Copper Leaf joins Home Builders

Copper Leaf Interior Design Studio, 710 Lancaster St., Marietta, announces that the studio was recently granted membership in the Home Builders Association of the Mid-Ohio Valley.

This association of professional building industry representatives seeks to ensure the growth and integrity of the industry through leadership, innovations, and education. These goals are accomplished through collaboration between Association members, clients and local communities.

Copper Leaf will be showcasing its services and products for the public at the Great American Home Show in Parkersburg this weekend.

The show is sponsored by the Home Builders Association, and can be found at Park Center Drive in Parkersburg, from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10.

Former area resident develops natural skin care products

Tina Henning Payne, formerly of New Matamoras and a graduate of Frontier High School, has developed a line of natural skin care products.

Payne, daughter of George and Helen Henning of Marietta, now resides in Alpharetta, Ga. She became interested in skin care after suffering a severe skin reaction to an antibiotic. Using her chemical engineering background, she has researched and formulated these new products. Payne says plants heal our bodies as their essences heal our souls, thus the name

PowerFlowers. The ingredients are derived from flowers, nuts, and seeds. These products are available at

Payne has advanced degrees from Ohio University in chemical engineering and business.

Gray Television names general

sales manager

Ken Long has been named general sales manager for Gray Television, Inc.’s Mid-Ohio Valley broadcast operations.

Long, a native of Paden City, W.Va., who spent most of his broadcasting career in the Clarksburg-Weston area, joined WTAP-TV in April 2009 as local sales manager.

Since then, WTAP has added two new Low Power TV stations, WOVA and WIYE, and also added a CBS affiliate.

Long and his wife, Michele, reside in Vienna, W.Va. They are the parents of two daughters and two grandchildren.

OVU?dean named

to education board

VIENNA, W.Va. – Ohio Valley University Dean of the College of Education, Jo Pennington, was recently appointed to a three-year term on the Educator Preparation Program Review Board (EPPRB).

She was nominated by Ben Exley, executive director of the West Virginia Independent Colleges and Universities (WVICU), and appointed by the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE).

“I am happy to serve West Virginia’s Board of Education, P-12 schools, and teacher preparation programs in this way,” said Pennington. “Working with the EPPRB is a unique professional activity.”

According to Lisa D. Hedrick, executive director of the Office of Professional Preparation, “The major function of the EPPRB is to review all proposed and revised educator preparation programs and to make a recommendation to the WVBE.

Representatives from both public schools and higher education institutions serve on the EPPRB, as it makes decisions which pertain to both levels of education.”

“We deeply appreciate Dean Pennington’s dedication to OVU and to the advancement of education in West Virginia,” said Dr. Harold Shank, OVU president.