Business

Leaders need to be considerate, creative when solving conflicts

While a production foreman in an underground coal mine, I had to mediate a conflict between two crew members. I had two roof bolting machines on my section. The scoop car man, who supplied the bolting machines, and the roof bolter operators were aggravated with each other because the scoop car ...

Washington County earns clean report in state audit

A recent financial audit of Washington County by the Auditor of State’s office has returned a clean audit report. The Washington County Auditor’s Office’s excellent record keeping has earned it the Auditor of State Award. Washington County Auditor Bill McFarland credited the obtaining ...

Woodcraft Supply employees earn national awards

PARKERSBURG — Woodcraft Supply employees recently earned two national awards for effective use of technology to forecast product demand and to offer content to Woodcraft.com users. Jason Guthrie, director of purchasing, received the Avercast Crystal Ball Award at the Avercast 2017 Customer ...

Sometimes followers need to step up and say what they think

A number of memorable strikes occurred in my mining career. One resulted from a miner not receiving a half hour overtime to which he felt entitled. This strike lasted seven days. I administered an informal survey of the sentiments of my fellow shift mates. I found out that most of them wanted ...

Gran Ranchero offers Mexican cuisine

The scheduled grand opening of the Gran Ranchero restaurant Tuesday was postponed, but that didn't deter the dining public. The restaurant, which has been open for business since Nov. 11, by 6 p.m. was rapidly filling up. The Mexican food restaurant, with 10,000 square feet of floor area, ...

Examining work processes can pay off

I have owned a number of dogs in my life. My favorite was my first, one with a rich, black, wavy coat sporting a streak of white on his chest. At night when I looked out the bathroom window, I saw his shape curled in the moonlight. Every morning, he was at the back door to greet me as I began ...

Early bird editions on sale Wednesday

From staff reports Readers of the Marietta Times can get a jump on planning their strategies for Black Friday sales coming up next weekend by purchasing the massive Thanksgiving Day edition a day early. A limited number of copies, which will include Black Friday flyers from both The ...

Today’s workers deserve respect and appreciation

On June 26, 2009 I attended a function in Belpre where I ran into a colleague of mine with whom I worked in the coal mine. He related a story that chilled and saddened me. Early in my years as a coal mine section foreman, I had a man on my crew named Ray Ashworth. Ray was a very good roof ...

Smooth transitions depend on orderly transfer of knowledge

Ten thousand years ago on some ridgetop in what is now Washington County, Ohio, a Native American man taught his son the art of stone tool making. We know this because the stone artifacts are still there today. The craftsman had gathered around him all the necessary materials, a cobble of ...

Peoples Bank an official partner of the the SRC

On Sept. 7, 2017, Peoples Bank awarded $1,000 to the Student Readiness Collaborative (SRC) project, facilitated by the Ohio Valley Educational Service Center (ESC). The SRC includes every high school and career center in Guernsey, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, and Washington counties, and six ...

Contraxx Furniture donates $1,000 to help Harvey victims

McCONNELSVILLE — Contraxx Furniture, a custom hospitality/commercial furniture design and manufacturing firm located in McConnelsville, recently donated $1,000 to aid hurricane Harvey victims in Houston, TX. Organized by Carol Humphreys in Zanesville, two trailer-loads of relief supplies ...

Greenleaf Landscapes wins award for safety programs

Greenleaf Landscapes, Inc. announced that it was recently awarded an Overall Safety Achievement Award from the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP). The award, part of NALP’s annual Safety Recognition Awards Program honors those companies with thorough, high-performing ...

Copper Leaf Studio employee marks 10-year anniversary

Local Marietta company, Copper Leaf Interior Design Studio, announces the anniversary of a key team member. Beth Colombini celebrates her 10-year anniversary in her position as the office manager for the design firm. Her role has enhanced the growth of the company, along with staff and ...

Peoples customers, vendors, employees raise more than $40,000 for food banks

Peoples Bank employees teamed up with customers and vendors to raise more than $40,000 for local food banks in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky. “Raising funds for foodbanks in the communities we serve, in partnership with our customers, vendors and employees, is a wonderful way to ...

Vienna Kmart closing in January

VIENNA - Kmart in Vienna will close in January, officials announced today. A letter from Sears Holdings company, which owns Kmart and Sears, said the closings will occur in early 2018. "The company on Thursday ... informed associates at 45 Kmart stores and 18 Sears stores that we will be ...

Leaders must put ego aside, think about the team instead

For about a century, one of the indications of authority in the coal mine in Ohio was the “buglight.” The proper name of the instrument is the Koehler flame safety lantern. This lantern replaced the canary as the primary tool for detecting deficiency of oxygen in the 1890s. Prior to 1970, ...

Briefcase

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 ...