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Tourists few, NY gift shops struggle but don’t lose heart

NEW YORK (AP) — In souvenir shops from Times Square to the World Trade Center, shelves full of T-shirts and trinkets still (heart) New York. But the proprietors wonder when their customers will, again. The coronavirus pandemic has taken a voracious bite out of a slice of New York life as ...

Retailers want you to watch and shop this season

NEW YORK (AP) — When Jenna Powell gets in front of a camera, she can sell $10,000 worth of sparkly dresses and tie-dye hoodies in 40 minutes. Powell, whose three Jennaration shops in Alabama were closed at the start of the pandemic, has put all her focus on selling through live videos, ...

KBI Laundries storefront keeping busy keeping clean

KBI Laundries operates shops in Belpre and Beverly, but it wasn’t until mid-August when their Marietta storefront opened at 106 Front St. “We’ve been in the coin-operated laundry business for quite some time and they go hand in hand,” said owner Charlie Schilling. “It’s a ...

Mister Bee receives federal loan for projects

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia’s only potato chip maker has received a federal loan financing for renewable energy systems and other improvements. On Tuesday, officials announced the West Virginia Potato Chip Co. LLC, makers of Mister Bee potato chips, has received $250,000 from the United ...

Author pursues passion amid shutdown

VIENNA — Local author Joshua E. B. Smith says COVID-19 has forced a shift in his book sales after the pandemic caused conventions and venues throughout the region to cancel 2020 events. Smith, a life-long Wood County resident who lives in Vienna, has written and published four novels and has ...

Family Ford honored for reaching milestone

Twenty-five years ago, the Nourse Group purchased the Marietta Ford dealership and renamed it Family Ford. Wednesday, Ford honored Dick Nourse, principal dealer with the group, for marking the milestone with the presentation of a plaque. “We have tried to do a good job and take care of ...

Development Authority navigates unusual year

PARKERSBURG — The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact local businesses to varying degrees and has impacted the business community throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley. The annual membership meeting of the Wood County Development Authority and The Parkersburg-Wood County Area Development ...

Peak Rock Capital affiliate sells ProFusion

An affiliate of Peak Rock Capital (“Peak Rock”), a leading middle-market private equity firm, announced today that it has sold ProFusion Industries (“ProFusion” or the “Company”) to an investor group led by ProFusion management. Headquartered in Fairlawn, Ohio with a manufacturing ...

Whited tests positive for virus

GRANTSVILLE — A local health care executive has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Stephen Whited, CEO of Minnie Hamilton Health System, is experiencing no symptoms, and will follow all protocols before returning to work. Earlier this month, Whited reported he was in contact with a ...

Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce Member Business Relief Fund

In order to support local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce created the MACC Member Business Relief Fund that provided grants to qualifying chamber member businesses. These funds were deployed from MACC’s Marietta Community Foundation Fund, which ...

Peoples Bank Foundation donates $25K to COVID-19 fund

Peoples Bank Foundation, Inc. announced that it donated $25,000 to the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) to be used in response to the effects of COVID-19 through the Appalachian Ohio Emergency Response Fund. “In these difficult times, Peoples Bank is doing everything it can to help ...

Wendy’s owners donate $110K to nonprofits

PARKERSBURG — The owners of local Wendy’s franchises on Monday donated $110,000 to a total of 27 organizations in the communities they serve. Wendpark owners Kim and Ray Blackburn donated $10,000 for each of their 11 Wendy’s locations across Wood, Pleasants and Wetzel counties in West ...

Briefcase

Stonewall hires VP, Director of Web Development Leslie Crooks, President of Stonewall Group, a strategic marketing services firm headquartered in Marietta, has announced the hire of Eric Griffiths to the position of Vice President, Director of Web Development. Griffiths will be responsible ...

A leader should respect the traditions and cultures of the past

In May of, 2004, my brother Jack and I and our wives visited our childhood home. It had been almost twenty years since we had been there together. In 1962, when Mom and Dad took teaching jobs at Beallsville, they purchased this 60 acre farm just north of the little Ohio town of Malaga to keep ...

Program to help area businesses reach customers

The last few months have been a tough time for all of us. As a tight knit small business community, we have missed the opportunity to visit and shop local. Now that restrictions are easing, it’s time for local businesses to get the word out that they are OPEN. — The Marietta Times can help. ...

Solvay recognizes service of employees

- Jerry Howery recently completed 25 years of employment with Solvay Specialty Polymers. Jerry joined Solvay in 1995 as a Chemical Operator and is now a Material Handler. Jerry resides in Ripley with his wife, Angela. - Howard Jacobsen recently completed 25 years of employment with Solvay ...

Williamstown Bank names new president and CEO

WILLIAMSTOWN – Williamstown Bank begins a new chapter as it welcomes a new president and chief executive officer. Sharon K. Anderson will succeed E.K. Sleeth, whose retirement is effective May 1, the board of directors announced. “I have been preparing for retirement over the last year. ...

W.Va. airports get grants to cope with COVID-19

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport is among the airports in West Virginia that received grants through the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation announced. Grants were announced for 23 airports in the state, about $9 million ...

Embarrassment and life lessons

Twice a year when I was a child, the Diehl’s Clothing store in Woodsfield had a sale. It was a sale my mother, my brothers, and I never missed. On the appointed day right after school, Mom made sure we attended this event, which occurred in early spring and late summer. There were sweaters, ...

$1M fund established to help area businesses recover from pandemic

APPLY FOR GRANT HERE From local reports Local businesses can now apply for a grant to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Ogden Newspapers Inc., the parent company of The Marietta Times, has established a $1 million fund to help local businesses get back to ...