Local News

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – State officials said Wednesday that oil and gas production from wells drilled in eastern Ohio's Utica shale nearly doubled between 2012 and 2013, while data show that many of these wells are increasing in strength. "The Utica play is the real deal," declared James Zehringer, director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. ODNR oil and gas division chief Richard Simmers, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Director Craig Butler, JobsOhio Senior Managing Director David Mustine, and State...

Thursday, July 3, 2014

KENT, Ohio -- A new company formed by a Kent State University researcher and inventor will market a technological innovation -- flexible, electrically conductive transparent films. The product, says the inventor, can be used in electronic devices such as smartphones, touchscreens, and in windows that switch from transparent to opaque to block light. Fitos, the company founded by John L. West, trustee research professor and senior research fellow at Kent State’s Liquid Crystal Institute, has been awarded $100,000 by the Ohio Third Frontier Commission to further...

Thursday, July 3, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- After 118 years of encouraging an appreciation of the musical arts in the Mahoning Valley through creative performances, programs and education, The Monday Musical Club board of directors has voted to conclude its operations as an organization. Instead, it is transitioning to become a funding source for local musical arts initiatives and programs and has been established as The Monday Musical Club Fund under the umbrella of The Youngstown Foundation. “The Youngstown Foundation is honored to serve as steward of this prestigious organization’s Fund...

Thursday, July 3, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- There is no such thing as a "backyard fireworks permit," the Ohio state fire marshal, Larry Flowers, emphasizes. For this reason, he encourages Ohioans to attend displays of public fireworks hosted by municipalities and licensed exhibitors this Fourth of July 4 holiday rather than discharge illegal fireworks. “The best way for Ohioans to prevent fireworks injuries is to attend a licensed, professional fireworks exhibition,” Flowers said in a prepared statement. “Keep in mind that even trick and novelty fireworks, like sparklers, are inherently...

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore CANFIELD, Ohio -- For Mark Tirabassi, Facebook is more than an online service to connect with friends and acquaintances. “Facebook is my secret guerrilla marketing tool,” the owner of Hubbard Music remarked. “I'm able to sell things to people that aren't near me just because … we connect [on Facebook]. I've been able to cover greater and greater distances.” Tirabassi was among three owners of Mahoning Valley businesses who were invited to speak before 275 small business owners about their recent success with...

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

VIENNA TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Rick Hale is stepping down as president of Winner Aviation Corp. effective immediately, the company announced today. Neil Gallagher, formerly vice president of maintenance, will take over as president, while Hale stays on as CEO and assumes a new role as chairman. Winner Aviation is the fixed-base operator serving Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport. Since joining the company in 2012, Gallagher was responsible for the maintenance division and expanding Winner Aviation’s product line of aircraft maintenance services for current and prospective...

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Author:  Dennis LaRue YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- When Jim and Ellen Tressel opened the doors to Pollock House at 7 a.m. Tuesday, two members of the university staff were waiting to greet them. So began Jim Tressel’s first official day as president of Youngstown State University, hosting an open house and breakfast reception at his residence. It was followed at midday with a picnic lunch for 80 students and a late afternoon reception for the boards that govern or support the university -- such as the YSU trustees, alumni society, YSU...

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien BOARDMAN, Ohio -- A $150,000 state development grant would provide funding necessary to train 40 new welders through the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 396's apprenticeship program over the next two years, officials announced Tuesday. The grant was made available through the Governor's Office of Appalachia, and is matched by Local 396's joint apprenticeship program. "It's going to educate and re-certify not only members of our Local, but future members into the oil and gas industry," said Butch Taylor, business...

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

WEST MIDDLESEX, Pa. --– Flynn’s Tire Group officially enlisted Tuesday in the U.S. Army’s Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) program, thereby guaranteeing job interviews and potential employment to soldiers ending their tour of duty and ROTC cadets. The formal signing of the partnership followed a patriotic recognition ceremony staged by members of the Cleveland Recruiting Battalion & New Castle Recruiting Co.  “It’s our launch of working with the U.S. Army for the PaYS program, which is basically helping veterans when they’re coming out of the military to find...

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Youngstown Initiative Committee met Tuesday morning for what could be the last time for a while, at least until it can come up with new or alternative funding. The committee that oversees the economic development program reduced the previously awarded grant to one company because the enterprise reduced the scope of its project. The Initiative Committee also heard proposals for funding three additional projects and a façade application. However, because of the lack of funds reported at the...

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