Chaos Thrived in ‘Morgantown’; Vindys Opening for Benatar

As part of our What’s in a Name? series from our MidMarch issue, Dan O’Brien looked back on a corner of Beaver Township that earned an unusual name: “Morgantown.” The area has a notorious origin and a legacy filled with corruption, intimidation, larceny and arson.

O’Brien discussed the story on a recent episode of the “Byline Breakdown” podcast.

Also from the MidMarch issue as part of the Constructing a Legacy series, Michael Moliterno detailed an electrifying development on the construction of the Student Recreation and Wellness Center at Warren G. Harding High School. The project received a stamp of approval from none other than Mother Nature.

In another electrifying development, Guy D’Astolfo reported this week that Youngstown-based rock band The Vindys will be the opening act for Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo’s tour this summer. And speaking of concerts, Federal Frenzy in Youngstown will celebrate its first decade this year by bringing back an act from its inaugural event.

Also this week, there were several notable real estate purchases. An investment group headed by developer Terrill Vidale purchased the Shoppes at Niles for $4.4 million; a local entity purchased the La Z Boy Home Furnishings & Décor building at 770 Boardman-Poland Road in Boardman for $3.5 million; and a building initially constructed in 2002 for a day care operation in Boardman was purchased for $775,000.

Here’s a look at those stories and other top stories this week from

In ‘Morgantown,’ Chaos Once Thrived

Brig. Gen. John Hunt Morgan and his Confederate raiders terrorized Ohio in 1863.

A crossroads in northeastern Beaver Township in Mahoning County couldn’t appear more sublime today.

Regal houses and estates dot the neighborhood along Calla Road as it runs eastward across state Route 164 and into nearby Springfield Township, sweeping toward Evans Lake. Just to the south is the entrance to one of Mahoning County’s most elegant clubs, The Lake Club, where patrons spend time golfing, swimming and dining.

Not so 150 years ago. READ

The Vindys Will Open for Pat Benatar on US Tour

Pictured at top: John Anthony, Jackie Popovec and Rick Deak of The Vindys.

The Vindys will reach a new milestone this summer when they go on a national tour with a major artist.

The Youngstown-based rock band will be the opening act for Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo for their July 6-Aug. 10 shows. The tour includes 21 dates, including a July 10 concert at MGM Northfield Park near Cleveland. READ

Warren Wellness Center Gets Electrifying Approval

A frame from an on-site camera shows when lightning hit the wellness center.

Construction of the Student Recreation and Wellness Center at Warren G. Harding High School has received a stamp of approval from none other than Mother Nature.

Last August, just as school was letting out and workers were heading inside to stay dry from the light rain that had just started, a bolt of lightning left its signature on the project – a singular burn mark on a piece of steel, a literal strike of approval, if you will. READ

Developer Kicks Off $15M Building for Stonecrest Business Park

From left are Ben Bush, executive director of the Forward Lawrence Chamber and Economic Alliance; state Rep. Aaron Bernstine; Lt. Gov. Austin Davis; and John LaCarte, president of LaCarte Development and principal of Stonecrest Business Park LP.

A 150,000-square-foot spec building to be constructed on the site of the former Stonecrest Golf Course will represent the first phase of an effort to make Lawrence County more competitive in the effort to land development projects, officials said.

A ceremonial groundbreaking was held Thursday morning for Stonecrest Business Park, which LaCarte Development Company Inc., Charleroi, is developing. READ

Vidale Group Purchases Niles Plaza for $4.4M

Terrill Vidale stands in the parking lot at the Shoppes at Niles plaza.

An investment group headed by developer Terrill Vidale has purchased the Shoppes at Niles at 5700 Youngstown-Warren Road for $4.4 million.

“I’m excited about our acquisition in Niles,” Vidale said. “I see all the momentum right now – all the new construction with McAllister’s, Meijer, Longhorn, Cane’s, Bass Pro Shops.” READ

Other Top Stories

Shenango Valley Mall Eyed for Demolition, Site Redevelopment
Valley’s Young People: Will They Stay or Will They Leave?
MVMC Begins New Era of Leadership
Judge Upholds Sanctions Against Chill Can Developer
Fisker Says Talks with Automaker Terminated
Mercer Economic Summit Highlights Needs for Growth
Federal Frenzy Rock Fest to Feature Bully, Dozens of Local Bands
Utica, Marcellus Gas Production Projected to Decrease in April
Boardman Building Sold for $775K
Youngstown’s Ed O’Neill Stars in ‘Clipped’ Miniseries
La Z Boy Furniture Building Sold for $3.5M
YSU Pursues Carnegie Community Engagement Classification
Columbiana Port Authority Chooses Firm for Trail Extension Study
Summit Addresses Food Security Issues in the Valley
Commentary: Fighting Clutter Can Be a Losing Battle


Youngstown Cattle Co. Raises Quality Local Beef
Why is Repopulation Vital to the Future of Our Region?
Flashback Minis: Furnishings Designed by Olive Arms
Learning from Other Communities
Morgantown’s Notorious Past
Humtown Additive Relocates to Boardman
Lightning Marks a Milestone for $36M Project at Harding High
Addressing Food Security Issues in the Mahoning Valley
Attracting and Retaining a Young Workforce
MVMC Begins Leadership Transition
Simple Yet Delicious: Jib Jab Hot Dog Shoppe

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