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Doors close at Valley Beauty School

"PARKERSBURG - Circumstances surrounding the closure of the Valley Beauty School are still unclear.

On Thursday, students arriving for afternoon classes at the Avery Street school were greeted by a sign on the door stating the school was closed due to a death in the family. The sign did not indicate when the school would reopen.

On June 18, the owner of the school, Robert Bhavnani, died at the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.

A call to a number listed as Robert Bhavnani was not answered Thursday. Bhavnani's son-in-law, James Booth, declined to comment on the circumstances of the closing when he was reached by phone Thursday evening.

"I am not an employee of the school and I can't say anything," he said. "Call the school in the morning."

One of the students at the beauty school, who asked to remain anonymous, said students were told about the closing.

They were told the school would reopen.

"I heard the instructors weren't getting paid all their wages and they put in their notices because the school also wasn't getting the supplies we needed to function," the student said. "Then all of a sudden yesterday (Thursday) we were told the school is closing down and would reopen in a couple of weeks. I guess they're investigating ways the school was run; the owner died several weeks back."

Dick Wittberg, executive director of the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department, said the department was not involved in the closing.

"We do not have jurisdiction over them," he said.

Calls to the Valley Beauty School after hours stated nothing about the school closing, but a voice mail greeting instructed callers to leave a message if they wanted to schedule an appointment or inquire about classes.

Valley Beauty School also has two locations in Ohio, Cambridge and Zanesville."

This article was published first on newsandsentinel.com.