Business

Free income tax filing services open in area

It’s that time of year again—tax season. Washington County residents who have not filed taxes yet still have plenty of opportunities to take advantage of free tax filing services offered by area organizations. The AARP Tax Aide Program is still accepting appointments and walk-ins at ...

Postal Service says it lost $200M over the holiday season

By Hope Yen The Associated Press WASHINGTON  — The U.S. Postal Service said Thursday it lost $200 million during the year-end holiday season, despite a strong quarter of package shipping and expanded use of vote-by-mail in the November presidential election. The results also reflect ...

Peoples Bank, MC to host Business Case Competition

Peoples Bank announces that 16 schools will participate in its fifth annual Undergraduate Business Case Competition on Saturday, Feb. 11, at Marietta College. Colleges will compete to win cash prizes ranging from $1,500 to $500. Colleges scheduled to compete in the competition include: ...

Par Mar Stores raises over $38K for WWD

Par Mar Stores had another successful Giving Back Campaign this past holiday season thanks to our dedicated team members and customers. Par Mar Stores raised over $38,000 for Wednesday Wish Days (WWD). “Our locations raise money all year long for children in our community on Christmas ...

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
Co-owner Chelsea Lancaster prepares a dish Thursday at Nacho Average Taco, 114 Putnam St.

Taco restaurant moves

Moving to a new location created new opportunities for Nacho Average Taco, 114 Putnam St., Marietta. The eatery moved to its current location recently after opening for business across the street at Putnam Commons back in June. Co-owner Chelsea Lancaster said the new location is better ...

Productivity slows to 1.3% rate

By Martin Crutsinger AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON — The productivity of American workers rose in the October-December period but at a slower pace than the previous quarter. Growth in labor costs increased. Productivity climbed at an annual rate of 1.3 percent in the fourth quarter, ...

Average U.S. 30-year mortgage rate unchanged

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Long-term US mortgage rates barely budged this week, after marking their first increase of the year last week. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the rate on 30-year fixed-rate loans was unchanged from last week at an average 4.19 percent. That ...

Merck profit soars on new drugs, expects better 2017

By Linda Johnson AP Medical Writer Profits at the drugmaker Merck surged in the fourth quarter, and the company CEO told investors that a "constructive" meeting with President Donald Trump focused on reducing taxes and relaxing regulations. Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier on Thursday ...

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, ...