Business

Award-winning photographer opens portrait studio in St. Marys

ST. MARYS — Award-winning photographer Becky Nichols has opened the new Becky Nichols Portrait Studio in St. Marys. Nichols is best known for magazine-style portraiture. In March, she received a bronze award in the teen-senior division of the Portrait Masters photography competition, which ...

Bent Barbell Club growing stronger at new location

PARKERSBURG — Tim Hagan left the Washington DuPont property around 7 a.m. April 10 for the last time. He left to put a full-time effort to make his business a full-time business. Hagan, 33, is the owner of the Bent Barbell Club on Seventh Street. Hagan moved the business there after it had ...

United Bankshares marks record earnings

PARKERSBURG — United Bankshares has announced record earnings for the first quarter of 2018. Earnings for the first quarter of 2018 were a record $61.7 million as compared to earnings of $38.8 million for the first quarter of 2017. Diluted earnings per share were 59 cents for the first ...

River City Farmers Market encourages businesses

MARIETTA — Local farmers are hoping to encourage entrepreneurship in the next generation. Teens like Danielle Sistrunk and children like Ruth Fagan and Ashton Newland are already on board at the River City Farmers Market, selling their wares and learning the ropes of owning a business. But ...

Highmark West Virginia rep among 12 to receive recognition

PARKERSBURG — A customer service representative from Highmark West Virginia has received one of 12 Jefferson Awards for Public Service from Highmark Health. Cheri McCollum of Albany in Meigs County is a senior customer service representative and a volunteer emergency medical technician with ...

West Virginia University at Parkersburg names presidential finalists

PARKERSBURG — Over the next two weeks, West Virginia University at Parkersburg will bring four candidates to be its next president to campus. During an emergency meeting of the Board of Governors Friday morning, the list of finalists was approved, including one current executive at WVUP and ...

Belpre Business Expo slated for Monday

BELPRE — Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business Expo will be 4-7 p.m. Monday at the future site of Boxers Bed & Biscuits in the former Middleton Doll Co., 1301 Washington Blvd. The Belpre Business Expo, showcasing businesses and nonprofits from the Mid-Ohio Valley, will be ...

West Virginia University students report on Parkersburg area’s economy

PARKERSBURG — The Mid-Ohio Valley region is poised for economic development through the natural gas industry, but this area and the rest of the state still needs to diversify its economy to create opportunities for wide-range economic growth, according to a report. John Deskins, director ...

Strecker Cancer Center may move all its resources to Belpre location

MARIETTA — As part of its long-term strategy to become a regional care provider, the Memorial Health System is considering moving its Strecker Cancer Center operations in Marietta to the Strecker Cancer Center in Belpre. Memorial’s Belpre campus Strecker Cancer Center already offers ...

New boutique to open in downtown Marietta

MARIETTA — For Emma Blaney, opening a business in Marietta has grown out of family involvements. EmLeigh’s and Mama B’s boutique is relocating to downtown Marietta from High Point, N.C. “I’ve been in North Carolina most of my life, but now I live in Vienna with my fiance,” Blaney ...

Natural gas storage for winter underway

PARKERSBURG — Although spring has allegedly sprung and temperatures are expected to start rising and staying warmer, this is the time of year natural gas suppliers start preparing for the winter heating season. “Typically, we use the period from April 1 to Oct. 31 to inject the natural ...

Glenville State College lowers tuition again

GLENVILLE — Glenville State College, for the second consecutive year, has lowered tuition, the school announced. President Tracy Pellett announced Thursday the institution would lower tuition by 0.5 percent in addition to other measures to help students save money. Pellett said the ...

Peoples Bancorp completes acquisition of ASB Financial Corp.

MARIETTA — Peoples Bancorp Inc., parent company of Peoples Bank, announced it has completed its acquisition of ASB Financial Corp. and ASB’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Portsmouth, Ohio-based American Savings Bank. The acquisition became effective as of the close of business on April 13 in a ...

Muskingum Valley Beverly-Waterford Chamber of Commerce holds annual dinner

BEVERLY — The Muskingum Valley Beverly-Waterford Chamber of Commerce celebrated another year of service, business development and community Thursday. In the social hall of the St. Bernard’s Catholic Church the 16th annual banquet recognized Bob and Donna Brooker, Perry & Associates ...

Pumped up gasoline prices fuel dismay

MARIETTA — Travelers might have noticed their wallets felt a little lighter after visiting the gas pump recently and experts say prices are at the highest levels since 2015. “Many will be quick to ask why this trend is happening. Ultimately, OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting ...

Marcellus and Manufacturing Development Conference slated for April 16-17

MORGANTOWN — The 2018 Marcellus and Manufacturing Development Conference will be held April 16-17 at the Marriott Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown. The conference, sponsored by the West Virginia Manufacturers Association, will feature a natural gas expo sponsored by the Independent Oil ...

Apprenticeship programs available in Wood County

PARKERSBURG —West Virginia provides free apprenticeship programs to prepare participants for work in well-paying jobs. Wood County is home to several building trades union apprentice programs, including Carpenters, Plumbers and Pipefitters, Electricians, Laborers, Millwrights, Roofers, ...

Marietta Main Street to hold anniversary party

MARIETTA — “Main Street was founded on passion.” That is the phrase emblazoned on the website for Marietta Main Street, a powerhouse organization whose mission over the past five years has been to revitalize and celebrate downtown Marietta. A party is planned on April 18 to celebrate, ...

MOVement Fitness Center to open in Marietta in May

MARIETTA — Imagine a space where both parents can get in cardio and weights while their three children play soccer, volleyball or enjoy a playground year-round. Sounds like a big city dream. But with an indoor turf soccer field, tri-purpose basketball/volleyball/pickleball court, batting ...