Main Street Ripley has a new program manager who was on the job for her first day last Friday.

Paula Casto is a Ripley native who takes pride in her community and relished the task of promoting her hometown, “the greatest hometown,” as she puts it.



Main Street Ripley has a new program manager who was on the job for her first day last Friday.
Paula Casto is a Ripley native who takes pride in her community and relished the task of promoting her hometown, “the greatest hometown,” as she puts it.
“I’ve always wanted to be part of Main Street,” said Casto. “and I’m going to promote Ripley and try to make it better for my grandchildren.”
Casto and husband Kevin are the parents of three children and have five grandchildren.
“There’s a lot going on that I need to know about,” Casto said of settling into her new duties. She will be getting training from the West Virginia state Main Street office.
Casto graduated from Ripley High School in 1978. She worked for the Jackson County Board of Education, first as a cook from 1986-1992 and then as a teacher’s aide from 1993-1996. She owned and operated Ms. Paula’s Preschool from 2003-2010.
Casto is active in her community in a variety of ways. She is past president  of the Ripley Elementary PTO, past chairperson for Ripley Elementary Fall Festivals, past member of the Ripley Middle Athletic Boosters, RpHS Summer Bash volunteer, co-founder of the Ben Parsons Memorial Scholarship, St. Jude Bike-A-Thon volunteer, and Adopt-A-Family Program assistant.
She is an active member of Epworth United Methodist Church, active member of the Chancel Choir, chairperson of the Puppet Ministries, chairperson of the Annual Senior Banquet at Epworth United Methodist Church, and Vacation Bible School volunteer.