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Friday, August 29, 2014

SEATTLE -- One in six U.S. homeowners with a mortgage -- or 8.7 million Americans -- was underwater in the second quarter despite rising residential values, Zillow reported Wednesday. This is down from 18.8% in the first quarter and from 23.8% in the second quarter of last year. Underwater refers to a mortgage holder owing more on his loan than he could sell for. The effective negative equity rate, or the percentage of homeowners who have less than 20% equity in their houses, fell to 34.8% in the second quarter, says the latest Zillow Negative Equity Forecast. That's...

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore YOUNGSTOWN,Ohio -- Eric Wolford knows what it will take for this season to be considered a success. For the past three seasons, the Youngstown State football team has been one win away from making the playoffs. This year, the feeling is playoffs or bust. With three games left on the schedule last season, the Penguins walked away with three losses, eliminating any chance of making their first postseason appearance since 2006. And the head coach knows what happened during that three-game stretch and what must be...

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Kenny Carter has a simple mantra when it comes to coaching players when he takes a new job. “They have to adjust to me. I don’t have to adjust to them.” After a 15-year career with stops at Louisville, Penn State and Florida, where he won a national title with Urban Meyer, Carter is back as a coach at the Football Championship Subdivision level. Before spring practice, he joined the football coaching staff at Youngstown State as wide receivers coach and special teams cocoordinator. “When it’s...

Thursday, August 28, 2014

WARREN, Ohio -- Warren Steel Holdings is beginning a “site revitalization project that will result in all unused, nonessential buildings being torn down,” the company announced Wednesday. Warren Steel Holdings, which resumed operations Aug. 7 following the negotiation of lower electricity rates, produces high-quality carbon and alloy steel continuously cast products (READ STORY). The company said it would process and melt all usable scrap metal for use in the manufacture of its products and “responsibly” dispose of materials that cannot be reused. The demolition...

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore CANFIELD, Ohio – With as many as 380,000 people attending the Canfield Fair every year, being one of the 400 vendors or 200 exhibitors with a spot there can prove a boon for business. The demand to be a part of one of the largest county fairs in the nation has led to a waiting list, according to the president of the Canfield Fair, Craig Myers. What drives businesses to the fair, he added, is the same thing that draws families year after year. “[It's] the tradition and the family. We come out because we see some...

Thursday, August 28, 2014

SHARON, Pa. -- During the heyday of steelmaking in the Shenango Valley, demand for welders, fabricators, fitters and industrial maintenance workers reached its zenith, Larry Haynes, executive director of the Community Foundation, said Wednesday. Haynes delivered his remarks at the ribbon cutting at the new industrial maintenance laboratory of Laurel Technical Institute, 200 Sterling Ave. Its first class begins Sept. 22 when the fall semester opens. What many didn’t realize, Haynes continued, was those mills also served as the best educational and training vehicles...

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Author:  George Nelson WARREN, Ohio -- Mahoning County Commissioners say they intend to fill their vacancy on the Western Reserve Port Authority’s board of directors next week, following the appointment Wednesday by Trumbull County Commissioners to fill its two open slots (READ STORY). The members of both counties’ boards of commissioners met Wednesday for about an hour in executive session regarding the port authority and its board’s plans to hire a new executive director. Earlier that morning, the Trumbull County commissioners --...

Thursday, August 28, 2014

HARRISBURG -- The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection says it has rescheduled public hearings related to a "forced pooling" issue in Lawrence and Mercer counties, the agency announced Wednesday. The hearings, last scheduled for Sept. 16 and 17, will now be held Oct. 27 and 28 at 10 a.m. and 9 a.m. respectively, the DEP said. Another hearing session is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Oct. 28. Under the Oil and Gas Conservation Law of 1961, an administrative hearing must be held before any decision is made on a spacing order application. The Hilcorp hearings...

Thursday, August 28, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Gov. John R. Kasich has appointed attorney Shirley J. Christian of New Springfield to serve as a judge on the Mahoning County Court of Common Pleas. Kasich’s office announced the appointment Wednesday. Christian assumes office Oct. 2. To retain the seat, she must run in November 2016 for the full term commencing Jan. 1, 2017. Christian, with the firm of Harrington, Hoppe & Mitchell, will succeed Judge James C. Evans, who retires Oct. 1. “We are very proud of our colleague and very pleased that a highly experienced, talented, conscientious and...

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Author:  George Nelson WARREN, Ohio -- Trumbull County Commissioners this morning approved the appointment of Sam Covelli and David Detec to the Western Reserve Port Authority’s board of directors, filing the unexpired terms of two members who resigned earlier this year. Covelli, the owner of Warren-based Covelli Enterprises, the largest franchisee of Panera Bread, will serve though Dec. 31, 2017, completing the unexpired term of Scott Lynn. Detec, a local attorney, will serve though the end of the year, finishing out the term of...

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