Scallion will report to Layton Lee, Loan Manager at Arvest Mountain Home.

Scallion was previously a loan review officer at Bank of the Ozarks for three and a half years, where he led numerous due diligence teams to assess potential targets for acquisition. He was also a bank examiner with the Arkansas State Bank Department for over five years. 

“We are excited to announce that Brandon is now a member of our lending team,” Lee said. “With over eight years of banking experience, we know that he is more than capable of exceeding our customers’ expectations and providing them with excellent customer service. We look forward to the value he will bring to our team.”

Scallion received his Bachelor of Science in finance with an emphasis in commercial banking from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and was a graduate of Woodlawn High School. He is also a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado where he received a degree in community banking.

Scallion and his wife, Christin, have two children, Landon (4 years old) and Saylor, (9 months).

Tags: Arkansas, Associates, North Central Arkansas, Press Release

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