Local News

Monday, March 6, 2017

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The number of residents in the mostly white Mahoning Valley continues to shrink as the population of Blacks, Hispanics and Asians grows. Still, minority business enterprises have seen little progress in lowering the hurdles to success. An analysis this year by Frank Akpadock, senior research associate, Regional Economic Development Initiative at Youngstown […]

Monday, March 6, 2017

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – In 1916, against great odds, Fletcher F. Armstrong and his wife, Maggie, opened F.F. Armstrong’s Haberdashery at the edge of downtown Youngstown. It was the first black-owned business of its kind in the city. A century later, African-Americans in the Mahoning Valley are still breaking new ground. From the owner of a […]

Monday, March 6, 2017

“Welcome to Mahoning County Politics” reads a road sign as you cross the border into Mahoning County nearly 20 years ago. In 1998, the corruption probe involving officials in the Mahoning Valley hit its high mark when indictments were handed up charging dozens of attorneys, public officials, and organized crime figures with multiple counts of […]

Friday, March 3, 2017

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Construction on a $20 million “chill-can” manufacturing plant planned for the city’s East Side is on pace to begin this spring and the first two buildings will be in place by the end of the summer, says Mitchell Joseph, chairman and CEO of Joseph Company International. “We’ll start clearing in the next […]

Friday, March 3, 2017

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio  — U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-13 Ohio, today urged President Donald Trump to meet with leaders from General Motors Co. to find an agreement that would reverse the termination of the third shift at the Lordstown Assembly plant. Ryan released to the press the text of a letter sent today to Trump. Losing […]

Friday, March 3, 2017

CANFIELD, Ohio — More cats than people walk into and leave Rhonda Kratko’s office on any given day. A friendly cat named McGregor languidly stares up at her as she explains the adoption program at Angels for Animals. “As you can see, he is a big hunk of love,” she says. Kratko is the cat […]

Friday, March 3, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio’s unemployment rate was 5.0% in January 2017, unchanged from a revised 5.0% in December 2016, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported this morning. The December rate was revised upward from the previously reported 4.9% for the month. The January statewide rate was unchanged from a year earlier. The […]

Friday, March 3, 2017

NILES, Ohio – Legislators need to be aware of the role Ohio libraries play in their communities and what impact a proposed cut in the state’s Public Library Fund would mean, the executive director of the Northeast Ohio Regional Library System said this morning. Library representatives and state lawmakers gathered in the auditorium of the […]

Friday, March 3, 2017

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The Meijer retail chain announced plans Thursday to construct seven new supercenters and remodel 22 more locations, but a planned store in Austintown likely won’t open until 2020 at the earliest, a township zoning official said. Last year, Meijer Stores Ltd. purchased the former Austintown Middle School and earlier this year bought […]

Friday, March 3, 2017

SAN RAMON, Calif. — Many small-business owners might think they have enough headaches meeting payroll, dealing with government regulations and pleasing their customers. And setting up a retirement plan for their employees is more work – and expense – they can do without. But creating such a plan is more feasible than they may realize […]

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