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Station Square celebrates 35th anniversary

LIBERTY — Executive chef Ottavio Musumeci thinks big, whether it’s his wine list, his menu or the restaurant itself. Musumeci became owner / operator 20 years ago of Station Square Ristorante, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary this month. Under his ownership, the restaurant that ...

Unemployment rates edge up in Mahoning Valley

Trumbull and Mahoning counties, like most of Ohio’s 88 counties in January, saw their unemployment rate climb from December, but not high enough to be among the seven with jobless rates of 8 percent or more. Similarly, the rates in Warren and Youngstown — the two most populated cities ...

Hollywood Austintown sees wagering increase

AUSTINTOWN — Wagering on video lottery terminals last month at Hollywood Gaming Mahoning Valley Race Course nearly reached $115 million, marking the second month in row the racino saw betting grow. Similarly, overall wagering at Ohio’s seven racinos increased in February, also marking the ...

Revenue up at Ohio casinos

WARREN — Revenue at Ohio’s four casinos surpassed $67.6 million in February, the fourth consecutive month of growth, according to the Ohio Casino Control Commission. The latest data from the commission shows revenue last month increased 4.2 percent from January, which posted $64.8 ...

Auto sales pick up in February

WARREN — Automobile dealers in the Mahoning Valley performed well in February, posting a gain of 3.7 percent from the previous year after a slow start to 2021. The latest data from the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association shows new car sales last month led the way for the ...

Visions of cider, wine

YOUNGSTOWN — Hannah Ferguson embodies that old saying, “do what you love ... ” It’s apparent in the way she talks about the business she’s started and how she walks in the space that will become D.O.P.E. Cider House & Winery — about 1,300 square feet of what’s really now ...

Workhorse sued in US court in Calif.

Investors in Workhorse Group Inc. allege in a lawsuit that executives there made misleading and false statements concerning the company’s bid to secure a multibillion contract to build the U.S. Postal Service’s next-gen delivery truck. And on Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan doubled-down on ...

Rep. Ryan seeks probe of OshKosh stock buy

Congressman Tim Ryan is urging a federal oversight body to investigate a large purchase of OshKosh Corp. stock the day before a division of the Wisconsin-based company was awarded the contract to build the U.S. Postal Service’s next-gen delivery vehicle. Ryan’s call Monday onto the ...

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PROMOTION AT BRITE: BRITE Energy Innovators in downtown Warren, Ohio’s only energy tech incubator, has promoted Sara Daugherty to director of partnerships to address the growing demand for client services and its national role in electrification. Daugherty joined the organization in ...

Workhorse was to meet with postal service reps

LORDSTOWN — Workhorse Group was to meet in-person Wednesday with representatives of the U.S. Postal Service to get additional information on why the Cincinnati-based company was not awarded the contract for the postal service’s next-gen vehicle. A company spokesman with international ...

No time like now to return kids to school

It’s been almost exactly a year since students all around Ohio were sent home for remote learning due to COVID-19. Now, at the urging of Gov. Mike DeWine and aided by slowing numbers of virus cases and upticks in vaccination rates, students in many school districts are heading back to ...

Regional chamber’s honor to GM angers former Lordstown workers

LORDSTOWN — Giving General Motors an award for the impact it’s made in the community is “like a smack in the face” to the former workers and their families displaced when the automaker closed its Lordstown assembly plant, its former union leader said. “What about the thousands of ...

Auto dealers start year slowly

Automobile dealers in the Mahoning Valley began 2021 the same way they ended 2020, with lagging sales. The latest data from the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association shows new and used car sales in January were off 17.6 percent from the prior year. There were 4,373 deliveries ...

Farmers National announces dividend of 11 cents per share

CANFIELD — Farmers National Banc Corp., the parent company of Farmers National Bank, declared a quarterly dividend of 11 cents per share on its common stock. The dividend will have a record date of March 12 and is payable to shareholders March 31.

Penguin City Beer gets DOPE as first tenant

YOUNGSTOWN — Penguin City Beer has its first tenant at the downtown warehouse it bought in December. Hannah Ferguson, of D.O.P.E Cider House & Winery, will be leasing a 1,000-square-foot production facility and tasting room housed next to the warehouse, the former Republic warehouse at ...

It’s been a Gas(ser)

LIBERTY — Odds are if you’ve sat at blackjack or poker table, or played the slots, at a casino along the Las Vegas strip, it was in or on a Gasser chair. Same for dinner or lunch at Leo’s Ristorante in Howland, or an event at any of the three Avalon Inn and Country Club locations in the ...

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MANUFACTURING EXPERT TO SPEAK AT CHAMBER EVENT: Slade Gardner, one of the foremost authorities on additive manufacturing, will speak a the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber’s 2021 annual meeting March 17 at the Eastwood Event Centre. Gardner has been pioneering industrial additive ...

Fire report gives more details on Endurance

LORDSTOWN — Lordstown Motors Corp. suffered a property loss of $150,000 when one of its prototype Endurance electric trucks caught fire on its maiden road test last month. That detail and others are contained in a fire report this newspaper requested Monday and received Wednesday from the ...

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CHAMBER JOINS COALITION: The Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber has joined with Ohio businesses and trade organizations to mobilize Ohioans to help to stop the spread of COVID-19. Led by the Ohio Business Roundtable, employers announced the Coalition to Stop the Spread, an initiative that ...

Michigan company purchases former Toys R Us warehouse

YOUNGSTOWN — The former Toys R Us warehouse here has been sold for $15.8 million to a Troy, Mich.-based company that designs houseware products for retailers in the U.S. HMS Mfg. Co. bought the more than 441,000-square-foot warehouse at 1500 Geoffrey Trail — the road apparently named ...