MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Lacy I. Rice Jr., chairman of Mountaineer Bankshares of West Virginia, was on the hunt last summer.

He was scouring Maryland, northern Virginia, and his home state for acquisitions. He wanted to add more bulk to the $750 million-asset banking company so it could compete with Ohio's Banc One Corp. and Huntington Bancshares, which had invaded West Virginia.

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