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Friday, May 2, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Rotary Club of Youngtown is the host club for the Rotary District 6650 annual conference that begins here today.  Representatives from the 47 clubs in northeastern Ohio will take part in the three-day workshops and activities that conclude Sunday. The conference kicks off with lunch at the D.D. & Velma Davis Visitor Center at Mill Creek MetroParks Fellows Riverside Gardens, where Mayor John McNally and Scott Schulick, president of the Rotary Club of Youngstown, will welcome guests. Featured speaker is Karen Swaim Babin, a representative of...

Friday, May 2, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Huntington Bank and First National Bank of Pennsylvania have been recognized for providing excellent customer service, they announced separately Thursday. For a second consecutive year, Huntington received J.D. Power’s highest ranking for retail banking satisfaction in the marketing information services company’s North Central Region. Those surveyed accorded Huntington, based in Columbus, a score of 828 on a 1,000-point scale in Power’s annual review, up from 813 in 2013. The average score for large banks in Power’s Midwest region was 796; 24 banks were surveyed. The bank...

Thursday, May 1, 2014

WARREN, Ohio -- In his third annual State of the City Address, Mayor Doug Franklin cited “the image we present of our city” as the top factor in creating economic viability, and touted recent economic development achievements such as Laird Technologies’ decision to bring 200 jobs to the city. Franklin delivered the speech Wednesday afternoon in City Council Chambers at the municipal building. During the speech, he also addressed the city’s heritage, reviewed city operations and “creating our future” through redefining its neighborhoods and addressing quality of life...

Thursday, May 1, 2014

CORTLAND, Ohio -- Cortland Bancorp, holding company for Cortland Savings and Banking Co., today reported earnings increased 61% to $1.33 million, or 29 cents per share, compared to $830,000, or 18 cents per share, for the first quarter of 2013. Earnings results for the quarter were highlighted by an expanded net interest margin, continuation of “stellar asset quality trends and improvement in the efficiency ratio,” the company said. "We are off to a great start this year delivering our most profitable quarter in over 10 years," said James M. Gasior, president and CEO...

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- With BP and Halcon Energy Corp. pulling up stakes in the northern tier of the Utica shale, and Consol Energy and Chesapeake Energy tapering their oil and gas exploration activity here, one exploration company is actually increasing its presence in this part of the play. Hilcorp Energy Co.'s latest flurry of permit activity just across the Ohio state line in Lawrence County, Pa., demonstrates that despite the cold feet the big energy companies experienced in the north -- and a series of small...

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Twenty scientists from Youngstown State University have signed on to support a charter amendment that would ban hydraulic fracturing and wastewater injection wells in the city. Faculty members representing the geology, physics, chemistry and biology departments at YSU say that oil and gas exploration brings with it many unanswered questions about the levels of toxicity produced during the process, and until those questions are answered, all drilling should be placed on hold. "Let's slow down,"...

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Seeking a bit of shelter from the cold and windy final day of April yesterday, guests huddled under the roof of the new Mill Creek Maple Sugar House for a ribbon cutting there. The weather offered “a good metaphor for the conditions last year we were in,” Paul Hagman said, when volunteers worked on the first batch of maple syrup to be tapped from the Charles S. Robinson grove of maple trees at Mill Creek MetroParks. “Imagine it this rain were snow, and imagine we didn’t have a shelter and...

Thursday, May 1, 2014

BOARDMAN, Ohio -- CBoss Inc. is celebrating a milestone with the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles OPLATES.com website. Since OPLATES’ launch, 10 million customers have benefitted from the bureau's services by obtaining license plates through its secure online system. “Our working partnership with the BMV enables us to provide our highly-respected secure payment solution and ensure the highest quality and most efficient service to our fellow Ohio citizens,” said Dawn Goodridge, director of client services, who represented CBoss in Columbus for the recognition ceremony...

Thursday, May 1, 2014

KENT, Ohio -- Kent State University’s College of Business Administration is launching a chapter of the Northeast Ohio Student Venture Fund. Kent State will become the first college to partner with the organization. “This offers unique educational opportunities to students interested in entrepreneurship and venture financing," said Sergey Anokhin, interiim director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation at Kent State’s College of Business Administration. The fund is a student-run, independent, nonprofit organization supported by the University of...

Thursday, May 1, 2014

WARREN, Ohio -- The Warren Toastmasters Club is hosting its first open house  May 10 to invite the public to see how Toastmasters can help anyone develop better speaking, listening and leadership skills. Experienced Toastmasters members will be in attendance to answer questions. The club will hold the open house at The Raymond John Wean Foundation Building here from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., according to Ken Shellito, president. After a brief meet-and-greet period, members and guests will enjoy a regular Toastmasters meeting that will include Table Topics (impromptu...

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