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Design intern joins local firm Copper Leaf Interior Design Studio, located at 415 Gilman Ave. in Marietta, announces their latest intern, Megan Stalter, of Baltimore, Ohio. Stalter is a senior at Ohio University in Athens, where she is studying interior architecture. Along with her ...

Ohio EQIP application deadline Nov. 17

COLUMBUS — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, as the deadline to submit applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) in Ohio. EQIP is a voluntary conservation program that helps ...

Resource Conservation Service holds landowner meetings

The Washington County Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) office invites landowners with farms or woodlands in Adams, Aurelius, Fearing, Liberty, Muskingum and Salem townships to two informational meetings on funding opportunities for conservation practices that may be installed ...

Leaders should facilitate dialogue about accident avoidance

I loved growing up on our farm at Malaga, Ohio, however, there were some unpleasant tasks that had to be done. Spreading manure and castrating pigs topped the list of the least desirable tasks. However, I found that dehorning a bull was also unpleasant and dangerous. One year, my Jersey cow, ...

Merle Norman business in Marietta celebrates 13 years

Merle Norman Cosmetics, located at 6 Tiber Way, is celebrating 13 years in business. An anniversary party with drawings and refreshments will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, and from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. “We are excited about our anniversary,” said ...

Good leaders learn from their successes and failures

My first semester in college was more difficult than I expected. My high score on the ACT college entrance test placed me in several advanced courses, including an honors freshman English class. My roommate, Keith, and I participated in frequent socialization events on and off campus. So, ...

Solvay employees’ service, anniversaries recognized

Kent Dean recently completed five years of employment with Solvay Specialty Polymers. Dean joined Solvay in 2007 as a chemical operator. He resides in Williamstown. Bill Kroll recently completed 15 years of employment with Solvay Specialty Polymers. Kroll joined Solvay in 2002 as a ...

Epicenter offers business workshop in October

The Epicenter, providing youth and entrepreneurial development, are hosting workshops focused on helping new and existing entrepreneurs utilize the Value Proposition Canvas and Business Model Canvas. These tools provide a simple way to understand your customers’ needs and design the products ...

Experience informs us how to act in a specific event

The culture of coal mining was fraught with conflict, man against a hostile environment, union against company, and even supervisor against supervisor. Unfortunately, one of these conflicts happened when my boss and I exchanged angry words after he had embarrassed me in front of all my peers. ...

Leaders must be aware of nearing a workplace tipping point

One cool evening last week, I rested in my chair on the bank of my river and gazed across the water. The bright yellow petals of the seven-foot high Indian Yams were mostly gone and their leaves were turning brown. Behind me another paw paw splatted the ground with a dull thud. A large fish ...

Local barber retires; 53 years in the trade

Lyle Deming of Marietta, owner of Lyle's Barber Shop, 530 Fourth St., Marietta, retired Aug. 29 after 53 years. Deming attained his barber license in 1963 and worked at Neader's Barbershop for a year and a half. He then went into the service. Then in 1965, he worked for Heyrock Barbershop on ...

Success depends on recognizing strengths in the organization

On April 24, 2001 during a trip to Missouri, my two brothers, Jack and Joe, and I decided to take a break from building a tornado shelter and float the Buffalo River in Northern Arkansas. We drove two hours south of Springfield, Missouri, to the edge of the Boston Mountains. Once we arrived ...

Good leaders can assess employee morale, read cues in the workplace

For years, miners used canaries to test the underground atmosphere for adequate oxygen content. Some of the older miners believed rats could sense a major roof fall or explosion and left the area before an accident occurred. In reality, when accumulating methane displaced the oxygen, the rats ...

Peoples Bank Foundation awards $66,900 in grants

The Peoples Bank Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit corporation formed to make donations in Peoples Bank market areas, has awarded $66,900 in second quarter 2017 grants to 28 organizations from the bank’s market areas throughout Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky. Peoples Bank Foundation, Inc., ...

Career Center announces new hires, promotions

The Washington County Career Center administration was busy this past summer making transitions from within and hiring new employees before the new school year. Shari Elfine transitioned from Monitor/Student Support Assistant to Graduation Pathway Specialist. The Career Center welcomes five new ...

Persistence, passion add up to successful leaders

It took me nine years to complete my undergraduate degree. After a year as a full-time student, I found myself in an underground coal mine in southeastern Belmont County. I continued taking courses at Ohio University’s Eastern Campus, one or two a quarter, until I had everything completed ...

Vienna, Marietta Kmarts stay open

VIENNA, W.Va. – Kmarts in Vienna and Marietta again escaped the ax as Sears Holding Co. Thursday announced the closure of 28 more stores around the country. The closest closure is a Kmart in Massillon, Ohio, according to the list provided by Sears Holding. It’s good news for Vienna, for ...

Mine bosses finally had to invest in experts to determine miners’ illnesses

Coal mining in the 1970s had some curious traditions, which, today, would be considered by most as absurd. One of the traditions was the Friday afternoon exodus. An extremely emotional issue among miners is their ability to get out of the mine in the event one is hurt or sick. The reason for ...

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 ...