Business

Tabletop Puzzles and Games opens in Marietta

MARIETTA — Gathering family and friends around a table for fun, laughter and quality interaction—that’s the goal of a new shop owner in downtown Marietta. “It’s all about unplugging and getting together to enjoy a good old table game night,” said Penny Moore, of Vienna, who opened ...

Salvation Army Thrift Store shows off new expansion

PARKERSBURG — It’s been a bit more than a week since the Salvation Army Thrift Store reopened after an expansion and remodeling. So far, according to Major Matthew Riley, the Thrift Store is going to reap benefits. “It was a grand day both in numbers and in sales,” he said about ...

Swilled Dog sets grand opening

UPPER TRACT, W.Va. — Parkersburg native Brooke (Litton) Glover, co-owner of Swilled Dog, was recently elected to a one-year term as vice president of the Executive Committee for the U.S. Association of Cider Makers. Glover, a 2002 graduate of Parkersburg High School, is currently serving ...

Couch: Mall TIF would hurt Wood County

PARKERSBURG —Wood County estimates it could lose up to thousands of dollars in tax revenue if a tax increment financing district is set up around the Grand Central Mall in Vienna. Vienna City Council is considering setting up a TIF district around the mall to help cover the cost of tearing ...

Report: West Virginia needs to diversify economy

PARKERSBURG — The area could benefit from downstream industries using the state’s natural gas products to make a variety of products, a group of economic students told community and business leaders. Also, other new businesses can diversify the state’s economy, the group ...

Parkersburg company’s threads used in ‘Game of Thrones’

PARKERSBURG — The premiere for HBO’s final season of “Game of Thrones” on April 14 was possibly the most anticipated television event of the year, if not of all time. In addition to its compelling narrative, the popular show has been praised for its highly-detailed production that ...

Boxers Bed and Biscuits to host Belpre Business Expo

BELPRE — The fifth-annual Belpre Business Expo will be held 4-7 p.m. Monday at Boxers Bed and Biscuits on Washington Boulevard. The event, which showcases the city of Belpre as the premier business locale in the Mid-Ohio Valley, is sponsored by the Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce, The ...

Ankrom named Riverview Credit Union leader

BELPRE — Riverview Credit Union has announced a change in leadership on July 1. Michael B. Iaderosa, president and chief executive officer, is retiring effective June 30 and will be succeeded by Douglas G. Ankrom on July 1. Ankrom is the credit union’s chief financial officer. Iaderosa ...

Narrow Gate Event Center opening

PARKERSBURG — What went around came around for Rocky Peck, a local auctioneer. Peck, his wife Dee and Josh Campell, an accountant at Astorg and Jones, are partners in the new Narrow Gate Event Center on Old St. Marys Pike where Peck plans to headquarter his auctioneering company, hold ...

N’Oasis opens with arcade, comics, games

MARIETTA — When Joe Carpenter concluded his service with the Marine Corps, he returned to Marietta, started college and began looking around for ways to make some cash. What he found was buying and selling vintage toys and comics. He and his wife, Amanda, and his brother-in-law, Ron Miller, ...

Freelance workers on the rise in Washington County

MARIETTA — Even as the population and the total number of businesses in Washington County has declined over the past decade, one element in business has gradually increased: the number of nonemployers, otherwise known as freelancers or independent contractors. According to Census figures for ...

Wheeling Jesuit to undergo name change

WHEELING — Wheeling Jesuit University will have a new name for the coming academic year. The school’s board of directors and the Maryland Province for the Society of Jesus agreed this week to end the university’s Jesuit affiliation at the end of this school year. In a statement released ...

West Virginia University at Parkersburg to host Business After Hours event

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia University at Parkersburg, in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley and the Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce, will host a Business After Hours and open house event on Tuesday, April 16, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on the Parkersburg campus of ...

Vienna starts TIF project at Grand Central Mall

VIENNA — Vienna City Council Thursday night unanimously voted to start the process of developing a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district around the Grand Central Mall. “The resolution says that we will begin looking at and working with the Washington Prime LLC to see if the TIF is even ...

Parkersburg Walmart to be remodeled

PARKERSBURG — The south Parkersburg Walmart will be remodeled this year, part of a nearly $32 million investment by the company in its West Virginia stores. In addition, new initiatives will be launched at multiple Walmart locations around the Mid-Ohio Valley. “Technology continues to ...

West Virginia tax revenue comes in below estimate again

CHARLESTON — Citing the slowdown of construction activities during the winter season, March tax revenue collections came in 1.2 percent below the updated projections, the second month for lower-than-expected collections since fiscal 2019 started in July. According to the governor’s office, ...

WVU-P gives pay raises to faculty, staff

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia University at Parkersburg Board of Governors approved its $21.761 million 2019-2020 budget on Wednesday that includes raises for faculty and staff. WVU-P President Chris Gilmer said the school’s finances are sound. “Our finances are in excellent condition,” ...

Woodrum named director of West Virginia EDA University Center

HUNTINGTON — The director of entrepreneurship at the Robert C. Byrd Institute at Marshall University is taking on additional responsibilities. Bill Woodrum also will be the director for the West Virginia EDA University Center at the institute. The mission of the center is to provide ...

West Virginia University breaks ground on S.T.E.M. facility

MORGANTOWN — The West Virginia University Extension Service has broken ground on the new Annette S. Boggs Educational Center, a 6,000-square-foot facility at WVU Jackson’s Mill, which will be home to year-round programming and hands-on activities that focus on science, technology, ...

Grants driving Washington County Career Center program

MARIETTA — A project to provide tech students at the Washington County Career Center with a realistic experience working outdoors on equipment they would encounter in a typical Mid-Ohio Valley industrial plant went into action last year. Funding was confirmed for Phase II of the project — ...