Quick Takes

SIDEWALK SALE: The Follansbee Chamber of Commerce has announced a sidewalk sale and community yard sale will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday along Main Street and Virginia Avenue.

Local businesses and groups plan to have sidewalk sales or informational booths along Main Street and at the Ray Stoaks Plaza. There also will be food vendors and live entertainment sponsored by Mullenbach Funeral Home at the plaza, which is adjacent to the City Building.

Residents of nearby Virignia Avenue and others are invited to hold yard sales that day.

RECRUITMENT: An Interim HealthCare of Steubenville open recruitment event is planned from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 8 at the business office, Suite C, 4030 Sunset Blvd.

There will be open interviews for the following positions: Registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, home health aides and STNAs.

Interested applicants should bring a resume and be prepared to fill out an application.

Human resources personnel will be on hand to answer questions about benefit packages.

Appointments are not necessary, but those who want to make an appointment may call Jeannie Gilson at (740) 959-3800.

Interim HealthCare provides throughout Steubenville, Wintersville, Toronto, Hopedale, Mount Pleasant, Dillonvale, Cadiz and surrounding areas.

The business also provides free classes for applicants to become a home health aide. Classes will begin Aug. 13 with limited openings available.

LIBRARY MOVES: Pam Kourim has been promoted to branch manager of the Adena Branch and the Dillonvale-Mount Pleasant branch of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County.

Kourim has worked as a library assistant at the branches since 2013.

She will start her new job duties on Wednesday.

Jessie Peltz, who served as the branch manager since 1997, is retiring on Tuesday.

RATES UP: Long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged up slightly this week, reaching their highest levels since late June.

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate on 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages rose to 4.54 percent from 4.52 percent last week. Long-term loan rates have been running at their highest levels in seven years. The average benchmark 30-year rate reached a high this year of 4.66 percent on May 24. The rate stood at 3.92 percent a year ago.

The average rate on 15-year, fixed-rate loans ticked up to 4.02 percent this week from 4.00 percent last week.


American Airlines is cutting its full-year earnings forecast again after escalating fuel costs weighed on its second-quarter.

The world’s biggest airline said Thursday that it now foresees full-year earnings in a range of $4.50 to $5 per share. In April, American cut its forecast for earnings to a range of $5 to $6 per share.

Chairman Doug Parker called it the most challenging since a merger with US Airways five years ago, partly because spiraling fuel costs which led to a more than a $700 million increase in expenses.

American earned $566 million, or $1.22 per share, up from $864 million, or $1.75 per share, last year.

Adjusted per-share earnings were $1.63, 4 cents better than what analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research were looking for.

Revenue climbed to $11.64 billion from $11.23 billion, about in line with analyst projections.

From staff and AP reports