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Friday, May 30, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The boards of commissioners in Mahoning and Trumbull counties have scheduled a joint meeting for Monday in the Mahoning County Administration Building downtown, where they will review their options with regard to the Western Reserve Port Authority. The two boards are widely expected to decide to move forward on dissolving the current port authority and establish a new one, with another entity assuming its responsibilities and administering contracts in the interim.  Monday’s 11 a.m. meeting follows a previous joint session where commissioners from...

Friday, May 30, 2014

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Thursday charged the transfer agent for Cortland Bancorp with fraud and imposed an emergency asset freeze on that agent, Illinois-based IST Shareholder Services. Cortland Bancorp, holding company of Cortland Banks, was unable to conduct its annual meeting last Tuesday because IST did not provide a tabulation of shareholders’ votes for the four items on the agenda (READ STORY). Senior management of Cortland tried without success to communicate with IST last week and as late as before the meeting Tuesday morning...

Friday, May 30, 2014

Author:  George Nelson AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Skills specific to the gaming industry aren’t required for a job or career with the Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course. Just ask Mike Galle whose career path started not at the bottom, but below sea level. “I got into the gaming industry interestingly. I was an electronic surveillance support technician on a submarine,” Galle, general manager of the Austintown racino and a vice president with its operator, Penn National Gaming Inc., recalled. After leaving the U.S. Navy, Galle,...

Friday, May 30, 2014

VIENNA TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Winner Aviation recently completed a two-month renovation on its King Air B100, reports Rick Hale, president and CEO of Winner. The upgrades comprise a newly painted exterior, a refurbished interior and communication and navigational avionics upgrades. The King Air B100, based at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport, is available for immediate charter services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with as little as a two-hour notice, Hale says. The new exterior incorporates Winner Aviation’s corporate colors in a new design scheme and the...

Friday, May 30, 2014

WARREN, Ohio -- Akron Children’s Hospital will operate the pediatric unit and special care nursery at St. Joseph Health Center here beginning later this year under an agreement the two hospitals announced Thursday. The agreement expands Akron Children’s commitment to children in the Mahoning Valley, according to the announcement. “St. Joseph is proud to bring Akron Children’s advanced pediatric and neonatal services to Trumbull County,” said Kathy Cook, president of St. Joseph Health Center. “This relationship will build upon St. Joseph’s strong pediatric program and...

Friday, May 30, 2014

KENT, Ohio -- The Kent State University Board of Trustees has raised tuition by 2% for undergraduate and graduate students at its eight campuses. Effective this fall semester, undergraduate tuition for students at the main campus will rise $98 per semester, to $5,006 from $4,908. Graduate tuition will increase by $104 to $5,326 from $5,222. More than half of the new revenues from the hike will be allocated to increases for student scholarships, trustees said. The hike, which trustees say adheres to a state-mandated limit on full-time, in-state undergraduate tuition...

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore CLEVELAND -- After six minutes standing beside their lawyers as they entered not-guilty pleas inside the Cuyahoga County courtroom of Judge Pamela A. Barker (READ STORY), and another 40 minutes being booked into the county jail, Youngstown Mayor John A. McNally, Mahoning County Auditor Michael Sciortino and attorney Martin Yavorcik had little to say. “Not guilty,” said Yavorcik. “No comment,” said McNally. The three men, all of whom were indicted again May 14 on public corruption charges centering on Mahoning...

Thursday, May 29, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The mayor of this city, attorney John McNally, uttered just four words, “Thank you, your honor,” this morning in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court as he stood with his attorney, Lynn Maro, as she entered a plea of not guilty on multiple public corruption and bribery charges. McNally and his co-defendants, Mahoning County Auditor Michael Sciortino and attorney Martin Yavorcik, were arraigned this morning by Judge Pamela A. Barker. Like the mayor, Sciortino and Martin Yavorcik pleaded not guilty. The proceedings were streamed live at WFMJ.com. Bond...

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The architects of a regional application for one of 12 manufacturing partnership designations from the federal government say they will assess the proposal’s shortcomings before deciding how to proceed with any future effort. The application by a partnership representing 19 counties from northeastern Ohio, western Pennsylvania and West Virginia is not among the 12 proposals awarded Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership designations. More than 70 applicants submitted proposals for...

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Every Tuesday since early April, Jason Cashell has been praying for Youngstown. And he's not alone. Cashell, pastor of Cross Point Bible Fellowship in Vienna Township, is one of the regulars at “Pray for the City,” held every Tuesday noon in Trinity United Methodist Church in the downtown. He welcomes everyone who shows up to pray about everything that affects the city, from schools and crime to police and officeholders. Through their prayers, they hope to improve Youngstown. “The thing is that...

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