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Friday, August 29, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Work should get underway in the next week or two on converting the former Masters Tuxedo building on Market Street into a training center for nurses’ aides, says the operator of the startup school. Corey Kemp, a registered nurse and Youngstown resident, expects Allied Health Training LLC to be operating in early 2015, he said. Assuming no delays in obtaining necessary permits, work on the building should take six to eight months, he predicted. At its meeting Thursday morning, the Youngstown...

Friday, August 29, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- An army of volunteers from Mahoning Valley businesses and organizations will focus on cleaning up a neighborhood on the North Side as part of the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley’s annual Day of Caring, which will take place Sept. 5. About 275 of the more than 550 registered volunteers for the event, which is being sponsored by NYO Property Group and Lowe’s, will spend the day in a three-block area between Fifth and Ohio avenues, focusing on 21 blighted homes on Fairgreen, Lora and Norwood avenues. Volunteers will clean up debris...

Friday, August 29, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Youngstown State University President Jim Tressel is joining the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber’s board of directors effective Oct. 1, Peter J. Asimakopoulos, chairman, announced Thursday. Earlier this summer, the Regional Chamber board voted to approve Tressel as a new member. Tressel officially became YSU president July 1 and was installed Aug. 18 during a ceremony at YSU. “We are extremely happy to have Jim on the chamber’s board of directors. He will be a vital cog in the chamber’s work of developing a better educated and trained workforce...

Friday, August 29, 2014

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – The Higher Learning Commission has given the green light to Eastern Gateway Community College to offer online degree programs. The first to be developed are the associate of arts, associate of science and associate of applied science degrees. The Higher Learning Commission is under the aegis of the North Central Association. “We are planning to have the associate of arts online degree ready by the spring semester," said James Baber, executive vice president of academic and student affairs, in a prepared statement. More than a third of the...

Friday, August 29, 2014

SEATTLE -- One in six U.S. homeowners with a mortgage -- or 8.7 million Americans -- was underwater in the second quarter despite rising residential values, Zillow reported Wednesday. This is down from 18.8% in the first quarter and from 23.8% in the second quarter of last year. Underwater refers to a mortgage holder owing more on his loan than he could sell for. The effective negative equity rate, or the percentage of homeowners who have less than 20% equity in their houses, fell to 34.8% in the second quarter, says the latest Zillow Negative Equity Forecast. That's...

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore YOUNGSTOWN,Ohio -- Eric Wolford knows what it will take for this season to be considered a success. For the past three seasons, the Youngstown State football team has been one win away from making the playoffs. This year, the feeling is playoffs or bust. With three games left on the schedule last season, the Penguins walked away with three losses, eliminating any chance of making their first postseason appearance since 2006. And the head coach knows what happened during that three-game stretch and what must be...

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Kenny Carter has a simple mantra when it comes to coaching players when he takes a new job. “They have to adjust to me. I don’t have to adjust to them.” After a 15-year career with stops at Louisville, Penn State and Florida, where he won a national title with Urban Meyer, Carter is back as a coach at the Football Championship Subdivision level. Before spring practice, he joined the football coaching staff at Youngstown State as wide receivers coach and special teams cocoordinator. “When it’s...

Thursday, August 28, 2014

WARREN, Ohio -- Warren Steel Holdings is beginning a “site revitalization project that will result in all unused, nonessential buildings being torn down,” the company announced Wednesday. Warren Steel Holdings, which resumed operations Aug. 7 following the negotiation of lower electricity rates, produces high-quality carbon and alloy steel continuously cast products (READ STORY). The company said it would process and melt all usable scrap metal for use in the manufacture of its products and “responsibly” dispose of materials that cannot be reused. The demolition...

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore CANFIELD, Ohio – With as many as 380,000 people attending the Canfield Fair every year, being one of the 400 vendors or 200 exhibitors with a spot there can prove a boon for business. The demand to be a part of one of the largest county fairs in the nation has led to a waiting list, according to the president of the Canfield Fair, Craig Myers. What drives businesses to the fair, he added, is the same thing that draws families year after year. “[It's] the tradition and the family. We come out because we see some...

Thursday, August 28, 2014

SHARON, Pa. -- During the heyday of steelmaking in the Shenango Valley, demand for welders, fabricators, fitters and industrial maintenance workers reached its zenith, Larry Haynes, executive director of the Community Foundation, said Wednesday. Haynes delivered his remarks at the ribbon cutting at the new industrial maintenance laboratory of Laurel Technical Institute, 200 Sterling Ave. Its first class begins Sept. 22 when the fall semester opens. What many didn’t realize, Haynes continued, was those mills also served as the best educational and training vehicles...

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