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WVU Heart and Vascular Institute expands services in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — The WVU Heart and Vascular Institute is increasing its services at WVU Medicine’s medical campus in downtown Parkersburg and enhancing its support of the only hospital in the Mid-Ohio Valley to offer open-heart surgery. Cardiothoracic surgeon Geoffrey Cousins, M.D., began ...

Officials seek answers regarding Wirt County facility

ELIZABETH — One of the people who helped get the nursing care facility built in Wirt County is now looking into why it is not operating as a nursing care facility. Harold Villers of the Wirt County Development Corporation appeared before the Wirt County Commission this past week to ask ...

No injuries in fire on Lost Pavement Road

PARKERSBURG — No one was injured in a structure fire Saturday at 5410 Lost Pavement Road, officials said. “The fire was contained to one room,” said Mark Stewart, the Lubeck Fire Department Chief. Stewart said the cause is still under investigation. “It took us 10 minutes to put out ...

Mister Bee Potato Chips receives federal certification

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia Potato Chip Co., doing business as Mister Bee Potato Chips in Parkersburg, has received a woman-owned small business certification as it prepares to install new equipment in March. Mary Anne Ketelsen of Belpre is majority owner and president of West Virginia ...

Lending becoming easier for manufactured homes

MARIETTA — A national shortage of affordable housing prompted Freddie Mac, a government-sponsored company that purchases mortgages from banks, to issue in late 2018 a new set of financing guidelines that are expected to make it easier for people seeking low-cost housing to purchase ...

Jackson General Hospital to join the West Virginia University Health System

MORGANTOWN — Jackson General Hospital in Ripley has signed a letter of intent to join the West Virginia University Health System. WVU Hospitals will file a Certificate of Need application with the West Virginia Health Care Authority seeking approval to acquire the hospital. Jackson General ...

Grogg’s Home Service announces purchase of Keeling Chimney Service

PARKERSBURG — Grogg’s Home Services announced the acquisition of Keeling Chimney Service, a local, family-owned partnership that has been servicing the Mid-Ohio Valley area for eight years. Keeling Chimney specializes in the maintenance and restoration of chimneys and fireplaces in ...

Parkersburg High School graduate pens novel

PARKERSBURG — Walt “Wally” Chaney’s new book, “The Christmas Disease,” involves a race to save Americans after terrorists unleash a deadly manufactured virus on the southeastern coast. Chaney, a 1982 graduate of Parkersburg High School, teaches biology at Louisa County High School ...

Larchmont House a Marietta landmark for 180 years

MARIETTA — Larchmont House looks down from a height on Second Street. Now more crowded by its neighbors than when it was built 180 years ago, it still seems aloof, screened from the street by a black iron fence and twin cypress trees, broad stone steps leading between the trees up the slope ...

Blennerhassett Museum Winter Lecture Series returning

PARKERSBURG — Blennerhassett Museum Winter Lecture Series is returning for another year, presenting four programs at 2 p.m. each Sunday in February. The series begins Feb. 3 and ends Feb. 24. Seating is limited so call for information or reservations at 304-420-4800. The cost is $5 per ...

Troubled youth find guidance, camaraderie at Ohio Wilderness Boys Camp

SUMMERFIELD — One could almost mistake the gathering for a scout camp — minus the uniforms. They sing camp songs and rousing hymns at mealtime gatherings. They build fires, play card games and learn to carve wood. But their stay on this ridge, in this remote corner of nowhere along the ...

Lyme disease a struggle for Washington County couple

MARIETTA — When Washington County resident Kristin McCartney got sick in the late fall, she had so many symptoms it was difficult for doctors to figure out what was wrong with her. “She was in intense pain, she couldn’t stand for more than a few minutes, and she felt numbness in her ...

Manchin: Help available for those impacted by government shutdown

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., on Friday released information to help West Virginians impacted by the government shutdown. The list of resources includes information about how to obtain unemployment benefits, food assistance, loans, information on how to work with utility, ...

West Virginians go online for unclaimed property

CHARLESTON — Almost half of the claim applications to the Unclaimed Property Division in December were made electronically, the West Virginia treasurer said. The trend is not unusual as the Fast Track program attempts to get money in claimants’ hands faster, Treasurer John Perdue ...

Peoples Bank names Tyler Wilcoxen executive vice president

MARIETTA — Peoples Bank has appointed of Tyler Wilcox as executive vice president, south regional president. “With more than 11 years of executive experience at Peoples Bank, Tyler brings top-level expertise to this new role,” said Chuck Sulerzyski, Peoples Bank president and chief ...

Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce announces speaker for dinner

MARIETTA — The Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the keynote speaker for its 2019 annual dinner on March 11 at the Dyson-Baudo Recreation Center at Marietta College. J.B. Bernstein is a sports marketing pioneer and the co-creator of “The Million Dollar Arm,” a reality show ...

Shentel Foundation commits $50K to Leadership West Virginia

CHARLESTON — The Shentel Foundation, part of Shenandoah Telecommunications Co., has made a $50,000 commitment to Leadership West Virginia over the next five years. The contribution makes the foundation the first diamond sponsor of the program in 2019. “Shentel looks forward to this ...

WVU researchers examine hospital readmissions

MORGANTOWN — A widely used index to assess hospital patients’ risk of readmission may have a blind spot, according to new research from West Virginia University. Physicians and nurses use the L.A.C.E. index to identify which patients are most likely to be readmitted to the hospital because ...

Marietta College playing host to career fair

MARIETTA — Marietta College, Washington County Career Center, Washington State Community College, Jobs and Family Services and Building Bridges to Careers will hold Career Connect, a career fair to meet the needs of job seekers and employers in the Mid-Ohio Valley, on April 4, 8 a.m.-noon for ...