December 17

1994: Walter W. Stasik, president of Danieli Wean Inc. of Italy presents 250 works by American painter Howard L. Worner to the Butler Institute of American Art. The company acquired the art when it purchased the assets of Wean Industries in Youngstown.

Republican Ron Hood of Canfield racked up a $148,000 debt, primarily in loans from himself and family members, in capturing the 57th Ohio House seat from Democrat Judith Carr of Alliance. 

Five local girls attend the National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C.: Charity Eaton of Leetonia, Kristen Oliva of Canfield, Cindy Young of Berlin Center, Jenna Rodgers of Girard and Dacia Ludwick of Howland.

1979: At its 40th annual bird count the Grant Cook Bird Club identified only 60 species, well down from 1978's count of 78. Individual bird counts were also down at 13,491, almost 6,500 less than a year earlier.  

A report by the National Center for Economic Alternatives in Washington, D.C., classifies the closing of the Campbell Works on Sept. 19, 1977, as a manmade disaster that cost the Youngstown area $60 to $70 million, and could have been avoided if the Lykes Corp. had invested a fraction of that amount in maintaining the plant. 

Youngstown State University hands its archrival the University of Akron the Zips' worst defeat ever at the hands of the Penguins, 87-53, before an estimated 5,000 at Beeghly Center. 

1969: The U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department announces that Republic Steel Corp.'s Manufacturing Division of Youngstown is one of 37 firms whose proposals for high quality, low-cost housing is under consideration for "Operation Breakthrough." Republic would produce modular housing made primarily of steel. 

Youngstown public school employees are demanding the hospitalization coverage that they say they were promised when voters approved a 12-mill levy.

Judge William Keene, who will try the Sharon Tate murder case in Los Angeles, is a Youngstown native who lived at 1525 Fifth Avenue before the family moved when he was 10 years old.

1944: Many downtown Youngstown stores are adding evening hours during the week to aid Christmas shoppers who have fallen behind because of the previous week's blizzard. 

The Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross will campaign for $440,000 for the 1945 War Fund under the leadership of Fred James, businessman, Rotarian and co-chairman in 1944.

A large new industrial plant will be built at Girard for the Hill, Hubell Co., a division of General Paint Corp., M.M. Bowen, district manager, announces. The plant will apply protective coatings to steel pipe produced by Youngstown Sheet & Tube and Republic Steel.