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Summit to stream online

All of the general sessions at next week's Business Summit will be streamed live over the Internet, said Patrick Gallagher, who is working with the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, the summit's sponsor.

"The 'stream' can be viewed at www.wvchamber.com by following the instructions on the home page," he said.

The chamber streamed the general sessions live last year and planned to archive the videos on its website. But there was a glitch in the archive operation and videos of the sessions were never posted after the summit ended.

Gallagher said the issue has been resolved and this year's sessions are expected to be available in an archive on the chamber's website no later than Sept. 15.

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Because he owns The Greenbrier Resort, most people think of Jim Justice in that context. But he continues to own some coal mines as well as some natural gas and timber operations.

Also, "We've always been in the agriculture business," he said. "We're the biggest cash grain farmers on the East Coast, for sure."

When I reached him Wednesday on his cellphone, Justice said he was standing in a cornfield.

The price of corn has jumped this summer because of the drought in America's heartland.

Justice said of the corn business: "It's really serious. Our crop in Kentucky was just burned completely up. Our crop in North Carolina is pretty good, our crop in South Carolina is fair, Virginia is fair."

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Cultural Resource Analysts Inc., which has an office in Hurricane, is conducting an archaeological survey for Ludowici Innovative in the Putnam Business Park.

As reported last week, Ludowici plans to move from Chapmanville and has purchased 11 acres in the park.

Ludowici's site is between W.Va. 817 and the Kanawha River.

Gary Walton, executive director of the Putnam County Development Authority, said the survey is being performed on about one acre.

"The remaining property purchased by the company has received archaeological clearance," he said.

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According to a sign on Virginia Street East behind the Ramada Inn Downtown (the former Charleston House) the hotel's new sports-themed restaurant, Recovery Sports Grill, will open in October.

BBL Hospitality, the owner of the hotel, said last year the full-service restaurant will face Virginia Street East, will include outdoor dining, and will have entrances from the street and the hotel.

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The most recent issue of the Charleston Town Center's newsletter, which chronicles the shopping center's massive remodeling project, starts out: "Renovation dust subsides next week as Graycor works to complete the floor demolition on both Levels One and Two. This is welcome news!"

Amen to that. The dust has been a real challenge for shoppers and shopkeepers alike.

New floor tile has been applied in some areas and it looks great.


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