February 3, 1999
HOW TO measure the loss of a planned $6 million headquarters of Carroll County Bank & Trust in Westminster? The evaporation of 135 promised jobs? Collapse of the major redevelopment project for downtown Westminster? The disappearance of a strong, 150-year-old locally owned bank?After a nasty court fight over stockholder demands to sell, CCB&T became an attractive target in the frenzy of nationwide bank consolidation. BB&T Corp. of North Carolina last week reeled in the bank, Carroll County's largest, and its holding company, Mason-Dixon Bancshares Inc.The greatest impact for Westminster is the loss of the painstakingly planned redevelopment of the former Farmers Supply Co. site into an office center, parking structure and bank headquarters.
August 31, 1997
The FBI joined the Harford County Sheriff's Department in looking for a man who robbed a First Mariner Bank branch yesterday afternoon near Bel Air, leaving behind a package he said was a bomb.Authorities were also trying to determine whether the 1: 25 p.m. robbery at the bank office in the Festival Shopping Center south of Bel Air is related to four others at Harford banks since Aug. 20, said Sgt. Edward Hopkins, a department spokesman.Hopkins said the robber approached one of the two tellers on duty, telling her he had a bomb and implying that he had a gun. The teller gave him an undisclosed amount of money from her cash drawer, and he fled, leaving the package on the counter.
May 7, 1998
Carroll County Bank & Trust Co., a key player in the revitalization of downtown Westminster, is seeking to expand its Englar Road branch.Westminster Planning and Zoning Commission will review a site plan for the proposed project at 7 p.m. today. The meeting will be held at Westminster City Hall, 1838 Emerald Hill Lane.Bank officials are seeking permission to build a 2,200-square-foot addition to the one-story, 4,400-square-foot branch. The addition would be to the rear of the building."The branch has had double-digit growth every year for the past five years," said Ed Gottleib, senior vice president of the bank.
March 19, 2000
Carroll County Bank-BB&T changeover is complete Branches of Carroll County Bank & Trust Co. are BB&T Corp. banks. Mason-Dixon Bancshares Inc., parent company of Carroll County Bank, was bought by BB&T of North Carolina last year. The switch was completed Friday. Carroll County Bank had branches in Westminster, Eldersburg, Mount Airy, Finksburg, Hampstead, Manchester, Taneytown and the Baltimore metropolitan area. Michael Oster, former chief executive of Carroll County Bank, is president of BB&T's Westminster-based Central Maryland region.
February 24, 1994
Carroll Bank employees complete trainingEd Miller, Judy Casey and Sharon Byron, employees of Carroll County Bank and Trust Co. in Westminster, have completed the Small Business Administration's Pro-forma Statement Training Program. Participants learned how the SBA views the preparation of an adjusted balance sheet to arrive at tangible net worth.Carroll County Bank and Trust has its headquarters in Westminster. The bank serves Carroll County through 11 branch offices.
January 29, 1999
Already reeling from the loss of the downtown post office and Mather's department store, Westminster officials learned yesterday that plans for a $6 million development and 135 new jobs have been canceled as part of a bank merger.The news came with an announcement that Westminster-based Carroll County Bank & Trust Co. would be acquired by BB&T Corp. of Winston, N.C."As of yesterday, 135 new jobs were created. As of today, the world has changed," said Karen Blandford, Westminster's manager of housing and community development.