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Business

Report: Holiday sales increased 4.1 percent

NEW YORK — The nation’s largest retail trade group says holiday sales increased 4.1 percent, the top end of its forecast. The National Retail Federation had expected growth in a range of 3.8 percent to 4.2 percent for the November and December period. The growth is nearly double the 2.1 ...

New degree program launched at Franciscan University of Steubenville

STEUBENVILLE — Beginning this fall, Franciscan University of Steubenville will offer a bachelor of science program in criminal justice. Unique among U.S. college offerings in this field, the school’s criminal justice program will incorporate a Catholic curriculum, grounded in ...

The Laurelsof Steubenville earns quality recognition

STEUBENVILLE — The Laurels of Steubenville, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center operated by Laurel Health Care Co., has been recognized as a Tier 3 Achiever by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living’s Quality Initiative Program for its work to ...

New battery-cell manufacturing plant coming to Lordstown

LORDSTOWN — General Motors picked a 158-acre site in Lordstown for a new battery-cell manufacturing plant because developing it would be less environmentally damaging to wetlands and bats than another location evaluated as a finalist. GM’s familiarity with the property, its existing rail ...

Quick takes

NAMED: Tiffany McKitrick has joined the Cedar One Realty team and will be working out of the Wintersville office. McKitrick was born and raised in Steubenville where she still resides with her husband Pat. She received her Real Estate License from EGCC and has been in the customer service ...

Real estate transfers

The following real estate transactions were recorded in Jefferson County: William Demjan to Andrew and Sara Henry, part lot 14 and lots 5, 6 and 15, Beverly Hills Eighth (survivorship). Mei Li to Zachary Braham, lot 108, Saltsman’s Fourth. Jamie Wolfe and Scott Wolfe to Wells Fargo ...

Panel finds FAA followed procedures in approving Boeing Max

A government advisory committee has concluded that federal regulators followed established procedures when they certified the Boeing 737 Max and did not delegate too much safety analysis for the plane to Boeing. In a report Thursday, the panel said the FAA correctly treated the Max as an ...

Weirton Medical Center ad earns international recognition

WEIRTON — Weirton Medical Center and LEX Multimedia Inc. have been recognized by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts for excellence in advertising. The hospital’s “We Have the Baby Docs,” commercial was honored with a 2019 Davey Award for best creative work from the best small ...

Franciscan University of Steubenville unveils new master’s program

STEUBENVILLE — Recognizing a need for a general liberal arts education imbued with a Catholic worldview, Franciscan University of Steubenville has developed a new graduate degree in Catholic studies. The fully online MA in Catholic Studies Program draws from across the humanities and ...

Boscov’s to open 49th location in the fall

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Although many department stores are closing their doors, one retailer continues to expand — and its chief executive said private ownership, personality, pricing and positive shopping experiences all contribute to that success. Boscov’s department store will open its ...

Adult-education classes beginning at JVS

BLOOMINGDALE — Registration is underway for adult education classes at the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School with programs beginning on Jan. 21. Rich Wilinski, adult education coordinator, said general registration is being taken until Wednesday, but will continue as the courses ...

Quick takes

NAMED: Karen (Mascio) Romano has been named chief deputy attorney general of the civil litigation section of the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office. As chief deputy, Romano is in charge of nearly 30 attorneys responsible for defending Pennsylvania and its agencies, officials and ...

Real estate transfers

The following real estate transactions were recorded in Jefferson County: Rachel and Keith Boivin to Aaron and Kimberlie Richardson, 104.301 acres, Knox Township (survivorship). Roman Perez to Baron View Properties LLC, lot 85, Hillcrest. Richard Fleming (deceased) to Audrey Fleming, lot ...

New location

Steubenville Tailorings and Alterations recently held a grand-opening at its new location inside the Fort Steuben Mall. In addition alteration services, the business offers custom tailoring and formalwear rental. On hand for the ribbon-cutting were, from left, Joe Belinksy, a representative of ...

Trinity sponsors Kidz Zone

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – The soft play area for children inside the Ohio Valley Mall now has a new sponsor — Trinity Health System. Trinity, which is based in Steubenville, decided to step into the role since the former sponsors, Ohio Valley Medical Center and East Ohio Regional Hospital, are ...

Sports company sues in letter ‘O’ dispute with Ohio State

COLUMBUS — Oh no: A New York-based sports network has turned to the federal courts in its trademark dispute with Ohio State University over use of the letter “O.” Overtime Sports Inc., an online network focusing on high school basketball and football, has a capital O with sloping ...

W.Va. funeral home served black families for almost a century

FAIRMONT (AP) — When Jesse Grant Lampkin and Janie Gravely Lampkin opened their funeral home in the 1920s, it was the only place in North Central West Virginia that could provide service to black people. According to Judy Bussey, Jesse Grant Lampkin’s daughter, the couple moved from ...

Quick takes

OPERATOR OF THE YEAR: Bruce Snider has been chosen as Ohio Rural Water’s Operator of the Year. A 1977 graduate of Wintersville High School, Snider started at the village of Wintersville’s Water and Wastewater Departments that fall as a meter reader and laborer. In July 1997, Snider ...