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Dominion foundation awards $10,000 to local organizations

WARREN — The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation has awarded $10,000 to Mahoning Valley community organizations that help feed, house and care for people in need. The recipients are Second Harvest Food Bank, Youngstown, $5,000; Beatitude House, Youngstown, $2,500; and Carter House, ...

Local gas prices below northeast Ohio average

WARREN — The average price of gasoline in Warren-Youngstown and in Niles is $2.51 per gallon, 3 cents less than the northeast Ohio average, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. The $2.54 per gallon in the region is 5 cents higher than last week. The week of Jan. 21, 2019, ...

Home Savings merger OK’d

YOUNGSTOWN — Regulatory approval has been won for the merger of Home Savings Bank with First Federal Bank of the Midwest, the banks’ holding companies have announced. The parent companies, United Community Financial Corp. and First Defiance Financial Corp., also will join under the ...

Ex-Chamber CEO to lead national recycling agency

YOUNGSTOWN — James Dignan, ex-president and CEO of the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber, has been named president of a nonprofit waste recycling organization. The Center for Environmentally Responsible Materials, headquartered in Washington, D.C., also has offices in Youngstown, where ...

Valley auto sales rev up

WARREN — Automobile dealers in the Mahoning Valley overcame slow November sales to end 2019 with robust numbers in December, and they also capped the year 5.3 percent ahead of 2018. Local dealerships last month sold 4,622 vehicles to buyers in Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties, ...

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FOUNDATION PRESIDENT NAMED COMMODORE: Guy Coviello, president of the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber Foundation, is among 44 people in the state recently inducted into the Association of Ohio Commodores. The association is a group of individuals recognized by the governor of Ohio with the ...

All bark and no bite

Companies have unleashed hundreds of CBD pet health products accompanied by glowing customer testimonials claiming the cannabis derivative produced calmer, quieter and pain-free dogs and cats. But some of these products are all bark and no bite. “You’d be astounded by the analysis ...

IRS begins accepting tax returns on Jan. 27

WARREN — The Internal Revenue Service will begin accepting and processing individual 2019 tax year returns Jan. 27. More than 150 million individual tax returns for the 2019 tax year are expected to be filed, with the vast majority of those coming before the traditional April 15 tax ...

Grove City Medical Center joins Pittsburgh-based health system

Allegheny Health Network and Grove City Medical Center have finalized an affiliation agreement that brings the Grove City facility into the family of hospitals affiliated with and operated by the Pittsburgh-based health system. The newly branded AHN Grove City provides the network and its ...

Keep local talent local

I always say we need to focus on curtailing the Mahoning Valley’s greatest export: talented young people. Well, today this topic was really brought home for me. I met no less than 15 people who saw my Warren, Ohio, shirt and said “Warren, that’s awesome! I’m from (insert town in the ...

Trip to West Coast will promote ‘Voltage Valley’

As president and CEO of BRITE Energy Innovators, I consider myself lucky every day. I see our organization as a movement of small movements, and my hopes lie in the fact that each one of those movements lead to a more prosperous Warren, Trumbull County, Mahoning Valley, Ohio and nation in that ...

ATHENA award nominees sought

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber is accepting nominations for the 2020 ATHENA Award program, which recognizes wom-en who strive toward the highest levels of professional and civic achievement. Nominations are due to the chamber by March 2. Criteria and forms are available ...

Local gas prices below average

WARREN — The average price for a gallon of gas in the Warren / Youngstown and Niles areas is below the northeast Ohio average of $2.52, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. In Warren / Youngstown, the per gallon average is $2.50 and in Niles, $2.46. The average the week of ...

Chick Fil-A exploring possible options in Austintown, trustee says

AUSTINTOWN — A Chick-fil-A restaurant may be coming to Austintown, but no formal proposals have been submitted to township zoning, and there are no plans at this point, according to township Trustee Jim Davis. Davis said about two weeks ago representatives of Chick-fil-A met with zoning ...

Chick-fil-A exploring possible Austintown site

AUSTINTOWN — A Chick-fil-A restaurant may be coming to Austintown, but no formal proposals have been submitted to township zoning, and there are no plans at this point, according to township Trustee Jim Davis. Davis said about two weeks ago representatives of Chick-fil-A met with zoning ...

Wagering at Valley racino took a dip in November

AUSTINTOWN — Wagering on video lottery terminals at Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course slumped in November after an October that was up after steady declines the previous two months. Players wagered $104.4 million credits, down about $7 million from the $111.3 million ...

Minimum wage in Ohio rises to $8.70

WARREN — The state minimum wage will increase to $8.70 per hour for non-tipped employees and $4.35 per hour for tipped employees Wednesday. The increase is part of an amendment to the Ohio Constitution voters approved in November 2006 that states the wage will increase on the first of ...

Gasoline prices end year higher in region

WARREN — The average price for gasoline across Northeast Ohio is 14 cents higher this week at $2.62 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. In the Warren-Youngstown area, the average is $2.58 per gallon. In Niles it is $2.66 per gallon. The average for the ...

Casino revenue in Ohio goes up, down

Revenue at Ohio’s four casinos in November was $70.4 million, down about $2.3 million from October, according to the Ohio Casino Control Commission. But revenue was up about $2.7 million in a comparison with November 2018, which posted $67.7 million. Table games last month generated ...

Valley dealers overcome slow November

WARREN — Automobile dealers in the Mahoning Valley overcame a down month in November to stay well ahead of the pace set in 2018. Through November, local dealerships sold 84,868 vehicles to buyers across Ohio, an 8 percent increase from the 78,564 vehicles sold during the same 11 months last ...