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Thursday, December 4, 2014

WARREN, Ohio -- Donald R. Freer, a World War II veteran and former prisoner of war, will be honored Dec. 5 at the Ernie Hall Aviation Museum. The event, which will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner and remarks at 7 p.m., will mark the 70th anniversary of Freer’s survival after he was shot down in combat over Berlin. Some 40 friends and family members are expected to attend the event, which is being hosted by the aviation museum. Freer, a graduate of Warren G. Harding High School and a longtime Howland resident, was commissioned in early 1944 as a second lieutenant in the U...

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley disbursed $136,000 in third-quarter grants to 18 nonprofit organizations in Mahoning and Trumbull counties, its executive director, Shari Harrell, announced today. The funds were sent the 18 organizations in late September. The largest grant, $10,000, went to the Upstream Plus program of D&E Counseling Center. Upstream Plus is a home-based training and mentoring service that helps parents nurture the literacy, social and emotional development of their children in kindergarten, first and second...

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio -- Tracy Drake, CEO of the Columbiana County Port Authority, has been named to the Who’s Who in Energy List for 2014/2015 by the American City Business Journals, Columbus edition. Drake is among 134 professionals named to the list in Ohio and 900 named in seven energy markets throughout the United States. This is the second consecutive year Drake was named to the list. “This honor demonstrates Tracy’s value to the county and recognizes his efforts as CEO of the port authority to promote its role in facilitating economic development based on the...

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The city will host its annual holiday parade and Christmas tree lighting Friday afternoon downtown. The festivities will begin with attractions such as roasted chestnuts, live holiday music performances and carriage rides in Central Square beginning at 4:30 p.m. The holiday parade begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by the tree lighting and pictures with Santa Claus in 20 Federal Place and horse and carriage rides at 6:30 p.m. Beginning at 1 p.m. Friday afternoon, street parking on East and West Federal Street will be closed to all new traffic and...

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Author:  George Nelson WARREN, Ohio -- Dr. Laura Meeks, president of Eastern Gateway Community College, will visit the White House tomorrow for a conference celebrating efforts by colleges, universities and community colleges to graduate their students. President Obama and his wife, Michelle, and Vice President Joe Biden are expected to attend the event, Meeks said Tuesday. It is Meeks’ second invitation to the White House in two years. “We’re capturing national attention,” Meeks said during a press preview of Eastern Gateway’s new...

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore BOARDMAN, Ohio -- In freezing temperatures, bitter winds and precipitation that alternated between a cold mist and even colder rain Tuesday afternoon, Jim and Ellen Tressel never stopped smiling and never stopped ringing the familiar red bells in front of a Salvation Army red kettle. They stood outside the Barnes & Noble Bookstore at the Shops at Boardman Park as part of what the president of Youngstown State University called “one of the great traditions in America. … “I tried to find my hat before I left,...

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

WASHINGTON -- The president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Thomas J. Donohue, Tuesday offered four principles of regulatory reform the federal government should embrace: accountability, ensuring greater transparency, allowing participation by stakeholders and guaranteeing a safe but swift permitting process. He addressed the Joint Committee of the Environment, Technology & Regulatory Affairs Division of the U.S. Chamber. Donohue emphasized he is not against regulations but how they are promulgated and enforced. In the remarks for delivery released...

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued 15 new horizontal permits for wells in the Utica shale for the week ended Nov. 29, records show. All of the wells are targeted for the central and southern region of the play where energy companies are having success drilling for natural gas and oil. Gulfport Energy Corp. was awarded five permits, three in Belmont County and two in Monroe County. Chesapeake Energy secured four new permits, all in Carroll County. American Energy Utica LLC was awarded two permits in Jefferson County. And CNX Gas, a...

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

PITTSBURGH -- First National Bank of Pennsylvania has promoted Jennifer M. Reel to senior vice president and named her director of corporate communications, the bank announced Tuesday. First National Bank is the largest subsidiary of F.N.B. Corp. Reel, who has been in bank marketing more than 15 years, joined First National Bank in 2000 after a brief stint teaching. She was director of brand and communications strategies at First National Bank before being appointed head of corporate communications. She earned her baccalaureate and master’s degree in education at...

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

SALEM, Ohio -- Kent State University at Salem is holding its fall undergraduate research conference at 9:30 a.m. Thursday to recognize students for their research and have them share what they learned. David Dees will deliver the keynote address, “The ‘Aha!’ Moment: Why Your Brain Likes Doing Research” in the student lounge. Oral presentations are scheduled for 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m. in the library. Research posters will be displayed and judged in the student lounge at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The conference is open to all undergraduates in all disciplines and in any...

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