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CDC: Big Oak likely to benefit local attorneys

LISBON — Operation Big Oak is creating a lot more work for the attorneys who provide public defender services because the vast majority of those indicted are expected to be represented by public defenders. “We’re going to be swamped with hearings and filings,” said attorney Fred ...

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Photo Gallery: Ohio State 51 Illinois 14

Ohio State freshman running back J.K. Dobbins picks up yardage Saturday during a 52-14 rout of Illinois. He rushed 12 times for 51 yards and a touchdown.(Salem News photo by J.D. Creer)

More warden turnover at county jail

LISBON — Another warden has come and gone at the Columbiana County Jail. County Sheriff Ray Stone confirmed that Bill Cole quit as warden on Nov. 3 and has been replaced by Mike Curley, who is the sixth warden at the facility in the past 24 months. Cole’s stay was four months, which is ...

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Marching in the holiday season

The Christmas parade in Columbiana welcomed in the holiday season Friday. Above, the Columbiana Public Works truck is led by Santa’s reindeer. (Salem News photos by Wayne Maris)

City eyes new gun range for police

COLUMBIANA — The city has its sights set on a small piece of property to be used as a gun range for the police department. The department has never had its own range before, with officer training done at the county sheriff’s range on County Home Road in Lisbon. Columbiana Police Chief ...

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Heavy rains cause crash

Andrea Poling, 21, of New Waterford escaped serious injury after loosing control of her 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer in the southbound lanes of state Route 11 just before 8 p.m. Saturday. It is believed Poling hydroplaned on the wet surface, striking the guardrail, spinning around and ...

Andrew Wolfgangof Salem  left a teaching career to become an East Liverpool firefighter, with the oath administered Friday morning by Municipal Court Judge Melissa Byers Emmerling. (Salem News photo by Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert)

Salem man sworn in as EL firefighter

EAST LIVERPOOL – Three new city firefighters were sworn in to office Friday morning by East Liverpool Municipal Judge Melissa Byers Emmerling, which Chief Bill Jones said brings his force up to full strength for the first time in nearly a year. With a courtroom filled by family members, ...

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Santa arrives in Columbiana

Santa Claus arrived in Columbiana during the Christmas parade Friday night, riding atop fire truck No. 9. Kaelie Ganslein, 8, of Salem waitedfor the parade. Easton Shuto, 9, Quincy Bailey, 10, and Jilly Wolsonovich, 6, perform with the Crown Theater Carolers as they sing Christmas music. (Salem ...

Land at Lakefront on market

COLUMBIANA — Several acres of land at the former Lakefront golf course property on state Route 164 are back on the selling block, now that Discount Drug Mart has reportedly opted not to locate there. City Manager Lance Willard said the city has reached out to Discount over the last year ...

County lands another $200K for septic work

LISBON — The Columbiana County health department has been awarded another $200,000 in state grant money for septic system repair. Environmental Director Lori Barnes told the health board this week that the Ohio Water Pollution Control Loan (WPCL) funding is for 2018 and 2019. The funding ...

Residents asked to Stuff a Cruiser with toys, clothing

SALEM — After stuffing themselves with turkey, area residents are being asked to Stuff a Cruiser with toys and clothing for Columbiana County families in need from noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 25 at the Salem Walmart. The event one week from today will feature some special four-legged guests, K-9s ...

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Thanksgiving donation

Jeff Schoch accepts a donation of $900 from the Fraternal Order of Police Quaker Lodge 88 for the annual community Thanksgiving dinner he helps organize with Nancy Miller and their families, friends and volunteers. The free dinner is available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day at the ...

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Christmas is for kids

Graham, 4, and Reid Rettig, 2, of North Springfield wait impatiently for the Big Guy during the Columbiana Christmas parade. Reid asked his mother Amanda if Santa is coming. melia McElhaney, 1, of Columbiana loves the ornaments on the Christmas Tree. (Salem News photos by Wany Maris)

Fairfield road department ready for winter

FAIRFIELD TWP. — Road Supervisor Mel Miller advised trustees Thursday the department is preparing road and equipment for winter. Miller said the salt spreaders were installed on the trucks while minor repairs were made. Part of the effort was directed at cleaning leaves from ditches and ...

United school board OKs computer tech course

HANOVERTON — The United Local school board Wednesday night approved a new course for students to learn computer technology. The board approved the course to train student computer technicians, a semester class that will be graded pass/fail and count as a quarter credit. Students serving in ...

Call of possible EL overdose leads to charges, drug raid

EAST LIVERPOOL — Charges are pending against a Toronto woman after police responded Thursday to the BP station for what was reported as a possible overdose at the pumps. Patrolman Chris Green arrived at the gas station, where he reported finding Cassaundra B. Digman, 27, Toronto, partially ...

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“Joy of Christmas” display opens at Firestone Park

New this year to the "Joy of Christmas" light display in Columbiana's Firestone Park are dancing Christmas trees along the banks of Mirror Lake. As visitors enter the park they will be instructed to turn their radio to 97.9 FM to hear Christmas music that synchronizes with the lights on the ...

Fire pact on hold after numbers questioned

Village council was prepared this week to act on a new fire contract between Lisbon and Center and Elkrun townships until it learned one of the townships wanted more time to review it. The new two-year agreement that takes effect Jan. 1 seeks to scrap the old way of charging for fire services, ...

Crestview eyes water line for NW water

Trustee John Garwood said Thursday the Crestview School District is looking at buying water from New Waterford and exploring grant money for a waterline to tap into village lines. He said the school treasurer would like to meet with trustees. “Right out of the gate,” Garwood said, there ...

Leetonia BOE supports bill to cut mandates

LEETONIA—The Leetonia school board Thursday night approved a resolution in support of a state Senate bill that will deregulate public education. The board unanimously approved the resolution of support for Senate Bill 216. Schools Superintendent Rob Mehno said the legislation is a ...