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Kay Mullenix holds the check from the Launchpad Pitch Competition. Behind her are four of the five judges in the competition. From left, Mike Williams, Jan Dils, Carma Hanlon and Doug Kreinik. (Photo by Jeffrey Saulton)

Ritchie County restaurant wins Launchpad Pitch Competition

PARKERSBURG — Business startups from bakeries, to restaurants to a cane maker were among the finalists for the second annual Launchpad Pitch Competition Tuesday at the Parkersburg Art Center. Winning the $5,000 prize was the owner of a restaurant in Cairo, Kay Mullenix, owner of Pastry and ...

Launchpad competition returns for business pitches, networking

PARKERSBURG – A select group of startups, entrepreneurs and new businesses will have an opportunity to show the local business community what they are about with one business winning valuable seed money to develop itself further. The second annual Launchpad Pitch Competition will be held ...

Design Challenge looking for inventors

HUNTINGTON — Calling all makers: the Robert C. Byrd Institute is accepting entries in the Design Challenge at the West Virginia Makes Festival which celebrates ingenuity and creativity. The annual Design Challenge provides hobbyists, inventors, enthusiasts, artists and students of all ages ...

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River Dogs brings local flavor

BELMONT — In the shadows of the Willow Island Power Plant steam towers... well, a lot of Belmont sits in the shadows of the steam towers at sometime during the day, sits River Dogs of Belmont. “Make the world a better place - have a dog!” reads the print under the logo, which features a ...

Linda Schaad, chairman of the Knights of Columbus community meals in Marietta, discusses food insecurity with employees of Antero Resources. (Photo by Janelle Patterson)

Antero donates to food pantries

MARIETTA — An oil and gas company with operations across the region has donated $13,000 Tuesday to food pantries and soup kitchens in Southeast Ohio. Sixteen operations from Cambridge to Marietta received saw donations between $500 and $1,000 to go toward the purchase of food and supplies ...

Entrepreneurship expo set for Marietta College

MARIETTA — The ways of the entrepreneur is a path to success. “It’s not just about small business owning and managing, it’s a mindset, something we think everyone should have to succeed in life, whether they own a business or not,” she said. Khorassani, director of entrepreneurship ...

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This photo taken by the IHOP project manager show the progress of the restaurant which is set to open in early November.

Marietta IHOP still in the works

MARIETTA — Despite a small snag in the construction timeline, plans for an IHOP restaurant in Marietta are still moving forward and officials say pancakes are on the way as soon as November. “We’re very excited for this restaurant, this will be our first franchise in Ohio,” said Tommy ...

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Mannon Gallegly, professor emeritus of plant pathology at West Virginia University, holds his 1963 tomato, dubbed the people’s tomato.

West Virginia University researchers create new tomatoes

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University has named two new varieties of tomatoes created by school researchers to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design. West Virginia ’17A and West Virginia ’17B were developed by Mahfuz Rahman ...

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West Virginia small business coach Marsa Myers honored

PARKERSBURG — Marsa Myers, business coach with West Virginia Small Business Development Center in Parkersburg, received official recognition as West Virginia’s 2017 State Star during the America’s Small Business Development Center national conference on Sept. 5 in Nashville. The award ...

Business fundamentals workshop scheduled in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia Small Business Development Center will offer a Business Fundamentals workshop from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 23, in Room 100-B of the Workforce & Community Education Building at West Virginia University at Parkersburg. Business Coach Marsa Myers ...

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The 2017 Leadership Academy Graduates in the Camden Clark Medical Center’s Laurence B. Mallory Leadership Academy are, from left, front:  L-R:  Kevin Dixon, Microbiology general supervisor; Debbie Life, infection preventionist; Natalie Collins, nursing manager Cardiac Services; Chris Childress, clinical manager/antimicrobial stewardship pharmacist. Back row: Jennifer Colvin, clinical quality nurse specialist; Cathi Emerick, ambulatory and support services manager; Kiz Metz, CCPC business manager; and Cindy Ankrom, director of patient financial services.

Camden Clark Medical Center leadership academy graduates class

PARKERSBURG — The Camden Clark Medical Center Laurence B. Mallory Leadership Academy has graduated its 11th class of employees selected to participate in the year-long development program. The Leadership Academy, led by Nancy Brooks, director of Organizational Development and Supportive ...

WVU Medicine system aims to improve state’s health

PARKERSBURG — With Camden Clark Medical Center an important part of the WVU Medicine system, all of the hospitals in the system get to take advantage of connections to West Virginia University and work being done there to improve health care statewide. In 2011, Camden Clark Medical Center ...

Doddridge County Chamber of Commerce to hold expo

WEST UNION, W.Va. — The Doddridge County Chamber of Commerce will host its second Community Appreciation Day and Business Expo on Sunday, September 24 from noon to 6 p.m. on Main Street in West Union. The outdoor, family festival — presented by Antero Resources and MarkWest Energy Partners ...

Classic Plastics Toy Store to relocate to Grand Central Mall

PARKERSBURG — A downtown Parkersburg business will be heading to Vienna in the coming weeks as Classic Plastics Toy Store relocates to the Grand Central Mall. Tony Workman, owner of Classic Plastics, made the announcement Friday on the store’s Facebook page. “We sign the lease ...

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Jean Ambrose, of Parkersburg, speaks against the sale of the Pleasants Power Station during a public meeting Wednesday in the Parkersburg City Building.

Opponents, supporters talk Pleasants Power Station sale

PARKERSBURG — Those for and against the proposed purchase of the Pleasants Power Station by Monongahela Power Co. and Potomac Edison Co. made their voices heard during a public comment meeting with the West Virginia Public Service Commission Wednesday. During the two-hour meeting Wednesday ...

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Washington County Sheriff’s Sgt. Kim Smith helps maintenance department worker Doug Weber set up a display for the department at the Washington County fairgrounds. Smith’s work includes getting children touch-print IDs at public events such as the fair, but she also is inmate transport coordinator and a member of the department’s hostage negotiating team.

More occupations seeing increased gender diversity in Washington County

MARIETTA – Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks remembers clearly the number of women working in the office’s criminal division when he took office in 2005. “Zero,” he said. The division between what traditionally have been men’s jobs and women’s jobs is increasingly less ...

New generation of women sees wide-open career paths

MARIETTA — The stereotypes are gradually falling away for children who are faced with choosing a career path, but they still need guidance and sometime reminders that the restrictions their elders grew up with don’t have to apply to them, a Marietta teacher said. Kim DePue is a high ...

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Multiverse Comics owner Mick Williams stands in the entryway of the business where a variety of art, including original pieces by local artists, is on display and for sale. The comic shop opened Aug. 1 in the SouthGate Center on Pike Street in south Parkersburg.

Multiverse Comics opens in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — Mick Williams drew from his personal collection to stock the shelves with older comics at Multiverse Comics, his new business that opened Aug. 1 in the SouthGate Center shopping plaza. But there are some he won’t part with, including “DC Comics Presents” #92, featuring ...

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Brian Anderson, director of the West Virginia University Energy Institute, speaks during a discussion about creating a regional ethane storage hub for the Marcellus and Utica shales.

Ethane storage hub could mean jobs for Appalachia

CANONSBURG, Pa. —West Virginia University researchers believe a Marcellus and Utica shale ethane storage hub could help create $36 billion in investment and more than 100,000 permanent jobs. Brian Anderson, a WVU Energy Institute director, on Tuesday said drillers throughout the region are ...

Parkersburg Area Association of Realtors to hold benefit bingo event

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Area Association of Realtors will hold a purse bingo to benefit the Court Appointed Special Advocates for children 5 p.m. Sept. 11 at the First Presbyterian Church, 1341 Juliana St. Raffle tickets will be available for $5 each or three for $10 for a black ...