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Merf Records owner and recording artist Steve Hussey cast his first ballot for the Grammy Awards as a member of The Recording Academy. He is one of 13,000 voting members worldwide.

Steve Hussey hopes to strike a chord with independent record label

PARKERSBURG — Steve Hussey sat in his basement in August and looked around his sound insulated room/studio which was filled with microphones and instruments. About eight guitars sat in a row outside the room. He said he collects guitars like some people collect stamps. Hussey has moved ...

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A yard hand at Contractors Building Supply walks through the cavernous covered materials yard, where customers can drive through and have their orders loaded. The store is marking its 20th year in business next month.

Contractors Building Supply ready to mark 20 years in Marietta

MARIETTA — Brightly lit and spacious, the Contractors Building Supply store on Marietta’s east side offers a quiet and well-stocked experience for professional builders or do-it-yourself enthusiasts. The entry, with coffee available on a table left of the door, gives way to a designer ...

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Candie Parsons puts out inventory at American Flags and Poles in downtown Marietta. A minimum age worker, Parsons is due to receive a slight wage increase in the new year and might get a slight break on her income taxes because of new federal and state laws coming into effect.

Ohio minimum wage increase begins Monday

MARIETTA — The most wide-reaching new laws coming into effect in 2018 will give a modest boost to low-wage workers. The Ohio state minimum wage will increase from $8.15 an hour to $8.30 an hour, starting Jan. 1. An increase will also be applied to tipped workers, whose minimum wages will go ...

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Miller Prosthetics and Orthotics were presented a proclamation from the State of Ohio at its recent grand opening of the new Belpre facility/the business’s 5th anniversary party. Pictured are Mark Miller, owner and certified licensed prosthetist/orthotist; Addison Miller, representative from State of Ohio Treasury; Alex Miller, son and future prosthetic assistant; Nancy Miller, owner and CEO; Dakota Wentz, technician; Sean Greer, certified licensed orthotist; Susie Murphy, office manager; and Keating, certified therapy dog.

Miller Prosthetics moves to Belpre location

BELPRE — Miller Prosthetics and Orthotics is helping people be able to move around better at its new location in Belpre. The 3,400-square-foot facility, located at 2354 Richmiller Lane, was built during the same time as the Belpre Medical Center was being built right up the street. The ...

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Belmont County drilling sites that Rice Energy once operated are now under the ownership of EQT Corp., a Pittsburgh-based firm that plans to drill 38 new wells in Ohio during 2018 with an average horizontal leg of more than two miles.

EQT Corp. acquires Rice Energy

BELMONT, Ohio — EQT Corp. completed its $8.2 billion acquisition of Rice Energy last month, while the Pittsburgh-based firm now plans to spend an additional $2.2 billion drilling new Marcellus and Utica shale wells during 2018. Company officials said they hope to drill 38 new natural gas ...

Marietta Memorial Hospital awarded accreditation

MARIETTA — Marietta Memorial Hospital’s continuing medical education program has been surveyed by the Ohio State Medical Association Focused Task Force on Accreditation and has been awarded Accreditation with Commendation for six years as a provider of continuing medical education for ...

Altmiller picked to lead Camden Clark Medical Center

PARKERSBURG — A veteran hospital executive has been selected as the next president and chief executive officer of Camden Clark Medical Center, following a national search. Steve Altmiller, who most recently spent about four years as president and CEO of Good Shepherd Health System in ...

Mon Power cutting bills by $2 in 2018

FAIRMONT — Mon Power and Potomac Edison, subsidiaries of FirstEnergy Corp., announced residential customers will see about a $2 decrease in their monthly bill beginning in 2018. This is a result of Public Service Commission of West Virginia orders regarding enhanced tree trimming and energy ...

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DiCarlo’s Pizza will be opening a new location in early 2018 at 327 Juliana St. in Parkersburg.

DiCarlo’s Pizza to open new location in downtown Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — DiCarlo’s Pizza will be opening a new location in early 2018 in downtown Parkersburg. The new restaurant at 327 Juliana St. will open in January, said owner Shannon Hartshorn. The new location will allow DiCarlo’s to better reach customers in Parkersburg and ...

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A grand opening ceremony was held earlier this week at the new Belpre Medical Center on Richmiller Lane. The facility is the new home for First Settlement Physical Therapy, First Settlement Orthopedics and Hopewell Health Center’s Belpre Behavioral Health. A ribbon cutting was held with Simon Hargus, owner of First Settlement Physical Therapy; Belpre Mayor Mike Lorentz, representatives from the Belpre Chamber of Commerce,  First Settlement Orthopedics, Hopewell and others.

Belpre Medical Center opens

BELPRE — The new Belpre Medical Center is a place where people can get specialty care services without having to go out-of-town. The business, located at 2434 Richmiller Lane near the Farson Street-Ohio 7 stoplight, has been open for a about a month with a grand opening ceremony held ...

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Surgical technologist students Paige Linville, left, and Jami Matthew watch as instructor Megan Ludwig demonstrates how the eyes of Apollo, a patient simulator, react to light. The new device is part of a series of improvements to the medical instruction facilities at Washington County Career Center.

Patient simulator arrives at Washington County Career Center

MARIETTA — Apollo arrived at the Washington County Career Center just before Thanksgiving. The full-size electronic patient can be programmed to simulate any number of medical problems, such as airway obstructions or life-threatening allergic reactions to anesthetics. The robot has ...

Huntington Bank names Chad Prather region president

PARKERSBURG — Huntington Bank has named Chad Prather president of its West Virginia region. Prather will continue to serve as the lead commercial banking executive and will succeed Andy Paterno, who will retire at the end of the year. “I am excited and grateful for this opportunity to ...

Generation WV exec earns recognition

PARKERSBURG — The executive director of Generation WV has been named a 2017 Southerner of the Year by “Southern Living” magazine. Natalie Roper is among 60 southerners working in the nonprofit or for-profit sectors chosen from across the region for their efforts to tackle some of the ...

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The Parkersburg Board of Zoning Appeals on Wednesday rejected a request to allow a senior living facility at 2301 Kennedy St. The applicant was Mark Swann.

Parkersburg BZA rejects senior living facility

PARKERSBURG — A request to turn a former nursing home into a senior living facility was rejected Wednesday by the Parkersburg Board of Zoning Appeals. The board also approved measures allowing a bed and breakfast on Market Street and an detached garage for an auto detailing operation on ...

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The Bankshot Pub at 405 Market St. will close at the end of the year. WesBanco, which has its commercial loan offices next door, plans to purchase the building and eventually demolish it to make room for a 
renovation expected to include an elevator 
and additional exit.

Bankshot Pub closing, downtown Parkersburg building to come down

PARKERSBURG — The Bankshot Pub on Market Street will close it doors at the end of the year, with the nearly 120-year-old building it occupies eventually headed for demolition. Bankshot owner Joe DeHaven said he’s agreed to sell the building to neighboring WesBanco. WesBanco Market ...

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Dave Caliguiri, with the Shale Energy Alliance, spoke at the Shale Energy Alliance meeting at the Blennerhassett Hotel Wednesday night.

Shale Energy Alliance touts ways to build the oil and gas industry

PARKERSBURG — Area oil and gas company representatives gathered Wednesday at the Blennerhassett Hotel to learn how the Shale Energy Alliance can make a difference and make the industry grow. Dave Caliguiri, with the Shale Energy Alliance, said the alliance is dedicated to the development of ...

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Cole Strawderman, a senior in the Wood County Technical Center’s collision repair program, buffs a fender during class.

Industry announcement highlights need for technical training

PARKERSBURG — The recent announcement of a Chinese industrial company investing in West Virginia reemphasizes the need for quality technical education. Officials recently announced a plan by Shenhua Group Corp. to invest $83.7 billion to develop the state’s natural gas resources over the ...

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From left, Sara Bailey, David Bailey and Jerry Satow at the Carpet Store in Ravenswood in 1973. The store closed in 2008 and the Baileys relocated it to Little Hocking where it reopened in 2010 as Village Gifts and Home Decor.

Village Gifts closing in Little Hocking

LITTLE HOCKING — A store in business for more than 40 years is closing in Little Hocking. Village Gifts and Home Decor started in 1973 as the Carpet Shop in Ravenswood. The Ravenswood Store closed in 2008 and was reopened as the gift shop on July 4, 2010, in Little Hocking. The shop at ...

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The new Gran Ranchero opened at 823 Pike St. in Marietta.

Gran Ranchero opens new restaurant in Marietta

MARIETTA — The Gran Ranchero restaurant opened for business on Nov. 11 at 823 Pike St. The Mexican food restaurant, with 10,000 square feet of floor area, offers three dining areas and a spacious bar in the back. The decor is territorial, with custom tile work, subdued earth colors and ...

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The new dining cabin aboard the Riviera in Marietta can seat 66 with a drinks, salad and dessert bar near the entrance of the room. The restaurant is open for dinner beginning at 4 p.m.

Riveira opens by Valley Gem in Marietta

MARIETTA — Salads with maple pecans, pork medallions with port wine sauce, even an array of desserts are now in store for those looking to enjoy fine dining on the Muskingum River. On Dec.1 the Riviera opened for dinner beside a longtime staple of Marietta, the Valley Gem. “The primary ...