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WRITER: David Skolnick

It's boom time for Tim Ryan fundraising

The ability of U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan’s Senate campaign to raise more money from donors and increase the amounts compared to others in the race is a surprisingly impressive feat. Over the years, I’ve mentioned Ryan’s struggles to attract donors despite being in the U.S. House for almost 19 years and during his failed presidential bid. When I asked about his impressive $2,511,219 haul in the third quarter, ...

Vote eradicates controversial bonus

YOUNGSTOWN — City council rejected legislation to provide $1,000 bonuses to city employees to get a COVID-19 vaccination — and this time it’s going to stick. Council voted 4-3 Wednesday against the proposal. It had voted 3-3 Oct. 6 with Councilwoman Basia Adamczak, D-7th, an opponent of the proposal, absent at that meeting. Council President DeMaine Kitchen said after that vote that because the ...

Vax-2-School still on hold

The state remains in a holding pattern as to when it’s going to start its Vax-2-School scholarship drawings, which is designed to have more Ohioans between the ages of 12 and 25 get the COVID-19 vaccines. “A deadline to enter and drawing dates have not been announced,” the Ohio Department of Health wrote in a Wednesday email. The ODH “and the Ohio Lottery Commission will share those details in the ...

Court again dismisses Cunningham’s appeal

YOUNGSTOWN — The 7th District Court of Appeals for the third time denied the request of Taron Cunningham, who disputes his March 2019 removal as the city’s Community Development Agency director, to seek reinstatement with back pay. In a two-page judgment entry, the court again dismissed the claim because Cunningham has another opportunity to fight for his job in front of the city’s Civil Service ...

Grim milestone: 1.5M-plus Ohio cases

Ohio hit an unfortunate milestone Tuesday as it exceeded 1.5 million total COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic. The state had 1,503,102 total COVID-19 cases Tuesday, according to the Ohio Department of Health. Ohio exceeded 1 million total COVID-19 cases on March 22 so it took nearly seven months to go from 1 million to 1.5 million. The state went past 500,000 total COVID-19 cases on Dec. 8, ...

Ryan rolls while GOP candidates take loans

When it came to money raised from donors in the U.S. Senate race in the third quarter, Rep. Tim Ryan was the clear winner, while his Democratic opponent objects to him having a joint fundraising committee with the Ohio Democratic Party. Also, four of the Republicans vying for that party’s nomination for the open Senate seat put a total of $6.35 million of their own personal wealth into their ...

Youngstown fire contract to cost $1.3M

YOUNGSTOWN — The firefighters union contract city council expected to approved Wednesday comes with a $1.3 million price tag for the general fund. Finance Director Kyle Miasek said at a Monday council finance committee meeting that most of the money will come due in 2023, the final year of the contract. It will cost the city $53,000 this year, the first of the three-year deal. It will cost about $280,000 ...

Diversity filled North Lima man’s 25-year career in Navy

EDITOR’S NOTE: To suggest a veteran for this series, which runs through Veterans Day, email metro editor Marly Reichert at mreichert@tribtoday.com. NORTH LIMA — Nicholas Pacalo’s 25-year career in the Navy — in which he rose to the rank of captain, flew into Vietnam during the war and spent eight years at the Pentagon – began with a chance meeting in a building foyer at then-Youngstown ...

Road tax levy ahead in Mahoning County

Twenty-four tax issues and four proposed questions are on the ballot in Mahoning County, including a proposed increase in the countywide sales tax. The 0.25 percent county sales tax increase for five years would raise about $9 million annually to pave more roads and improve additional bridges, county officials said. If approved, Mahoning would have one of the five highest sales taxes among the state’s 88 ...

Youngstown considers $3.2M improvement project

YOUNGSTOWN — The city is planning another downtown street improvement project that could cost as much as $3.2 million with efforts to get half of the cost covered by grants. The project, which would happen in 2023, is to Walnut Street from Front to Commerce streets, and to Boardman Street from Walnut to Market streets. It would include reducing the number of lanes, road paving, streetscape work, lighting ...