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Wednesday, May 25, 2011 • Posted May 25, 2011

Drive-thru banking.We all do it.Last week it turned deadly at Commercial Bank.A freak accident.Somewhere around twelve noon.The driver apparently had a seizure.Or passed out.And his pick-up kept on going, across the road, over the curbs, and through the rock wall of the bank.Right into Bobbie McMillan’s office.As luck would have it…Or karma, Divine Plan, fluke, whatever…Bobbie was eating lunch at Northside Café.And Kim Jordan wasn’t at her desk either.Or both would have been hit.Not to mention customers who might have been with them.Or anyone else in the bank.Michael.Brenda.Christy.Sharon.Gigi.Elizabeth.Shelby.The driver is still in the hospital.Hopefully recovering.And the corner of Commercial Bank is boarded up.But the effect of the occurrence continues to resonate.A small town comes together.The Mason Volunteer Fire Department was on the scene at once.So was EMS.And the Mason County Sheriff and Deputies.Mason employees of TxDOT were there.As was Jerry Bearden, County Judge.Shain Chapman, County Attorney.Brent Hinckley, Mayor.Pastor Tim, First United Methodist Church.And crowds of concerned family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues.Those with cell phones kept others informed.Love, care, and prayers poured into the bank.News spread fast via email and text.Calls came in from Austin, Dallas, Houston, McAllen, and even Louisiana, wanting to know if everybody in the bank was alright.One way or another, we felt the impact.We do our banking there.We know the driver and his family.We know everybody in the bank.We’re kinfolk.We’re neighbors.We go to the same church.Our children play together. We’re friends.And, as a community, we are one.That’s Mason.

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