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Keep Your Promises plans to challenge DuPont-Dow merger

WASHINGTON - An antitrust challenge to the merger of DuPont and Dow Chemical was announced by Keep Your Promises DuPont on Thursday. The group has retained an attorney to help devise a challenge.Keep Your Promises DuPont has retained Donald I. Baker of Baker and Miller PLLC to help devise an ...

News and Sentinel slated to hold job fair in March

VIENNA - Employers and potential employees are being sought for The Parkersburg News and Sentinel Job Fair from noon-6:30 p.m. March 10 at the Grand Pointe Conference and Reception Center in Vienna.The event is sponsored by The News and Sentinel and Grand Pointe.Jim Spanner, publisher of The ...

Boxcar straddles history, dining

ST. MARYS - Kristian Lenard sits at the table of his restaurant on Second Street in St. Marys where a train rolls past not more than 20 yards from his door."That happens three, four times a day," he says as he smiles. "There's a lot of towns and cities which have railroads running through their ...

Ohio revises law for business owners

MARIETTA - Whether you're a die-hard Rascal Flatts fan or a small business owner hoping for tax deductions, there is a newly enacted Ohio state law for you. Feb. 1 is the day many regulations go into effect, ranging from silly to serious.On the serious side, tax breaks for small businesses on a ...

Students learn about pizza business

MARIETTA - Phillips Elementary kindergartners received pieces of business advice and tasty, thick-crust pizza on their field trip to East of Chicago Pizza on Tuesday.The classes of Julia Houck and Lyndsey Bennett took a tour of the Pike Street pizzeria and had the opportunity to make personal ...

Hundreds turn out for Great Bridal Event

PARKERSBURG - Many engaged couples got a chance to see what could be available at their weddings during The Great Bridal Event 2016 in Parkersburg.Hundreds of people were at the bridal show held Sunday at the E.L.I.T.E. Center in south Parkersburg. Many prospective brides and grooms came to the ...

Area lock company finds key to success

MARIETTA - On the corner of Gilman and Putnam avenues is a new endeavor run by two U.S. Army veterans who are continuing an age-old traditional trade."We do everything a traditional locksmith does," said John Burchett, 50, of Marietta. "From lock-outs to both residential and commercial ...

Busy Bee abuzz with change

MARIETTA - The bustle of breakfast, laughter and coffee fills each morning at a tiny diner on the West Side in Harmar Village as regulars meet for soul food and banter."The food here is delicious. That's what I come for and the guys, we've been meeting together for six years," said Gary ...

OSU professor an ‘optimist’ on ethane cracker

DILLES BOTTOM, Ohio - An Ohio State University professor believes the construction of the $5.7 billion ethane cracker in Belmont County would help fill hotels in East Liverpool, Marietta and Zanesville.The facility could process material drawn from a 600-mile radius upon operation, they ...

Grafix aims to aid local businesses

VIENNA - A new small business is looking to help other small businesses get established in the community.Grafix Solutions LLC has been at the Grand Central Mall for a few months. Originally started in September as Your Grafix, the repurposed Grafix Solutions moved in November to the old Radio ...

Serenity brings new atmosphere to area

VIENNA -A new coffee house in Vienna hopes to bring a sense of community, a unique atmosphere and a variety of different tastes to the Mid-Ohio Valley.Serenity Coffee House at 1903 Grand Central Avenue opened this past week, the culmination of four years of planning and hard work by General ...

United Bankshares announces earnings

PARKERSBURG - United Bankshares has reported earnings for the fourth quarter and for 2015.Fourth quarter earnings were $33.5 million or 48 cents per diluted share as compared to earnings of $33.3 million or 48 cents per diluted share for the fourth quarter of 2014.Earnings in 2015 were $138 ...

Electric company improves reliability

PARKERSBURG - MonPower spent $227 million last year to improve the reliability of its system in West Virginia.The projects included new transmission lines and substations and installation of remote-control equipment to reduce the number and duration of power outages, said FirstEnergy, the ...

Huntington Bancshares announces merger with FirstMerit

COLUMBUS - Huntington Bancshares and FirstMerit Corp. this week announced plans for a merger.The banks announced they've reached a definitive merger agreement under which FirstMerit, the parent company of FirstMerit Bank in Ohio, will merge into Huntington in a stock and cash transaction. Based ...

College awarded grant for education department

MARIETTA - The Education Department at Marietta College has been awarded a $223,000 incentive grant from the Ohio Deans Compact on Exceptional Children.The funding will support the redesign of the Early Childhood and Intervention Specialist programs through the adaptation of a merged and ...

Speaker discusses volatile economy

VIENNA - "Thinking the Unthinkable" was the topic at a meeting of The Economic Roundtable of the Ohio Valley at the Parkersburg Country Club Wednesday.Catherine Austin Fitts, president of Solari Inc., publisher of the Solari Report and founder and managing member of Solari Investment Advisory ...

Group keeping eye on merger

PARKERSBURG - An advocacy group is keeping the attention on the proposed merger between DuPont and Dow and the spinoff of the new company Chemours.Keep Your Promises DuPont is encouraging stakeholders to question DuPont leadership on issues including the decline of Chemours stock value and the ...

Lucite to end Chemours contract

PARKERSBURG - Chemours will stop producing acrylic bead for Lucite International at the end of 2018, but Chemours Washington Works site manager Bob Fehrenbacher said no reduction in force is anticipated.Fehrenbacher made the remarks at Monday's Parkersburg Rotary Club meeting at the ...

Broadband measure opposed by industry group

CHARLESTON - Broadband providers in West Virginia are opposing the creation of a fiber optic network to be financed and operated by the state.The West Virginia Cable Telecommunications Association is opposed to the proposed Senate Bill 315, which create a network that will compete with business ...

Huntington Bancshares revenue grows

COLUMBUS - Huntington Bancshares Inc. reported net income for the 2015 fourth quarter of $178 million, a 9 percent increase from the year-ago quarter.Earnings per common share for the 2015 fourth quarter were 21 cents, up 11 percent from the year-ago quarter. Return on average assets was 1.00 ...