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Plans for $200M plant in Yorkville advance

YORKVILLE — Plans for an estimated $200 million hydroelectric plant at Pike Island Locks and Dam in the Ohio River are continuing to develop. Alan Skelly, CEO of Pike Island Energy, attended a Yorkville Council meeting on Tuesday, seeking feedback on his plans to build a 48-megawatt plant, ...

Trumbull County targeting March for marijuana dispensary opening

WARREN — The operators of Trumbull County’s only medical marijuana dispensary are targeting early March to open. We’re really just down to the door knobs and the details,” said Todd Cain, with Green Leaf Medical of Ohio II LLC, which holds a provisional license for the dispensary. A ...

Steel tariffs waived despite tough talk

WASHINGTON — Despite President Donald Trump’s tough talk on trade, his administration has granted hundreds of companies permission to import millions of tons of steel made in China, Japan and other countries without paying the hefty tariff he put in place to protect U.S. manufacturers and ...

Retail sales drop 1.2 percent in December

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales fell in December, posting the biggest drop since September 2009 and delivering more evidence that last year’s holiday sales fizzled unexpectedly. Even e-commerce suffered a big setback. The Commerce Department said Thursday that December retail sales ...

Quick takes

APPOINTED: Alan Hall of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County has been appointed to the State Library Board. He will serve the remaining term of board member Krista Taracuk, who resigned to relocate. Hall will serve March 21 through Dec. 31, 2022. “I am humbled to be ...

Real estate transfers

The following real estate transactions were recorded in Jefferson County: Sandra Herman (deceased) to Larry Herman, lot 136, Becker Highlands. Glenn Lewis to Heather Jatczak, 2.8197 acres, Wells Township. Karma Evanosky (deceased) to Robert Whitmore and Chelsea Thornton, 0.0586 acre, ...

Blood drive challenge coming

STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and the American Red Cross once again are teaming up to ensure area blood donations keep up with demand. The organizations are sponsoring Tuesday’s Sixth-Annual Corporate Challenge Blood Drive. The event, which is open to the general ...

Public invited to see new site for CAA

EAST LIVERPOOL – Offering convenience for patients was the plan behind the Community Action Agency of Columbiana County, Health, Behavioral Health and Dental Centers completing an East Liverpool campus, and now the public is invited to see the new site during an open house on Feb. 22 from ...

Food waste prevention innovators sought

WESTERVILLE — The Kroger Co. has announced the launch of the Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Innovation Fund and calls for supports of the company’s plan designed to end hunger in its communities and eliminate waste across the company by 2025. Kroger invites eligible innovators to submit a ...

Rayland river terminal acquired

RAYLAND — A new entity has acquired the Warrenton River Terminal operations in Rayland from a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. The new entity, Warrenton River Terminal, LLC, is an affiliate of Robindale Energy Services, Inc and the Pickands Mather Group. Transfer of ownership was completed ...

Bankruptcy judge gives Sears another chance, OKs $5.2B plan

NEW YORK (AP) — A bankruptcy judge on Thursday blessed a $5.2 billion plan by Sears chairman and biggest shareholder to keep the iconic business going. The approval means roughly 425 stores and 45,000 jobs will be preserved. Eddie Lampert’s bid through an affiliate of his ESL hedge fund ...

Quick takes

NEW CFO: Bret Yunker has been named chief financial officer of Eldorado Resorts Inc. effective May 2. He will assume the CFO position from Thomas R. Reeg, who was named the company’s chief executive officer on Jan. 1. Yunker brings more than 20 years of gaming industry investment ...

Real estate transfers

The following real estate transactions were recorded in Jefferson County: Etta Pyle to Wendy Pyle, lot 136, Beechwood No. 2. Thomas and Hannah Hood to Lynn Hood, lot 15, Newtown. Jane Edzkowski to Jeffrey Edzkowski, lot 130, Highland City. Alice Atwood (deceased) to Alice Pugh, lot 39 ...

Oddsmaker Vaccaro joins Rivers Casino

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Western Pennsylvania native and renowned Las Vegas oddsmaker Jimmy Vaccaro has returned to his hometown as Director of Sports Relations for Rivers Casino Pittsburgh. Vaccaro, a sports wagering luminary, will advise and further develop Rivers Sportsbook, which opened at the ...

Cutting the ribbon

Participating in the ribbon-cutting for Ashley’s Decor and More were, from left, Cassie Balvin, administrative and accounting assistant at the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce; Cami Gonzalez, sales coordinator at the Inn and Suites at Franciscan Square; Mark Nelson of Nelson Fine Art and ...

QUICK TAKES

TOP SPOT: Rose Pest Solutions, the oldest pest management company in the country, has earned a top spot on Angie’s List with its second consecutive Super Service Award. It’s the seventh time the company has been awarded as a best-in-class provider and service professional by maintaining ...

Harrison Regional Chamber of Commerce continues to grow

CADIZ — The Harrison Regional Chamber of Commerce continues to grow and is making plans for a productive year in 2019. Janeen Scott, president of the chamber, said the board members and officers have a vision that includes growth for the chamber this year and an effort to become a place for ...

No-shows for auto shows?

ETROIT — At first glance, this year’s edition of the North American International Auto Show might look like any other from the past: Gleaming vehicles, bright lights and flashy displays trying to lure spectators to their offerings. But after traversing Cobo Center’s massive exhibition ...

‘Spotlight on Skills’ competition at JVS

BLOOMINGDALE — Jefferson County Joint Vocational School students will participate in the Spotlight on Skills competition Thursday. Students will compete in academics and lab programs throughout the day hoping to earn a spot in the regional competitions. The events will be judged by members ...

Facebook shuts down Russia-linked pages, accounts

LONDON — Facebook said Thursday it removed hundreds of Russia-linked pages, groups and accounts that it says were part of two big disinformation operations targeting users outside the U.S. The social media company said its latest effort to fight misinformation came after it found two ...