First VLTs arrive at Austintown racino

First VLTs arrive at Austintown racino


Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course took delivery Monday of the first of what will be a total of 850 video lottery terminals.

Approximately 24 VLTs from manufacturer Multimedia Games arrived at the Austintown site. Additional shipments are scheduled over the next several weeks from leading manufacturers including Bally Technologies, Konami Gaming, Aristocrat and WMS.

There were about 2,800 applicants at the two job fairs the company had, but applications still are being accepted.

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Seminar to focus on use of social media


There will be a seminar today to discuss how small businesses can use social media to boost business. The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber and U.S. Reps. Tim Ryan and and Bill Johnson are co-hosting the free event.

The seminar will take place at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center, 7300 N. Palmyra Road, with check-in starting at 8:30 a.m. and the presentation taking place from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Johnson and Ryan will greet attendees.

Charter One to be re-branded in Ohio


Citizens Financial Group Inc.’s Charter One branches in Ohio will be re-branded as Citizens Bank next year as part of a broader strategy to unify all of its brands, the company announced Monday.

This change, also scheduled for Citizens’ Charter One branches in Michigan, will result in a uniform Citizens Bank presence across the company’s 11-state retail footprint by mid-2015.

Farmers bank plans giving campaigns


Farmers National Bank has multiple giving campaigns planned for this month.

Farmers is sponsoring the “Farmers Family Diaper Drop: A Cause You Can Get Behind,” where customers are asked to drop off diapers today to July 31 in any size to their local Farmers National Bank office. The diapers will go to local needy families.

Farmers also will give a dollar to Akron Children’s Hospital for every new Twitter follower the company receives on its @farmers-bnkgroup account until 5 p.m. July 31. Participants are encouraged to use the hashtag: #farmerstagalong.

Also, the entire Farmers team has dedicated a two-week focus to support Mahoning Valley charities. In the Northern district — covering offices in Howland, Niles, Eastwood, Girard, Cornersburg, Austintown, Mineral Ridge and Lake Milton — staff will volunteer at the Children’s Rehabilitation Center of Howland, and those working in Farmers’ Southern District — Canfield, Boardman, Poland, Salem, Columbiana and Damascus — will host a “cash and can” drive for Second Harvest Food Bank and Animal Charities until July 11.

Staff reports

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