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Dils Center LLC managing partner Todd Stubbe said he’s excited about unfinished spaces like this kitchen area in the Dils building, which he said would be an ideal place for an underground concert event.

New chapter in works for downtown Parkersburg’s Dils Center

PARKERSBURG — For decades, the Dils department store was a retail destination in downtown Parkersburg. Then, it served as a banquet and convention center, with offices for a number of businesses and agencies. After a few years in limbo, the building has a new owner, The Dils Center LLC, ...

Iddings Trucking closing

MARIETTA — After filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy a year ago, a local trucking company has closed its doors for good. Iddings Trucking, located at 741 Blue Knob Road, received a motion to convert to Chapter 7 after it was thought the company might be able to pull through. The U.S. Bankruptcy ...

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Ted Szabo, proprietor of Pawnee Maintenance, looks at some of  the firm’s equipment in its new headquarters on Rathbone Road in Marietta. The company announced recently it has expanded its services into crime and accident scene cleanup.

Marietta company aids in safe cleanup

MARIETTA — When the public safety authorities, such as firefighters, emergency medical personnel and police, have left the scene of a violent crime or accidental death or injury, another type of work begins that doesn’t get much public attention: The cleanup. It’s specialized work ...

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The members of Cornerstone Healthcare are, from left, Dr. David Cramer, Dr. Gabriella Olsen, Dr. Stephan Hanna, Dr. Joan Allman and Dr. William Cartwright.

Cornerstone Healthcare joins WVU Camden Clark Medical Center

PARKERSBURG — After nearly a quarter century as an independent doctors practice, Cornerstone Healthcare became part of the WVU Camden Clark Medical Center in November. Dr. Stephen Hanna, president of Cornerstone and a family practice doctor, said the decision was made in 2017 and became ...

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Parkersburg native Brooke Glover is looking into the future as Swilled Dog Hard Cider prepares to place its ciders in cans.

Swilled Dog Hard Cider to be sold in cans

FRANKLIN, W.Va. — Swilled Dog Hard Cider, a West Virginia hard cider company that launched in January 2017, is changing the game for West Virginia cider this month, according to a company spokeswoman. At the end of January, Swilled Dog will be offering two varieties of its award-winning ...

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Representatives from the Calhoun County Commission and TransCanada stand in the snow and cold for a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday at the site of the White Oak Compressor Station in Calhoun County. The $94 million station is one of three compressor operations planned in the $2 billion, 165-mile Mountaineer XPress Pipeline. From left, Tim Chambers of TransCanada, Earl Vineyard of TransCanada, Commissioner Michael Hicks, Matthew Franklin of TransCanada, Commissioner Scottie “Chip” Westfall II, Brittany Carns of TransCanada and Commission President Kevin Helmick.

Calhoun County officials, TransCanada reps break ground for compressor station

GRANTSVILLE — Despite cold and snow, Calhoun County commissioners and representatives of a natural gas development company broke ground Tuesday for a $100 million compressor station for the Mountaineer XPress pipeline. TransCanada, parent company of Columbia Gas Transmission, is building the ...

Work begins on natural gas pump station in Williamstown

WILLIAMSTOWN — Improvements for gas service are underway in Williamstown. Mayor Jean Ford said the construction equipment and materials seen along Highland Avenue are for a new building for Dominion Transmission near Knottingham Lane. “Dominion is building a new building to house pumps ...

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Architectural Interior Products is looking to expand this year.

Mid-Ohio Valley company makes acquisitions to expand reach

PARKERSBURG — A local company which specializes in products and services for commercial building projects has made two acquisitions in the last year aimed at increasing its share of the market. Architectural Interior Products is a multi-state supplier of commercial building products located ...

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Rick Shriver sweeps the newly installed floor of his family barn as renovations to turn the hay barn into a destination winery and Amish goods shop take place Tuesday.

McConnelsville barn becomes winery, store

McCONNELSVILLE, Ohio—New life, new skills, there’s quite a bit of new in the 127-year-old structure off of Parmiter Road. That’s where for the last three years Rick Shriver, 63, has worked to revamp the place where he spent his childhood baling hay into that will soon be a place of ...

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The Paris-based International Energy Agency predicts a “decade of stagnation” for the coal industry despite the rescission of Obama-era environmental regulations.

International Energy Agency discusses regulation plans

WHEELING — The International Energy Agency does not believe President Trump’s plans to overturn Obama-era environmental regulations will do much to bolster coal markets, as the Paris-based organization predicts a “decade of stagnation” in demand for the carbon-rich mineral. The agency ...

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Woodcraft Magazine names Chad McClung chief editor

PARKERSBURG — “Woodcraft Magazine” has promoted Chad McClung of Vienna from managing editor to chief editor effective Jan. 1. He succeeds Tim Snyder, who decided to spend more time at home in Connecticut with his family, but will continue with the magazine as a senior editor and ...

Leach XPress up and running

MOUNDSVILLE — Marcellus and Utica shale natural gas is now flowing through the $1.6 billion Leach XPress, as owner TransCanada Corp. put the 36-inch diameter pipeline into service Jan. 1. This pipeline stretches from the MarkWest Majorsville facility in Marshall County to Ceredo, W.Va., near ...

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Angie Seigfried checks out merchandise for Carol Vaughan, right, Thursday during a clearance sale in Change of A’Dress.

Downtown Marietta businesses close doors

MARIETTA — Several downtown business spaces have become vacant and available in recent months, including a longtime staple of Marietta. The Levee House restaurant, 127 Ohio St., closed on Dec. 30 after more than 30 years of operation as an eatery. “I just couldn’t do the seasonal ...

Pleasants Area Chamber of Commerce to offer cooking class

ST. MARYS — The Pleasants Area Chamber of Commerce has partnered with St. Marys Galaxy Food Center and Catered Whims food service to offer cooking classes this winter. Starting Jan. 22, Catered Whims Chef Steven Roberts will hold a weekly cooking course at Galaxy grocery store on West ...

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This is the map of the Mountaineer XPress natural gas pipeline from Marshall County to Cabell County, which was approved in December by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Three compressor stations in Calhoun, Doddridge and Jackson counties, each estimated to cost $100 million, will be under construction by the end of the month, officials said.

Construction to begin on Mid-Ohio Valley compressor stations

PARKERSBURG — Construction will start around the end of the month on three multi-million-dollar compressor stations in Calhoun, Doddridge and Jackson counties for the recently approved Mountaineer XPress natural gas pipeline. Each station will cost about $100 million, said Scott Castleman, ...

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The Crazy Cake Cafe of Vienna showcased many of its cakes during the Marietta Bridal Show.

Vendors at Marietta Bridal Show cater to Mid-Ohio Valley couples

MARIETTA — The annual Marietta Bridal Show was held Sunday in Marietta College’s Dyson Baudo Recreation Center. The event has been held since 1974. Lori Hanson of Hansons Enhancements Photography was this year’s organizer for the first time. “This event helps people make plans for ...

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Kevin Lacz, actor, author, former Navy SEAL and businessman, will be the keynote speaker at the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce annual dinner March 12.

Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce dinner to feature former SEAL

MARIETTA — The keynote speaker for the 103rd Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce annual dinner is an actor, author, businessman, physicians assistant and former Navy SEAL. Kevin Lacz became nationally known through his association with Chris Kyle, whose life was portrayed in the Clint ...

Business registrations increase in West Virginia

PARKERSBURG — Business registrations in 2017 in West Virginia increased about 11 percent over the previous year, the West Virginia Secretary of State said on Wednesday. The increase of 10.87 percent compares to 12.10 percent in 2016 over 2015, Secretary of State Mac Warner said. According ...

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A finished exterior is a good sign for pancake lovers that the Marietta IHOP is getting closer to opening.

Marietta IHOP nearing completion

MARIETTA — Construction on the Marietta IHOP is just about wrapped as the project superintendent said he will be ready to turn the project over to the owner early next week. Superintendent Danny Nickel, with RSI General Contractors out of Sunbury, Ohio, said Tuesday that all that is left ...