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Friday, December 19, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Gatta Group expects to begin work next spring, perhaps sooner, on the rehabilitation of the Gallagher Building with a goal of completing the work by the end of 2015, its president said Thursday. The $5.9 million project got a boost Thursday with the award of a state historic preservation tax credit of $1.325 million. The downtown project is among 35 historic buildings statewide the Ohio Development Services Agency awarded $41.8 million in tax credits. Together, the projects are expected...

Friday, December 19, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Board of Control Thursday approved accepting a $300,000 grant from JobsOhio to help VAM USA with its project on Ohio Works Drive. The grant is part of the incentive package the state put together earlier this year to encourage VAM to move forward with the project. “We had anticipated this,” said David Bozanich, city finance director. The state has just begun circulating the documents related to the grant, he said.  Earlier this month, the Ohio Tax Credit Authority approved a 75%, seven-...

Friday, December 19, 2014

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio -- The merger of River Valley Health Partners, operators of East Liverpool City Hospital, and Mercy Health, the Cincinnati-based nonprofit formerly Humility of Mary Health Partners, is back on, officials announced Thursday. The intent to merge was first announced last February but was halted in June when nurses at the hospital here failed to ratify a collective bargaining agreement (READ STORY). In announcing a new "letter of intent to fully integrate with one another," hospital officials said they "worked extensively with Mercy Health to...

Friday, December 19, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Huntington Bank will offer its customers Apple Pay in January, the bank announced Thursday. Apple Pay allows consumers to use their smartphones to pay bills for goods and services at more than 220,000 stores and restaurants across the United States. Huntington describes Apple Pay as “a service transforming mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay.” Apple Pay will allow Huntington customers to store and use their Huntington Voice credit cards, Huntington debit cards, or both “in a digital, tokenized form with the new iPhone 6 and...

Friday, December 19, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- A special fast track one-day enrollment for spring semester registration at the Valley Center of Eastern Gateway Community College downtown will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 10. Classes begin Jan. 12. New students can apply, take free placement testing, talk with an adviser and register for classes. A photo ID is required. In addition, prospective students can visit the campus Monday through Friday and speak with an admissions representative and start the application and enrollment. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a...

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Author:  Dennis LaRue WEST MIDDLESEX, Pa. -- It was especially fitting for U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-3 Pa., owner of a Cadillac-Chevrolet dealership in Butler before he was elected to Congress in 2010, to praise Bryce Veon Wednesday and all that he’s accomplished at Autosoft Inc. Veon is president and CEO of Autosoft, the third-largest software and related-services company to serve auto, motorcycle and watercraft dealerships in the United States. It also serves dealerships in Canada. Autosoft serves 2,000 car dealerships, including Phil...

Thursday, December 18, 2014

WARREN, Ohio -- Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership, the Trumbull County Land Bank and Gregg’s Gardens say the sale of their first renovated house in Warren’s Garden District closed this week. The sale results from the newly formed Adopt-a-Home partnership between TNP, the county land bank, Gregg’s Gardens, Trumbull 100 and Bill Casey, owner of Warren Paint and Glass (READ STORY). Huntington Bank is providing financing for the property at 453 Vine Ave. N.E., which is being sold to first-time homebuyers and longtime residents of Trumbull County. “Buying this house was...

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- With concerns raised over the health of Youngstown State University's budget and resources allocated to the athletics department, the financial impact of the hiring of new football head coach Bo Pelini is already audible. Within hours of the first news outlets reporting that Pelini would be named coach, the phones in the athletics department rang almost incessantly. “I've already received an influx of phone calls on ticket sales and things like that, which will help our bottom line,” said YSU's...

Thursday, December 18, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Hilcorp Energy Co. received two new permits for horizontal wells in Columbiana County, as that company continues to develop acreage in the northern Utica shale that it acquired more than a year ago in a lease assignment deal with Chesapeake Energy Corp. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources awarded Hilcorp two permits to drill at the Nolker site in Fairfield Township, the agency reported. Last month, Hilcorp secured six permits to drill at the McNicol farm in Fairfield Township, which is part of the Brinker Storage Field. ODNR issued 15 new...

Thursday, December 18, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Sales of single-family in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties during the first 11 months of 2014 are on pace with those reported for the same period last year, the latest monthly reports show. Through November, 4,555 houses were sold in the three counties, just ahead of the 4,548 sold in the three counties during the first 11 months of 2013, according to the Centralized Real Estate Information Services Multiple Listing Service. Members of the Youngstown Columbiana Association of Realtors and the Warren Area Board of Realtors report their...

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