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Friday, February 6, 2015

PITTSBURGH -- First National Bank of Pennsylvania has named Frank Kreider regional president for its northwestern region that consists of six counties in northwestern Pennsylvania and two in northeastern Ohio. John Williams, president of the bank, made the announcement Thursday. The counties are Mahoning and Trumbull in Ohio and Mercer, Lawrence, Butler, Venango, Erie and Crawford in Pennsylvania. In his role, Kreider, a resident of Hermitage, is “responsible for integrating First National Bank’s successful cross-function business model and developing business...

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Author:  George Nelson BOARDMAN, Ohio -- Consumers clearly are benefiting from low energy prices but those same low prices can have a negative effect on regional economies and communities tied to oil and gas production as is being experienced in the Mahoning Valley, a financial adviser with First National Bank of Pennsylvania says. Renee D. Laychur, senior vice president and managing portfolio adviser with F.N.B. Wealth Management Advisory Group, was among nine banking industry executives who shared their perspectives on aspects of...

Thursday, February 5, 2015

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Following the disclosure of a data breach affecting up to 80 million current and former customers and employees of Anthem Inc., Ohiio Attorney General Mike DeWine encourages consumers to take steps to protect their personal information and watch for signs of identity theft.      “Even if your information has been compromised, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you will be the victim of identity theft, but it is important to monitor your accounts and check your mail,” he warns. “The sooner you detect a problem, the easier it will be to correct.”...

Thursday, February 5, 2015

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Anthem Inc., the nation’s second largest health insurer, is notifying companies and individual customers that its security systems have been hacked in what the company calls “a very sophisticated external cyber attack.” The database contained personal information for 80 million Anthem current and past customers and its employees, according to published reports. As of Dec. 31, Anthem had 37.5 million medical members. The company, formed in 2004 when Anthem Insurance Co. purchased WellPoint Health Networks, has customers in 14 states. Among its...

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Author:  Michael Moliterno WARREN, Ohio -- Citizens and public officials in Trumbull County are looking for ways to bring oversight of Class II injection wells back to the local level. During a meeting held Wednesday by Trumbull County Engineer Randy Smith, and attended by county commissioners and about 50 residents, concerns were raised about safety and responsibility, particularly as it relates to the use of roads and bridges. "The engineers office will not take a position either for or against oil-related activity," Smith began. "...

Thursday, February 5, 2015

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio -- Tri-State 1st Banc Inc., holding company of 1st National Community Bank, Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $215,297 and full-year 2014 net income of $918,900. This compares to fourth-quarter 2013 net income of $273,321 and full-year 2013 net income of $1,113,529. The company did not provide earnings per common share data or any tabular data. Tri-State 1st Banc attributed the decrease in earnings to a decrease of $15 million in assets at year-end compared to year-end 2013. Total assets at Dec. 31 were $130.8 million. “The smaller...

Thursday, February 5, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing announced Wednesday that RTI International Metals Inc. has become the industry, academic and government consortium’s newest member. CCAM brings together manufacturers, Virginia’s top universities, and the NASA Langley Research Center. As a principal industry member, RTI will participate in generic research at CCAM’s state-of-the-art facility in Prince George County. RTI, headquartered in Pittsburgh with a mill in Niles, Ohio, supplies the global aerospace, defense, energy and medical device...

Thursday, February 5, 2015

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The new Canfield Branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County will feature products from the StoneFruit Coffee Co. when it opens later this year. StoneFruit will open a space within the branch to offer coffees and espresso, as well as hot chocolate, frozen hot chocolate, drinks for kids and more. “The community asked for a café in the new library, but for several reasons, we were not able to place a full restaurant in this location,” says Heidi Daniel, library executive director. “A self-serve coffee bar and seating area were...

Thursday, February 5, 2015

IRVINE, Calif. -- Home prices in the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman metropolitan area, including distressed sales, rose by 2.6% in December compared to a year earlier, CoreLogic reports. On a month-over-month basis, prices in December decreased by 2.8% from November. Excluding distressed sales, year-over-year prices decreased by 0.1% in December from December 2013, according to CoreLogic’s Home Price Index. Excluding distressed sales, the index indicates home prices decreased on a month-over-month basis by 2.0% in December from November. Nationally, the financial data...

Thursday, February 5, 2015

YOUNGSTOWN -- The YWCA of Youngstown is offering a self-serve link to file taxes for free, along with free tax workshops and free tax-filing assistance. The self-serve link is available on the YWCA website. To file taxes through this link, users must have a household income under $65,000 if single and $95,000 if married. Also needed are the user’s Social Security number, W2s, 1099s, 1098s, information about other income, deduction and credit information (such as child-care expenses, tuition, bills, and union dues), and a copy of last year’s tax return, if possible. ...

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