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Early data: West Virginia August tax revenue beats expectations

CHARLESTON — Buoyed by increases in personal, corporate income taxes and consumer spending, tax collections for the month of August exceeded estimates even during the coronavirus-fueled recession. According to preliminary data released from the Senate Finance Committee and data from the ...

Westbrook begins Exodus journey

PARKERSBURG — The recovery community is continuing to grow as Westbrook Health Services and the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley held a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday for Exodus, a residential treatment facility for male clients. Thanks to a $1 million grant from the West ...

West Virginia colleges partner for apprenticeships

MORGANTOWN — A partnership will allow apprentices to further their skills and education through a new associate degree program in West Virginia The partnership is between West Virginia University, WVU Potomac State College, WVU Extension Service Institute for Labor Studies and Research, the ...

MOV Regional Council receives $3.2M to aid small businesses

PARKERSBURG — The Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council is prepping a multimillion-dollar revolving loan fund to assist small businesses hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic. The council, a governmental planning and development agency, is receiving $3.2 million from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief ...

Peoples Bank Theatre meets fundraising goal

MARIETTA — Representatives of the Peoples Bank Theatre have a reason to be enthusiastic. The #100daysfor100years fundraising campaign has helped raise money during the shutdown caused by the pandemic and the state has eased restrictions on entertainment venues, raising the maximum capacity ...

West Virginia recognizes Kreinik, J&M Industrial

CHARLESTON — Two companies in Jackson and Wood counties were among the 30 recognized for growing their business by exporting a good or service to a new country last year by the state of West Virginia. They were Kreinik Manufacturing in Wood County and J&M Industrial in Jackson ...

West Virginia ginseng season opens, runs through Nov. 30

CHARLESTON — The ginseng season opens on Tuesday and continues through Nov. 30 in West Virginia. Before the plant can be legally harvested, ginseng must be at least five years old and its seed-bearing berries bright red. The slow-growing plant needs to mature for at least five years to ...

Mister Bee receives federal funds for project improvements

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia’s only potato chip maker has received a federal loan financing for renewable energy systems and other improvements. On Tuesday, officials announced the West Virginia Potato Chip Co. LLC, makers of Mister Bee potato chips, has received $250,000 from the United ...

Sistersville General Hospital hospital merges with Memorial Health System

SISTERSVILLE — Sistersville General Hospital is now part of Memorial Health System in Marietta which will go into effect Oct. 1, according to a press release from Memorial Health System. The official merger is the result of a due-diligence period which began Spring of 2020, the release ...

Westbrook Health Services to open new addiction facility

PARKERSBURG — Westbrook Health Services will open Exodus, a residential substance use disorder treatment facility, on Monday, Aug. 31. Described as “a drug- and alcohol-free residential treatment environment for recovering adult males,” Exodus is at Westbrook North in the 2600 block of ...

West Virginia sues Wal-Mart, CVS over opioids

CHARLESTON — West Virginia has sued Wal-Mart and CVS, saying the companies should pay for helping create the state’s opioid epidemic and act to remediate what became a public health and financial crisis, the state attorney general said. The lawsuits allege Wal-Mart and CVS, as individual ...

WorkForce West Virginia issues warning about unemployment fraud

CHARLESTON — Thousands of fraudulent applications for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance have been received in West Virginia where a state agency is asking residents to be on the lookout and protect their identities. WorkForce said thousands of people who didn’t file an unemployment claim ...

LaPann’s farewell to Parkersburg News and Sentinel readers

This is the toughest story I have written in my nearly 42 years of writing and editing at The Parkersburg Sentinel and The Parkersburg News and Sentinel. As I move into retirement, I want to thank Mid-Ohio Valley residents and former residents for allowing me to write their stories. I have ...

Family Ford in Marietta honored for reaching milestone

MARIETTA — Twenty-five years ago, the Nourse Group purchased the Marietta Ford dealership and renamed it Family Ford. Wednesday, Ford honored Dick Nourse, principal dealer with the group, for marking the milestone with the presentation of a plaque. “We have tried to do a good job and ...

Cardinal Pediatrics opens in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — Cardinal Pediatrics has opened a seventh outpatient general pediatrics office in Parkersburg. The clinic, which opened Aug. 3 at 414 Grand Park Drive, Unit 1, Parkersburg, provides services to children from newborn to 21. The medical practice accepts all insurances and offers a ...

First Energy offers bill assistance

PARKERSBURG — Residential and business customers of FirstEnergy Corp.’s Mon Power and Potomac Edison utilities who are having difficulty making ends meet are encouraged to contact the utility to enroll in payment plans or bill assistance programs. While shutoffs for nonpayment are ...

Vienna applying for TIF district around Grand Central Mall

VIENNA — Vienna City Council Thursday approved the application for the creation of a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district around the Grand Central Mall. Council, with the exception of Councilman Jim Leach who was absent as he was recusing himself from this matter, voted to authorize the ...