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Business briefs: Housing fund adds payment drop box

The West Virginia Housing Development Fund has installed a payment drop box so customers can make mortgage payments after normal business hours.

The drop box, like the fund's office, is at 5710 MacCorkle Ave. S.E. in Kanawha City. The box is to the right of the main entrance gate, inset in a large brick pillar.

Erica Boggess, the fund's acting executive director, said, "We brought back the drop box to better serve our customers. Their feedback was very important to us and we're always looking for ways to make their experience better."

The fund holds more than 20,000 mortgages and residents of the Kanawha Valley have many of them. After the fund moved from 814 Virginia St. E. in downtown Charleston in August 2011, it closed the drop box built into the wall next to its front door there.

For more information call Boggess at 304-391-8637.

Business induction ceremony slated

Business leaders in health care, global consulting and energy will be inducted into the West Virginia Business Hall of Fame during a ceremony from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown.

The inductees are J. Thomas Jones, president and chief executive officer of the West Virginia United Health System; Julie M. Smith, co-founder of The Continuous Learning Group; and J. Brett Harvey, chairman and chief executive officer of Consol Energy Inc.

The Hall of Fame was established by West Virginia University's College of Business and Economics in 2001 to recognize individuals whose impact in the realm of business is worthy of acclaim. A total of 54 individuals have been inducted since the Hall of Fame's inception.

For more information, call Patrick Gregg at 304-293-5131 or email him at patrick.gregg@mail.wvu.edu.

Suddenlink seeks to locate outages

Suddenlink customers who experienced a loss of service for reasons other than power-related outages should contact the company, said Michael Kelemen, Suddenlink's director of government relations.

Affected customers should call 1-800-972-5757 "so that a Suddenlink representative can be scheduled to visit the home to determine and repair the problem," Kelemen said. "Credit may then be applied to the account."

Utility sends crews to New Jersey

Appalachian Power will send crews to New Jersey today to help with storm recovery efforts there, said company spokeswoman Jeri Matheney.

About 150,000 Appalachian Power customers in West Virginia lost their electric service after Superstorm Sandy hit on Monday, Oct. 29. The company had 90 percent of its customers back online on Friday, Nov. 2; 98 percent on Sunday evening; and power was reported fully restored Monday.

The utilities that serve New Jersey were reporting on Tuesday that hundreds of thousands of people in that state were still without power. One of those utilities, PSE&G, said it expected to have virtually all of its customers back in service by Friday.


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