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Judge Kobly: Defendant ‘lazy,’ Woodside site ‘a disgrace’

Youngstown Municipal Judge Elizabeth Kobly sentenced a contractor to three days in jail for failing to clear the debris of the former Woodside Receiving Hospital on the South Side. In the background is a smokestack the contractor said hasn’t been taken down because he spotted a bald eagle in it.

Youngstown, YNDC finalize deal for mowing, cleanup

The contract was debated by council and the mayor last week

Youngstown received six proposals to design an amphitheater and park

The project would be along the Mahoning River

Documentary about former congressman James A. Traficant Jr. details his rise and fall

The film’s location had to be moved to a larger theater because of increased demand

Streetscape beautification program is 8 to noon May 30

This is the 18th annual Streetscape event

6 years in the making, Traficant film debuts Saturday

Its first screening is at the Akron Art Museum

YNDC director disputes councilwomen's claims of favoritism

Agency’s director disputes allegations of favoritism made by council members

‘Every side of town is treated the same,’ he says

Judge in Oakhill case postpones today’s pretrial hearing

Two of the defendants’ attorneys are busy with a federal case

Youngstown board authorized $2.2 million in improvement projects

Almost half of the expense is to pave four streets and upgrade traffic signals at four intersections

Youngstown council, mayor debate racial bias, favoritism

The mayor disputed claims from some on council that the agency isn’t treating all parts of the city fairly.

Youngstown council will consider repealing and replacing various laws

Council will also introduce a policy on quality of life issues

Sections of four Youngstown streets will be repaved starting in late April

The mayor calls one of the streets on the list ‘a disaster”

Youngstown mayor touts downtown revitalization in State of City address

Development commitments top $20 million, McNally says

Adds that there are plans for new businesses in other parts of the city

Obama nominates Valley native to GSA post

She grew up in Boardman and Poland, and graduated in 1976 from Cardinal Mooney High School

Oakhill judge grants a postponement on filing a change-of-venue challenge

oakhill case

The new deadline is April 3

Youngstown street department temporarily filling potholes

Employees are working 12-hour shifts weather permitting

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown endorsed Ted Strickland for the Senate

Calls Strickland ‘a champion for middle-class Ohioans’

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Michael V. Sciortino is officially the ex-Mahoning County auditor

Oakhill criminal conspiracy case defendant caps his 9-year career with 13-day suspension

He’s been indicted since May 14, 2014, and suspended since Feb. 23

Prosecutors in Oakhill case don’t object to request for more time

Defense wants judge to extend deadline for motions to April 3

The two attorneys are handling a federal case

Strollo Architects gets a tax abatement from Youngstown

Firm is improving a vacant downtown building

Youngstown council signs two contracts with a law firm to serve as city’s collection agency

One is for a flat $60,000 fee and the other is for 30 percent of collections

Mahoning polling sites to feature new technology for voting

Mahoning County

The equipment will be first used in the May primary

Snow is in today’s forecast

The area had freezing rain Tuesday

Freezing rain is expected this afternoon

Expect roads to be slick

Oakhill defendants want more time to file motions

Counsel for McNally, Sciortino to request a change of venue

The two say they are focused on another client in a federal case

5th Ward council candidate owes taxes

She plans to pay the taxes when she and her husband buy the house

A Youngstown company has the lowest proposal among six to turn a parcel into a parking lot

The work will begin later this month or in April

2nd-coldest month in Valley since 1897

This February

This month had eight days of record low temperatures

The endorsed Youngstown 7th Ward candidate owes unpaid taxes to county and state

Vivo says if elected, he’ll use council salary to make good on debts

Said he’d use ‘a majority’ of his council salary, if he wins, to pay the taxes

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Democrat Ted Strickland said he’s running next year for the U.S. Senate

He said Republicans are distorting his record

Three Youngstown council incumbents were unanimously endorsed


The only close race — and the most confusing — was in the 5th Ward

Ted Strickland announces he's running for Senate 'to restore the American Dream'

Ted Strickland announces he's running for Senate 'to restore the American Dream'

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Youngstown to explore amphitheater, park near Covelli Centre

A park at the former Wean United site will be considered

Youngstown rejects a proposal to sell 20 Federal Place

Some of the building’s tenants didn’t want the city to sell the structure

Ted Strickland to announce U.S. Senate bid today

He told close political allies and donors last month he would seek the post

Ryan opposes giving president authority to negotiate trade deal without Congress

Previous trade deals have hurt the nation’s economy, Ryan says

Autopsy: Traficant died of asphyxia

The former congressman’s autopsy results were provided Monday

February's cold has been historic in Valley

Record lows occurred four times this week

Traficant documentary to premiere next month at Cleveland film fest

90-minute documentary looks at the life, times of controversial politician

It’s been six years in the making

Dems will endorse candidates in Youngstown’s 7 ward races

There are currently 23 candidates for the seven seats

A system study will lead to accurate readings of Youngstown water customers


The study will look at reducing the bills for seniors

Youngstown finance officials expect a 4.4 percent drop in tax collections this year

They estimate income taxes and business profit taxes to be almost $2 million less this year than in 2014.

The Covelli Centre had its best year in 2014

$706K surplus adds $234K to city’s bottom line

The center made $706,719 in operating surplus and admission tax last year

Youngstown council to consider hiring a firm to serve as the city’s collection agency

One contract has a $60,000 fee and the other lets the firm keep 30 percent of its collections

An attorney in Oakhill case cast doubt a confidential informant was threatened

Yavorcik’s attorney questions claims of being threatened

Both sides are arguing over who can see the evidence

Ex-Gov. Ted Strickland is raising money for a U.S. Senate bid

He has a ‘Strickland for Senate’ account

Ohio’s two U.S. senators introduce bill to help retired Delphi salaried retirees

It would restore health coverage tax credits for the retirees

Fewer polling sites in Youngstown

Board of elections reduced the number from 18 to 13

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan won’t run for the U.S. Senate

Ex-Gov. Ted Strickland to announce his decision on bid by end of the month



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