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NEW FACILITY: Construction on V&M Star Steel’s $650 million expansion will start next month, company officials said. The blue section of the drawing is the addition location.

NEW FACILITY: Construction on V&M Star Steel’s $650 million expansion ...

NEW FACILITY: Construction on V&M Star Steel’s $650 million expansion will start next month, company officials said. The blue section of the drawing is the addition location.


DOn’T DO THIS: David Kovach knocks down icicles on his Plymouth Street home in Girard. Roofing and gutter company officials say don’t do it to avoid possible injury and damage to your home.

DOn’T DO THIS: David Kovach knocks down icicles on his ...

DOn’T DO THIS: David Kovach knocks down icicles on his Plymouth Street home in Girard. Roofing and gutter company officials say don’t do it to avoid possible injury and damage to your home.


ALREADY OPERATING: This is the site of V&M Star Steel’s current mill on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Youngstown. The mill also is near the city of Girard.

ALREADY OPERATING: This is the site of V&M Star Steel’s ...

ALREADY OPERATING: This is the site of V&M Star Steel’s current mill on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Youngstown. The mill also is near the city of Girard.


Scott Schulick

Scott Schulick

Scott Schulick


HAPPY MAYORS: While negotiations over V&M Star Steel’s $650 million expansion at times were tense, Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams, left, and Girard Mayor James Melfi were all smiles Monday when the company announced the project will be built here.

HAPPY MAYORS: While negotiations over V&M Star Steel’s $650 million ...

HAPPY MAYORS: While negotiations over V&M Star Steel’s $650 million expansion at times were tense, Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams, left, and Girard Mayor James Melfi were all smiles Monday when the company announced the project ...


ALL IN THE FAMILY: Members of the Vechiarelli family, from left, daughters Amy Mancini and Beth Vechiarelli-Cooper, parents Dominic and Carol Vechiarelli and daughter Nanette Ungaro gather around a framed and signed poster of one of best-selling author Adriana Trigiani’s books. One of the characters in Trigiani’s last two books is named Dominic Vechiarelli for the Boardman man.

ALL IN THE FAMILY: Members of the Vechiarelli family, from ...

ALL IN THE FAMILY: Members of the Vechiarelli family, from left, daughters Amy Mancini and Beth Vechiarelli-Cooper, parents Dominic and Carol Vechiarelli and daughter Nanette Ungaro gather around a framed and signed poster of one ...


HISTORIC LOOK: This old-fashioned light pole in front of Warren’s historic Kinsman House will be part of the fixtures to improve lighting in the city’s Mahoning Avenue Historic District.

HISTORIC LOOK: This old-fashioned light pole in front of Warren’s ...

HISTORIC LOOK: This old-fashioned light pole in front of Warren’s historic Kinsman House will be part of the fixtures to improve lighting in the city’s Mahoning Avenue Historic District.


GOODBYE, BLIGHT: A vacant house at 167 Monroe St. in Campbell is no more. It was one of 11 houses that are being torn down this month with federal funds. Campbell has 137 properties in all that will be razed.

GOODBYE, BLIGHT: A vacant house at 167 Monroe St. in ...

GOODBYE, BLIGHT: A vacant house at 167 Monroe St. in Campbell is no more. It was one of 11 houses that are being torn down this month with federal funds. Campbell has 137 properties in ...


David Serotko, founder of MS365

David Serotko, founder of MS365

David Serotko, founder of MS365


MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: Skip Herald, managing director of V&M Star Steel’s parent company’s North American operations, announced that a $650 million expansion project is coming to the Mahoning Valley.

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: Skip Herald, managing director of V&M Star Steel’s ...

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: Skip Herald, managing director of V&M Star Steel’s parent company’s North American operations, announced that a $650 million expansion project is coming to the Mahoning Valley.


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Robert J. Gartland II and Stephanie A. Sinkovich

Robert J. Gartland II and Stephanie A. Sinkovich

Robert J. Gartland II and Stephanie A. Sinkovich


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Jamie Kelly and Matthew Paulin

Jamie Kelly and Matthew Paulin

Jamie Kelly and Matthew Paulin


Joel C. Wolfe and Jenelle C. Hallos

Joel C. Wolfe and Jenelle C. Hallos

Joel C. Wolfe and Jenelle C. Hallos


The Vindicator/Geoffrey Hauschild.Liberty resident, Candy Day pulls her son, Cody Day, age 5, around the rink at Skate Zone in Austintown on Thursday afternoon. "We came last year alot," said Candy, "my kids really love it and the price is pretty good.".1.21.2010.Skate Zone InFocus

The Vindicator/Geoffrey Hauschild.Liberty resident, Candy Day pulls her son, Cody ...

The Vindicator/Geoffrey Hauschild.Liberty resident, Candy Day pulls her son, Cody Day, age 5, around the rink at Skate Zone in Austintown on Thursday afternoon. "We came last year alot," said Candy, "my kids really love ...


The Vindicator/Geoffrey Hauschild.Stacie Gleichauf, of Austintown helps her daughter, Lillie, 3, with her skates at Skate Zone in Austintown on Thursday afternoon. "We're excited to have somewhere to go in the winter," said Stacie about their first visit to the rink..1.21.2010.Skate Zone InFocus

The Vindicator/Geoffrey Hauschild.Stacie Gleichauf, of Austintown helps her daughter, Lillie, ...

The Vindicator/Geoffrey Hauschild.Stacie Gleichauf, of Austintown helps her daughter, Lillie, 3, with her skates at Skate Zone in Austintown on Thursday afternoon. "We're excited to have somewhere to go in the winter," said Stacie about ...


MCDONALD - (24) Matthias Tayala rips down a rebound  Tuesday night in McDonald. - Special to The Vindicator/Nick Mays

MCDONALD - (24) Matthias Tayala rips down a rebound Tuesday ...

MCDONALD - (24) Matthias Tayala rips down a rebound Tuesday night in McDonald. - Special to The Vindicator/Nick Mays


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The Vindicator/Geoffrey Hauschild.North Jackson resident, Sandy Virostek pats her three year-old daughter, Elizabeth's head as she lays down in the jungle gym alongside Jimmy Pegg, 2 of Vienna, at the Skate Zone in Austintown on Thursday afternoon. "Its nice cause it wears them out and you can get them to bed on time," said Sandy of her first visit to the complex..1.21.2010.Skate Zone InFocus

The Vindicator/Geoffrey Hauschild.North Jackson resident, Sandy Virostek pats her three ...

The Vindicator/Geoffrey Hauschild.North Jackson resident, Sandy Virostek pats her three year-old daughter, Elizabeth's head as she lays down in the jungle gym alongside Jimmy Pegg, 2 of Vienna, at the Skate Zone in Austintown on ...


FUTURE CAPTAINS: Brothers James, 3, left, and Jonathan Smith, 21 months, sit in the captain’s chair of a pontoon boat at the Penn-Ohio Boat Show at the Eastwood Expo Center in Niles on Sunday. The boys attended the weekend show with their father, Scott Smith of Boardman.

FUTURE CAPTAINS: Brothers James, 3, left, and Jonathan Smith, 21 ...

FUTURE CAPTAINS: Brothers James, 3, left, and Jonathan Smith, 21 months, sit in the captain’s chair of a pontoon boat at the Penn-Ohio Boat Show at the Eastwood Expo Center in Niles on Sunday. The ...


Tim Bowers

Tim Bowers

Tim Bowers


Jeff Ondash, nicknamed Teddy McHuggin, hugs a tourist as Joshua Dietrich, left, holds a sign on The Strip in Las Vegas on Saturday, February 13, 2009. Ondash set the Guinness World Record for hugs in a 24 hour period and succeeded in giving 7,777 hugs.

Jeff Ondash, nicknamed Teddy McHuggin, hugs a tourist as Joshua ...

Jeff Ondash, nicknamed Teddy McHuggin, hugs a tourist as Joshua Dietrich, left, holds a sign on The Strip in Las Vegas on Saturday, February 13, 2009. Ondash set the Guinness World Record for hugs in ...


Jeff Ondash - hugger, 49 yr old trying to enter the guinness book of world records by giving the most hugs in an hour, event to take place at 11am 4.26.2008, input by g. hauschild

Jeff Ondash - hugger, 49 yr old trying to enter ...

Jeff Ondash - hugger, 49 yr old trying to enter the guinness book of world records by giving the most hugs in an hour, event to take place at 11am 4.26.2008, input by g. hauschild


The Vindicator/Geoffrey Hauschild.Jodi Sweeney and Carl Bond, of Boardman, help their son, Jordan Bond, 3, use the roller skates he received as a Christmas gift at a rink for the first time at Skate Zone in Austintown on Thursday afternoon..1.21.2010.Skate Zone InFocus

The Vindicator/Geoffrey Hauschild.Jodi Sweeney and Carl Bond, of Boardman, help ...

The Vindicator/Geoffrey Hauschild.Jodi Sweeney and Carl Bond, of Boardman, help their son, Jordan Bond, 3, use the roller skates he received as a Christmas gift at a rink for the first time at Skate Zone ...


Obrien Mike - submitted by mike obrien mayor of warren 2008

Obrien Mike - submitted by mike obrien mayor of warren ...

Obrien Mike - submitted by mike obrien mayor of warren 2008


LENDING AN EAR AND A HELPING HAND: Dr. Michael Obeng spends time on the phone in his Boardman office offering services to a member of St. Elizabeth Medical Center’s staff about helping those injured during the recent earthquake in Haiti. The computer shows the hand of a young patient of Obeng’s born with six fingers. The doctor treated the child in Kumasi, Ghana, in 2009.

LENDING AN EAR AND A HELPING HAND: Dr. Michael Obeng ...

LENDING AN EAR AND A HELPING HAND: Dr. Michael Obeng spends time on the phone in his Boardman office offering services to a member of St. Elizabeth Medical Center’s staff about helping those injured during ...


MEMORIES OF AN EXPLOSION: Jodi Hunt stands on the front porch of her home on Center Road as she recounts the events leading up to the home next door to hers exploding Saturday. The charred remains of the neighboring house can be seen in the background.

MEMORIES OF AN EXPLOSION: Jodi Hunt stands on the front ...

MEMORIES OF AN EXPLOSION: Jodi Hunt stands on the front porch of her home on Center Road as she recounts the events leading up to the home next door to hers exploding Saturday. The charred ...