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YSU PROF RECEIVES GRANT: Abdu Arslanyilmaz, associate professor of computer science, information and engineering technology at Youngstown State University, has received a $286,526 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant funds the design, development and ...

Warren company lauded for success at DC event

WARREN — A technology startup at BRITE Energy Innovators was spotlighted in Washington, D.C., as a growing success by top economic leaders for using federal opportunity zone dollars to hire staff and pivot products to provide COVID-19 relief. Dave Martin, founder and CEO of Intwine Connect, ...

Colorado grad joins BRITE staff

WARREN — BRITE Energy Innovators, a new business accelerator in the energy and clean tech fields, has added a fellow from Venture for America to help meet increased demand for service. Cole Simon of Baltimore will be in-client services for BRITE, which is facing a backlog of startups ...

Auto sales falter in August

Automobile sales that showed promise for continued recovery after posting consecutive months of gains slowed last month from August a year ago, evidence of the ongoing impact the viral outbreak has on the industry. Dealers in Trumbull and Mahoning counties were down 3.65 percent last month ...

Tribune Chronicle publisher recognized for Valley ‘Spirit’

BOARDMAN — When The Vindicator announced in June 2019 that it would cease production just two months later, the potential of an enormous vacuum in Mahoning County journalism existed. “People here wondered where they would find their news, obituaries, classified ads and all of the other ...

Boscov’s delays opening at Eastwood by one year

NILES — Boscov’s has delayed the opening of its department store at the Eastwood Mall until October 2021 — about one year off schedule — citing challenges brought on by the viral outbreak, the Reading, Pa.-based retailer announced Wednesday. “You only get one chance to introduce a ...

Menards delays project in Portage by two years

WARREN — Menards has decided to delay its $52 million manufacturing and distribution center in Portage County west of Newton Falls due to “all the uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.” A spokesman for the Wisconsin-based home improvement retail chain confirmed the delay ...

Gasoline prices increase in region

WARREN — The average price for gasoline across northeast Ohio is 16 cents higher this week at $2.30 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. In the Warren-Youngstown area, the average is $2.21 per gallon and in Niles, $2.36. This week last year, the region’s average ...

Not just a haircut: Barbershops, salons offer freedom and community

By RON SELAK JR. Staff writer Barbershops and salons in the African-American community are more than places to get a haircut, but occupy a special, almost sacred, space for black men and women of all ages, income levels and experiences. They offer a chance for generational economic freedom ...

Ohio jobless claims fell below 19,000 last week

The number of Ohioans who sought jobless benefits slipped below 19,000 last week — the fifth week in the last six the number has fallen. Across the nation Thursday, the U.S. Labor Department reported just over 1 million Americans applied for unemployment assistance, a drop of 98,000 from ...

Jobless rates creep back to pre-pandemic numbers

WARREN — July’s jobless rates in Trumbull and Mahoning counties continued their descent toward single-digit pre-pandemic levels, but last month’s numbers show the steady effect of the viral outbreak in the Mahoning Valley. Tuesday’s report from the Ohio Department of Job and Family ...

Gas prices in northeast Ohio rise

WARREN — The average price for gasoline across northeast Ohio is 11 cents higher this week at $2.14 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. In the Warren-Youngstown area, AAA reports the average is $2.09 per gallon and in Niles, $2.16. This week last year, the ...

Warren woman wins $5K grant from YBI

YOUNGSTOWN — A Warren small business owner among four who completed the Youngstown Business Incubator’s WE Launch accelerator program won a $5,000 grant. Andrea Hudson owns Cheer Image Iconz, a nationally ranked community-based recreation cheer program. She won the pitch competition that ...

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OHIO NATURAL GAS / OIL PRODUCERS LAUNCH CAMPAIGN: Ohio’s natural gas and oil producers have launched a statewide, multi-platform campaign to educate Ohioans about the ways in which natural gas and oil provides for our quality of life. Featuring two ads, the campaign makes clear that no ...

Jobless claims in state, nation begin to inch up

By RON SELAK JR. Staff writer The number of laid-off Ohioans seeking jobless benefits inched above the 21,000 mark last week, after four straight weeks of declines. Out-of-work Americans asking for help rose to 1.1 million — ending two weeks of declines. Combined, it’s evidence ...

Infrastructure work begins on Valley’s Campus of Care

HOWLAND — The Western Reserve Port Authority has hired a Youngstown-based electrical contractor to divide power service among the buildings at the former Youngstown Developmental Center, signaling the start of infrastructure work to transform it into a campus devoted to social ...

First Nil­es income falls 2.5%

NILES — First Niles Financial Inc., the holding company for Home Federal Savings and Loan Association of Niles, reported net income of $118,000 for the second quarter of 2019, down from $121,000, or 2.5 percent, from the same period in 2019. For the first half of the year, the company ...

Outdoors Act passage benefits all Americans

At a time when partisan game-playing has caused some Americans to lose faith in Congress, it is a pleasure to note the occasional victory for bipartisan common sense. One occurred in recent weeks, when President Donald Trump signed the Great American Outdoors Act into law. The measure provides ...

Columbiana company wins two manufacturing awards

COLUMBIANA — A company on the cutting edge of 3-D manufacturing for the foundry industry has won two prestigious leadership awards from the National Association of Manufacturers, the largest manufacturing advocacy group in the U.S. Humtown Products received the Engineering and Production ...

Howmet announces dividend of 93.75 cents

WEATHERSFIELD — Howmet Aerospace, which has a plant in Weathersfield, declared a dividend of 93.75 cents per share on the company’s outstanding preferred, or Class A, stock. The dividend will be paid Oct. 1 to holders of record at the close of business Sept. 11. The Pittsburgh-based ...