Solar Spectacle at Mosquito Lake; Norfolk Southern Settlement

The week got off to a spectacular start as crowds gathered at various locations in the Mahoning Valley to view Monday’s solar eclipse.

Guy D’Astolfo reported from Mosquito Lake State Park, where hundreds came to watch the rare astronomical event. “We had a really successful day,” said Beth Carmichael, executive director of Trumbull Tourism. “I saw people from Maryland, Washington, Virginia, Pittsburgh, New Jersey, all coming to experience the eclipse.”

On Tuesday, it was announced that Norfolk Southern has agreed to pay $600 million in a class-action lawsuit settlement related to the Feb. 3, 2023, train derailment in East Palestine. Deanne Johnson spoke with residents in the village, and some had more questions than answers.

On Wednesday, an attorney told Johnson that those who believe they should be entitled to part of the settlement will still have an opportunity to be part of the class-action group.

As part of our 40 Years of The Business Journal series, George Nelson looked back at how the restart of a Youngstown steel mill in the mid-1980s would lead eventually to a globally recognized economic development project taking place in the Mahoning Valley decades later.

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

Solar Spectacle: Throngs Gather to View Eclipse

A photo of Monday’s eclipse, seen from Mosquito Lake State Park. (Photo by George Nelson)

Mother Nature outdid herself. Monday’s total eclipse of the sun was preceded by months of fanfare. While its peak lasted barely two minutes, it was spectacular.

Hundreds of people gathered at the beach at Mosquito Lake State Park to watch the rare astronomical event. It was a scene that played at other viewing events and in backyards across Trumbull County and throughout the eclipse’s path through the continental United States. READ

Norfolk Southern Settlement Leads to More Questions

A sign is seen at the edge of East Palestine on Jan. 29, 2024. (AP Photo | Carolyn Kaster)

After Norfolk Southern on Tuesday announced a proposed $600 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit related to the Feb. 3, 2023, train derailment in the village, some residents had more questions than answers.

In a village of about 4,800 where the slogan “EP Lives Matter” can be found on signs, some were angered by just how little it seems Norfolk Southern and the attorneys who came to the agreement think an East Palestine life is worth. READ

Business Journal Classic: North Star Steel and Vallourec

Vallourec’s local operations today employ approximately 1,000 workers, including temps and subcontractors.

The restart of a Youngstown steel mill in the mid-1980s would lead eventually to a globally recognized economic development project taking place in the Mahoning Valley decades later.

“Mini-Mill to Be Born Again,” declared the headline of the Youngstown Business Journal’s March 1985 edition. North Star Steel, a subsidiary of Cargill Inc., was planning to buy the vacant Hunt Steel (Youngstown Sheet & Tube’s former Brier Hill Works), if U.S. Bankruptcy Court approved the Minneapolis-based company’s $22.5 million offer. The cities of Youngstown and Girard were being asked to enter into enterprise zone agreements with the company. READ

From Family Team to IT Powerhouse

Justin White and Michelle White.

Justin White started working in information technology part time when he was in college. Today, he and his mother, Michelle White, operate Advanced Technology Partners, an IT firm that continues to grow.

The Whites founded ATP in 2018 with Brian and Alex Benyo, with a mission of catering to the needs of local businesses. READ

Whistle & Keg Bar in Downtown Youngstown Is for Sale

The Whistle & Keg is located at 101 W. Federal St., downtown Youngstown.

The Whistle & Keg bar in downtown Youngstown is up for sale. Owner Matthew Wilson, who purchased the business about a year ago, said the bar will remain open on select nights while he seeks a buyer.

Wilson is an agent at Platz Realty Group, which is handling the sale. He stressed that only the bar is for sale, and not the building. READ

Other Top Stories

Energy Solutions Advance in the Valley
Here’s the Scoop: Cockeye Ice Cream Poised for Growth with New Building
Commercial Activity Spans Mahoning Avenue Corridor
East Palestine Residents Can Still Join Proposed Settlement
Green Spaces Stabilize Neighborhoods
Young Leaders Learn from Each Other
Solar Power Still Shines Despite Bans
Boak & Sons Reaches 50-Year Milestone
Playhouse Promises a Blockbuster Season to Mark 100 Years
‘The Armed Man’ Will Show Its Power at Concert for Peace
Café Rosé Serves Up a ‘Warm, Welcoming Environment’
Bonds Aren’t Always Safe | The Investors Edge
Commentary: Making an Impact with Seven or Fewer Words
Commentary: The Love in Our Home


YSU Alum Encourages Students to Pursue Passions
Youngstown Playhouse Marks 100 Years as Local Grad Showcases Robotic Future
Hundreds Witness 2024 Solar Eclipse at Mosquito Lake
$600M Settlement from Norfolk Southern
Improving Messaging in the Valley
Chamber Seeks ‘Continued Economic Success’ for Region
Flashback Minis: The Keith Albee Palace Theatre
Cockeye Brands Continue to Expand
A Family Legacy of Unique Milk Flavors and Drinkable Yogurt

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