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Marietta’s The Castle readies 2018 informational series

Community News

MARIETTA — The Castle in Marietta will kick off its 2018 series of activities and programs with a pair of February programs talking about crime, alcohol and Prohibition in Marietta. The first event will be 7 p.m. Feb. 15 as part of the Third Thursday Talk series at The Castle. Entitled ...

Wayne National Fores oil, gas leases are being auctioned

Business

MARIETTA — Two extraction leases for parcels in the Wayne National Forest in Monroe County and in Noble County, both near the boundary of Washington County, are being auctioned with proposals to be opened March 22. The auction is part of the joint effort between the national forest and the ...

Potholes back to plague Marietta residents

Local News

MARIETTA — The recent freeze, thaw and refreeze has created a perfect example of how winters affect roads in Marietta. “This is probably the worst I’ve seen it in five or six years,” said City Streets Superintendent Todd Stockel. “The potholes on Second Street, Third Street, ...

AEP to build transmission line in Washington County

Local News

MARIETTA — Electricity users in rural areas of Washington County can expect to have more reliable power by 2020 after a modernization project by AEP is finished, the company said Wednesday. AEP received approval last week from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to build a 138 kv ...

Ohio Valley University announces initial ACE funding

Local News

VIENNA — Ohio Valley University has recently received a $5.2 million bond financing payment for the initial funding of the Alternative Clean Energy program and two administrative changes related to the project. The clean energy program, announced in April 2016, will provide abundant clean ...

Huntington Bancshares reports earnings

Business

PARKERSBURG — Huntington Bancshares reported 2017 full-year net income of $1.2 billion, an increase of 67 percent from the prior year. Earnings per common share for the year were $1, up 43 percent from the prior year. Excluding approximately $152 million pretax of FirstMerit ...

Peoples Bancorp announces their quarterly results

Business

MARIETTA — Peoples Bancorp Inc. has announced results for the quarter and year ended Dec. 31. Net income was $9 million for the fourth quarter of 2017, representing earnings per diluted common share of 49 cents. During the fourth quarter of 2017, certain non-recurring items impacted earnings ...

WesBanco announces net income, earnings

Business

PARKERSBURG — WesBanco has announced net income and related earnings per share for the fourth-quarter and year ending Dec. 31. Net income for the three months ending Dec. 31 was $15.9 million, with diluted earnings per share of 36 cents, compared to $24.2 million and 55 cents per diluted ...

Murray Energy Corp. to acquire Kentucky coal mines

Business

WHEELING — Murray Energy Corp. plans to acquire a 51-percent stake in five mines in Kentucky, despite forecasts from the International Energy Agency that coal is in for a “decade of stagnation.” The five western Kentucky mines have been owned by Armstrong Energy Inc., which filed for ...

Rural Action offers GAP training, certification

Business

CHESTERHILL — Rural Action will offer a one day training next month to prepare farm and food businesses for a Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) audit and certification. The GAP training is in partnership with Appalachian Sustainable Development. GAP and Good Handling Practices (GHP) are ...

Highmark Foundation seeks grant applications

Local News

PARKERSBURG — Highmark Foundation is accepting applications for its School Grants and Awards Program to create healthier school environments that experience positive, sustainable and lasting change through comprehensive strategies. All public, private, vocational high school, parochial and ...

Parkersburg man’s death ruled a homicide

Local News

PARKERSBURG — A medical examiner determined Friday that the death of a Parkersburg man whose body was found in his home Thursday was a homicide. “The cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head,” Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin said. The body of James C. Hendershot, 65, was ...

Wood County teachers rally for support

Local News

PARKERSBURG — Representatives of multiple teacher and public employee groups, as well as members of the community, gathered Thursday in front of Parkersburg South High School to raise awareness of issues facing West Virginia educators. The rally was held Thursday after a meeting of the ...

Vienna receives money from Chemours

Local News

VIENNA — During Thursday’s meeting of the Vienna City Council, it was announced the city has received more than $80,000 from Chemours to reimburse the city for water purchased from Parkersburg in 2016. In May 2016 Vienna was put in a position of buying water instead producing its own when ...

Power station sale approved by West Virginia despite federal block

Business

CHARLESTON — In an order handed down Friday, the Public Service Commission of West Virginia authorized Monongahela Power Company and Potomac Edison (Mon Power/PE) to purchase the 1,300 MW Pleasants Power Station from its affiliate, Allegheny Energy Supply Company (AE Supply), subject to ...

Hall: Gov. Justice a friend of natural gas

Business

CHARLESTON — Industry leaders in natural gas throughout West Virginia have “a friend” in the governor’s office, according to the chief of staff. Mike Hall, chief of staff for Gov. Jim Justice, at the 2018 Winter Meeting of the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia in ...

Five arrested on drug charges in Marietta

Local News

MARIETTA — Five people were arrested Thursday after an investigation by agents of the Ohio Organized Crimes Investigations Commission, Washington Morgan Noble Major Crimes Task Force. They were arrested on charges of drug trafficking within 1,000 feet of a school, along with other charges, ...