The Update | Lawrence County Anniversary Event; Greek Comedy Night at Penguin City

NEW CASTLE, Pa. – The opening ceremony for Lawrence County’s 175th anniversary celebration will take place at 4 p.m. March 20 at the Lawrence County Government Center inside Courtroom #1.

Those planning to attend are asked to sign up at for a head count. Because space is limited, those who do not register may not be able to enter. 

A ticketed reception will follow in another room and will include food and entertainment for $40 per ticket. Again, attendees are encouraged to register early. 

Commemorative merchandise is available for purchase on the website, including T-shirts, Lawrence County Courthouse and McConnells Mill 3D ornaments and flags.

For more information or to get involved, contact Carisa Neary at 724 658 6659, ext. 115, or visit the website.  

Greek Comedy Night Fundraiser

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A Greek comedy night dance and fundraiser will take place Friday, Feb. 23, at Penguin City Brewing, downtown.

Entertainers will include comedians Arianna Papalexopoulos and Angelo Tsarouchas, and also DJ Puff and DJ Kon.

The event starts at 7 p.m.

Tickets start at $60 and can be purchased at or by calling 330 519 8873.

The event is sponsored by Prodromos Ladies Kalymnian Society and AHEPA Daughters of Penelope Youngstown chapter.

State OKs Tax Credits for Films, TV Series

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The state has granted more than $44 million in tax credits for the filming of TV series and feature films across Ohio.

Awards are being made through the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit Program, which provides a refundable tax credit of 30 percent on production cast and crew wages and other in-state spending for eligible productions, including feature-length films, documentaries, pre-Broadway productions, miniseries, video games and music videos.

In total, 23 projects are being awarded more than $44 million in tax credits.

Awarded projects total nearly $503 million in production expenses and $146.7 million in total eligible production expenses, and are expected to create 530 full-time jobs.

The tax credit program provides $50 million annually, evenly divided between two rounds, plus any rollover amounts from the preceding period and any recaptured funds from previous productions.

Projects are awarded first to television series or miniseries, then to all others, based on the extent of positive economic impact and the effect on developing a permanent workforce in motion picture or theatrical production industries in the state.

The application and additional program information can be found HERE.

Here is the list of projects, with amount:


  • “An Interesting Life” Season 2, southwestern Ohio, $432,300.
  • WWE 2024, $1,675,986.
  • “Nightmare Transmission” Season 2, Ashland/Columbus, $265,247.
  • “Heartland Horror Chronicles” Season 1, Crestline, $129,444.
  • “Christmas on Main,” Ashland, $148,842.
  • “Kings of Vegas,” Cleveland, $105,878.


  • “Genesis,” Cleveland/Cincinnati, $11,091,686.
  • “Superthief,” northeastern Ohio, $5,296,260.
  • “Alarum,” Cincinnati, $5,863,392.
  • “Epiphany,” Cincinnati, $6,052,988.
  • “Stained Glass,” southwestern Ohio, $3,026,255.
  • “The Marshal,” southwestern Ohio, $2,380,988.
  • “Nutcracker’s Mustache,” Dayton/Cincinnati, $2,008,106.
  • “The Last of the Big-time Promoters” southwestern Ohio, $985,500.
  • “Never Quit: The Todd Crandell Story,” Toledo, $1,256,153.
  • “Harbor Master,” northeastern Ohio, $1,113,364.
  • “Down to the Felt,” Columbus, $385,853.
  • “Oscar’s Options,” Cincinnati, $823,269.
  • “Slay,” Columbus, $519,603.
  • “The Forgotten Chord,” Columbus, $115,651.
  • “Heavenly Wickedness,” Ashtabula, $110,625.
  • “Cannonballer,” Summit, $148,371.
  • “Aimless,” Columbus, $93,313.

Auditions for ‘La Traviata’ Opera

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Auditions for the chorus in Opera Western Reserve’s Nov. 22 production of “La Traviata” will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. April 17 at Powers Auditorium.

Chorus rehearsals will begin in late September. All vocal types are needed. Auditionees should be prepared to perform one Italian Art song from the “24 Italian Songs and Arias” song book. 

More information can be found HERE.

Mad Hatter Tea Party at Medici Museum

HOWLAND TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Registration is underway for the Mad Hatter Tea Party from 1 to 4 p.m. April 20 at the Medici Museum of Art.

The event is sponsored by Sight for All and will provide guests with an opportunity to learn about the organization’s mission while enjoying a whimsical afternoon with family and friends. 

The event will include a mix of vendors offering unique merchandise and a high tea party luncheon with musical entertainment and an eyewear fashion showcase.

Since its inception in 2016, SFAU has served more than 5,000 children and adults by providing eye exams, glasses and eye surgeries through its Vision Van, screenings and financial assistance programs.

Registration ends April 5. Go to

For information, contact SFAU at or 330 750 1867.

Harry Potter Trivia Night at Collingwood Center

CAMPBELL, Ohio – A Harry Potter trivia night will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at Collingwood Center, 633 Porter Ave.

Tickets are $15 at the door (plus fees) or online HERE.

The event will feature live music, and food and drinks will be available to purchase.

The goal of the evening is to inform the community about the BC Educational Center, which is located at the center. BC is developing programs focused on preapprenticeships for the trades and workforce development. Learn more HERE.

Pictured at top: Garments and other items are being sold to mark the 175th anniversary of Lawrence County, Pa.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.