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  • Study shows state residents spent slightly more in 2013

    According to a study by the Consumer Advocate Division of the Public Service Commission of West Virginia, state consumers on average spent more money on their utility bills during 2013.
    “The Consumer Advocate Division is a physically and fiscally independent division of the commission whose purpose is to represent the interest of residential customers of West Virginia utilities,” said Jackie Roberts, who became director of the division in October.

    February 2, 2014

  • Lion in the Sun to mark 20th anniversary

    For 20 years, Lion in the Sun has been building valuable relationships and making customers part of the family.
    Owner Kim Wherley explained that the history of the business actually goes back to the children's consignment shop that she formerly operated, called Reruns for Wee Ones. She decided to put a tanning bed in a room at the back of the store, and interest caught on quickly.

    February 2, 2014

  • Legislation designed to help small businesses get back on their feet

    Legislation is being considered to help small businesses get back on their feet in emergency situations.
    The West Virginia Small Business Emergency Act passed in the House of Delegates on Jan. 16, and is now awaiting action in the Senate. This is the first bill that the House’s new Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Committee reviewed and passed.

    January 26, 2014

  • Dickey’s Barbecue Pit up and running

    Residents who have been anxiously awaiting the opening of Dickey’s Barbecue Pit don’t have to wait any longer.
    This new restaurant officially got up and running at the Middletown Mall last week. On Jan. 22, the business welcomed about 60 family members and friends for lunch and held a VIP event for about 300 community members and local leaders that evening.

    January 26, 2014

  • Small Business Boot Camp begins Feb. 4 in Fairmont

    With beneficial resources at the fingertips of entrepreneurs, business success can be a reality.
    Main Street Fairmont wanted to find a way to bring stores into downtown Fairmont, said executive director Kate Greene. So the organization decided to create a seven-week training to give people the educational foundation and real-world experience that they need to start a business.

    January 19, 2014

  • Mom’s Place open again after remodeling

    Mom’s Place has always been “just like home.”
    “Everybody knows everybody,” said Lori Valentine, who recently took over the family restaurant with her husband Jessie.

    January 19, 2014

  • Movements in Dance celebrating 25th season

    For a quarter-century, Movements in Dance has been instilling a love of the arts and dance in children.
    This Fairmont dance studio, located at 119 East Park Ave., is celebrating its 25th season.
    Stephanie Lopez, owner, instructor and choreographer, teaches ballet, tap, jazz and acrobatics, as well as a fundamentals preschool class that combines ballet and tap.

    January 12, 2014

  • State lawmakers concerned about increased flood insurance rates

    Lawmakers representing West Virginia are worried about the impact of increased flood insurance costs on local families and are trying to take action.
    In the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, U.S. Congress mandated that the Federal Emergency Management Agency, along with other entities, modify the operations of the National Flood Insurance Program.

    January 12, 2014

  • WVU to offer new degree in Environmental and Energy Resource Management

    West Virginia University is working to produce graduates who are capable of understanding the big picture when it comes to energy.
    Gerard D’Souza, professor and chair of the Agricultural and Resource Economics Program in the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, is one of the creators of the new Bachelor’s of Science degree in Environmental and Energy Resource Management.

    January 5, 2014

  • Palatine Pickers has variety of merchandise

    Palatine Pickers Hobby Club Inc. welcomes all customers to its new general store and thrift shop.
    This hobby club was incorporated on Nov. 21, and opened a storefront in Fairmont around Christmas to support its operations. The shop is located at the end of the High Level Bridge at 310 Merchant St., in the former Community Hardware building and above Palatine Park.

    January 5, 2014

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