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Novation Enterprises trains veterans as wireless expands

PARKERSBURG — A company is training veterans for a career in the wireless industry and plans on Parkersburg being the center of a larger instructional initiative. The telecommunications company Novation Enterprises through the Workforce Development Program for Veterans is training ...

United Bank hires Jacob Hilton as Parkersburg branch manager

PARKERSBURG — A new branch manager has been hired by United Bank for its Parkersburg Main location. Jacob Hilton has several years of experience in the financial industry and will oversee the profitability of the location, hire and coach employees and promote the bank’s products and ...

Poling gets accreditation

PARKERSBURG — Ben Poling has become Accredited in Business Valuation and brings that credential to the Parkersburg accounting firm of MEPB. The credential identifies valuation professions who have the ability to provide sound and reliable business services. “Ben and I have worked ...

Music, art draw residents to downtown Marietta businesses

MARIETTA — It was a good night to get in out of the wind and rain. More than a half-dozen shops in downtown Marietta held events and stayed open late to mark the monthly First Fridays event and get the weekend started. The theme Friday night was Shamrock and Roll, in anticipation of St. ...

Railroad worker’s widow files wrongful death suit against CSX

PARKERSBURG — The widow of a CSX worker killed when a train derailed in December near the Washington Works plant has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the railroad company. The suit was filed last week in Wood County Circuit Court on behalf of Megan McConihay of Gallipolis Ferry, ...

Constellium CEO discusses space exploration with Manchin, Capito

RAVENSWOOD — Ravenswood has a hand in space exploration with Constellium providing materials to build rockets. Constellium CEO Buddy Stemple met with U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., last week to discuss the company’s involvement with space exploration. ...

Greater Parkersburg Convention and Visitors Bureau releases guide

PARKERSBURG — The Greater Parkersburg Convention and Visitors Bureau 2020 visitors guide is hot off the press. The free guide, a 72-page full-color 5.5-by-8.5 digest, is a valuable tool to market the area, according to Mark Lewis, president and CEO of the bureau. “Our visitors guide is ...

O’Bleness starts new medical record system

ATHENS — OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital has launched a new medical record system that improves the way doctors manage care and the way patients access their health information. CareConnect went into service at OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital and OhioHealth Physician Group Heritage College ...

Gordmans to hold grand opening in New Martinsville

NEW MARTINSVILLE — New Martinsville is among the nine West Virginia towns scheduled for Gordmans store grand openings on Tuesday. The apparel and home decor retailer is inviting area communities to its “Grand Opening Brand Bash Celebrations” on March 3 at 9 a.m. The festivities kick ...

CSX leasing rail line from Parkersburg to Marietta

PARKERSBURG — An Ohio company is preparing to take over the CSX Transportation rail line between Parkersburg and Marietta. Local CSX Transportation employees were notified this week of a planned transaction with Belpre Industrial Parkersburg Railroad “that would enable the BIPR to operate ...

Dealership starts scholarship in honor of retiring auto body worker

PARKERSBURG — A scholarship for those pursuing work in the Auto Body field was created in honor of Roger Brown and his retirement after 45 years of service to the body shop at McClinton Chevrolet. General Manager Wyn Bowden said the idea was a joint effort to honor Brown and to continue the ...

County commissioners pleased West Virginia business tax elimination failed

RIPLEY — County commissioners are relieved a bill to gradually eliminate the business and inventory tax failed in the West Virginia Legislature. While the Senate approved Senate Bill SB 837 that would have gradually phased out the tax on equipment and machinery used for manufacturing, the ...

Great American Home Show wraps up in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — The 2020 Great American Home Show brought a steady stream of visitors to the West Virginia National Guard Armory in south Parkersburg over the weekend to view various products and services associated with home construction and renovation. The event is held each year by the Home ...

Great American Home Show, vendors hammer out deals in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — Area homeowners jumped into this year’s home projects on Saturday by visiting the 2020 Great American Home Show at the National Guard Armory in south Parkersburg. There are 50 exhibitors this year, said Trisha McKay, show organizer and executive officer with the ...

Jeremiah’s expands to Marietta theater

MARIETTA — A Marietta coffee shop has expanded at the Peoples Bank Theater on Putnam Street. Jeremiah’s at The Stage Door, 224 Putnam St., opened during the songwriter workshop this month at the theater. Jeremiah’s also has a coffee shop on Front Street. “Our menu here features more ...

Fairmont Regional Medical Center to close

PARKERSBURG —Financial and other issues affecting hospitals in West Virginia will be studied by an industry association in the state. Following the announcement last week that the Fairmont Regional Medical Center will close in 60 days, the West Virginia Hospital Association said it will ...

Deal to buy Sistersville General Hospital flatlines

SISTERSVILLE — A Northern Panhandle hospital has dropped out of a deal to buy Sistersville General Hospital. Wheeling Hospital Inc. this week said it would not proceed with the transaction. The decision was “based on (Wheeling Hospital’s) assessment of the overall health care market ...

Highmark announces tech-based program to fight opioid addiction

PARKERSBURG — A technology-based initiative announced Thursday by Highmark West Virginia aims to provide treatment support and services for members seeking to overcome opioid and other addictions regardless of obstacles posed by time, money or location. “We need to have people in ...

Greater Parkersburg CVB holds meeting

PARKERSBURG — The Greater Parkersburg Convention and Visitors Bureau recapped 2019 and started looking ahead to 2020 at Thursday night’s annual meeting of the CVB at the Parkersburg Art Center. “It has been a great year bringing attention to local businesses and all the best events this ...

West Virginia House calls for investigation into owners of hospitals

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia House of Delegates wants Attorney General Patrick Morrisey to investigate the company behind the closing of the Ohio Valley Medical Center in Ohio County in the Northern Panhandle and the impending closure of the Fairmont Regional Medical Center. The House ...