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Children enjoy storybook experience in downtown Marietta

MARIETTA — Under the tents in front of The Armory on Front Street, children sat in various stages of attention as adults turned pages and read with expressive faces and gestures books that included “Goodnight Baseball,” “Too Much Glue,” “Please, May We Keep Him?” and “Ten ...

Ohio stores prep for sales tax holiday weekend

MARIETTA — Back-to-school shoppers may be busy this weekend, as Ohio holds its fourth annual sales tax holiday, designed to provide relief for families and to stimulate economic activity for retailers. From Friday through Sunday certain items will be exempt from state and county sales and ...

Noelle Hunter named Ohio Valley University Dean of Students

VIENNA — Ohio Valley University has named Noelle Hunter as the new Dean of Students. Hunter is internationally recognized for her work with iStand Parent Network, an organization which helps reunite families whose children have been abducted and taken abroad by a parent, OVU said. Hunter ...

Residents take Wayne National Forest mineral rights fight to D.C.

MARIETTA — Private property owners in and around Wayne National Forest have taken their cause all the way to the nation’s capital in an effort to protect their land and mineral leasing rights. Representatives from the National Association of Royalty Owners (NARO) and the Landowners for ...

Dils Center efforts to continue

PARKERSBURG — Todd Stubbe’s unexpected passing earlier this month does not mean the end of his vision for the Dils Center and downtown Parkersburg. “Todd left very detailed, very good plans ... and he had a very clear vision for what he wanted to do downtown,” said Morgan Stubbe, ...

Marietta Family YMCA puts building for sale

MARIETTA — In an opening step toward modernization, the Marietta Family YMCA is putting its building on the market. YMCA board chair Rick Smith said the decision was driven by the expressed preferences of the organization’s members and a general need for a more modern space. The building ...

Former Mid-Ohio Valley resident designs New York City waterfront park

PHILADELPHIA — Trevor Lee, who formerly lived in the Mid-Ohio Valley, worked on the design of a large waterfront park in New York City and will lead a workshop on solar artwork next month in France. Lee, a landscape architect, is an associate and manager of visual communications at OLIN in ...

United Bankshares reports record earnings in second quarter

PARKERSBURG — United Bankshares this week reported record earnings for the second quarter and the first half of 2018. Earnings for the second quarter of 2018 were a record $66.3 million or 63 cents per diluted share as compared to earnings of $37.1 million or 37 cents per diluted share for ...

Marilyn Pasquarelli to retire at Westbrook Health Services

PARKERSBURG — Marilyn Pasquarelli is retiring on July 31 as a therapist at Westbrook Health Services. She started at Westbrook Health Services (then Western District Guidance Center) in 1980. Although she pursued other career interests, she always found her way back to Westbrook. “I ...

Vienna woman attends free ‘Grow With Google’ workshop

VIENNA — Jennifer Reed, an artist and entrepreneur from Vienna, attended the “Grow With Google” workshop at the Clay Center in Charleston on July 23. The free workshop was part of Google’s nationwide tour to teach small business owners the internet skills they need to market online, ...

Meigs County Economic Development Office launches new website

POMEROY — The Meigs County Economic Development Office recently launched a new website, which can be seen at meigscountyohio.com. The purpose of the organization is to help grow jobs and investment in Meigs County, Ohio, officials said. According the organization’s director, Perry ...

West Virginia hotel occupancy increasing

LOGAN — Gov. Jim Justice Wednesday unveiled new data that show a sharp increase in West Virginia hotel occupancy. Joined by the state’s Tourism Commissioner Chelsea Ruby and dozens of hospitality industry representatives, Justice announced that statewide hotel occupancy in June jumped ...

Gilmer takes lead as West Virginia University at Parkersburg’s president

PARKERSBURG — The new president at West Virginia University at Parkersburg understands the value community colleges have as he got his start at one. President Chris Gilmer has been on the job for a few weeks. He succeeds former President Fletcher Lamkin, who left last fall, and interim ...

Northcraft, Miller take on new advertising roles with newspapers

PARKERSBURG — Two members of the advertising departments within The Marietta Times and The Parkersburg News and Sentinel have new roles, according to publisher Jim Spanner. Lisa Northcraft has been promoted to advertising director of the papers while Mary Jo Miller moves into the role of ...

Winemiller named Community Food Initiatives executive director

ATHENS — Scott J. Winemiller has been named executive director of Community Food Initiatives by the board of directors. Winemiller recently relocated to Athens from Washington, D.C. The appointment is effective July 23. Winemiller has 16 years experience in nonprofit and public sector ...

West Virginia University researchers open new energy facility

MORGANTOWN — Researchers at West Virginia University are opening a new facility to capture valuable materials from a novel source - acid mine drainage from coal mining - turning the unwanted waste into critical components used in today’s technology-driven society. Through a collaborative ...

Natural gas flowing through Marshall County pipeline again

MOUNDSVILLE — Natural gas is again flowing through a pipeline that exploded in June and steps were taken to prevent a repeat, according to the company. Lindsey Fought, a communications specialist with TransCanada Corp., said in an email the Leach Express pipeline on Nixon Ridge in Marshall ...

Comfort Keepers marks 20 years

MARIETTA — Comfort Keepers, a provider of in-home care for seniors and other adults, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The company was founded in 1998 by Kristina Butler, a registered nurse working in home health in Springfield, Ohio. Butler observed the negative impact on her patients ...

First Fridays events slated in Marietta

MARIETTA — The Marietta Morning Rotary Club and Marietta Main Street will partner for the remainder of the 2018 calendar year to expand First Fridays programming for the city of Marietta and the surrounding communities. Marietta Main Street hosts programming in downtown Marietta on the first ...