Vindicator file photo / September  18,  1982 | Only a few days after the employees at the downtown Youngstown Higbee store were told 40 years ago that the store would close, the clearance sales began. Here bargain hunters can be seen going through clothes on the first day of the sell-off.

September 18 

1997: Youngstown State University trustees approve $9.2 million in development projects, including millions for Bliss and Fedor halls.

Visiting Judge Mary Cacioppo dismisses a libel suit filed by a Boardman man against The Vindicator as frivolous and orders the plaintiff to pay the paper's $13,323 in legal fees, believed to be a first in Mahoning County.

Danieli United and Danieli-Wean, based in Austintown, received an order for a cold/temper mill for a Nucor Corp. plant in Hickman, Ark. 

1982: Ohio liquor agents seize 19 electronic poker machines in raids on 15 Youngstown bars and clubs. 

Gene Gardner, president of Louisville Cement Co., says the decision to close the Bessemer, Pa., Cement plant is irreversible. Two hundred jobs will be lost when the plant shuts down on Sept. 30.

Loree Sorger is the queen of the 1982 Hartford Apple Festival. Members of her court are  Darla Smith and Tammy Habarka.

1972: Niles police close the Zayer's store on Youngstown-Warren Road for violating the state's blue laws and arrest an 18-year-old clerk.

Violent thunderstorms dump 2 inches of rain on the Youngstown area; northwest Ohio reported as much as a foot of rain and heavy flooding. 

The Town House Motel and Restaurant at 8392 Market Street sold for $405,000.

1947: The Penguin backfield on which Coach Dike Beede was depending this season suffers a severe blow with Frank Davanzo out for the season because of an eye ailment. 

Mayor Ralph W. O'Neill urges Youngstown residents to take no chances and to seek treatment from an eye specialist at the first sign of irritation.  An epidemic of "pink eye" is sweeping the city, with more than 200 cases reported.