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Lemon and Barrett’s breaks ground for new site off W.Va. 14

PETTYVILLE — Ground was officially broken Wednesday for a new facility for a local business and what county officials hope is the start of a trend in development along West Virginia 14 south of Parkersburg. Mondo Excavating and Building is constructing a 28,000-square-foot location for the ...

State to study airport’s economic impact

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Md-Ohio Valley Regional Airport is participating in a statewide economic impact study that will analyze what the airport and its surrounding properties have to offer as an economic boost to the area. Airport manager Glen Kelly said although he has conducted his own study ...

Cancellation of Atlantic Coast Pipeline surprises West Virginia officials

CHARLESTON — The companies behind the $8 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline project announced the cancellation of the project Sunday, taking state leaders by surprises. According to a statement from Dominion Energy and Duke Energy Sunday afternoon, the pipeline project to bring natural gas from ...

Hino pausing production in July

PARKERSBURG — Hino Motors Manufacturing USA is halting production for a month. The truck manufacturing facility paused production on March 23 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Work on trucks scheduled in March resumed in June, said Steve Stalnaker, senior vice president and manager of ...

Accrediting agency puts Ohio Valley University on probation

VIENNA —Ohio Valley University was placed on probation this week by its accrediting authority over concerns about the school’s financial status and enrollment numbers. The school has a year-and-a-half to address the issues before a planned evaluation in December 2021 and vote on whether to ...

Qdoba coming to Vienna

VIENNA — A local management company is opening a new restaurant in Vienna. QMG Venture and its management company Charton Management owned by Grant Wharton and Matt Herridge closed on the Steak and Shake at the Grand Central Mall Tuesday and plan to open a Qdoba Mexican restaurant at the ...

Patrons weigh in on return to indoor dining

Now that restaurants and bars across the country are slowly reopening, experimenting with limited capacities and social distancing guidelines in their dining rooms, patrons have been wrestling with whether they feel comfortable to sit at an indoor eating space that isn’t their home. Oren and ...

Report: Energy key to economic recovery

PARKERSBURG — Reliable and affordable energy will have a key role in the economic recovery after the pandemic, according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Energy about the benefits to the region and the country of shale gas development. “Appalachian Energy and Petrochemical ...

Farrar Scientific Corp. awarded project contract

MARIETTA — Farrar Scientific Corp announces they have been awarded a large project for the supply of specialty -70C bulk storage chambers in North America. The Large-Scale Storage Unit (LSSU) -70C room project, (as depicted in the photo), is through a strategic partnership with Lowenco based ...

Big Sandy Superstores continues to grow

MARION, Ohio — Big Sandy Superstores has announced the opening of its newest Central Ohio location in Marion. The company will hold a grand opening in mid-August at the location, the former Salvation Army. This is the latest in an aggressive growth plan for the Top 50 home furnishings ...

Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce to hold Shop Small event

BELPRE — The Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce will hold Shop Small/Shop Local during regular business hours July 18 in the Belpre and Ohio 339 areas. Member businesses have been encouraged to offer specials that day or sponsor a drawing for a gift certificate or card usable at their location, ...

Rich Vaughan receives promotion at Peoples Bancorp

MARIETTA — Peoples Bancorp Inc., parent company of Peoples Bank, has promoted Rich Vaughan to executive vice president. He will continue to lead the retail network, business banking and the government guaranty program of Peoples Bank. The retail network includes 77 bank branches across ...

Westbrook Health Services receives $2M grant

PARKERSBURG — Westbrook Health Services has been awarded a $2 million Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic grant to expand and improve access to behavioral health care. The award over two years is from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. “The grant will ...

Manchin takes to airwaves to criticize Justice’s C.A.R.E.S. Act plans

CHARLESTON — West Virginia’s lone Democratic U.S. Senator took to the airwaves Tuesday to express his frustrations with Gov. Jim Justice, what he calls the slow pace of distributing funding to local governments and a plan to use coronavirus relief funds for highway projects. Sen. Joe ...

Wendy’s fanchisees donate $110K to Mid-Ohio Valley nonprofits

PARKERSBURG — The owners of local Wendy’s franchises on Monday donated $110,000 to a total of 27 organizations in the communities they serve. Wendpark owners Kim and Ray Blackburn donated $10,000 for each of their 11 Wendy’s locations across Wood, Pleasants and Wetzel counties in West ...

Philippines Best ramps up in Williamstown

WILLIAMSTOWN — A new restaurant has taken over the boat ramp building in Williamstown, and they intend to bring some life back down to the waterfront. Philippines Best LLC has not only brought a new name to the building, but a new and improved design as well. The building, which was ...

Business bubbling over at McConnelsville brewery

McCONNELSVILLE — One week open, and the newest addition to the Morgan County seat has been met with patrons as young as 9 months and as old as 90 filling, with social distance, tables and the bar top. “We’ve had whole families come in, they ordered pizza, or Saturday had the food ...

St. Marys Galaxy Food Center to offer online SNAP option

ST. MARYS — St. Marys Galaxy Food Center is working to offer online shopping with curbside pickup for customers through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The Galaxy has had the online shopping option for customers for about two years, but those who use food stamps aren’t able ...

Monongahela Power completes inspections

FAIRMONT — The Monongahela Power Co. has completed inspections and maintenance to enhance customer service reliability through the summer. With hot, humid summer months expected to produce higher electric usage and the potential for severe weather, Mon Power, a FirstEnergy Corp. subsidiary, ...

Robert C. Byrd Institute to improve makerspace accessibility

HUNTINGTON — The Robert C. Byrd Institute at Marshall University will install specialized furniture and equipment in its Huntington makerspace to make 3D printers and other technology more accessible to individuals with mobility impairments. The project is financed by the Christopher and ...