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Cruze sales down, big vehicles up in July

The dealership lot at Sweeney Buick GMC on Market Street in Boardman. General Motors saw an increase of 9 percent in overall July sales.

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Maker City weekend kicks off in downtown Youngstown

Matt Stoltz of Rhode Island makes a toy using a 3-D printer. Stoltz is one of the experts who are testing 3-D printers at America Makes this weekend for Make: magazine.

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Each Cracked Crock piece ‘meant’ for someone

Linda Matulek has been in the antique shop business since 2011 and enjoys each day although she never thought she would find another passion like the one she had as a special education teacher.

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Arby's comes home to mark 50th

Paul Brown, chief executive officer of Arby’s, speaks at the fast-food chain’s 50th anniversary celebration in Champion. He spoke Wednesday about the Mahoning Valley’s impact on the global brand that started in Boardman on July 23, 1964.

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Schwebel Bakery finds listeria, withdraws some products

Schwebel Baking Co. has pulled certain products and halted production at its Midlothian Boulevard plant after discovering the listeria bacteria. Listeria can cause infections in young children, the elderly and others with weakened immune systems and stillbirths and miscarriages in pregnant women. Consumers should check the code on any product they have.

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Some Valley restaurants cater to demand for healthy options

Ottavio Musumeci, owner and head chef at Station Square Ristorante in Liberty, left, and cook Gerry Gianoutsos work in the kitchen at the restaurant. The eatery offers American and Italian cuisine with organic, grass-fed beef offered, among other items. There are also multiple gluten-free options on the menu.

Warren-based bike shop builds Knievel tribute bike

Warren-based bike shop builds Knievel tribute bike

David Cook and his team at Sledgehammer Bobbers in Warren are in the process of building the tribute bike for Evel Knievel.

Arby’s corporate employees unite to remember

On July 24 there will be about 100 former Arby's corporate employees at the Youngstown corporate offices in town for a reunion.

Despite recalls, Valley stays committed to General Motors

GM spokeswoman Katie McBride said of the Valley's local plant: ''The outstanding focus on safety and quality at Lordstown helped earn these investments and support the future of GM’s footprint in the Mahoning Valley.”

Trendy boutique opens in Canfield

Her second storefront for Trendy, a boutique-style shop inspired by her own style, opened in May on U.S. Route 224 in Canfield.

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Ohio Shale gas production doubled in 2013

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources reports Ohio’s natural gas production nearly doubled from 2012 to 2013 because of the activity in the Utica shale play.

Co. explains testing of fracking byproducts for radioactivity to Youngstown residents

A presentation by Austin Master Services at Youngstown City Hall Wednesday evening clarified the process the company is taking in testing radioactivity in materials that come out of the earth through the process of hydraulic fracking.

Cruze sales down 20 percent, up 8 percent overall

Deliveries DeliverDeliveries of all GM vehicles increase despite mass recalls

Last June, General Motors Co. came out with an all-time monthly sale record of 32,871 Lordstown-produced Chevrolet Cruzes sold, but this June the numbers are down 20.9 percent with 26,008 sold.

Facebook boosts small, local business

There were 275 attendees at a Facebook for small businesses workshop on Tuesday in Canfield.

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HBA gives Hubbard stabbing victim some solace

Linda Clark of Hubbard relaxes with her dog, Harry, on a new deck built for her by the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of the Valley as part of its 2014 community service project. Clark continues to recover from a November 2013 stabbing she suffered when a man attacked her at her job at Sharon Regional Health System.

Changes show progress on new Tiffany Square

A newly opened Fin, Feather and Fur Outfitters, the relocation of a major hobby store and fast food chain are just some of the changes at Tiffany Square in Boardman

Thousands attend racino job fair

Applicants eager to be part of action when Austintown facility opens

Thouands of applicants showed for the first of two job fairs for the Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course

Hynes expands, centralizes operations in Austintown

Company expands, centralizes operations in Austintown

The metal processing company is preparing to relocate its operations to a Hendricks Road facility where they have invested $3 million to modernize the more than 290,000 square foot complex that is known as the former Wean United building.

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Cruze sales up 41%; GM sees 13% increase despite recalls

May sales numbers released Tuesday by General Motors Corp. beat the expectations and forecasts of auto analysts during a month that saw a list of vehicle recalls.

Yo Doughnut Co. in Youngstown adds freshness to Downtown

Yo Doughnut Co. owners hope new downtown shop will ...

Yo Doughnut Co. on East Rayen will celebrate National Doughnut Day on June 6 with the grand opening of the business.

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Fire destroys chair, tent rental business in Struthers

The business owner is unsure what he intends to do

Boardman cracks down on illegal signage

There is a list of sign regulations in Boardman Township.

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Youngstown educator Athena recipient

Holly Welch, curriculum supervisor for Youngstown City Schools, is the 2014 ATHENA Award winner. She hopes to one day become a superintendent to make a larger impact on students.

Choffin curriculum supervisor named ATHENA award recipient


Holly Welch is the 2014 recipient.

Shale panel promotes discussion of Valley’s future

The panel, at Youngstown State University, discussed the economic opportunities in Ohio's Shale formations.

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Valley unemployment numbers fall to 6 percent

The Valley unemployment falls to 6 percent unemployment rate from 7.8 percent last April.

Boardman police get by without central air unit

The cost to replace the air-conditioning unit at the police department is estimated at $168,000.

Pulling G’s on a Thunderbird

Flight with Thunderbirds is opportunity of a lifetime

On Friday, Kalea Hall, a reporter for The Vindicator, had the opportunity of a lifetime when she flew on a Thunderbird.

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Boardman lobbies legislators for help toward new school

The district isays it needs a new school to replace the Boardman Center Middle School and Glenwood Middle School

Solich Piano expands market, closes Boardman storefront

Solich Piano and Music Co. will expand to Pittsburgh and close its retail store in Boardman

Boardman road to have street lights

Timothy Lane residents voted in favor of street lights

Dylan Crump receives degree after death

Dylan Crump, 21, died last year in a car accident, but his college still allowed him to graduate.

Nuisance grass cutting season on again

Boardman Township has a crew of employees ready for nuisance grass cutting season

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‘Expect the unexpected’ with a Mustang

Kathy Miller of Boardman never dreamed what her 50-year-old Mustang would bring her national recognition.

Poland indoor center expected to be ‘huge’

Poland Township Park will have a new indoor activity center next year, once all of the funds are secured.

Austintown doctor retires from 50 years in medicine

He will continue helping patients with substance abuse

Boardman water problems fixed in fire station

Boardman Township took measures to prevent water from coming into the fire station basement

FirstEnergy triming trees in Poland's circuit areas

FirstEnergy Ohio Edison is working on vegetation management in the village and township.

Canfield man opens Idora museum on 30th anniversary

Jim Amey displays one unit of the silver rocket ride from Idora Park on Youngstown’s South Side. His museum at his Canfield home opens today with more than 500 pieces of memorabilia from the legendary amusement park.

Brother, sister published in Highlights

Siblings’ artwork published in national magazine

Two Boardman students had their drawings published in the national magazine Highlights.

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Funds help Poland, medic-hopefuls

Shaun Serich, 24, oversees the Western Reserve Joint Fire District’s program that pays for volunteers to obtain their paramedic certification at Youngstown State University, including tuition and books. Eight volunteers are participating in the program, which requires them to put in eight hours at the station, maintain a 3.0 grade-point average and have a professional attitude.

$4.2M to help home demolition in Youngstown, suburbs

Struthers Mayor Terry Stocker, left, and Ed Wildes, safety-service director, stand near a condemned house on Creed Street that they hope to demolish. Since 2008, when both took office, the city has demolished about 90 homes.

Students create mock Ellis Island

Third-grade students at Stadium Elementary in Boardman participated in an Ellis Island skit

Cohasset Express provides unique insight to Mill Creek Park

The Cohasset Express offers Mill Creek MetroParks visitors the opportunity to explore the park’s nooks and crannies. The trolley was obtained by the park district in September, but revealed only this year.

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Boardman's Drund provides media platform for schools

Boardman and Austintown joined in on a new social media platform for schools.

New scoreboard for Poland school district

There will be a new scoreboard in the Poland school district come this fall.

Boardman students, area firefighters get hazmat training

Training gives Boardman firefighters hands-on experience

For the first time, the Boardman Fire Department hosted the training

Boardman special education department passes state evaluation

The Boardman school district's special education department passed the Ohio Department of Education on-site review

Route 224 construction in progress at I-680

Widening of the bridge over Interstate 680

Area superintendents weigh in on drug policies

Austintown recently implemented a drug policy for new hires, Boardman is considering a new hire policy and Canfield has no drug policies in place.


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