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Thursday, December 4, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, says he welcomes the inclusion of language in the newly-drafted National Defense Authorization Act conference bill to provide for C-130 modernization, which would help ensure the viability of the Youngstown Air Reserve Station. Portman co-sponsored an amendment to the defense spending bill with U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., that would allow the Air Force to use alternative programs and funding in addition to the Avionics Modernization Program to modernize the C-130 aircraft fleet. The language included in the...

Thursday, December 4, 2014

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- Richard Dorman, president of Westminster College, is visiting President Barack Obama and his wife and Vice President Joe Biden along with hundreds of other college presidents and leaders in higher eduction to announce new actions intended to help more students prepare for and graduate from college. The White House College Opportunity Day of Action helps to support the president’s commitment to partner with colleges and universities, business leaders, and nonprofits to support students across the country to help our nation reach its goal of...

Thursday, December 4, 2014

WARREN, Ohio -- Bryan P. Saska has been named treasurer and chief financial officer of Avalon Holdings Corp., Howland Township, effective Dec. 1. He replaces Timothy C. Coxson, who resigned the post. Coxson continues his employment at Avalon Holdings as director of corporate financial services and reports to Ronald E. Klingle, board chairman. Coxson is assisting Saksa during the transition. Previously, Saksa held financial accounting and reporting positions at Myers Industries Inc. and TransDigm Group Inc.  He received a baccalaureate in business administration from...

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...

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