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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.

Former Fitch aide acquitted of assault charges

Judge rules she was acting in the safety of the child

Township approves liquor license for 76 Drive bar

Township transfers $55K to parks fund while waiting on funds to come in

Austintown authorities looking for a missing man

Anthony T. Harrison was last seen Wednesday

Hollywood Gaming's first financial report shows high numbers

Video lottery terminals pay off big during Austintown facility’s first 14 days

Ohio casinos and racinos take revenue hit in September

Mahoning County OVI Task Force funded again this year

Grant of $224,952 allows for 24 checkpoints over the next year

Austintown schools offering nutritious options

Healthy standards have led to increased costs for food department

Boardman program shows dangers that youths face

By ROBERT CONNELLY rconnelly@vindy.com BOARDMAN Mike Trell stood in front of students and

Austintown schools continue work on upgrades

Tablets, propane fill-up station still on the way

When you win at Hollywood Gaming

Tax breakdown for jackpot winners

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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Racino offers the Valley its first legal gambling machine mecca

Valley has strong history of illegal gambling

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The Valley goes Hollywood as new racino opens this week

Mike Galle, general manager and vice president of Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course, stands in the Skybox Sports Bar overlooking the gaming floor. The casino portion of the racino opens Wednesday.

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Near-complete racino set to open Sept. 17 in Austintown

Landscapers from Enviroscapes work on the front entrance of the Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course off state Route 46 in Austintown. Work to prepare for next Wednesday’s opening of the racino is expected to be complete this weekend.

9/11 program continues at township memorial park

Firefighters from the Valley join to remember day

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Austintown room calms students

Lighting colors that change are reflected in a mirror and help to sooth Nolan Mickey in Austintown Elementary School's new sensory room. The district bought equipment and opened the room this school year.

Jackson-Milton adds STEM-like programming to district

Also offering four college credit classes for seniors

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Lawrence County racino awaits decision

Officials await regulatory go-ahead before deciding whether to proceed with project

Harness track would be about 20 miles from Austintown racino

Wagering on horses has slowed considerably over 15 years

Ninety-year-old Sam Corona of Austintown has seen horse racing rise in popularity and peak. Now, he says, 'racing is dying' and horse bettors are 'gone and [there’s] nobody to replace them.' The Valley's new racino in Austintown will be the state’s 11th. Can Ohio support that many?

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Steep increases leave entities searching for rock salt suppliers

Some face 523 percent increase through state purchasing program

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Development of commercial property around racino could take some time

As racino opening approaches, many properties along Route 46 remain for sale

Moon Park, owner of the strip plaza directly across the street from Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course, stands in front of his vacant property in Austintown. His property is for sale, lease or investment and sits on 3.2 acres at Silica Road and state Route 46.

Canfield trustees talk road projects

Pheasant Run Drive culvert to be replaced before school starts

Investigator said Petroff poured gas throughout garage at ex-girlfriend's

Petroff case bound over to a Mahoning County grand jury

Fitch levy won't be brought up for a few years

District hopes three key systems in need of repair can hold on until then

Racino to open next month


No date has been decided upon yet

Lumen Christi starting preschool program at St. Joseph's

Program kick-started by anonymous donor

Canfield police plan neighborhood patrols

Grant pays for OT hours of officers while they patrol city neighborhoods

Tech upgrades needed in Austintown for state testing's shift to online

District officials say their students are falling behind

Tracks run short on horses, long on worries

Mark Maddox, owner of M&M Stables in Garrettsville, with one of his horses.

Hotel owner tries to put strip club past behind him

Hotel owner tries to put strip club past behind him

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Severe weather blows through Valley, tornado confirmed

A house had an entire side blown off, and damage to the roof caused ceilings to cave into the home on the 9300 block of Akron-Canfield Road in Ellsworth Township Tuesday afternoon. The storm went through the townships of Ellsworth and Canfield as well as the city of Canfield.

Cartoons, merriment lead ‘Austintoon’ parade

Austintown Fitch High School football players dodge water balloons thrown by former football players during the Fourth of July parade in the township Friday. The players, from left, are Dylan Henry, in the truck bed; Zach Krohn, Damien Gray, Kyle Kent and Ken Stainfield.

Birth mom of slain girl hospitalized for likely drug OD

Child protective services found a boy who was living at the apartment and left with his mother

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Prosecutor: Williams 'would have killed the first person he saw'

Ricki D. Williams IV may have carved “kill fo fun” in the stairwell of the apartment complex where he is accused of killing 16-year-old Gina Burger.

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Sad end to Gina's troubled life

Gina Burger was born into a Florida household repeatedly investigated for drugs, domestic violence and neglect. By 3, she was adopted with her brother, but separated from her other two siblings — who were adopted by another family. Her adoptive parents divorced about a year later. She arrived here in December to visit her sister and birth mom, and six months later, on Monday, June 23, the 16-year-old was murdered.

Cause pending in death of Austintown girl found in landfill

Compass West Apartments in Austintown, above, are where Gina Burger, shown above in this photo provided by her mother, was last seen by her family on Monday night. Police notified her family Friday that her body had been found in the Tri-County Industries landfill in Grove City, Pa.

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Plaques missing in Poland Forest

Dorothy Butler of Youngstown stands next to the rock that displayed the Butler family plaque at Poland Municipal Forest. The plaque was taken sometime before the sudden death of former forest board president Robert Zedaker Jr. in early January. Many believe the bronze plaque and two others were stolen for scrap, but no dealers have reported a sale attempt.

Boardman death ruled homicide; police eye potential suspects

Probe continues into 48-year-old man’s death

Blunt force revealed as cause in preliminary autopsy

J-M educator retires after 40-year career

"Time was right"

Boardman saves money through grants

Boardman saves money through grants

Authorities continue to investigate suspicious death

Authorities continue to investigate suspicious death

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Henna art goes to author’s head

Writer gets drawings on skin to illustrate ‘bald is beautiful’

Henna crowns popular among cancer, alophecia patients

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Resident helps village update its bicycle laws

Village law was outdated with odd ordinances

Decision made on turf at new Boardman stadium

Installation is slated to be completed by August.

Charity basketball game benefits 5-year-old with cancer

Charity basketball game benefits 5-year-old with cancer

Many came out to support Brayden Mitchell's fight with cancer

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Nonprofit organization helps South Range schools thrive


Building, material, and technology upgrades among recent purchases

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Piece Work

David Spisak and Donna Brodigan, two residents of Vista Center in Boardman, have completed more than 60 jigsaw puzzles in seven months, and Vista framed them and started a gallery.

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Private network Drund gains popularity with school districts

Drund lead software engineer Mike Hemlick, left, and software engineer Kevin Krpicak at work at Drund. Helmick writes software to enable site users to become administrators of pages dedicated to groups, clubs or teams. He said he expects it to launch for users by mid-June.

Former Canfield trustee questions returning pay to zoning inspector

Ex-trustee questions giving $1,322 to official who was suspended

Inspector challenged government making rules as they go

Construction remains on track at racino


Two barns and other exterior buildings erected as construction stays on schedule



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