Area underwriters merge

WASHINGTON, Pa. — CB Financial Services, the holding company of Community Bank and Exchange Underwriters, a wholly-owned insurance subsidiary of Community Bank, recently announced the merger of Exchange Underwriters and Beynon Insurance, effective August 1, 2018.

This merger brings together two long-standing Southwestern Pennsylvania independent Insurance Agencies, both built upon the premise of serving their customers. Beynon Insurance was established in 1912 and Exchange Underwriters was established in 1952. Both Exchange Underwriters and Beynon Insurance are locally owned and operated independent insurance agencies built upon the same values and culture. On a combined basis, Exchange Underwriters will become one of the largest insurance agencies in the Pittsburgh Region based on annual revenue.

Richard Boyer, President of Exchange Underwriters, said “We are excited to bring the Beynon Insurance employees into the Exchange Underwriters family. We are both independent insurance agencies that offer stability, knowledge, experience, personalized service and a consultative insurance approach to our customers.”

Patrick G. O’Brien, CB’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said “Beynon Insurance is a well-known Pittsburgh-based agency. This combination is consistent with our increasing focus on the greater Pittsburgh market. Additionally, when you combine this transaction with our recently completed merger with First West Virginia/Progressive Bank, a Wheeling and Ohio Valley Bank, we are truly excited about our expanded footprint into new markets and expanded product offering.”

Richard Beynon, President and owner of Beynon Real Estate and Insurance Agency, said “The merger of our insurance agency with Exchange Underwriters is a great fit for our employees and customers. I have always been impressed by Community Bank’s and Exchange Underwriters’ commitment to its employees, customers and communities.”

William Cunningham will join Exchange Underwriters management team as the Chief Operating Officer and Richard Beynon will join Exchange Underwriters as a consultant and a director, allowing Mr. Beynon to continue his involvement in the insurance business going forward. Beynon Real Estate division will continue to be owned and operated by the Beynon family with Richard Beynon as President and Robert Beynon as Chairman of the Board for Beynon & Company Real Estate.

Beynon Insurance clients will continue to work with the same great people that service them now. The current carriers and policies will remain in place. When Beynon Insurance clients renew their policies, the combined company will now be able to offer even more carriers and markets than previously offered. In addition, Exchange Underwriter’s has a dedicated claims department to assist with their claim needs.

For more information visit CB and Community Bank at or Exchange Underwriters at



Broaddus Wound Care receives Center of Excellence Award

Philippi, WV – Broaddus Hospital is honored to announce their wound care center is a recipient of RestorixHealth’s highest achievement, the Wound Center of Excellence Award. Recipients of this prestigious award meet or exceed national

Buckhannon Sanitary Board approves recommendation to raise wages

BUCKHANNON – The City of Buckhannon Sanitary Board recently met and discussed the recommendation of the Revenue Review Committee regarding wages for the Buckhannon sanitary workers. Amberle Jenkins, the city finance and administrative director, said the recommendations of the Revenue […]

There’s more to this story! Unlock immediate access to everything on our site and get two extra months free when you subscribe for a year. Signing up is easy — just tap the button below.

FBI and local law enforcement lead safety training at Buckhannon Academy Elementary School on Friday

BUCKHANNON – Teachers, staff and administration at Buckhannon Academy Elementary School took part in important safety sessions Friday in an effort to support safety. The training sessions included learning about hostile intruders, how to stop the bleed, room-specific exercises, and […]

There’s more to this story! Unlock immediate access to everything on our site and get two extra months free when you subscribe for a year. Signing up is easy — just tap the button below.

judge court attorney

Upshur County woman admits to fentanyl charges

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – Michaela Dawn Gregory, of Buckhannon, West Virginia, has admitted to selling fentanyl, United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld announced. Gregory, 26, pleaded guilty today to one count of “Distribution of Fentanyl” and


Soccer ‘Cats earn 1-0 home win over Cedarville

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Wesleyan (4-2-2) men’s soccer team took down Cedarville (4-4-1) 1-0 thanks to a rocket from Adam Gribben on Saturday (Sept. 24) at Cebe Ross Field. In the first half,

BUHS Girls Soccer Feature Image

Soccer Lady Bucs pick up two more wins this week over East Fairmont and Robert C. Byrd

TENNERTON – The Buckhannon-Upshur Lady Buc soccer team won a pair of 1-0 contests in Big 10 Conference action this week. At home on Wednesday in their home finale, the Lady Bucs downed East Fairmont by that 1-0 score and […]

There’s more to this story! Unlock immediate access to everything on our site and get two extra months free when you subscribe for a year. Signing up is easy — just tap the button below.


Water Faucet

Anmoore, Millcreek receive large water system grants

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council announced funding for four sewer and four water system improvement projects at its meeting on Sept. 7. Details for each project are listed below.