Letters From Leton: Sit On Stove And Stir

Those who spend much time around me know of (and tolerate) my “peculiarities” regarding words and their use or misuse for communication. Examples abound. Signs saying “End Trash Pickup” or “End Road Work” along the highways we travel – Who are these people who want to end trash pickup or road work? And would it… Read more »





SMBs: Mitigating the Top 3 Cybersecurity Threats

Without technology, businesses and consumers would not have been able to stay connected amidst the global pandemic, Covid-19. At the same time, heavier reliance on interconnected systems opens businesses and consumers up to increased cyber security risks. On top of that, looming warnings of Russian cyberthreats mean that small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) need to… Read more »



Letters From Leton: Möchten Sie Tanzen?

It was one of those picture-perfect late August mountain days in 1994. The day was hot, the humidity was low, and the cool of the evening was approaching. Mae and I were sitting on the deck as my wife, Tammie, and our kid’s godfather, Hans, were cleaning up from dinner. My conversation with Mae shortly… Read more »



Letters From Leton: What Were We Thinking?

During my time at the Virginia Bankers Association back in the day, we worked with the General Assembly on a bill that required the date a checking account was opened appear on the face of the check. The issue – merchants were getting so many bad checks, primarily on newer accounts, and losing lots of money.… Read more »



Letters From Leton: We The People

Earlier this month the ABA and Virginia Bankers Association (VBA) held the annual Washington Visit. While I have attended many previous Washington Visits, traveling to our nation’s Capital this year was very special in my role as Chairman of the VBA. As I anticipated this trip, I reflected on what “I” have done to be… Read more »



Special Homebuyer Programs (First Time Homebuyers & Community Partners Home Loans)

In participation with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta’s First-Time Homebuyer Program and Community Partners Product Program, Powell Valley National Bank is helping consumers access funding assistance for down-payment proceeds and closing costs associated with a new home purchase. First-Time Homebuyer Buying your first home is an important milestone in your life. Here at… Read more »





Letters From Leton: Commitment

A couple Saturdays ago was my day to work at the Wise office. It was a cold and snowy morning. It had snowed another four inches that night, and the roads were a bit slippery and covered. As customary, I went by Hardee’s in Wise before work to pick up breakfast for my teammate (and… Read more »