Business

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
Curves coach Diane Erb, left, works with Marjorie Offenberger, center, of Williamstown, and Nancy Coulter, right, of Williamstown, during a body balance class at the Curves facility in Marietta Wednesday.

Fitness business moving its HQ

Since joining Curves of Marietta in 2005, Jennifer Loman has lost 85 pounds and gained a massive support group. “I’m notorious for walking into a store, saying hi to someone and my husband will say ‘Curves?’” said Loman, 38. “I’ll say ‘yes.’ I’ve met so many great people ...

Bat Bot, the new flying batlike drone

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Holy drone, Batman! Mechanical masterminds have spawned the Bat Bot, a soaring, sweeping and diving robot that may eventually fly circles around other drones. Because it mimics the unique and more flexible way bats fly, this 3-ounce prototype could do ...

US auto sales start 2017 slow; improvement expected

By Dee-Ann Durbin AP Auto Writer DETROIT  — U.S. auto sales lagged in January as buyers recovered from holiday spending sprees, but the slowdown won't last long. January is typically the weakest month of the year for U.S. auto sales, and last month appeared to live up to that ...

Self-driving prototypes need less help

By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Self-driving car prototypes appear to be getting better at negotiating California streets and highways without a human backup driver intervening, according to data made public Wednesday by California transportation regulators. The data reflect ...

Good storytelling often grabs the center of attention

My grandmother was a storyteller from the Cumberland Plateau in East Tennessee. All of the lessons she taught me were prefaced with a story or illustrated by one. So, I came by my story telling honestly. Unconsciously, I started imitating grandmother at a very early age. My storytelling ...

Amazon picks Kentucky airport as site for air cargo hub

By The Associated Press Kentucky landed a lucrative project Tuesday as e-commerce giant Amazon announced plans to build a worldwide air cargo hub at a northern Kentucky airport south of Cincinnati in a nearly $1.5 billion investment expected to create 2,700 jobs. Gov. Matt Bevin called it a ...

PEYTON NEELY   The Marietta Times
Tom Sharretts, 65, of Marietta, heads down Sixth Street in Marietta during Monday’s chilly, snowy weather.

WINTRY WINTER?

Though a little of the white stuff made its way to the ground this week, Marietta has avoided any major snow events about halfway through the winter. Only 2.85 inches of snow fell in January, down from the normal average of seven inches. Marietta City Schools Superintendent Will Hampton ...

W.Va. governor’s companies owe $4.6 million in fines

By The Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va.  — Mining operations controlled by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice haven't paid $4.6 million in safety fines and penalties, according to federal authorities. The Mine Safety and Health Administration said that was the unpaid balance as of ...

German prosecutors widen Volkswagen emissions probe

By The Associated Press BERLIN — Prosecutors in Germany said Friday they are expanding their probe into Volkswagen’s scandal over diesel cars that cheated on emissions tests. As well as increasing the number of suspects, prosecutors said they have evidence former CEO Martin Winterkorn ...

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
GoBus Manager Rob Goebel, left, welcomes Steve Thomas, center, Kathy Downer, and Andy Coleman, right, onto the GoBus in front of the Armory Thursday.

New stop for ‘go’ bus

By Janelle Patterson The Marietta Times jpatterson@mariettatimes.com Public transportation to Ohio’s urban centers will be at a more central access point as of Feb. 7 when the GoBus will officially move its stop to the front of the Armory on Front Street. Removing two street parking ...

‘America first’ isn’t something Trump created

"From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it's going to be only America first, America first." -- President Trump, inaugural address, Jan. 20, 2017 President Trump is something of a paradox. He roots himself in nostalgia for yesteryear -- "Make America ...

Briefcase

Bob Evans selling its restaurants for $565M NEW ALBANY— Bob Evans is selling its restaurants to a private equity firm for $565 million, splitting that part of the company from the food division that makes sausage, refrigerated side dishes and other convenience foods. New Albany, ...

Kentucky bourbon trail buzzing with more than 1M visits

By Bruce Shreiner The Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky.  — Forget the bottle, a record number of people are experiencing Kentucky bourbon from the barrel, touring distilleries where they can sniff, sip and see whiskey crafted from the source. Tourism in the heart of bourbon country, on ...

Recent retirement at MC

From local reports At the end of 2016, Dan Bryant officially retired as the vice president for administration and finance at Marietta College after serving that office for 15 years. He and his wife, Evy, plan to travel, volunteer in the community and in their church, and spend time with ...

Comfort Keepers’ co-owner named to company’s NAC

From local reports Comfort Keepers is a global leader in the in-home care market and promotes independence while delivering quality in-home care to seniors and others in need. Local franchisee Joanie Yeomans was recently elected by her peers to the company’s National Advisory Council ...

Torrid to open in Grand Central Mall

From local reports VIENNA, W.Va. — Grand Central Mall will welcome Torrid to its mix of nationally recognized and locally owned retailers. Torrid will open near the recently remodeled and expanded Victoria’s Secret and PINK this March. “Grand Central Mall is proud to bring some of the ...

GOP governors who turned down Medicaid money have hands out

By The Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa  — Republican governors who turned down billions in federal dollars from an expansion of Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law now have their hands out in hopes the GOP-controlled Congress comes up with a new formula to provide ...

Consumer agency sues Navient over student loan repayments

By Marcy Gordon AP Business Writer WASHINGTON — Federal regulators have sued Navient, accusing the biggest U.S. student loan company of making it harder for borrowers to repay loans by giving them bad information, processing payments incorrectly and failing to act on complaints. The ...

How to improve life with your mate without breaking the bank

By Linda A. Johnson AP Medical Writer TRENTON, N.J.  — For many older couples, fun in the bedroom requires help from prescription drugs, but prices of popular brand-name sexual dysfunction drugs have tripled since 2010 and insurance coverage is spotty. Doctors who specialize in ...

Absenteeism opens the door to fatigue, other factors at work

While working as a coal miner, I took every opportunity to double over (work a second eight-hour shift). My personal record was four doubles in one week. I kept a log and found that even with this high amount of overtime, my yearly pay only broke even with the time I missed during wildcat ...