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West Virginia recognizes Kittle as Ability Works winner

CHARLESTON — A computer technician for Really Cheap Geeks in Parkersburg was honored by the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services for exemplary vocational rehabilitation success at its annual Ability Works Recognition Ceremony Oct. 23 at the state Culture Center in ...

Edward Jones to host holiday open house in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — J.C. Rutter, a local financial adviser for Edward Jones, will hold a public holiday open house 3-7 p.m. Dec. 19 at 617 Market St. “We are happy to be part of the Parkersburg community and would like to express our appreciation for the confidence and support we receive ...

West Virginia’s November tax collections come in below estimates

CHARLESTON — With one month left until the halfway point of the fiscal year, November was the fourth month out of the last five when tax revenues came in below estimates. According to the most recent preliminary numbers released by the Senate Finance Committee, tax collections for the ...

Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce seeks nominations for Gabe Zide award

MARIETTA — The Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the 2019 Gabe Zide Citizen of the Year award. The recipient of the Citizen of the Year award, named after the late Gabe Zide, a prominent businessman in Marietta, will be honored at the Chamber of Commerce’s ...

Roane County Chamber of Commerce pushes small businesses

SPENCER — The Roane County Chamber of Commerce extended small business Saturday to a week-long shop local event to promote shopping in the community. This is the third year for the shop local week, according to Kim Davis, executive director of the chamber. Twenty chamber member businesses ...

The Health Plan renews ties to CAMC

WHEELING — Within hours of an announcement that a plan for WVU Medicine to purchase The Health Plan of Wheeling had been shelved, at least temporarily, the latter announced it has renewed its partnership with Charleston Area Medical Association. That decade-long relationship between The ...

WVU Medicine hits ‘reset’ on purchase of The Health Plan

WHEELING — Executives from WVU Medicine and The Health Plan are stepping back from an agreement for WVU to purchase the Wheeling firm to re-evaluate the terms of purchase. Tony Condia, vice president of marketing at WVU Medicine, said the two entities mutually decided to re-assess the ...

Frontier Communications, West Virginia Public Service Commission trade barbs

CHARLESTON — Frontier Communications is disputing allegations by the West Virginia Public Service Commission that the company is not complying with a third-party audit of its services. In a response filed Nov. 26 to a motion by the commission to compel Frontier to fully comply with data ...

West Virginia’s Commerce Department making progress under Gaunch

CHARLESTON — Nearly one year after being appointed as secretary of the West Virginia Department of Commerce, Ed Gaunch said the department is looking forward to another year of recruiting new businesses and helping established businesses thrive. When visitors enter the department’s ...

Blennerhassett Hotel to showcase its historic significance

PARKERSBURG — The new owners want to promote the Blennerhassett Hotel’s rich history to the Parkersburg area community. Beginning Tuesday, free public tours of the Blennerhassett Hotel, 320 Market St., will be given at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Those interested are ...

Trip convinces woman to start business

WILLIAMSTOWN — Michelle Brown started Memory Making Tours LLC in July as a part-time business “for fun and adventure.” After taking a red-eye bus trip to New York City with her daughter Ashley Bright three years ago, Brown said she wanted to fill her own bus for future trips. “That ...

November is hospice awareness month

MARIETTA — For all its inevitability, death is a difficult topic of discussion. As a result, terminally ill people sometimes don’t know their end-of-life options. Only about half of eligible patients decide to take palliative or hospice care, and of those only 25 percent use the full ...

Christmas shopping season kicks off

PARKERSBURG — Christmas shopping the Eve of Thanksgiving and into the wee hours of Friday morning has become a tradition among some families over the past decade. As the shopping season officially started Thursday evening, a few shoppers shared their experiences with Black Friday shopping ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport receives $2.3M for lighting

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport is getting another multimillion-dollar federal grant. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., announced Wednesday afternoon that the airport will receive $2.3 million from the Federal Aviation Administration’s ...

Vienna couple creating speakeasy-style restaurant in Marietta

MARIETTA — On Saturday, attendees of the lighted Christmas parade in Marietta should be on the lookout for more than just floats passing down Front Street. “If the weather holds up, we want to welcome people to the patio to meet us and have some free hot cocoa and cookies,” said ...

Gorge on holiday deals early with newspaper inserts on Wednesday

PARKERSBURG — What’s stuffed more than the turkey on Thanksgiving? The deals in the advertising inserts in The Parkersburg News and Sentinel and The Marietta Times on Thanksgiving Day. Shoppers who can’t wait for the newspaper can get a headstart as The News and Sentinel and The Times ...

Parties weigh in on Morrisey motion to recoup money from Frontier

CHARLESTON — Both the federal government and Frontier West Virginia want a court to reject an attempt by Attorney General Patrick Morrisey to intervene in a lawsuit to recoup money the state spent for Frontier’s mishandling of broadband construction. In filings Friday in the U.S. District ...

Jackson County Economic Development Authority paying off building

FAIRPLAIN — All six buildings owned by the Jackson County Economic Development Authority are fully occupied, and the agency is close to retiring the debt on one of the second-most recent acquisition. “We’re one payment away from paying off the Royal Street property,” Executive Director ...

FirstEnergy ramps up scam awareness

AKRON — FirstEnergy is warning customers to on high alert for phone calls or door-to-door visits from scammers trying to trick them into paying fictional unpaid bills to avoid immediate shutoff. Realizing scammers feed off people’s fear of losing heat in the cold weather, FirstEnergy and ...