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Officials: Staying open will take teamwork amid virus spikes

As states began the process of reopening over the last six weeks, some areas across the country saw an uptick in positive COVID-19 cases. As a result, some reopening plans have been stalled or, in some cases, walked back. For those still able to move forward with their reopening procedures, ...

WVU-P, Mister Bee form partnership

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia University at Parkersburg has formed a partnership with the Mister Bee Potato Chip Co. to collaborate with local farmers and begin producing West Virginia-grown potatoes for the company. Mary Anne Ketelsen, owner and president of Mister Bee Potato Chips, has ...

Belleville communications tower nearly complete

BELLEVILLE — A new tower to improve communications in the Belleville area is almost up, the Wood County Commission said. The new communications tower near Belleville, which is higher than 300 feet, is almost erected and County officials believe construction will be completed soon. The ...

Paving the Way: U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito talks infrastructure

CHARLESTON — U.S. 35 through Putnam and Mason counties and Corridor H through the Potomac Highlands might be on opposite sides of the state, but the completion of both roads can connect the state to the Eastern Seaboard and the Midwest, an effort U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito has been ...

Krickovich writes book set in Marietta

An author inspired by writers including Michael Crichton is writing a book that takes place at a fictional park in Marietta. “Iroquois Park” will be Justin Krickovich’s first novel set to be released in January or February in time for spring when the story in the book takes place. The ...

Taylor starts hair salon

RENO — Since she was a little girl, Marietta resident Taylor Taylor has loved working on people’s hair. On July 1, she opened her own salon in Reno. Taylor2 Hair Salon opened at 260 Sandhill Road, which is the former Reno School. “I’ve been practicing on people since I was little,” ...

Downtown PKB recognized as 2020 Main Street America Affiliate

PARKERSBURG — Downtown PKB has been designated an Affiliate Main Street America program, officials said Friday. Main Street America each year recognizes affiliate programs for creating positive change in downtowns and commercial districts using the Main Street Approach for ...

Elliott joins Bradley Insurance agency

Bradley Insurance Inc. has welcomed Brandon Elliott as its newest insurance Agent. Elliott was raised in Parkersburg and is a 2006 graduate of Parkersburg High School. He resides in Walker with his wife and young son and is expecting a newborn girl this fall. Prior to becoming a part of the ...

Parkersburg business owners express concerns about homeless population

PARKERSBURG —Local business owners say they continue to have problems with the homeless population. People coming onto their properties during business hours, loitering, bothering customers and other concerns have been regularly occuring, they say. T.R. Hathaway, owner of Superior Toyota ...

Sistersville Ferry back after 2019 closure

SISTERSVILLE — The Sistersville Ferry is back on the river after its closure for the 2019 season due to staffing issues. Pilot Bo Hause returned and is excited to continue to honor and respect the history of the ferry and the town of Sistersville. The July 4 weekend was the debut of the ...

Mid-Ohio Valley reopening to tourists

MARIETTA — Tentative tourism reopened June 25 at Campus Martius Museum and the Ohio River Museum in Marietta. “We’ve adjusted Friday hours to add an opening between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. for those at high-risk (due to coronavirus),” said Naomi Schock as she wiped down the front counter of ...

River City Farmers Market eyes downtown Marietta

MARIETTA — The River City Farmers Market has paid for a street closure permit proposing to bring its more than 2,000-body Saturday foot traffic downtown Marietta from the Washington County Fairgrounds. “Our proposal is to start on Aug. 1 with our vendors parking diagonally on Second Street ...

Tri-State Roofing & Sheet Metal receives safety honor

PARKERSBURG — Tri-State Roofing &Sheet Metal Company, a commercial and industrial full-service roofing, sheet metal, and HVAC company in Parkersburg, was recently honored by the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association with the SMACNA Safety Excellence Award. ...

Lemon and Barrett’s breaks ground for new site off W.Va. 14

PETTYVILLE — Ground was officially broken Wednesday for a new facility for a local business and what county officials hope is the start of a trend in development along West Virginia 14 south of Parkersburg. Mondo Excavating and Building is constructing a 28,000-square-foot location for the ...

State to study airport’s economic impact

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Md-Ohio Valley Regional Airport is participating in a statewide economic impact study that will analyze what the airport and its surrounding properties have to offer as an economic boost to the area. Airport manager Glen Kelly said although he has conducted his own study ...

Cancellation of Atlantic Coast Pipeline surprises West Virginia officials

CHARLESTON — The companies behind the $8 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline project announced the cancellation of the project Sunday, taking state leaders by surprises. According to a statement from Dominion Energy and Duke Energy Sunday afternoon, the pipeline project to bring natural gas from ...

Hino pausing production in July

PARKERSBURG — Hino Motors Manufacturing USA is halting production for a month. The truck manufacturing facility paused production on March 23 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Work on trucks scheduled in March resumed in June, said Steve Stalnaker, senior vice president and manager of ...

Accrediting agency puts Ohio Valley University on probation

VIENNA —Ohio Valley University was placed on probation this week by its accrediting authority over concerns about the school’s financial status and enrollment numbers. The school has a year-and-a-half to address the issues before a planned evaluation in December 2021 and vote on whether to ...

Qdoba coming to Vienna

VIENNA — A local management company is opening a new restaurant in Vienna. QMG Venture and its management company Charton Management owned by Grant Wharton and Matt Herridge closed on the Steak and Shake at the Grand Central Mall Tuesday and plan to open a Qdoba Mexican restaurant at the ...