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Formations of, Acquisitions by, and Mergers of Bank Holding Companies

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The companies listed in this notice have applied to the Board for approval, pursuant to the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 (12 U.S.C. 1841 et seq.) (BHC Act), Regulation Y (12 CFR Part 225), and all other applicable statutes and regulations to become a bank holding company and/or to acquire the assets or the ownership of, control of, or the power to vote shares of a bank or bank holding company and all of the banks and nonbanking companies owned by the bank holding company, including the companies listed below.

The applications listed below, as well as other related filings required by the Board, are available for immediate inspection at the Federal Reserve Bank indicated. The application also will be available for inspection at the offices of the Board of Governors. Interested persons may express their views in writing on the standards enumerated in the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1842(c)). If the proposal also involves the acquisition of a nonbanking company, the review also includes whether the acquisition of the nonbanking company complies with the standards in section 4 of the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1843). Unless otherwise noted, nonbanking activities will be conducted throughout the United States. Additional information on all bank holding companies may be obtained from the National Information Center website at​nic/​.

Unless otherwise noted, comments regarding each of these applications must be received at the Reserve Bank indicated or the offices of the Board of Governors not later than February 21, 2005.

A. Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland (Cindy C. West, Banking Supervisor) 1455 East Sixth Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44101-2566:

1. Central Bancshares, Inc., Lexington, Kentucky; to acquire 100 percent of the voting shares of First Bank, Inc., Louisville, Kentucky.

2. Commodore Financial Network, Inc., Somerset, Ohio; to become a bank holding company by acquiring 100 percent of the voting shares of Commodore Bank, Somerset, Ohio.

3. Hometown Bancorp, Inc., Kent, Ohio; to become a bank holding company by acquiring 100 percent of the voting shares of Home Savings Bank, Kent, Ohio.

B. Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (Patrick Wilder, Assistant Vice President) 230 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60690-1414:

1. Freedom Bancshares, Inc., Sheldon, Iowa; to become a bank holding company by acquiring 100 percent of the voting shares of Freedom Bank, Sheldon, Iowa (in organization).

C. Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (Randall C. Sumner, Vice President) 411 Locust Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63166-2034:

1. Southern Trust Bancshares, Inc., Goreville, Illinois; to become a bank holding company by acquiring 100 percent of the voting shares of SouthernTrust Bank, Goreville, Illinois (in organization).

D. Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (Donna J. Ward, Assistant Vice President) 925 Grand Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri 64198-0001:

1. Frontier Management LLC, and Frontier Holdings, LLC, both of Madison, Nebraska; to become bank holding companies by acquiring 100 percent of the voting shares of Bank of Madison, Madison, Nebraska.

E. Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (Tracy Basinger, Director, Regional and Community Bank Group) 101 Market Street, San Francisco, California 94105-1579:

1. Western Sierra Bancorp, Cameron Park, California; to acquire 100 percent of the voting shares of Gold Country Financial Services, Inc., Marysville, California, and thereby indirectly acquire Gold County, N.A., Marysville, California.

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Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, January 21, 2005.

Robert deV. Frierson,

Deputy Secretary of the Board.

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[FR Doc. 05-1429 Filed 1-25-05; 8:45 am]