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Kristen Russo

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Stand serves seasonal fare with flair

Falls Twistee Treat’s unusual building sells a variety of warm-weather food on East Broad Street in Newton Falls.

Spring showers in Valley renew fears of flooding

April showers can bring May flowers — and a lot of flooding headaches.

Area dealers see increase in sales

By Kristen Russo krusso@vindy.com Youngstown Mahoning Valley car dealerships saw a 53-percent

Dodson Furniture shutting down

By Kristen Russo krusso@vindy.com Niles After more than 40 years in the furniture business,

Some banks in Valley end rewards program

Mahoning Valley residents enrolled in debit-card rewards programs or free checking accounts could see those programs ending in coming months.

Chamber loses more members over Senate bill

Three more companies have left the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber as a result of the chamber board’s endorsement of Senate Bill 5, but one has renewed its membership.

Scholarship program renamed for slain real-estate agent

Though real-estate agent Vivian Martin was killed last year, the Youngstown-Warren Realtist Association is ensuring her legacy survives.

Ford accelerates past GM in March sales

By Kristen russo krusso@vindy.com Lordstown For the second time since 1998, Ford surpassed

Fallout over SB 5 continues for area chamber

By Kristen Russo krusso@vindy.com Youngstown Another business has withdrawn its membership

GM optimistic on Cruze sales figures

By Kristen Russo krusso@vindy.com Lordstown General Motors Co. is expecting total sales of

Hundreds turn out for chamber protest

More than 400 people protested Wednesday afternoon outside the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber’s headquarters downtown because of the chamber’s endorsement of Senate Bill 5.

E-cigarette company becomes Firebrand for Valley native

By Kristen Russo krusso@vindy.com Youngstown Mahoning County native Brian Gage was a longtime

Students put to the test

Eleven teams of high school students huddled in clusters around computer screens Friday making decisions that would determine the fate of a company.

Unemployment drops 2 percent in Valley

By Kristen Russo krusso@vindy.com Youngstown There were 30,100 unemployed workers living in

CNBC’s Insana optimistic on economy

By Kristen Russo krusso@vindy.com Boardman Although many hard-hit areas still are struggling

Officials push for rail service

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Niles, D-17th, has joined 11 other lawmakers and business leaders in requesting Gov. John Kasich’s support of the TechBelt Initiative.

Ryan to attend groundbreaking

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Niles, D-17th, will attend a groundbreaking at 11 a.m. today for a project that will bring water and sanitary sewers to the Ravenna Training and Logistic Site.

Boardman site of hhgregg plans to hire 50 people

A home-appliance-and- electronics retailer is hiring 50 people to work in its new Boardman store at 441 Boardman-Poland Road.

Chamber gets mixed reaction for backing SB 5

A Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber representative said the chamber has had minimal reaction to its board of directors’ recent endorsement of Senate Bill 5.

Jobless rate jumps back up in Valley

Unemployment in the Mahoning Valley is the highest its been in almost a year.

MAGNET office opens

The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network cited its work with Severstal Warren as an example of its plans for assisting other Mahoning Valley manufacturers during a reception at Trumbull Country Club.

Official: Metro statistics favor Valley

Ohio’s seven largest metropolitan areas, which include the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman area, account for about 71 percent of the state’s population, about 76 percent of its employment...

Michigan fire idles work on Cruze

Fire has shut down a Chevy Cruze parts supplier in southeastern Michigan, forcing suspension of production of the popular new car at the Lordstown plant here. The stoppage comes just days after GM reported a record sales increase, owing largely to the Cruze.

Youngstown area look forward to Lenten season

Lent is one of the busiest seasons for restaurants that serve seafood By Kristen Russo

GM sales soar

The Lordstown-built Chevrolet Cruze helped rev up sales for General Motors last month.

Cortland Bancorp improves earnings over 2009

Cortland Bancorp has released its full-year and fourth-quarter results.

RTI’s Niles facility wins award for innovative method

RTI International Metals’ Niles facility was one of nine Northeast Ohio businesses honored last week during the 2011 NorTech Innovation Awards.

Cleveland Auto Show to open

By Kristen Russo krusso@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN Those looking for something to do this weekend —

Diesel-fuel prices continue to climb

Trucking companies look for truck stops that have the best diesel prices.

Business center at YSU to get $74,000

The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Youngstown State University will receive about $74,000 this year as part of a federal grant of about $1.9 million for Small Business Development Centers in Ohio.

Speakers stress benefits of shale drilling

21,778. That’s the number of jobs Marcellus Shale directly added to the Pennsylvania economy in 2009. Indirectly, that number is estimated to be more than 44,000.

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