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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

WASHINGTON -- The average person who buys gifts for this year’s graduates and spend $97.79 for an average of two graduates, the National Retail Federation reports. Cash is the most popular gift. Total spending on gift cards, electronic items, apparel and other items will total $4.7 billion, the highest amount in the history of the nine years the federation has conducted a graduation spending survey.. High school graduates will look to their parents to stock their cars full of new gadgets, clothing and gift cards as they head off to college, the survey found. The...

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Individuals interested in pursuing a master’s degree in business administration are invited to the Williamson College of Business Administration’s MBA information session at 5:45 p.m. Monday, June 2. Youngstown State University's flexible MBA allows students to pursue a degree part time or full time. Classes are held one night a week, and some graduate business courses are offered in eight-week blocks. Students may start any semester: fall, spring or summer. The MBA program is accredited by AACSB International, which represents the highest...

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

NILES, Ohio --  First Niles Financial, Inc., parent company of Home Federal Savings and Loan Association of Niles, will pay a cash dividend of 5 cents per share on common stock and 6 cents per share on preferred class A stock for the second quarter of 2014. The dividend is payable June 20 to shareholders of record June 6.  Home Federal primarily serves the Niles area.  At March 31,  Home Federal exceeded all its applicable regulatory capital requirements, said its president, Lawrence Safarek. First Niles had $97 million in assets and $11million in stockholders’...

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

NORTH JACKSON, Ohio -- Remediation plans for the former Hilltop landfill in Ellsworth Township, also known as the Old Toth Landfill, will be the subject of a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Thursday hosted by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. The information session and public hearing will be at the Ellsworth Township Hall on West Akron-Canfield Road. The hearing will provide residents with an opportunity to ask questions and submit comments concerning the Ohio EPA’s preferred remediation plan for the 20-acre property. If approved, the agency would require: Landfill cover improvements....

Saturday, May 24, 2014

McLEAN, Va. -- A rebounding economy and rising auto sales are prompting franchised new-car dealerships across the United States to hire both salesman and service technicians, the National Automobile Dealers Association reported Thursday. Employment at the dealerships surpassed one million last year after falling during the Great Recession. New-car dealers employed 1.008 million in 2013, up 3.4% from 2012, NADA reported. NADA represents nearly 16,000 new-car and -truck dealerships with 32,000 domestic and international franchises. New-car dealerships employed 57 on...

Friday, May 23, 2014

WASHINGTON -- The World Trade Organization ruled against China in a case brought by the Obama Administration charging that China levied improper duties on U.S.-manufactured autos exported there. The ruling calls on China to rescind antidumping duties and countervailing duties on American-made auto exports. In December 2011, China imposed antidumping duties on American-made autos ranging from 2.0% to 21.5%, and countervailing duties ranging from 6.2% to 12.9%. The U.S. exports $8.5 billion worth of autos to the Chinese market. Of that total, $5.1 billion worth is...

Friday, May 23, 2014

Author:  Dennis LaRue CANFIELD, Ohio -- Farmers National Banc Corp. officially opened its Wealth Management Center, 2 Broad St., Thursday as four directors joined senior management and Mayor Bernie Kosar Sr. to snip the broad royal-blue ribbon with a pair of oversized scissors. Helping the president and CEO, Kevin Helmick, cut the ribbon were directors David Paul, Terry Moore, Greg Bestic and Gregg Strollo, Senior Vice President Mark Graham, Mayor Bernie Kosar Sr., Senior Vice President Amber Wallace, Vice President Dan Cvercko and...

Friday, May 23, 2014

Author:  Dennis LaRue HERMITAGE, Pa. -- As annual meetings go, that of F.N.B. Corp. Wednesday at the Avalon at Buhl Park was routine. F.N.B. is the holding company of First National Bank of Pennsylvania, which through acquisitions over the past three years, has grown to become the 46th-largest bank in the United States. During the business portion, which lasted 15 minutes, shareholders re-elected 14 directors and elected a 15th to one-year terms – none facing opposition – adopted an advisory, or nonbinding, resolution to approve the...

Friday, May 23, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The boards of commissioners in Mahoning and Trumbull counties plan to meet again next week to evaluate their options with regard to the Western Reserve Port Authority, moving the boards one step closer to what commissioners from both counties see as the likely outcome -- dismantling of the port authority’s board of directors. “We need to keep moving forward and unfortunately we have some roadblocks along the way,” remarked Mahoning County Commissioner David Ditzler. During their meeting...

Friday, May 23, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Holly Welch, curriculum supervisor and teacher for the Youngstown City Schools, is the recipient of the 2014 Athena Award, presented by the Regional Chamber in co-sponsorship with The Vindicator/Vindy.com. The award was presented before a crowd of 600 gathered last night at Mr. Anthony's Banquet Center for the annual event. The ATHENA Award recognizes area business and professional women who have demonstrated excellence in their chosen career, provided leadership in the community and mentored or contributed to the growth of other professional...

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