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Mother Earth celebrates 40 years

PARKERSBURG - Customers of Mother Earth Foods are helping to celebrate the company's 40th anniversary this weekend.Mother Earth Foods, 1638 19th St., is holding a celebration in its side parking lot today from noon to 5 p.m., said Dave Hawkins, who has been at the store from almost the ...

Chamber produces ‘Shop Local’ brochures

ST. MARYS - Shoppers in Pleasants County can learn about stores in the area with a new brochure produced by the Pleasants Area Chamber of Commerce.Store owners say shoppers often asked about other businesses, Kaki Reckard, owner of The Greenhouse of St. Marys, said it's not unusual to get ...

Tax Increment Financing helps infrastructure

MARIETTA - Income, property and sales taxes play a role in the economic prosperity of an area through the link between land, businesses, jobs and revenue flow.Development of new business is often an investment from entrepreneurs in the hopes of bringing that flow of revenue and jobs to an ...

MedExpress unveiling new look in area

PARKERSBURG - MedExpress is unveiling a new look to the exterior of two Parkersburg centers in south Parkersburg and Vienna.The centers will feature a prominent new "ME" logo and redesigned facade. The exteriors are reflective of MedExpress' focus on the total patient experience and will ...

Highmark W.Va. in Parkersburg recognized

PARKERSBURG - The League of American Bicyclists has recognized Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia with its bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Business Award."As part of our commitment to improve the health and wellness of the communities we serve, Highmark believes it's important to ...

Worthington green going green

PARKERSBURG - Worthington Golf Club has installed a recycling station at its clubhouse which is projected to reduce trash from the club that is disposed of at the landfill by 130 tons a year.The program was developed by Andy Hartleben, a member of the Wood County Solid Waste Authority board of ...

Pipeline completion date extended

MARIETTA - Due to weather delays preventing construction throughout the summer, Water Energy Services has extended the completion date from mid-August to the end of October for its Ohio 7 offloading station, pipeline and connecting Ohio 676 pump station to inject brine water into wells at the ...

Promotion returning to Grand Central Mall

VIENNA - The Cash for Your Magical Cause promotion will return to the Grand Central Mall for the holidays.Local 501(c)3 organizations can compete for cash prizes totaling $10,000. Grand Central Mall first introduced Cash for Your Magical Cause in 2014 and due to its success will return in ...

$275M plant to be built

PARKERSBURG - A $275 million plant to permanently treat wastewater from drilling rather than dispose of it in an injection well will be built in Doddridge County, a company announced this week.Antero Resources Corp. said it has signed an agreement with Veolia Water Technologies Inc. and Veolia ...

Bent Barbell Club uses old-school approach

PARKERSBURG - Eight weeks ago Tim Hagan fulfilled his dream with the opening of the Bent Barbell Club, a 24-hour gym that is more old school in its approach than trendy.Hagan said the Bent Barbell Club is meeting what he sees as a fitness market that is not being served in the Mid-Ohio ...

Belpre Savings Bank announces new affiliation

BELPRE - First Mutual Holding Co., the largest depositor-owned mutual holding company of its kind in the Midwest, has announced Belpre Savings Bank will become an affiliate bank pending approval of regulatory agencies and Belpre's depositors and borrowers.Belpre Savings, with $51 million in ...

Former teacher writes adult romance novel

PARKERSBURG - A former teacher in Wood County Schools has recently published his second book."He Said vs. She Said" is a romance novel intended for mature audiences over 18, said John Morgan."But don't think anything less of it," he said. "It's a real good story."Morgan wrote the book under his ...

Health club features signature drinks

MARIETTA - Dancing to the beat of Beyonce's "Diva," Michael Finley, 44, of Zanesville, Ohio, tidied up his new Front Street health club on a recent afternoon and poured his signature three-step drinks.Healthy Fusions has been open at 216 Front St. since early August, inviting Marietta residents ...

Positions open at theatre

MARIETTA - As the final countdown begins in the months preceding the Peoples Bank Theatre opening, paid and volunteer positions are open at the historic vaudeville house.The theater, built in 1911, has been closed for roughly two decades. It is set to unlock its doors with a red carpet-style ...

Job creation loan funds available

MARIETTA - With the economy starting to show signs of sustained growth, there are opportunities for local business operators to either expand their existing business, or to start a small business enterprise.Important items to consider include the hiring of new employees, updating or purchasing ...

Work on Pleasants County hydroelectric facility nearly done

ST. MARYS - After four-and-a-half years of work, the hydroelectric facility at the Willow Island Locks and Dam is nearing completion.The American Municipal Power (AMP) project is expected to be completed within the next couple of months, said Neil Baker, resident engineer with MWH Global. The ...

Shorts sell Mountaineer Family Restaurant

PARKERSBURG - A local institution will soon be transitioning into something new and fresh for the area.After over 29 years in business, the Mountaineer Family Restaurant will be shutting down its operations on Oct. 1 after owner David Short announced Wednesday he is selling the restaurant at ...

Escape Room opens in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG - A new Dudley Avenue business allows visitors to seemingly play inside a video game, gathering clues, putting together the puzzle pieces they need to not only solve a mystery, and escape a locked room - and you only have 45 minutes to do it all.Greg Buck and his wife Kerri own the ...

MCF helping people that help others

MARIETTA - The Marietta Community Foundation has been helping the people who help people since 1974."Any nonprofit located in Washington County, or who serves residents of Washington County can apply for a grant," said Marietta Community Foundation President and CEO Heather Allender.Christian ...

Food Truck Friday scheduled in St. Marys

ST. MARYS - The Pleasants County Chamber of Commerce and the Pleasants Area Farmers Market will hold Food Truck Friday, a one-day-only lunch from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 28 on Second Street in downtown St. Marys.Food trucks from Ritchie County, Marietta and Pleasants County will be on Second Street ...