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Costs of Vehicle Ownership on the Rise, AAA Reports

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The true cost of automobile ownership is on the rise, according to a report by AAA, driven largely by financing and fuel costs. Year-over-year, the average annual cost of owning a new vehicle jumped 24% to $9,282, the largest increase since the association began tracking data in 1950.  Finance charges rose to […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The true cost of automobile ownership is on the rise, according to a report by AAA, driven largely by financing and fuel costs. Year-over-year, the average annual cost of owning a new vehicle jumped 24% to $9,282, the largest increase since the association began tracking data in...

Small: UCFC-First Defiance Merger a ‘Clean Slate’ for Growth

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Once its merger with First Defiance Financial Corp. is complete, decision-making will remain local at Home Savings Bank, Gary M. Small assured Monday afternoon.  Local customers will still take deals “to someone who’s of the community and knows the community,” said Small, president and CEO of United Community Financial Corp., the holding […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Once its merger with First Defiance Financial Corp. is complete, decision-making will remain local at Home Savings Bank, Gary M. Small assured Monday afternoon.  Local customers will still take deals “to someone who’s of the community and knows the community,” said Small, president and CEO of United...

Merger Unites Best of UCFC and First Defiance, CEOs Say

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The merger of United Community Financial Corp. here and First Defiance Financial Corp. in Defiance will combine the best of both institutions’ talent, technology and processes, the institutions’ leaders said Monday. Donald P. Hileman, president and CEO of First Defiance, and Gary Small, president and CEO of United Community, briefed analysts and […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The merger of United Community Financial Corp. here and First Defiance Financial Corp. in Defiance will combine the best of both institutions’ talent, technology and processes, the institutions’ leaders said Monday. Donald P. Hileman, president and CEO of First Defiance, and Gary Small, president and CEO of...

UCFC Announces Merger with First Defiance Financial Corp.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – United Community Financial Corp. and First Defiance Financial Corp. have announced a definitive merger agreement in which UCFC, the holding company of Home Savings Bank, will merge into First Defiance. In the stock-for-stock transaction, UCFC shareholders will receive 0.3715 shares of First Defiance common stock for each share of United Community stock. […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – United Community Financial Corp. and First Defiance Financial Corp. have announced a definitive merger agreement in which UCFC, the holding company of Home Savings Bank, will merge into First Defiance. In the stock-for-stock transaction, UCFC shareholders will receive 0.3715 shares of First Defiance common stock for each...

Long-Term Mortgage Rates Dip to 3-Year Low of 3.49%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week, with the average on the key 30-year loan reaching its lowest point in nearly three years. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the rate on the 30-year mortgage declined to 3.49% from 3.58% last week. The average rate hasn’t been that low since October […]

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week, with the average on the key 30-year loan reaching its lowest point in nearly three years. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the rate on the 30-year mortgage declined to 3.49% from 3.58% last week. The average rate hasn't...

Farmers to Acquire Geauga-Based Maple Leaf Financial

CANFIELD, Ohio – Farmers National Banc Corp. has acquired Maple Leaf Financial, the holding company of Geauga Savings Bank. After the merger, all Geauga Savings Bank branches and ATMs will carry the Farmers National Bank name. “We are pleased to announce the acquisition of Geauga Savings Bank and welcome their customers and employees to Farmers. […]

CANFIELD, Ohio – Farmers National Banc Corp. has acquired Maple Leaf Financial, the holding company of Geauga Savings Bank. After the merger, all Geauga Savings Bank branches and ATMs will carry the Farmers National Bank name. “We are pleased to announce the acquisition of Geauga Savings Bank and welcome their...

Labor Day Sales Less Impressive than Years Past: Edmunds

By MATT JONES, Edmunds In the car business, Labor Day is more than just the end of the summer selling season. It signals the beginning of what many bargain hunters eagerly await: the end-of-model-year clearance. In the eyes of these shoppers, the Labor Day holiday weekend sales time equals big-time savings. But as Edmunds data […]

By MATT JONES, Edmunds In the car business, Labor Day is more than just the end of the summer selling season. It signals the beginning of what many bargain hunters eagerly await: the end-of-model-year clearance. In the eyes of these shoppers, the Labor Day holiday weekend sales time equals big-time...

FNB Named a Top Pittsburgh Area Workplace

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – First National Bank has been named as a Pittsburgh Top Workplace for the ninth consecutive year. As the largest subsidiary of the F.N.B Corp. with more than 400 employees, FNB was placed in the large-sized company category by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in its annual rankings of workplaces. Positions on the list were […]

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – First National Bank has been named as a Pittsburgh Top Workplace for the ninth consecutive year. As the largest subsidiary of the F.N.B Corp. with more than 400 employees, FNB was placed in the large-sized company category by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in its annual rankings of workplaces....

F.N.B. Declares Cash Dividend of 12 Cents

PITTSBURGH – F.N.B. Corp., the parent company of First National Bank of Pennsylvania, has declared a 12-cent cash dividend on its common stock. The dividend is payable Sept. 15 to shareholders of record at the close of business on Sept. 4.  In July, the bank reported net income of $93.2 million and assets of $33.093 […]

PITTSBURGH – F.N.B. Corp., the parent company of First National Bank of Pennsylvania, has declared a 12-cent cash dividend on its common stock. The dividend is payable Sept. 15 to shareholders of record at the close of business on Sept. 4.  In July, the bank reported net income of $93.2...

First Niles Declares 5-Cent Dividend

NILES, Ohio – First Niles Financial Inc., the parent company of Home Federal Savings and Loan Association of Niles, has declared a 5-cent cash dividend for common stock and 6-cent dividend for preferred class A stock. The quarterly dividend will be paid Sept. 20 to shareholders of record as of Sept. 6. First Niles had […]

NILES, Ohio – First Niles Financial Inc., the parent company of Home Federal Savings and Loan Association of Niles, has declared a 5-cent cash dividend for common stock and 6-cent dividend for preferred class A stock. The quarterly dividend will be paid Sept. 20 to shareholders of record as of...