Business

Scott Pelfrey joins Astorg and Jones

PARKERSBURG — Astorg and Jones, a CPA, accounting and finance consulting firm, announces the addition of Scott Pelfrey. Pelfrey joins the firm’s West Virginia office as a senior accountant. He has earned his MBA in management and strategy, his BA in finance and accounting and an AAS in ...

Ohio AG files suit against DuPont

MARIETTA — The Ohio Attorney General’s Office has called DuPont and The Chemours Company to account for contamination of state natural resources in a lawsuit filed in Washington County Common Pleas Court Thursday. The current suit alleges that between 1951 and 2013 DuPont knowingly and ...

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Director John Deskins of the WVU’s Bureau of Business and Economics Research said state cuts to programs funded by Medicaid will take money out of the state’s economy.

West Virginia University study: Medicaid cuts harm economy

MORGANTOWN — A university study funded by state health care associations found Medicaid cuts would have a substantial economic impact in West Virginia A $10 million cut would reduce economic output by $49 million, according to the report by the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at ...

Company: Pleasants Power Station deal off

PARKERSBURG — A decision not to proceed with the sale of the Pleasants Power Station was a win for consumers, the head of an opposing coalition said on Tuesday. “It’s definitely a big victory for West Virginia rate payers,” said Emmett Pepper, executive director of Energy Efficient ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport Manager Glen Kelly speaks during Tuesday’s Wood County Airport Authority meeting in the conference room at the airport. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

FAA considering airport status upgrade

WILLIAMSTOWN — Regional jets could be flying more often to and from the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport. The airport is undergoing a Part 121 inspection process with the Federal Aviation Administration, which “upgrades us to full air service,” airport Manager Glen Kelly said after ...

Allie Ryan, of Marietta, looks over blouse selections at Dad’s Primitive Workbench Monday during Cash Mob Monday. (Photo by Janelle Patterson)

Marietta ‘cash mob’ event brings shoppers to local stores

MARIETTA — “The owners were 48 years old when they started their store,” hinted Cash Mob Coordinator Charlie Clay to the gathered local crowd of shoppers Monday. “The store used to be a Woolworth’s.” The hints were for the first store to be “mobbed” this year for the monthly ...

Farm-to-Table Legislative event Wednesday

CHARLESTON — The third annual Farm-to-Table Legislative Breakfast to showcase the importance of conservation will be held 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Gaston Caperton Training enter in Building 7 at the Capitol Complex in Charleston. Discussion about conservation efforts in West Virginia and ...

W.Va. farmers markets could give agriculture, economy a boost

CHARLESTON — An increased role of agriculture in West Virginia could serve as a solution to the state’s economic diversity problem, officials said Monday during an agriculture subcommittee meeting on Senate Bill 375, relating to farmers markets. The bill would transfer rules and ...

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Chip Roedersheimer, vice president of the North End Tavern and Brewery, holds one of the craft beers that will be available at the NET during the Super Bowl.

Parkersburg craft brewer gears up for Super Bowl LII

PARKERSBURG — Super Bowl Sunday means Super Bowl parties, whether at home or out on the town. Such parties can include a lot of things, but the most common are food and — for those in the appropriate age brackets — beer. Chip Roedersheimer, vice president of the North End Tavern and ...

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State officials cut the ribbon on the West Virginia One Stop Business Center in Charleston. From left, Workforce West Virginia Executive Director Jeff Green; Labor Commissioner Mitch Woodrum; Tax Department Director for Information Technology Kwasi Tombs; Secretary of State Mac Warner; Ann Urling, deputy chief of staff to Gov. Jim Justice; Delegate Carol Miller, R-Cabell, and One Stop Business Center Director Matt Gallagher.

One Stop Business Center opens in Charleston

CHARLESTON — State officials opened the new West Virginia One Stop Business Center, making it more convenient to help business owners and make it easier to do business in West Virginia. “This Business One Stop is a first of its kind anywhere in the nation,” said Secretary of State Mac ...

United Bankshares reports earnings

PARKERSBURG — United Bankshares Inc. this week reported earnings for the fourth quarter and year of 2017. Earnings for the fourth quarter of 2017 were $18 million or 17 cents per diluted share as compared to earnings of $39.1 million or 51 cents per diluted share for the fourth quarter of ...

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Sherry Dugan was elected president of the West Virginia Junior Chamber International Senate on Jan. 27. She is a former president and U.S. Jaycees vice president. From left: Bruce Hufford, chairman of the board; Rick Rutter, administrative vice president; Dugan; Robin Bunch-Woods, secretary; Chris Hufford, treasurer.

Dugan gets West Virginia Junior Chamber International Senate post

WHEELING — A past West Virginia Jaycee president and U.S. Jaycee vice president from Parkersburg has been elected president of the West Virginia Junior Chamber International Senate. Sherry Dugan will take office April 7 at the spring meeting. Dugan will be assisted by an executive team. ...

Marietta fitness business helping to strengthen Salvation Army’s coffers

MARIETTA — A fitness company owned by a former pro wrestler has started a promotion benefitting the Salvation Army in Marietta. Engle’s Fitness and Massage, owned by Patrick Engle, owner of 605 Championship Wrestling, will donate $5 per massage and half of all tips in February to the ...

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Lisa LaDu, right, and Linda McDougal color bookmarks while sharing wine at the Riverside Artists Gallery Friday during the First Fridays Wine and Chocolate Walk.

Wine, chocolate sweeten downtown Marietta event

MARIETTA — Despite the chill of Friday evening, Marietta’s downtown shops and restaurants saw crowds out for wine and chocolate. “I saw this (First Fridays event) on Marietta Main Street’s website and knew I had to come down,” said Lisa LaDu, of Columbus, who plans on retiring to ...

Memorial Health System cuts 15 jobs

MARIETTA — Rumors that more than 100 jobs have been eliminated in the Memorial Health System in Marietta are a vastly exaggerated version of the actual situation, the health system CEO said Wednesday. Scott Cantley said a staffing realignment that affected about 100 of the system’s ...

Part of one of the buildings on the 13.5-acre industrial complex at 910 Greene St. in Marietta has been leased to a plumbing and HVAC supply wholesaler. The complex was once home to Remington Rand-Kardex but has been vacant for years. (Photo by Michael Kelly)

New occupant found for Greene Street building

MARIETTA — A part of the massive hulk of the old Remington Rand-Kardex industrial building at 910 Greene St. will have a new occupant in February. Westwater Supply Inc., a plumbing and HVAC equipment wholesaler, expects to move into the eastern end of the complex by mid-February, company ...

Charleston Gazette-Mail to file for bankruptcy

WHEELING — The Charleston Gazette-Mail on Monday announced it would be filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and that The Ogden Newspapers Inc. has emerged as the high bidder for the company. The Gazette-Mail plans to file for bankruptcy today, officials with the newspaper said. “We’re ...

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Tory Auth, left, of Tasteful Occasions Catering at the River Town Grill in Marietta, serves a sample of prime rib to Kati Samples of Parkersburg on Sunday during The Great Bridal Event 2018 at the E.L.I.T.E. Center in south Parkersburg.

Vendors propose perfect days at Great Bridal Event in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — Engaged couples, prospective brides and others got a chance to see what kind of wedding services were available locally with many finding exactly what they needed to fulfill their wedding plans at The Great Bridal Event 2018 in Parkersburg. The annual bridal show was held ...