Business

Officials reach agreement to reduce electric rates in West Virginia

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Public Service Commission has approved an agreement with Monongahela Power and Potomac Edison, subsidiaries of FirstEnergy Corp., that will reduce electric rates in 2019. The agreement will lower electric rates by more than $77 million in 2019 due to reduced ...

Parkersburg attorneys named Bowles Rice partners

PARKERSBURG — Bowles Rice has elected 11 new equity and non-equity partners, including attorneys John “Chuck” Hudson and Ryan J. Kent from its Parkersburg office, effective Jan. 1, 2019. The selections were approved at the firm’s annual partners meeting on Dec. 14, 2018. New equity ...

Washington County businessman almost ready to open his castle

WHIPPLE — Bill Grizer can’t wait to see the first wedding in his castle. The Washington County businessman is within a few months of realizing a childhood dream — a castle that not only reproduces the architectural beauty of the Norman era but also has the potential to bring back some ...

Carol Goff acquires Reid and Hines Real Estate

MARIETTA — Carol Goff, agent and owner of Carol Goff & Associates Real Estate and Auctions, announces the acquisition by her company of Reid & Hines Real Estate LLC, of Cambridge. The number of real estate offices owned by Carol Goff in Ohio and West Virginia is 13. “Our pledge is ...

Dollar Tree store coming to Belpre

BELPRE — A Dollar Tree is being planted in the former Belpre Save-A-Lot location. A representative of the national chain of stores where every item costs $1 or less confirmed the company’s plans Monday afternoon. “Dollar Tree continues to grow, and we are proud to be part of the Belpre ...

Marietta company ordered to pay back taxes

MARIETTA — A lawsuit filed against a local company by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services has been decided, with Malone Renovations of Marietta ordered to pay $81,491.33 in back taxes, fines and interest. The Washington County Common Pleas Court Judge Randall Burnworth sided ...

Senior Stitchers looking for new venue

PARKERSBURG — The Senior Stitchers are looking for a new place to do their work for the community. The group, which has around 25 members, has spent the last 12-14 years at the Wood County Senior Citizens Association building at 914 Market St. in Parkersburg. They recently received notice ...

Ohio to see changes in laws

MARIETTA — As Ohio heads into 2019, several new laws in the state could have an impact for residents of Washington County. Changes in child support payments, a minimum wage increase, violent offender registries and tax law changes to spousal support payments are all soon going into effect. ...

Somerville Fabricators marks 50th anniversary

MINERAL WELLS — Somerville Fabricators has reached the half-century in business mark. It’s been a family owned operation from the beginning as Ralph Somerville founded the company in the garage of his house. From the beginnings of the garage, Somerville Fabricators has moved into two ...

Wheeling Island, Mardi Gras open sports books

WHEELING — After months of waiting, local sports betting fans can now place wagers at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack as on Thursday the facility officially opened its sports book. The Wheeling casino and its sister facility — Mardi Gras Casino & Resort at Cross Lanes, W.Va. — ...

West Virginia gas prices drop; trend continues downward

CHARLESTON — Gasoline prices in Northern West Virginia are nearly nine cents cheaper this week at $2.304 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report on Thursday. Statewide, gasoline is about seven cents cheaper this week in West Virginia at $2.33. Nonetheless, the ...

Star Plastics marks lost-time safety goal

RAVENSWOOD — On Nov. 29, Star Plastics marked five years with no lost-time incidents, an accomplishment company officials say underscores its emphasis on safety. Now their goal is to break the record of seven years without such an incident, set in the late 1990s. “We’ve been working ...

Mid-Ohio Valley businesses report strong Christmas sales

PARKERSBURG — ­Many local businesses reported having a good Christmas sales season. Many reported sales were up over previous years and that sales remained steady right up to Christmas. “Our Christmas season was very brisk and very good,” said Tina Salmans, co-owner of Mulberry Lane ...

Washington County farm returning to its roots with bottled milk

DECATUR TWP.— Just off Ohio 555 sits a barn on 100 acres of pasture tucked in the rolling hills six minutes outside of Belpre and Little Hocking. It’s called Twin Pines Dairy, and that’s where a family of five is forging a new path down an old-fashioned road. “My grandpa and my dad ...

Marietta thrift store benefits Ohio Wilderness Camp

MARIETTA — Those looking to support wilderness activities for young boys struggling with trauma and behavior issues have a new way to give, through a thrift shop that opened this week on Pike Street. The Trading Post is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday with extended hours to 8 ...

Huntington Bank commits $2M to West Virginia University effort

MORGANTOWN — Fuel makes an engine run, and two gifts from Huntington Bank will help provide fuel for the new Startup Engine business accelerator at the West Virginia University John Chambers College of Business and Economics. Huntington has committed $2 million to the Startup Engine, ...

FirstEnergy offers financial assistance to West Virginia customers

PARKERSBURG — Financial assistance programs are available for FirstEnergy customers in West Virginia who need help with winter heating bills. FirstEnergy’s West Virginia utilities include Monongahela Power and Potomac Edison. Assistance to qualifying customers is available through the ...

Solar energy class to be held in Marietta

MARIETTA — A class on solar energy will be held 1-5 p.m. Jan. 25 in the social hall at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Marietta. The class is designed for architects, engineers, landscape architects, electricians, construction companies and others interested in the technology. ...

Robert C. Byrd Institute contest to recognize best in agricultural innovation

CHARLESTON — Agricultural innovators across West Virginia will compete for a business assistance package valued at more than $10,000 in a contest sponsored by the Robert C. Byrd Institute. The Fourth Annual West Virginia Vanguard Agriculture Competition will honor innovation and ingenuity in ...