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Friday, November 21, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- As you drive down the hill to the borough of Volant, Pa., you see one building stand out: Volant Mills. You can’t miss it. It sits at a bend in the road, a three-story white building with a blue sign proclaiming its name. It has been the center of commercial activity in Volant since it was built in the early 1800s. Today the building, which is mostly a gift store, is one of the town’s top tourist attractions. “It’s a step back to a simpler, less stressful way of life,” says Karen Rockenstein, a...

Friday, November 21, 2014

POLAND, Ohio -- The Poland Village Business Association will present "St. Claus" from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 6. Participating businesses will serve treats and offer discount and coupons, Rebecca Nelis announced Thursday. Nelis of Pathways of Ohio Counseling Center is coordinating the event. Businesses that have hung PBBA wreaths outside will give Santa Surprise gifts to the first 100 families who visit their stores. Other activities have children writing letters to Santa and then delivering them him on the spot, horse-drawn carriage rides, face painting and a coloring...

Friday, November 21, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio 3, says he’s “deeply disappointed in President Obama” for taking “arrogant and unconstitutional action” in using an executive order to achieve immigration reform. Johnson, whose district includes portions of Mahoning County and all of Columbiana County, issued a statement Thursday night following Obama’s address to the nation. The president’s speech (READ TEXT) set forth a path to legal status for some five million unauthorized immigrants who are parents of United States citizens. If eligible, they would have their...

Friday, November 21, 2014

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio -- The final count of fall enrollment at Eastern Gateway Community College is 3,195, a 10% increase from last fall, the college announced Thursday. The jump is the largest -- and one of the few -- increases among community colleges in the state, according to officials. The increase is the result of 7% more new students and a 12% increase in the retention rate. Patty Sturch, dean of enrollment management, reported that enrollment on the Jefferson Campus in Steubenville remained even. “The college’s expansion site at the Valley Center in Youngstown...

Friday, November 21, 2014

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio -- The final count of fall enrollment at Eastern Gateway Community College is 3,195, a 10% increase from last fall, the college announced Thursday. The jump is the largest -- and one of the few -- increases among community colleges in the state, according to officials. The increase is the result of 7% more new students and a 12% increase in the retention rate. Patty Sturch, dean of enrollment management, reported that enrollment on the Jefferson Campus in Steubenville remained even. “The college’s expansion site at the Valley Center in Youngstown...

Friday, November 21, 2014

VIENNA, Ohio -- The Air Force Reserve’s 910th Airlift Wing is scheduled to welcome Ohio’s U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown for an installation visit Monday. During the visit, Brown will meet with wing leadership, take a windshield tour of the installation, visit the 910th’s avionics shop, view one of the unit’s modular aerial spray systems and walk through one of the wing’s C-130H Hercules tactical cargo transport aircraft. The YARS visit will be hosted 910th Airlift Wing commander Col. James Dignan. Brown’s office requested the visit to meet with YARS leadership and...

Friday, November 21, 2014

PITTSBURGH -- Nearly 46.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving weekend, the highest number for the holiday season since 2007, the AAA said Thursday, noting that’s a 4.2% increase from last year. Almost 90% of travelers, 41.3 million, will observe the holiday with a road trip and also will enjoy the lowest gasoline and diesel prices in nearly four years. The national price of gasoline has fallen below $3 per gallon for the first time since Dec. 22, 2010. The busiest time for travel this Thanksgiving is Nov. 26 through Nov....

Friday, November 21, 2014

KENT, Ohio -- The Kent State University Alumni Association is seeking nominations for its alumni awards that recognize the recipients’ leadership, service, character and professional development. J Five individual awards will be granted along with one student award, Joy Wesoloski, assistant director of alumni relations, said. Individuals can choose to nominate themselves as well as others. The alumni association recognizes notable, accomplished graduates. “These awards not only bring distinction to the alumni who receive them, but to the university as they showcase...

Friday, November 21, 2014

SHARON, Pa. -- The third annual THON Spaghetti Dinner, a fundraiser sponsored by Penn State Shenango, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 12. All proceeds support children with cancer. The menu consists of spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread, cake and beverages. Takeout meals will be available. Tickets bought in advance are $8, at the door $10. Those ages 65 and older or 5 and younger will be chraged $5. Advance tickets are sold at the Student Affairs Office in Sharon Hall. "The miraculous feeling you get being a part of this organization is indescribable; I’m very...

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The city is engaged in what its finance director characterizes as “preliminary” discussions with representatives of NYO Property Group regarding the developer’s purchase of 20 Federal Place. NYO submitted a $1.7 million bid to acquire the city-owned building and a nearby parking lot. The developer was the sole entity to submit a proposal by the Oct. 3 deadline, even though its largest tenant, VXI Global Solutions Inc., submitted a letter stating it preferred that the city retain ownership. “...

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