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Tyler County mentioned as possible natural gas storage site

PARKERSBURG — A potential site for an underground natural gas storage facility is in Tyler County and local officials will push for its development in light of the $83.7 billion investment deal announced Thursday with a Chinese company. “I’m very excited about this,” said Eric Peters, ...

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Front row, Greater Parkersburg Convention and Visitors Bureau Vice Chairman Michael Gibson, left, Bureau Chairman Blair Couch, third from left, and immediate past Chairman Alan Hardway, right, present Donna Briggs with the Oshel Craigo Lifetime Achievement Award on Thursday. Back row, from left, bureau Treasurer Chad Winebrenner, Secretary Cal Malcom and President and CEO Mark Lewis.

Parkersburg woman receives tourism award

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg resident has received a lifetime achievement award in promoting tourism during the West Virginia Governor’s Conference on Tourism. It was a surprise for Donna Briggs, who wasn’t at the Oct. 30 conference and only learned of it through phone calls that she was ...

China plans $83.7B for West Virginia shale development

WHEELING —The $83.7 billion a Chinese firm plans to spend developing West Virginia’s shale natural gas resources exceeds the total value of all goods and services produced in the state each year. That investment also would be more than double the approximately $35 billion total that West ...

Chinese investments could boost natural gas power plants

WHEELING — A natural gas-fired power plant in Brooke County could be one of the initial projects funded by the $83.7 billion that China Energy plans to spend in West Virginia. While in China Thursday, West Virginia Secretary of Commerce Woody Thrasher signed a memorandum of understanding ...

Weirton seen as ideal site for ethane cracker

WHEELING — Patrick Ford believes Weirton — roughly halfway between the Royal Dutch Shell ethane cracker in Beaver County, Pa. and the planned PTT Global Chemical project at Dilles Bottom along the Ohio River — is ideally positioned for petrochemical development. Upon learning of China ...

China Energy plans to invest $83B in West Virginia

PARKERSBURG — Lindsey Piersol at the Wood County Economic Development Office did a happy dance when she learned of the $83.7 billion development deal with a Chinese firm announced Thursday morning by the state Department of Commerce. Greg Kozera of Shale Crescent USA would have done a happy ...

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The Rage Hair Salon staff at the Grand Central Mall is providing haircuts at no charge Sunday from noon-6 p.m. Front row, from left, are Debbie Reese, Holly McKnight, Leah Roberts and Missie Weaver. Back row, from left, are Melissa Shepard, Maggie Wagner, Andrea Little and Tiana Tibbs. Not pictured are Cassie Brundige, Cheyenne Landis, Rachelle West, Josy Duckworth, Alex Whittington, Meranda Clegg, Renee Kerns and Taylor Hoover.

Grand Central Mall salon providing free haircuts for veterans Sunday

VIENNA — There’s a first time for everything. For Tim Whitehair, owner of The Rage Hair Salon in the Grand Central Mall, it was the fact he has a son who is a Marine. “And I wanted to do something to give back to the veterans who have served this great country and made it what it is ...

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Will Heflin of Hot Dog Willy’s on Thursday poses at his hot dog wagon at Bicentennial Park in downtown Parkersburg where the IEI Plastics warehouse fire caused him to close all of last week. Business started returning to normal by Thursday, but the loss the week before prevented him from opening at the Grand Central Mall, he said.

IEI fire an economic dousing for area businesses

PARKERSBURG — While local governments are adding up the expenses from the massive IEI Plastics warehouse fire, small businesses felt the heat from the beginning, too. Business at the Broadway Sandwich Shop was good on Day 1, Oct. 21. That surprised owner Sandy Caplinger, who thought her ...

Bob Ashley named West Virginia insurance agent of the year

CHARLESTON — Robert G. “Bob” Ashley of Ashley Insurance Agency in Spencer was presented the Independent Insurance Agents of West Virginia’s Earle S. Dillard Agent of the Year Award at the association’s annual convention in October at The Greenbrier. “The Earle S. Dillard award is ...

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David Hartshorn makes a calzone with all ingredients prepared fresh daily at the 1403 Grand Central Ave. location.

DiCarlo’s Pizza moves to new Vienna location

VIENNA — Three years after taking over the DiCarlo’s Pizza franchise, Shannon and David Hartshorn moved the brick oven pizza the company is known for to a new location along Grand Central Avenue. In July they moved from South Gate Shopping Center in Parkersburg to 1403 Grand Central Ave. ...

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Winner of Entrepreneur/Small Business of the Year was Abbey Tanner of Peddler’s Junction Vendor Mall, left, with Nikita Chidester, marketing and communications coordinator, representing award sponsor Riverview Credit Union.

Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce announces awards winners

BELPRE — Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce announced award winners from the 80th annual dinner held Oct. 26 at Grand Pointe Conference and Reception Center in Vienna. The businesses and groups received recognition during the awards portion of the evening’s celebration with plaques donated by ...

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Marshall Kremer talks with people who attended the grand opening of his nutrition shop, Supplement Source, at 309B Putnam St. in Marietta.

Supplement Source opens on Putnam Street in Marietta

MARIETTA — Marietta has a new option in the booming market for vitamins and nutrition supplements. Marshall Kremer held a grand opening for his new venture, the Supplement Source, last week in his shop at 309B Putnam St. His competitive edge in a field where products are sold every place ...

Consumer Credit Counseling of the Mid-Ohio Valley recognized

CHARLESTON — Consumer Credit Counseling of the Mid-Ohio Valley was recognized at the West Virginia Nonprofit Association’s West Virginia Nonprofit Leadership Summit in partnership with Volunteer West Virginia on Oct. 12-13 in Charleston. Over 160 people attended the conference. Steve ...

Consumer Energy Alliance starts education effort in West Virginia

PARKERSBURG — A statewide campaign to educate lawmakers, residents and businesses about the benefits of energy and the central role it plays in their everyday lives and budgets has been started by the Consumer Energy Alliance. The Campaign for America’s Energy will highlight the importance ...

Housecalls Home Health places on top 100 list

BELPRE — Housecalls Home Health has been named to the top 100 of the 2017 HomeCare Elite, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. For 12 years, HomeCare Elite has annually identified the top 25 percent of agencies and highlights the top 100 and top 500 ...

iTech, Biztec partnering up

PARKERSBURG — A new alliance between two local technology companies will provide enhanced communication solution opportunities for local businesses, according to a news release. iTech, which is a local Xerox office equipment provider, is partnering with Biztec, of Parkersburg, a complete ...

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Flexible foam manufacturer Armacell is moving its Spencer operations into the 103,000-square-foot former Mustang Survival facility, shown here, which is owned by the Roane County Economic Development Authority.

Armacell moving to former Mustang Survival site

SPENCER — A Roane County employer is moving into the former Mustang Survival facility and plans to add nearly two dozen jobs in the next 12 to 18 months. A news release from the West Virginia Department of Commerce says Armacell, which currently employs 70 people at its downtown Spencer ...

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Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley President/CEO Jill Parsons stands in front of the tables and chairs which are part of a new training center being established in the chamber’s offices in the United Building.

Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley preparing for awards banquet

PARKERSBURG — A mid-morning rain beat down on Jill Parsons’ ninth floor office in the United Building as the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley president/CEO discussed the Nov. 14 chamber dinner and awards banquet at the Parkersburg Art Center. “We’ve moved it ahead a bit from ...

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A likeness of Marie Antoinette in cake sits in the center of Green Acres on Front Street as shoppers browse the stores during the First Fridays event.

Marie Antoinette gets royal treatment at Marietta celebrations

MARIETTA — As the music and lights came on for the Family Ball at the Betsey Mills Club, a few blocks away people were turning out for the First Fridays event at downtown merchants. While children — and adults — whirled around the dance floor in period costume, shoppers had Christmas ...

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Shoppers come and go from the Vienna Kmart Thursday.

Vienna Kmart to close in January

VIENNA — A retailing fixture along Grand Central Avenue will soon be closing its doors. In a press release from Sears Holdings Corp., which owns Kmart and Sears, the company announced the Vienna Kmart will be among 63 closings, which will occur in early 2018. “The company on Thursday ... ...