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Monday, July 7, 2014

WARREN, Ohio -- Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership was awarded a $2,735 grant by the Ohio Arts Council, which will help pay a $6,000 stipend for installation of a mural on a retainer wall at the former Morningside Power Plant. “This grant allows us to commission a local artist to install a mural on this site, using a public selection process which will allow our community to help us choose the mural,” says Lisa Ramsey, development director at TNP. The wall sits in the middle of the vacant lot at the former power plant and measures 11 feet tall by 100 feet wide. The...

Monday, July 7, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Power of the Arts, a community arts and culture organization, will host a town hall meeting at 3 p.m. Friday in Bliss Hall of Youngsatown State University. Sponsors will present the findings of a survey of arts and culture organizations. Artists will get an update about Power of the Arts efforts in Columbus. Power of the Arts is seeking to amend the Ohio Revised Code so that counties with populations of fewer than 1.2 million can use the proceeds of a tax they would impose on cigarettes to establish a sustainable fund for cultural activities. The...

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A company using Industrial Waste Control Inc.'s plant on Sinter Court to monitor radiation levels in waste generated from drilling operations reports that every container it’s tested has been within regulatory limits and poses no threat to the public. If anything, Austin Master Services Inc. wants to ensure any waste moving into landfills in the region is free of such contaminants and the public's safety is secure, Pete Collopy said. "We try to set it up so we can identify what’s in the...

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – State officials said Wednesday that oil and gas production from wells drilled in eastern Ohio's Utica shale nearly doubled between 2012 and 2013, while data show that many of these wells are increasing in strength. "The Utica play is the real deal," declared James Zehringer, director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. ODNR oil and gas division chief Richard Simmers, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Director Craig Butler, JobsOhio Senior Managing Director David Mustine, and State...

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – State officials said Wednesday that oil and gas production in Ohio nearly doubled between 2012 and 2013, driven mainly by exploration in the Utica shale.  "The Utica play is the real deal," declared James Zehringer, director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. ODNR oil and gas division chief Richard Simmers, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Director Craig Butler, JobsOhio Senior Managing Director David Mustine, and State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers joined Zerhinger Wednesday to...

Thursday, July 3, 2014

KENT, Ohio -- A new company formed by a Kent State University researcher and inventor will market a technological innovation -- flexible, electrically conductive transparent films. The product, says the inventor, can be used in electronic devices such as smartphones, touchscreens, and in windows that switch from transparent to opaque to block light. Fitos, the company founded by John L. West, trustee research professor and senior research fellow at Kent State’s Liquid Crystal Institute, has been awarded $100,000 by the Ohio Third Frontier Commission to further...

Thursday, July 3, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- After 118 years of encouraging an appreciation of the musical arts in the Mahoning Valley through creative performances, programs and education, The Monday Musical Club board of directors has voted to conclude its operations as an organization. Instead, it is transitioning to become a funding source for local musical arts initiatives and programs and has been established as The Monday Musical Club Fund under the umbrella of The Youngstown Foundation. “The Youngstown Foundation is honored to serve as steward of this prestigious organization’s Fund...

Thursday, July 3, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- There is no such thing as a "backyard fireworks permit," the Ohio state fire marshal, Larry Flowers, emphasizes. For this reason, he encourages Ohioans to attend displays of public fireworks hosted by municipalities and licensed exhibitors this Fourth of July 4 holiday rather than discharge illegal fireworks. “The best way for Ohioans to prevent fireworks injuries is to attend a licensed, professional fireworks exhibition,” Flowers said in a prepared statement. “Keep in mind that even trick and novelty fireworks, like sparklers, are inherently...

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore CANFIELD, Ohio -- For Mark Tirabassi, Facebook is more than an online service to connect with friends and acquaintances. “Facebook is my secret guerrilla marketing tool,” the owner of Hubbard Music remarked. “I'm able to sell things to people that aren't near me just because … we connect [on Facebook]. I've been able to cover greater and greater distances.” Tirabassi was among three owners of Mahoning Valley businesses who were invited to speak before 275 small business owners about their recent success with...

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

VIENNA TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Rick Hale is stepping down as president of Winner Aviation Corp. effective immediately, the company announced today. Neil Gallagher, formerly vice president of maintenance, will take over as president, while Hale stays on as CEO and assumes a new role as chairman. Winner Aviation is the fixed-base operator serving Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport. Since joining the company in 2012, Gallagher was responsible for the maintenance division and expanding Winner Aviation’s product line of aircraft maintenance services for current and prospective...

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