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Going airborne

Eighty-six-year-old Richard Smith of Wellsville was not injured in a crash at HMF Recycling in Lisbon on Friday. Lisbon firefighters and KLG Ambulance personnel responded to the crash. Workers at HMF saw Smith apparently hit the gas of his 2015 Toyota Camry and become airborne at the edge of an ...

Fed disaster funds to help repair Elkron road

LISBON — An Elkrun Township road in danger of washing away will be repaired after qualifying for federal assistance. Columbiana County commissioners this week gave county Engineer Bert Dawson the requested permission to hire an engineering firm to perform the design work on the slip, which ...

Wellsville man gets community control for underage relationship

LISBON — Dakota Powell, a 22-year-old Wellsville man who began a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl when he was 19, was placed on five years community control on Friday. But first Columbiana County Common Pleas Court Judge Scott Washam questioned his mother, Teresa Hawk, who made ...

New Columbiana water plant up and running

COLUMBIANA — Water from the city’s brand new water plant should be flowing through the system and into residential homes in as little as two weeks. City Manager Lance Willard said the plant is already treating water and the Environmental Protection Agency will be doing a walk through of ...

United school board OKs new 3-year contract with teachers

HANOVERTON — The United school board Wednesday night approved a new contract with the teachers union. The board approved a three-year agreement with the United Education Association (UEA) effective Sept. 1, 2018, through Aug. 31, 2021. Schools Superintendent Lance Hostetler said the ...

Egypt Road to close next week

PERRY TWP. — Egypt Road will be closed from Monday through Wednesday for a culvert replacement, with signs posted at state Route 14 and Egypt Road, Painter Road and Egypt Road and New Albany and Egypt Road.

Churches donate to Salem Police K-9 fund

Four Salem churches donated $1,000 to the Salem Community Foundation for the Salem Police Department K-9 unit on Thursday at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church at 1089 E. State St. Pictured from the left are Salem police Officer Steve LaRosa with Argo, Melissa Costa of the Salem Community ...

Lisbon bank robber nabbed within hour

LISBON — A local man was charged with robbery Thursday after demanding money from a teller at the Farmer’s National Bank in Lisbon an hour earlier Lisbon Police Chief Mike Abraham said a man believed to have been Michael Foster Lewis, 34, Caldwell Avenue, walked into the bank at 3:36 p.m. ...

Leader of drug gang gets 14-year sentence

LISBON — Tiona Jones, the leader of a gang of reputed drug dealers in Salem, was sentenced on Thursday to 14 years in prison after Columbiana County Common Pleas Court Judge Scott Washam denied her request to withdraw her plea in a written opinion last week. The 35-year-old from Warren, also ...

Lisbon schools add school resource officer

LISBON — Three months after seeking community input about a school resource officer, the Lisbon school board unanimously hired someone for that position on Thursday. The board approved Lisbon police officer Tab Bailey for the position, and he will serve as school resource officer (SRO) for ...

66 workers detained in ICE raid on Fresh Mark released so far

Staff Reports SALEM — Of the 146 people taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) following a raid at the Fresh Mark in Salem on Tuesday, more than 60 have been released. The paper's news partner, WKBN First News, reported on Thursday that ICE reported roughly 66 ...

Career Center renews food contract

Staff Reports LISBON — The Columbiana County Career and Technical Center voted this week to again have a food service contract with The Nutrition Group for the upcoming school year. Once again there will be no charge for students for breakfast or lunch. Treasurer Katherine Mihalich ...

Kids eat for free at Salem High

SALEM —Kids up to age 18 can get a free lunch in the Salem High School cafeteria from now through Aug. 17 courtesy of the federally-funded Summer Feed program. “Some families, this might be the only meal those children get,” Food Service Director Michele Fisher of The Nutrition Group ...

Many worked to care for children after ICE raid

SALEM — Community members joined forces Tuesday during the Fresh Mark immigration raid with one goal in mind: care for the children. “Salem should be proud of the way their community came together,” Columbiana County Department of Job and Family Services Director Eileen Dray-Bardon ...

Side Door up for auction July 12

SALEM — It’s as tenured and iconic as the “Est. 1920” sign says and when the Side Door goes on the absolute auction block at high noon on July 12, the buyer will get a piece of Salem history. The renowned tavern and restaurant at 530 S. Broadway Ave. includes the main two-story ...

Southern Local BOE begins search for superintendent

SALINEVILLE — The search for the next superintendent at Southern Local has begun. After conducting some action items during a special board meeting on Wednesday, board members went into executive session with the applications of 13 people interested in the position. Board members were not ...

Fresh Mark union responds to ICE raid

SALEM — The union representing employees at Fresh Mark issued a statement Wednesday condemning the immigration raid and subsequent arrests at the Salem plant, pledging to help the affected families. Chelsea Connor, director of communications for the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store ...

Leetonia council to review solicitation law

LEETONIA— Village Council will review an old ordinance regulating solicitation of goods or services within village limits. Councilman Jim Pittman last month asked Village Solicitor Walter Newton to investigate the possibility of completely banning door-to-door sales in the village. At ...

Bycroft board OKs 3-year pact

LISBON — Raises for the next three years were awarded to the Robert Bycroft Education Association (RBEA) on Wednesday. The Columbiana County Board of Developmental Disabilities (BDD) approved a new three-year contract for the union during the meeting. Superintendent Bill Devon said the ...

2nd levy for foster care put on ballot

LISBON — Voters will be asked to approve a second levy to help pay for Columbiana County’s growing foster care program. Columbiana County commissioners on Wednesday approved a resolution to place a 0.75-mill levy on the ballot on the recommendation of county Department of Job and Family ...