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Columbiana Counted Among ‘Nicest Places in America’

COLUMBIANA, Ohio — Think Columbiana is the nicest place in America? Residents can have their say in the Nicest Places in America contest being conducted by Reader’s Digest. Columbiana is one of 50 finalists in the annual competition, vying for a cover story in the magazine. A nice place is “where the people believe in […]

COLUMBIANA, Ohio -- Think Columbiana is the nicest place in America? Residents can have their say in the Nicest Places in America contest being conducted by Reader's Digest. Columbiana is one of 50 finalists in the annual competition, vying for a cover story in the magazine. A nice place is...

Support From USO Makes Military Service Easier

HOWLAND, Ohio — Sometimes it’s cornhole bags or deflated footballs. Other times, it’s candy and snacks or toothbrushes and hand sanitizer. But whatever is going into the boxes at the USO of Northern Ohio care package distribution center in Howland, Judie Shortreed and the 20 other volunteers there know they’re eagerly anticipated by soldiers, airmen […]

HOWLAND, Ohio -- Sometimes it’s cornhole bags or deflated footballs. Other times, it’s candy and snacks or toothbrushes and hand sanitizer. But whatever is going into the boxes at the USO of Northern Ohio care package distribution center in Howland, Judie Shortreed and the 20 other volunteers there know they’re...

Their Stories Survive at War Vet Museum

CANFIELD, Ohio — On Feb. 1, 1945, Staff Sgt. George W. Hanger was killed while fighting in the Pacific during World War II. It’s believed the Ohio native, a member of the 25th Bomber Squadron from the 40th Bomber Group, was shot down in action, although no one knows for sure because his body was […]

CANFIELD, Ohio -- On Feb. 1, 1945, Staff Sgt. George W. Hanger was killed while fighting in the Pacific during World War II. It’s believed the Ohio native, a member of the 25th Bomber Squadron from the 40th Bomber Group, was shot down in action, although no one knows for...

Youngstown Foundation Awards More Than $2M in Q2

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Local nonprofits focused on health and human services, education, economic development and social services received more than $2 million from The Youngstown Foundation in the second quarter of this year, announced the foundation’s Distribution Committee. Of the total grants awarded, $1,274,000 came from The Youngstown Foundation’s Unrestricted Fund. The monies went to […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Local nonprofits focused on health and human services, education, economic development and social services received more than $2 million from The Youngstown Foundation in the second quarter of this year, announced the foundation's Distribution Committee. Of the total grants awarded, $1,274,000 came from The Youngstown Foundation's Unrestricted...

New Sculptures to Be Installed at Steel Museum

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Three new outdoor sculptures are set to be installed at the Youngstown Historical Center for Industry and Labor later this summer. The pieces – “Steel Worker,” “ Soldier” and “Coal Miner” – are each roughly  nine feet tall and weigh 400 pounds. The late Sidney Rackoff, who worked in steel mills in […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Three new outdoor sculptures are set to be installed at the Youngstown Historical Center for Industry and Labor later this summer. The pieces – “Steel Worker,” “ Soldier” and “Coal Miner” – are each roughly  nine feet tall and weigh 400 pounds. The late Sidney Rackoff, who...

Foundation Medici Gets $1M Pledge for Boy Scouts Exhibit

HOWLAND, Ohio – A $1 million gift has been pledged to the Foundation Medici should it secure the rights to display the Boy Scouts of America collection of Norman Rockwell paintings, The Business Journal has learned. The foundation announced June 21 that it is severing ties with the Butler Institute of American Art, which leases […]

HOWLAND, Ohio – A $1 million gift has been pledged to the Foundation Medici should it secure the rights to display the Boy Scouts of America collection of Norman Rockwell paintings, The Business Journal has learned. The foundation announced June 21 that it is severing ties with the Butler Institute...

Trumbull Branch Splits with Butler over Rockwell Paintings

HOWLAND TOWNSHIP — The plan to display 66 Norman Rockwell paintings at what would become an independent, much larger museum here is more artful than exhibited on any agreement with the Boy Scouts of America or donor pledge forms. That hasn’t deterred the Foundation Medici, which built and funds operations of the Trumbull Branch of […]

HOWLAND TOWNSHIP -- The plan to display 66 Norman Rockwell paintings at what would become an independent, much larger museum here is more artful than exhibited on any agreement with the Boy Scouts of America or donor pledge forms. That hasn’t deterred the Foundation Medici, which built and funds operations...

Flashback to Auto Industry Here in Its Early Days

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – There’s no doubt that the Wick family found success in the steel industry. But the early industrialists almost made their way into a second business that’s had just as large an impact on the Mahoning Valley: automobiles. In 1902, Henry and Hugh B. Wick commissioned a prototype car, dubbed “The Blue Goose. […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – There’s no doubt that the Wick family found success in the steel industry. But the early industrialists almost made their way into a second business that’s had just as large an impact on the Mahoning Valley: automobiles. In 1902, Henry and Hugh B. Wick commissioned a prototype...

Valley’s Italian Heritage Has Roots in ‘Great Coal War’

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Following the unification of Italian states in the latter half of the 19th century, many peasants faced financial hardships caused by years of war and political turmoil over who would rule what – and how. The process was particularly hard on the southern regions of the country, viewed by their powerful northern […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Following the unification of Italian states in the latter half of the 19th century, many peasants faced financial hardships caused by years of war and political turmoil over who would rule what – and how. The process was particularly hard on the southern regions of the country,...

Rain Doesn’t Dampen Spirits on Busy Downtown Weekend

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Despite rain and the threat of floods canceling the second day of concerts at the Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre Saturday night, downtown businesses still thrived over the weekend thanks to the Simply Slavic festival during the day and Friday night’s opening acts. Avalon Downtown bartender Bryan Clark said the restaurant stayed busy both […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Despite rain and the threat of floods canceling the second day of concerts at the Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre Saturday night, downtown businesses still thrived over the weekend thanks to the Simply Slavic festival during the day and Friday night's opening acts. Avalon Downtown bartender Bryan Clark said...