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ALDI stores open to SNAP orders

CHARLESTON — Online purchasing options are now available at ALDI grocery stores for West Virginians using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, the Department of Health and Human Resources Friday said. The benefit is available through the West Virginian Mountain State ...

Biztec, Workforce Development Board team up for new program

PARKERSBURG — The Workforce Development Board of the Mid-Ohio Valley and local employer Biztec partnered to create a Department of Labor Information Technology Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) on Friday in Biztec’s office on 326 Fifth St. in Parkersburg. The U.S. Department of ...

Star Plastics announces partnership with Italian company LATI

RAVENSWOOD — Star Plastics in Jackson County is partnering with Italy-based LATI to expand product offerings in North America, Europe and Asia. “The alliance with LATI will extend new opportunities for our customers and our companies, driving growth and increasing exposure with markets in ...

UGI purchases Mountaineer Gas Co. as it expands reach

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. — UGI Corp. has reached an agreement for the acquisition of the Mountaineer Gas Co., the largest gas distribution company in West Virginia. The deal with Mountaintop Energy Holdings LLC, the owners of Mountaineer Gas, is worth $540 million and includes the assumption of ...

Intelligencer editor Mike Myer dies at 69

WHEELING — J. Michael Myer, longtime executive editor of The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register, died Wednesday at Wheeling Hospital. He was 69. Myer served as executive editor of both publications for the past 23 years. Prior to that, he was editor of the Wheeling News-Register, a ...

Cookie sales to benefit Walk to End Alzheimer’s

MARIETTA — Warren’s IGA on Muskingum Drive in Marietta for a limited time will donate $1 to the 2021 Mid-Ohio Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s for every pack of Smile Cookies sold. The purple-frosted sugar cookies are available in the store bakery through January. “We are pleased to ...

Nashville bombing hits home for Parkersburg native

NASHVILLE — It has been a hard year for Ensemble Nashville Boutique, a store that is proudly managed in Nashville, Tenn., by Parkersburg native and Ritchie County High School graduate Lauren Farrar. Farrar, who attended Belmont University in Nashville, worked for Ensemble Nashville ...

Parkersburg writer pens book about Wheeling crime lord

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg man has written a crime story based on a true-life character from Wheeling. “The Czar of Wheeling” is based on Big Bill Lias, who controlled vice in the Wheeling area in the early and mid 20th century, said author Stephen Hupp. The inspiration for the book, ...

Open educational resources saved WVU-P students $140K

PARKERSBURG — Students at West Virginia University at Parkersburg have saved more than $140,000 through the use of no-cost and open educational resources in 38 courses, the school said. Open educational resources are teaching and learning materials freely accessible or released under an open ...

Wood County officials weigh impact of Hino production pause

PARKERSBURG — When Hino Motors Manufacturing announced it would halt vehicle production in its North American plants, many in Wood County wondered what type of impact this would have on not only the workers of the plant but the financial side of it as well. The facility is located in ...

Parkersburg Walmart closing for deep cleaning

PARKERSBURG — Walmart is temporarily closing its supercenter at 2900 Pike St. in south Parkersburg through Wednesday morning for the building to be cleaned and sanitized. The closing, which began Monday afternoon and will conclude at 7 a.m. Wednesday, the closing was not due to any outbreaks ...

The Arc’s thrift shops take sales online amid COVID pandemic

PARKERSBURG — It is no secret that the pandemic has impacted the way many small, local businesses operate — The Arc of the Mid Ohio Valley Thrift Shops is one the latest businesses to come up with a safe and hassle-free way to continue shopping and support a great cause. The Arc of the Mid ...

Hino Motors halting production until October

PARKERSBURG — Hino Motors Manufacturing has halted vehicle production in its North American plants until the end of September 2021, according to a press release from the company on Wednesday. Among the plants being impacted are the Woodstock Plant located in Canada and the West Virginia ...

Communication workers union defends Frontier to FCC

CHARLESTON — The union representation of the state and nation’s telecommunication workers is siding with Frontier Communications as Republican lawmakers call on the Federal Communications Commission to closely scrutinize Frontier’s winning bid for rural broadband projects. Ed Mooney, the ...

CCMC’s Smith named president of Wetzel County Hospital

MORGANTOWN — St. Marys native Sean Smith was named president of Wetzel County Hospital in New Martinsville, effective on Jan. 1, 2021, in a statement released Tuesday. Smith is currently the chief operating officer at WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg and will replace ...

Ketelsen becomes a Distinguished West Virginian

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg businesswoman is the latest Distinguished West Virginian. The award was presented Thursday to Mary Anne Ketelsen, who among her affiliations is president of the Mister Bee Potato Chip Co., by John Kelly, past recipient Judy K. Sheppard of Professional Services ...

Parkersburg native brews up success in Australia

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg native has won a brewing award in Australia. Justin Corbitt in November was named Best Brewer title in the 2020 Beer and Brewer Awards. Corbitt is the head brewer for Deeds Brewing in Glen Iris, Melbourne. Corbitt, a 2000 graduate of Parkersburg High School, is ...

St. Joseph’s Ambulance Service upgrades cardiac gear

PARKERSBURG — St. Joseph’s Ambulance Service has upgraded equipment in a nearly 50-year commitment to advance cardiac life support in the Mid-Ohio Valley. The ambulance service in January began a search to replace its cardiac monitor/defibrillators with a more modern device that offers ...

West Virginia natives earn place on Forbes 30 Under 30 list

MORGANTOWN — A company created by two engineering students from the Northern Panhandle has been recognized by Forbes Magazine’s Forbes 30 Under 30. Kyle Gillis from Wheeling and James Carnes from Weirton grew up miles apart in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia, but their paths would ...