Business briefs

Shopko to support Falls schools

NEWTON FALLS – Shopko Hometown Foundation has announced its plan to “give back” to its Hometown communities this holiday season, including Newton Falls, with a donation of up to $2,000.

For every signature Shopko Hometown on state Route 534 receives through Dec. 24, its foundation will donate $1 to Newton Falls Exempted Village School District, up to $2,000 per store. The program is being run in the company’s 181 stores across the country.

Customers can sign their name once a day, every day to show their support; no donation or purchase is required.

Exploration company makes play in Utica, Marcellus shales

HOUSTON – Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation announced today a $400 million capital expenditure budget for 2014, including approximately $260 million in the Utica Shale and Marcellus Shale plays,

According to EIN Newsdesk, the budget includes the acquisition of mineral leases in the Utica and Marcellus plays. The Company’s development plan will be to further delineate its acreage in Monroe, Noble and Washington counties in Ohio and Tyler and Richie counties, West Virginia.

Magnum Hunter expects to operate two to three drilling rigs in Appalachia during 2014, and anticipates drilling approximately 23-25 gross horizontal wells, according to EIN.

Magnum Hunter is a Houston-based independent exploration and production company engaged in the acquisition, development and production of crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids, primarily in West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and North Dakota.

Local bank stocks reported

First Niles Financial remained the same in trading Thursday to close at $6.25 a share. First Place Financial Corp. stood pat at $0.0015 per share. Cortland Bancorp nudged up a nickel to close at $9.90 a share.

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AARP SEEKING TAX VOLUNTEERS: AARP Tax-Aide is seeking volunteers to assist in tax preparation for the upcoming tax year. The Trumbull County program takes place at 12 sites throughout the county. No tax experience is needed as training will be provided. Anyone interested in participating or for more information is asked to contact Geri Smith at 330-469-3047 or The program is offered in conjunction with the IRS for free tax preparation and filing for seniors and other taxpayers with low to moderate income who need assistance filing their tax returns.

REAL LIVING VOLPINI AGENTS REWARDED: Real Living Volpini Realty Group agents were rewarded for dedication and hard work during a special appreciation day last month. Marisa and Richard Volpini, owners of Real Living Volpini Realty Group, invited their agents to the privately owned Sloas Airfield in Howland Township for a tour, buffet and displays of antique cars, airplane artifacts and pictures, unique model plans, posters, awards and memorabilia. Airplane rides were provided. About 40 people attended.

WESTERN RESERVE UNDERWRITERS TO HOST NETWORKING EVENT: Western Reserve Association of Health Underwriters will host a Holiday Networking Event and 2014 Programming Preview 4 to 6 p.m., Dec. 12 at The Fifth Season, 1400 Niles Canfield Road, Mineral Ridge. Appetizers and beverages are provided. Admission is $10. Register by e-mail to by Dec. 6.

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NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT SHEPHERD OF THE VALLEY: Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Retirement Services Inc., has announced the promotion of Rich Limongi, LNHA, SOV-Boardman Associate Director to the position of Executive Director Designee for Shepherd of the Valley. He will replace longtime executive director Don Kacmar who is retiring. Limongi is a graduate of Ohio University, previously worked for Park Vista Retirement Community and has been responsible for the daily operations of Shepherd’s Boardman location. He also serves as Corporate Compliance Officer, Rehabilitation Coordinator, Legislative Advocacy Coordinator, HIPAA Compliance Officer, Staff Education Coordinator, and Integrated Care Delivery Services Coordinator.

WALKER NAMED INDPENDENT CONSULTANT: Chrissy Walker of Fowler has become an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct sales company. Walker offers delicious food samples at home taste-testing parties, along with easy ideas for everyday meals, recipes, serving suggestions and fun. All of Tastefully Simple’s products are open-and-enjoy or can be prepared by adding only one or two ingredients.

HELP HOTLINE ELECTS OFFICERS: The board of directors of Help Hotline Crisis Center, Inc., appointed Cindy Michael of Warren, to an unexpired vacant position ending October 2015. Michael is the AFSCME Council 8 Staff Representative. Other officers elected were: President Theresa Taylor Tolson of Beloit; Vice President Crystal Jones of Leetonia; Treasurer Kenneth Tkatch of Poland; Secretary Robert Gardner of Poalnd; and Member-at-Large Sharon Stringer of Liberty.

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