Getting the word out
YOUNGSTOWN -- The city's board of control hired two Youngstown companies today to develop and market a video and mailer that will be sent to companies providing them with information about Youngstown's status as a federal renewal community.
Silverado Digital and McConnell Marketing will be paid $14,999 and $13,617, respectively, for the marketing package. The video and mailer will highlight the economic development potential of the city. The package will be ready in about 75 days.
The federal designation for a portion of the city's North Side and the Smoky Hollow neighborhood means millions of dollars in tax breaks and other incentives that add up to reductions in employee, equipment and investment costs for companies locating in those areas.
Dem appointment
YOUNGSTOWN -- Ohio Democratic Chairman Dennis White has appointed Lisa Antonini, Mahoning County Democratic chairwoman, to the state party's executive committee.
Probing armed robbery
HUBBARD -- Township police are investigating an armed robbery at Arby's at North Main Street and Interstate 80.
A white man wearing a mask walked into the restaurant about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and demanded money at gunpoint, witnesses said. An employee handed over cash.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at (330) 534-8477.
Drug-court funding
WARREN -- Trumbull County commissioners have increased funding for the county drug court, to compensate for the reduction of state funds for the 3-year-old program.
On Tuesday, the commissioners put in an additional $8,000 for the program, which is run by Judge Andrew Logan. The county had already been paying $33,000 a year for the $133,000 program.
School board to meet
LIBERTY -- The board of education will meet in special session at 4:30 p.m. Monday in the board conference room to discuss a permanent-improvement levy.

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