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Spats Food and Beverage Manager Jami Board, left, and Spats Food and Beverage Director Yancy Roush stand in the winer cellar of the Blennerhassett Hotel. Board said the basement wine cellar is capable of storing 4,000 bottles of wine. (Photo by Jeff Baughan)

Spats recognized for wine excellence

PARKERSBURG — In one corner of Spats in the Blennerhassett Hotel hangs a 2016 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. It’s about to get company. But Spats is no stranger to the award. Spats has received the award for the 12th consecutive year. Spats has been awarded a 2017 Wine Spectator ...

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Monroe officials learn about oil and gas industry

WOODSFIELD — Monroe County officials and business leaders learned more about the oil and gas industry and its plans for the area at the “What’s in the Pipeline for Monroe County” informational forum on Thursday. The event, held at the Brown Community Center in Woodsfield, was hosted by ...

The Camden Clark Medical Center Information Technology Department was recently  named a winner in the 19th annual Health Care’s Most Wired survey, released by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum and published in Hospitals & Health Networks, the journal of the AHA. Pictured are, front row, Mellissa Holland, Kerry Cottrell and Becky Alloway. In the second row are Kevin Vannoy and Josh Woods, Camden Clark’s IT director. (Photo by Brett Dunlap)

Camden Clark Medical Center recognized for IT advances

PARKERSBURG — The Camden Clark Medical Center is one of several hospitals statewide that have been recognized for their advances in health care information technology (IT). Camden Clark, which is part of WVU Medicine-WVU Hospitals, was named a winner in the 19th annual Health Care’s Most ...

A Monarch butterfly takes a drink of nectar from a flower inside the butterfly house at Thomson’s Landscaping. (Photo by Peyton Neely)

Thomson’s Landscaping offers look at butterflies

MARIETTA — It’s that time of year where butterflies can be spotted sipping nectar from flowers in gardens everywhere. Thomson’s Landscaping in Marietta offers an opportunity for residents to see the life cycle of butterflies first-hand at their butterfly house that opened again just a ...

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Work is ahead of schedule on the new Belpre Medical Center at 2434 Richmiller Road near the Farson Street-Ohio 7 stoplight. Crews have gotten the building’s frame up as well as many of the walls. The building is on track to open in October. The building will be the new home for First Settlement Physical Therapy and First Settlement Orthopaedics in Belpre.

First Settlement Physical Therapy construction continues in Belpre

BELPRE — The construction of the new home for First Settlement Physical Therapy and First Settlement Orthopaedics is moving ahead quicker than first anticipated and is still on track for a fall opening. Crews with DDC Construction have been working since early spring at the site of the new ...

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Conley Fabrication in Mineral Wells announced this week completion of the first specialty trailer in a new agreement between Conley and JAG Mobile Solutions Inc. of Howe, Ind. The new product line created eight jobs for the business, and officials plan to hire more workers soon.

Conley Fabrication rolls out specialty trailer

MINERAL WELLS — The first specialty trailer in a new line for Conley Fabrication has been completed. The company announced the trailer earlier this week. The product is part of an agreement between Conley Fabrication LLC and JAG Mobile Solutions Inc. of Howe, Ind., to cooperatively build ...

Internet connectivity still an issue for some

MARIETTA — If you don’t get cell phone service or reliable Internet at your home then you aren’t the only one in Southeast Ohio. According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), more than 14 million people in the U.S. still lack access to affordable, high-speed Internet ...

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Brandon Galici, a 2013 Parkersburg South High School graduate, placed first in Personal Finance and fifth in Financial Concepts nationally during competition at the Phi Beta Lambda convention in Anaheim, Calif.

Brandon Galici great at Personal Finance

PARKERSBURG — Brandon Galici graduated from West Liberty University in May with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance. The diploma is something nice to hang on the wall while he trains for his job with Edward Jones. However, what he will also be able to hang on his wall others won’t are ...

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The lot at Pike Street and 24th Avenue in south Parkersburg where a Sheetz was planned to be built is back on the market after the company decided not to proceed with the project. The statuses of two other local Sheetz projects remain unchanged.

Proposed Sheetz site back on the market in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — Until recently, a sign along Pike Street near 24th Avenue identified the lot where Ralph’s Market once stood as the future site of a Sheetz convenience store and gas station. Now, it’s been replaced by a for-sale sign. “On the last day of the due diligence period, they ...

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The new Arc Thrift Shop at 904-906 Broadway Ave. opens 10 a.m. today. The shop is located at the site of the old Noah’s Arc Thrift Shop which closed a couple years ago due to storm damage was eventually razed. The new store is located in the former storage space for the old shop. The shop has clothing, books, home items and more.

The Arc to reopen its doors in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — Many in the community will be glad to see The Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley’s thrift store in south Parkersburg reopened today, officials said. The new Arc Thrift Shop, located at the same location as the old Noah’s Arc Thrift Shop at 904-906 Broadway Ave., opens 10 a.m. ...

Ohio Valley University to host Leaders Academy

VIENNA — Area business leaders and managers will gather for the Leaders of Vision Academy at 9 a.m. Aug. 18 at Ohio Valley University. The academy is the first of four quarterly training programs for mid-level managers in business, government and non-profit organizations. Nathan Mellor, ...

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Solid Waste Authority director John Reed, left, waits for two hot dogs with sauce from Will Heflin of Hot Dog Willy’s, a hot dog stand by Bicentennial Park at the courthouse. Reed likes the homemade sauce.

Couple running hot dog stand in downtown Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — A local couple hopes to expand their hot dog stand business. Hot Dog Willy’s has been selling hot dogs for two weeks at Bicentennial Park by the courthouse. “It’s named after me,” said Will Heflin of Mineral Wells, a 2003 graduate of the Le Cordon Bleu culinary ...

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An operator moves coal at a Murray Energy Corp. operation. A new West Virginia University study predicts Mountain State coal production to grow slightly this year before eventually falling.

Coal’s future in West Virginia uncertain in era of decline

WHEELING — In 2007, U.S. electricity producers burned 110 million tons of West Virginia coal. By the 2016, the tonnage dropped to 44 million, according to a new West Virginia University report by the university’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research. The study also shows the decline in ...

Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce schedules July Jaunt

BELPRE — The Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its July Jaunt Shop Local during regular business hours on July 15 on Ohio 339 from Belpre to Barlow. Retail businesses, restaurants, services, a full-service pharmacy with deli, a grocery with fresh meats and deli, a bakery, and gift ...

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Sarah Goff of Premier Inc. and Cindy Kern, the Camden Clark Medical Center’s vice president of quality, accepted the Hospital Improvement Innovation Network award for patient safety, as part of a nationwide effort to reduce hospital readmissions and preventable hospital-acquired conditions.

Camden Clark Medical Center wins safety award

PARKERSBURG — The Camden Clark Medical Center has won a national patient safety quality award. Camden Clark’s Vice President of Quality Cindy Kern this week accepted the Hospital Improvement Innovation Network award for patient safety, as part of a nationwide effort to reduce hospital ...

Neurologist Dr. Douglas A. Woo joins O’Bleness Hospital staff

ATHENS — Neurologist Dr. Douglas A. Woo will join the OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital medical staff on Wednesday. Woo is a board-certified neurologist specializing in multiple sclerosis. Additionally, Woo treats the full range of neurology, including dizziness, stroke, seizure, dementia and ...

Yancy Roush returns to Blennerhassett Hotel

PARKERSBURG — A familiar face has returned to the Blennerhassett Hotel. Yancy Roush has been hired as the new food and beverage director effective on Monday. As food and beverage director, Roush will oversee Spats, the award-winning restaurant and lounge, and the banquet facilities and ...

Bruny elected chair of Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission

PARKERSBURG — The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission has elected Stuart F. Bruny of Logan, Ohio, as chairman effective July 1. Bruny has an extensive background with environmental policy and water quality issues. For 30 years, he worked for Ohio EPA, holding multiple leadership ...