Local News

Monday, June 30, 2014

NEW YORK -- More than 153 million Americans will spend $6.2 billion to observe the Fourth of July, the National Retail Federation estimates based on its Independence Day survey. They will spend of $68.16 per household on average on food. This is the first year the federation asked about spending plans on food items. While the majority will spend the day around a picnic table, many will also attend a fireworks display or community celebration (105 million) or a parade (27 million). Plans for each of those activities declined from last year, but an increasing number is...

Monday, June 30, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Summer Festival of the Arts, a weekend of arts, culture and jazz, is planned for July 10 to 13 at sites in and near the downown and Youngstown State University. Organizers from YSU, the city, Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and Eric Ryan Productions are sponsoring the weekend. The heart of he 16th annual YSU Summer Festival of the Arts is the artists’ marketplace that showcases the work of more than 75 local, regional and national artists selling original, hand-crafted pieces such as jewelry...

Monday, June 30, 2014

CLEVELAND -- Ohio is the sixth state to join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s All*Vet States Web initiative that focuses on employment, education and business startup information for participating states.  Goal of the site is to showcase states working to create economic opportunities for veterans and military spouses and to highlight the resources available to military families making the transition to civilian life. “I’m very happy that Ohio has joined this effort,” said Tim Gorrell, director of the Ohio Department of Veteran Services. “Increasing the visibility of...

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Author:  George Nelson VIENNA TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- The Western Reserve Port Authority’s board of directors is hiring legal counsel to resist any attempt by commissioners in Mahoning and Trumbull counties to dissolve the body. During a special meeting Friday afternoon, four of the five remaining members of the port authority’s board of directors voted to retain the law firm of Eckert, Seamans, Cherin and Mellott LLC as special counsel to the port authority’s attorney on an “as-needed basis,” as determined by the port authority’s chairman...

Friday, June 27, 2014

Author:  George Nelson BOARDMAN, Ohio -- As the economy continues to improve and the real estate market along with it, more individuals are becoming real estate agents, as reflected by the rising number of members in the Youngstown Columbiana Association of Realtors. As of June 10, membership in the organization stands at 537, up from 511 a year earlier, says the CEO of YCAR, Jessica Perry. Thirty members have been installed during the tenure of this year’s president, Charley Althof, a licensed real estate agent since 1976, she adds....

Friday, June 27, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Halcon Resources Corp. hasn't altogether abandoned its holdings in the Utica shale, according to records from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Data provided by the Pennsylvania DEP show that Halcon was awarded a new permit June 20 to drill a new vertical well at the Gallagher property in Greene Township in Mercer County. Meantime, ODNR issued a permit last week to Halcon so it can complete its Lutz 1H well in Trumbull County in Warren Township, according to the agency's website...

Friday, June 27, 2014

EAST LIVERPOOL -- The rejection of a contract offer by nurses at East Liverpool City Hospital appears to have also nixed the hospital’s pending merger with Humility of Mary Health Partners -- and put the future of the hospital itself in doubt, administrators say. Nurses filed a 10-day strike notice May 31 then withdrew it and returned to the bargaining table. The sticking point reportedly is the hospital's demand for 16-hour shifts without overtime pay. “Administrators of River Valley Health Partners East Liverpool City Hospital are disappointed to learn that the...

Friday, June 27, 2014

BOARDMAN, Ohio -- Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley has begun construction and renovations to the Special Care Nursery and Pediatric Inpatient Unit on its Beeghly campus. The inpatient unit will have more room to expand, while the SCN will provide private rooms for all patient families, officials said. The budget for the entire project is $1.9 million, and the project is expected to be completed in the fall. “Our goal is to provide the best possible patient care, and single family rooms help us achieve that objective,” said Lisa Taafe, clinical administrative...

Friday, June 27, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- My Town, Your Town, Youngstown Summer Day Camp offers students a chance to explore local history at its source. The five-day camp, held this year from July 7 to 11, is sponsored by the Mahoning Valley Historical Society and features field trips to several historic sites and landmarks. The camp focuses on Youngstown yesterday, today and tomorrow with activities to spark creativity and form a connection to the past and its role in the future. Campers will visit Lanterman’s Mill at Mill Creek MetroParks, The Youngstown Historical Center of Industry...

Friday, June 27, 2014

KENT, Ohio -- Kent State University and Eastern Gateway Community College, Steubenville, have signed an agreement allowing for the easy transfer of credits, allowing more students to pursue bachelor’s degrees. The new agreement facilitates transfer of courses between Eastern Gateway Community College’s associate of applied business degree in business management technology and Kent State’s bachelor of technical and applied Studies in applied business. A student who completes all of the associate degree requirements in the associate of applied business degree in...

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