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WRITER: Allie Vugrincic

Deals pull in shoppers

NILES — The holiday shopping season has officially begun. Carts were a hot commodity at Boscov’s at the Eastwood Mall Friday morning as waves of shoppers seeking Black Friday deals flooded through the doors. “There’s no carts today,” said Mary Linton of Greenville, Pa., with her hands full of clothes for her granddaughter and Christmas cards. Linton said she’d come to the Eastwood Mall ...

Dishing out gratitude on Thanksgiving

YOUNGSTOWN — While a good meal and good company is important any day, it could be argued that both matter even more on Thanksgiving. “I’ve had several people that are just so grateful to have a meal — and the fellowship,” said Mike Byers, food service director a Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley, during the mission’s free Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday. Rescue Mission served about 500 ...

Trumbull County gives revolving loans a whirl

WARREN — Trumbull County small businesses that meet certain requirements can apply for a low-interest loan from the county’s new $1 million revolving loan fund. “The funds will revolve in perpetuity for years to come, so these small businesses that get a loan this year will pay back the money, then another business five years down the road can borrow money,” said Teresa Miller, executive director of ...

Inflation won’t deter tourists this Thanksgiving

Prices are high, but that won’t stop people from going places this Thanksgiving. Travel over the holiday weekend is expected to hit about 98 percent of its prepandemic levels, which may make 2022 the third-busiest year for Thanksgiving weekend travel since 2000. The American Automobile Association, better known as AAA, predicts that some 54.6 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home ...

Youngstown fetes beauty

YOUNGSTOWN — Stambaugh Auditorium’s new steps, the updated facade of Avalon Downtown and the Northeast Homeowners and Concerned Citizens “pocket parks” and other beautification sites were among projects recognized Thursday evening for making the city more beautiful. In its 16th year, Youngstown CityScape’s Beautification Awards honored 17 individuals, families, community organizations, institutions ...

Valley veterans killed in Vietnam remembered

WARREN — Jim Valesky spent his Thursday morning placing 60 signs showing images of men from Trumbull County killed in the Vietnam War in front of the Kinsman House on Mahoning Avenue, as he has ahead of every Veterans Day and Memorial Day since 2018. Several hundred miles away in Washington, D.C., volunteers who started around 3:30 p.m. Monday were part way through reading some 58,000 names of men and women ...

Teaching sustainability

WARREN — Only a few minutes into foraging, they found aster, Black-eyed Susan seeds and hosta in the empty lots on Mercer Avenue. The aster with its small flowers was mostly ornamental — good for crafting — but the hosta was very edible, Sophia Buggs explained to Janet Shaffer of Niles and Cheryl Bollinger of Mineral Ridge. Buggs, who runs a small, urban farm on Carroll Street on Youngstown’s South ...

Trying luck for big bucks

BOARDMAN — Express Mart on Tiffany Boulevard has a wall that boasts a number of winning lottery tickets sold at the store, mostly for Ohio lottery games. It has yet to add a Powerball winner to its ranks. Mike Watson of Poland is hoping to change that as he stopped into the store Friday afternoon to, yet again, buy $60 worth of Powerball tickets for tonight’s record-breaking $1.6 billion-and-growing ...

Ex-Trumbull County official sentenced for menacing

WARREN — Former Trumbull County auditor and treasurer David Hines was sentenced Thursday morning on a fourth-degree misdemeanor menacing charge. Warren Municipal Judge Terry Ivanchak said the court is “very concerned for the health of Mr. Hines,” before handing down a suspended 30-day jail sentence, with credit for one day already served, a $100 fine and a 5 year probation. As part of the probation, ...

County snowplows to be stationed in Hubbard

HUBBARD — Five county snowplows are slated to be stationed at the former Ohio Department of Transportation Hubbard Outpost this winter, allowing the trucks to better serve the southeastern part of the county. “I think it’s a win for response times. It’s going to save money from fuel and wear and tear,” Trumbull County Engineer Randy Smith said. Trumbull County commissioners last week ...