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CCMC expansion OK’d

PARKERSBURG - Plans for the expansion of Camden Clark Medical Center's South Tower, including a new emergency department, received the go-ahead recently from the city's downtown business and facade committee.The hospital plans to add more than 100,000 square feet in a new wing that will be ...

W.Va. ponders Right to Work

CHARLESTON - Proposed legislation would make West Virginia a Right To Work state, preventing businesses from requiring only union workers or forcing workers to join a union as a requirement for employment.State Senate Majority Leader Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, is lead sponsor of Senate Bill ...

Sports departments merge for coverage

PARKERSBURG - Two seasoned sports staffs are joining forces to form the Parkersburg News and Sentinel/Marietta Times Sports Department."We know sports coverage is very important to our readers," said Jim Spanner, publisher of The Parkersburg News and Sentinel. "Operating as one unit will give ...

BlackSmith Barbecue moves

MARIETTA - BlackSmith Barbecue has called several different locations home in Marietta, but the homemade barbecue, pizza and Tex-Mex eatery now has a location right on the levee of the Ohio River.Previously combined with Over the Moon Pizzeria on Front Street with prior locations at the Comfort ...

Gas price drop could slow down production

MARIETTA - While gasoline prices have dropped across the country, making commutes more bearable for drivers, the price of crude oil is dropping and could force oil and gas operations to slow production on wells.According to Shawn Bennett, executive vice president of the Ohio Oil and Gas ...

Natural gas well production ranges widely

WHEELING - A single Antero Resources well in Tyler County produced 1.4 billion cubic feet of natural gas in 2013, while in Brooke County a well operated by Chesapeake Energy yielded only 111 million cubic feet.The "Timmy Minch" Chesapeake Energy well in Ohio County - from which the Wheeling ...

Natural gas rates falling; company requesting increase

WHEELING - Even as industry leaders believe the large supply of natural gas in northern West Virginia contributes to lower selling prices on Wall Street, officials with Mountaineer Gas Co. plan to raise bills on 221,000 customers across the state.Pending approval by the Public Service ...

United Bankshares announces earnings

PARKERSBURG -United Bankshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: UBSI), today reported an increase in earnings for the fourth quarter and for the year of 2014 as compared to same time periods last year.Earnings for the fourth quarter of 2014 were $33.3 million or 48 cents per diluted share as compared to earnings ...

Bank: Car purchases expected to soar in 2015

PARKERSBURG - More consumers say they will buy a car this year, according to a bank survey.Huntington Bank's Third Annual Midwest Economic Index has found 16 percent of consumers will purchase a car in 2015, a 10 percent increase over 2014 and is a clear sign of optimism among consumers ...

Bridal showcase attracts eager brides, grooms

PARKERSBURG - Many area brides were able to find exactly what suited their wedding plans Sunday at The Great Bridal Event 2015 in Parkersburg.More than 2,500 people were at the bridal show at the E.L.I.T.E. Center on Sunday. Many prospective brides and grooms came to the event to get ideas for ...

Siltstone sees potential in area

PARKERSBURG - There are any number of ways Siltstone Resources may try to capitalize on the oil and natural gas activity that drew it to the city and the former Union Trust and Deposit Co. building on Market Street.The investment firm is active in mineral rights and real estate, but doesn't ...

Lane continues family business

MARIETTA - Like his father before him, Ted Lane learned to tend an orchard on the 60 hilltop acres his grandfather Walter Thomas Lane planted in Warren Township in the 1930s."I used to help him spray down the trees. He had an old wooden sprayer. We'd fill that full of water and chemicals and ...

Harmar Place, Glenwood change owners

MARIETTA - Come summer Harmar Place Rehabilitation and Extended Care and the Glenwood Retirement Community could be under new ownership, according to Scott Cantley, president and CEO of the Memorial Health System."United Church Homes, a not-for-profit faith-based organization out of Marion, ...

Home Depot offers workshops for kids

VIENNA - Home Depot is helping train the next generation of do-it-yourselfers with the company's Kids Workshops.The Vienna store has amassed a regular following for the events, held regularly from 9 a.m. to noon on the first Saturday of each month, and newcomers are always welcome, said Beverly ...

MacKenzie’s Flowerworks and Gifts to open

VIENNA - With Obermeyer, Dudley and Edible Arrangements already established in the Parkersburg and Vienna area, it is rare to see a new flower shop open in the area.Brian Rader, owner of MacKenzie's Flowerworks and Gifts, 2205 Grand Central Ave., Vienna, is set to open Feb. 2."I am really just ...

Group critical of DuPont payments

PARKERSBURG - Recently released invoices dating back to February 2013 of payments by DuPont to the director of the medical monitoring program show $9 million has been paid for administration while a small percentage has been paid for medical claims.Keep Your Promises DuPont, a community ...

Tebay ready for trip to N.D.

PARKERSBURG - Wood County Commissioner Bob Tebay said he's hoping to learn more about how Minot, N.D., dealt with an oil and gas boom.Local officials will be leaving Sunday for North Dakota and plan to return Wednesday. North Dakota is the second largest oil and gas producer in the ...

Kratz discusses identity theft

BELPRE - The Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce held its first quarterly luncheon of 2015 Thursday at Rockland United Methodist Church.About three dozen people attended the meeting, which featured Roger W. Kratz Jr., with the Charleston office of nationwide legal services company LegalShield, ...

Internet usage factored into bills

MARIETTA - Local residents will have to keep an eye on their Internet usage now that monthly data allowance plans are being enacted by some local Internet providers.Marietta's most-used Internet option, Suddenlink Communications, and CAS Cable, which services Wood County, recently began ...

Economic planners weighing area’s assets

MARIETTA - The promise of lush land and easy travel along the Ohio River is what first drew settlers to the Mid-Ohio Valley more than two centuries ago. Now those same qualities are what economic developers are hoping to pinpoint and highlight as they focus on the river as the area's next big ...