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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

WARREN, Ohio -- Akron Children’s Hospital has taken over operation of the pediatric unit at Mercy Health Youngstown’s St. Joseph Warren Hospital. Akron Children’s assumed pediatric operations at 8 a.m. Tuesday, ACH spokeswoman Annie Sofran says. The two hospitals signed an agreement last spring for Akron Children’s to operate the five-bed pediatric unit as well as a six-bed special care nursery, which will open later this year. “We are working hard to bring together the best of both organizations and to integrate quality monitoring and performance improvement...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The YWCA of Youngstown received a $10,000 donation Tuesday from the Home Savings Charitable Foundation to sponsor the Women Artists: A Celebration! show.   The art show, which is marking its 33rd anniversary, highlights and supports women artists and their contribution to the arts locally, says Leah Brooks, executive director of the Youngstown YWCA. “The show provides a platform for local, regional, and national women artists to express their creativity and gain recognition for their talents,” she continues. Proceeds from the event benefit the...

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The average insurance premiums Ohioans pay are among the lowest in the country, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor reported Tuesday. The annual homeowner and auto insurance premiums, when combined, are nearly $500 below national averages. According to data for 2012, the most recent year available, Ohioans paid an average of $725 -- ninth lowest -- for homeowner’s insurance and $635 -- 11th lowest -- for auto insurance premiums compared to national averages of $1,023 and $815, respectively. The data is from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. “...

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

FRANKLIN, Tenn. -- Community Health Systems Inc. expects to report net operating revenues of $4.9 billion for the final three months of 2014, the company reports. The company, which operates ValleyCare Health System of Ohio in northeastern Ohio and Sharon Regional Health System in western Pennsylvania, also projects net operating revenues of $18.6 billion for the year, according to a preview of its fourth quarter and annual results released this morning. CHS reported net operating revenues of $3.2 billion during the final quarter of 2013 and $12.8 billion for the...

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Youngstown State University has released its first President’s List, honoring students who earned a 4.0 grade point average during the fall 2014 semester. “This is an important way for us to recognize and celebrate academic excellence and the outstanding students we have at YSU,” said Betty Jo Licata, dean of the Williamson College of Business Administration, who led the initiative to create the new honor. The formation of the new President’s List was approved by the Dean’s Council and the Academic Senate at YSU. To be eligible for the list, a...

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

POLAND, Ohio -- CarePatrol, a franchise that assists seniors and their families with finding the safest care options for their loved ones, has opened its doors here. The free community service helps connect them with assisted living, memory care, in-home care services and independent living. CarePatrol was started by a social worker in Arizona more than 21 years ago and now operates in multiple states. The new office’s service area includes Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana, Portage, Summit and Stark counties. Sandy Cooper, owner of CarePatrol – East Ohio, who has 20...

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Author:  Andrea Wood YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- New York magazine Monday published a story on what it calls Tim Ryan’s “holistic congressional practice,” detailing his advocacy of the meditative practice of mindfulness and more recently food policy. The story quickly drew the notice of the Breitbart website, which called it a “fawning” profile that failed to note that “Ryan has spent over a decade presiding over one of the Buckeye State’s poorest districts.” Ryan's work has been reported by numerous national news organizations including the...

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Author:  Dennis LaRue EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio -- The Columbiana County Port Authority advertised for bids Monday to build an articulated crane to handle bulk materials exclusively at its Wellsville Intermodal Facility, CEO Tracy Drake reported last night The overhead crane is so busy a second crane is needed, Drake told its board of directors at their reorganization meeting (READ STORY). Bids will be opened in early February, he said. A state grant is slated to pay for construction of the articulated crane, also known as a loader or...

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Author:  Dennis LaRue EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio -- The Columbiana County Port Authority adopted a 2015 budget of $5.57 million Monday night after re-electing Charles A. Presley chairman. Fiscal officer Penny Traina reported the port authority ended 2014 $1.11 million under budget, providing the organization with a healthy surplus to begin this year. The five-member board also re-elected Keith Chamberlin, retired city manager of the city of Columbiana, vice chairman, Traina fiscal officer and elected attorney Nick Amato of Wellsville...

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Author:  Josh Medore YOUNGSTOWN -- People occupy and keep up most of the houses that surround Taft Elementary School, but the 11 that concern residents of this South Side neighborhood sit empty with broken windows and missing doors. “We did a survey of the area directly around Taft Elementary and found that a lot of these houses are blown-in with a lot of drug activity, gang activity and even prostitution, says Anika Jacobs-Green, a revitalization volunteer with AmeriCorps. “We're just trying to make it safe for these kids to walk to...

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