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Philippines Best ramps up in Williamstown

WILLIAMSTOWN — A new restaurant has taken over the boat ramp building in Williamstown, and they intend to bring some life back down to the waterfront. Philippines Best LLC has not only brought a new name to the building, but a new and improved design as well. The building, which was ...

Business bubbling over at McConnelsville brewery

McCONNELSVILLE — One week open, and the newest addition to the Morgan County seat has been met with patrons as young as 9 months and as old as 90 filling, with social distance, tables and the bar top. “We’ve had whole families come in, they ordered pizza, or Saturday had the food ...

St. Marys Galaxy Food Center to offer online SNAP option

ST. MARYS — St. Marys Galaxy Food Center is working to offer online shopping with curbside pickup for customers through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The Galaxy has had the online shopping option for customers for about two years, but those who use food stamps aren’t able ...

Monongahela Power completes inspections

FAIRMONT — The Monongahela Power Co. has completed inspections and maintenance to enhance customer service reliability through the summer. With hot, humid summer months expected to produce higher electric usage and the potential for severe weather, Mon Power, a FirstEnergy Corp. subsidiary, ...

Robert C. Byrd Institute to improve makerspace accessibility

HUNTINGTON — The Robert C. Byrd Institute at Marshall University will install specialized furniture and equipment in its Huntington makerspace to make 3D printers and other technology more accessible to individuals with mobility impairments. The project is financed by the Christopher and ...

Highmark, HealthNow New York announce affiliation

PITTSBURGH — Highmark Inc. and HealthNow New York Inc. have announced an agreement to affiliate, marking a milestone in plans to join the two not-for-profit Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance plans to better serve Western and Northeastern New York and Highmark’s Pennsylvania, Delaware ...

New owners, chef keep Buckley House legacy in mind

MARIETTA — One week in, one week to go, before the tutelage of the famed Chef Emad Al-Masri concludes and the familial team of Jeff and Julie Brown with Chef Thomas Hickey are on their own to carry on the legacy of The Buckley House. “We’ve been talking about this for a couple months, ...

Experts brief West Virginia on economic toll of coronavirus

CHARLESTON — State and national economists believe West Virginia’s financial recovery from the coronavirus business shutdowns will happen, but it will be a slow recovery. The West Virginia University Bureau of Business and Economic Research held a virtual update Thursday on the state’s ...

Coronavirus still taking a toll on West Virginia Lottery revenues

CHARLESTON — With a month remaining in the fiscal year, lottery revenues for May continued a slump due to the coronavirus outbreak. According to monthly data released by the West Virginia Lottery Commission, lottery revenues were down by 67 percent in May compared to projections. May brought ...

Capacity issues delay some Mid-Ohio Valley restaurant openings

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia allowed restaurants to resume dine-in service a month ago, but some have chosen — or been forced — to wait longer. To curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, restaurants are only allowed to operate at 50 percent of their normal capacity. “Basically, our ...

Calhoun County gets Stop N’ Barber Shop

MT. ZION — Men in the Calhoun County area now have hair- and beard-cutting services closer to home as a county native earlier this year opened the county’s only barber shop. Susan Conrad dove into barber school after encouragement from her daughter and at 59 was the oldest person in her ...

Home improvement businesses see demand grow during pandemic

It’s Vinnie Lavorgna’s third year running his Premier Power Cleaning and Landscaping in Canonsburg, Pa. He hadn’t expected a pandemic or the 75 percent increase in business he’d received in the last few months because of it. “It’s a lot because we’re a small business, so 75 ...

Preston president of West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants

PARKERSBURG — Randy Preston was installed this week as the 102nd president of the West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, the fifth member of the Parkersburg firm of McDonough, Eddy, Parsons & Baylous to hold that position. Preston, who has worked for the firm for 36 ...

Marietta business helps rescue dog from Pennsylvania pipe

MARIETTA — Gary O’Brien, owner of O’Brien’s Confined Space Rescue Services, never expected to get a call to rescue a dog in Pennsylvania. He said his business is a niche market, but the confined spaces are at work sites where they have to effect the rescue of someone trapped within ...

Glenville State College announces plans for return to campus

GLENVILLE — Glenville State College students will return to campus for the fall 2020 semester that begins Aug. 17. “While we at GSC wish to provide a controlled and safe environment, we will also strive to retain the sense of community and belonging that the campus has always been known ...

The Health Plan receives contract extension

WHEELING — The Health Plan, a health maintenance organization based in Wheeling, was awarded a three-year extension of a statewide Medicaid contract through the Mountain Health Trust managed care program by the West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources. The Health Plan, which ...

Camden Clark Medical Center fundraiser receives $50K from Tri State Roofing

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg company has made a major donation to WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center to buy a new ultraviolet light germ-zapping robot. Tri-State Roofing and Sheet Metal Co. has contributed $50,000 through its Spartan Foundation. “We are proud to contribute to the ...

Airport officials say paving project going well

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Mid-Ohio Regional Airport is on track with projects and other airport business that was discussed during Tuesday’s Wood County Airport Authority meeting. Bids were discussed for the repair of the roof in the main terminal and the LED lighting and electrical volt ...

Beaches across the U.S. reopen as states ease lockdowns

To some, the beginning of summer means trips to the beach. Yet in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, there had been questions as to whether those beaches would be open for people to enjoy after nearly three months of stay-at-home orders. As mid-June approaches, the answer as to whether beaches ...

Natural gas industry adapts to ‘new normal’ of pandemic

PARKERSBURG — Behind the hot water, warm homes and clean clothes is a natural gas employee who tirelessly works to make sure people have what they need for a comfortable life. Nothing, not even a global pandemic, can stop them from doing their job. Rich Thompson, gas operation supervisor ...