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Revenue at casinos fell 25 percent in 2020

WARREN — Ohio’s four casinos combined lost nearly a quarter of their revenue in 2020 compared to the previous year, revealing the tremendous impact the viral outbreak had on the state’s gaming industry. The latest report from the Ohio Casino Control Commission shows 2020 revenue was ...

Wagering down at Austintown racino

AUSTINTOWN — Wagering on video lottery terminals last month at Hollywood Gaming Mahoning Valley Race Course eclipsed $87.3 million, but December marked the fourth month in row the racino saw betting decline. Similarly, wagering at all of Ohio’s seven racinos shrunk, too, for the month, ...

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People on the Move GASTRO DOCTOR AT STEWARD: Trumbull Regional Medical Center and Steward Medical Group have added Dr. Meredythe McNally, a gastroenterologist. She is board certified in gastroenterology and has a robust clinical interest in inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease and ...

Company seeks grant for railroad upgrade

LORDSTOWN — A Chattanooga, Tenn.-based company investing $38 million here to remake the former Magna Seating Systems plant into a plastics facility is asking the state for funding to enhance railroad access at the site. When the Ohio Rail Development Commission meets Wednesday, it will ...

Liberty’s Hampton Inn spends $1.3 million for improvements

LIBERTY — Youngstown-North Hampton Inn by Hilton underwent a $1.3 million renovation, which included all of its 66 guest rooms. Each guest room was redesigned to “accommodate how guests live, work and relax,” according to the hotel, with new carpet, wallpaper, beds, draperies, ...

Paycheck Protection portal reopens today for assistance

The U.S. Small Business Administration will reopen the Paycheck Protection Program loan portal to small lenders today. Lenders with $1 billion or less in assets for first- and second-draw applications can submit those applications starting at 9 a.m. The SBA will fully open the portal to all ...

Meijer begins hiring of 300 for its new Boardman store

BOARDMAN — Meijer has begun hiring for 300 positions at the Michigan-based retailer’s new store at 1420 Boardman Canfield Road. The positions available include clerks and cake decorators, customer service, cashiers, receiving and meat cutters. Starting pay is based on experience level ...

Manufacturers Coalition receives $250,000 grant

WARREN — The Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition has received $250,000 from the state to expand its youth outreach and hone in on best practices to introduce younger people to careers in manufacturing. The money from the Industry Sector Partnership program also will be used to support ...

Akron Children’s in Liberty moving to new site, expanding

LIBERTY — The Liberty office of Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics is relocating but remaining on Belmont Avenue, a move that gives the health care provider more room to treat patients. The new office at 3530 Belmont Ave., Suite 8, is expected to open Tuesday, according to the hospital. ...

Dominion gas rates decline over past month

WARREN — January natural-gas rates for Dominion Energy Ohio’s standard choice and standard service offers are $2.61 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf), the company announced. The rates are down 42 cents per Mcf from December, but are 23 cents higher than those in January 2020. Under the new ...