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Meet the VanMeters
The VanMeters - Ed, Parry, Kerri, Garrett and William.

Central Tie & Lumber Company is celebrating and thanking its generational customers for 100 years of being in business.

It began when E.L. Peters, with no means of transportation and, although living in Kirby (Hardy County), walked to Petersburg to work in the lumber industry.

During this time, he met five individuals, and together they founded Central Tie & Lumber Company with their main business being the manufacturing of railroad ties.

The company became a corporation on July 26, 1919, with the primary place of business being Petersburg.

Peters eventually became the sole owner. This is truly a family owned and operated business. Peters’ daughter, Willard VanMeter, worked in the office; Willard’s son, Ed VanMeter, started working in the family business in his early 20s and continues working; Ed’s son, Parry, who started cleaning floors when he was 12, is currently general manager; Parry’s daughter, Kerri, is working while attending college, and his two sons, Garrett and William, are sweeping floors and doing odd jobs just as Parry did when he started.

The services which are of- fered by CTL have grown over the past 100 years. Their slogan “See Central Tie before you buy” is as true today as the day it was selected.

In September 2013 the business expanded to Moorefield. 

Both stores carry a wide variety of merchandise; and, if you do not see what you want, more than likely it can be ordered. Always wanting to make the customer their top priority is why they have free delivery.

CTL values the support from their customers. Generations of families have supported this business. Children look forward to getting suckers when they come into the store. No one is too young or too old.

From July 24 - 27, CTL will be celebrating being in business for 100 years with special sales. On Friday the 26th and Saturday the 27th there will be refreshments with a DJ being present on Friday. Both stores will be giving away prizes, and those customers ages 12 and under will have the opportunity to win four tickets to Hovatter’s Wildlife Zoo in Kingwood.

This is a customer appreciation event as CTL thanks you, the customer, for your support for the last 100 years; and looks forward to serving you for the next 100.

Dark and Dusty Painted on the Sky

The Landes Arts Center will be hosting a West Virginia photographer, Cindi Dunn, for the months of August and September.

Dunn’s display, “All Her Memories Gather Round Her” is a visual memoir of her life in West Virginia.

Growing up in Ripley, Cindi got her start in photography with her Mother’s Brownie camera as part of a 4-H project. After a long break from photography, her husband, Dr. Billy Ray Dunn, bought her what she calls her “big girl” camera.

Dunn said she enjoys capturing scenes just as they are and refers to them as “the joy of the moment” captures.

Her photos have been seen in Wonderful West Virginia magazine many times, including this month when her image of Seneca Rocks was featured.

In addition to photography, she makes jewelry, which she will also display in the gallery. Many of her jewelry creations feature her photos.

Of all her creative endeavors, she describes photography as the thing that “makes her heart flutter.”

She is also a business owner, running The Vintage Lady in Harpers Ferry with her husband, where she features her creations along with items made by West Virginia artisans.

The Landes Arts Center will host a public welcome reception for the Dunns on Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. The event will include refreshments.

For more information on Dunn, visit www.cindidunnphotography.com or for information on the center, visit Landes Arts Center Facebook page.

She blind me with science
Petersburg High School students (front, l-r) Rylee Adams, Emilee McDonald, Skye Friel, Cody Mitchell, Chance Berg, Katie Kuykendall, Haylee Lonas, and Anna Goldizen participated in the 46th Annual West Virginia Eastern Panhandle Regional High School Science Fair.

The 46th annual West Virginia Eastern Panhandle Regional High School Science Fair was held this spring on the campus of West Virginia University Potomac State College.

Eleven different schools from six counties participated, including: Petersburg, Spring Mills, Musselman, Frankfort, Keyser, Hedgesville, Pendleton, Washington, Union Educational Complex, Jefferson, and East Hardy.

Third place award went to Anna Goldizen, for her project, Uncovering Hidden Sugar in Your Food, in the category of Biomedical and Health.

Honorable mention was received by Cody Mitchell for his project, Are Your Cows Getting a Square Meal?, in the category of Plant Sciences.

Presenters included PSC Assistant Professor of Biology Viktor Frazier, who presented a workshop on “The Importance of Blood Typing,” and Instructor of Computer Information Systems Josiah Rawlings, who presented a workshop on “The Role of the OSI Model in Cybersecurity.”

Projects were judged by 30 volunteers including representatives from Potomac State

College, Frostburg University, Verso Corporation, Northrop Grumman, WVU Potomac Valley Hospital, Mineral County Schools, Piney Valley of Keyser, Appalachian Environmental Laboratory, Department of Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Protection, WV Division of Highways, Footprints in the Sand Counseling Services, Burlington United Methodist Family Services, WVU Fire Service Extension, Walmart Pharmacy, and D & L Coal Company.

The fair is sponsored by WVU Potomac State College, and the eight county school systems of Region 8.

Sen. Joe Manchin, Allanson and Paul Helmick
Sen. Joe Manchin, Allanson and Paul Helmick

The American Legion Mountaineer Boys State is an honors, leadership and citizenship academy that teaches good government through participation, to the outstanding male juniors in the state of West Virginia.

From Petersburg High School, Baylee Allanson attended from June 9-15, at Jackson’s Mill.

The PHS guidance counselor helped in the selection process and the Grant County Bank helped sponsor the individual.

Allanson is the son of Matt Allanson of Petersburg and Lee and Sabrina Kesterson of Lost River.

Allanson was supported by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito and Sen. Joe Manchin, who also support veterans programs such as the American Legion. Local American Legion Post 78 representative was Paul Helmick, youth officer.

vance gets moomau'd
Grant County Bank president George L. Ford, presents Jennifer Vance with her scholarship check.

Jennifer Elizabeth Vance, a member of the 2019 graduating class of Petersburg High School, has been selected as the recipient of the annual George B. Moomau Scholarship, awarded by The Grant County Bank.

Vance carried a 4.5 grade point average and was her senior class treasurer as well as a member of the National Honor Society in both her junior and senior years. She volunteered her time for Relay for Life in both Grant and Pendleton counties as a team leader and member and also volunteered her time for the Grant County Energy Express.

She is a member of the Landes Ruritan Club. She is the daughter of Joseph and Lisa Vance of Petersburg and plans to attend West Virginia University, Morgantown, this fall, majoring in elementary education.

This $1,000 annual scholarship was established in honor of George B. Moomau, a past president and chairman of the board of directors of The Grant County Bank.

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