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Demolition begins at Slack Street recycling center


About 20 people watched a Rodney Loftis & Son employee inch closer to the plagued Slack Street recycling building Tuesday morning. A machine, known as a hammer, was extended to the east wall and began punching away a...

Summit focuses on workforce training


Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and other leaders spoke about the importance of workforce training and retraining programs and partnerships between education and industry at the governor’s first Workforce Summit Tuesday aft...

College grad, 63, embraces technology in second career


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — When the Bayer production unit she worked for closed, Peggy Gunter decided to take her life in a whole new direction.

Kresge Foundation president talks philanthropy in Charleston


Rip Rapson talked to a group of nearly 100 about the power of collaboration Thursday morning.

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation and Philanthropy West Virginia welcomed Rapson, the president and chief executive ...

Dunbar promotions company expands, acquires Pittsburgh company


Dunbar-based Artistic Promotions has acquired Pittsburgh-based Branded Solutions.

Ryan Westerman, owner of Artistic Promotions, views the deal, which closed earlier this month, as a natural fit.

Artistic Prom...

Kroger continues updates in region with Kanawha City store


Kroger announced another renovation project in the Kanawha Valley on Tuesday. This time, it’s the supermarket’s Kanawha City location.

The Cincinnati-based company is investing $4.4 million in an int...

Tomblin to lead W.Va. delegation to Japan in May


Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will take a bit of West Virginia craftsmanship and hospitality to Japan when he leads a West Virginia delegation on a trade mission to the Pacific nation in mid-May to celebrate the 25th anniversary...

West Virginia company wins national small-business award


For Jon Hammock, running Morgantown-based KeyLogic is about anticipating his clients’ needs and making sure his company is looking at problems through different perspectives.

Hammock, president, co-founder ...

Huntington Bank reports strong first quarter earnings


Huntington Bank is off to a good start this year, according to its first quarter earning report released this morning. The Columbus-based bank reported a net income of $166 million for the first quarter of 2015, a $17 mi...

As cracker plans announced in Ohio, W.Va. project on hold


The future of a proposed petrochemical complex in Wood County remains cloudy, West Virginia officials said Wednesday, on the same day that plans for a cracker plant were announced in Ohio, just across the Ohio River from...

Slack Street recycling center to come down May 5


Kanawha County’s recycling center at Slack Street will be demolished starting May 5, members of the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority said at a meeting Tuesday.

Workers from Rodney Loftis and Son were on ...

Disease, weather take a bite out of state’s honey production


Last year was a rough year for many beekeepers across the Mountain State.

Honey production from producers with five or more colonies totaled 186,000 pounds, down 33 percent from 2013, according to the U.S. Departm...

Economic development panel gets Procter & Gamble details


Members of the West Virginia Economic Development Authority got some more details about Procter & Gamble’s proposed manufacturing facility in Berkeley County at Thursday’s monthly meeting.

State ...

Tax deadline creates late rush to file


Area tax preparers are experiencing a rush of business as the tax filing period comes to a close.

But many Americans have already filed their taxes before the April 15 deadline, according to the Internal Revenue Se...

New Charleston Area Alliance chairman eager to move forward


As recently elected Charleston Area Alliance chairman, Mike Basile feels as though he is returning to his roots.

The Fairmont native worked on economic development at the state level from 1993 to 1997, serving in ...

‘Canstruction’ contest helps stock Covenant House


A vault, a Disney snowman named Olaf and the Braxton County Monster were assembled with cans of food Saturday, to help alleviate hunger in Kanawha County.

The structures, along with four others, were designed and ...

Seven West Virginia buildings receive architectural awards


Seven West Virginia buildings, including a Charleston elementary school and a visual arts center in Huntington, were honored with awards from the American Institute of Architects at its dinner for the West Virginia Desig...

Manchin talks tax, health reform


Washington needs to act on tax reform and makes changes to the Affordable Care Act, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Tuesday.

Speaking at the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors’ monthly ...

Toy store consolidating two mall locations


Kid Country Toys plans to combine its two Town Center Mall operations.

The locally owned toy store will move into the former Lane Bryant space on the first floor after operating two locations in the mall for sever...

WVU business students win Big 12 competition


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia University master of business administration students took home first place and $5,000 from the Big 12 MBA case competition last weekend.

The event was held at Texas Christi...

Charleston vegan cafe changes business model


Mission Savvy owner Jennifer Miller is leaving town but her business will stay.

While Miller will leave for Charleston, South Carolina, her organic juice bar and vegan cafe in downtown Charleston will refocus its b...

W.Va. looks to future of hemp farming


Now that political tides are shifting in favor of industrial hemp, Eric Mathis would like to see West Virginia seize an economic opportunity.

Jobless rates up across W.Va.


Unemployment rates increased in all of West Virginia’s 55 counties in February, according to data released Tuesday by Workforce West Virginia.

Chamber of Commerce kicks off ResourceU in Charleston Wednesday


The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce hopes to provide a one-stop shop for small businesses across the state with its new ResourceU program.

The program, which is free, will cover business topics such as basic acc...

Three West Virginians played roles after Lincoln assassination


Abraham Lincoln’s assassination 150 years ago next month, stirred a lot of political unrest, but particularly in the new state of West Virginia, and the state has more ties to the aftermath than most realize, Mars...

Interfaith dialogue aimed at bringing community together


Spurred by the deaths of three young American Muslims in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in February, Cafe a la Fikr hosted an interfaith community meeting Sunday evening at St. John’s Episcopal Church in downtown Ch...

Charleston Area Alliance launches small-business assistance program


The Charleston Area Alliance wants to help connect local companies with federal dollars to innovate, grow or get started.

The Alliance is launching its own Small Business Innovation Research assistance program ...

Nagoya, Japan, development office celebrates 25 years


For years after West Virginia opened an international development office in Nagoya, Japan, questions still lingered about whether it was benefiting the state or not.

As the office celebrates 25 years of operations...

Hino Motors to expand Wood County operation, lease land from WVEDA


Hino Motors is investing up to $8 million to expand its Wood County operation, and plans to eventually add 50 full-time positions, the company announced Thursday.


Design expo marks both past and future


The annual West Virginia Construction and Design Exposition later this month will celebrate the past and future.

This year’s conference, which organizers say is the largest gathering yet, will combine the Ma...