Business

Leaders can learn by returning to familiar scenes

On May 2009, I, along with my photographer, Margaret Ross, toured the Ohio Valley Coal Company, Powhatan Number 6 Mine. It had been 27 years since I last walked underground. Almost 37 years ago, I began my nine years as a coal miner in this very mine. We viewed a safety film and were ...

Effective leaders gather consensus around goals, then use expertise

On April 22, 2009, I traveled to Frankfort, Ky., picked up my older brother, Joe, and headed the next day to Springfield, Mo., where my younger brother, Jack and his family lives. We had planned a tornado shelter that would be made of strong stuff. Joe designed the structure with input from ...

Leaders who show respect ahead of those who use force

During the three years I worked at the Meigs Number Two coal mine (1979-1982), I saw very few strikes. Across the country, wildcat strikes became much less frequent after the 1978 contract between the United Mine Workers of America and the Bituminous Coal Operators Association. The union felt ...

New CEO assigned to L&P Services, Inc.

From local reports Jamie Kerestes, president of L & P Services, Inc. has announced the appointment of Douglas Pfeifer, MA, LPCC-S to the chief executive officer position. Pfeifer received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from West Virginia University and his Masters of Arts ...

Copper Leaf’s new intern: Darcy McDougle

From local reports Copper Leaf Interior Design Studio announces their most recent intern, Darcy McDougle, of West Virginia University, has successfully completed her summer internship program. Originally from Vienna, West Virginia, Darcy begins her senior year at WVU, and will graduate in the ...

Morrison, Inc. earns Mitsubishi’s Diamond Commercial Contractor

From local reports Morrison, Incorporated is proud to announce the company has earned Diamond Commercial Contractor status from Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. The Diamond Commercial Contractor program consists of an elite network of professional, knowledgeable, and forward-thinking business ...

In mining work it’s important to see the light

Sometimes an underground coal miner’s caplight goes out during a shift. This problem usually happens when a miner on the previous shift uses it and runs down the battery, the miner doesn’t put it on charge properly, or because it is defective. In any case, when I was a supervisor my job was ...

Wharff promoted to news director

WMOA President Johnny Wharff announced the promotion of Brett Wharff to News Director of WMOA Radio. “Brett has been with the radio station since November of last year, and brings us a honest flair to our local news, and some really unique color to our dayparts. He is embedded in the ...

Employee loyalty pays dividends for all invovled

The state law in Ohio requires that there must be two means of ingress and egress (entering and exiting) coal mines at all times. In all three of the mines in which I worked, the elevator and the slope were the only two openings. This state requirement meant that if the elevator was broken ...

Current leaders teach skills to next generation

My Dad tried by every means at his disposal to make me a capitalist. He took me to the Barnesville First National Bank to set up a savings account when I was in the fourth grade. Until my first year of college, I deposited and withdrew money from my allowances and money I made from putting up ...

Truth is on the side of the best leaders

When I was a roof bolter at Youghiogheny and Ohio Coal Company (Y & 0) near Powhatan, Ohio in 1976, I found myself dressing beside an older man named Karl Kaftan. Karl was a very friendly guy who talked more than I, which takes some doing. Soon, he began telling me his fascinating life ...

BRIEFCASE

Peoples Foundation donates $3,000 to The Wilmington Schools Foundation Peoples Bank Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit corporation formed to make contributions in Peoples Bank market areas, recently announced it has donated $3,000 to the Wilmington Schools Foundation of Wilmington. The donation ...

Responsibility of leaders is to first identify the areas for learning

A few month ago, I headed to Columbus for a meeting with a client. I had gone less than a mile on a dark, curvy two-lane road when around one bend I was startled to see the silhouette of a small animal in the middle of the road, a skunk. She froze with fear. I was concerned about losing control ...

Peoples Bank Foundation makes YMCA donation

Peoples Bank Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit corporation formed to make donations in Peoples Bank market areas, recently awarded two donations totaling $7,000 to the Marietta Family YMCA in support of the organization’s camp bus and youth summer camp. The donations will provide $4,000 towards ...

Task checklist: How is this different? How is this the same?

When I was a boy, we bought a pony from a friend of mine. It was accompanied with a nice saddle. The pony was chestnut brown with a light brown mane, hence her name, Chestnut. We weren’t very imaginative with farmyard animal names. It was fun to ride her across our 60-acre farm and pretend ...

Lowe’s falls short of expectations

By The Associated Press NEW YORK — Home-improvement retailer Lowe's posted a profit Wednesday that didn't impress Wall Street, results that came in stark contrast to those of its rival Home Depot. Lowe's shares slumped after reporting its profit fell 32 percent to $602 million, or 70 ...

Huggins touts value of hard work

PARKERSBURG - Bob Huggins, head basketball coach at West Virginia University, spoke about the necessity of hard work and the ability to embrace change when necessary to succeed during a presentation at the Smoot Theatre on Tuesday in a program organized by Shale Crescent USA. About 500 ...

Leaders are the keepers of the rules, no exceptions

My first experience with an accident in an underground coal mine occurred when a stone fell on a miner who was a roof bolter. All I could see was his hat at one end and his shoes protruding from the other. Fortunately, he returned to work after about six months. His injury consisted of only ...

Safety Council rates 3rd in state

From local reports The Mid-Ohio Valley Safety Council (MOVSC), a program of the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce, announces it has been named the 3rd top-rated safety council in the state of Ohio by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). The MOVSC received the number-three ...

Copper Leaf completes 21st year in business

From local reports Copper Leaf Interior Design Studio announces the completion of its 21st year in business. Copper Leaf, owned by Pamela Holschuh, ASID, began in 1996 as Designs, a design firm and retail location, on Front Street in Marietta. As the business grew, Holschuh, who holds a ...