Business

Sometimes workers have to take a risk for the greater good

A number of memorable strikes occurred in my mining career. One resulted from a perceived infraction of the union contract. This incident involved one miner not receiving a half hour overtime to which he felt entitled. This strike lasted seven days. Being a more experienced miner than in a ...

Perseverance is a great quality in successful leaders

When I was 9 years old, I started and then quit 4-H. Dad had suggested I join and wasn’t too happy when I quit. He didn’t say much but I knew he was disappointed. Not joining 4-H would have been acceptable to him but quitting was not. The next year, I rejoined and stayed for seven extremely ...

When in doubt, good leaders follow the rules

My most emotional and difficult job in the underground coal mining industry was as track foreman. I dreaded my arrival at work each day to deal the anger of my crew. It was a very negative relationship from the very beginning for reasons beyond my control. One day, my crew was working at the ...

6 restaurants in W.Va., Ohio told to make back pay

By The Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Six restaurants in West Virginia and Ohio have been ordered to pay $111,000 in back pay and damages to 27 workers for minimum wage and overtime violations. The U.S. Department of Labor says in a news release a federal court for West Virginia's ...

Native Americans display amazing example of self-sufficiency

In 2010, my wife, Carol, and I were in South Dakota. We took a road trip to the Badlands National Park with my brother and sister-in-law. It has a very unusual scenery of jagged gray peaks and green valleys. In places, it looks like a moonscape. We headed south to the White River Visitor ...

Tough task ahead; you can do it

A few years ago, my brother Jack and his wife were canoeing the North Fork of the White River in the Ozark Mountains. They stayed a little too long on a gravel bar and the time got away from them. It was dusk by the time they reached the take-out point and with little light Jack passed it. By ...

Good leaders know how to treat people, expect the same from others

The Christmas, my sister Sylvia was 14 she received a blue box about 18 inches long by one foot high. It was a record player and became a valuable family item. That and a small plastic transistor radio were our source of music along with the car radio when we got the chance. I once ran the ...

Education should be a routine part of employee development plans

One of the advantages of being a teacher’s kid came from the times when Dad had to go to school on a Saturday to prepare for next week’s classes. I always volunteered to go along usually with my younger brother Jack. While Dad completed his work, Jack and I went to the gym and usually ...

Autocratic leaders find their vision fails

On April 29, my sister, Sylvia, and I drove to Lynchburg, Virginia to visit my brother, Jim Ed. While there, we were loading up supplies when I saw a sign directing us to Appomattox Court House. Since none of us had ever visited this historic site, we drove 30 miles to explore. Appomattox ...

Job Fair designed to match employers, applicants

From staff reports At least 30 area employers will take part in the Spring Job Fair sponsored by The Marietta Times and Parkersburg News & Sentinel, to be held Friday at the Grand Pointe Conference Center in Vienna. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the center, 1500 Grand ...

Solving a simple problem? You may have overlooked the real issue

Recently, I realized my grass was about to get away from me. So I pulled out my mower, checked the oil, and filled it with gas. I pumped the gas primer and inserted my ear plugs. When I tugged on the string to engage the mower, it only moved about six inches. Again and again, I pulled with no ...

It’s always good to have a plan, even if it’s nontraditional

As I finished high school, I knew I wanted to get a doctorate. I adopted my Uncle Joe, who had a doctorate in political science, as my role model. I entered Western Kentucky University with my first choice as a law degree. Unfortunately, the course, Logic I, scared me out of the field. My ...

Farmers markets have long history

Ahh ... Spring has sprung; the anticipation of farmers markets opening bringing beautiful flowers, tantalizing produce, scrumptious homemade bakery, talented crafters all coming together to offer you the best of a community. But — you are in luck! River City Farmers Market is open all year to ...

Leaders, followers have differing sets of rules

In the spring of 1970, I was selected to be the Boys State representative for Beallsville High School. Boys State is a mock government program put on by the American Legion. It was the most significant honor I had received other than my trophies for showing cattle at the Monroe County Fair. My ...

New boutique relocating from N.C. to open on Front St.

For Emma Blaney, opening a business in Marietta has grown out of family involvements. EmLeigh’s and Mama B’s boutique is relocating to downtown Marietta from High Point, N.C. “I’ve been in North Carolina most of my life, but now I live in Vienna with my fiance,” Blaney said. ...

People often love to change if they are part of the planning

As children do, my brothers and I looked forward to summer vacation. Although the warm weather brought with it farm work such as planting, hoeing, and putting up hay, there were a multitude of pleasures also. We had plenty of time to re-enact the Civil War, explore the perimeter of our ...

International recognition

Copper Leaf Interior Design Studio, located at 415 Gilman Ave., Marietta, was recently awarded the first-place design award for Combination Window Treatments in the VISION Design and Workroom Competition. The competition, sponsored by Kirsch, was a part of the International Window Coverings ...

Leaders seek new information, experiences to deepen creativity

My Uncle Joe, who was my Dad’s youngest brother, was born in 1907, a few months after my Grandfather died of heat exhaustion loading a wagon of logs. He was orphaned at the age of 15 when my Grandmother died of typhoid fever. Extended family members cared for him as he grew up. Shortly after ...

Napoli’s opens new Parkersburg restaurant

PARKERSBURG — Napoli’s has had a presence at 1617 Dupont Road since 1969, according to Wayne Waldeck, who co-owns Wal Bon, better known as Napoli’s and McHappy’s, with his brother Bill. Lots of pizzas passed through the doors, whether it was eat-in or take-out. That restaurant’s ...

Seek feedback and ideas from others in your field

Several years ago, I was asked to organize and lead a presentation on Mastermind groups at a chapter meeting of the National Speakers Association of Ohio in Columbus. There were about 80 people at the session including experienced speakers who had participated in Mastermind groups and new ...