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City branch of PNC set to be closed

PNC is closing its bank branch at 3805 S. Calhoun St. on May 17, a spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday. The Pittsburgh-based bank, which acquired National City in 2008, operates 14 branches in Allen County.

Marcey Zwiebel, who is based at corporate headquarters, said customers’ accounts are being transferred downtown to 110 W. Berry St. The bank office is about 2 miles from the branch being closed at Calhoun Street and Rudisill Boulevard.

“Research indicates that customers are banking very differently these days,” Zwiebel said. That includes a heavier reliance on online banking and ATMs and less on branches, she added.

PNC is trying to become more cost-effective, Zwiebel said.

The company also plans to close one branch each in Indianapolis and Chesterfield in June, she said.

Parkview Medical opens on Liberty Mills

Parkview Medical Plaza at 8911 Liberty Mills Road opens today to patients.

Parkview Physicians Group leaders, who held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, said the facility will offer a walk-in clinic, a lab and X-ray facilities.

The FirstCare Walk-In Clinic will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dr. Melissa Walther, a board-certified family practice physician, and Dr. Adam Will, a board-certified internal medicine physician, will treat patients in the 14,000-square-foot medical facility.

Jill Ostrem, Parkview Physicians Group’s chief operating officer, said in a written statement that the organization is pleased to expand so many services to southwest Fort Wayne.

Jobless rates recede in area Ohio counties

Unemployment rates in four northwest Ohio counties crept downward in February compared to the previous month, according to data released Tuesday.

Paulding County even notched a lower jobless percentage than Ohio’s overall non-seasonally-adjusted rate of 7.6 percent. The U.S. unemployment last month was 8.1 percent, also a non-adjusted rate.

Defiance posted 7.8 percent unemployment, compared to 8.3 percent in January. Paulding reported 7.5 percent unemployment, compared to 8 percent. Van Wert posted 7.6 percent unemployment, compared to 8.5 percent. Williams reported 7.8 percent unemployment, compared to 8.8 percent in January.

Ohio’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February was 7 percent, unchanged from January, and well below the national rate of 7.7 percent.

T-Mobile gets rid of cellphone contracts

T-Mobile USA, the struggling No. 4 cellphone company, is ditching plans centered on familiar two-year contracts in favor of selling phones on installment plans.

In practice, the phone-buying experience is not that much different from before. For instance, someone who wants a Samsung Galaxy S III would pay $70 upfront and then $90 per month for unlimited calling, text and data. That monthly fee includes $20 to pay off the cost of the phone over two years.

But by separating the cost of the phone from the service, T-Mobile is making its plans and upgrade options easier to understand. When the phone is paid off, the $20 fee in that example disappears.

The company outlined its plans at a New York event Tuesday.