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Albert Wright, president and chief executive officer of WVU Medicine; Karen Bowling, interim chief executive officer for the Camden Clark Medical Center; Dr. David Gnegy, cardiologist with Parkersburg Cardiology Associates; and Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce officially break ground for the cardiac services building at the Camden Clark Medical Center Thursday.

Camden Clark Medical Center breaks ground on new building

PARKERSBURG — Cardiac services at Camden Clark Medical Center will have a new home as work is underway on a cardiac services building. Over 100 people, including hospital officials, elected officials and community leaders, gathered Thursday for the official groundbreaking to commemorate ...

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Instructor Roger Dick looks on as apprentice Kyle Wolfe applies a weld to a pipe on the training floor at the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 168. The union held an apprenticeship open house Thursday at its facility on Gilman Avenue in Marietta.

Apprenticeship open house offers options

MARIETTA — Behind heavy red clear plastic drapes, students in a dozen booths lining the walls shot out sparks and smoke as they practiced welding. The work went on at the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 168 training facility on Gilman Avenue Thursday while in an adjacent room, out of the ...

CAS Cable in process of hard-wired service

MARIETTA — Marietta television viewers and Internet users will have a new option for cable service, but for now it’s off well into the future. CAS Cable of Parkersburg is in the process of building out a new hard-wired service for the city. Shannon Shaulis, sales and marketing director ...

Frontier Communications increases speed of Internet

PARKERSBURG — Frontier Communications has increased Internet speeds for 43 percent of customers impacted by a $160 million settlement with West Virginia, the state attorney general said. Frontier entered into a settlement to resolve complaints about internet speeds provided to its ...

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Employees of North Coast Construction were working recently to hang drywall inside the new Marietta IHOP restaurant.

Marietta IHOP experiences delays

MARIETTA — It looks like pancake lovers are going to have to wait a little longer to experience one of the newer IHOP designs as scheduling conflicts and weather have delayed the opening of the Marietta site until approximately the end of December. In September, officials with Sharp ...

Ohio agency looking at spirit sales in Belpre

BELPRE — Belpre may soon have its own access to spirituous liquor sales thanks to the Ohio Department of Commerce’s Division of Liquor Control. The state agency recently announced it’s accepting applications for 15 to 20 new contract liquor agencies to be established across the state, ...

Marietta McDonald’s owner receives award

MARIETTA — The Pittsburgh region of McDonald’s restaurants recently presented the annual Ronald Award to Marietta McDonald’s owner-operator Laurie Strahler. The award is annually presented to a McDonald’s owner-operator who supports their community. Strahler owns and operates four ...

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A representative of Deep Well Drilling demonstrates a virtual reality training system used by the company for an attendee at the Marietta College Oil & Gas Technical Exhibition held Friday at the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center on the college campus.

Marietta College showcases oil, gas industry at exhibition

MARIETTA — The first Marietta College Oil & Gas Technical Exhibition is not likely to be the last. Organized entirely by students, the day-long industry showcase attracted 49 exhibitors and so many attendees that the reception table exhausted its 400 preprinted name tags and had to ...

Tyler County mentioned as possible natural gas storage site

PARKERSBURG — A potential site for an underground natural gas storage facility is in Tyler County and local officials will push for its development in light of the $83.7 billion investment deal announced Thursday with a Chinese company. “I’m very excited about this,” said Eric Peters, ...

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Front row, Greater Parkersburg Convention and Visitors Bureau Vice Chairman Michael Gibson, left, Bureau Chairman Blair Couch, third from left, and immediate past Chairman Alan Hardway, right, present Donna Briggs with the Oshel Craigo Lifetime Achievement Award on Thursday. Back row, from left, bureau Treasurer Chad Winebrenner, Secretary Cal Malcom and President and CEO Mark Lewis.

Parkersburg woman receives tourism award

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg resident has received a lifetime achievement award in promoting tourism during the West Virginia Governor’s Conference on Tourism. It was a surprise for Donna Briggs, who wasn’t at the Oct. 30 conference and only learned of it through phone calls that she was ...

China plans $83.7B for West Virginia shale development

WHEELING —The $83.7 billion a Chinese firm plans to spend developing West Virginia’s shale natural gas resources exceeds the total value of all goods and services produced in the state each year. That investment also would be more than double the approximately $35 billion total that West ...

Chinese investments could boost natural gas power plants

WHEELING — A natural gas-fired power plant in Brooke County could be one of the initial projects funded by the $83.7 billion that China Energy plans to spend in West Virginia. While in China Thursday, West Virginia Secretary of Commerce Woody Thrasher signed a memorandum of understanding ...

Weirton seen as ideal site for ethane cracker

WHEELING — Patrick Ford believes Weirton — roughly halfway between the Royal Dutch Shell ethane cracker in Beaver County, Pa. and the planned PTT Global Chemical project at Dilles Bottom along the Ohio River — is ideally positioned for petrochemical development. Upon learning of China ...

China Energy plans to invest $83B in West Virginia

PARKERSBURG — Lindsey Piersol at the Wood County Economic Development Office did a happy dance when she learned of the $83.7 billion development deal with a Chinese firm announced Thursday morning by the state Department of Commerce. Greg Kozera of Shale Crescent USA would have done a happy ...

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The Rage Hair Salon staff at the Grand Central Mall is providing haircuts at no charge Sunday from noon-6 p.m. Front row, from left, are Debbie Reese, Holly McKnight, Leah Roberts and Missie Weaver. Back row, from left, are Melissa Shepard, Maggie Wagner, Andrea Little and Tiana Tibbs. Not pictured are Cassie Brundige, Cheyenne Landis, Rachelle West, Josy Duckworth, Alex Whittington, Meranda Clegg, Renee Kerns and Taylor Hoover.

Grand Central Mall salon providing free haircuts for veterans Sunday

VIENNA — There’s a first time for everything. For Tim Whitehair, owner of The Rage Hair Salon in the Grand Central Mall, it was the fact he has a son who is a Marine. “And I wanted to do something to give back to the veterans who have served this great country and made it what it is ...

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Will Heflin of Hot Dog Willy’s on Thursday poses at his hot dog wagon at Bicentennial Park in downtown Parkersburg where the IEI Plastics warehouse fire caused him to close all of last week. Business started returning to normal by Thursday, but the loss the week before prevented him from opening at the Grand Central Mall, he said.

IEI fire an economic dousing for area businesses

PARKERSBURG — While local governments are adding up the expenses from the massive IEI Plastics warehouse fire, small businesses felt the heat from the beginning, too. Business at the Broadway Sandwich Shop was good on Day 1, Oct. 21. That surprised owner Sandy Caplinger, who thought her ...

Bob Ashley named West Virginia insurance agent of the year

CHARLESTON — Robert G. “Bob” Ashley of Ashley Insurance Agency in Spencer was presented the Independent Insurance Agents of West Virginia’s Earle S. Dillard Agent of the Year Award at the association’s annual convention in October at The Greenbrier. “The Earle S. Dillard award is ...

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David Hartshorn makes a calzone with all ingredients prepared fresh daily at the 1403 Grand Central Ave. location.

DiCarlo’s Pizza moves to new Vienna location

VIENNA — Three years after taking over the DiCarlo’s Pizza franchise, Shannon and David Hartshorn moved the brick oven pizza the company is known for to a new location along Grand Central Avenue. In July they moved from South Gate Shopping Center in Parkersburg to 1403 Grand Central Ave. ...

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Winner of Entrepreneur/Small Business of the Year was Abbey Tanner of Peddler’s Junction Vendor Mall, left, with Nikita Chidester, marketing and communications coordinator, representing award sponsor Riverview Credit Union.

Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce announces awards winners

BELPRE — Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce announced award winners from the 80th annual dinner held Oct. 26 at Grand Pointe Conference and Reception Center in Vienna. The businesses and groups received recognition during the awards portion of the evening’s celebration with plaques donated by ...

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Marshall Kremer talks with people who attended the grand opening of his nutrition shop, Supplement Source, at 309B Putnam St. in Marietta.

Supplement Source opens on Putnam Street in Marietta

MARIETTA — Marietta has a new option in the booming market for vitamins and nutrition supplements. Marshall Kremer held a grand opening for his new venture, the Supplement Source, last week in his shop at 309B Putnam St. His competitive edge in a field where products are sold every place ...