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Couple starts photo business together

HARRISVILLE - There are moments when one's hobby doesn't become a hobby anymore. It becomes the way of paying the bills and the profession.Photography in general is where that fits in most for the "hobbyist going pro" and for Graham Godwin of Harrisville in particular. He said Lasting Moments ...

Costs of kids on the rise

MARIETTA - For Marietta mom Cassidi Shoaf, money does not come first when it comes to raising her just-shy-of-1-year-old daughter; it is more about planning and prioritizing to make sure she is healthy and happy."I have an engineering degree but choose to stay at home...some may see that as a ...

FirstEnergy launches scam info website

AKRON - FirstEnergy Corp. has launched a scam and fraud information section on its website to help raise awareness of fraudulent activity and educate utility customers about these threats to personal safety and security.The new site, available at firstenergycorp.com/scaminfo, describes known ...

Peoples Bank partners with MoneyPass for ATMs

MARIETTA - Peoples Bank, with 81 branch locations throughout Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky, t has partnered with the MoneyPass ATM Network to offer surcharge-free ATM access.Customers will not pay ATM surcharge fees when they use a MoneyPass ATM anywhere in the country."Our decision to ...

Community Bank of Parkersburg announces four employee promotions

PARKERSBURG -Community Bank of Parkersburg has announced four employee promotions.Mari Ann Benson has been promoted to branch manager of the bank's south Parkersburg Office. Benson has been with Community Bank for four years. She has a 16-year career in banking. She attended Washington State ...

Ohio offers tax-free holiday

MARIETTA - Ohio is observing a tax-free holiday on clothing and school supplies for the first time through Sunday.Under a bill passed by Gov. John Kasich earlier this year, a one-time, three-day sales tax holiday took effect Friday and will continue through midnight Sunday.From jeans to ...

Merchants, artists enjoy showcase

MARIETTA - For Parkersburg native Chaz Thomas, the Marietta's Merchants and Artists Walk was his first professional chance to showcase his circus talents to an audience five years ago.On Friday evening, he returned to the streets of downtown Marietta."This event gave me my start," Thomas said. ...

Ceremony set for Galaxy Food Store

ST. MARYS - The owners of a St. Marys grocery store that burned down in April will begin the process of rebuilding next Tuesday.A groundbreaking will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at the site of the old St. Marys Galaxy Food Store at 1406 North Pleasants Highway, also known as West Virginia 2, at the ...

Veritas expanding in its second year

MARIETTA - With a rising enrollment for the second year of classical education and community-minded learning, Veritas Classical Academy is not only adding two more grade levels to the building, but almost doubling the students.Located on Harmar Hill, the private school boasts a retention rate ...

Wine magazine recognizes Spats at Blennerhassett Hotel

PARKERSBURG - Spats at the Blennerhassett Hotel is among several West Virginia restaurants and over 3,500 restaurants worldwide being recognized by an international wine publication.Wine Spectator has released the winners of its 2015 Restaurant Awards honoring outstanding eateries with ...

Valvo: DuPont is here to stay

WASHINGTON, W.Va. - Although DuPont may be a company with a 200-year history, the new plant manager of the Washington Works plant says this is an exciting time to be part of the company.Jay Valvo is plant manger at DuPont Washington Works, where the company's performance polymers are ...

United Bankshares increases earnings

PARKERSBURG - United Bankshares Inc. on Wednesday reported earnings for the second quarter and the first half of 2015.Earnings for the second quarter of 2015 were $34.8 million or 50 cents per diluted share, an increase from earnings of $33.2 million or 48 cents per diluted share for the second ...

Murray Sheet Metal welcomes machine

PARKERSBURG - It is known as a WARDJet Z-2543 waterjet cutter.It is a beast of a machine that uses water to cut through materials with pin-point accuracy."It is best known as a controlled accelerated erosion process," said Randy Rogers, Murray Sheet Metal general manager, Friday during an open ...

Fashion Gallery holds soft opening

VIENNA - Nearly two years after opening her first shop on Grand Central Avenue focusing on unique gift ideas, Victoria Yater is opening a second shop in the same complex with a focus on fashions.Yater's new Fashion Gallery shop held a soft opening July 24 at 1509 Grand Central Ave., a few doors ...

WesBanco announces new income and earnings

PARKERSBURG - WesBanco, a Wheeling-based multi-state bank holding company, on Wednesday announced net income and related earnings per share for the three and six months ending June 30.Net income for the three months ended June 30, excluding after-tax merger-related expenses of $700,000, was ...

United Banks’ Manner receives business award

PARKERSBURG - Harold Manner, a United Bank vice president and controller, received the 2015 Outstanding CPA in Business and Industry Award at the annual installation dinner of the West Virginia Society of CPAs June 19 at The Greenbrier Resort.Manner has been with United Bankshares for 25 years ...

Habitat to move ReStore to Vienna location

VIENNA - It's going to take a few months of work, but the Wood County Habitat for Humanity ReStore sales facility will move from Seventh Street in Parkersburg to the former Vienna Office Supply and Model Carpets on 16th Street.Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Alvin Phillips Thursday said ...

Smooth Transition

MARIETTA - Hoping to provide a smooth transition before immersing itself into the community and offering up the chance for enhanced services, United Church Homes was welcomed by the Glenwood Retirement Community, Harmar Place and Marietta on Thursday.In an approximately $15 million total ...

Solvay announces plans to purchase Cytec

MARIETTA - A Belgian chemicals company with a presence in Marietta just announced plans to purchase another international company with a site in West Virginia in a $5.5 billion deal.Solvay recently announced that it was purchasing 100 percent of the rival chemical company Cytec, making it the ...

Local companies receive export award

PARKERSBURG Eight companies from Wood and Jackson counties are among those honored Thursday as outstanding business exporters.Forty-six companies received the Governor's Commendation for International Market Entry from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. He was joined by Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette, ...