First Merchants Awards Scholarship to Bellmont Teen

Decatur Market President Dean Fuelling presents a scholarship check to Bellmont's Josh Hall.DECATUR, Ind. - First Merchants Bank recently awarded a $1,000 college scholarship to Bellmont High School graduate Josh Hall. Josh will be a freshman at Ball State University this fall, pursuing a degree in Business.

FMB Sponsors Ladies Golf Competition

WABASH, Ind. - First Merchants once again sponsored this year's Ladies’ Golf Association competition at the Honeywell golf course in Wabash. First Merchants personal lender Tony Milllspaugh handed out prizes to the top two teams at the June 4 event.

The winning team, with a score of 111, was Lana Garber, Shirley Walter, Jane Mann and Jayne Pepple. Placing second was the team of Loretta Cornwell, Sandi Kastner, Ann Ridenour and Connie Squires with a score of 117.

Small Business Week Events Scheduled June 17-21

MUNCIE, Ind. - As part of this year's National Small Business Week, June 17-21, the Indiana District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration will be participating in a series of workshops and events across the state. As an SBA Preferred lender, First Merchants supports their efforts and the small businesses they serve.

First Merchants Serves: Red-tail Land Conservancy

First Merchants Serves logoMUNCIE, Ind. - On Friday, April 26, 15 First Merchants employees got 'outside' their comfort zone and participated in the first Delaware County 2013 First Merchants Community Day event at the Red-tail Nature Preserve.

First Merchants Supports Interlock Autism Event

Lisa Funkhouser, First Merchants Trust Company;  Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler; and Chad Shelley, Madison Street Banking Center Manager, show their support at the 2013 Autism Walk, 5K Run and Silent Auction.MUNCIE, Ind. - First Merchants Bank was a supporter of the 2013 Autism Walk, 5K Run and Silent Auction held on April 27 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.

First Merchants Corporation and CFS Bancorp, Inc. Announce the Signing of a Definitive Merger Agreement

MUNCIE, Ind. and MUNSTER, Ind. - First Merchants Corporation (NASDAQ: FRME) and CFS Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: CITZ) today announced they have executed a definitive agreement whereby CFS will merge with and into First Merchants, and its wholly-owned bank subsidiary, Citizens Financial Bank, will merge with and into First Merchants Bank, NA.

Employees Attend Auction for Children's Center

Kevin Eckerty and Erin McLaughlin show off artwork created by children attending Huffer Memorial Children's CenterMUNCIE, Ind. - In support of the Huffer Memorial Children's Center, First Merchants Bank employees attended their silent auction and open house on Thursday, April 25, 2013. The silent auction included art created by the children who attend Huffer.

Donations benefit Portland food bank

PORTLAND, Ind. - Portland employees of First Merchants Bank recently supported Girl Scout Troop 3047 of Jay County in “Scouting for Food 2013.” Employees donated a variety of food items as well as financial donations. The troop will be delivering all the food donations to the Helping Hands Food Bank in Portland.

For more information about the food bank and information on how to donate, call 260.726.9318.

Phishing Text Message - ALERT To Customers

Criminals have been adding phishing phone calls and phishing text messaging to their methods of stealing your personal information. They are sending unexpected communications that state there is some sort of problem with your account. Then they instruct you to provide your personal information. This should not be trusted.

Jack Demaree Receives Spirit of Muncie Award

MUNCIE, Ind. - Jack Demaree has been named the recipient of the 2013 Al Rent Spirit of Muncie Award, awarded by the Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the Chamber Champions awards luncheon.