Teachers postpone vote on tentative contract
AUSTINTOWN - The Austintown teachers' union temporarily postponed a vote on Tuesday night on a tentative contract agreement between the teachers and administration. The teachers are awaiting a portion of the contract to be approved by the union's lawyer, according to WYTV 33 News.
The union represents 315 teachers, nurses, guidance counselors, librarians and speech therapists. It has been working under an expired contract since August.
Union membership had authorized a 10-day intent to strike notice two weeks ago, prior to the two sides agreeing on the tentative deal.
Union president Barb Tomic said no details would be released about the tentative agreement until it has been presented to the union, which she said will likely be early next week.
Seating issue could delay racino project
AUSTINTOWN - Plans by Penn National Gaming to build a horse racing track and slots casino may be delayed over a seating dispute, according to WYTV 33 News.
A meeting is planned for next week between members of the Ohio State Racing Commission and executives of Penn National to discuss the company's plans for the proposed site at the Centerpointe Development off state Route 46.
Mark Munroe, a local member of the Ohio State Racing Commission, said Penn National reportedly wants only 220 seats in the grandstands for the thoroughbred track and fewer than 400 overall. The racing commission thinks ''somewhere between 220 and 5,000 is the right number,'' Munroe told 33 News.
Austintown Trustee Jim Davis said Penn National's plans allow for additional grandstand seating as well as stables and dorms for horses and riders if needed.
Internet cafe backers testify at Statehouse
COLUMBUS - Ohio Internet cafe owners and employees are fighting legislation they say would effectively put the operations out of business.
Supporters packed a Statehouse hearing room Tuesday to register opposition to a proposal to impose new regulations on more than 820 storefront sweepstakes operations doing business in Ohio. Some wore matching T-shirts reading "Save My Job."
A newspaper investigation found most Internet cafes filed incomplete state paperwork and most operators who can be identified have spotty financial backgrounds or criminal histories.
Marvin L. Carrel Jr., a cafe manager from Ashville, got emotional when asking lawmakers not to punish him and his employees for a few bad actors in the business.
Tickets available for Community Stars event
WARREN - Tickets are available for the 2013 Community Star banquet.
Open to the public, the March 19 event will be held at W.D. Packard Music Hall, Mahoning Avenue N.W.
Now in its 12th year, the program celebrates the volunteers who have had a significant influence on Trumbull County, be it through tireless hours of service, random acts of kindness or a single moment of courage.
The nine Community Stars also will be recognized in a special section published in the newspaper the following day.
Tickets are $20 and the deadline to purchase them is 5 p.m. March 14. To purchase a ticket, call Sue Shafer at 330-841-1696; stop by the Tribune at 240 Franklin St. S.E., Warren, OH 44483, or mail in the ad that is running in the newspaper.