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Local financial institutions
open as Peoples Banks, Monday

Peoples Bancorp Inc. (“Peoples”) (Nasdaq: PEBO), parent company of Peoples Bank, announced that it has completed its acquisition of Premier Financial Bancorp, Inc. and Premier’s wholly owned subsidiaries, Premier Bank, Inc. and Citizens Deposit Bank & Trust, Inc. The acquisition became effective as of the close of business on September 17. Peoples and Premier first announced that they had entered into an agreement to merge on March 29, of this year.
As a result of the completed merger, Premier’s 49 office locations throughout Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington D.C., will operate as offices of Peoples Bank. This is in addition to Peoples Bank’s existing 89 office locations, including 76 bank branches in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia.
“We are excited to complete this transaction, which expands our presence in Kentucky and West Virginia and gains us an entry into attractive markets within Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.,” said Chuck Sulerzyski, President and Chief Executive Officer of Peoples. “We are thankful for the hard work and dedication of the employees of Premier and Peoples in completing this transaction. In the months ahead, we will begin introducing clients in the Premier communities to our expanded array of products and services, including electronic banking services, investments and retirement planning solutions, insurance, and an increased commercial banking capacity.”
Peoples Bank is one of only sixteen banks nationwide to have received recognition by Forbes in 2021 as a Best-In-State Bank in more than one state. Headquartered in Marietta, Ohio since 1902, Peoples Bank’s mission is to be the Best Community Bank in America. Learn more about Peoples Bank and its commitment to communities at pebo.com.

County receives grant to aid Elk River Trail

An Appalachian Regional Commission grant of $50,000 was awarded to the Braxton County Development Authority last Thursday for the Trail Town Plan for the Elk River Rail Trail System project. In partnership with the Elk River Trail Foundation, Inc., the Braxton County Development Authority will inventory tourism infrastructure and identify community assets along the 50- plus-mile Elk River Trail system in Braxton, Clay, and Kanawha counties. In addition to identifying potential tourism infrastructure improvements, project activities will include the development of strategies to support business development in the area and the creation of an overall plan with both community- and regional-level goals and objectives.

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Local group recognized during WVARSE Week

Former educators and school employees across the Mountain State are celebration West Virginia Association of Retired School Employees week from September 20-24.

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Commission proclaims Hunger Action Month

One of the highlights of last Friday’s regular Braxton County Commission meeting came following a presentation by Becky Conrad representing Mountaineer Food Bank. Conrad stated that Hunger Action Month was a statewide and national movement to bring attention to food insecurity in local communities and to engage the public in action – including volunteering, social media shares and donation to help end hunger.

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Delegations opposing masks and
other COVID issues address Board

The September 7 regular meeting of the Braxton County Board of Education opened with ten individuals from the community, including one student, voicing their concerns over the mask mandate in schools.

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