Dominion Dec. rate


Dominion Energy Ohio’s Standard Choice Offer rate for December is 3.4 percent lower than a year ago from the abundant shale energy resources in Ohio and neighboring states, the utility company said in a news release.

Effective Dec. 13, Dominion Energy Ohio’s rates will be $3.074 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf), 10.8 cents, or 3.4 percent, lower than the December 2016 rates of $3.182/Mcf. The December 2017 rates are 32.2 cents, or 11.7 percent, higher than the November rates of $2.752/Mcf.

Officials seek input


Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber and Weathersfield officials are seeking feedback and insight from residents and businesses in the township to analyze opportunities for growth there and are asking both to provide their opinions by completing a survey online.

The survey, which may be accessed at or in the Economic Development section at, closes Dec. 30. Participants who wish to offer comments directly instead of by survey may contact Sarah Boyarko, senior vice president of the chamber, at 330-744-2131, ext. 1108, or

All answers/comments will remain confidential and be reported only in an aggregate format. All participants who provide contact info at the conclusion of the survey will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card to Pho Viez, a restaurant that features Vietnamese cuisine in Mineral Ridge.

Reviving Dollar Menu


The Dollar Menu is making a McComeback.

McDonald’s said Monday that it is reviving the name of the once-popular value menu Jan. 4 after a two-year absence, but this time the items will cost $1, $2 or $3.

Offering cheap eats has become a winning strategy for the world’s largest hamburger chain, and a way to fight off other low-priced chains.

There are a dozen items on the new menu, including a sausage burrito for a buck, a bacon McDouble for $2 and a Happy Meal for $3.

Rebels kill Yemen’s strongman Saleh


Yemeni rebels on Monday killed their onetime ally Ali Abdullah Saleh, the country’s former president, as they gained the upper hand in days of fighting with his forces for control of the capital, Sanaa. The tumult threw the country’s three-year civil war into an unpredictable new chapter just as Yemen’s Saudi-backed government had hoped the Shiite rebels would be decisively weakened.

Saleh’s recent defection from the rebel camp and now his death shattered the alliance that had helped the Iranian-backed rebels, known as Houthis, rise to power in 2014 – giving the government and the Saudi coalition supporting it with airstrikes hope for a turning point in a stalemated war that has brought humanitarian disaster.

It was a grisly end for Saleh, who ruled Yemen for more than three decades until an Arab Spring uprising forced him to step down in 2012. He later allied with the Houthi rebels hoping to exploit their strength to return to power.

Staff/wire reports

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