MIDDLEPORT — There is once again a full-service bank in the village of Middleport.
A little more than five years after the closing of a bank in Meigs County’s largest village, Home National Bank hosted an open house at its new Middleport branch, welcoming the community into the new space.
Seeing the need for a bank in the village, Home National Bank submitted paperwork to establish a branch in the former Peoples Bank building, and soon after gaining approval work began leading up to Thursday’s open house and the official opening on Tuesday, Aug. 15.
“We are excited to be here and be part of the community,” said Branch Manager Randy Pierce during Thursday’s open house.
Pierce will be joined by head teller Betsy Wolfe and tellers Tori Wolfe and Jennifer Payne as the Middleport Branch team.
“I’ve seen so many people I have know since I was young, as well as meeting new people,” said Pierce of those in attendance at the open house.
Both Pierce and Home National Bank President Roma Sayre called the turnout for the event “fantastic.”
Vice President John Hoback said that there were around 200 people in attendance during the two-hour event, with the line going out the door and around the corner at one point in the evening.
“It has been a really good turnout. I’ve seen friends I haven’t seen in a while,” said Sayre.
“We are really pleased with tonight and are excited for Tuesday,” added Sayre.
The community has been welcoming to the bank and its staff throughout the process, which was evident on Thursday as residents from not only Middleport, but Rutland and other areas, came to the open house, spending time checking out the new space and visiting with one another.
One set of items present in the branch are the framed drawings of Middleport and Pomeroy which were purchased by Jim Diddle during a bidding war at the Meigs County Chamber of Commerce Auction in the spring. Diddle purchased the images — which were created by Melanie Quillen of Tuckerman’s on Lincoln — and donated them to Sayre to be displayed in the new location. The two framed images now hang in the branch manager’s office.
An official ribbon cutting will take place at 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday, with the bank drive-up to open at 8:30 a.m. and the lobby at 9 a.m.
Bank hours at the 97 North Second Avenue location will be 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday for the drive-up with lobby hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Saturday, the drive-up will be open from 8:30 a.m. to noon, with the lobby open from 9 a.m. to noon. The bank can be reached at 740-691-5131.
Sarah Hawley is the managing editor of The Daily Sentinel.