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Vienna daycare’s Kids for Kids Initiative a lesson in sharing

VIENNA — A program by a Vienna child care center is benefiting the community. The Kids for Kids Initiative was created by the Olivia and Friends Child Care and Development Center where the goal was to help teach kids in daycare “about doing good in the community while helping other kids ...

Ely Chapman Education Foundation names Ullman director

MARIETTA — When Ely Chapman Educational Foundation founder Alice Chapman died Dec. 30 of COVID-19, the immediate future of the school was uncertain. A little more than a month later, a new director was hired to continue Chapman’s vision. “Lori Ullmann is the executive director now and ...

Delta joins to support new aviation maintenance program

HUNTINGTON — The new Marshall University/Mountwest Community and Technical College Aviation Maintenance Technology program has been designated as a partner educational institution with Delta Air Lines Technical Operations. The collaboration, the first of its kind in the region and in West ...

Teen of the Week: Electrician program empowers Belpre High School senior

MARIETTA — A visit to the Washington County Career Center during his sophomore year set Belpre High School senior Jaiton Lockhart on a career path to being an electrician. “(The electricity program) just caught my eye,” the 19-year-old explained. “This was something that I could ...

West Virginia registers 1,556 new businesses

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office registered 1,556 new businesses statewide in March. Summers County led the state in the percentage of new business registration growth for the month with 14 new businesses, a 2.49 percent increase, according to Secretary of State ...

Marietta faculty member earns Plankey Professorship

MARIETTA — As an undergraduate student at Miami University, Charles Doan fondly remembers the professors who encouraged him to conduct his own research and those who asked for his assistance on their research. Doan, an assistant professor of psychology at Marietta College, models this ...

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield receives award

PITTSBURGH — Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield has received a Brand Excellence Award from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association for Brand Innovation. The annual awards honor Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies in developing and enhancing the overall brand image. Highmark received the award ...

All eyes on West Virginia House as personal income tax phase-out stays alive

CHARLESTON — A day after the West Virginia Senate passed a hybrid version of a personal income tax phase-out incorporating new ideas from Gov. Jim Justice, pressure is on the House of Delegates to keep the bill moving. House Bill 3300, the bill being used to phase out the personal income ...

Girl Scouts to sell cookies outside Parkersburg, Marietta hospitals

PARKERSBURG — The Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council will hold Health Care Heroes on Saturday when it will have cookie booths outside hospitals where residents can buy cookies to donate to health care workers or for themselves. Locations and times are: * WVU Medicine Camden Clark ...

West Virginia Senate narrowly passes personal income tax phase-out

CHARLESTON — The leader of the West Virginia Senate Finance Committee tried one last time Wednesday to craft a plan Gov. Jim Justice and the House of Delegates could accept. The Senate voted 18-16 in favor of House Bill 3300, the bill being used to phase-out the personal income tax in West ...

Committee changes natural gas property tax bill

CHARLESTON — A bill supported by the natural gas industry and opposed by gas-producing counties was changed Tuesday to the chagrin of the bill’s lead sponsor in the West Virginia Legislature. A strike-and-insert amendment to House Bill 2581, providing for the valuation of natural resources ...

Airport Authority reports increase in enplanements

WILLIAMSTOWN — Airport numbers are starting to come back from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the discussion at Tuesday’s meeting of the Wood County Airport Authority. For March, there were 339 enplanements, 87 more than last year. Numbers are about what they were in ...

Justice, lawmakers weigh options on personal income tax repeal

CHARLESTON — Despite presenting an updated personal income tax cut plan, Gov. Jim Justice and legislative leaders ended a summit meeting Monday with little hope of a compromise with the House of Delegates or state Senate before the end of the session Saturday. Justice held a summit Monday ...

Justice calls for summit on income tax proposal

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice on Friday called for a “summit meeting” with House and Senate members of both parties on the proposals to eliminate the state income tax. The summit would be held noon Monday at the Cultural Center, Justice said during his coronavirus update Friday morning. ...

Glenville State College signs exchange deal with Philippines university

GLENVILLE — Glenville State College more than a month ago inked a memorandum of understanding for academic exchange with a university in the Philippines. Glenville State and Southern Luzon State University plan to exchange faculty for joint research activities, exchange students for research ...

Professor, student represent Marietta College at MBAA-International

MARIETTA — A professor and student represented the Marietta College Department of Business and Economics at the annual conference of MBAA-International, an academic association. Grace Johnson is the McCoy Professor of Management and Accounting and Katie McIlroy is a senior economics and ...

Mural project aims to bring flood of color to Parkersburg riverfront

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Floodwall Mural Project is beginning to take shape. “It’s taken a lot of people and a lot of effort to get where we are,” project originator Edward Escandon said. “But it’s all beginning to come together nicely.” The mural will begin taking shape ...

Stonerise, Harmony Senior Services announce Preferred Partner Relationship

PARKERSBURG — Stonerise and Harmony Senior Services have announced a strategic alliance as preferred patient care partners. Stonerise, which operates the former Eagle Pointe in Parkersburg, is a leading provider of clinician-led transitional care in West Virginia. Harmony operates four ...

Roundtable to get economic update from Barkin

MARIETTA — The president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond will deliver an economic update during the Economic Roundtable of the Ohio Valley’s webinar at noon April 13. Tom Barkin is responsible for monetary policy, bank supervision, payment services and the Fed’s National ...

Justice speaks out on House, Senate personal income tax plan, budget

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice made it known Wednesday that he is not a fan of plans by the House of Delegates or the state Senate to phase out the personal income tax. Justice is also unhappy with proposed Senate cuts to his budget. Speaking by phone Wednesday afternoon, Justice said he is ...