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WRITER: David Skolnick

Butler Art expansion delays frustrate director

YOUNGSTOWN — The head of the Butler Institute of American Art said he’s “frustrated” with delays in getting started on a $1.8 million multi-story addition that would add much-needed storage space and a display area for some of the museum’s larger pieces. “I’m in a quandary about it,” said Louis A. Zona, Butler’s executive director. “We wanted to get started months ago, but we can’t ...

Ryan, Moreno top US Senate campaign donor list

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, the lone Democrat in the Senate race, and businessman Bernie Moreno, one of five declared Republicans for the seat, raised the most money from donors in the second quarter while two other Republicans — Josh Mandel and Mike Gibbons — each have more than $5 million in their campaign accounts. And most of the candidates raised money in a somewhat unique manner. It’s debatable ...

Mahoning, Trumbull fall in state virus rankings

While Ohio saw an increase in COVID-19 cases this week, Mahoning and Trumbull had declines and dropped all the way down to 54th and 61st, respectively, among the state’s 88 counties on the list of highest cases per 100,000 residents. Largely because of the spread of the delta variant, Ohio saw its COVID-19 cases per 100,000 go from 19.2 last week to 27 this week. Mahoning and Trumbull had slightly ...

Funding for Valley projects moving forward

Federal funding for seven Mahoning Valley projects took a step forward by being included in the U.S. House Appropriations Committee budget, but still have a long way to go toward being finalized. The funding requests from U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Howland, still need the approval of the House and the Senate. The Democratic-led House’s approval is easier as a simple majority is needed there compared to the ...

Delays in Butler expansion frustrating to its executive director

YOUNGSTOWN -- The head of the Butler Institute of American Art said he's "frustrated" with delays in getting started on a $1.8 million multi-story addition that would add much-needed storage space and a display area for some of the museum's larger pieces. "I'm in a quandary about it," said Louis A. Zona, the Butler's executive director. "We wanted to get started months ago, but we can't get moving." The ...

Ryan, Moreno top Senate donor list in 2nd quarter

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, the lone Democrat in the Senate race, and businessman Bernie Moreno, one of five declared Republicans for the seat, raised the most money from donors in the second quarter while two other Republicans -- Josh Mandel and Mike Gibbons -- each have more than $5 million in their campaign accounts. And most of the candidates raised money in a somewhat unique manner. It's debatable whether Ryan, ...

DeWine veto sparks Zoldan’s anger

To Bruce Zoldan, it was like being slapped in the face and then getting punched in the gut. Just about a mile from one of his largest Phantom Fireworks stores, Gov. Mike DeWine, with prompting from me, explained why he had vetoed a bill that overwhelmingly passed in the state Legislature legalizing consumer-grade fireworks. DeWine was in our area last Friday. He first was in North Lima to sign a bill naming ...

Ohio has highest 2-day total in 6 weeks

The two-day total of reported COVID-19 cases in Ohio is at its highest point in more than six weeks. The Ohio Department of Health reported 547 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, a day after reporting 407 cases. The increase is primarily caused by the delta variant and the outbreak largely could be prevented if more Ohioans were vaccinated, Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, ODH’s chief medical officer, said. Gov. Mike ...

Mayor makes splash as Northside Pool finally opens

YOUNGSTOWN — The long-awaited opening of the city’s Northside Pool came with a splash as Mayor Jamael Tito Brown dove into its cold waters. Brown officially opened the pool Wednesday with a dive off the diving board. Brown worked as a lifeguard at the pool in 1989 and said the lessons he learned there have served him well. “It’s about discipline and being tough,” he said. “It isn’t an easy ...

8 new C-130J military aircraft may come to Valley base, Ryan says

VIENNA — With the U.S. House Appropriations Committee approving $429 million for four more new C-130J Super Hercules aircraft, Congressman Tim Ryan said he’s optimistic that the Youngstown Air Reserve Station will get those four and four others approved last year. “We’re super excited about this,” Ryan, D-Howland, said Wednesday. Ryan wrote legislation that specifies the eight planes must go ...