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W.Va. Senate sends bill on Greyhound Breeding Fund to the doghouse

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Greyhound Breeding Development Fund made it over the finish line Wednesday after a bill to eliminate the fund was rejected by the state Senate. Senate Bill 285 was rejected in a 23-11 vote with nine Republicans voting with Democrats to kill the bill. SB 285 ...

Kmart in Marietta closes its doors

MARIETTA — The Marietta Kmart closed on Sunday and the building at 502 Pike St. has already been purchased. On Dec. 26, AMERCO Real Estate Company, which is based in Phoenix, Ariz., purchased the property for $3.2 million. AMERCO handles acquisitions for U-Haul International. Since the ...

Cardiac rehabilitation available at Camden Clark Medical Center

PARKERSBURG — Cardiac rehabilitation can help a patient feel more confident about beginning a new exercise routine and developing healthy lifestyle habits after a heart-related crisis, experts from WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center say. Phase 2 and phase 3 rehab teams are ...

Pioneer makes mark on Parkersburg dealership

PARKERSBURG — New signs have gone up officially proclaiming the former Larry Simmons Honda Mazda Volkswagen is part of the Pioneer and Family Ford group of dealerships. The change to Pioneer Honda Volkswagen Mazda happened on Feb. 1. It’s just the start, with two new sites and more than 40 ...

Ravenswood man wins Safelite competition

A Ravenswood man has won the 2020 Safelite Best of Belron National Competition. Joe Milligan received $25,000 and will represent the United States in Barcelona, Spain, at the international Best of Belron competition. Milligan will have the chance to win a year’s salary. “My world stopped, ...

Coplin signs lease agreement on Wirt County nursing facility

ELIZABETH — Coplin Health Systems Friday announced it will lease its Wirt County nursing home to EWV Holdings LLC. The new nursing home will be operated under the name Elizabeth Care Center and managed by Providence Health Management. The agreement was executed on Feb. 6. It is ...

Williamstown Bank celebrates new branch in Lubeck

LUBECK — Williamstown Bank held its official grand opening ceremony for the Lubeck branch Wednesday morning. Opening day was Jan. 27 but the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley held its ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday. Megan Hardway, marketing and business specialist, said ...

Camden Clark cardiac center pulses through Mid-Ohio Valley

PARKERSBURG — As more heart and cardiac services are being offered at WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center, people are getting the care they need in this area as opposed to going to somewhere like Columbus or Cleveland to get specialty care. It has been almost a year since the opening ...

Appalachian Ohio Manufacturers Coalition moving ahead

MARIETTA — More than a year after it was set up, the conditions that gave rise to the Appalachian Ohio Manufacturers Coalition remain: The challenges of establishing partnerships with education and other agencies to develop workforce resources. The coalition held its first quarterly ...

Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce plans events

MARIETTA — The Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce has several events coming up in the next few weeks. The free Boost Your Business workshop will be held 8:30-9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Huntington Bank, 226 Third St. The topic is “The No Pressure/ Pressure Salesman.” The ...

Forbes recognizes FirstEnergy Corp.

AKRON — FirstEnergy Corp. has been named to Forbes magazine’s Best Employers for Diversity 2020 list, recognizing the company’s efforts to develop a diverse workforce. Forbes partnered with market research firm Statista to identify America’s top 500 employers for diversity through a ...

FirstEnergy announces earnings

AKRON — FirstEnergy Corp. has reported 2019 earnings of $908 million, or $1.70 per basic share ($1.68 diluted), on revenue of $11 billion. The utility’s 2018 earnings were $981 million, or $1.99 per basic and diluted share of common stock, on revenue of $11.3 billion. Operating earnings ...

Memorial Health System, Anthem reach agreement

MARIETTA — The Memorial Health System and Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield have reached a multi-year agreement after 10 months of negotiation, according to a statement on the Memorial Health System website. “Memorial Health System is pleased to share our health system will remain in network ...

Panel discusses West Virginia’s senior citizens as economic drivers

CHARLESTON — Seniors 50 and older will be prime economic drivers for decades to come, a panelist said Thursday at a legislative breakfast meeting sponsored by the West Virginia Press Association. In 2018, the 50-plus segment contributed $8.3 trillion into the economy, an impact that will ...

Proposed fund meant to spur investment in West Virginia

CHARLESTON — A new investment fund proposed by the speaker of the House of Delegates could provide a vehicle for multi-million-dollar investment in major manufacturing and industry projects in West Virginia. Members of the House Finance Committee got their first look at House Bill 4001 on ...

United Bankshares announces record earnings

PARKERSBURG — United Bankshares has announced record earnings for 2019. Earnings for the fourth quarter of 2019 were $63.3 million or 62 cents per diluted share as compared to earnings of $64 million or 62 cents per diluted share for the fourth quarter of 2018, the company said. Earnings ...

Waterview Point Nursing and Rehabilitation Center sets opening date

MARIETTA — Fresh landscaping and new stone highlight the remodeled buildings at 117 Bartlett St. The complex, previously called Marietta Center and now renamed Waterview Point Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, sits high on the hill on the city’s west side near Lookout Point. The nursing ...

Truist Financial Corp. reports quarter earnings

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Truist Financial Corp. has reported earnings for the fourth quarter of 2019. Reported results are reflective prior to the completion of the merger with BB&T and the results from both BB&T and SunTrust from the merger closing date forward. The merger resulting in ...

Belmont County residents meet with state over cracker plant

COLUMBUS — Residents concerned about a proposed ethane cracker plant in Belmont County have met with state officials. The meeting with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and staff from Gov. Mike DeWine was over the project proposed by PTT Global Chemical America and Daelim Industrial ...

Parkersburg, Charleston Tri-State receive safety award

PARKERSBURG — Tri-State Roofing Sheet Metal Co., a commercial and industrial full-service roofing, sheet metal, and HVAC company in Parkersburg, has received the Tri-State/Service Roofing and Sheet Metal Group Safety Award at the company’s annual meeting. The Parkersburg division shares ...