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WRITER: David Skolnick

Nine seek to lead Youngstown parks department

YOUNGSTOWN — The city received nine resumes from applicants interested in the vacant position of parks and recreation director. Most of the applicants are from Mahoning County though the city received resumes from candidates in Otterbein, Ind., and Pittsburgh. Dawn Turnage, who served as the city’s parks and recreation director since March 2018, resigned Aug. 26 to be Columbus’ assistant director of ...

Joyce’s vet bill off to Biden

The U.S. House approved a bill, with Congressman Dave Joyce as a main sponsor, that ensures the Department of Veterans Affairs reaches out to veterans during their first year out of military service to connect them with needed services and benefits, but passage didn’t come without some controversy. The Solid Start Act makes permanent a trial VA program that contacts every new veteran three times in their ...

Chill-Can ordered to repay city $1.5M

YOUNGSTOWN — A Mahoning County magistrate ordered the owners of the Chill-Can site to pay back $1.5 million the city gave it in water and wastewater grants in 2017 for the stalled project. Magistrate Dennis J. Sarisky of common pleas court, who is overseeing lawsuits filed by both sides, agreed Wednesday with the city that M.J. Joseph Development Corp., the Chill-Can owners, had “breached the ...

Incumbent Republicans in state legislative races lead in fundraising

The incumbent Republicans in three state legislative races in the Mahoning Valley have significant financial advantages over their general election challengers. Also, Republican Nick Santucci of Howland, who is running for the open 64th Ohio House District seat, has more than three times the amount of campaign cash in his fund than Vincent Peterson II of Howland, his Democratic opponent. Meanwhile, ...

Senate candidates debate a face-off

With polls continuing to show a tight race for the U.S. Senate, the campaigns of Democrat Tim Ryan and Republican J.D. Vance are debating the dates for upcoming debates. So far, though, the two have agreed one will be held in both Cleveland and Youngstown. Ryan’s campaign announced Friday it had revised its earlier-announced debate schedule. Ryan agreed to an Oct. 4 debate, hosted by WLWT, a Cincinnati ...

City to Subway: Order up

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown officials have given the Subway restaurant at 20 Federal Place until Monday to vacate the building or the city will take the business to court to get it evicted. Subway is the only tenant at the city-owned building that refuses to leave, said Law Director Jeff Limbian. “They’re fighting us for a cash settlement,” he said. “They are looking for us to buy them out of their ...

Plans stall for speed cameras near Youngstown schools

YOUNGSTOWN — Even though the city finalized a deal May 19 to put unmanned speed cameras in school zones, no timeline for starting the program has been set. Police Chief Carl Davis and Lt. Brian Welsh, head of the police department’s accident investigation and traffic unit, updated city council’s safety committee Thursday on the program. “We don’t have a set date,” Welsh said. “It will be ...

Proposals sought for Youngstown ambulance service

YOUNGSTOWN — With American Medical Response, Youngstown’s ambulance service, wanting to negotiate a new contract with a subsidy, the city is seeking proposals from companies for that job. But city officials didn’t sound confident Thursday that the requests for proposals would attract any additional interest besides AMR. The city has given companies until Oct. 11 to turn in proposals. An AMR ...

Ohio Supreme Court restores Ungaro to state rep fall ballot

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that the Mahoning County Board of Elections must certify Eric Ungaro as an independent candidate for the 59th Ohio House District and ordered that he be on the Nov. 8 ballot. “I’ve been campaigning this whole time,” Ungaro said. “The only thing I didn’t do was take money. We’re going to have a fundraiser. We’ve been going to football games and going ...

Did Trump rally downtown help Vance?

Did former President Donald Trump’s rally at Youngstown’s Covelli Centre give a boost to the U.S. Senate campaign of Republican J.D. Vance? Trump criticized U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, the Democratic nominee for the seat, during the event, and had good things to say about Vance. Still, it’s uncertain how that will impact the Senate campaign, though the former president remains popular in Ohio. That’s because ...