Once a Giant, TeleTech Now Gone

Three years ago TeleTech received the annual Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce. However, when this year’s annual Chamber dinner meeting takes place on Oct. 3, TeleTech will not be among those taking part – as Friday was the last day for its operations in Moundsville.

TeleTech opened its doors in Marshall County in 1998. It’s location being on a roadway that would become known as TeleTech Drive.

The official announcement of TeleTech’s opening was of such magnitude that it was held on the front steps of the Marshall County Courthouse with the top official from the firm’s Denver, Colo., office in attendance.

The Anwar Cataract Center was the first occupant of that area, with TeleTech and Pepsi added to the assessor’s tax rolls in 1997.

In recent years several state agencies have located to this area, including the Department of Highways, the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Department of Health and Human Resources, the Woman’s, Infants and Children (WIC) agency, and Family Dentistry. The newest occupant is Williams Ohio Valley Mid Stream, which shared TeleTech’s building.

As to TeleTech, over the past 15 years the firm contributed significantly to the Marshall County community in numerous ways.

The inbound customer service center employed thousands of Ohio Valley residents during its time in Marshall County. The largest number employed at one time was about 700.

TeleTech was involved in endeavors including being partners in education with several schools, contributing to the Back-to-School Fair, funding of a Challenge Program at John Marshall High Schools, sponsoring and supporting the Officer Phil Child Safety Program, and membership in the Chamber of Commerce, which in turn included involvement in a number of the Chamber events.

A fundraiser to benefit the Beazel family of McMechen will be held from noon until 5 p.m. on Sept. 29 in the Bishop Donahue High School gymnasium.

Brothers David, 17, and Dustin, 13, sons of David and Donnellia Beazel, were involved in accidents within a three-day period, Aug. 30 to Sept. 1.

David was in an ATV accident in the St. Clairsville area, resulting in a concussion. The Bishop Donahue High School senior recently returned to school.

Dustin was a bicyclist who was involved in an accident with a car and had to be taken by helicopter to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. He is recuperating at home, and according to his aunt, Pat Wilson, he will have to undergo addition surgery.

Family and friends along with Bishop Donahue High School are sponsoring the fundraiser, which will include a spaghetti dinner, a 50-50 drawing, a Chinese Auction, and disc jockey Bobby Gross will provide the music. Spaghetti take out orders will also be available. Anyone desiring additional information can contact either chairperson Pat Wilson at 304-232-5192, Nancy Boreman at 304-232-6393, or Bishop Donahue High School at 304-233-3850.

Glen Dale resident Scott Hicks assumed his new duties as Bel-O-Mar Regional Council executive director on Sept. 12, replacing long-time executive director Bill Phipps, who retired.

Hicks has been with Bel-O-Mar for 19 years. He also is director of the management services department.

Hicks is a 1985 graduate of West Liberty State College, where he received a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with a specialization in management. He worked as intern for Bel-O-Mar his senior year at WLSC, and has been employed by the council since then.

Hicks worked on numerous economic, community and housing development projects, thus has had dealings with federal and state funding agencies which include HUD, EDA, USDA Rural Development, Appalachian Regional Commission, EPA, as well as both the Department of Development in West Virginia and Ohio.

The McNinch Primary School staff will begin a Healthy Living Walking program, which will also involve the community.

The first day of the program will be at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday for the staff, while that same day at 6 p.m. the community participation will begin.

The first week’s goal being to walk at least 20 minutes at a brisk pace.

McNinch teacher Ashley Doty has secured a grant to implement the program, and all participants are to see her before they begin so she can record participation. By the end of the year, the total is to have 50 percent or more of the school’s staff taking part.

Several events will be taking place Thursday at Perkins Restaurant and Bakery in Moundsville. They include the monthly West Liberty University-Marshall County Breakfast Club at 7:30 a.m., the serving of a free stack of pancakes and the monthly Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours from 5-6:30 p.m.

The speaker for the breakfast club will be Jean Bailey, interim dean of the Gary E. West College of Business. Bailey will be discussing the activities and programs of the College of Business. All alumni and friends of WLU are invited to attend and those planning to attend may RSVP to jknierim@westliberty.edu or by calling 304-336-8301. The breakfast will be a “Dutch Treat” and walk-ins will be welcome.

National Pancake Day will be offered at both the Moundsville and Wheeling locations, and it’s also “Give Kids the World Pancake Day,” which means that a short stack of pancakes will be free. However, those who wish can donate to the Give Kids the World, a magical resort fulfilling wishes of kids with life-threatening illnesses.

For the Business-After-Hours event reservations can be made by calling the Chamber office at 304-845-2773.