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Hershel "Woody" Williams, Roy Hamilton, Paul Reed and Mike Lieving, surrounded by Farmers Bank employees and members of the community, cut the ribbon commemorating the grand opening of the Farmers Bank financial center located in Hurricane.

HURRICANE, W.Va. - Farmers Bancshares, Inc., the parent company of Farmers Bank and Savings Company, headquartered in Pomeroy, Ohio, celebrated the grand opening of its new banking center at 3572 Teays Valley Road in Hurricane on Friday, May 11.

On hand for the celebration and ribbon cutting was special guest and World War II Medal of Honor recipient Woody Williams, who kicked off the dedication by raising the United States flag accompanied by members of the United States Marine Corps.

Roy Hamilton, Farmers Bank Teays Valley manager, offered remarks alongside other guest speakers including Ashley Alford, president of the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, Paul Reed, president and CEO of Farmers Bank, and Mike Lieving, president of Farmers Bank West Virginia division.

Bank officials said this is the first full-service banking office for Farmers Bank in Putnam County. Farmers Bank had operated from a temporary banking office in Teays Valley since mid-2017, while the new full-service banking center was under construction.

The new banking office is located adjacent to Woodclyffe Chase on W.Va. 34. The 10,000-square-foot banking center was specifically designed and tailored to fit the Teays Valley site and will provide a comfortable environment including a coffee shop, a 2,500-square-foot community room available for use by local groups and organizations, as well as an outdoor patio area, bank officials said.

The bank lobby will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The banking center has four drive-through lanes open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. There is also a 24-hour drive-through ATM on site.

BELLACINO'S: The Lawrence Economic Development Corporation hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for Bellacino's Restaurant in South Point, Ohio, located on Collins Avenue between the Chamber of Commerce office and the South Point Post Office. Bellacino's hosts more than 60 locations nationwide, and the expansion into South Point, Ohio, allows for another diverse dining location, company officials said.

"With the increasing daily traffic, the placement of this restaurant will also utilize strong visibility and exposure from U.S. Highway 52," company officials said in a prepared statement.

Richard Mickel, owner of the South Point franchise, said he is very excited to be part of the South Point community.

"We will employ at least 15 to 20 people from this community," he said. "I have been a part of Bellacino's Pizza & Grinders since 2011 with locations in Barboursville, West Virginia, and Ashland, Kentucky."

Mickel says the new restaurant offers fast casual dining with a full menu consisting of pizza, sandwiches, pastas and salads.

"You will be able to dine in, carry out or use our pickup window for convenience," he said. "We offer online ordering and Catering for all events in the area. Customer service is our top priority while we focus on freshness of our product by making our own bread daily. Our Grinders are 'Oven Baked from Scratch' and we do have the Best Sandwiches on the Planet."

OPEN HOUSE: Schneider-Hall Funeral Home in Chesapeake, Ohio, is having an open house from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 19. There will be refreshments and door prizes. The funeral home is located at 313 Big Branch Road and is handicap accessible, has a state-of-the-art digital sign and a large, extended parking area.

For more information, visit the online website at

Fred Pace is the business reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. Send your business news and photos to You can also call 304-526-2729. Follow him at and via Twitter



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