Bed tax revenue up so far this year

Transient guest tax collections received for March 2014 were recently released by the Marietta-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau showing revenues at over $38,684; an increase of almost 31 percent from the same time last year.

January and February bed tax revenue also increased from 2013, showing a 2 and 10 percent bump respectively. Overall first quarter bed tax collections totaled around $93,384 for 2014 as compared to $81,060 in 2013.

The positive trends are expected to continue as the CVB moves into the travel seasons of spring and summer.

According to Jeri Knowlton, executive director of the Marietta-Washington County CVB, the area is expecting a strong season. “People are in the mood to travel. We are seeing positive indicators that there will be growth this season, especially as we move into spring and summer.”

Cash dividend for Settlers Bank firm

The board of directors of Third Street Bancshares (parent company of Settlers Bank) declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.34 per common share on March 24 representing a 3.03 percent increase over last year’s first quarter dividend.

“The board is proud to continue our history of paying dividends. This would not be possible without the strong support of the community. Fifteen years ago this bank was founded on the premise that a true community bank was needed in our community,” said Jim Meagle, Third Street Bancshares’ chairman of the board. Settlers Bank President and CEO Donn Schafer added, “The future is bright for Settlers Bank and we look forward to continuing to serve our customers and our community. Our customers know they can count on us to deal with their banking needs in professional manner while maintaining that personal touch only a community bank can offer.”

Settlers Bank is a community bank that offers a full line of financial products and services.

Google to sell Glass to bigger pool

SAN FRANCISCO – A lot more people are about to get a chance to buy Google Glass, the Internet-connected eyewear that has become the hottest accessory in geek fashion.

Google will sell the “Explorer” version of Glass to any U.S. resident who places an online order for the device beginning at 9 a.m. PDT April 15. The product will cost $1,500, the same price that Google Inc. has charged for Glass since sales of the device began last year, the company said Thursday.

The April 15 sale will take place at . Google isn’t saying how many sets of Glass will be available during the limited-time offer.

It marks the first time that Google has made Glass available to consumers without providing them special access. More than 10,000 sets of Glass have been sold to a select group of developers, contest winners and other invitees.

This version of Glass, though, still isn’t the polished product that Google hopes to release in stores later this year. Although it hasn’t provided specifics, Google has indicated that the mass-market version of Glass will sell for less than $1,500. Google is expected to provide more details about its Glass plans at its annual developers’ conference in late June.

From local, wire reports