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Last week’s weather may have been snowy, but that didn’t stop Grant County’s newest business from welcoming in its first customers.
Amid the winter flurries, Greg and Rhonda Ours opened the doors to their antique and collectibles shop, Yours, Mine & Ours Boutique.
The couple was joined by members of the local business community for an official ribbon cutting, hosted by the Grant County Chamber of Commerce.
“My goal as a store owner is that if someone comes in with their family, that every single person, adult and child, would find something they love in the store and that thing was affordable for them to take home,” R. Ours said. “That’s why we named the store Yours, Mine & Ours, because antiques are for everyone.”
Prior to finding their way to Petersburg, the couple lived in Atlanta, Ga., where R. Ours owned an antique store. However, the couple would soon find themselves forced to live apart, as G. Ours took an early retirement from his career to move back to Grant County to be with his father, who recently passed away from cancer. As Covid hit, R. Ours decided to close up the shop in Atlanta and join her husband in West Virginia, where the couple reopened as Yours, Mine & Ours Boutique.
“This is where we wanted to retire, this is where we want to live out the rest of our lives,” R. Ours said. “Every year we would be in the Four of July Parade on the Model A, and I had just fallen in love with downtown Petersburg. So when we saw this building that I had loved so much, was available, we knew it was meant to be.”
R. Ours, an accountant by trade, found her love of antiquing when working for a retail chain store in Georgia. During that time, one of the locations she managed was an antique store with more than 200 vendors. Her first love in the antique world was vintage jewelry. She began visiting flea markets on the weekends, searching for pieces to collect. G. Ours shares his wife’s interest in collectibles, with a specific interest in antique metal toys.
However, while the Ours may have a heart and eye for antiques, their goal isn’t to build a large collection, but instead to share that interest with others.
“We are in the business of selling things, we want everything to be affordable to other people who may love them as much as we do,” explained R. Ours. “We price everything appropriately. It can be hard not to get attached to things but there is nothing that makes me more happy then for someone to come in and love something as much as I do. That makes me so excited and I want them to be able to take it home.”
As longtime business owners, the Ours bring to the community a wealth of experience in entrepreneurship.
“A business is like a parachute, it has to be open in order to be successful,” G. Ours said. “And I think that applies to a lot in life. You have to keep an open mind and if you don’t your never going to learn anything.”
R. Ours carries a similar mindset, saying she had learned a lot about the value of life after the death of her son five years ago.
“Don’t worry about the things the you have no control over,” R. Ours said. “Do what you love, life is too short. Don’t take things for granted and find what you love, the pursue it.”
Among those who attended the ribbon cutting was Grant County Chamber of Commerce president Kirk Wilson.
“Even amid all this, in the middle of a pandemic, we are continuing to grow business,” Wilson said. “We grow because people realize West Virginia is a great place to be.”
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The Petersburg Volunteer Fire Company has added a new memorial plaque to its Welton Room at the firehouse.
The plaque was added in honor of Harold Roby, who dedicated many years of his life to helping the community through the volunteer fire service.
“Harold Roby spent many, many years as a very dedicated member to Petersburg Volunteer Fire Company serving and protecting the citizens of Petersburg and surrounding areas,” explained PVFC First Captain, Hunter Whetzel. “He was a huge asset during the recovery process from the 1985 flood assisting in getting the firehouse back up and going.”
The plaque was donated by the Roby family, with work by Rodney Hedrick and Custom Laser Etching and Engraving LLC.
“Harold was involved in trips to spec out new fire trucks as well as always willing to lend a helping hand when needed,” Whetzel said. “His years of service and countless hours on calls and fundraisers are much appreciated as well as the generous donation in his memory. His honor will always be with the members of PVFC.”
More information on PVFC awards and recognitions from their annual Fireman’s Banquet coming in a future edition of the Press.
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According to an update provided by the Potomac Highlands Guild, the Grant County Harm Reduction Program exchanged 300 syringes last month.
The harm reduction program, sometimes referred to as a needle exchange program, allow those struggling with addiction to exchange used (or “dirty”) needles for clean syringes. These programs remove dangerous needles from the community, reduce the number of discarded needles in the area and reduce the chances of blood-borne illnesses in the population.
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Gov. loosens restrictions, Grant County schools reopen four days a week
As vaccine roll-outs continue, the number of active Covid-19 cases in the county continue to decline, with last week showing only 13 new positive cases of the virus. This is a sharp drop from earlier in the season, with positive numbers reaching as high as 30 new cases a day.
This is a statistic reported throughout the state, with Covid-19 numbers falling in many West Virginia counties.
According to the Grant County Health Department’s (GCHD) most recent update on Feb. 21, the county now sits at 1,196 total Covid cases with 1,123 recoveries. The GCHD reports less than 20 current active cases and 24 deaths listed as “Covid related,” six of which are from the Grant Rehabilitation and Care Center in Petersburg.
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Approves second resource officer at schools
During their recent meeting, the Grant County Commission heard an update about the ongoing efforts to expand high speed internet throughout the county. Last year, the county received a grant through the Grant County Development Authority to conduct a Broadband Feasibility Study to highlight under-served areas and present options for a multi-phase plan to address the issue.
West Virginia House of Representatives Delegate John Paul Hott attended the meeting to update them on the happenings in the West Virginia legislature. Hott explained that, as of the last election, the Republican party has a super-majority in the state, meaning elected officials in the party hold the majority in both the house and the state senate as well as the governorship.
Hott also introduced the commission via phone to fellow delegate Daniel Linville. Linville serves as the representative for Cabell and Lincoln counties. He is also the chairperson of the Committee on Technology and Infrastructure.