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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 ...

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GOODWILL OPENS HUBBARD STORE: Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries has opened a new store and donation center at 619 W. Liberty St., Hubbard. The location is the ninth local store for the nonprofit’s retail presence, which stretches across five counties in eastern Ohio and western ...

Unemployment rate in Trumbull County rises to 6 percent

WARREN — After two consecutive months of falling, the unemployment rate in Trumbull County edged up to 6 percent in November, according to numbers released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The rate rose 0.2 percent to land Trumbull County ninth worst in Ohio. Mahoning ...

Indie booksellers persevere despite Amazon, rising costs

NEW YORK — Pete Mulvihill has felt optimistic enough about selling books that he bought a third bookstore within the past two months. “The industry is much better than it was — the last four to five years have been pretty healthy,” says Mulvihill, who owns three Green Apple Books and ...

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HBK EMPLOYEES EARN DESIGNATION: Certified public accountants with HBK CPAs & Consultants, Joseph C. Ledford and Keith A. Veres, have earned the Exit Planning Institute’s Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA) designation. The designations were awarded upon their successful completion of ...

Toys not just for tots

GIRARD — Toys can trigger strong emotions in adults, whether it’s fond memories of He-Man scaling Snake Mountain to foil Skeletor’s evil plans in the fictional world of Eternia or transforming a semitrailer into a fierce fighting robot — or the yearn as a youth of wanting, but never ...

State Legislature approves Lepore-Hagan training bill

COLUMBUS — A bill to promote job training and workforce development, co-sponsored by state Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan, D-Youngstown, was approved Thursday by the General Assembly. The governor is expected to sign the bill into law. The bill will create the TechCred and Individual ...

Bank stocks report losses

Cortland Bancorp, which lost 27 cents in trading Wednesday, lost another 38 cents in trading Thursday to close at $22.10 per share. First Niles Financial, which gained 19 cents on Wednesday, lost 16 cents on Thursday to close at $7.78 per share.

Cinema in Austintown gets a new operator

AUSTINTOWN — New Castle, Pa.,-based Golden Star Theaters will take control of the 10-screen Regal Austintown Plaza cinema and plans an extensive remodel of the building. Regal will stop operations Dec. 31 and Golden Star will take over Jan. 1, after which the facility will be closed for ...

Cortland Bancorp dips in Wednesday trading

Cortland Bancorp was down 27 cents in trading Wednesday, closing at $22.48 per share. First Niles Financial closed at $7.94 per share, a gain of 19 cents.

Cortland Bancorp surges

After suffering a $1 loss in trading Monday, Cortland Bancorp gained 95 cents in trading Tuesday, closing at $22.75 per share. First Niles Financial closed at $7.75 per share for the second day in a row.

Cortland Bancorp plunges in Monday’s trading

Cortland Bancorp suffered another loss on Monday, losing $1.20 per share to close at $21.80. First Niles Financial Friday closed at $7.75 per share, a loss of 2 cents.

Cortland Bancorp stock plunges in Friday trading

After gaining 70 cents in trading Thursday, Cortland Bancorp suffered a significant loss on Friday, losing $1.50 per share to close at $21.50. First Niles Financial, which lost 6 cents on Thursday, regained it, closing at $7.77 per share.

Trumbull home sales stay ahead of 2018 pace

WARREN — Sales of single-family homes in Trumbull County through October continue to remain ahead of the pace — albeit modestly — set for the same period last year and they are selling for more money. There were 1,781 closed sales countywide, up 0.9 percent, from 1,765 in 2018, ...

Local bank stocks finish mixed again

Cortland Bancorp closed Wednesday at $22.30 per share, a gain of 6 cents over Tuesday’s closing price. First Niles Financial closed at $7.77 per share for the 10th day in a row.

Mahoning Valley Economic Development Corporation gets $1.6M grant

YOUNGSTOWN — A business development and job creation organization has been awarded $1.6 million to support small businesses and entrepreneurs in Trumbull and Mahoning counties. The funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration will be used by MVEDC (Mahoning Valley Economic ...

Farmers declares third-quarter dividend of dime per share

CANFIELD — Farmers National Banc Corp., the holding company of Farmers National Bank, declared a cash dividend of 10 cents per share on common stock for the third quarter. The dividend will record Dec. 13 and is payable to shareholders Dec. 31.

Local gas prices up, stay below northeast Ohio average

WARREN — Gas prices in most of the Mahoning Valley are below the northeast Ohio average, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. In the Warren-Youngstown and Niles areas, the average per gallon price is $2.57, one penny less than the region’s average price. The $2.58 price, ...