Business

WVU Heart and Vascular Institute expands services in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — The WVU Heart and Vascular Institute is increasing its services at WVU Medicine’s medical campus in downtown Parkersburg and enhancing its support of the only hospital in the Mid-Ohio Valley to offer open-heart surgery. Cardiothoracic surgeon Geoffrey Cousins, M.D., began ...

Officials seek answers regarding Wirt County facility

ELIZABETH — One of the people who helped get the nursing care facility built in Wirt County is now looking into why it is not operating as a nursing care facility. Harold Villers of the Wirt County Development Corporation appeared before the Wirt County Commission this past week to ask ...

Mister Bee Potato Chips receives federal certification

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia Potato Chip Co., doing business as Mister Bee Potato Chips in Parkersburg, has received a woman-owned small business certification as it prepares to install new equipment in March. Mary Anne Ketelsen of Belpre is majority owner and president of West Virginia ...

Lending becoming easier for manufactured homes

MARIETTA — A national shortage of affordable housing prompted Freddie Mac, a government-sponsored company that purchases mortgages from banks, to issue in late 2018 a new set of financing guidelines that are expected to make it easier for people seeking low-cost housing to purchase ...

Jackson General Hospital to join the West Virginia University Health System

MORGANTOWN — Jackson General Hospital in Ripley has signed a letter of intent to join the West Virginia University Health System. WVU Hospitals will file a Certificate of Need application with the West Virginia Health Care Authority seeking approval to acquire the hospital. Jackson General ...

Grogg’s Home Service announces purchase of Keeling Chimney Service

PARKERSBURG — Grogg’s Home Services announced the acquisition of Keeling Chimney Service, a local, family-owned partnership that has been servicing the Mid-Ohio Valley area for eight years. Keeling Chimney specializes in the maintenance and restoration of chimneys and fireplaces in ...

West Virginians go online for unclaimed property

CHARLESTON — Almost half of the claim applications to the Unclaimed Property Division in December were made electronically, the West Virginia treasurer said. The trend is not unusual as the Fast Track program attempts to get money in claimants’ hands faster, Treasurer John Perdue ...

Peoples Bank names Tyler Wilcoxen executive vice president

MARIETTA — Peoples Bank has appointed of Tyler Wilcox as executive vice president, south regional president. “With more than 11 years of executive experience at Peoples Bank, Tyler brings top-level expertise to this new role,” said Chuck Sulerzyski, Peoples Bank president and chief ...

Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce announces speaker for dinner

MARIETTA — The Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the keynote speaker for its 2019 annual dinner on March 11 at the Dyson-Baudo Recreation Center at Marietta College. J.B. Bernstein is a sports marketing pioneer and the co-creator of “The Million Dollar Arm,” a reality show ...

Shentel Foundation commits $50K to Leadership West Virginia

CHARLESTON — The Shentel Foundation, part of Shenandoah Telecommunications Co., has made a $50,000 commitment to Leadership West Virginia over the next five years. The contribution makes the foundation the first diamond sponsor of the program in 2019. “Shentel looks forward to this ...

WVU researchers examine hospital readmissions

MORGANTOWN — A widely used index to assess hospital patients’ risk of readmission may have a blind spot, according to new research from West Virginia University. Physicians and nurses use the L.A.C.E. index to identify which patients are most likely to be readmitted to the hospital because ...

Marietta College playing host to career fair

MARIETTA — Marietta College, Washington County Career Center, Washington State Community College, Jobs and Family Services and Building Bridges to Careers will hold Career Connect, a career fair to meet the needs of job seekers and employers in the Mid-Ohio Valley, on April 4, 8 a.m.-noon for ...

Vinyl records prove a sound investment for flea market vendor

MARIETTA — Tucked into the corner of the Rinky Dink Flea Market in Marietta is a time machine that transports its visitors to an era before digital music. It doesn’t need a flux capacitor to work, just a plug to power the vintage stereos and turntables that produce the sounds of the ...

Peoples Bank Theatre enjoying the spotlight

MARIETTA — Three years since a major restoration of the Colony Hippodrome theater downtown, the venue — the Peoples Bank Theatre — is feeling success as the 1919 vintage building nears its 100th anniversary. This season’s performers have included top-line acts such as The Glenn Miller ...

Great American Home Show coming to Vienna

VIENNA — Area homeowners planning a variety of projects in the coming year will have the chance to examine a wide range of products and services available locally at the 2019 Great American Home Show. Organized by the Home Builders Association of the Mid-Ohio Valley and sponsored by ...

Modest Peacock in Marietta looks to be a green salon

MARIETTA — If someone goes to a salon, people tend to think that they care mostly about how the world perceives their appearance. But for the customers who frequent Modest Peacock, a new hair salon at 172 Front St., how they perceive the earth matters more than their own vanity. Erin ...

Parkersburg company celebrating 40 years in business

PARKERSBURG — John W. Alkire Jr. founded Copier Word Processing Supply Inc. on Jan. 1, 1979, in Parkersburg. Starting out Alkire sold copier, typewriter and word processing supplies. Within one year the company quickly jumped into selling and servicing office equipment in the Parkersburg ...

Leadership West Virginia unveils #ChooseWV campaign

CHARLESTON — The Leadership West Virginia Class of 2018 has kicked off #ChooseWV, a campaign uniting West Virginians here and across the country around a theme of hope for the state and residents. The campaign is divided into three themes, “Choose West Virginia: For Work. For Family. For ...

Wood County Farmer’s Short Course scheduled

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Beef Improvement Association with the West Virginia University Extension Service will present the 45th annual Wood County Farmer’s Short Course over the next nine weeks. Sessions will be held at 7 p.m. Thursdays in the Fort Boreman Room of the Judge Black ...