Business

West Virginia University at Parkersburg to choose new president Monday

PARKERSBURG — A new president will be selected at West Virginia University at Parkersburg on Monday, officials said on Friday. “That’s the plan,” said Sam Winans, chairman of the college Board of Governors. The college has been looking for a new chief executive since November to ...

News, Times to host Spring Job Fair Friday

VIENNA — At least 30 local employers will participate in the Spring Job Fair, sponsored by The Marietta Times and The Parkersburg News & Sentinel, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday at the Grand Pointe Conference Center, 1500 Grand Central Ave. near Lowe’s. “We wanted to help employers find ...

Astorg Auto acquires Bert Wolfe Audi

PARKERSBURG —Astorg Auto of Charleston continues its pattern of growth and expands its buyer-centric pricing model to a new customer base with the acquisition of Bert Wolfe Audi in Charleston. Astorg Auto President and Co-Owner Jamie Spears sees the acquisition as an opportunity to build ...

Marietta College offers landman program

MARIETTA — The landman is often the first point of contact between landowners whose property sits atop oil or gas deposits and the mineral companies that want to extract those riches. Requiring a combination of geniality, salesmanship, knowledge of geology and engineering, and a grasp of ...

Parkersburg Brewing Co. wins gold medal at ‘Olympics of Beer’

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg brewery won a gold medal in the 2018 World Beer Cup, a prestigious competition dubbed the “Olympics of Beer.” The Parkersburg Brewing Co. won the gold for its Cell Block 304, an American-style brown ale, owner and brew master Dan Curtis said. More than 8,200 ...

U.S. Senator Shelly Moore Capito visits Constellium facility

RAVENSWOOD — U.S. Senator Shelly Moore Capito, R-W.Va., Thursday went on a private tour of Constellium, an aluminum casthouse which specializes in high-purity castings for America’s aerospace plate market, transportation, industry and defense products. Capito is a member of the Senate ...

Mid-Ohio Valley shops to observe Free Comic Book Day

MARIETTA — Around the world on Saturday, comic book fans and newcomers alike will have a chance to see superpowers be deployed, heroes save the day and villains be defeated–without spending a penny. The 2018 Free Comic Book Day will be celebrated at comics stores in both Marietta and ...

Small business owners talk small town success

MARIETTA — The heart of any small town is usually its small businesses. Mom and pop shops, boutiques, specialty eateries — all types of businesses start out as a dream and come true through sheer will and determination, not to mention a lot of hard work and a simple philosophy. “The key ...

Award-winning photographer opens portrait studio in St. Marys

ST. MARYS — Award-winning photographer Becky Nichols has opened the new Becky Nichols Portrait Studio in St. Marys. Nichols is best known for magazine-style portraiture. In March, she received a bronze award in the teen-senior division of the Portrait Masters photography competition, which ...

Bent Barbell Club growing stronger at new location

PARKERSBURG — Tim Hagan left the Washington DuPont property around 7 a.m. April 10 for the last time. He left to put a full-time effort to make his business a full-time business. Hagan, 33, is the owner of the Bent Barbell Club on Seventh Street. Hagan moved the business there after it had ...

United Bankshares marks record earnings

PARKERSBURG — United Bankshares has announced record earnings for the first quarter of 2018. Earnings for the first quarter of 2018 were a record $61.7 million as compared to earnings of $38.8 million for the first quarter of 2017. Diluted earnings per share were 59 cents for the first ...

River City Farmers Market encourages businesses

MARIETTA — Local farmers are hoping to encourage entrepreneurship in the next generation. Teens like Danielle Sistrunk and children like Ruth Fagan and Ashton Newland are already on board at the River City Farmers Market, selling their wares and learning the ropes of owning a business. But ...

Highmark West Virginia rep among 12 to receive recognition

PARKERSBURG — A customer service representative from Highmark West Virginia has received one of 12 Jefferson Awards for Public Service from Highmark Health. Cheri McCollum of Albany in Meigs County is a senior customer service representative and a volunteer emergency medical technician with ...

West Virginia University at Parkersburg names presidential finalists

PARKERSBURG — Over the next two weeks, West Virginia University at Parkersburg will bring four candidates to be its next president to campus. During an emergency meeting of the Board of Governors Friday morning, the list of finalists was approved, including one current executive at WVUP and ...

Belpre Business Expo slated for Monday

BELPRE — Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business Expo will be 4-7 p.m. Monday at the future site of Boxers Bed & Biscuits in the former Middleton Doll Co., 1301 Washington Blvd. The Belpre Business Expo, showcasing businesses and nonprofits from the Mid-Ohio Valley, will be ...

West Virginia University students report on Parkersburg area’s economy

PARKERSBURG — The Mid-Ohio Valley region is poised for economic development through the natural gas industry, but this area and the rest of the state still needs to diversify its economy to create opportunities for wide-range economic growth, according to a report. John Deskins, director ...

Strecker Cancer Center may move all its resources to Belpre location

MARIETTA — As part of its long-term strategy to become a regional care provider, the Memorial Health System is considering moving its Strecker Cancer Center operations in Marietta to the Strecker Cancer Center in Belpre. Memorial’s Belpre campus Strecker Cancer Center already offers ...

New boutique to open in downtown Marietta

MARIETTA — For Emma Blaney, opening a business in Marietta has grown out of family involvements. EmLeigh’s and Mama B’s boutique is relocating to downtown Marietta from High Point, N.C. “I’ve been in North Carolina most of my life, but now I live in Vienna with my fiance,” Blaney ...

Natural gas storage for winter underway

PARKERSBURG — Although spring has allegedly sprung and temperatures are expected to start rising and staying warmer, this is the time of year natural gas suppliers start preparing for the winter heating season. “Typically, we use the period from April 1 to Oct. 31 to inject the natural ...