by Bill Bailey
Calhoun Banks spent its first 118 years on Main St., but has now moved on up, to 443 High St. in Grantsville.
After almost 15 years of planning, the bank celebrated the opening of its new location on Monday on the com-bination properties of the old Grantsville Graded School and the Hamilton House.
The new facility now has all of the banking functions in one place for the convenience of its customers.
The main entrance is in the front of the building, night deposits can be made on the northern end of the building, next to the ATM, and the drive-thru facility is located at the rear of the building. The exit for the drive-thru is one-way from the old graded school lot.
Bank president Martha Haymaker praised Pray Construction and Jerry Goff Architecture, but held the highest praise for the dedicated employees of the bank, who worked wonders to make the grand opening possible.
Haymaker was told that it would be impossible to get everything moved and situated from Main St. to High St. in one weekend, but the staff of the bank got it done in two days.
While there is still some cosmetic work left to be finished at the new bank, it is a new and welcome addition to the town.
Just before the ribbon cutting, Haymaker pre-sented Grantsville mayor Ron Blankenship with the gift of the old bank facility for a new town office complex.
Among those attend-ing were the board of directors: James L. Ben-nett, chairman; David Cain, Larry Chapman, Roy Henderson, Leslie Maze and Richard Morris.