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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WARREN, Ohio -- Seventeen area pizza shops will compete for bragging rights at the “Slice of the Valley’ competition Jan. 17 at the Eastwood Expo Center in Niles. Proceeds will be used for improvements at Warren Interfaith Park on the city's southeast side. Those attending the pizza challenge will vote on the People’s Choice Award while celebrity judges will decide the Judge’s Choice award. The number of pizza shops in the competition far exceeded expectations, organizers say. “We are very pleased with the vendor response, which guarantees the attendees will have an...

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Bo Pelini, a Youngstown native and one of only two Power Five Conference football coaches to win at least nine games each of the past  seven years, has been named the head football coach at Youngstown State University, President James P. Tressel and Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Ron Strollo jointly announced moments ago. Pelini will begin his duties Dec. 17 as the Penguins’ head football coach. He becomes the seventh head coach in the program’s history that features four FCS national championships and seven overall title-game...

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- National and local news organizations are quoting sources at Youngstown State University in reporting that Bo Pelini, former head coach at the University of Nebraska, will become the YSU's new head football coach. The story broke this morning on Vindy.com with sportswriter Joe Scalzo reporting that "multiple sources ... said the decision came down to family -- Pelini and his wife are both Cardinal Mooney graduates -- and lifestyle." The YSU board of trustees is scheduled to meet at 3 p.m. Calls to the school's athletic department immediately went...

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

WASHINGTON, Pa. -- Range Resources says it believes the company’s Utica/Point Pleasant well in Washington County, has achieved the highest initial production rate of any horizontal well drilled in the Appalachian Basin. The company made the announcement at the same time it released a 2015 capital spending budget of $1.3 billion -- a decrease of 18% from its 2014 budget. Range said its Claysville Sportsman's Club No. 1 well achieved an average 24-hour test rate of 59.0 billion cubic feet per day against simulated pipeline pressure and conditions during the initial...

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

NEW YORK -- Despite lower energy prices, 82% of Americans say they do not plan to spend more this holiday season than last. Only 16% plan to spend more this year -- 5% because of lower gasoline prices and 11% plan to spend more, but not specifically because of gas prices, finds a survey by Banknote.com. Not spending more was consistent across all demoraphics, whether age, income and education levels, but millennials have the lowest propensity to hold back, Bankrate.com reports. Fully 72% of millennials said they would not spend more compared to 84% to 86% of those...

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Last year Shepherd of the Valley Inc. faced a dilemma: it was trying to reduce the number of beds by 20 at one of its skilled-nursing centers at the request of the state of Ohio, but the state also required Shepherd to submit a certificate of need application. The process initially proved cumbersome, slow and expensive, Don Kacmar, Shepherd executive director who is retiring Dec. 31, recalled Monday. As the application process dragged on and those empty beds remained on the books, it was...

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

WARREN, Ohio -- An investor from Columbus was the successful bidder Saturday for the Brentwood Mobile Manor, 4044 Evaline St. SE, Jeff Byce announced Monday. Winning bid was $555,000. With the 10% buyer’s premium, the price came to $610,500. Byce is the broker and auctioneer at ByceRealty, Youngstown. Byce declined to disclose the identity of the winning bidder -- nine registered to bid -- until the property transfer is recorded in the Trumbull County Courthouse. He would say only that the new owner and his family have a history of investing in real estate, that...

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio -- Tri-State 1st Banc Inc. will sell Gateminder Corp., one of its four subsidiaries, to its president and CEO, Lance Lang, on or before Dec. 31, Stephen R. Sant announced Monday. Sant is president and CEO of the holding company and its largest subsidiary, 1st National Community Bank. The price was not disclosed but Sant said, “Gateminder represents less than 1% of Tri-State’s total assets” of $128.5 million at June 30. Gateminder helps clients, mostly financial institutions, select equipment including the purchase and lease of ATMs, says the 2013...

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

DALLAS -- Summit Midstream Partners and XTO Energy Inc., a subsidiary of ExxonMobil, announced Monday they will develop and operate a $400 million natural gas gathering system servicing XTO’s production from Belmont and Monroe counties in southeastern Ohio. The gathering system will be owned and developed by Summit Midstream Utica LLC, a new indirect subsidiary of Summit Investments. XTO will be the anchor shipper and has dedicated 29,000 acres to Summit Utica under a long-term, fee-based gathering agreement, the companies said. Summit Utica will gather, compress and...

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Youngstown State University’s graduate program in counseling is among the top 25 most affordable in the Midwest, according to a list released by “Best Counseling Degrees," the university reported Monday YSU’s program in the Beeghly College of Education is ranked 17th in the 12-state Midwest region, according to the website, www.counselingdegrees.net. It is the only program at an Ohio public university to make the top 25.  YSU’s master’s degree in counseling has options in clinical mental health counseling, school counseling, addiction counseling...

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