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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Author:  Dennis LaRue YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Mark Cole remembers 40 years ago when his parents took him to the Home Savings and Loan Co. “They walked me in with $5 to open a savings account,” he recalls, and he’s remained a customer. Cole secured the mortgage to his house from Home Savings and “I have several accounts, personal and business,” the registered representative for American National Insurance Co. says. The staff at the bank office in Austintown, where he lives, “have always been friends,” Cole says. “You felt like you knew...

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore BOARDMAN,Ohio -- National Healthcare Access, listed this summer among Inc. magazine's 5,000 fastest-growing companies, now has more room to grow even more. The locally owned company recently relocated its headquarters from Poland to 7422 Southern Blvd., an expansion celebrated Wednesday with a ribbon-cutting. “We've experienced growth and moved into a new, bigger location that we're really excited about,” says the president of National Healthcare Access, Daniel Caparso. “We were bursting at the seams at our old...

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore ROOTSTOWN, Ohio -- It looks like a standard doctor’s office. The walls are light blue. The green-cushioned exam table is covered in translucent tissue paper. The jars, lined up evenly on the countertop, are filled with tongue depressors, cotton balls and bandages. Even the people in the room aren’t out of place. Patients come in and wait before they talk to the “doctor,” who is dressed in the requisite white coat, about their concerns and ailments as he or she reviews their charts. Just on the other side of the...

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded more than $97,000 in grant money to help local farmers and growers get their products into the hands of the public and into institutions across the Mahoning Valley. Representatives from Grow Youngstown, an organization formed in 2008 to promote urban gardening, local food production and sales, announced Wednesday that the group received a share of the $52 million in grants recently awarded by USDA to food initiatives across the country that support...

Thursday, October 9, 2014

KENT, Ohio -- Kent State University will celebrate the launch of the new Center for Visual Arts at 4 p.m. today in Cartwright Hall, which overlooks the construction site of the center. The new center will bring all visual arts programs and disciplines under one roof for the first time since 1960. Upon completion in the spring of 2016, the $33.5 million complex will have more than 115,000 square feet of space, which include 77,000 square feet of renovation and nearly 38,000 square feet of new construction. It will be LEED Silver-certified for energy efficiency and...

Thursday, October 9, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- From 9 a.m. until noon Nov. 8, the Youngstown chapter of Score will host a workshop, “Financing and Marketing Your Business,” at the Williamson College of Business Administration at Youngstown State University. The half-day seminar is free. Score is the acronym for the former Service Corps of Retired Executives. Topics are “Your Business Plan,” “Projections, Profit, and Loss” and “Marketing with No Money.” A roundtable of businessmen, bankers, and Score counselors will follow. Presenters are Jack Kravitz from Kravitz Deli; Todd Franko, managing...

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Guided by the new owner’s vision, Phillips/Sekanick Architects is completing its plans to remake the resort long known as the Avalon Inn in Howland Township the Avalon Resort and Spa. The new owner, Avalon Holdings Inc., has directed the Warren architecture firm to make the hotel and its spacious grounds more than just a place for guests to spend the night. “We’re completely redoing the entire facility,” says Bruce Sekanick, architect and secretary-treasurer of the firm in Warren. “It’s a...

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

WARREN, Ohio -- Work will begin immediately on renovating the former Mickey’s Army-Navy Store downtown for Eastern Gateway Community College’s expanded Warren Center, EGCC officials report. Higher Education Partner-EGCC Ohio LLC recently finalized its purchase of the Main Street building with owner Marty Cohen. HEP is the college’s partner in the operation of the Valley Center in Youngstown and now will partner with the college for the build-out and operation of the new Warren Center at 239 Main St. The new center, which opens for classes Jan. 4, will feature four...

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore ROOTSTOWN, Ohio -- On the screen, they’re little more than white, black and gray shapes. Some are long and narrow, others almost perfectly round, giving no hint of the secrets they might hold. Under a microscope, it’s easier to see what they are: cells, such as a sample taken from a patient about to undergo heart bypass surgery. Some of these cells, the lab workers hope, are stem cells. As a group of students gathers around the screen, Dr. William M. Chilian interjects and points to some of the black shapes. “...

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Bettors at the new Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course wagered $52.9 million in cash and credits and won $46.9 million in its first 14 days, the Ohio Lottery Commission reported Tuesday afternoon. The lottery commission, in its first monthly report of state video lottery terminal revenues since the racino opened Sept. 17, reported racino net proceeds of $5.94 million -- net revenues remaining from credits played minus credits won and less promotional credits ($79,794 for the days...

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