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Wayne Bennett, back, goes over a brochure with Maria Rinaldi, front, covering different products from Builder’s Choice Vinyl Fencing.

Construction trends focus of Great American Home Show

PARKERSBURG — For more than 30 years The Great American Home Show has been an annual event to introduce the public to the latest in home building, maintenance and furnishing. For the third year the show is being held this weekend at the National Guard Armory on Blizzard Drive in south ...

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A view of  the approach to Lemon’s Farm Equipment from Larkmead Road. Lemon’s began selling Massey Ferguson tractors in 1987.

Lemon’s Farm Equipment treats customers like family

PARKERSBURG — The directions were simple to Lemon’s Farm Equipment. “Go to Larkmead Road and turn. About a mile up the road, we’ll be on your left,” said Marilyn Lemon Matheny, who runs the small office which had $3 million in sales pass through it in 2016. That $3 million total had ...

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Fruth Pharmacy launches Rxight pharmacogenetic program

PARKERSBURG — A local pharmacy has launched a new program that uses a person’s genetic profile to help identify medications that will work best for them. Fruth Pharmacy offers Rxight, a pharmacogenetic program developed by MD Labs, a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments certified ...

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Pioneer Trails recently took over the former Coach USA motorcoach hub in Parkersburg. The terminal, located on Camden Ave. near the Erickson All-Sports Facility, has 20 employees who were hired by the new company and will continue on.

Pioneer Trails takes over former Coach USA terminal in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — A new company is taking over operations of the former Coach USA terminal in Parkersburg. Pioneer Trails Inc. of Millersburg, Ohio, is expanding its deluxe motorcoach operations to Parkersburg, filling a void left by the exit of Coach USA at the end of last year. Pioneer ...

Proposed Ohio budget to centralize business tax

MARIETTA — Included within Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s proposed 2018-2019 budget are provisions centralizing the collection of municipal business net profit taxes. According to Kasich’s administration, the goal of centralization is to streamline the filing process for Ohio companies and aid ...

West Virginia University Press set to release titles

MORGANTOWN — This spring West Virginia University Press, a part of WVU and the largest book publisher in West Virginia, will publish several books about the state and region, covering everything from poetry to politics to pepperoni rolls. The publishing season caps a period of significant ...

Marietta College’s Fazio co-writes paper

MARIETTA — An assistant professor of management at Marietta College has co-written a paper, “The Role of Affective Commitment in the Relationship Between Social Support and Turnover Intention,” approved for publication in the journal “Management Decision.” “The co-authors and I ...

Fate of J.C. Penney store in Vienna still unknown

VIENNA— No information is yet available regarding the potential impact on the J.C. Penney location at Grand Central Mall in Vienna from the company’s planned closure of more than 100 stores. In a press release issued Friday, J.C. Penney Company Inc. announced it is implementing a plan to ...

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Family Christian Stores, including those in West Virginia in Parkersburg, Charleston and Barboursville, will be closing at an undetermined time this year, the company announced on Thursday. The company has been in business for 85 years. The Parkersburg location is at 204 Lakeview Center.

Family Christian Stores set to close

PARKERSBURG — Family Christian Stores, including those in West Virginia in Parkersburg, Charleston and Barboursville, will be closing at an undetermined time this year, the company announced on Thursday. The company has been in business for 85 years. The Parkersburg location is at 204 ...

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Smart phone users can now utilize the ride-sharing app Lyft in the Parkersburg area.

Lyft arrives in the Mid-Ohio Valley

PARKERSBURG — A popular ride-sharing service officially entered the Mid-Ohio Valley market Thursday. Lyft announced on its blog, blog.lyft.com, that it was expanding to more than 50 cities Thursday, including Parkersburg. According to the map on the website, the service area also includes ...

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An aerial shot of the proposed site for a sports and entertainment complex on Fort Boreman Hill.

Baseball on back burner in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — Feasibility studies and the donation of land got men on base, but it doesn’t appear the effort to bring a sports-and-entertainment complex to the city will be driven home any time soon. A memorandum of understanding between the City of Parkersburg and Stu Williams, owner of ...

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Executive Director Charlie Burd of the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia speaks to members of the West Virginia Legislature about issues important to the industry.

West Virginia legislature discusses oil, natural gas issues

CHARLESTON — The Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia and members of the Legislature discussed issues important to the oil and natural gas industry in a meeting at the Capitol. Executive Director Charlie Burd cited the importance of oil and natural gas to West Virginia’s ...

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Fred Earley joins the law firm of Bowles Rice serving on its Health Care Team.  With nearly 30 years of experience in the health care and insurance industries, having served as president of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia since 2009, he is expected to deal with law related to healthcare.

Fred Earley joins Bowles Rice health care team

PARKERSBURG — The former head of Highmark West Virginia is bringing his experience in the healthcare field to a new position as an attorney with Bowles Rice. Fred Earley joins Bowles Rice’s Health Care Team with nearly 30 years of experience in the health care and insurance industries, ...

Washington State Community College goes international

MARIETTA — For more than a decade Washington State Community College, through its Workforce Development program, has offered an online chemical operator program. Until recently enrollment has been contained within the borders of the U.S.; however, a local company’s need for additional ...

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The University of Akron Team took first place in the 5th annual Peoples Bank Business Case Competition on Feb. 11. From left, Chuck Sulerzyski (Peoples Bank CEO and President), Layne Scheufler (University of Akron student), Preston Matos (University of Akron student), Eric Vlahos (University of Akron student) and Bhanu Balasubramnian (University of Akron team adviser.)

Winners announced in Peoples Bank Undergraduate Business Case Competition

MARIETTA — University of Akron (Ohio) won first place in the fifth annual Peoples Bank Undergraduate Business Case Competition. The team earned $1,500 for its first place finish. Team members are Preston Matos, Layne Scheufler and Eric Vlahos. Second place went to Marshall University ...

Marietta College to host McDonough Leadership Conference

MARIETTA — The 2017 McDonough Leadership Conference will be held March 31-April 1 at Marietta College. The theme this year is “Leadership Through Time” and will highlight historic leadership and leadership across generations, among other topics. Conference Chairman Kaitlin Sarago, ...

Manchin aide to join Marshall University Research Corporation

PARKERSBURG — A long-time aide to U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin announced she was leaving to go to work for the Marshall University Research Corporation. Sara Payne Scarbro, who was Manchin’s deputy state director, will become an associate vice president of external engagement starting March 1. ...

West Virginia agritourism focus of new program

PARKERSBURG — Helping local farmers create and profit from farm-based tourism opportunities is the idea behind West Virginia University Extension Service’s new Agritourism Initiative, a training program for aspiring and beginning agritourism operators across the state. The WVU Extension ...

Greater Parkersburg Convention and Visitors Bureau names board

VIENNA — While tourism in Wood County began 2016 on a slight downturn things began to look up in November and December and continued into 2017. Mark Lewis, president and CEO of the Greater Parkersburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, said November and December 2016 had more overnight stays ...

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Employees of Combined Insurance work together during a business meeting at the Epicenter on the bottom floor of the Armory on Front Street.

Building Bridges to Careers expands

MARIETTA — Not only has a Building Bridges to Careers Epicenter opened this winter but the program has also expanded its partnerships within three school districts and the career center and was recognized by Gov. John Kasich last month. “We hope to expand and include more and more ...