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Dozens attend solar co-op meeting


About 40 people packed into the West Virginia State University Economic Development Center Tuesday evening for Charleston’s first solar co-op meeting.

Anya Schoolman, who founded Community Power Network, an...

Solar co-ops sprouting up across West Virginia, including Charleston


Thom Worlledge was 17 when he attended the World’s Fair in Spokane, Washington where he grew up. There was a solar hot water heater in the Australian pavilion that changed his outlook on renewable energy.


Danny Jones re-elected to historic 4th term as mayor


Mayor Danny Jones was re-elected to a fourth term Saturday, becoming the longest serving mayor in Charleston history, as he handily defeated his two challengers: Democrat Paul Monroe and William Carpenter, an independent...

Obama Administration official speaks on moving coal communities forward


U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Jay Williams, was in South Charleston Wednesday to reaffirm the Obama Administration’s commitment to struggling Appalachian coal communities.

Williams spoke at the West ...

Amid good real estate market, Eagle View work continues


Developers of a major residential complex above Kanawha City say their project is doing great, as the nation’s real estate market continues to recover.

West Virginia’s market remains stable, said Barb...

New wine bar, eatery wants to give Charleston a new atmosphere


Des Barkalov hopes to bring a little bit of Europe to downtown Charleston with an open-air space and intimate dining.

His new restaurant, The Block, opened this week in the former Cafe de Paris space on the corner...

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.