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Gaming a roll of the dice

April 13, 2012
by BOB WHITED , Tribune Chronicle | TribToday.com

It's been seven years since the news broke that the Eastern Shawnee Indian group was intending on establishing a Las Vegas-type gambling casino in our own back yard in Lordstown. That venture, back then, had a price tag of $300 million and included hotels, restaurants and much more. That whole venture was squashed, and we know now for sure a new casino will be opening the week of May 14th in Cleveland, and next year casinos are set to open in Cincinnati and Columbus. Naturally, our area residents were quite unhappy about all of this while decrying "When will the action happen here in our Valley?" Well, hold on to your one-armed bandit, folks, because there is strong talk that Ohio Gov. John Kasich strongly realizes the anxiety of the people, and wants to assure that a priority also exists right here, meaning a $200 million thoroughbred horse racing track that Penn National is planning to locate in Austintown on Centerpointe property off state route 46 that ties so neatly to the Interstate 80 interchange. The Ohio Senate is diligently working on a casino bill that would also have slot machines available at the Austintown track.

 
 
 

 

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