CHARLESTON, W.Va. — As the City of Nitro looks forward to its centennial next year, it’s tapping into younger talents to help complete a key feature at the city’s upcoming Memorial Park.
Nitro High School’s principal recommended Claire Hemme, a 2016 graduate, to Mayor Dave Casebolt to design and paint a 2,500-square-foot mural at the new city park that showcases Nitro’s World War I legacy.
The incoming West Virginia University freshman has spent the past couple of weeks tracing the massive design onto the side of the Nitro Antique Mall, which butts up against the new park at the corner of 21st Street and 2nd Avenue.
“I had never met Claire before,” Casebolt said Thursday as Hemme made touch ups to the red, white and blue mural.
“She said she was willing to do it, and she put the whole thing together…