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Valley, educators have big future in EV

It is amazing to think that nine months after the last Chevy Cruze rolled off the line at Lordstown, on Christmas Day the Washington Post runs a story exploring the possibility of the Mahoning Valley becoming a hub for electric vehicle technology. I will not go as far as calling this rebirth an ...

Few primaries expected in Mahoning while several anticipated in Trumbull

Wednesday is the filing deadline for the March 17 primary, and it looks like there will only be a few — or possibly no — contested primaries for offices in Mahoning County. It’s a different story in Trumbull County where there should be a number of primaries. As of Thursday, no one ...

Mahoning Valley must shape its future together

For more than 50 years, GM-Lordstown was a pillar of our local economy. Generations of northeast Ohioans devoted their lives to produce award-winning cars and vans, while building GM into the company it is today. For these reasons and so many more, the plant closure shook our community to ...

Time to pause and remember to be thankful

Recently, local Realtor leadership attended the 2019 Nation Association of Realtors convention and sat in on classes and presentations to hear about trends across America and many parts of the world, and walk the floor of the convention trade show listening to hundreds of vendors. It was ...

We must take charge of our future

I have had the honor to experience both the thrill of the process to bring national football championships to YSU and Ohio State and now participating in the academic and economic development of our Valley. These truly are magical times. However, it concerns me that the conversation of the ...

No need to farm to join Farm Bureau

Do you know what Farm Bureau is? Have you ever considered becoming a Farm Bureau member? You might say, “I’m not a farmer so I can’t be a member” or “There is no need for me to be a member.” If you are interested in local foods, protecting agriculture and preserving Ohio’s ...

Making some progress on opioid crisis

Since President Donald Trump’s first day in office, and from my first day as his health secretary, our country’s opioid crisis has been one of our most challenging missions. But there were always sources of inspiration: We heard from the Americans on the frontlines of the fight against ...

Valley should embrace GM battery factory

The automotive world is on the cusp of sweeping changes in technology not seen in more than a century. Gas and diesel engines are going by the wayside, and decisions are being made right now on where the factories of the future will be located. Currently we have several companies considering ...

Seeing Eye: Naturalization ceremony set

NATURALIZATION CEREMONY: Mahoning County Clerk of Courts Anthony Vivo will administer the oath for the naturalization of 17 new citizens at a ceremony to be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Mahoning County Courthouse. Remarks will be made by Judge R. Scott Krichbaum. Special guests will include ...

Agenda for today and Wednesday

Public meetings scheduled: • MAHONING COUNTY COMMISSIONERS will meet 2:30 p.m. today at the courthouse to view courthouse statues. • LOWELLVILLE BOARD OF EDUCATION will hold a Buildings and Grounds committee meeting 5 p.m. Wednesday at the conference room. • LOWELLVILLE VILLAGE ...