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Monty Craig, left, and Zane Ullman, right, both of Parkersburg, talk about some of the prospects Ullman was looking at during the Parkersburg News and Sentinel Job Fair.

Job seekers meet prospective employers at News and Sentinel Job Fair

VIENNA — Companies with positions to fill and people hoping to fill those positions were out Friday at The Parkersburg News and Sentinel Job Fair in the main ballroom of the Grand Pointe Conference Center. Mary Jo Miller, coordinator of the job fair, said 15 companies were on hand to ...

Officials anticipate Hino having a positive impact on Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — The impact of Hino Motors Manufacturing U.S.A.’s purchase of the former Coldwater Creek facility is expected to have a positive impact on Parkersburg, from a financial perspective and beyond. “I think it just sends a message that West Virginia and Parkersburg and the entire ...

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Attendees and vendors mingle at the Mid-Ohio Valley Entrepreneurship Expo at Marietta College Friday during a break before lunch. The event drew about 270 registrants and dozens of vendors.

Marietta College hosts Mid-Ohio Valley Entrepreneurship Expo

MARIETTA — Erica Denallo and Darcy Irish, both 21-year-old seniors at Marietta College, have different career goals, but both said they were glad they made time to look in on the Mid-Ohio Valley Entrepreneurship Expo at the college recreation center Friday. With dozens of vendors, a full ...

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Local pastor Chris Skeens delivers the invocation at an event Thursday marking the completion of the first phase of remediation by Applied Partners Inc. at the former Century Aluminum property near Ravenswood.

First phase of Century remediation complete

RAVENSWOOD — Redevelopment company Applied Partners Inc. completed the first phase of its renovation of the former Century Aluminum property in Jackson County Thursday. The first phase consisted of removing hazardous materials from inside the plant, said Mark Cenit, president of New ...

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Takashi Ono, president of Hino Motors Manufacturing, listens during a press conference Wednesday as George Daniels, left, director of marketing and sales, and Steve Stalnaker, middle, plant manager, listen.

Hino Motors trucking into old Coldwater Creek facility

VIENNA — Hino Motors Manufacturing U.S.A. is setting up a truck assembly plant at the old Coldwater Creek distribution center in Parkersburg, a $100 million project that will create 250 jobs by 2020, officials announced at a press conference Wednesday evening in Vienna. “I am very ...

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Downtown PKB executive director Wendy Shriver, left, and events and marketing coordinator Courtney Hendershot reveal the new Downtown PKB logos during an event Wednesday afternoon in the patio tent at the Blennerhassett Hotel.

Downtown PKB unveils new logo

PARKERSBURG — A new logo marks the start of a new era for Downtown PKB. The nonprofit dedicated to promoting the downtown Parkersburg area to encourage economic and community growth unveiled its new logo and branding initiative at the Blennerhassett Hotel Wednesday. The branding ...

A new occupant for the former Coldwater Creek facility is expected to be announced this evening. (File Photo)

New occupant to be announced for Coldwater Creek?

PARKERSBURG — A new occupant for the former Coldwater Creek facility is expected to be announced this evening. A press conference has been scheduled for 7 p.m. today by the Wood County Development Authority at the Parkersburg Country Club in Vienna. The purpose of the press conference is to ...

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Chef Chad Winebrenner and his children, from left, Jack, Keagan, Kirian and Oliver. Winebrenner will lead the Taste of the Valley cooking school at 2 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Parkersburg South High School auditorium. Tickets go on sale Monday and are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Also, food collections are being accepted for the Comfort Keepers Feed Seniors Now program.

Taste of the Valley cooking school scheduled for Nov. 11

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg News and Sentinel’s Taste of the Valley cooking school will be 2 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Parkersburg South High School auditorium where a vendors exhibition will precede the culinary demonstration. The event is presented by The Parkersburg News and Sentinel and is ...

Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce schedules dinner

BELPRE — Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce announces its plans and speaker for the 80th annual Dinner, set for Oct. 26 at Grand Pointe Conference and Reception Center, 1500 Grand Central Ave., Vienna. Presenting his ideas regarding Legacy to the Community and Careful Estate Planning, Jeffery ...

Decision on Belmont County ethane cracker plant due by end of year

WHEELING — An ethane cracker with a cost estimate as high as $6 billion could be confirmed before the end of 2017, a project Belmont County Port Authority Director Larry Merry said would allow the Upper Ohio Valley export finished products instead of young natives who cannot find ...

Officials see hope in Belmont County plant

WHEELING — Although Wheeling is about 13 miles north of the proposed PTT Global Chemical petrochemical plant, Mayor Glenn Elliott said the Friendly City could become a “corporate headquarters” for some of the companies that may follow the development. “It’s almost all going to be a ...

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Jim Stage, a partner in the Williamstown Antique Mall and an authority on Donaghho Pottery, poses with his book, “The Donaghho Story.” The book will be available around the first of October.

Stage publishes work on Donaghho Pottery

WILLIAMSTOWN — Jim Stage for many years has been considered the local expert on A.P. Donaghho and Donaghho’s Excelsior Pottery. Now, he’s sharing his knowledge and research with others by writing and publishing “The Donaghho Story.” The 230-page soft-cover spiral-bound history and ...

Hall Financial Advisors launches new website

PARKERSBURG — Hall Financial Advisors, LLC, headquartered in Parkersburg, with a satellite office in Marietta, has launched a new mobile-friendly responsive website. The website HallFinancialAdvisorsLLC.com features updated photos and information on Hall’s advisers and administrative team. ...

Keith Burdette named president, CEO of Polymer Alliance Zone

DAVISVILLE — Keith Burdette has been named president and CEO of the Polymer Alliance Zone Inc. in Wood County. Burdette joined regional law firm Bowles Rice earlier this year as its business development director and is a former cabinet secretary for the West Virginia Department of ...

Reliance Treatment Centers sues two online critics

HARRISVILLE — Reliance Treatment Centers and its founder and vice president David Zide have filed a lawsuit against two area individuals alleging an online campaign of defamation against the company and its employees. The civil suit was filed Sept. 11 in Ritchie County Circuit Court by ...

Kay Mullenix holds the check from the Launchpad Pitch Competition. Behind her are four of the five judges in the competition. From left, Mike Williams, Jan Dils, Carma Hanlon and Doug Kreinik. (Photo by Jeffrey Saulton)

Ritchie County restaurant wins Launchpad Pitch Competition

PARKERSBURG — Business startups from bakeries, to restaurants to a cane maker were among the finalists for the second annual Launchpad Pitch Competition Tuesday at the Parkersburg Art Center. Winning the $5,000 prize was the owner of a restaurant in Cairo, Kay Mullenix, owner of Pastry and ...

Launchpad competition returns for business pitches, networking

PARKERSBURG – A select group of startups, entrepreneurs and new businesses will have an opportunity to show the local business community what they are about with one business winning valuable seed money to develop itself further. The second annual Launchpad Pitch Competition will be held ...

Design Challenge looking for inventors

HUNTINGTON — Calling all makers: the Robert C. Byrd Institute is accepting entries in the Design Challenge at the West Virginia Makes Festival which celebrates ingenuity and creativity. The annual Design Challenge provides hobbyists, inventors, enthusiasts, artists and students of all ages ...

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River Dogs brings local flavor

BELMONT — In the shadows of the Willow Island Power Plant steam towers... well, a lot of Belmont sits in the shadows of the steam towers at sometime during the day, sits River Dogs of Belmont. “Make the world a better place - have a dog!” reads the print under the logo, which features a ...