Business

Social media campaign encourages West Virginia tourism

PARKERSBURG — A social media campaign to encourage tourism in West Virginia and coinciding with the state’s 156th birthday will kick off Friday. From Friday through June 20, West Virginia Day, the seven-day challenge is aimed at inspiring travel to West Virginia through daily themes and ...

Sponsor of failed online school to repay $879K Ohio

COLUMBUS — The state of Ohio has reached a settlement of $879,000 with the now-closed Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow. Attorney General Dave Yost Wednesday said the settlement was by mutual resolution with Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West over disputed overpayments to the ...

New department store set to open in Marietta

MARIETTA — The biggest space in the Lafayette Square shopping center is changing tenants, with a grand opening scheduled for June 27. The Peebles Department Store will close in mid-June for 10 days to be replaced by a Gordman’s outlet. Both store brands are owned by Stage, which also ...

Devola women start Cookie Nook from scratch

DEVOLA — In two weeks, the pair has taken on 14 orders, dancing around the kitchen testing recipes and designs in Devola as their sons wrap up spring baseball season together. “Both of us were hobby bakers,” said Katie Warden, 40, as she pulled up a recipe in her home Monday to try for ...

Marietta Harbor opens with changes, upgrades planned

MARIETTA — The Marietta Harbor will see a few changes this season, with bike and pontoon rentals going away but upgrades on the building planned. With opening weekend and a brief stint on generator power under his belt, the Marietta harbormaster got to work with minor dock repairs Wednesday ...

EQT ordered to pay $190,000 in damages

CHARLESTON — EQT Corp., a hydrocarbon and pipeline transport company headquartered in Pittsburgh, was ordered to pay $190,000 in damages by the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia on Wednesday. According to the opinion written by Justice John Hutchinson, EQT violated the original ...

Belpre winery to take part in Ohio Uncorked

BELPRE — A Belpre winery is among the participants in an Ohio Wine Producers Association program celebrating June as Ohio Wine Month. Ohio Uncorked will allow participants to travel to the 26 member wineries where they can enjoy a glass of wine or take home a bottle, then collect a signed ...

SLS Land & Energy Development acquires ESI Services Inc.

BECKLEY — SLS Land & Energy Development, a surveying and engineering firm with offices in Charleston and Glenville, has acquired ESI Services Inc., an engineering and surveying consulting firm in Beckley. “It’s a perfect fit, because ESI offers similar services, and its client ...

Businesses look to future in West Virginia

PARKERSBURG — Earlier this month U.S. News and World Reports published an article ranking the states based on multiple factors to include health care, infrastructure and education to name a few. The publication found West Virginia as the 47th best state in the union and ranked it dead ...

Marietta Main Street looks for executive director

MARIETTA — Marietta Main Street, the nonprofit organization advancing and promoting downtown, is looking for a new executive director. Sam Tuten, who was director for less than a year, has resigned and will be replaced on an interim basis by former executive director Cristie Thomas, who ...

Chemical, small business expo to be held

HUNTINGTON — The Robert C. Byrd Institute and Advantage Valley with the West Virginia Development Office will hold an expo to link small businesses with major West Virginia chemical and polymer manufacturers from 1-5 p.m. June 13 at Valley Park Conference Center in Hurricane. The West ...

Frontier Shopping Center up for sale

MARIETTA — The Frontier Shopping Center in Marietta is up for sale, although it’s continuing to welcome new businesses to the strip mall in the meantime. In April the shopping center was listed for sale for $10,507,000, for the commercial parcels and buildings, with the listing boasting ...

Groundbreaking held for new Monroe County power plant

HANNIBAL, Ohio—Before it closed in 2013, the Ormet Aluminum Corp. in Monroe County used the same amount of power in a day that the city of Pittsburgh did. “And that was 540 megawatts of power we were using,” explained Robert Cox, general manager of the Long Ridge Energy Terminal, on ...

OVP HEALTH receives accreditation

RAVENSWOOD — OVP HEALTH, formerly Ohio Valley Physicians, which operates a facility in Ravenswood, has again received three-year accreditations from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities for two of its programs for care and treatment of people suffering from opioid ...

WV Forward posting jobs portal

MORGANTOWN — As thousands of jobs remain unfilled across West Virginia, WV Forward is posting a jobs portal that serves as a front door to statewide job platforms and listings, according to a press release. At a time when employers and government officials express the need to better ...

West Virginia gas industry committed to improvements

CHARLESTON — As the state works to address declining road conditions, West Virginia’s natural gas industry spent more than $110 million from 2014 to 2018 on road upgrades, maintenance and design, industry spokesmen said. The industry spent $34 million in 2018 alone, Anne Blankenship, ...

Settlers Bank announces new internet domain

MARIETTA — Settlers Bank has announced a new internet domain, www.Settlers.Bank, for internet operations. Dot Bank is a new, more secure internet domain than dot com or dot net. It is an easily identifiable website channel for trusted communications between banks and customers. Since the ...

WVU economist speaks on natural gas

MORGANTOWN — A West Virginia University economist believes the natural gas industry could have a tremendous impact on the state’s economy, and that the development of public policy and infrastructure in West Virginia can help bring about substantial economic impact from the fossil fuel. ...

Budget passed to reduce business tax exemption

MARIETTA — A budget passed by the Ohio House of Representatives and being considered by the state Senate includes tax breaks for nearly every Ohioan except for small business owners. House Bill 166 proposes that people making less than $22,500 a year will not have to pay any state income ...