Business

Community meetings to help West Virginia’s agriculture economy

CHARLESTON — Partners who seek to grow the state’s agriculture economy are encouraging residents to attend community meetings in their area, including one in Parkersburg, in October to help develop strategies over five years that could shape the future of agriculture in West Virginia. ...

PioPitch program to be held at Marietta College Oct. 11

MARIETTA — The Marietta College 2018-19 PioPitch program will feature 13 presentations on five dates, beginning with a Mid-Ohio Valley Entrepreneurship Expo edition that was held Thursday. The presenters Thursday were Drew Tanner, director of marketing for Peoples Bank Theatre, and Geoff ...

Sweetapple Family Farm opens for season

VINCENT — Mona Barrett and her family are on the go from dawn to dusk and beyond at this time of year. The Sweetapple Family Farm covers rolling ground north of a road of the same name just off State Route 339 in Washington County. From the road, it’s a picture of farm nostalgia, with ...

Officials talk Wood County Opportunity Zones

PARKERSBURG — Opportunity Zones are providing an opportunity for investment across the state for new businesses. Aaron Sporck, director of economic development for Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., was in Parkersburg Wednesday for a presentation on Opportunity Zones with many area business ...

Simply Sophia’s Merle Norman makes move to Vienna

VIENNA — A local cosmetics and skin care boutique has moved into a separate studio on Grand Central Avenue in Vienna. Simply Sophia’s Merle Norman, which offers Merle Norman products, has moved from Lee’s Studios to 506 Grand Central Ave. in the former location of the Gold Mark Party ...

Doyle sisters making big impression at J.P. Henry’s

PARKERSBURG — The Doyle sisters are making quite an impression at J.P. Henry’s restaurant in Parkersburg. Faith Doyle, Grace (Doyle) Colunga, Temperance Doyle and Harmony Doyle, all of Parkersburg, are waitresses, bartenders and hostess at J.P. Henry’s. Faith, 35, a bartender and ...

SECUR O&G invests millions into Tyler County effort

SISTERSVILLE — A company providing environmental services to the oil and gas industry has invested about $5 million in a facility in Tyler County. The SECUR O&G facility, approved by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and designed for the environmentally ...

WVU schedules Economic Outlook Series

MORGANTOWN — The West Virginia University Bureau of Business and Economic Research will begin its fall Economic Outlook Series in October with the first of five events that will run through mid-November. The bureau in the College of Business and Economics will present its West Virginia ...

WVU-P, Marshall University reach deal on MBA program

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia University at Parkersburg and Marshall University have approved an agreement for students to earn a Master of Business Administration from Marshall. Under the agreement, students at WVU-Parkersburg who earn an undergraduate degree with a 2.5 or greater grade ...

FirstEnergy Corps. dividend unchanged

AKRON — The Board of Directors of FirstEnergy Corp. Tuesday declared an unchanged quarterly dividend of 36 cents per share of outstanding common stock. The dividend will be payable Dec. 1 to shareholders of record at the close of business on Nov. 7. FirstEnergy is among the nation’s ...

Three businesses hope to create downtown Parkersburg hub

PARKERSBURG — Nearly 122 years after opening as the Auditorium Theatre, the former Parkersburg Office Supply building at Fifth and Avery streets began a new chapter Thursday as a planned technology center in downtown Parkersburg. “We’re excited to (help) revitalize downtown Parkersburg ...

WVU Medicine to perform heart transplants in Morgantown

MORGANTOWN — People in West Virginia will no longer have to travel out of state to have a heart transplant. WVU Medicine recently announced its plans to start West Virginia’s first heart transplant program at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute in Morgantown which will benefit people all ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Transit Authority seeks comment on Saturday changes

PARKERSBURG — The Mid-Ohio Valley Transit Authority is seeking public comment about proposed changes to its Saturday services. Officials are looking at changing the way buses run on Saturdays, including going from the current routes to providing a commuter style service that is in use during ...

Gov. Justice cites increase in tourist spending

MORGANTOWN — Research from a West Virginia travel impacts study shows traveler spending in the state grew at a rate above the national average in 2017, 3.9 percent compared to 3 percent, according to speakers Wednesday at the 2018 West Virginia Governor’s Conference on Tourism in ...

Sears closing Grand Central Mall store

VIENNA — The Sears store at the Grand Central Mall will be closing in early December, according to an email Tuesday from Howard Riefs, director of corporate communications for Sears Holdings Corporation. ‘‘We are making the difficult, but necessary decision to close the Sears store at ...

Sears closing Grand Central Mall store

VIENNA — The Sears store at the Grand Central Mall will be closing in early December, according to an email today from Howard Riefs, director of corporate communications for Sears Holdings Corporation. ‘‘We are making the difficult, but necessary decision to close the Sears store at ...

Altmiller hopes to expand Camden Clark Medical Center, WVU Medicine partnership

PARKERSBURG — Camden Clark Medical Center President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Altmiller hopes to see a partnership between the hospital and West Virginia University Medicine expand in the coming years. Altmiller was hired in December and began in January. In an interview Monday with ...

WVU, Jackson County, Wetzel County hospitals join together

RIPLEY — WVU Hospitals is expanding its health care network with management agreements in place with two Mid-Ohio Valley hospitals. An agreement with Jackson General Hospital in Ripley went into effect Sept. 1, with hospital President and CEO Stephanie McCoy becoming an employee of the West ...

New bakery, market opens in Washington County

PALMER TWP.—When Caleb Miller moved to the area after being a farmer in Sugarcreek, Ohio, he had no idea he would be opening a market within two years. “My wife had worked in a store before, but I had no experience in the retail food business,” Miller said. Despite his lack of ...

ELPRO executive receiving honor

MARIETTA — An executive with ELPRO in Marietta has been named the CEO Connection’s 2018 Young Leader of the Year. Micalyn Harris, CEO of ELPRO Services Inc., joined ELPRO in 2009. ELPRO designs and manufactures solutions that monitor the transport and storage of pharmaceuticals throughout ...