Belleville bank appoints a new manager; Granite City resident honored

BMO Harris Bank has appointed Amanda Smoot as its new Belleville branch manager. Prior to this position, Smoot served as assistant vice president at the Bank of Springfield in Shiloh and was an assistant manager at Regions Bank in O’Fallon.

Smoot is an ambassador for the O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce, member of the Rotary Club of O’Fallon and served on the Membership Committee of the Homebuilders Association of Southwestern Illinois.

Granite City resident honored as Employee of the Year

Unity Hospice of Greater St. Louis has named Dawn Whitmire of Granite City as its 2017 Employee of the Year. The award recognizes employees who have demonstrated extraordinary devotion to their work and patients. They must also exhibit the values of compassion, honor, outreach, integrity, commitment and excellence.

Whitmire has worked for hospice for almost 15 years. She started as a certified nursing assistant, has held many roles in the company and now works as its community relations representative. Whitmire has four children and one granddaughter.

Heidi Wiechert: 618-239-2500, @BND_HeidiW