Business

Business workshop to be held June 12 in Ripley

RIPLEY — The West Virginia Small Business Development Center will offer a Business Fundamentals workshop from 6-8 p.m. June 12 at the Jackson County Public Library, 208 Church St. North, Ripley. The course covers what entrepreneurs need to know to start a business in West Virginia, including ...

Mini-golf brings some swing to downtown Marietta businesses

MARIETTA — Downtown Marietta was transformed into a golf course of sorts Friday night as Main Street Marietta and merchants offered mini-golf at 17 locations, creating space for a leisurely stroll and light competition for families on a warm spring night. Ford Schwendeman, 4, was making ...

Sears in Vienna to remain open

VIENNA — Sears at the Grand Central Mall in Vienna was not on a list of store closures announced Thursday by the Sears Holding Corp. “That’s good,” Mayor Randy Rapp said. Sears Holding announced its first quarter 2018 financial statement and said it lost $424 million. It also said ...

Various factors fueling high gasoline prices

MARIETTA — Travel this holiday weekend is more expensive if you’re taking the car. “It’s definitely high, I don’t know if it went up because of the holiday or what but I hope it doesn’t reach $4 (per gallon),” said Twanna Deming, of Chillicothe, who was visiting Marietta on ...

Mid-Ohio Valley features six West Virginia Opportunity Zones

PARKERSBURG — Half a dozen of the new federally designated Opportunity Zones in West Virginia are in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Fifty-five zones were announced last week by Gov. Jim Justice and U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito. R-W.Va. A provision of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Qualified ...

Parkersburg native named to cider makers board

FRANKLIN, W.Va. — Parkersburg native Brooke (Litton) Glover, co-owner and sales and marketing director of Swilled Dog Hard Cider, was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the United States Association of Cider Makers for a three-year term. The USACM is an organization comprised of ...

Dominion Energy Transmission Inc. sets natural gas record

PARKERSBURG —Dominion Energy Transmission Inc. set another record for natural gas withdrawn from its storage pools this past winter, breaking last year’s record-setting storage turn. “The record can be attributed to weather, which was 0.3 percent colder than normal and 16.1 percent ...

Boxers Bed and Biscuits opens Belpre facility

BELPRE — Boxers Bed and Biscuits, 1301 Washington Blvd., celebrated its open house and grand opening on May 19. The Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce cut the ribbon on the 50,000 square foot facility and owners Rob and Angie Beck welcomed more than 500 guests for tours, a canine costume ...

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Mid-Ohio Valley receives grant

PARKERSBURG — Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Mid-Ohio Valley has received a $5,000 grant from State Farm to provide financial literacy training to young adults who are participating in the SPOKES initiative. SPOKES stands for Strategic Planning in Occupational Knowledge for Employment ...

Jerry’s Flyaway Cafe serving at Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport

WILLIAMSTOWN — Things are taking off at Jerry’s Flyaway Cafe. The Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport restaurant relaunched in March under owner Jerry Spears, who is teaming with former airport restaurant owner Helen Westbrook. It’s not the first collaboration between the two, as Spears ...

Parkersburg woman happy to preserve tradition with jam business

PARKERSBURG — For two years, the woman behind In A Jam! has been helping people remember the simple pleasures of homemade jams and preserves. The business has been operating for two years and continues to grow through the work and dedication of owner Andrea Duke of Parkersburg. Throughout ...

Conference on oil, gas development to be held in Pennsylvania

CANONSBURG, Pa. —A conference on oil and gas development in the Marcellus and Utica shales and opportunities with the proposed Appalachian Storage Hub will be held June 7 in Canonsburg, Pa. The Appalachian Storage Hub Conference will be presented by Shale Directories President Joe Barone and ...

Strong Tower Fitness strengthens health, spirits

PARKERSBURG — Greg Brewster walks around the workout area at Strong Tower Fitness. The massive man wears his faith on his sleeve as much as he wears exercise logos across his chest. “Pushups!,” he yells loud enough for all to hear. The class is one of the cross-fit classes he and Tate ...

The Counseling and Wellness Center discusses growth

PARKERSBURG — In November of 2015 a well-known mental health care facility changed hands. Stephen A. Givens became the owner of The Counseling and Wellness Center, 936 Market St., in November 2015. Givens also is co-owner with Michael Moore of The Counseling and Wellness Center Ohio in ...

Residential development being constructed at Boaz

BOAZ — A new development in Boaz is going to produce upscale patio homes. Developer Joseph Pope recently appeared before the Wood County Commission to discuss his commercial development at Emerson Commons, but also talked about this residential development being built off W.Va. 14 and Kellar ...

Camden Clark Medical Center receives excellence award

PARKERSBURG —WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center has been named a Baldrige Award for Excellence winner for the third consecutive year. Camden Clark said the Gold level award was for performance excellence through innovation, results and visionary leadership using the Baldrige Excellence ...

Exxon Mobil marks $4.7B in earnings

WHEELING — Despite the February Belmont County well blast that allowed methane to leak into the atmosphere for 19 days, XTO Energy helped parent firm, Exxon Mobil, post earnings of $4.7 billion for the first three months of 2018. Moreover, Marcellus and Utica shale drillers such as Chevron, ...