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$1M fund to help Mid-Ohio Valley businesses recover from coronavirus

APPLY FOR GRANT HEREPARKERSBURG — Mid-Ohio Valley businesses can now apply for a grant to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Ogden Newspapers Inc., the parent company of The Parkersburg News and Sentinel, has established a $1 million fund to help local businesses ...

Mid-Ohio Valley gyms sweating it out online during COVID-19

PARKERSBURG — While the coronavirus has shut mostly everything down and social distancing is the norm, for a lot of people that means the loss of their routine of going to the gym. But many gyms in the Mid-Ohio Valley decided to take the gym to the people — online. “When we realized ...

Food truck ready to serve the Mid-Ohio Valley in crisis

BELPRE — While many scramble to get food on the grocery store shelves, carryout restaurants and fast-food remain available to feed a family. But there’s a branch out there that is still at the public’s service many might not think of - food trucks. Bill Richardson, owner of Q Wagon ...

Florists, venues see weddings, corporate events cancel

PARKERSBURG —While the COVID-19 virus brings the world to a halt, many businesses are feeling the effects. One especially impacted has been the weddings and corporate events industry, including venues and florists. Keith McClung, owner of Crown Florals, said so far he has had one wedding ...

Ohio unemployment claims ‘record-breaking’

MARIETTA — Washington, Morgan, Monroe and Noble counties have a combined labor force of about 44,300 people. Unemployment before the community spread of COVID-19 was reported between 7.3 and 12.3 percent in those counties of Ohio in January. “Most people were anticipating a paycheck ...

Dominion Energy commits $1M to relief efforts

PARKERSBURG — The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation is committing $1 million to aid COVID-19 relief efforts across the United States. The funds will support national organizations, such as the American Red Cross, and address local needs. Dominion Energy committed $750,000 to ...

Yoga teacher takes class to clients

SPENCER — A new yoga business is now available to the Spencer area and offers services in more of a freelance approach as opposed to a brick and mortar studio. Kimberly Mertz opened Yoga in Session a few months ago after she found inspiration while going through her yoga teacher training at ...

WVU-P marketing, communications team wins awards

PARKERSBURG — The Marketing and Communications team at West Virginia University at Parkersburg won five awards in the 35th annual Educational Advertising Awards competition sponsored by the Higher Education Marketing Report. It’s the school’s first time to be recognized for its ...

Optometrists, dentists exercise caution with COVID-19

PARKERSBURG — Optometrists and dental offices are rescheduling appointments in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus. MyEyeDr. on Dudley Avenue in Parkersburg temporarily closed Thursday and was rescheduling patients to be seen after April 6. “This was a decision that was made ...

Entities weigh pandemic response

PARKERSBURG — While restaurants and facilities like gyms in West Virginia and Ohio have been ordered to close, other establishments continue to assess the best way to do business amid the coronavirus pandemic. For the Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley ReStore in Vienna, that ...

Kreinik discusses company, products at Mid-Ohio Valley Heritage Quilt Festival

PARKERSBURG — Kreinik Manufacturing Co. has been producing threads and related supplies for nearly 50 years in Parkersburg, but some residents still don’t know the nature and scope of the business. Owner Doug Kreinik, whose parents founded the company in 1972, got to share some stories ...

The Health Plan to pay for COVID-19 testing

PARKERSBURG — The Health Plan announced today it will cover the cost of copays, co-insurance and deductibles for COVID-19 coronavirus testing for commercial, medicare and medicaid lines of business when recommended by a medical professional. LabCorp is making its NAA test available for ...

Savannah’s Closet aids foster kids, parents

RAVENSWOOD — To assist children in the foster care system, Savannah’s Closet in Ravenswood offers free clothes, toiletries, shoes and other items as a way to help the kids and foster parents. Opened in March 2018, Savannah’s Closet is set up like a boutique so that each child can come ...

Toy store opens in Marietta

MARIETTA — Williamstown resident Andy Alvarez is a self-proclaimed nerd. So, when a part of 206 Putnam St., Marietta, became open, he decided to take his love of buying and selling online into a brick and mortar location. He and his wife, Niki, have been busy getting their new store, ...

Ohio Valley Motorsports Group purchases speedway

WASHINGTON, W.Va. — As of Sunday, the Ohio Valley Speedway was purchased by Ohio Valley Motorsports Group LLC, a team made up of members of the Tyler County Speedway. According to a press release from Ohio Valley Motorsports Group LLC, John Watson, manager of the Tyler County Speedway, ...

Harmar Place receives recognition

MARIETTA — A skilled nursing community in Marietta is among facilities recognized by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living for meeting quality improvement goals set by the organizations last year. Harmar Place is among all 11 United Church Homes ...

South Charleston sees new jobs

SOUTH CHARLESTON — A technology company said it is adding 80 new jobs to its operation in South Charleston. N3 of Atlanta, Ga., which helps companies with online sales and services, opened in 2017 at the West Virginia Regional Technology Park in South Charleston where it created 300 new ...

Grand Central Mall places focus on cleaning

VIENNA — The Grand Central Mall Friday said it has increased the frequency and intensity “of already rigorous cleaning and sanitation practices” in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus. “We have a proactive plan in place to address the coronavirus (COVID-19.) We’re actively ...

Unpacking the ongoing growth of storage businesses

MARIETTA — Marietta has more stuff than it has places to put it. The self-storage business is expanding, with Byers self-storage in Reno increasing its space by 50 percent and RPG Properties hoping to open a new, climate-controlled storage complex on Pike Street this spring. Bob Byers, ...

Family businesses serve both sides of the Ohio River

BELPRE — A number of family-owned businesses operated by multiple generations of the same family have roots or locations on both sides of the Ohio River in Belpre and Parkersburg — not just in different communities but in different states. For those mainly offering products, the divide ...