Veteran ID cards get lots of takers
WARREN - Veterans lined up at the Trumbull County Recorder's Office on Friday to receive free ID cards as part of a new initiative.
Within the first few hours of offering the program, Recorder Diana Marchese said the office issued more than 100 cards. The IDs can be used to verify military status at local businesses that offer discounts to vets.
To get their ID card, veterans must have their DD Form 214 discharge papers on record in Trumbull County, which can be done at the same time that they get their card made, by presenting the form to the recorder.
The ID card program began after passage of an Ohio Senate Bill that gave recorders the ability to issue the cards. Since then Stark County led the way locally with Mahoning County following close behind to offer the cards in November. The program will carry on as a daily function of the offices.
Red Cross needs heroes for annual recognition
WARREN - The American Red Cross of the Mahoning Valley is looking to recognize residents of the Mahoning Valley who have acted courageously and selflessly in a time of emergency. Nominations for its annual Acts of Courage Awards are being accepted now until April 10.
Nominees must reside or be employed in Mahoning, Trumbull or Columbiana counties. The heroic event may have happened anywhere, but must have occurred between Jan. 1, 2013, and April 1, 2014. Award recipients will be honored during a dinner hosted by the Red Cross.
To nominate a local hero who has saved a life, call 330-392-2551.
'Reading Great by 8' program to be unveiled
WARREN - A United Way of Trumbull County initiative, ''Reading Great by 8,'' will be announced at a 10 a.m. press conference Monday morning at the organization's office in Warren.
The goal of the initiative is that by the time a child is 8 years old, he or she should be able to read great, according to the news release from the organization.
The program, aimed at meeting Ohio's third-grade reading requirements, will be backed by several others at the conference including representatives of Warren City Schools, Trumbull Metropolitan Housing Authority, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, GFWC Ohio Warren Junior Women's League, and the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.
Casino revenue drops again for January
COLUMBUS - Regulators say total revenue from Ohio's four voter-approved casinos dropped again in January, when two temporarily closed because of brutally cold winter weather.
The Ohio Casino Control Commission reported Friday that revenue totaled just under $59.7 million, down from $63.2 million in a lackluster December.
Cincinnati's casino, which is the newest, was the only one of the four to post a monthly revenue increase. Its revenue rose from $14.2 million in December to about $16.2 million last month.
Revenue at the remaining casinos in Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo was down compared with the previous month and the same time last year.
The steepest month-to-month drop was at the Toledo casino, which closed twice for a total of nearly 52 hours. Cleveland's casino closed for 37 hours because of the weather.
Woman dies after apparent dog attack
DAYTON - Police in southwestern Ohio say a woman who was apparently attacked by two large dogs has died.
Assistant Chief Bob Chabali of the Dayton police says officers responded to a call Friday morning about a person on a sidewalk. He says officers were forced to shoot the dogs when they advanced toward police.
Chabali says police were told that the dogs belonged to residents of a neighboring home. He says a man and a woman from that home were taken to the police station for questioning.
Staff, wire reports