Business

Leaders must be aware of nearing a workplace tipping point

One cool evening last week, I rested in my chair on the bank of my river and gazed across the water. The bright yellow petals of the seven-foot high Indian Yams were mostly gone and their leaves were turning brown. Behind me another paw paw splatted the ground with a dull thud. A large fish ...

Local barber retires; 53 years in the trade

Lyle Deming of Marietta, owner of Lyle's Barber Shop, 530 Fourth St., Marietta, retired Aug. 29 after 53 years. Deming attained his barber license in 1963 and worked at Neader's Barbershop for a year and a half. He then went into the service. Then in 1965, he worked for Heyrock Barbershop on ...

Success depends on recognizing strengths in the organization

On April 24, 2001 during a trip to Missouri, my two brothers, Jack and Joe, and I decided to take a break from building a tornado shelter and float the Buffalo River in Northern Arkansas. We drove two hours south of Springfield, Missouri, to the edge of the Boston Mountains. Once we arrived ...

Good leaders can assess employee morale, read cues in the workplace

For years, miners used canaries to test the underground atmosphere for adequate oxygen content. Some of the older miners believed rats could sense a major roof fall or explosion and left the area before an accident occurred. In reality, when accumulating methane displaced the oxygen, the rats ...

Peoples Bank Foundation awards $66,900 in grants

The Peoples Bank Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit corporation formed to make donations in Peoples Bank market areas, has awarded $66,900 in second quarter 2017 grants to 28 organizations from the bank’s market areas throughout Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky. Peoples Bank Foundation, Inc., ...

Career Center announces new hires, promotions

The Washington County Career Center administration was busy this past summer making transitions from within and hiring new employees before the new school year. Shari Elfine transitioned from Monitor/Student Support Assistant to Graduation Pathway Specialist. The Career Center welcomes five new ...

Persistence, passion add up to successful leaders

It took me nine years to complete my undergraduate degree. After a year as a full-time student, I found myself in an underground coal mine in southeastern Belmont County. I continued taking courses at Ohio University’s Eastern Campus, one or two a quarter, until I had everything completed ...

Vienna, Marietta Kmarts stay open

VIENNA, W.Va. – Kmarts in Vienna and Marietta again escaped the ax as Sears Holding Co. Thursday announced the closure of 28 more stores around the country. The closest closure is a Kmart in Massillon, Ohio, according to the list provided by Sears Holding. It’s good news for Vienna, for ...

Mine bosses finally had to invest in experts to determine miners’ illnesses

Coal mining in the 1970s had some curious traditions, which, today, would be considered by most as absurd. One of the traditions was the Friday afternoon exodus. An extremely emotional issue among miners is their ability to get out of the mine in the event one is hurt or sick. The reason for ...

Leaders can learn by returning to familiar scenes

On May 2009, I, along with my photographer, Margaret Ross, toured the Ohio Valley Coal Company, Powhatan Number 6 Mine. It had been 27 years since I last walked underground. Almost 37 years ago, I began my nine years as a coal miner in this very mine. We viewed a safety film and were ...

Effective leaders gather consensus around goals, then use expertise

On April 22, 2009, I traveled to Frankfort, Ky., picked up my older brother, Joe, and headed the next day to Springfield, Mo., where my younger brother, Jack and his family lives. We had planned a tornado shelter that would be made of strong stuff. Joe designed the structure with input from ...

Leaders who show respect ahead of those who use force

During the three years I worked at the Meigs Number Two coal mine (1979-1982), I saw very few strikes. Across the country, wildcat strikes became much less frequent after the 1978 contract between the United Mine Workers of America and the Bituminous Coal Operators Association. The union felt ...

New CEO assigned to L&P Services, Inc.

From local reports Jamie Kerestes, president of L & P Services, Inc. has announced the appointment of Douglas Pfeifer, MA, LPCC-S to the chief executive officer position. Pfeifer received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from West Virginia University and his Masters of Arts ...

Copper Leaf’s new intern: Darcy McDougle

From local reports Copper Leaf Interior Design Studio announces their most recent intern, Darcy McDougle, of West Virginia University, has successfully completed her summer internship program. Originally from Vienna, West Virginia, Darcy begins her senior year at WVU, and will graduate in the ...

Morrison, Inc. earns Mitsubishi’s Diamond Commercial Contractor

From local reports Morrison, Incorporated is proud to announce the company has earned Diamond Commercial Contractor status from Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. The Diamond Commercial Contractor program consists of an elite network of professional, knowledgeable, and forward-thinking business ...

In mining work it’s important to see the light

Sometimes an underground coal miner’s caplight goes out during a shift. This problem usually happens when a miner on the previous shift uses it and runs down the battery, the miner doesn’t put it on charge properly, or because it is defective. In any case, when I was a supervisor my job was ...

Wharff promoted to news director

WMOA President Johnny Wharff announced the promotion of Brett Wharff to News Director of WMOA Radio. “Brett has been with the radio station since November of last year, and brings us a honest flair to our local news, and some really unique color to our dayparts. He is embedded in the ...

Employee loyalty pays dividends for all invovled

The state law in Ohio requires that there must be two means of ingress and egress (entering and exiting) coal mines at all times. In all three of the mines in which I worked, the elevator and the slope were the only two openings. This state requirement meant that if the elevator was broken ...

Current leaders teach skills to next generation

My Dad tried by every means at his disposal to make me a capitalist. He took me to the Barnesville First National Bank to set up a savings account when I was in the fourth grade. Until my first year of college, I deposited and withdrew money from my allowances and money I made from putting up ...

Truth is on the side of the best leaders

When I was a roof bolter at Youghiogheny and Ohio Coal Company (Y & 0) near Powhatan, Ohio in 1976, I found myself dressing beside an older man named Karl Kaftan. Karl was a very friendly guy who talked more than I, which takes some doing. Soon, he began telling me his fascinating life ...