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Highmark, HealthNow New York announce affiliation

PITTSBURGH — Highmark Inc. and HealthNow New York Inc. have announced an agreement to affiliate, marking a milestone in plans to join the two not-for-profit Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance plans to better serve Western and Northeastern New York and Highmark’s Pennsylvania, Delaware ...

New owners, chef keep Buckley House legacy in mind

MARIETTA — One week in, one week to go, before the tutelage of the famed Chef Emad Al-Masri concludes and the familial team of Jeff and Julie Brown with Chef Thomas Hickey are on their own to carry on the legacy of The Buckley House. “We’ve been talking about this for a couple months, ...

Experts brief West Virginia on economic toll of coronavirus

CHARLESTON — State and national economists believe West Virginia’s financial recovery from the coronavirus business shutdowns will happen, but it will be a slow recovery. The West Virginia University Bureau of Business and Economic Research held a virtual update Thursday on the state’s ...

Coronavirus still taking a toll on West Virginia Lottery revenues

CHARLESTON — With a month remaining in the fiscal year, lottery revenues for May continued a slump due to the coronavirus outbreak. According to monthly data released by the West Virginia Lottery Commission, lottery revenues were down by 67 percent in May compared to projections. May brought ...

Capacity issues delay some Mid-Ohio Valley restaurant openings

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia allowed restaurants to resume dine-in service a month ago, but some have chosen — or been forced — to wait longer. To curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, restaurants are only allowed to operate at 50 percent of their normal capacity. “Basically, our ...

Calhoun County gets Stop N’ Barber Shop

MT. ZION — Men in the Calhoun County area now have hair- and beard-cutting services closer to home as a county native earlier this year opened the county’s only barber shop. Susan Conrad dove into barber school after encouragement from her daughter and at 59 was the oldest person in her ...

Home improvement businesses see demand grow during pandemic

It’s Vinnie Lavorgna’s third year running his Premier Power Cleaning and Landscaping in Canonsburg, Pa. He hadn’t expected a pandemic or the 75 percent increase in business he’d received in the last few months because of it. “It’s a lot because we’re a small business, so 75 ...

Preston president of West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants

PARKERSBURG — Randy Preston was installed this week as the 102nd president of the West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, the fifth member of the Parkersburg firm of McDonough, Eddy, Parsons & Baylous to hold that position. Preston, who has worked for the firm for 36 ...

Marietta business helps rescue dog from Pennsylvania pipe

MARIETTA — Gary O’Brien, owner of O’Brien’s Confined Space Rescue Services, never expected to get a call to rescue a dog in Pennsylvania. He said his business is a niche market, but the confined spaces are at work sites where they have to effect the rescue of someone trapped within ...

Glenville State College announces plans for return to campus

GLENVILLE — Glenville State College students will return to campus for the fall 2020 semester that begins Aug. 17. “While we at GSC wish to provide a controlled and safe environment, we will also strive to retain the sense of community and belonging that the campus has always been known ...

The Health Plan receives contract extension

WHEELING — The Health Plan, a health maintenance organization based in Wheeling, was awarded a three-year extension of a statewide Medicaid contract through the Mountain Health Trust managed care program by the West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources. The Health Plan, which ...

Camden Clark Medical Center fundraiser receives $50K from Tri State Roofing

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg company has made a major donation to WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center to buy a new ultraviolet light germ-zapping robot. Tri-State Roofing and Sheet Metal Co. has contributed $50,000 through its Spartan Foundation. “We are proud to contribute to the ...

Airport officials say paving project going well

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Mid-Ohio Regional Airport is on track with projects and other airport business that was discussed during Tuesday’s Wood County Airport Authority meeting. Bids were discussed for the repair of the roof in the main terminal and the LED lighting and electrical volt ...

Beaches across the U.S. reopen as states ease lockdowns

To some, the beginning of summer means trips to the beach. Yet in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, there had been questions as to whether those beaches would be open for people to enjoy after nearly three months of stay-at-home orders. As mid-June approaches, the answer as to whether beaches ...

Natural gas industry adapts to ‘new normal’ of pandemic

PARKERSBURG — Behind the hot water, warm homes and clean clothes is a natural gas employee who tirelessly works to make sure people have what they need for a comfortable life. Nothing, not even a global pandemic, can stop them from doing their job. Rich Thompson, gas operation supervisor ...

Comic book industry, shops face game-changing adjustments

FREDERICK, Md. — Comic book shops are about camaraderie as much as their products, and that’s a big help as they work to recover from the pandemic. “(We have) a distinct advantage over lots of small shops because we have more of a loyal and personal base,” said Jon Cohen, manager of ...

Layoff notice sent to 350 Murray Energy workers

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio — Murray Energy Holdings issued layoff notices to nearly 350 workers at six of its subsidiaries in Eastern Ohio as part of its bankruptcy restructuring. The federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification filing originally was sent April 1 and updated Monday ...

Payroll Protection Program loan extension good news for many

STRASBURG, Va. — Recent changes to a federal forgivable loan program intended to help small businesses weather the COVID-19 pandemic have been welcomed by some owners but may have come too late for others. Passed by the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives last week and signed into law ...

Supervisor at Belleville Hydroelectric Plant receives award

BELLEVILLE — A supervisor at the Belleville Hydroelectric Plant has received the American Municipal Power 2020 DNA Award. Anthony (Tony) Belcher of Marietta is the operations and maintenance supervisor at the plant and joined AMP in 1998 as a member of the original crew that commissioned the ...

Gilmer: WVU-P will open classrooms for fall semester

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia University at Parkersburg is planning to restart face-to-face classes this fall, the university president told the Board of Governors on Wednesday. The board met via Zoom and discussed the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and the impact on the university. It also ...