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Former teacher writes adult romance novel

PARKERSBURG - A former teacher in Wood County Schools has recently published his second book."He Said vs. She Said" is a romance novel intended for mature audiences over 18, said John Morgan."But don't think anything less of it," he said. "It's a real good story."Morgan wrote the book under his ...

Health club features signature drinks

MARIETTA - Dancing to the beat of Beyonce's "Diva," Michael Finley, 44, of Zanesville, Ohio, tidied up his new Front Street health club on a recent afternoon and poured his signature three-step drinks.Healthy Fusions has been open at 216 Front St. since early August, inviting Marietta residents ...

Positions open at theatre

MARIETTA - As the final countdown begins in the months preceding the Peoples Bank Theatre opening, paid and volunteer positions are open at the historic vaudeville house.The theater, built in 1911, has been closed for roughly two decades. It is set to unlock its doors with a red carpet-style ...

Job creation loan funds available

MARIETTA - With the economy starting to show signs of sustained growth, there are opportunities for local business operators to either expand their existing business, or to start a small business enterprise.Important items to consider include the hiring of new employees, updating or purchasing ...

Work on Pleasants County hydroelectric facility nearly done

ST. MARYS - After four-and-a-half years of work, the hydroelectric facility at the Willow Island Locks and Dam is nearing completion.The American Municipal Power (AMP) project is expected to be completed within the next couple of months, said Neil Baker, resident engineer with MWH Global. The ...

Shorts sell Mountaineer Family Restaurant

PARKERSBURG - A local institution will soon be transitioning into something new and fresh for the area.After over 29 years in business, the Mountaineer Family Restaurant will be shutting down its operations on Oct. 1 after owner David Short announced Wednesday he is selling the restaurant at ...

Escape Room opens in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG - A new Dudley Avenue business allows visitors to seemingly play inside a video game, gathering clues, putting together the puzzle pieces they need to not only solve a mystery, and escape a locked room - and you only have 45 minutes to do it all.Greg Buck and his wife Kerri own the ...

MCF helping people that help others

MARIETTA - The Marietta Community Foundation has been helping the people who help people since 1974."Any nonprofit located in Washington County, or who serves residents of Washington County can apply for a grant," said Marietta Community Foundation President and CEO Heather Allender.Christian ...

Food Truck Friday scheduled in St. Marys

ST. MARYS - The Pleasants County Chamber of Commerce and the Pleasants Area Farmers Market will hold Food Truck Friday, a one-day-only lunch from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 28 on Second Street in downtown St. Marys.Food trucks from Ritchie County, Marietta and Pleasants County will be on Second Street ...

Wood County woman awarded SBDC business honor

PARKERSBURG - Lisha Conny of Wood County, business coach, has been recognized by the West Virginia Small Business Development Center.Conny, who works for the West Virginia SBDC in the Parkersburg Municipal Building, recently received a certificate of recognition for helping clients receive more ...

Wings Etc. set to open in Marietta

MARIETTA - Wings Etc. will open 10 a.m. Tuesday at 101 Crooked Lane by Tractor Supply.The grand opening follows months of construction and preparation for the 4,000-square-foot restaurant that will seat 174 people.Wings Etc. was founded in 1994 by Jim Weaver and serves wings, appetizers, ...

Downtown PKB revitalizing vacant storefronts

PARKERSBURG - A group that is trying to revitalize downtown Parkersburg is looking to set up displays in vacant storefronts to create a use for those spaces and to get people to notice them.Downtown PKB is putting the finishing touches to its pilot display at 709 Market St. in time for the ...

Lorentz: Chinese company looking at Middleton Doll Factory

BELPRE - As Belpre city officials work to provide services in the city of Belpre - including the goal of sustaining businesses and bringing in new business - a local organization offered its support for those types of efforts.As part of his report at Monday's meeting of Belpre City Council, ...

Willows receives quality award

PARKERSBURG -Willows Center, a Genesis HealthCare skilled nursing center at 723 Summers St., has been selected as a 2015 recipient of the Silver Commitment to Quality Award for dedication to improving the lives of patients and residents through quality care through the National Quality Award ...

Concrete removed from duckbill system

MARIETTA - City officials say they aren't considering a more frequent system of checkups on the duckbill flood prevention system in Marietta after a large piece of concrete ended up on a duckbill on the Ohio River and remained there unnoticed by the city for months.The concrete piece was ...

Couple starts photo business together

HARRISVILLE - There are moments when one's hobby doesn't become a hobby anymore. It becomes the way of paying the bills and the profession.Photography in general is where that fits in most for the "hobbyist going pro" and for Graham Godwin of Harrisville in particular. He said Lasting Moments ...

Costs of kids on the rise

MARIETTA - For Marietta mom Cassidi Shoaf, money does not come first when it comes to raising her just-shy-of-1-year-old daughter; it is more about planning and prioritizing to make sure she is healthy and happy."I have an engineering degree but choose to stay at home...some may see that as a ...

FirstEnergy launches scam info website

AKRON - FirstEnergy Corp. has launched a scam and fraud information section on its website to help raise awareness of fraudulent activity and educate utility customers about these threats to personal safety and security.The new site, available at firstenergycorp.com/scaminfo, describes known ...

Peoples Bank partners with MoneyPass for ATMs

MARIETTA - Peoples Bank, with 81 branch locations throughout Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky, t has partnered with the MoneyPass ATM Network to offer surcharge-free ATM access.Customers will not pay ATM surcharge fees when they use a MoneyPass ATM anywhere in the country."Our decision to ...

Community Bank of Parkersburg announces four employee promotions

PARKERSBURG -Community Bank of Parkersburg has announced four employee promotions.Mari Ann Benson has been promoted to branch manager of the bank's south Parkersburg Office. Benson has been with Community Bank for four years. She has a 16-year career in banking. She attended Washington State ...