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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore ROOTSTOWN, Ohio -- When the semester at Northeast Ohio Medical University began, the final touches were being put on the NEOMED Education and Wellness Center, colloquially known as the NEW Center. The final coats of paint were being applied and the last of the sidewalks built as students set foot on campus for the first time or returned after a summer of working in clinics and hospitals. On Monday Jay Gershen, president, dedicated the newly-finished NEW Center, which boasts features such as new lecture halls,...

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Private services were held for James A. Traficant Jr., the former congressman and Mahoning County sheriff who died Saturday from injuries sustained in an accident last Tuesday at his daughter’s farm in Greenford. According to the obituary, posted at the website of Rossi Bros. & Lellio Funeral Home, which handled the arrangements, there were no calling hours and the notice does not cite plans for any kind of public commemoration, though area various media outlets report a family spokeswoman say an event is being planned in the next 30 days. He...

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- United Community Financial Corp., holding company of The Home Savings Loan Company, announced Ellen J. Tressel as the newest member of both the UCFC and Home Savings board of directors. Her appointment is effective Oct. 1. In the news release, issued Monday afternoon, UFCF and Home Savings cited Tressel’s long tradition of community involvement, including 14 years in the financial services industry and several years as an active board member for charitable organizations.   “Ellen’s lifelong ties to the Mahoning Valley, combined with her new role...

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Youngstown Foundation announced it will award nearly $400,000 to area organizations including $20,000 to the Butler Institute of American Art here. The foundation also reported a strong third quarter, with more than $107 million in assets. The foundation’s distribution committee, which met in September, approving grants from the unrestricted fund as well as the Hine Memorial Fund, the Support Fund, and several donor advised and restricted funds, said Janice E. Strasfeld, executive director. Youngstown Foundation unrestricted fund grants...

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Mahoning County Land Bank and its 12 community partners took down 308 houses though the Moving Ohio Forward demolition grant program by the program’s deadline today, Mahoning County Treasurer Dan Yemma, land bank chairman, reported. The number of homes demolished using the grant funds, exceeded the land bank’s initial estimate of 275, he added. “Demolition, when necessary, is costly to local governments,” and in Mahoning County the average cost is $8,232, slightly higher than the statewide average of $8,100, Yemma remarked. “This grant eased...

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio Department of Natural Resources will hold open houses to discuss proposed abandoned mine land projects throughout Ohio. The meeting for the counties of Mahoning, Columbiana, Jefferson and Stark will take place Oct. 20 in Salem. Department staff will be available to discuss and answer questions about Ohio mines that were abandoned prior to 1977, when legislation addressing the reclamation of these mine lands went into effect. Representatives will highlight the policies and procedures of Ohio’s Abandoned Mine Land Program and present a list...

Monday, September 29, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Eastern Gateway Community College plans to establish a new machining and welding training center in the Mahoning Valley, helped along by a $2.5 million direct federal grant and an additional $1 million in federal monies through a statewide consortium, a spokeswoman said today. "It's going to focus on a shared facility potentially with Youngstown State University and other career centers as they choose to participate," reported Ann Koon, Eastern Gateway’s director of public information. Eastern...

Monday, September 29, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Youngstown State University President Jim Tressel will be the keynote speaker at the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber’s Good Morning, Boardman breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 10, at the Boardman Park Lariccia Family Community Center, 375 Boardman-Poland Road.  Additionally, updates on various aspects of the township will be provided by Tom Costello, Boardman township trustee chairman; Tim Saxton, director of operations for Boardman Local Schools; and Dan Slagle, executive director for Boardman Park.  Cost for the event is $10 per person....

Monday, September 29, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio Housing Finance Agency has named Huntington Bank its most valuable player for closing $12.1 million in mortgages to low- to moderate-income families between July 1, 2013, and June 30, a fivefold increase over the preceding 12 months, a bank spokesman reported Friday. The bank is also the recipient of the agency’s “Grand Slam” award for closing the most “Grants for Grads” loans -- home equity loans at no interest -- $4.1 million during the same 12 months. Under the Grants to Grads, Huntington provides help to recent college graduates so they...

Monday, September 29, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Members of the Mahoning Valley political community and beyond expressed their condolences to the family of Jim Traficant via emailed press statements and social media following news of his death Saturday. The community continues to await word on arrangements for the former U.S. congressman, which are expected early in the week, according to a Traficant family spokesperson cited in media reports.   U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, a former Traficant aide and his eventual successor, said his thoughts and prayers went out to the former congressman, his family and...

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