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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 ...

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
Rick Shriver, 62, of McConnelsville, stands in front of a historic farm tools display as he explains where he plans to put the bar in his barn at Willis Hill Farm in McConnelsville Monday.

Plans for Morgan Co. barn

McCONNELSVILLE—The creation of spirits dates back to the foundation of the Willis Hill Farm in 1873 by William “Bill” Willis, who pieced together parcels of land just south of town and grew his own fruit trees and vines. Willis raised livestock and a wide variety of crops but he also ...

GM to announce $1B factory investment

By Tom Krisher AP Auto Writer DETROIT — General Motors will announce a $1 billion investment in its factories that will create or keep around 1,000 jobs, a person briefed on the matter said Monday. The Detroit automaker will make the announcement Tuesday morning. The investment is part ...

Local credit union employee reaches 10-year anniversary

From local reports Riverview Credit Union employee, Lisa Cochran, recently celebrated her 10-year anniversary with the financial institution. Cochran joined the credit union in 2007 as a member service representative and today serves as controller. In her current role, she assists the chief ...

In EPA rebuke, judge orders quick evaluation on coal-related jobs

By John Raby The Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — A judge has ordered federal regulators to quickly evaluate how many power plant and coal mining jobs are lost because of air pollution regulations. U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey in Wheeling made the ruling after reviewing ...

Everyday Leadership: When things go bad, just stay calm

One day when I was a supervisor in the coal mine, a situation with a miner named Joe occurred testing my will. Joe was a huge, towering man of 6 feet 5 inches, weighing over 300 pounds. He was assigned to my crew to fill in for an absent roof bolter. The beginning of this day’s work was ...

PEYTON NEELY   The Marietta Times
Roger Moorison, store manager for Lashley Tractor Sales, inspects one of the lawn mowers at the Marietta store on Friday afternoon.

New owner at tractor dealership

Lashley Tractor Sales of Quaker City has expanded, opening a new branch in Marietta. After 25-plus years of serving Marietta and the surrounding areas, Hurst Tractor & Garden Equipment, located at 1200 Pike St. in Marietta, was bought out by Lashley’s in the fall. “We are happy to ...

Marietta CPA firm donates food to pantry

From local reports During any given week across the state of Ohio, 230,000 people receive emergency food assistance, 35 percent of whom are children younger than 18. And 50 percent of Ohioans are left to choose between paying their heating bill and putting food on the table. These sobering ...

United Way, Caring Connection will provide free help with tax filing

From local reports Caring Connection is one of 43 organizations across Ohio that will receive funding to support the expansion of their free tax filing services through The Ohio Benefit Bank†. The Ohio Benefit Bank (OBB†) is a program of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks that provides ...

Farm bureau membership campaign kicks off Jan. 30

From local reports Washington County Farm Bureau will kick off its 2017 membership campaign on Monday, Jan. 30, at Meadowbrook High School in Byesville. The event will include dinner at 6 p.m., prizes and special speaker, Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President, Adam Sharp. A free meal for ...

Copper Leaf Interior Design Studio completes product certifications

From local reports Local design firm, Copper Leaf Interior Design Studio, has completed several product certifications through Hunter Douglas, the international window treatment firm. These certification programs included motorized treatments, covering specialty shaped windows and choosing ...

PEYTON NEELY   The Marietta Times
ABOVE: Employees of Perry & Associates, Certified Public Accountants enter their new location at 313 Second St. in Marietta Thursday afternoon. BELOW: The original building operated as a Ford car dealership in the early 1900s.

$2M investment

Constructed in 1900, the building located at 313 Second St. in Marietta will now house Perry & Associates, Certified Public Accountants, adding historic restoration and economic growth to the city for the new year. Perry & Associates was previously located 428 Second St. ...

Ohio 1st to ban plywood use in vacant properties

By Julie Carr Smyth AP Statehouse Correspondent COLUMBUS— Boarded-up property will no longer be synonymous with blight in Ohio. The state became the first in the nation this week to outlaw the use of plywood on properties certified as vacant and abandoned. The prohibition was tucked ...

Judge’s order lets company reopen brine injection well

By Mark Gillespie The Associated Press CLEVELAND  — The pumping of waste from hydraulic fracturing operations into a closed Ohio injection well is expected to resume after a judge's ruling that the state's oil-and-gas regulator failed to consider a new plan after shutting down the well ...

College apparel store expands

VIENNA — A couple of area small business owners are expanding their sports apparel business into a new space on Grand Central Avenue. Dan and Brandy Bond, who own Bond’s Pharmacy at the Mid-Ohio Valley Medical Group, have expanded their Bond’s Tailgaters business into the former ...

Everyday Leadership: Making your mark

At the Malaga, Ohio farm where I grew up, the original owners, the Howeillers, had cultivated an orchard. By the time we bought it, the orchard had grown up from neglect. While gazing out the kitchen window, one could see a large yellow apple tree in the middle of the sweet corn field. My ...

Holiday shopping isn’t such a rush

By Anne D’Innocenzio AP Retail Writer NEW YORK — The holiday shopping season is losing some of its power in the year's sales. November and December now account for less than 21 percent of annual retail sales at physical stores, down from a peak of over 25 percent, and experts believe ...