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Thursday, May 8, 2014

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- Westminster College, First Book-Westminster and community volunteers distributed 40,000 free new books to public school educators Wednesday. The distribution results from the college winning a national competition to register 300 schools and programs that serve children in need -- the only First Book college organization to receive the award. Last fall, nearly 40 students affiliated with First Book-Westminster registered 382 teachers and community organizations for the national First Book organization, a nonprofit that has distributed more than...

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The four unions who represent faculty, staff and the police department at Youngstown State University have endorsed Jim Tressel to be the next president of the university. In a statement issued Wednesday afternoon, the president of the YSU chapter of the Ohio Education Association, Annette M. Burden, said her union, the YSU Fraternal Order of Police, the Association of Classified Employees and the Association of Professional Administrative Staff “are confident that Mr. Tressel is the one candidate who will continue to build and nourish our efforts...

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Northeastern Ohio’s brutal winter has only toughened the resolve of the area’s golfers and courses throughout the region expect a quick release of those afflicted by cabin fever and a severe itch to play. “Around here right now, the interest is high,” says Andy Santor, head professional at Mill Creek MetroParks Golf Course, Boardman. “People have been cooped up all winter, more so than normal this year.” So much so that golfers were braving windy conditions one day in mid-April when the...

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

WARREN, Ohio -- Award-winning classical guitarist Peter Fletcher will perform in a live concert at the Warren-Trumbull Public Libraryat 6:30 p.m. May 20. The concert is part of a nationwide tour under the auspices of Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists. The performance is to promote Fletcher's new Edvard Grieg compact disc, released recently by Centaur Records. CDs will be available for sale by Fletcher at the concert. He will perform selections from his new CD as well as a mix of music from composers such as Bach, Mozart, Michael Praetorius, Girolamo Frescobaldi,...

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Author:  Dennis LaRue YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The underlying strengths of Youngstown State University will sustain it through challenging times and become the foundation that transforms it into a nationally known urban research university. And Gary L. Miller, chancellor of the University of North Carolina Wilmington, would like to be president as YSU gets back on track and lead it to the next level. That was the essence of the second presidential finalist’s message Tuesday afternoon to the public assembly of students, faculty, staff and...

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The charter amendment that aimed to ban hydraulic fracturing and wastewater injection wells in the city was defeated for the third time in Tuesday’s election. The Community Bill of Rights lreceived 3,100 votes in favor of its adoption and 3,674 votes against it, according to the Mahoning County Board of Elections. It was the third time in the last 12 months that voters have rejected the amendment. Proponents of the measure vowed to place it on the ballot a fourth time. The Mahoning Valley Coalition for Job Growth and Investment, a collaboration of...

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

FRANKLIN, Tenn. -- Community Health Systems Inc. posted net operating revenues of $4.2 billion in the three months ended March 31, the first quarter that includes results from its acquisition of Health Management Associates, the company reported Tuesday. CHS, which operates ValleyCare Health System of Ohio, completed the HMA acquisition Jan. 27. In April, CHS completed its acquisition of Sharon Regional Health System in Sharon, Pa. Through its subsidiaries, the company owns, leases or operates 208 hospitals in 29 states with an aggregate of approximately 31,300...

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

CORTLAND, Ohio -- City Council has awarded a contract to Rubenstein Associates, Liberty Township, to study and launch a nationwide marketing communication endeavor on behalf of the city, the president of the marketing firm, Carolyn Rubenstein, announced Tuesday. The first phase is development of a strategic marketing plan. “We have so much to offer and intend to share our economic and family values and opportunities with Ohio and America -- Cortland truly is a stunning northeastern Ohio success story," noted Mayor Curt Moll. Jim Woofter, president of council,...

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

SHARON, Pa. -- The Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce will host the 2014 1 Phoenix Awards and Leadership Shenango Recognition at an event May 22. The event, which will take place at The Corinthian, will mark the 10th Phoenix Awards and Leadership Shenango will celebrate 20 years. This year’s Phoenix Award honorees include Noise Solutions, New Business Startup; Mike Lisac – Lisac Properties, Entrepreneur; Star Tech Inc., Growth – Small Service; JFS Wealth Advisors, Growth – Large Service; Community Counseling Center, Non-Profit Service Organization; and Marcia and Alec Moyer – MB Moyer...

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

CHESTER, W.Va. -- First-quarter net revenues dropped 6.4% to $114.8 million at MTR Gaming Group Inc. compared with $122.7 million the first quarter of 2013, the ompany announced Tuesday. MTR attributed the decrease primarily to the extremely harsh winter and ongoing competition from Ohio gambling centers. First-quarter results, adjusted for EBITDA, was $20.5 million, a decrease of 17.9% from the same quarter a year ago, and the adjusted EBITDA margin was 17.9%, a decrease of 240 basis points. The company reported a net loss of $6.2 million for the first quarter, or...

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