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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- The stock market has recovered since the Great Recession, but many Americans remain wary of investing or simply unable to get started. Just more than half, 51%, said in a survey that they do not invest in the stock or bond markets in any way. For those that do not invest, 56% say not having enough money is the biggest obstacle, found the Country Financial Security Index survey. Americans also cite their distrust of the stock and bond markets (12%) and not knowing how to get started (11%). Of the 45% who invest, they're focused on the future and are diligent about...

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Maureen Cronin had served on the board of Midlothian Free Health Clinic Inc. for months when she was asked to take the newly created position of executive director. “The clinic started to grow and we started to get some federal grants,” Cronin says. “The clinic decided they needed a paid executive director and they offered me the position.”  The Midlothian Free Clinic, operated at Bethlehem Lutheran Church on East Midlothian Boulevard in Youngstown, is a provider of primary care and open the...

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Combining community development and economic development into one department is “the right thing at the right time” for the city, Mayor John McNally says, a goal he wants to meet by early 2015. City voters will consider a charter amendment to form such a department now that City Council has approved placing the measure on the November ballot. Merging the two departments and eventually combining them in a single space will improve communication, he said. Community development is in the City...

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien SHARON, Pa. -- Business expansions across the Shenango Valley point to an economy in growth mode, fueled by renewed energy in the retail, commercial and industrial sectors, officials say. “Generally, the atmosphere here is very positive,” says Robert McCracken, president of the Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce. “Companies are quietly beginning to do things.” McCracken observes that while some effects from the Great Recession linger, businesses in the Shenango Valley are expressing more confidence in the local...

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Butler Institute of American Art and Western Reserve PBS will present a preview of the documentary, “James McNeill Whistler and the Case for Beauty,” at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Beecher Center Auditorium of The Butler, Lou Zona announces. Zona, executive director of The Butler, will offer a tour of Whistler’s works in his museum before the documentary is shown. The film, produced for PBS, examines the life of Whistler, a dandy and radical artistic visionary, Zona says. Whistler (1834-1903) introduced ideas and forms that were avant-garde in their...

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Michael Feuer, co-founder and former CEO of OfficeMax, will speak at Youngstown State University Sept. 18 as part of the Williamson Symposium Series. Feuer is CEO and managing director of Max-Ventures, a private equity and consulting firm. Feuer will speak at 2 and 6 p.m. in the auditorium of Williamson Hall as part of the “executive on campus” program at the Williamson College of Business Administration. The sessions are free and open to the public. Feuer has spent more than 35 years as a corporate executive, entrepreneur, management consultant,...

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- Westminster College has been awarded a $1.027 million grant through the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program of the National Science Foundation, the college announces. Funds will be spent on strengthening STEM skills and qualifications within the region's high-need high schools. STEM is the acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. "Called the IQ STEM program, the grant enables us to continue our commitments to achieving outstanding educational outcomes not only at Westminster, but also in our region's schools," said...

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Hilcorp Energy Co. received 11 new permits to drill horizontal wells in Lawrence and Mercer counties in Pennsylvania over the last 12 days, as the company shores up its position in the northern tier of the Utica shale. Meantime, Hilcorp says it will no longer seek a ruling from the Pa. Department of Environmental Protection that would force the pooling of land in Lawrence and Mercer counties, where three property owners have refused to lease their mineral rights. Administrative hearings were to...

Friday, August 29, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Proponents of revitalizing the South Avenue corridor hope an upcoming cleanup effort will be a stepping stone to reforming the South Avenue Merchants Association and cause more change along the artery. Representatives of South Avenue businesses along with residents of adjacent neighborhoods and guests gathered Friday afternoon for a business summit. The summit, hosted by the South Avenue Area Neighborhood Development Initiative, or Saandi, was held at Metro Assembly Church. “We know the power...

Friday, August 29, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The buildings along Glenwood Avenue on the South Side used to be almost monotone, mostly beige with an occasional blue or gray structure interrupting here and there. Empty lots and vacant buildings were commonplace. The corridor is one of the main roads in and out of Youngstown. Upward of 11,000 cars travel Glenwood daily. For those who travel through the Idora Park neighborhood, the road used to be a tour through just how far the city had fallen. Slowly, though, things began to improve. Residents stepped up to clean up their neighborhoods. In...

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