Business

Hive of Activity: A behind-the-scenes look at Mister Bee

PARKERSBURG — Mister Bee potato chips have been made in Parkersburg for nearly 70 years, but today the process is more efficient than ever. West Virginia Potato Chip Co. majority owner Mary Anne Ketelsen invested more than $2 million in new equipment that more than tripled production ...

Whopper of a Burger King opens on Washington Boulevard in Belpre

BELPRE — Burger King has opened in Belpre, the first in the city and the ninth in the chain of the local franchisees. The restaurant opened Monday for a special introductory event for all employees of the restaurants under Charton Management, local officials and first responders from the ...

Kroger makes online-shopping service available at Seventh Street

PARKERSBURG — Kroger last week launched an online-shopping service at its Parkersburg store at 2007 East Seventh St. Pickup, formerly known as ClickList, offers customers the opportunity to shop online and pick up their groceries without ever having to enter the store. Kroger waives the ...

Wieser and Cawley going out of business

MARIETTA — A long-time, family owned store specializing in high-end furniture and home decor in Marietta is closing. Wieser and Cawley, a furniture store with showrooms on 25,000 square feet of floor space on Colegate Drive, was established in 1886 and has had four generations of family ...

iHeartMedia gives Craig Bommer top marketing post

PARKERSBURG — Craig Bommer has been named iHeartMedia market president for the Wheeling and Parkersburg markets effective immediately. Bommer, a marketing and sales veteran, has been in the Wheeling-Parkersburg market for 17 years and also was the vice president of business operations for ...

Gilmer reflects on first year at West Virginia University at Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — In his first year as president of West Virginia University at Parkersburg, Chris Gilmer has worked to make sure people know all about the opportunities available at the school as well as showcase what an integral part of the community it is. Gilmer officially took over as ...

West Virginia report highlights economic changes

PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia secretary of state released a report emphasizing economic growth and new business development. The report, available through the business statistics database on the West Virginia secretary of state website, spanned from August 2018 through July 2019. ...

Donatos Pizza to open in Marietta

MARIETTA — People who frequently visit Columbus may be aware of the Donatos Pizza franchise, but for those who haven’t heard of it, you’ll soon get your chance. Marietta resident Scott Hollister has his crews busy getting the shop together so it can be ready for opening in ...

Parkersburg News and Sentinel honored by West Virginia Press Association

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg News and Sentinel represented well on Aug. 3 in the annual West Virginia Press Association Better Newspaper Contest. An awards banquet held at Lakeview Resort in Morgantown honored excellence in newspaper journalism throughout the state. “We are proud of the ...

Dirt track racing revs up Mid-Ohio Valley teens

PARKERSBURG — Two local girls are making a name for themselves in dirt track racing in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Karly Starcher, 14, of Waverly has been racing for six years in the mini wedge division. Ashley Simonton, 18, from Belmont, attends St. Marys High School and started racing in the ...

Huntington Bancshares reports net income

COLUMBUS — Huntington Bancshares reported net income for the 2019 second quarter of $364 million, an increase of 3 percent from the year-ago quarter. Earnings per common share for the quarter were 33 cents, up 10 percent from the year-ago quarter. Tangible book value per common share as of ...

Five chosen as West Virginia Women in Agriculture

CHARLESTON — Five women have been chosen as 2019 West Virginia Women in Agriculture for their lifetime of work in the industry. The inductees will be honored Monday by Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt during a reception at the state fair. “Women now make up 38 percent of our ...

FirstEnergy Corp. honored with excellence award

AKRON — FirstEnergy Corp. has been honored by Crain’s Cleveland Business with a 2019 Excellence in Human Resources Award for its workforce diversity and inclusion programs. The award recognizes FirstEnergy’s efforts to increase diversity and establish an inclusive environment where all ...

Marietta’s Food Truck Friday drives interest in local entrepreneurs

MARIETTA — The smell of food cooking and bright sunshine met those venturing out to the corner of Second and Greene streets in Marietta for Food Truck Friday. Misty Anderson, 51, of Barlow, and her 14-year-old daughter, Taylor, were in town and decided to stop by the trucks. “She had a ...

Ill feeling after West Virginia, Ohio hospitals announce closures

WHEELING — The governor of West Virginia on Thursday directed his administration “to dig deep to see what kind of help the state can offer” to prevent the closure of the Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling. The medical center and its affiliate East Ohio Regional Hospital in Martins ...

Mister Bee Potato Chips plans new warehouse as business grows

PARKERSBURG — Mister Bee Potato Chips plans to construct a half-million-dollar warehouse next to its location on West Virginia Avenue in Parkersburg. Mary Anne Ketelsen, owner of West Virginia Potato Chip Co., discussed the project and other recent improvements to the facility when state ...

Justice talks economic opportunities with cities, towns

HUNTINGTON — Gov. Jim Justice told mayors, city managers and council members from around the state Thursday that despite some good economic signs for the state, there was still much to be done. Justice addressed attendees of the West Virginia Municipal League’s 50th annual Conference at ...

Wincore tells West Virginia officials it needs space to expand

PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia commerce secretary toured businesses in Wood County Wednesday and today to see what his office could do to help existing businesses in the area. Commerce Secretary Ed Gaunch visited Kreinik Manufacturing, Wincore Windows and Gaskets, Packing & Seals on ...

B&W Pharmacy in Beverly fully reopens

BEVERLY — Friday was the wind-up of a long year for the B&W Pharmacy. On the night of Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, part of the roof of the building on Dietz Lane fell in. It was a disaster but also the beginning of a new phase for the 47-year old business that might not have otherwise ...

Business program inspires local girls

PARKERSBURG — Nine girls from the Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg were inspired to pursue their passions and develop into motivated, young female leaders at a week-long entrepreneurship immersion program for grades four through six from July 14-19. The program, “Envision Lead ...