Business

West Virginia Lottery Commission sets sports betting rules

PARKERSBURG — The rules for sports betting in West Virginia were approved Thursday in an emergency meeting of the West Virginia Lottery Commission. The commission approved 20 pages of rules and regulations intended to allow wagering on sporting events such as football and basketball games ...

FirstEnergy using drones to find nesting birds

PARKERSBURG — Aerial drones are being used by the electric company to inspect the nests of protected birds of prey. The drones offer a fast and safe way to survey locations where the birds have started nesting on utility poles and other electric equipment, without disrupting the birds by ...

Noble County: Third in unemployment in Ohio but suffering a labor shortage

CALDWELL, Ohio — The first businesses that comes into view after the off-ramp from I-77 in this Noble County community are a Pilot truckstop and a McDonald’s restaurant, both bearing prominent signs that read “hiring.” The county that ranks third in the state in unemployment — the ...

Studio O-Y-O to hold open house in Marietta

MARIETTA — Emily West, licensed massage therapist and certified yoga teacher, announces the official Open House event for her new wellness business in downtown Marietta, Studio O-Y-O: Health in Harmony at 217 Scammel Street on July 6. The doors of Studio O-Y-O officially opened on May 4. ...

Owner uses attention-grabbing sign to market downtown Marietta property

MARIETTA — Bradley Bole’s plan to get rid of a downtown Marietta building that has been in his family for many years has gotten attention, and that was his intent. For about a week the display window of the building that once housed The Wine Shop at 162 Front St. has held a large sign ...

Washington Works marks 70 years

WASHINGTON, W.Va. — Despite the passing of seven decades officials at the Washington Works say the site is poised to be among chemical producing sites in the world building off a legacy built by its personnel. On Saturday the 70th anniversary of the site was celebrated with remarks by ...

Vienna woman ready to produce Tally Jump

VIENNA — Tori Boggs of Vienna has raised the money to produce Tally Jump. Boggs, a world jump rope champion and record holder, designed Tally Jump to help the jump rope sport and encourage more people to get healthy and active, she said. “I identified that in jump rope there was no way ...

Parkersburg Livestock Exchange a family affair

MINERAL WELLS — In the early 1990s, Roger Mitchell was working at the Mineral Wells Livestock Exchange during an auction, his young sons Daniel and Silas watching from an office at the top of the sale pavilion. A bull up for bid became agitated and leapt from the show area into the stands. ...

Old Dominion Freight Line cuts ribbon on Parkersburg service center

PARKERSBURG — A national carrier on Thursday opened a new service center in south Parkersburg, its second in West Virginia. Old Dominion Freight Line is a $3.3 billion trucking, shipping and logistics company that is making nine-figure investments in real estate and equipment this year, ...

United Bankshares shareholders attend meeting

PARKERSBURG — United Bankshares, an $18.6 billion regional financial services company, held its Annual Meeting of Shareholders on May 30 at The Ritz-Carlton in McLean, Va. United is the largest publicly traded corporation headquartered in West Virginia and is the parent company of United ...

License clears the way for medical marijuana dispensary in Marietta

MARIETTA — A medical marijuana dispensary will be located in Marietta following the awarding of a provisional dispensary license this week by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy. A dispensary of medical marijuana would serve only those 21 years old and above, with a valid medical card, acting like a ...

CSX seeks bids on Parkersburg, Marietta line

PARKERSBURG — The railroad is accepting bids to sell a branch line from Parkersburg northward in its Marietta Subdivision. CSX Corp., based in Jacksonville, Fla., this week announced it is seeking bids on six rail segments, part of the company’s plan to enhance efficiency and long-term ...

Belpre Dental Solutions hires Dr. Duke Trinh

BELPRE — A family dental practice in Belpre has hired a new associate as it continues to grow its patient base and comprehensive dental services. Dr. Duke T. Trinh joined the staff of Belpre Dental Solutions on June 4. Trinh has an undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and ...

First Neighborhood Bank plans programs on elder financial abuse

PARKERSBURG — First Neighborhood Bank will present free programs on elder financial abuse 7-8 p.m. Thursday and 3-4 p.m. June 19 at the Parkersburg and Wood County Public Library. Liz Bleakley, a banker and officer with First Neighborhood Bank, will present the program. Participants will ...

Lafayette Hotel marks 100th year in Marietta

MARIETTA — More than a landmark, the Lafayette Hotel is a survivor with class. The Marietta hotel, gateway to Front Street with a commanding view of the waters on which the first settlers sought a landing where the Muskingum flows into the Ohio, on July 1 will mark 100 years since its ...

Tyler County man writes book on Muhammad Ali

PARKERSBURG — A local expert in boxing has co-authored a book about the most renowned pugilist of all time. “Muhammad Ali: By the Numbers” by Bob Canobbio and Lee Groves of Friendly is a statistical analysis of the punches Muhammad Ali landed on his opponents and the blows landed upon ...

Marietta eatery The Riviera expanding hours, seating

MARIETTA — The restaurant venture originally intended to keep a team together throughout the winter season has been so popular that expansions are occurring on the river. “We’re actually expanding in many ways,” said Heather Sands, general manager of the Valley Gem and Riviera ...

Marietta gym showing off strength with group, fitness classes

MARIETTA — Memberships and group class schedules are slowly growing at the newest gym in town. And with that growth, the proverbial waters are being tested in terms of group fitness and times of peak activity. “We want our hours and availability to reflect membership,” said Ashley ...

Business workshop to be held June 12 in Ripley

RIPLEY — The West Virginia Small Business Development Center will offer a Business Fundamentals workshop from 6-8 p.m. June 12 at the Jackson County Public Library, 208 Church St. North, Ripley. The course covers what entrepreneurs need to know to start a business in West Virginia, including ...