Business

Peoples acquires Ohio Heritage Bancorp

MARIETTA - Peoples Bancorp, parent company of Peoples Bank, and Ohio Heritage Bancorp, the parent company of Coshocton, Ohio-based Ohio Heritage Bank, have announced their merger.Peoples will acquire Ohio Heritage Bancorp in a cash and stock transaction in which Ohio Heritage Bank will merge ...

OVU taps Jones as VP for academic affairs

VIENNA - Ohio Valley University Monday named a new vice president for academic affairs.The appointment of Joy Jones was announced by President Harold Shank."Dr. Jones brings strong business acumen and discipline to this role. Her deep academic leadership and experience will serve OVU well. I ...

Sandy joins Peoples as vice president-commercial banker

MARIETTA - Shawn Sandy has joined Peoples Bank as vice president-commercial banker in the Charleston office.Sandy is responsible for managing business development for Peoples Bank in Charleston and the surrounding area. His experience in managing commercial portfolios is an asset in helping ...

Exit Strategy

PARKERSBURG - An exit allowing people to travel north on Murdoch Avenue is needed to help the Park Shopping Center land a tenant for the former Big Bear space, a representative of the owner said."I think that the prospects are wanting that exit out of the center," said Ron Salter, president of ...

Coldwater Creek runs dry

PARKERSBURG - Coldwater Creek filed for bankruptcy Friday, announcing it will begin winding down operations in May, closing all its stores and the distribution center in the Parkersburg Industrial Park near Interstate 77.Company officials said they came to the decision to file under Chapter 11 ...

Roundtable forum examines health care act

MARIETTA - Experts from different walks of the medical industry met to argue the advantages and the concerns regarding the Affordable Care Act on Thursday afternoon for the last event of the Economic Roundtable of the Ohio Valley.The group, served with the purpose of promoting involvement of ...

Tuition at WVU-P to rise by 8 percent

PARKERSBURG- An 8 percent tuition increase was approved Wednesday by the West Virginia University at Parkersburg Board of Governors while the naming of an interim president was tabled until May.WVU-P President Marie Foster Gnage said budget cuts made by the governor's office and fewer students ...

Vincent man’s business takes off

WILLIAMSTOWN - Business is soaring for a local company.Within 12 months of purchasing a bare bones aircraft frame, Rick Gray with the Ohio Valley RV and Rocket Builders Assist Center will have that plane equipped with high-end avionics, an engine and comfortable seats . Itwill be able to do ...

Report: Coldwater Creek in fiscal hot water

MINERAL WELLS - A speculated bankruptcy filing by Coldwater Creek is raising questions about the future of its Parkersburg facility."Right now, we don't know anything more than anyone else," said Cam Huffman, president of the Wood County Development Authority, which owns the facilities at the ...

Financial Struggles

MARIETTA - The millennial generation - the 18 to 33-year-olds - faces a financial battle that experts say might leave them as the first generation to be worse off than their parents.The baby boom echo, the surge of children born to the baby boomers of the post-World War II period, resulted in ...

Cardiac Services

PARKERSBURG - For 10 years, cardiac services have reached into the heart of the Mid-Ohio Valley to provide the community with needed medical care locally.This past Friday, the St. Joseph's Campus of Camden Clark Medical Center commemorated a decade of open-heart surgery and cardiac programs at ...

Drill cuttings being tested for radiation

By CASEY JUNKINSSpecial to The News and SentinelMOUNDSVILLE - Some Northern Panhandle residents remain concerned about radiation associated with natural gas activity in the region.However, a West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection official said his tests show drill cuttings emit ...

Airport sees increase of private jets

WILLIAMSTOWN - As the area awaits news on the local growth of the natural gas industry, the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport has already noticed changes."We have been seeing a number of private planes coming in for what we believe is the gas industry," said airport manager Jeff McDougle.For at ...

Life smells sweet at Marietta flower shop

MARIETTA - From roses on Valentines Day to poinsettias at Christmas, Two Peas in a Pod offers fresh-cut flowers for any occasion.Pat and Bill Peoples took over complete ownership of the store in 2007 after another couple sold their share."In a way, it doesn't seem that long ago," said Pat. ...

Analysts predict busy spring

MARIETTA - Spring weather is encouraging people to go outside and local businesses and attractions in the warm weather industry are ready to welcome the season.Financial analysts at BMO Capital Markets predict the economy will see a 3 percent growth from April to June as a result of the warmer ...

Financial Development

PARKERSBURG - Seven employees at First Neighborhood Bank have been promoted, President and CEO David M. Righter said.Gina Houser was promoted to vice president and will continue her duties as the bank's BSA officer and operations officer.Promoted to assistant vice president were Liz ...

Mondo receives honor from Butler Manufacturing

MARIETTA - Mondo Building & Excavating, a general contractor in Marietta, has been named High Performance Builder by Butler Manufacturing, which provides design-build construction solutions and innovative building technology to the nonresidential market.This designation is awarded to ...

Hardman family makes donation

MORGANTOWN - A business in Roane County has made a major donation to build a student study center at the College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University. Again.The Hardman Supply Co. established the Charles and Mary Hardman Student Study Center Renovation Fund by the four children ...

Leavitt Funeral Home to hold free workshop

PARKERSBURG - Leavitt Funeral Home will hold a free workshop in observance of National Healthcare Decisions Day from 6-7:30 p.m. April 17 at the Leavitt Family Center, 620 Avery St.The workshop features Aging with Dignity's Five Wishes, America's most popular living will. The documents are easy ...

OVU welcomes two new trustees

VIENNA - Lorna J. Hutcheson and Robert L. Solomon II have been appointed to the Ohio Valley University Board of Trustees.Hutcheson, a former military intelligence officer for the U.S. Army, is a federal employee. She serves as one of approximately 35 volunteer handlers for the SANS Internet ...