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Unemployment rate below 6% for first time since pandemic

CHARLESTON — West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dipped down below 6 percent for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last March. According to WorkForce West Virginia, the state’s unemployment rate for March was 5.9 percent. West Virginia’s March ...

Three new businesses coming to Vienna

VIENNA — Work is underway at the sites of three new businesses along Grand Central Avenue. The PM Company announced recently that a Chipotle Mexican Grill will be built at the former location of the Vienna Walmart fuel station. The area is fenced off and foundations have been poured, said ...

New WVU Parkersburg program focuses on digital media

PARKERSBURG — Adapting to digital trends like podcasting and original content creation, West Virginia University at Parkersburg introduces a new program, Digital Media Production. The program will offer an in-depth glimpse into the digital production industry. Students will be trained on ...

West Virginia House rejects Justice personal income tax plan

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice vowed to keep fighting for a compromise personal income tax plan between himself and the West Virginia Senate, while the House of Delegates opted to table the plan. The House unanimously voted against a motion to concur with the Senate’s changes to House Bill ...

West Virginia Senate passes House’s major broadband expansion bill

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Legislature’s major broadband regulatory and expansion package made it out of the Senate Friday, a day before the end of the 2021 legislative session. House Bill 2002 passed the Senate 32-2 with Sens. Randy Smith, R-Tucker, and Dave Sypolt, R-Preston, the ...

Chams Lebanese Cuisine looks to strike oil with natural product

PARKERSBURG — Hundreds upon hundreds of vibrant green olives climb an industrial belt and then tumble into a whirring giant vat, where they are pressed to produce a beautiful liquid known as 100 percent virgin olive oil. Chams Ekelman and Rizkallah Helou, the brother and sister co-owners of ...

Vienna daycare’s Kids for Kids Initiative a lesson in sharing

VIENNA — A program by a Vienna child care center is benefiting the community. The Kids for Kids Initiative was created by the Olivia and Friends Child Care and Development Center where the goal was to help teach kids in daycare “about doing good in the community while helping other kids ...

Ely Chapman Education Foundation names Ullman director

MARIETTA — When Ely Chapman Educational Foundation founder Alice Chapman died Dec. 30 of COVID-19, the immediate future of the school was uncertain. A little more than a month later, a new director was hired to continue Chapman’s vision. “Lori Ullmann is the executive director now and ...

Delta joins to support new aviation maintenance program

HUNTINGTON — The new Marshall University/Mountwest Community and Technical College Aviation Maintenance Technology program has been designated as a partner educational institution with Delta Air Lines Technical Operations. The collaboration, the first of its kind in the region and in West ...

Teen of the Week: Electrician program empowers Belpre High School senior

MARIETTA — A visit to the Washington County Career Center during his sophomore year set Belpre High School senior Jaiton Lockhart on a career path to being an electrician. “(The electricity program) just caught my eye,” the 19-year-old explained. “This was something that I could ...

West Virginia registers 1,556 new businesses

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office registered 1,556 new businesses statewide in March. Summers County led the state in the percentage of new business registration growth for the month with 14 new businesses, a 2.49 percent increase, according to Secretary of State ...

Marietta faculty member earns Plankey Professorship

MARIETTA — As an undergraduate student at Miami University, Charles Doan fondly remembers the professors who encouraged him to conduct his own research and those who asked for his assistance on their research. Doan, an assistant professor of psychology at Marietta College, models this ...

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield receives award

PITTSBURGH — Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield has received a Brand Excellence Award from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association for Brand Innovation. The annual awards honor Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies in developing and enhancing the overall brand image. Highmark received the award ...

All eyes on West Virginia House as personal income tax phase-out stays alive

CHARLESTON — A day after the West Virginia Senate passed a hybrid version of a personal income tax phase-out incorporating new ideas from Gov. Jim Justice, pressure is on the House of Delegates to keep the bill moving. House Bill 3300, the bill being used to phase out the personal income ...

Girl Scouts to sell cookies outside Parkersburg, Marietta hospitals

PARKERSBURG — The Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council will hold Health Care Heroes on Saturday when it will have cookie booths outside hospitals where residents can buy cookies to donate to health care workers or for themselves. Locations and times are: * WVU Medicine Camden Clark ...

West Virginia Senate narrowly passes personal income tax phase-out

CHARLESTON — The leader of the West Virginia Senate Finance Committee tried one last time Wednesday to craft a plan Gov. Jim Justice and the House of Delegates could accept. The Senate voted 18-16 in favor of House Bill 3300, the bill being used to phase-out the personal income tax in West ...

Committee changes natural gas property tax bill

CHARLESTON — A bill supported by the natural gas industry and opposed by gas-producing counties was changed Tuesday to the chagrin of the bill’s lead sponsor in the West Virginia Legislature. A strike-and-insert amendment to House Bill 2581, providing for the valuation of natural resources ...

Airport Authority reports increase in enplanements

WILLIAMSTOWN — Airport numbers are starting to come back from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the discussion at Tuesday’s meeting of the Wood County Airport Authority. For March, there were 339 enplanements, 87 more than last year. Numbers are about what they were in ...