This award will help HFHMV work on their mission of building homes, communities and hope in Mahoning and Trumbull counties. The grant is provided from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation and will enable HFHMV to provide more local housing opportunities so even more families can secure a decent and safe place to live.

Ohio's Republican delegates took their seats at the GOP convention last night, as the party prepared to nominate a candidate who didn't win the state. "The bottom line is, you now unite, you come forward as one party, unified, to beat the real opponent And that's on the left side of the aisle, Hillary Clinton," said Keith Cheney, the chairman of the Allen County Republican Party.

Police identified Anthony Bianco, 51, 1314 Stevenson Road, who was found in a car near the intersection of Seifert and Knapp avenues on the city's East Side. An investigation revealed Bianco had been shot.

If Donald Trump is to win Ohio, it'll be because of places like Mahoning County in Ohio, where thousands of Democrats joined the GOP First in an occasional series examining the political anthropology of the United States and how demographic and social shifts are changing the political landscape Dozens of lifelong Democrats were calling and Mark Monroe knew something was going on. They were calling the local Republican Party chairman because they wanted to join his party.

The selection of delegates who will pledge their support for a presidential candidate at the Republican National Convention varies by state and depends on how primary election votes are tabulated, according to a local expert in politics. In Ohio, the delegates were elected on a statewide basis because the Buckeye State is winner-take-all, said Paul Sracic, professor and chair of the Department of Politics and International Relations at Youngstown State University.

The people of Japan are fascinated with the 2016 election cycle and their eye is on the Mahoning Valley - where a producer from a Japanese-based broadcasting corporation is asking locals: Why have so many Democrats taken up Republican ballots? The highest concentration of voters to go from blue to red during primary season were in Trumbull and Mahoning counties, said Takeshi Yamasaki, a producer with the Washington bureau of Nippon Hoso Kyokai . The positions the leading presidential candidates have on security and trade are of great interest to NHK viewers, Yamasaki said.

The Mahoning County OVI Task Force, in conjunction with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, are conducting two OVI checkpoints in Austintown tonight and Saturday morning. The first checkpoint is underway at 1051 S. Raccoon Rd near Austintown Middle School, and will be conducted until midnight.

The last 60 days has brought more dry weather to the area resulting in a drought in all of Mahoning County and the Western Part of Columbiana County. You might notice the local corn leaves are starting to curl up.

A Mahoning County Jail inmate has been charged with attempted murder after investigators say he tried to strangle a sheriff's deputy. A county grand jury on Thursday also charged 33-year-old Lucky Mitchell with felonious assault following the July 8th incident.

More than 500 homes and businesses are still without electricity in the Valley this morning after thunderstorms brought down trees and wires overnight. FirstEnergy crews are working in Ohio and Pennsylvania to restore power to customers in Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana and Mercer counties.

Darryl G. Hipps, a Green Township resident, convicted of having child pornography in May, was sentenced to 10 years in prison. He was charged in March of 2015 with pandering obscenity and pleaded guilty to five counts of the second-degree felony charges before Mahoning County Common Pleas Court Judge John M. Durkin in May and was sentenced on July 6. Hipps, 54, was indicted by the Mahoning County grand jury in May of 2015 on five counts each of pandering obscenity involving a minor and pandering sexually-oriented material involving a minor after authorities searching his home reported finding videos and images of girls, some as young as 3 years old, engaged in sex acts with adult men and women.

OHFA Executive Director Doug Garver explained that process by saying, "The improvement that results from eliminating these properties in neighborhoods directly impacts homeowners by reducing many of the subsequent factors, such as an increased crime rate, that adversely affect property values." According to the Mahoning County Land Bank, Wednesday's award will allow for the demolition and greening of approximately 450 blighted houses over the next three years.

The current West Library, located at 2815 Mahoning Avenue in Youngstown has closed and emptied out in preparation for the construction of the new Michael Kusalaba Branch. But the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County is offering one more chance to visit that building before it is demolished.

With a 5-0 vote it was passed with an emergency clause to move it along quickly, Mayor Shane Patrone said. Councilman Tom Cresanto was an excused absence.

The Beaver Creek Area Realtors Golf Scramble is scheduled July 30 at Salem Hills. It is open to the public.

The sentence, handed down by Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Krichbaum, also stipulates that Macali register as a sexual offender, go through an intensive treatment program, and have no contact with the victim's family. Macali was arrested in September 2015 after investigators found he assaulted a 93-year-old woman who resided at the Camelot Arms Nursing and Rehab Center.

Troopers say they also summoned two people to appear in court for driving under suspension and nine citations for various traffic offenses. The Ohio State Highway Patrol has announced another round of Mahoning County OVI checkpoints for the weekend of July 15th through 17th.