Twelve Mahoning County residents became United States citizens on Thursday.
The men and women were sworn in during a naturalization ceremony at the Mahoning County Courthouse. Visiting Judge Thomas Pokorny of Cleveland sat in for Judge Evans who was off for the day.
Clerk of Courts Anthony Vivo administered the oath. The twelve new citizens are from a number of countries including Greece, Vietnam and Cuba.
"This is a moment that we have been looking for since we hot here to America," said Luigi Perez of Cuba. "This is the country that opened doors for us and has given us the freedom that we've never enjoyed before."
The Mahoning County Court started the naturalization ceremony in the 1960s and performs them once a month.
Those taking the oath were:
Tara Thi Pham, Vietnam
Islam Ahmad Qassem Abuhashish, Jordan
Stefanos Ioannis Tiliakos, Greece
Jacob Allen Whitford, Canada
Rolando Antonio Villegas Nunez, Peru
Yusdenis Labrada Perodin, Cuba
Supreet Kaur Dhaliwal, India
Olufemi John Joshua-Morgan, Nigeria
Marc Elie Habbouche, Lebanon
Jessie Frances Akpadock, Nigeria
Luigi Perez Perez, Cuba
Peter Adewunmi Salu, Nigeria
Christmas officially kicked off Saturday in the city of Youngstown.
A fashion show was held in Warren Saturday to help children who are living in a shelter.
Another area of low pressure will send snow to the Valley. That snow will change over to a wintry mix Sunday night which could lead to slick roads.
Habitat for Humanity of Mahoning County dedicated its 39th house on Saturday. It's been a long journey to get to this day, including the cleanup after vandals and thieves threatened the project.
Eastern Gateway Community College in Youngstown held an open house Saturday. The event is just one of many the school will be hosting to attract more students.
The sounds of the holiday season could be heard in Niles Saturday as a Valley tradition returned to the Eastwood Mall.
American Red Cross workers stayed busy Saturday at a holiday blood drive in Boardman.
A Canfield student is competing on national television Saturday for $100,000 in tuition money.
Allegiant Airlines will begin charging a fee for printing boarding passes beginning May 1, 2014.
Several hundred fans made the trip to Massillon to cheer on the Youngstown Cardinal Mooney football team as it went for its ninth state championship.
A Salem woman was arrested on a drug charge after a raid at her home on Thursday.
After 40 years, Dr. Richard Billak, who started the Community Corrections Association, is retiring at the end of December.
A group of local drug store workers spent part of their day giving back to some of the area's less fortunate.
The Youngstown Air Reserve Station confirmed Friday that the "Thunder Over the Valley" air show will return in the spring.
Students from Leonard Kirtz School were at Pioneer Farm in Poland on Friday, picking out some Christmas trees for U.S. service members.
Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital in Howland is celebrating its 50th anniversary.