Briefcase

2 Solvary workers complete 25 years

Two employees of Solvay Specialty Polymers recently completed 25 years of employment with the Marietta plant.

Dan Latstetter joined the Marietta plant in 1989 as a chemical operator. He resides in Marietta with his wife, LeAnda. They have a daughter, Taylor.

Joyce Knight joined the Marietta plant in 1989 as a purchasing clerk and is currently a maintenance planner/scheduler. Knights resides in Marietta with her husband, Troy, and they have five children, Lesley, Christopher, Brandi, Brett and Brent.

Hadley honored for 50 years of service

H. Lee Hadley of Hadley Funeral Homes in Marietta, Reno and New Matamoras was presented a plaque for 50 years of service as a funeral director and embalmer in Ohio at the Ohio Funeral Directors Annual meeting in Columbus on Thursday May 15. He is a 1957 graduate of Greenbrier Military School, 1962 graduate of Marietta College and a 1963 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Embalming. He is also a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the State of W.Va.

Peoples Bancorp acquires bank

Peoples Bancorp Inc., parent company of Peoples Bank, National Association, recently announced that it has completed its acquisition of Midwest Bancshares, Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary, First National Bank of Wellston “First National” effective as of the close of business on May 30 in a cash and stock transaction with a total value of $12.6 million, or $65.50 per share.

Peoples and Midwest had first announced that they had entered into an agreement to merge in January of this year.

The completed acquisition included the merger of First National into Peoples Bank. As a result, First National’s two full-service banking locations in Wellston and Jackson will operate as branches of Peoples Bank.

Bed tax revenue up for April, May

Transient guest tax collections received for April and May were recently released by the Marietta-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau showing revenues at $42,898 and $49,551 respectively; an increase of more than 17 percent and 38 percent from the same months in 2013.

Currently every month has seen an increase in bed tax revenue from the previous year. The total bed tax revenues for 2014 are $185,834.52, this compared to $153,404.90 from 2013.

Lee Ann Hendershot, Director of the Campus Martius and the Ohio River Museum, has reported an increase in leisure travel from 2013. “We’ve had excellent numbers for both April and May this year,” said Hendershot. “The Ohio River Museum recorded a 44 percent increase in traffic in April 2014 and a 3 percent increase for May 2014 as compared to the 2013 totals for those months.”

Evergreen Center accredited again

The Evergreen Child Development Center at Washington State Community College in Marietta has maintained accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

The center is located on the Washington State Community College campus and serves 64 infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.