Business

Local financial advisor earns honor

PARKERSBURG — Chris Hall, founding partner and managing principal of Hall Financial Advisors, LLC has been named to the 2018 Forbes Top State-by-State Advisor rankings. Hall was listed No. 1 in West Virginia. “It is truly an honor to be named to such a prestigious financial advisor ...

Keeping up and understanding what it takes

Being a Ray, I was in the back of the room every year in grade school. In those days, teachers were fond of alphabetical seating. During the summer of 1961, our family moved from Flemingsburg, Kentucky to Beallsville, Ohio. I began my third grade of school as usual in the back of the room. Mrs. ...

Riverview Credit Union celebrates its 50th anniversary

Special to the Times BELPRE — Riverview Credit Union is kicking off a year-long 50th anniversary celebration with events during this week. Riverview was formed in March 1968 to serve the financial needs of the Union Carbide Marietta Plant employees. Members were encouraged to keep their ...

Safety Council meets Wednesday

The Mid-Ohio Valley Safety Council will be meeting on Wednesday March 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and the program begins at noon. The topic for the month is “OSHA Record Keeping” with featured speaker Brian Zachetti, BWC Industry Safety Consultant, ...

New Marietta Kroger manager

Jim Hudkins, a native of nearby St. Marys, WV, has been named manager of the Marietta Kroger. Hudkins joined Kroger in 2012 after completing the Company’s Management Development Program. Since then, he has been assistant manager in Kroger stores in Proctorville, Ohio, Parkersburg and ...

Riverview celebrates 50th with year-long celebration

BELPRE — Riverview Credit Union announces it is kicking off a year-long 50th anniversary celebration of service to the community with appreciation events during the week of March 19 to 24. Both Riverview members and nonmembers alike are invited to visit Riverview’s Marietta office on ...

Impactful teachers devise a plan to transfer knowledge

As with most children, teachers made a difference in my life. I was enrolled in the first grade at Flemingsburg, Kentucky in 1959 without the benefit of kindergarten. I was only 5 years old and was amazed at the activity in the room. Since we moved around a lot, Mom and Dad had few social ...

Risks leaders take should be calculated

Coal miners played a number of games in their idle time while underground. Riding the conveyor belts was one some miners played. After I had been in the mines for a few months, I heard a number of stories about belt riding from different miners. However, I had never seen it done. One day I ...

Fear can be paralyzing; remember this lesson with snakes

My grandmother hated snakes. The only good snake was one that was in many pieces at her feet. She learned this hatred as a girl growing up on the Cumberland Plateau in East Tennessee in the days when snakes were plentiful and first aid knowledge rare. My Dad on the other hand, prohibited the ...

Peer pressure can undo leaders’ hard work

Smoking is, of course, forbidden in every underground coal mine. The reality of how men in different mines dealt with this issue varied, however. The smokers, of whom there was quite a few in the mining population, were fanatical about getting that last cigarette before going underground and ...

Starbucks to open store in Vienna

From local reports VIENNA – A nationally known chain of coffee franchises will open a store in Vienna. Starbucks and the PM Company of Vienna have signed a lease to open a full-service free-standing restaurant at the North Entrance of the Grand Central Mall, the PM Company announced on ...

Leaders should check adherence to laws from time to time

To a coal mine production foreman, having an inspector on his section made for a difficult day. The federal statutes fill a document almost an inch thick. Add to that a number of even more strict state laws and you have a formidable set of regulations. Most of these laws came into being as a ...

Private landowners can enroll in CSP program

COLUMBUS – Agricultural producers wanting to enhance current conservation efforts are encouraged to apply for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Through CSP, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) helps private landowners build their business while implementing ...

County farm bureau will discuss CAUV program

From local reports For the past six year, Current Agriculture Use Valuation (CAUV) has been a top priority of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and the Washington County Farm Bureau. The CAUV calculation that was originally created was intended to follow the farm economy and for nearly 40 years ...

Good leadership starts with a plan that works

One morning a couple of weeks ago, as my wife, Carol, was walking out the door for work, I heard a thump on the sliding glass door. I jumped up and saw a female cardinal lying on the deck. This accident is not uncommon and nine out of 10 of the birds who fly into the glass doors survive to fly ...

Unity Cafe offers another choice for coffee lovers locally

PARKERSBURG — The aroma reaches the nose before the feet reach Seventh Street; the aroma of brewing coffee. The cartoon image of a scent carrying one somewhere by a finger shaped aroma comes to mind. Quite an amusing image until you read all the memes talking about how others will suffer ...

Leaders must realize impact of shortcuts on the job

Coal mine supervisors as a group were highly focused on production. Most of them tried to obey mine laws and safety policy but a few others viewed these laws and policies as mild guidelines. With the latter type of supervisor, a decision between safety and production always fell to production. ...

Farmers offered 1-day GAP training

In partnership with Appalachian Sustainable Development, asdevelop.org, Rural Action will be offering a one-day training to prepare farm and food businesses for a Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) audit and certification. GAP and Good Handling Practices (GHP) are voluntary audits that assure ...

Altercare to welcome Greystone Healthcare Management

NORTH CANTON — Altercare Integrated Health Services (Altercare) has entered into an agreement to acquire the operations of six Ohio-based centers managed by Greystone Healthcare Management, with a proposed effective date of February 1, 2018, with the addition of two remaining facilities to ...

‘Emergency Preparedness’ topic of safety council meeting

The Mid-Ohio Valley Safety Council will be meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and the program begins at noon. The topic for the month is “Emergency Preparedness” with featured speaker Gary O’Brien, ...