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Comic book industry, shops face game-changing adjustments

FREDERICK, Md. — Comic book shops are about camaraderie as much as their products, and that’s a big help as they work to recover from the pandemic. “(We have) a distinct advantage over lots of small shops because we have more of a loyal and personal base,” said Jon Cohen, manager of ...

Layoff notice sent to 350 Murray Energy workers

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio — Murray Energy Holdings issued layoff notices to nearly 350 workers at six of its subsidiaries in Eastern Ohio as part of its bankruptcy restructuring. The federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification filing originally was sent April 1 and updated Monday ...

Payroll Protection Program loan extension good news for many

STRASBURG, Va. — Recent changes to a federal forgivable loan program intended to help small businesses weather the COVID-19 pandemic have been welcomed by some owners but may have come too late for others. Passed by the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives last week and signed into law ...

Supervisor at Belleville Hydroelectric Plant receives award

BELLEVILLE — A supervisor at the Belleville Hydroelectric Plant has received the American Municipal Power 2020 DNA Award. Anthony (Tony) Belcher of Marietta is the operations and maintenance supervisor at the plant and joined AMP in 1998 as a member of the original crew that commissioned the ...

Gilmer: WVU-P will open classrooms for fall semester

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia University at Parkersburg is planning to restart face-to-face classes this fall, the university president told the Board of Governors on Wednesday. The board met via Zoom and discussed the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and the impact on the university. It also ...

Program to help businesses reach customers

The last two months have been a tough time for all of us. As a tight knit small business community, we have missed the opportunity to visit and shop local. Now that restrictions are easing, it’s time for local businesses to get the word out that they are OPEN. — The Parkersburg News and ...

Parkersburg, Marietta restaurants serving up a new normal

PARKERSBURG — Chams Lebanese Cuisine on Market Street joined other local restaurants last week in reopening for modified indoor dining. “We have 25 tables instead of 55,” said Ben Ekelman, son of the restaurant’s co-owner and namesake, Chams Ekelman. “We have a glass pane in front of ...

As states ease dining restrictions, eateries make adjustments

As the nation continues to stabilize following the COVID-19 outbreak, many state leaders are allowing doors to re-open for a return to how life was before the pandemic began. One key element to achieving that normality for some is the re-opening of restaurants across the country. While states ...

Smoot Theatre, Parkersburg museum receive pandemic funding

PARKERSBURG — The Smoot Theatre and the Oil, Gas and Industrial Historical Association in Parkersburg have received pandemic relief funds through the federal C.A.R.E.S. Act, from the West Virginia Humanities Council. The Smoot received $5,000 and the association received $10,000. The ...

Waterview Pointe opens in Marietta

MARIETTA — Waterview Pointe on Harmar Hill Wednesday started accepting residents into its renovated 48,000 square foot long- and short-term care facility. Original built in 1966, the facility at 117 Bartlett St. underwent a multi-million dollar renovation over the last year by new owners, ...

Marietta man marks 50 years as meat cutter

MARIETTA — Two days after he graduated high school in 1970, he donned the same work attire he still puts on today. “I didn’t like school much so college wasn’t for me,” said Gary Wells, 67, of Marietta. Wells was hired on just two months before his 18th birthday by Chuck Warren, ...

Express Care opens in Fruth Pharmacy

PARKERSBURG — An Express Care location in Fruth Pharmacy at Mineral Wells on West Virginia 14 has been opened by WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center. The location, which aims to bring quick, convenient care to those residents in the area, is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and is ...

Five Star Moving and Storage named top agent

MARIETTA — Local Wheaton Moving Agent Five Star Moving & Storage Inc. was recognized nationally by Wheaton World Wide Moving as one of the top ten agents out of more than 450 at the Las Vegas Annual Gala. Five Star has won the Spire Award for each of the last three years. According to ...

Zenergy Massage opens new location in Belpre

BELPRE — Zenergy Massage, 206 Stone Road, has celebrated its opening of the business’ new site on June 2 with a ribbon-cutting conducted by Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce and the city of Belpre. An open house with tours followed. The business offers couples massage, relaxation, deep ...

Stonewall Group hires VP, director of web development

MARIETTA — Eric Griffiths has been hired by the Stonewall Group, a strategic marketing services firm in Marietta, as vice president, director of web development. Griffiths will be responsible for implementing the ongoing development of websites for Stonewall Group clients providing strategic ...

Officials: Successful WVU reopening depends on students

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University officials say a plan to reopen the state’s flagship university this fall relies heavily on student cooperation and personal responsibility. On Wednesday, WVU officials announced students would return to classes Aug. 19 for the fall semester. University ...

Small business grants available for energy efficiency upgrades

RIPLEY — The Jackson County Development Authority has partnered with the West Virginia Department of Energy to offer small businesses grants to make energy-efficient upgrades. The micro grants, up to $3,000, will be awarded to eligible businesses to install insulation, energy-efficient ...

Resilience Fund offers grants to struggling businesses, nonprofits

THE PLAINS — A fund has been created to aid businesses and nonprofits in the region that are facing economic challenges. The Resilience Fund will provide rapid-response grants to businesses and nonprofits in counties in Appalachian Ohio and counties in the Mid-Ohio Valley in West Virginia. ...

West Virginia unemployment claims top 250K over 10 weeks

CHARLESTON — Claims for unemployment compensation benefits since the start of the coronavirus pandemic came in at five times the number of unemployment claims for all of 2019, according to WorkForce West Virginia. Scott Adkins, acting commissioner of WorkForce West Virginia, gave an update ...

Jackson, Roane EDAs reach out to small businesses

RIPLEY — The Jackson County Development Authority and the Roane County Economic Development Authority are working to connect with small businesses to lend a hand or offer advice and services as businesses are starting to open again. Mark Whitley, executive director for the Jackson and Roane ...