Bomb Scare Closes Northeast Arkansas Banks

AUGUST 8, 2005 - Posted at 4:07 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - A Jonesboro-based banking company closed all of its branches today, after a mid-morning bomb scare.

The scary moments happened for employees of First Community Bank's main Jonesboro facility on Highland Drive.

The bank received a bomb threat shortly before 9 a.m., according to a company official.  Bank executives immediately called authorities, and, under their advisement, closed the bank and all of its northeast Arkansas branches at 1 p.m.

Customer Lynn Bayless of Jonesboro says he found out about the bank's closing by reading a message posted to the bank's door.

"I read the note, and it said a bomb threat and that seems rather surprising for someone in Jonesboro to get a bomb threat," said Bayless.

"Well, I saw the note and didn't really know what to think right then, but it really doesn't surprise me because of the way things are anymore," said customer Douglas Coleman.

First Community Bank plans to re-open all of its branches at their normal times Tuesday.