Business

Strecker Cancer Center may move all its resources to Belpre location

MARIETTA — As part of its long-term strategy to become a regional care provider, the Memorial Health System is considering moving its Strecker Cancer Center operations in Marietta to the Strecker Cancer Center in Belpre. Memorial’s Belpre campus Strecker Cancer Center already offers ...

New boutique to open in downtown Marietta

MARIETTA — For Emma Blaney, opening a business in Marietta has grown out of family involvements. EmLeigh’s and Mama B’s boutique is relocating to downtown Marietta from High Point, N.C. “I’ve been in North Carolina most of my life, but now I live in Vienna with my fiance,” Blaney ...

Natural gas storage for winter underway

PARKERSBURG — Although spring has allegedly sprung and temperatures are expected to start rising and staying warmer, this is the time of year natural gas suppliers start preparing for the winter heating season. “Typically, we use the period from April 1 to Oct. 31 to inject the natural ...

Glenville State College lowers tuition again

GLENVILLE — Glenville State College, for the second consecutive year, has lowered tuition, the school announced. President Tracy Pellett announced Thursday the institution would lower tuition by 0.5 percent in addition to other measures to help students save money. Pellett said the ...

Peoples Bancorp completes acquisition of ASB Financial Corp.

MARIETTA — Peoples Bancorp Inc., parent company of Peoples Bank, announced it has completed its acquisition of ASB Financial Corp. and ASB’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Portsmouth, Ohio-based American Savings Bank. The acquisition became effective as of the close of business on April 13 in a ...

Muskingum Valley Beverly-Waterford Chamber of Commerce holds annual dinner

BEVERLY — The Muskingum Valley Beverly-Waterford Chamber of Commerce celebrated another year of service, business development and community Thursday. In the social hall of the St. Bernard’s Catholic Church the 16th annual banquet recognized Bob and Donna Brooker, Perry & Associates ...

Pumped up gasoline prices fuel dismay

MARIETTA — Travelers might have noticed their wallets felt a little lighter after visiting the gas pump recently and experts say prices are at the highest levels since 2015. “Many will be quick to ask why this trend is happening. Ultimately, OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting ...

Marcellus and Manufacturing Development Conference slated for April 16-17

MORGANTOWN — The 2018 Marcellus and Manufacturing Development Conference will be held April 16-17 at the Marriott Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown. The conference, sponsored by the West Virginia Manufacturers Association, will feature a natural gas expo sponsored by the Independent Oil ...

Apprenticeship programs available in Wood County

PARKERSBURG —West Virginia provides free apprenticeship programs to prepare participants for work in well-paying jobs. Wood County is home to several building trades union apprentice programs, including Carpenters, Plumbers and Pipefitters, Electricians, Laborers, Millwrights, Roofers, ...

Marietta Main Street to hold anniversary party

MARIETTA — “Main Street was founded on passion.” That is the phrase emblazoned on the website for Marietta Main Street, a powerhouse organization whose mission over the past five years has been to revitalize and celebrate downtown Marietta. A party is planned on April 18 to celebrate, ...

MOVement Fitness Center to open in Marietta in May

MARIETTA — Imagine a space where both parents can get in cardio and weights while their three children play soccer, volleyball or enjoy a playground year-round. Sounds like a big city dream. But with an indoor turf soccer field, tri-purpose basketball/volleyball/pickleball court, batting ...

Effort selling West Virginia as ‘Almost Heaven’

PARKERSBURG — A local tourism promotion group hopes to capitalize on a new campaign unveiled Wednesday by West Virginia officials. The “Almost Heaven” tourism campaign — which includes a photo by Sharon Carper of Parkersburg — is intended to encourage more visitors and money to ...

West Virginia University at Parkersburg narrows president’s search

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia University at Parkersburg is another step closer to finding its next president. The search committee looking for the next president for WVUP has a list of 10 semi-finalists, Committee Chair Donna Smith said at the monthly Board of Governors meeting ...

Plato’s Closet opens in Lakeview Center

PARKERSBURG —Opening day is always chaotic for a store. Opening day for Plato’s Closet was that and more, according to store manager Elizabeth Mireles. “It was a relief to finally be able to sell merchandise after just buying for a month,” she said. The rush to buy, however, ...

Murray Energy Corp. fears more coal-fired plant closures

POWHATAN POINT, Ohio — The cold smoke stacks of the closed Kammer power plant in Marshall County loom as the backdrop at Murray Energy Corp.’s coal transloading station along Ohio 7. Murray officials fear this may be an ominous sign of things to come, now that FirstEnergy Solutions is ...

Sistersville Ferry opens to aid during landslide work

SISTERSVILLE — In case anyone had any doubts, a treasured community mainstay recently proved its usefulness and perhaps found some new fans. The Sistersville Ferry opened for a special season while portions of Ohio 7 are closed, due to repairs of landslides On March 17, the Ohio and ...

AGA to hold free training meeting in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — In the spirit of promoting government accountability, the AGA Mid-Ohio Valley Chapter will offer a free, continuing education training meeting for government professionals. “Ethics, Beyond the Code: Ethics in the Real World” will be presented by Toby Groves, president, ...

Award goes to Marietta interior design firm Copper Leaf studio

MARIETTA — Copper Leaf Interior Design Studio was recently awarded the first-place design award for Combination Window Treatments in the VISION Design and Workroom Competition. The competition, sponsored by Kirsch, was a part of the International Window Coverings Expo (IWCE) held in ...

Belpre Chamber, H&R Block plan fraud protection event

BELPRE — The Belpre office of H&R Block is partnering with the Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce to offer a free, one-hour information session on avoiding fraud and identity theft. Scheduled for 8-9 a.m. Monday at the chamber office, 713 Park Drive, Belpre, the session covers potential ...