Urgent-care center opens 2nd location
Hometown Urgent Care opened its second Youngstown-area location Thursday at 1997 Niles- Cortland Road SE.
Hometown’s Youngstown centers — the other is at 1305 Boardman-Poland Road — are full-service facilities with on-site X-rays, labs, EKGs and prescriptions and offer urgent care and occupational health services, including treatment for injuries such as minor fractures, cuts, sprains, infections and common illnesses such as flu, cold, coughs and congestion.
Hometown also offers health services for employers such as work injuries, physicals, drug and alcohol testing and industry-specific specialized testing.
Goodies Mediterranean Grill and Lounge, 4903-A Mahoning Ave., will host a grand-opening celebration at 6 p.m. today.
The grill and lounge offers authentic Mediterranean food, prepared fresh daily.
The grill is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturdays. The bar is open from 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. daily.
Drilling company settles pollution claim
A Marcellus Shale drilling company has agreed to pay $93,710 to settle claims by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission that it polluted a high-quality trout stream in west-central Pennsylvania.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says Houston-based EOG Resources Inc., also will pay $65,000 toward a yet-to-be-determined environmental project in the watershed of the Little Laurel Run creek in Clearfield County near Parker Dam State Park.
The settlement is the fourth involving the company and the fish commission this year and the second involving alleged pollution of the Little Laurel Run stream. EOG has paid more than $302,000 to settle those allegations.
The other two settlements included pollution of Alex Branch and an aquifer that feeds a spring at the Sykesville Hunting Camp nearby.
Jobless claims lowest in 31/2 years
The job market is healthier than at any time since the end of the Great Recession.
The number of people filing for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest since May 2008, a sign that the waves of corporate layoffs that have defined the past few years are all but over.
It will take an additional step — robust hiring, not just the end of layoffs — to bring the 8.6 percent unemployment rate down significantly. Experts say that won’t happen until businesses are more confident about customer demand. And the European debt crisis still could cause damage here.
But the report on unemployment claims Thursday was the latest to suggest that the economy, 21/2 slow years after the official end of the recession, may finally be picking up momentum.
Vindicator staff/wire reports