WesBanco Obtains Approval to Close First Sentry Merger

WesBanco Inc. has received all necessary regulatory approvals for the merger between WesBanco and First Sentry Bancshares Inc. of Huntington.

Officials of WesBanco, which is based in Wheeling, announced the approval this week.

On Friday, shareholders of First Sentry approved the merger through adoption of a previously announced agreement in which First Sentry Bancshares will merge with and into WesBanco.

“WesBanco and First Sentry expect that the closing of the merger will occur early in the second quarter of 2018,” officials said in a release.

WesBanco’s banking subsidiary, WesBanco Bank Inc., operates 172 financial centers in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. In addition, WesBanco operates an insurance agency and a full service broker-dealer.

First Sentry Bancshares is a bank holding company with headquarters in Huntington.