SOURCE: National Bankshares, Inc.

National Bankshares, Inc.

May 12, 2010 16:30 ET

National Bankshares, Inc. Board of Directors Declares Semi-Annual Dividend and Continues Stock Repurchase Plan

BLACKSBURG, VA--(Marketwire - May 12, 2010) -  NATIONAL BANKSHARES, INC. (NASDAQ: NKSH) announced today that its Board of Directors approved payment on June 1, 2010 of a semi-annual dividend of $0.44 per share to stockholders of record as of May 24, 2010. This dividend is 7.3% higher than the semi-annual dividend that was paid on June 1, 2009.

In other business, the Board of Directors renewed its authorization of a stock repurchase plan under which management is authorized to purchase up to 100,000 shares of National Bankshares, Inc.'s common stock in the open market. This authorization extends from June 1, 2010 to May 31, 2011. The Company's current stock repurchase plan expires on May 31, 2010. The Company's management has not yet determined how many shares, if any, might be purchased under the continued stock repurchase plan. 

National Bankshares, Inc. is a financial holding company headquartered in Blacksburg, Virginia. It is the parent company of National Bank, a community bank that has 25 office locations throughout Southwest Virginia. Additional information is available on the Company's web site at

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    James G. Rakes
    Chairman, President & CEO
    (540) 951-6236
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    David K. Skeens
    (540) 951-6347
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