Business

Tuition, fee hike OK’d

PARKERSBURG - West Virginia University at Parkersburg is planning on a tuition and fee increase for students, if it can get approval from the state board that has the final decision on these matters.The WVU-P Board of Governors Wednesday approved a request by Alice Harris, vice president of ...

Officials discuss impact of Minot

PARKERSBURG - The expected natural gas boom the local region is expecting as well as the proposed ethane cracker facility planned for Wood County will have an impact on a wide range of things throughout the area, local officials said based on a recent trip they took to North Dakota.A panel of ...

CVB looks forward

PARKERSBURG - Thanks to increased hotel-motel tax collections, the word about what the Greater Parkersburg area has to offer will get out to a wider audience.Mark Lewis, president and CEO of the Greater Parkersburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, said collections were up 18.5 percent. Under ...

Boutique offers designer looks

PARKERSBURG -Designer clothes from casual to formal are among the possible finds at The Walk In Closet Consignment Boutique.Kyra Smith, owner of the shop located at 63 Rosemar Road, said there is something for every age group and with a wide range of sizes.Some of the most popular "must have" ...

Whit’s Frozen Custard looks to open in April

MARIETTA - Since 2003, Whit's Frozen Custard has been offering up the creamy, sweet treat in various locations across the state, and Marietta is the newest location set to open soon.The newest franchise will open in the first part of April at Second and Scammel streets, in what used to be a ...

Report: Region is ripe for economic development

MARIETTA - After seeing 1,652 jobs created in southeastern Ohio in 2014, the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth (APEG) region of JobsOhio is striving to create more in 2015 and focusing on industry that's already established in the area.The APEG region covers 25 counties, including ...

Jeremiah’s Coffee House to open

MARIETTA - The smell of freshly brewed coffee will soon permeate the air of a new coffee house at 175 Front St., and be joined by a friendly atmosphere and freshly baked goods from sweets to soups.Cat Bigley, owner of SWAGG, is opening the Jeremiah's Coffee House with four other people, ...

Hotel stays begin to slow after oil boom

MARIETTA - The last few years have been prosperous for the local lodging industry, thanks largely to the growing interest in Southeast Ohio's oil-rich Utica shale deposits.The oil and gas industry activity helped generate a total $1,128,491.92 from Marietta's hotel/motel lodging tax last ...

Great American Home Show draws to a close

PARKERSBURG - Although organizers are considering the 2015 Great American Home Show a success, people are saying some of the issues faced at this year's show illustrate the need the area has for a larger venue for these types of events.The show, which was held at the National Guard Armory on ...

Home Show Report

PARKERSBURG - Moving to a smaller venue did not hurt the 2015 Great American Home Show, organizers said.Trish McKay, executive director of the Home Builders Association of the Mid-Ohio Valley and the show organizer, said attendance figures for the second day of the event were encouraging."We ...

Local employers ranked

PARKERSBURG - Local businesses were ranked on the list of West Virginia's 100 Largest Private Employers in a ranking done by Workforce West Virginia.Camden Clark Medical Center and DuPont Washington Works were listed as part of the Top 100 Largest Private Employers in West Virginia for 2014, ...

New airport restaurant opens today

WILLIAMSTOWN - The owner of Runway Cafe, the new restaurant opening today at the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport, sees the location as not just a venue but also an attraction."It's a spot to bring the whole family up to watch" planes taking off and landing, said Sean Bradley, a 2006 graduate ...

Huntington Bank involved in community

PARKERSBURG -Huntington Bancshares Inc. reported net income for the 2014 fourth quarter of $164 million, a $9 million and $5 million increase from the prior and year-ago quarters, respectively.Huntington National Bank, at 429 Market St., Parkersburg, has a long history in the area; the downtown ...

City plans Roaring 20s week

PARKERSBURG - For those who wish they had lived during the Roaring 20s, well, you're about to get a week-long education.The Jazz Age is a week-long event and a partnership among Downtown PKB, the Smoot Theatre and the Blennerhassett Hotel, Wendy Shriver of Downtown PKB said."It lasts from ...

Child development center achieves 5-star rating

MARIETTA - The Evergreen Child Development Center at Washington State Community College has achieved a 5-Star Rating through Step Up to Quality, Ohio's quality rating and improvement system for early learning programs.The Evergreen Child Development Center is Washington County's only 5-Star ...

Home Show

PARKERSBURG - Despite moving to a smaller venue, early indications are the 2015 Great American Home Show will do well, organizers said.Trish McKay, executive director of the Home Builders Association of the Mid-Ohio Valley, the show organizer, said Friday the show has a mix of old and new ...

Oil, gas topics at authority meeting

MARIETTA - The oil and gas industry was a main topic of conversation during the Southeastern Ohio Port Authority's annual meeting Tuesday, coupled with emphasis on projects to come in 2015.Those projects include the possibility of a China-based company buying the Middleton Doll building in ...

Shortys Pizzeria looks to future

PARKERSBURG - After winning the title of "Best of the Midwest" at the North American Pizza and Ice Cream Show in February 2014, Shortys Pizzeria has been on the upswing and changes are in the works.Chef Shawn Dugan's Manzo Primo pizza took home the title and the $6,000 check that accompanies it ...

Westbrook celebrated 65th year of service

PARKERSBURG - In 2014 Westbrook Health Services celebrated its 65th anniversary, Amity Detox and Treatment Center observed its 20th anniversary and the Genesis Program for Women turned 10 years old.The Genesis Program is a long-term residential treatment facility for women and their dependent ...

Wells project to be discussed

MARIETTA - An extension has been requested for the comment period on the proposed conversion of four wells near the Washington County Career Center into Class II injection wells.According to legal notices that ran in The Marietta Times, Heinrich Enterprise Inc. of Reno has applied to convert ...