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PSC accepts Frontier bankruptcy settlement after letters urge scrutiny

CHARLESTON — Letters sent last Friday from state broadband officials and lawmakers urged the West Virginia Public Service Commission to scrutinize a proposed deal to approve Frontier Communication’s bankruptcy reorganization in anticipation of a Jan. 19 meeting. Instead, the PSC issued two ...

Capito: Clean Energy ruling ‘a disaster’

WASHINGTON — A court ruling Tuesday striking down a Trump administration’s Affordable Clean Energy Rule, a rule change lessening regulations on air pollution from power plants burning fossil fuels, is “a disaster,” a West Virginia senator said. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the ...

Concerns remain after PSC approves Frontier bankruptcy agreement

CHARLESTON — West Virginia became the 12th state to accept the bankruptcy reorganization plan from Frontier Communications, even though lawmakers still have concerns whether Frontier can live up to its promises to expand broadband service across the state. The state Public Service Commission ...

Ravenswood mayor sees better future with proposed river facilities

RAVENSWOOD — On the banks of the Ohio River in the Ravenswood community, some new amenities are hoped to be added to the area. With a proposed marina and sports complex, it is hoped these additions will bring more economy and tourism into Jackson County. To share the vision of the ...

American College of Cardiology honors Camden Clark Medical Center

PARKERSBURG — The American College of Cardiology has recognized WVU Medicine Camden Clark. The hospital has received the HeartCARE Center National Distinction of Excellence and re-accreditation as a Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI and Resuscitation. The award is based on meeting ...

Washington State Community College recognizes two as distinguished alumni

MARIETTA — Shoshanna Brooker and Angela McCutcheon Cornelius have been named the 2020 Washington State Community College Distinguished Alumni for Professional Achievement. The award is presented each year to graduates who exhibit the qualities of professional leadership that represent the ...

Deadline for Parkersburg small business assistance extended

PARKERSBURG — The deadline to apply for assistance from Parkersburg’s COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund program has been extended to March 31. Parkersburg’s administration and City Council established the program using $300,000 in funding provided by the C.A.R.E.S. Act through the U.S. ...

WVU-P to continue virtual classes for now

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia University at Parkersburg will be continuing to hold classes virtually for the foreseeable future while remaining in a good financial position. The school’s Board of Governors met virtually Wednesday to go over the current responses to the ongoing COVID-19 ...

Richard Adams receives award for United Bank COVID efforts

PARKERSBURG — The board chairman and chief executive officer of United Bankshares was honored as the Washington Business Journal CEO of the Year for COVID-19 Response. The award accepted by Richard M. Adams was given in recognition of United’s achievements during the COVID-19 ...

Parkersburg City Council to vote on B&O exemption

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg City Council members on Tuesday will receive their 2021 committee assignments and decide whether to extend a B&O tax exemption for another quarter. The first regular meeting of the year is slated for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers on the second floor of ...

ALDI stores open to SNAP orders

CHARLESTON — Online purchasing options are now available at ALDI grocery stores for West Virginians using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, the Department of Health and Human Resources Friday said. The benefit is available through the West Virginian Mountain State ...

Biztec, Workforce Development Board team up for new program

PARKERSBURG — The Workforce Development Board of the Mid-Ohio Valley and local employer Biztec partnered to create a Department of Labor Information Technology Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) on Friday in Biztec’s office on 326 Fifth St. in Parkersburg. The U.S. Department of ...

Star Plastics announces partnership with Italian company LATI

RAVENSWOOD — Star Plastics in Jackson County is partnering with Italy-based LATI to expand product offerings in North America, Europe and Asia. “The alliance with LATI will extend new opportunities for our customers and our companies, driving growth and increasing exposure with markets in ...

UGI purchases Mountaineer Gas Co. as it expands reach

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. — UGI Corp. has reached an agreement for the acquisition of the Mountaineer Gas Co., the largest gas distribution company in West Virginia. The deal with Mountaintop Energy Holdings LLC, the owners of Mountaineer Gas, is worth $540 million and includes the assumption of ...

Intelligencer editor Mike Myer dies at 69

WHEELING — J. Michael Myer, longtime executive editor of The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register, died Wednesday at Wheeling Hospital. He was 69. Myer served as executive editor of both publications for the past 23 years. Prior to that, he was editor of the Wheeling News-Register, a ...

Cookie sales to benefit Walk to End Alzheimer’s

MARIETTA — Warren’s IGA on Muskingum Drive in Marietta for a limited time will donate $1 to the 2021 Mid-Ohio Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s for every pack of Smile Cookies sold. The purple-frosted sugar cookies are available in the store bakery through January. “We are pleased to ...

Nashville bombing hits home for Parkersburg native

NASHVILLE — It has been a hard year for Ensemble Nashville Boutique, a store that is proudly managed in Nashville, Tenn., by Parkersburg native and Ritchie County High School graduate Lauren Farrar. Farrar, who attended Belmont University in Nashville, worked for Ensemble Nashville ...

Parkersburg writer pens book about Wheeling crime lord

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg man has written a crime story based on a true-life character from Wheeling. “The Czar of Wheeling” is based on Big Bill Lias, who controlled vice in the Wheeling area in the early and mid 20th century, said author Stephen Hupp. The inspiration for the book, ...

Open educational resources saved WVU-P students $140K

PARKERSBURG — Students at West Virginia University at Parkersburg have saved more than $140,000 through the use of no-cost and open educational resources in 38 courses, the school said. Open educational resources are teaching and learning materials freely accessible or released under an open ...