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Ways to check refund status

Taxpayers who filed their 2019 tax return and are waiting for their refund can check their refund status by going to IRS.gov and clicking on Get Your Refund Status to access the Where’s My Refund? tool. People can check the status of their tax return about 24 hours after the IRS acknowledges ...

Mike DeWine seeks aid for Ohio small businesses

COLUMBUS — Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted have applied to the U.S. Small Business Administration to qualify the state for federal help for small businesses. The Economic Injury Disaster Loan program helps small businesses and nonprofit groups impacted by the coronavirus pandemic ...

Austintown company gets $21K grant for rail upgrades

AUSTINTOWN — United Freezer and Storage Co. has received $21,000 from the state to support rail upgrades at its North Meridian Road facility. The grant from the Ohio Rail Development Commission will help with $42,000 in improvements to a rail spur at the site that will allow the company to ...

Valley’s auto sales fall in February, up for the year

WARREN — Automobile dealers in the Mahoning Valley overcame lackluster sales in February to stay out in front of numbers they set in early 2019, albeit by a slim margin. In the first two months of the year, dealers in Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties sold 9,045 vehicles — 0.48 ...

Warren sits atop state with highest jobless rate

WARREN — Warren had the highest unemployment rate among cities in Ohio — 8.2 percent at the start of 2020 — and following closely at No. 2 was Youngstown at 7.6 percent, according to numbers from the state. Among counties in the Mahoning Valley, Trumbull County was 14th worst of ...

First Niles reports net income of $425K in 2019

NILES — First Niles Financial Inc., the holding company for Home Federal Savings and Loan Association of Niles, reported a net income of $425,000 for 2019, up from $219,000 for 2018. The income is equal to 38 cents per common share in 2019 compared to 19 cents per common share in 2018. For ...