Faces of Progress

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Joe Sparksman Seeks To Be Catalyst For Change

Joe Sparksman’s spirit of community service and mentorship was sparked as a young man. The flames were stoked in college and continue to power him now. His background in working with at-risk young men in the Black community throughout the south spurred him to create the group Men of Change ...

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Jeffrey Woda: Woda Cooper Companies Open New Chapters in Affordable Housing

WHEELING – The market for affordable housing in the Ohio Valley has gotten red hot in recent years, and few developers have answered the call and worked with such great success to fulfill the area's housing needs as the Woda Cooper Companies Inc. Now headquartered in Columbus, the company ...

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Doug Harrison Leading Area’s WVU Medicine facilities into Strong Future

WHEELING – Douglass Harrison is a West Virginian, and the Milton native knows what the comforts of locality mean to his neighbors now on both sides of the Ohio River. As the president and CEO of WVU Medicine Wheeling and Reynolds Memorial hospitals, it has been his mission – especially ...

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Jamie Bordas Says Innovation In The Blood At Bordas and Bordas

WHEELING – Wheeling attorney Jamie Bordas got his first look at innovation and the future when he was just a child visiting his father’s law office more than 40 years ago. That “future” had an entire room all to itself at the office of the late Jim Bordas. “When my dad was in ...

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Kevin Ayres keeping it simple and delicious at Brew Keepers

WHEELING – Kevin Ayers loves to make beer not only for himself, but for everyone else in the Ohio Valley who loves beer, too. Ayers co-owns Brew Keepers with his wife, Carolyn, in Wheeling. The craft brew is sold to local bars and restaurants in the region and can also be tasted at Brew ...

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Mick Schumacher Planting Seeds in Monroe County

WOODSFIELD – Monroe County Commissioner Mick Schumacher is involved with a multitude of projects aimed at helping the community. He is a Woodsfield resident who has worked at Conalco/Ormet for more than 28 years. He has been in office for three nonconsecutive terms. “I just want to leave ...