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Farmers bank finishes merger

Farmers National Banc Corp., the holding company for Farmers National Bank of Canfield, has completed its merger with Maple Leaf Financial Inc., the holding company for Geauga Savings Bank. The merger creates a new, wholly owned subsidiary of Farmers, FMNB Merger Subsidiary III, LLC, and of ...

Local gas prices below average

WARREN — The average price for a gallon of gas in the Warren / Youngstown and Niles areas is below the northeast Ohio average of $2.52, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. In Warren / Youngstown, the per gallon average is $2.50 and in Niles, $2.46. The average the week of ...

Workers pushed to adapt as robots move into warehouses

NORTH HAVEN, Conn. — Robots haven’t replaced warehouse workers yet, but they’re here — and they need some human supervision. Doing your job side-by-side with robots isn’t easy. According to their makers, the machines should take on the most mundane and physically strenuous tasks. In ...

Chick Fil-A exploring possible options in Austintown, trustee says

Staff report AUSTINTOWN — A Chick-fil-A restaurant may be coming to Austintown, but no formal proposals have been submitted to township zoning, and there are no plans at this point, according to township Trustee Jim Davis. Davis said about two weeks ago representatives of Chick-fil-A met ...

Wagering at Valley racino took a dip in November

Staff report AUSTINTOWN — Wagering on video lottery terminals at Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course slumped in November after an October that was up after steady declines the previous two months. Players wagered $104.4 million credits, down about $7 million from the $111.3 ...

Minimum wage increases

WARREN — The state minimum wage will increase to $8.70 per hour for non-tipped employees and $4.35 per hour for tipped employees Wednesday. The increase is part of an amendment to the Ohio Constitution voters approved in November 2006 that states the wage will increase on the first of ...

Gas prices end year higher

WARREN — The average price for gasoline across Northeast Ohio is 14 cents higher this week at $2.62 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. In the Warren-Youngstown area, the average is $2.58 per gallon. In Niles it is $2.66 per gallon. The average for the ...

Casino revenue increases

Revenue at Ohio’s four casinos in November was $70.4 million, down about $2.3 million from October, according to the Ohio Casino Control Commission. But revenue was up about $2.7 million in a comparison with November 2018, which posted $67.7 million. Table games last month generated ...

Business briefs

GOOD MORNING AUSTINTOWN: The Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber’s first Good Morning breakfast of 2020 will highlight Austintown and what’s been happening in one of the largest townships in Mahoning County. The event is 7:30 to 9 a.m. Jan. 24 at Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race ...

Auto dealers overcome slow Nov.

WARREN — Automobile dealers in the Mahoning Valley overcame a down month in November to stay well ahead of the pace set in 2018. Through November, local dealerships sold 84,868 vehicles to buyers across Ohio, an 8 percent increase from the 78,564 vehicles sold during the same 11 months last ...