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Gaunch believes cracker will come to West Virginia

FAIRPLAIN — While visiting Jackson County Wednesday, West Virginia Commerce Secretary Ed Gaunch said he believes a cracker plant will come to the Mountain State within the next decade. Gaunch made the remarks during the Jackson County Economic Development Authority’s annual luncheon ...

Harbor Point breaks ground for Williamstown townhouses

WILLIAMSTOWN — Harbor Point Development broke ground for the first of the waterfront townhouse condominiums Wednesday. “We are very excited to officially begin the construction phase of the first townhouse unit,” said Mark Mondo, project developer. Plans for the project were ...

West Virginia Secretary of State warns against third-party business filings

CHARLESTON — For the second year in a row, the West Virginia secretary of state is warning businesses about third-party companies offering assistance for businesses with filing annual reports required by the office. Secretary of State Mac Warner issued a press release Tuesday night warning ...

Professor digs into how drilling impacts house prices

PARKERSBURG — Oil and gas exploration in Colorado’s Front Range near the Rocky Mountains negatively impacts house prices, according to study by a professor at the West Virginia University Davis College of Agriculture. Heather Stephens, an assistant professor of resource economics and ...

KMA Auto opens in Marietta

MARIETTA — Marietta’s newest auto sales enterprise offers an unusual twist: pre-owned car shopping with a showroom experience. Marni Matheny and Kevin Hall have decades of experience in selling cars and trucks, and the two decided to join forces for a new venture. They bought the ...

Ryan Fitzer new owner of family insurance agency

VIENNA — Ryan Fitzer has become the third generation of the Fitzer family to own Intra-State Insurance Agency in Wood County. His grandfather Fred Fitzer and uncle Al Hawkins founded the insurance agency in 1983. Ryan’s father, Eric Fitzer, later joined Hawkins as an owner of Intra-State ...

United Bank donates $1M to hospital

MORGANTOWN — United Bank marked West Virginia University’s third annual Day of Giving with a $1 million donation to the new WVU Medicine Children’s tower. United Bank representatives presented a check to WVU Medicine Children’s officials Wednesday at the current Family Resource ...

WVU-P ranks eighth in U.S. for military support

PARKERSBURG — WVU Parkersburg has again been recognized for its support of veteran and military students by Military Times. The publication ranked the college No. 8 on its annual “Best for Vets: Career & Technical Colleges” list. Military Times “Best for Vets” survey is an ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Chamber of Commerce holds annual awards banquet

PARKERSBURG — The Mid-Ohio Valley Chamber of Commerce sponsored the “Greatest Show” to celebrate another great year of business in the area Thursday. This year, the chamber’s annual awards banquet traded in sit down tables and a buffet-style dinner setting for a circus setting ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Chamber of Commerce readying awards event

PARKERSBURG — The annual gala of the Mid-Ohio Valley Chamber of Commerce when awards are presented to local residents, businesses and groups will be held Thursday at the Parkersburg Art Center on Market Street. The event, called the Mid-Ohio Valley Greatest Show, will include a carnival ...

Mister Bee abuzz over new chip bag

PARKERSBURG —Mary Anne Ketelsen, majority owner and chief executive officer of Mister Bee Potato Chips, this week unveiled the design of a special new five-ounce potato chip bag saluting veterans. Additionally, Ketelsen pledged to donate 10 percent of the purchase price of the designated ...

Farmhouse Natural opens in Ripley

RIPLEY — Shoppers in the Ripley area will now have access to fresh produce, natural health products and fresh coffee. Farmhouse Naturals at 1031 Ripley Road in Ripley stemmed from the Nelson Family farm which originated in 2017. Josh Nelson, owner of Farmhouse Naturals, said their style ...

Walmart completes remodeling at Parkersburg location

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Walmart Supercenter has completed a remodeling that included several department transformations and innovations to that make shopping easier for customers. The renovation was part of Walmart’s plans to spend $31 million in stores across West Virginia in 2019 ...

Joseph now broker of record for SWC Realty

PARKERSBURG — James “Butch” Joseph has recently earned his West Virginia broker’s license and has been named the West Virginia broker of record for the Parkersburg SWC office. Joseph helped open the real estate office in downtown Parkersburg in 2018 when he joined the agency after 17 ...

Greenleaf Landscapes receives excellence award

MARIETTA — Greenleaf Landscapes has received an Award of Excellence - Silver Award by the National Association of Landscape Professionals for the First Presbyterian Church memorial garden. The project combined a private sunken playground area with a street-level garden and gathering space. ...

West Virginia Central Federal Credit Union celebrates 50th anniversary

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia Central Federal Credit Union celebrated its 50th anniversary recently by providing members with cash prizes, giveaways and a catered lunch. WV Central has been celebrating all year by highlighting the charitable nature of the credit union movement with their 50 ...

Thom Kirk elected National Fusion Center VP

CHARLESTON — A deputy secretary of the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety has been elected the vice president of the National Fusion Center. Deputy Secretary Thom Kirk was nominated by President Mike Sena, president of the National Fusion Center Association. Kirk ...