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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- With the help of speakers in five cities across Ohio, Gov. John Kasich rolled out the new OhioMeansJobs.com Wednesday morning during a video conference viewed locally at Youngstown State University. The website follows the rebranding to OhioMeansJobs of the state's One-Stop workforce development system, but with new features aimed at giving employers and job seekers more options. Several elements of the site have been added or revamped. “When you get on this site, there's a lot of opportunity....

Thursday, May 29, 2014

WASHINGTON -- The outlook for all of the major commercial real estate sectors is improving slightly despite disappointing economic growth during the first quarter, reports the chief economist for the National Association of Realtors, Lawrence Yun. Sluggish growth in the period is not indicative of the health of the economy. “Gross domestic product should expand closer to 3% for the remainder of the year," Yun said Wednesday. "The improved lending for commercial loans and continuing job gains we’ve seen this spring bode well for modest progress in commercial real...

Thursday, May 29, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Erie Terminal Building is among the upcoming honorees for the Mahoning Valley Historical Society’s 2014 Historic Preservation Awards. Winners of the awards, presented to honor those in Mahoning and Trumbull counties who take an active role in preserving historic buildings, sites and districts, will be recognized at the Mahoning Valley Historical Society’s 139th annual meeting. The event will take place beginning 5:30 p.m. June 17 at the Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center, 325 W. Federal St. The MVHS Historic Preservation Committee announced...

Thursday, May 29, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- J&B Production Arts Services, the company that controls the performance rights to A Light in the Darkness: A Story of Hope During the Holocaust, recently announced that play written here will have its first production overseas. Written J.E. Ballantyne Jr., the drama will be presented by the American School in London this fall, the playwright said. Based on The Promise by Eva Schloss and Barbara Powers, the play deals with the life of Schloss (Anne Frank’s step-sister) during the time that her family went into hiding from the Nazis and follows...

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio -- The Ohio wine and grape industry contributed $786 million to the state's economy, finds the newly released 2012 Economic Impact report commissioned and funded by the Ohio Grape Industries Committee. The report says the industry's economic impact is 34% greater than it was in 2008, according to a similar study released in 2010. “Ohio’s wine industry is growing and represents a significant segment of the state’s $105 billion food and agriculture industry,” said David T. Daniels, director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, in a statement that...

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

WARREN, Ohio -- Ohio Chautauqua, a five-day event that combines presentations of living history, education, music and theater, will come here June 24 to 28. Ohio Chautauqua is free and open to the public. Evening activities are scheduled for under a red-and-white striped tent on the grounds near the Kinsman House along Mahoning Avenue in the downtown. Live local music will begin at 6:30 p.m. each night. At 7:30 p.m., a scholar portrays a historical figure and delivers a monologue that reflects his significance. Afterward, the audience can ask questions of the...

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien BOARDMAN, Ohio -- In his first appearance before shareholders, the new president and CEO of United Community Financial Corp., holding company of The Home Savings and Loan Co., lauded their patience and loyalty as the company steered itself through troubled times. And, sooner rather than later, that patience should pay off, Gary M. Small told shareholders Tuesday during the company's annual meeting at Mr. Anthony's. "With the capital where it's at, and our growth aspirations easily covered with that, we have the...

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Author:  Dennis LaRue VIENNA TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Because of circumstances beyond its control, Cortland Bancorp recessed its annual meeting Tuesday and will reschedule. Its transfer agent never forwarded the results of the shareholders’ votes -- a highly unusual circumstance, CEO and President James Gasior informed shareholders, employees and guests at the Avalon Country Club at Squaw Creek. Cortland’s repeated efforts last week and Tuesday morning to reach the transfer agent met with no response. “We have not been able to validate the...

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Sales of single-family houses in April were up substantially from a year earlier in Trumbull County while stable in Mahoning and Columbiana counties, according to the monthly report from the Youngstown Columbiana Association of Realtors.  In Trumbull County, 151 houses were sold in April, up from 130 in April 2013 and from 131 in March. In Mahoning County, 201 units were sold last month, down just one from 202 a year earlier but up from 161 in March. In Columbiana County, 61 houses were sold in April, a gain of two from April 2013 and from March’s...

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

CHAMPION Township, Ohio -- TCTC Adult Training Center is seeking employers interested in participating in the training center’s career and job fair June 27 from 10 a.m. to 3p.m. at the training center here. Employers will have access to potential employees from throughout the local area as well as TCTC graduates from the adult training center’s industrial, health care, and information technology programs. There will also be space available for those employers that choose to interview during the fair, according to an announcement from the school. Participation in the...

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