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The Parkersburg Board of Zoning Appeals on Wednesday rejected a request to allow a senior living facility at 2301 Kennedy St. The applicant was Mark Swann.

Parkersburg BZA rejects senior living facility

PARKERSBURG — A request to turn a former nursing home into a senior living facility was rejected Wednesday by the Parkersburg Board of Zoning Appeals. The board also approved measures allowing a bed and breakfast on Market Street and an detached garage for an auto detailing operation on ...

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The Bankshot Pub at 405 Market St. will close at the end of the year. WesBanco, which has its commercial loan offices next door, plans to purchase the building and eventually demolish it to make room for a 
renovation expected to include an elevator 
and additional exit.

Bankshot Pub closing, downtown Parkersburg building to come down

PARKERSBURG — The Bankshot Pub on Market Street will close it doors at the end of the year, with the nearly 120-year-old building it occupies eventually headed for demolition. Bankshot owner Joe DeHaven said he’s agreed to sell the building to neighboring WesBanco. WesBanco Market ...

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Dave Caliguiri, with the Shale Energy Alliance, spoke at the Shale Energy Alliance meeting at the Blennerhassett Hotel Wednesday night.

Shale Energy Alliance touts ways to build the oil and gas industry

PARKERSBURG — Area oil and gas company representatives gathered Wednesday at the Blennerhassett Hotel to learn how the Shale Energy Alliance can make a difference and make the industry grow. Dave Caliguiri, with the Shale Energy Alliance, said the alliance is dedicated to the development of ...

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Cole Strawderman, a senior in the Wood County Technical Center’s collision repair program, buffs a fender during class.

Industry announcement highlights need for technical training

PARKERSBURG — The recent announcement of a Chinese industrial company investing in West Virginia reemphasizes the need for quality technical education. Officials recently announced a plan by Shenhua Group Corp. to invest $83.7 billion to develop the state’s natural gas resources over the ...

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From left, Sara Bailey, David Bailey and Jerry Satow at the Carpet Store in Ravenswood in 1973. The store closed in 2008 and the Baileys relocated it to Little Hocking where it reopened in 2010 as Village Gifts and Home Decor.

Village Gifts closing in Little Hocking

LITTLE HOCKING — A store in business for more than 40 years is closing in Little Hocking. Village Gifts and Home Decor started in 1973 as the Carpet Shop in Ravenswood. The Ravenswood Store closed in 2008 and was reopened as the gift shop on July 4, 2010, in Little Hocking. The shop at ...

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The new Gran Ranchero opened at 823 Pike St. in Marietta.

Gran Ranchero opens new restaurant in Marietta

MARIETTA — The Gran Ranchero restaurant opened for business on Nov. 11 at 823 Pike St. The Mexican food restaurant, with 10,000 square feet of floor area, offers three dining areas and a spacious bar in the back. The decor is territorial, with custom tile work, subdued earth colors and ...

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The new dining cabin aboard the Riviera in Marietta can seat 66 with a drinks, salad and dessert bar near the entrance of the room. The restaurant is open for dinner beginning at 4 p.m.

Riveira opens by Valley Gem in Marietta

MARIETTA — Salads with maple pecans, pork medallions with port wine sauce, even an array of desserts are now in store for those looking to enjoy fine dining on the Muskingum River. On Dec.1 the Riviera opened for dinner beside a longtime staple of Marietta, the Valley Gem. “The primary ...

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On Tuesday, people stream through the doors of the newly remodeled Aldi store, which includes a refrigerated produce section at the front of the store, a new idea for the company.

Remodeled Aldi opens doors in Marietta

MARIETTA — Hundreds of people waited in the rain to get a glimpse of the newly remodeled Aldi store at 708 Pike St. Tuesday and said they weren’t disappointed. “This is great. I shop here all the time and this store has the best manager of any Aldi store I’ve been to. And that’s a ...

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Pamela Lankford and Tonya Davis work in the BB2C Epicenter on the ground floor of the Armory. The center, which provides space and equipment for entrepreneurs as well as learning opportunities for students, plans to move to a much larger and more flexible area across the river on Lancaster Street at the beginning of next year.

BB2C Epicenter moving to Lancaster Street

MARIETTA — The Epicenter is shifting. The space dedicated to start-up businesses and assistance for entrepreneurs is moving from the ground floor of the Armory, where it has functioned since January, across the Muskingum to the Tenney and Associates building on Lancaster Street. The move ...

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Residents mill about the fountain at the Glenwood Community, a retirement community in Marietta, which has been recognized by a survey measuring resident satisfaction.

Glenwood Community earns honors in resident satisfaction survey

MARIETTA — Glenwood Community, a retirement community in Marietta, has been recognized for providing the highest level of service to residents by Holleran, a firm that specializes in conducting resident satisfaction surveys. In the first year for the survey, Glenwood achieved the Highest ...


Parkersburg News and Sentinel announces new jobs site

PARKERSBURG — Mid-Ohio Valley employers and job-seekers can now find the best tool for their searches at, as The Parkersburg News and Sentinel unveils its new job board, in partnership with RealMatch. “Our newspaper’s commitment to providing local businesses ...

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The owners and employees of the new Inspire 111 store at the Washington Square Shopping Center join with Belpre Chamber of Commerce officials and Belpre Mayor Mike Lorentz for a ribbon cutting for their new store.

Track coach, former teacher open store in Belpre

BELPRE — A successful Belpre business is taking things to the next level as it opens a storefront at the Washington Square Shopping Center. Inspire 111 recently held a grand opening at its new store, at 1818 Washington Blvd., Suite A. The event, which was attended by over 50 people, included ...

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Kristi Smith, manager of the 7th Street Kroger in Parkersburg, gives opening remarks during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday at the store. The store has been under renovation for more than half a year to improve its appearance and accessibility for customers.

Kroger in Parkersburg reveals renovations

PARKERSBURG — Kroger on 7th Street in Parkersburg celebrated months of renovations Wednesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Work on the store began more than half a year ago, costing $2.9 million and allowing Kroger to add 15 new jobs. The store employs about 110 associates. “It’s a ...

Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Health Systems receive top rankings

PARKERSBURG — Camden Clark Medical Center and Memorial Health Systems received top rankings from Healthgrades, an online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Camden Clark received a 5-Star national ranking for Heart, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease ...

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Bob Rauch, chairman of Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee, and Ashley Tanner, member of the Tanner family, owners of Peddler’s Junction, display special Buy Belpre decals for cars and windows.

Buy Belpre campaign debuts

BELPRE — The Economic Development Committee of Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce will kicks off its Buy Belpre initiative with an event 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 9 at Peddler’s Junction, 1818 Washington Blvd. Buy Belpre will showcase what Belpre has to offer in shopping, dining and other ...

Business fundamentals workshop slated in Ripley

RIPLEY —The West Virginia Small Business Development Center will offer a Business Fundamentals workshop from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the Jackson County Public Library, 208 Church St. North, Ripley. Business coach Marsa Myers will lead the session, which includes practical basics such ...

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Dalson Green, 11, left, and his brother Austin, 8, try on Christmas aprons at The Cook’s Shop in Marietta Friday during Moonlight Madness.

Moonlight Madness draws shoppers to downtown Marietta stores

MARIETTA — Washington County turned out in force Friday night for Moonlight Madness in Marietta’s downtown shops. Some were out just getting ideas for holiday gifts while on a date, while others slipped into town with friend groups or family to enjoy the crisp fall air, a carriage ride ...

DuPont named as defendant in fourth class-action lawsuit over IEI fire

CHARLESTON — DuPont has been named as one of the defendants in the fourth class-action lawsuit filed over the Oct. 21-29 fire at the Intercontinental Export-Import Plastics warehouse on Camden Avenue in Parkersburg. Filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West ...

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H&M, an international fashion retailer, will locate in the Grand Central Mall in Vienna and open in the fall of 2018 where Elder-Beerman, which will close in January, is located.

H&M moving in at Grand Central Mall location

VIENNA — When one door closes, another opens. A global clothing retailer will open in the Grand Central Mall in the site of the soon-to-be-closed Elder-Beerman, company representatives announced. H&M plans to open its first store in West Virginia by fall 2018, the company ...

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Michael Penn puts the finishing touches on a drawing of the Highmark Building. He was one of the artisans selling items at the Parkersburg Art Center on Saturday.

Shop Small Saturday arrives in the Mid-Ohio Valley

PARKERSBURG — After the frenzy of Black Friday and two days before the Internet goes wild with Cyber Monday, Shop Small Saturday had small stores abuzz with some of the excitement of shopping for Christmas. Pam Creel, owner of the Aspire Salon on Market Street in Parkersburg, said her ...