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Housing sales mostly positive across Mahoning Valley

Increases in pending sales across the Mahoning Valley, and an increase in closed sales in Mahoning and Trumbull counties

ADI still interested in Chicago, Youngstown service

Right now the company is working with the U.S. Department of Transportation to handle concerns the department has with ADI.

Vision leads to growth for Burke Decor

Vision leads to growth for Burke Decor

Erin Burke's Boardman boutique grew from a small e-commerce business to an internationally known business in seven years.

Shivers takes on Mahoning Valley for Huntington

The Salem-native is happy to be serving his home.

Shale: where we are now


Experts say geology and better business has sent oil and gas companies to southern parts of the state.

GM bonus checks expected to boost Valley economy

The total potential payout of $37 million in GM's profit-sharing in the Valley will go into the pockets of eligible workers and probably find its way into the local economy, analysts and local businesses say.

Oil, gas decline prompts Vallourec shutdown

Vallourec Star announced Wednesday it would shut down operations at its Youngstown plant for three weeks due to the recent downturn in the oil and gas market. About 700 employees will be able to schedule vacation, paid time off, or file for unemployment.

BRT receives six OSHA violations, fined $28,000

A fatal crushing incident at BRT Extrusions resulted in six OSHA violations for the company.

Cruze continues momentum

11% increase from a year ago follows best year for sales

Cruze sales were up 11.1 percent in January.

Compass, Meridian, Help Hotline project construction to start in spring

marian arms apartment complex

The Marian Commons affordable apartment complex will be open by spring 2016.

Valley unemployment numbers reveal mixed meanings

The Mahoning Valley unemployment rate dipped down to 5.1 percent in December.

R&J Trucking builds new maintenance facility in Moraine

The Boardman company will bring more than 70 jobs to the southwestern Ohio community.

Taylor dealership’s future looks bright with Kia

Taking a chance on Kia proved right move for local auto dealership

In 2000, the Taylors received news that Oldsmobile would no longer be produced, and then they found success in the Kia brand.

Bottom Dollar closed

Bottom Dollar closes all 66 store locations in three states

Bottom Dollar locations in Youngstown and Warren officially closed on Monday.

Buckeye passion pervades Mahoning Valley homes, offices

Ohio State University Buckeyes fan Jim Mullally of Poland shows off some of his OSU memorabilia, including a helmet signed by Archie Griffin, in his basement, which is painted Buckeye scarlet and gray.

Valley Realtors optimistic for 2015 housing market

After mixed year, Valley agents express optimism for housing market in 2015

Year-to-date numbers released in November by the Youngstown/Columbiana Association of Realtors and the Warren Area Board of Realtors show increases and decreases in closed sales in the Mahoning Valley.

2014 auto sales end with a bang; 2015 expectations high

It was another positive year for auto sales in the nation and in the Mahoning Valley.

H&M, updates coming to Southern Park

H&M will open in the summer and two stores will be remodeled at Southern Park.

Hierro sticks with roots, moves to Home Savings

Frank Hierro will focus his efforts at Home Savings in commercial and business lending.

GM Lordstown plant manager ecstatic for title

EDITOR’S NOTE — As 2014 winds down, The Vindicator is taking a daily look back at the people and

UAW members care and share to help families in need

Maryola Stemple of Warren, center, and Brenda Zannetakk of Lordstown place food items into a box Thomas Clunen of Youngstown pushes through the assembly line at the Care and Share event at United Auto Workers Local 1112 Hall in Warren.

Software company growth expected to continue

The Boardman software-development company is moving to a larger site

The president of a local software development company doesn’t think there really is a limit to his company’s growth.

Local dealers offer year-end deals

Auto makers have jumped on the bandwagon for holiday deals.

Medicare penalties hit local hospitals

Agency cuts payments based on numbers ofSFlbpatient readmissions

Nationally, 2,610 were penalized including multiple hospitals in the Mahoning Valley were hit with penalties from the federal government for Medicare readmissions.

The last employee at Westinghouse, Sharon

Sam Messina, the former human-resources director at Westinghouse Electric’s Sharon plant, continues to resolve problems of former workers of the plant and their familes.

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Preparations for Gardens ‘Winter Celebration’ underway

Mill Creek prepares for Winter Celebration

Guests will enjoy a whimsical gingerbread experience this year at Fellows Riverside Gardens.

Lowellville Huntington to close

Lowellville Huntington will close Dec. 30.

Cruze sales up more than 25 percent in November

Figure for month shows 25% increase over 2013

The Cruze saw an increase in sales by 25 percent from last year and overall the Cruze is up for the year by 11 percent.

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Stepuk Tree Farm open for Christmas tree season

The Canfield farm offers seven different types of trees.

Holiday shopping downtown Youngstown was 'magical'

Metallic snowflakes waft from the ceiling of the G.M. McKelvey store on West Federal Street in this Vindy file photo from Nov. 26, 1961. For most of the 20th century, McKelvey’s and Strouss’ department stores served as anchors for holiday shopping in the downtown. McKelvey’s was acquired by the Higbee Co. and closed its downtown store in 1982. Strouss’ closed in 1986.

Local retailer tackles another holiday season

Gracylane owner lines up brands for holiday shopping

Gracylane prepares top lines for holiday shopping.

Covelli rally targets USPS cuts

Local postal workers Tom Harrison of Canfield, left, and Brian Furbee of Youngstown attend the American Postal Workers Union Local 443 National Action Day to stop the closing of the Youngstown mail-processing and distribution center. The session was Friday at the Covelli Centre.

Industrial park deal settled in Lordstown

New park could mean up to 1,500 additional Valley jobs

A new industrial park will be developed on 173.5 acres of vacant industrial property adjacent to the General Motors plant with potential to employ up to 1,500.

Car sales up for month, year

New and used car sales were up 6.6 percent from last October and nearly 5 percent for the year.

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Residents, officials worry over impact of grocery closures

Youngstown native Chris London, pastor of New Vision Baptist Church, said he has shopped at Bottom Dollar Food on Glenwood Avenue since it opened in February 2012 because of its convenience for him.

Home Savings celebrates 125 years

The bank's charter was established in 1889.

Color Vanity offers speciality makeup, services

Color Vanity Beautique offers specialty makeup, services

Recently opened Color Vanity Beautique in Boardman offers speciality skin care, make up and hair services.

Printing 3D opens with excitement for the Valley

Printing 3D Parts Inc. of Liberty hosted its ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday.

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GM October sales expected to increase

Though they differ in amounts, three auto analysts say General Motors will weigh in with an increase in car sales for October 2014 next week.

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YSU opens only lab of its kind in Ohio

New lab puts YSU ‘at the cutting edge’ of materials analysis

Youngstown State University officials cut the ribbon on a new X-Ray Diffraction Laboratory that is second to none in Ohio and among the top in the nation.

Austintown racino stakes claim for prosperous first month

Scott Frost, marketing director for Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course, said the Austintown facility is approaching 50,000 members in its Marquee Rewards program and has been encouraged by the steady stream of customers since opening Sept. 17.

Gas prices hit below $3

Multiple stations within the Youngstown area reported gas prices below $3 on Thursday

It’s official: Cafaro Co. moving HQ to Eastwood Mall

The Cafaro Co. will relocate its headquarters from its Youngstown offices on Belmont Avenue to the Cafaro-owned Eastwood Mall Complex in Niles. This photo taken recently shows builders working on the 50,000-square-foot location.

Cruze: The next generation

ROBERT K. YOSAY | THE VINDICATOR Greg Greenwood, left, and Nick Amendola stand with a 2015 champagne-colored Cruze. The new Lordstown-built Cruze comes with a face-lift and 4G LTE with Wi-Fi availability.

Valley agribusiness ready to cash in on $7M racino impact

Casey Hillman, farm manager for Tim Hamm at his horse farm in Ellwsorth Township, relaxes with Navigator’s Daughter, who recently ran at the thoroughbred track at Presque Isle Downs and Casino in Erie, Pa. Hamm plans to race some of his horses at Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course in Austintown when its thoroughbred-racing season begins Nov. 24.

GM Lordstown provides $100K to local service organizations

General Motors Lordstown’s Plant Manager Steve Notar Donato shows off the new 2015 Cruze at the Community Appreciation Day on Friday at the complex. Seven local nonprofits were awarded grants totaling $100,000 from the GM Foundation on Friday and the new Cruze was shipped out for commerce.

At 45, Eastwood Mall complex now more than 180 acres

The official ribbon-cutting ceremony for Eastwood Mall took place Sept. 17, 1969, when William M. Cafaro was president of the Cafaro Co. He and his wife, Alyce, above center, welcomed many community leaders and others, including Wendy Danscomb, Miss USA 1969. The mall, Cafaro's third, has grown into a mega-retail, entertainment complex, and the company he founded is now the largest privately-held mall developer in the country.

August Valley unemployment numbers dropped

The combined Valley unemployment rate for August 2014 was 5.9 percent compared to 7.9 in August 2013.

Valley officials, Penn National extend thanks

Local government officials, Penn National Gaming and others sent thanks at Wednesday's opening of Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course.

Austintown's Hollywood racino off to a good start

Maria Morales of Austintown.. walks to player services to cash in her winnings on opening day at Hollywood Gaming in


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