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The Health Plan renews ties to CAMC

WHEELING — Within hours of an announcement that a plan for WVU Medicine to purchase The Health Plan of Wheeling had been shelved, at least temporarily, the latter announced it has renewed its partnership with Charleston Area Medical Association. That decade-long relationship between The ...

WVU Medicine hits ‘reset’ on purchase of The Health Plan

WHEELING — Executives from WVU Medicine and The Health Plan are stepping back from an agreement for WVU to purchase the Wheeling firm to re-evaluate the terms of purchase. Tony Condia, vice president of marketing at WVU Medicine, said the two entities mutually decided to re-assess the ...

Frontier Communications, West Virginia Public Service Commission trade barbs

CHARLESTON — Frontier Communications is disputing allegations by the West Virginia Public Service Commission that the company is not complying with a third-party audit of its services. In a response filed Nov. 26 to a motion by the commission to compel Frontier to fully comply with data ...

West Virginia’s Commerce Department making progress under Gaunch

CHARLESTON — Nearly one year after being appointed as secretary of the West Virginia Department of Commerce, Ed Gaunch said the department is looking forward to another year of recruiting new businesses and helping established businesses thrive. When visitors enter the department’s ...

Blennerhassett Hotel to showcase its historic significance

PARKERSBURG — The new owners want to promote the Blennerhassett Hotel’s rich history to the Parkersburg area community. Beginning Tuesday, free public tours of the Blennerhassett Hotel, 320 Market St., will be given at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Those interested are ...

Trip convinces woman to start business

WILLIAMSTOWN — Michelle Brown started Memory Making Tours LLC in July as a part-time business “for fun and adventure.” After taking a red-eye bus trip to New York City with her daughter Ashley Bright three years ago, Brown said she wanted to fill her own bus for future trips. “That ...

November is hospice awareness month

MARIETTA — For all its inevitability, death is a difficult topic of discussion. As a result, terminally ill people sometimes don’t know their end-of-life options. Only about half of eligible patients decide to take palliative or hospice care, and of those only 25 percent use the full ...

Christmas shopping season kicks off

PARKERSBURG — Christmas shopping the Eve of Thanksgiving and into the wee hours of Friday morning has become a tradition among some families over the past decade. As the shopping season officially started Thursday evening, a few shoppers shared their experiences with Black Friday shopping ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport receives $2.3M for lighting

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport is getting another multimillion-dollar federal grant. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., announced Wednesday afternoon that the airport will receive $2.3 million from the Federal Aviation Administration’s ...

Vienna couple creating speakeasy-style restaurant in Marietta

MARIETTA — On Saturday, attendees of the lighted Christmas parade in Marietta should be on the lookout for more than just floats passing down Front Street. “If the weather holds up, we want to welcome people to the patio to meet us and have some free hot cocoa and cookies,” said ...

Gorge on holiday deals early with newspaper inserts on Wednesday

PARKERSBURG — What’s stuffed more than the turkey on Thanksgiving? The deals in the advertising inserts in The Parkersburg News and Sentinel and The Marietta Times on Thanksgiving Day. Shoppers who can’t wait for the newspaper can get a headstart as The News and Sentinel and The Times ...

Parties weigh in on Morrisey motion to recoup money from Frontier

CHARLESTON — Both the federal government and Frontier West Virginia want a court to reject an attempt by Attorney General Patrick Morrisey to intervene in a lawsuit to recoup money the state spent for Frontier’s mishandling of broadband construction. In filings Friday in the U.S. District ...

Jackson County Economic Development Authority paying off building

FAIRPLAIN — All six buildings owned by the Jackson County Economic Development Authority are fully occupied, and the agency is close to retiring the debt on one of the second-most recent acquisition. “We’re one payment away from paying off the Royal Street property,” Executive Director ...

FirstEnergy ramps up scam awareness

AKRON — FirstEnergy is warning customers to on high alert for phone calls or door-to-door visits from scammers trying to trick them into paying fictional unpaid bills to avoid immediate shutoff. Realizing scammers feed off people’s fear of losing heat in the cold weather, FirstEnergy and ...

Williamstown Bank plans community-minded coffee shop at Lubeck office

LUBECK — Williamstown Bank will open a donation-based coffee shop in its new office in Lubeck. The Giving Cup will be donation-based with all proceeds going toward selected local charities. The branch is expected to open early next year. Customers and non-customers can make a donation to ...

Infrastructure for West Virginia broadband expanding

CHARLESTON — The ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony was held last week at Tamarack to commemorate the beginning of a major broadband development project to expand internet infrastructure throughout West Virginia. Facebook through its subsidiary Middle Mile Infrastructure is building a ...

Peoples Bank decorates windows for holidays

MARIETTA — The six big windows facing Second Street from Peoples Bank tell a story. Finished a few days ago, the annual Christmas display is not only thematic but includes details that will draw passersby into the dioramas. It’s the 16th year that the Marietta bank has engaged Crown ...

O’Dell firm welcomes new attorney

CHARLESTON — A long-time defense lawyer has joined the Tiano O’Dell law firm in Charleston. Max L. Corley III, a West Virginia native, began working with Tiano O’Dell in early August and hopes to use the analytical skills he honed as a defense attorney to help future clients. Prior to ...

Cedar Lakes looks to expand its facilities

RIPLEY — Cedar Lakes in Ripley is working to improve its facilities by expanding to house larger groups. According to Karen Facemyer, director, the conference center hasn’t been able to accommodate groups that grow in numbers. “(We have) lost many groups because they’re too big ...

Gaunch believes cracker will come to West Virginia

FAIRPLAIN — While visiting Jackson County Wednesday, West Virginia Commerce Secretary Ed Gaunch said he believes a cracker plant will come to the Mountain State within the next decade. Gaunch made the remarks during the Jackson County Economic Development Authority’s annual luncheon ...