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Restaurant trying to provide new option

Restaurant trying different options

Whitefire trying to be something for for Mahoning Valley

Valley roadside stands seeing rush of early business

Roadside produce stands see rush of early business

Strawberries start the seasonal market for locally grown produce

DSW/Pat Catan’s coming to Boardman shopping center

Shoe and craft stores will open in Boardman

Youngstown Cycle keeps rolling along

After 45 years, Youngstown Cycle Supply is still in demand

Bike shops come and go, but Youngstown Cycle is a fixture on Market Street

Morales president-elect of UAW 1714

After 6 years Dave Green is out as president and will be replaced by second-generation autoworker

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Discouraged workers drive shrinking labor force

Valley economy is doing better than rest of the state, but recovery remains slow.

Utica Shale area smaller than some thought, bodes well for Valley

Shrinking Utica Shale should lead to industry consolidation in eastern Ohio, including the Mahoning Valley.

Unemployment in Valley starts seasonal rise

Temporary layoffs account for traditional winter uptick

Mahoning Valley unemployment is up in November, leading into the next three months when unemployment figures are typically the highest.

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Anti-fracking protesters march on Youngstown's North Side

The chilly weather Friday did not stop several anti-fracking activists from carrying signs and chanting during a march as the group traveled along Wick Park on Youngstown’s North Side.

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Stephanie Mansour doesn’t let handicap be impediment

Store owner built business listening to her customers' requests.

Dominion-Caiman form midstream partnership

Goal of midstream partnership is to leverage current pipeline infrastructure to promote quicker development.

Ban fear fuels run on assault weapons across Mahoning Valley

Dick's Sporting Goods suspends gun sales in light of Newtown, Conn. shooting. It doesn't appear other stores will follow suit.

Macy’s ready for holiday shopping marathon

Companies continue to squeeze more time in the holiday shopping season by opening around the clock.

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Natural-gas processing facility planned

Hilcorp and NiSource partnership to build pipeline and natural-gas processing site in eastern Mahoning County.

State oil, gas production rose in 2011, ODNR report says

By BURTON SPEAKMAN bspeakman@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN The Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Aided by Sandy, Cruze sales rise again

By BURTON SPEAKMAN bspeakman@vindy.com LORDSTOWN Sales of the Chevrolet Cruze were up 27 percent in November, continuing a string of four-consecutive strong months for the Lordstown-built vehicle.

Lottery winner from Salem finds the joy in receiving

A shaking, happy and newly richer Salem man was surprised with a check for $2 million Wednesday after years of playing scratch-off games.

Black Friday? So last year: Shopping started this morning

Shoppers queued up outside Boardman Target store at 4 a.m. last year to get Black Friday bargains. This year, Target joins other retailers for Black Thursday, opening at 9 tonight. Others, though, started the holiday retail race at 9 this morning.

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Polish Folk Circle sticks with tradition to honor the Nativity

Polish Folk Circle sticks with tradition to honor the Nativity

Teaching others to create szopkas is all about keeping the Polish traditions alive.

Federal dollars at stake in the Valley

If Congress failes to act, 'horrible things happen,' says Paul Sracic, chairman of Youngstown State University’s political science department.

D&L seeks state OK for injection well near Route 82 in Brookfield Township

D&L Energy has applied for a permit for a new injection well in the Mahoning Valley, the first since the moratorium was lifted by the state after several earthquakes in the Youngstown area.

OIL, GAS PRODUCTION Valerus, Brilex team up to make equipment

Valerus, a Houston company, has formed a partnership with Brilex Industries to manufacture oil- and gas-production equipment in Youngstown.

Landowners urged to back incentives, fight severance tax on oil, gas royalties

By BURTON SPEAKMAN bspeakman@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN A group of current and potential oil and gas

Okla. company opens drilling fluids facility

By BURTON SPEAKMAN bspeakman@vindy.com WELLSVILLE An Oklahoma company has opened a drilling

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Ohio drilling bill adds rules, stirs controversy

The idea of legislation to regulate landmen who negotiate oil and gas leases has industry leaders claiming new regulations are unnecessary and complicated. Supporters, meanwhile, argue such changes are needed to deal with an expanding industry.

Despite drop in natural-gas prices, expect higher home bills this winter

By BURTON SPEAKMAN bspeakman@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN With uncertainty about the severity of

Miles of pipe added between drilling sites in Pulaski, Pa.

By BURTON SPEAKMAN bspeakman@vindy.com PULASKI, PA. The signs of pipeline development and

Economists answer: Should we really be better off already?

Peppe Smith, owner of Camelot Lanes in Boardman, says she sees positive signs all around the Youngstown community. “I cannot deny that I am better off than I was four years ago," she declares, but adds: “I do not attribute that to the president.”

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Cruze sales for October up 34% over ’11

October sales of the Lordstown-built Chevrolet Cruze were up 34 percent over last year, continuing three straight months of exceptional sales.

Senator seeks longer distance between drilling and homes

In a move designed to increase safety in oil and gas drilling, a state senator from Boardman has proposed doubling the distance gas and oil wells must be from homes.

UAW leaders to Romney: End misleading ads

By BURTON SPEAKMAN bspeakman@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN The leaders of two local auto unions are

Battle between Patriot, agencies not over


By BURTON SPEAKMAN bspeakman@vindy.com WARREN It appears the battle between Patriot Water

GM sales to be up over October 2011

Analysts are estimating that General Motors will sell 200,517 vehicles this month, an increase of more than 7 percent over this time last year.

Businesses complete course

By BURTON SPEAKMAN bspeakman@yahoo.com YOUNGSTOWN Fifteen local businesses were recognized

Donation from BP to cover STEM program

trumbull county

By BURTON SPEAKMAN bspeakman@vindy.com WARREN BP is funding a $50,000 initiative to equip

Sept. jobs data offer good news and bad

Work-force participation, unemployment rate drop

By BURTON SPEAKMAN bspeakman@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN Economic figures in the Mahoning Valley continue to have mixed results with fewer people working, but the unemployment rate still dropping.

Grant aims to build work force in manufacturing

By BURTON SPEAKMAN bspeakman@vindy.com CANFIELD A $6 million federal grant is designed to help

Drilling moves toward suburbia in Mahoning Valley

Horizontal drilling is moving toward the suburbs, but you’re not likely to see a drilling rig in the middle of your neighborhood.

Canfield IGA closes its doors

By BURTON SPEAKMAN bspeakman@vindy.com CANFIELD After decades in business, the doors closed on

Beaver Twp. to get state grant for waterline

By BURTON SPEAKMAN bspeakman@vindy.com NORTH LIMA A number of Mahoning County residents who

Many GM workers yearn to go home

Jeff Schwab, a 15-year employee for Delphi Packard Electric, learned he could lose his job in January 2008. He and his wife, Kim, had purchased this home in Niles four months earlier. Schwab transferred to a GM assembly plant in Kansas City, Kan., two years ago but is hoping he can transfer to the GM Lordstown plant sometime soon.

Cruze No. 1 in US in sales of small cars

Although sales of the Lordstown-built Cruze dropped by 188 in September from its record set in August, GM sold 25,787 of the compact car, topping the Toyota Corolla at 23,036, and the Honda Civic, at 21,546.

Review cuts confusion, bias from studies on shale jobs

Studies vary widely on how many jobs oil and natural-gas drilling will bring to eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania.

Vibrating trucks conduct seismic tests before Valley drilling

Seismic trucks driving through Cambridge, Ohio, vibrate the ground to cause sound waves. Those sound waves are recorded and used by oil and gas companies to help determine the best locations to drill for the commodities.

BOC opens $3M expansion project

By BURTON SPEAKMAN bspeakman@vindy.com SALEM Fourteen months of work came to fruition Friday

12 YSU students get GM scholarships

By BURTON SPEAKMAN bspeakman@vindy.com LORDSTOWN Twelve students were honored for their

GM’s Cruze has best month ever in August

By BURTON SPEAKMAN bspeakman@vindy.com LORDSTOWN Sales increases continue for General Motors

Report: Budget cuts to geological survey wind up costing money

By BURTON SPEAKMAN bspeakman@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN A report claims that budget cuts to the Ohio

Chesapeake announces sale of midstream assets, lease rights

By BURTON SPEAKMAN bspeakman@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN Chesapeake Energy Corp. will sell nearly all

August was good month for GM in Valley

By BURTON SPEAKMAN bspeakman@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN General Motors had a good month locally as


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