Local News

Friday, December 26, 2014

WASHINGTON -- After hitting their highest level of the year, sales of existing houses sales slid in November as fewer houses were put on the market, the National Association of Realtors reports. Houses sold declined across the United States compared to October. Total sales -- completed transactions that comprise single-family houses, townhouses, condominiums and co-ops -- fell 6.1% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.93 million from a downwardly revised 5.25 million in October. Sales dropped to their lowest annual pace since May (4.91 million) but are above...

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien STONEBORO, Pa. -- Few would suspect that the unassuming company tucked away along a gravel road in northern Mercer County, Pa., is one of only two in the United States that makes a very large product. “We are one of two manufacturers in the country of clamshell dredges,” says Earl Mook, marketing manager at Supreme Manufacturing Inc., which sits just off Interstate 79 here. The company, established in 1990, was created in response to a growing demand in the aggregate industry for large clamshell dredges and...

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

WASHINGTON -- As the holiday season spotlights acts of kindness and giving back, a new federal study shows that one in four Americans volunteered through an organization and two-thirds helped their neighbors last year. Collectively, Americans volunteered nearly 7.7 billion hours last year.  This year's annual report by Volunteering and Civic Life in America, released by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the National Conference on Citizenship, finds that 62.6 million adults (25.4%) volunteered through an organization in 2013. Assigned value of...

Monday, December 22, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- It’s something that would elicit a laugh or a “Yeah, right,” had you suggested it 20 years ago. But now, with downtown bouncing back, it isn’t quite as farfetched. Every weekend, many of those visiting the restaurants, bars, clubs and entertainment centers close out their evening -- whether the night is still young or at last call -- lining up to buy cookies. In the 21 months since One Hot Cookie opened in Erie Terminal Place, lines have become the norm on Commerce Street and around downtown...

Monday, December 22, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Youngstown State University Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs is accepting nominations for ita annual Diversity Leadership Recognition Awards. Deadline is Jan. 30. The awards and the Diversity Leadership Minority Scholarship will be announced at the 7th Annual Diversity Leadership Recognition Dinner March 27 in Stambaugh Auditorium. The dinner will feature a scholarship benefit concert with Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., 2011 winner of “America’s Got Talent,” performing. The office is accepting nominations of those seen as promoting or...

Monday, December 22, 2014

DURHAM, N.C. -- Some 38.6% of employers have suffered a major information technology disruption caused by staff visiting questionable and other nonwork related websites, GFI Software reported. Its study found that problems include work-issued hardware, resulting in malware infection and related issues. The study also found that 35.8% of employees with access to a company computer would not hesitate to take company property including email archives, confidential documents and other valuable intellectual property from their work-owned computer before returning it were...

Friday, December 19, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Gatta Group expects to begin work next spring, perhaps sooner, on the rehabilitation of the Gallagher Building with a goal of completing the work by the end of 2015, its president said Thursday. The $5.9 million project got a boost Thursday with the award of a state historic preservation tax credit of $1.325 million. The downtown project is among 35 historic buildings statewide the Ohio Development Services Agency awarded $41.8 million in tax credits. Together, the projects are expected...

Friday, December 19, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Board of Control Thursday approved accepting a $300,000 grant from JobsOhio to help VAM USA with its project on Ohio Works Drive. The grant is part of the incentive package the state put together earlier this year to encourage VAM to move forward with the project. “We had anticipated this,” said David Bozanich, city finance director. The state has just begun circulating the documents related to the grant, he said.  Earlier this month, the Ohio Tax Credit Authority approved a 75%, seven-...

Friday, December 19, 2014

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio -- The merger of River Valley Health Partners, operators of East Liverpool City Hospital, and Mercy Health, the Cincinnati-based nonprofit formerly Humility of Mary Health Partners, is back on, officials announced Thursday. The intent to merge was first announced last February but was halted in June when nurses at the hospital here failed to ratify a collective bargaining agreement (READ STORY). In announcing a new "letter of intent to fully integrate with one another," hospital officials said they "worked extensively with Mercy Health to...

Friday, December 19, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Huntington Bank will offer its customers Apple Pay in January, the bank announced Thursday. Apple Pay allows consumers to use their smartphones to pay bills for goods and services at more than 220,000 stores and restaurants across the United States. Huntington describes Apple Pay as “a service transforming mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay.” Apple Pay will allow Huntington customers to store and use their Huntington Voice credit cards, Huntington debit cards, or both “in a digital, tokenized form with the new iPhone 6 and...

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