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Business digest: Sunday, June 26

From Staff and Wire Reports
June 25, 2011 at 11 p.m.


<strong>School administrator announces retirement</strong>

Phillip Brown has announced his retirement from East Texas Christian School after a 45-year career in education.

Brown has served at schools in Kansas, New Mexico, Louisiana and Texas. He said 29 years of his career have been spent in Christian education.

Carolyn Williams, with East Texas Christian School, said many students, parents and guests at the school may remember him in part for his trademark phrase, "How may I serve you?"

He has been principal at the school for the past six years and helped lead the school to receive accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Brown and his wife, Reba, were honored with a retirement reception May 22 at the school.

Chandra Watson will begin serving as administrator at the school July 1. She holds a masters degree in education and has taught in Lubbock, Kilgore, Longview and at East Texas Christian School.

Watson has been the director of an early childhood development facility and has served as assistant principal at East Texas Christian School. The school is an accredited, interdenominational school holding classes for students from kindergarten through the 12th grade.

<strong>Bank announces promotions of two</strong>

Rogers Pope, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Texas Bank and Trust Co., has announced the promotion of Mindy McCaw to vice president and trust officer and Janet Hedrick to assistant vice president and trust officer.

McCaw is a graduate of Longview High School and holds a bachelor of science degree in home economics with a minor in special education from Stephen F. Austin State University. She has also earned a general banking diploma from the American Institute of Banking.

A former teacher, McCaw has been employed in the bank's trust and investment division for 20 years. She is responsible for supervising all aspects of trust operations, including maintaining the trust accounting system, managing the movement and control of securities or assets and the generation of all tax worksheets and tax information.

McCaw is a member of Mobberly Baptist Church.

A native of Longview, Hedrick has been employed with Texas Bank and Trust for eight years. Within the retirement plan services area of the trust department, she works with ERISA compliance as it pertains to the IRS and the Department of Labor regarding all retirement plan clients as well as administering the Texas Bank and Trust retirement plan.

Hedrick graduated cum laude from the University of Cincinnati where she earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting. She has also earned the designation of Qualified 401(k) Administrator from the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries, and is working toward a designation from the IRS as an enrolled retirement plan agent.

<strong>Oil, gas industry courses offered at Kilgore College</strong>

The Kilgore College Workforce Development Department is offering oil and gas industry courses during July and August.

The department will offer 24 courses in PEC training and medic first aid. Courses are scheduled on various weekdays and Saturdays.

Kilgore College is certified by PEC Premier as a contractor assistance program participant and by Medic First Aid International as an official training center.

Certification cards will be issued by the college with most drilling companies required contractors' employees to complete PEC and Medic First Aid training and carry cards before being allowed to work on drilling sites.

All training is in the Bert E. Woodruff Adult Education Center in Kilgore.

The college's department also offers these courses as a company-specific contract to businesses that need training exclusive to their employees.

For information about contracts or to register for the scheduled July and August classes, contact Ben Cammack in the Kilgore College Workforce Development Department at (903) 983-8290 or email bcammack@kilgore.edu.

For information, visit www.kilgore.edu/workforce.asp. Courses include:

<ul> <li>PEC Basic-Safeland -This is an eight-hour course, scheduled for July 7, 14, 26, 29 and Aug. 1, 9 and 12. The training is one day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $130 per student. PEC cards will be issued and each student will earn KC continuing education credits including a permanent college transcript.</li> <li>PEC Refresher - This is a one-day, eight-hour course, scheduled for July 8, 9, 12, 23 and Aug. 2 and 8, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is offered various week days and twice on Saturdays. Cost is $130 per student. PEC cards will be issued and each student will earn KC continuing education credits including a permanent college transcript.</li> <li>PEC Core - This is a 24-hour, three-day course, scheduled for Wednesday through Friday, July 20 to 22. Cost is $250 per student. PEC cards will be issued, and each student will earn KC continuing education credits including a permanent college transcript.</li> <li>Medic First Aid - This is a one-day, seven-hour course, scheduled for July 15, 16, 28 and Aug. 4, 5, 11, 16 and 18, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Medic First Aid cards will be issued, and each student will earn KC continuing education credits including a permanent college transcript.</li> </ul>

<strong>U.S. oil, natural gas rig count up by 22</strong>

HOUSTON - The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by 22 this week to 1,882.

Houston-based drilling product provider Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 1,003 rigs were exploring for oil and 873 for natural gas. Six were listed as miscellaneous.

Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Oklahoma gained 11 rigs and Texas added five.

Louisiana was the only state to lose rigs, dropping six.

- Editor's note:

Deadline for submissions for the Longview News-Journal's Sunday Business Digest is 5 p.m. Tuesday. Submissions may be faxed to (903) 757-3742; emailed to melswick@news-journal.com or mailed to: Mike Elswick, business editor, Longview News-Journal, P.O. Box 1792, Longview, TX 75606. For questions, call (903) 237-7737.

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