Business

Belpre’s oil, gas future discussed

BELPRE - More than 75 members of the Belpre community attended the "Continuing the Talk: Economic Resources to Grow On" Town Talk event presented by the Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce Thursday evening.Featured speakers Rhonda Reda, executive director of the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education ...

Kessler announces S.C.O.R.E. initiative

CHARLESTON - Senate President Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, has announced an initiative to revitalize southern West Virginia.Flanked by other state senators Thursday morning in Charleston, Kessler announced the creation of a Senate task force as part of the S.C.O.R.E. initiative, which stands for ...

Groundbreaking

MINERAL WELLS - Conley Fabrication held a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for expansion of its business which is anticipated to double the company's workforce and open up additional development in that area.The company makes aluminum and steel truck bodies for trailers for commercial use and ...

Kessler asks for look at gas rate increases

CHARLESTON - With several utilities announcing increases in natural gas prices this fall, West Virginia Senate President Jeff Kessler says officials need to make sure residents are being fairly treated.Kessler said Monday he is instructing his staff to begin gathering information on rate ...

Downtown PKB director resigns

PARKERSBURG - Carrie Nesselrode, executive director of Downtown PKB, announced her resignation on Tuesday to become director of sales and marketing at the Blennerhassett Hotel.Downtown PKB is Parkersburg's Main Street revitalization program.Nesselrode will soon be resigning from the ...

Airport approves marketing expansion

WILLIAMSTOWN - The Wood County Airport Authority approved funds from fuel sales for marketing to promote the new air service during its monthly meeting Tuesday.Board members also were told that fuel sales continue to be higher than expected by airport manager Jeff McDougle."September was ...

Ghost tours bring tourists to area

PARKERSBURG - Local ghost tours, which are growing in popularity, are of interest not only to area residents, but also draw in out-of-town visitors.Mark Lewis, president and chief operations officer of the Greater Parkersburg Convention and Visitor's Bureau, said the ghost tours fill a special ...

Disaster is haunted house plot

VIENNA - A chemical holocaust may be the region's biggest nightmare, so what better material for a haunted house.The Chemical Valley Nightmare Halloween haunted house takes participants on a tour of a chemical plant where, during the seemingly routine walk through, everything goes wrong, ...

Fall harvest plentiful

MARIETTA - The pumpkin business in Ohio picks up in the fall and as Halloween approaches.Ohio is among the top pumpkin-producing states in the nation and people love to make them into jack-o-lanterns.The U.S. Department of Agriculture ranks Ohio third in the country for pumpkin production, and ...

Auditor slates property sale

MARIETTA - On Oct. 23, forfeited properties will be sold on the steps of the Washington County Courthouse for the second time since 2007.Auditor Bill McFarland, who is in charge of the sale, said there are 24 properties on the list that will be sold and any money made will go back to benefit ...

HVAC cost affects renovation of Armory

By Jasmine RogersSpecial to The News and SentinelMARIETTA - A new design proposed for heating and cooling the ground floor of the old National Guard Armory on Front Street could save the city thousands of dollars, but delay the renovation of the floor.Members of Marietta City Council weighed ...

Wood hunter in Goldenseal magazine

CHARLESTON - The Turtle Man of Lubeck is featured in the fall issue fall issue of "Goldenseal."Joe Rector, a retired tool maker from rural Wood County, is the subject of "Turtle Man of Lubeck" written by his nephew Mike Brant, a retired teacher from Washington County."Goldenseal" is a magazine ...

MC gets grant for green energy

MARIETTA - Just in time for Energy Awareness Month, Marietta College is making another step to "go green" after receiving a $30,000 grant for more energy efficiency projects.After finishing the installation of 100 solar panels on the McCoy Athletic Facility and 16 solar panels on Pioneer House, ...

Marietta chamber plans events

MARIETTA - Numerous events are planned by the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce.A special Business After Hours, Celebrate the Farm - Embracing Agriculture in the Mid-Ohio Valley, will be held 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Stacy Family Farm 27515 State Route 7 North, Marietta. The event is sponsored by ...

Belpre chamber will be busy

BELPRE - The next two weeks will be busy for the Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce as two of its largest business-related events of the year will be held.The first is the second Town Talk to help local businesses 4-6 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Belpre Senior Center on Washington Boulevard beside Howe's ...

Employer Summit

PARKERSBURG - Looking at what employers require and how to meet those needs was the focus of the "OPT IN: Be Part of the Solution" summit held in Parkersburg Thursday.Around 55 people representing community organizations and businesses gathered throughout the day at the Nemesis Shine Center on ...

Static between Suddenlink, Viacom hits TV

PARKERSBURG - More than a week has passed since Suddenlink and Viacom parted ways and the two sides remain engaged in a war of words.Commercials have been running on broadcast channels urging Suddenlink customers to call and demand refunds for the dropped Viacom channels, including BET, CMT, ...

WCCC budget operating in black

MARIETTA - In a recovering economy, the Washington County Career Center can rest easier as the technical education school's board of education reviewed its five-year financial forecast at its regular meeting Thursday evening, reporting the school is operating in the black and should be for the ...

Officials break ground for Belpre nursing home

BELPRE - A ceremonial groundbreaking was held Wednesday for Belpre Landing, a new skilled nursing and rehabilitation center on Hill Street.The facility, expected to be completed in the summer, is under construction as site preparation is under way. The Continuing Healthcare Solutions facility ...

Marietta Main Street seeks new executive

MARIETTA - Marietta Main Street is searching for a new executive director.Jean G. Farmer, who became the executive director of the organization when it was ReStore Marietta, will resign to be closer to family in Florida."It's for family reasons," said Farmer, 55. "I'm moving to be close to my ...