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Wiper blades raised from windshields is a common sight in the winter. The wipers were raised in preparation for last week's ice and snow storm on these used trucks at the Cornerstone Trucks lot in Columbiana. (Salem News photo by Patti Schaeffer)

Apparent gun found in BL student’s backpack not functional

EAST LIVERPOOL — Police were dispatched to the Beaver Local Schools complex on Bell School Road Friday afternoon after administrators discovered a student had what appeared to be a pistol in a backpack, but St. Clair Township Police Chief Brian McKenzie emphasized there was never any danger ...

Leetonia sees increased 2018 cash balance

LEETONIA — The village will see an increase in its cash balance entering 2018. According to information provided council by fiscal officer Randy Chismar, the village will see an increase of $133,000 from last year, increasing to nearly $1.15 million. The increase is being attributed to ...

New Waterford officials hear report on water system statis

NEW WATERFORD — Village Administrator Jason Gorby advised council recently there have been three water line breaks since the beginning of the year, one on Crestview Road, one on the alley by the maintenance garage and one on Maple Drive. Frequent water line breaks, many on Crestview Road, ...

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West Branch 2018 Winter Homecoming Court

West Branch will crown its 2018 Winter Homecoming Queen today between the jayvees and varsity basketball games against Marlington. The dance will be held from 7-10 p.m. Saturday. The theme is "A Night at the Circus." Front, from left, Sarah Jarvis, daughter of Patti and Doug Jarvis; Natalie ...

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Last patrol planned for Lt. Shafer

SALEM — Citizens who want to pay their respects to Salem Police Lt. Charles “Chaz” Shafer will have that opportunity Sunday afternoon as his funeral procession travels through town while enroute to Hope Cemetery. “People are welcome if they want to come out and see the procession and ...

2 county agencies show high carryovers

LISBON — Columbiana County commissioners were not the only county agency to end 2017 with a significant carryover balance. The county Mental Health and Recovery Services Board and the county Board of Developmental Disabilities both ended the year with balances of more than $2 million. The ...

Columbiana coffee shop to reopen in February

COLUMBIANA — A popular coffee shop on South Main Street is reopening under the original ownership. Rob and Lisa Schwartz told the city’s planning commission at its recent meeting that they are reopening Generations Coffee at 31 S. Main St., serving coffee and food. The business is ...

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Sebring Container site sold

The former Sebring Container building at 964 Benton Road was sold by KGBEE LLC of Canfield to Envelope 1 of Columbiana for $1.8 million in a deal that was completed on Thursday. Tarry Pidgeon is the owner and CEO of Envelope 1 which operates a 150,000 square foot manufacturing facility on 12 ...

Salem water customers to see small bill increase

SALEM — Salem water customers will see a little bit of an increase in their bill this year, city Utilities Commission Chairman Bob Hodgson said. An additional 10 cents per 100 cubic feet over the minimum of 200 cubic feet will be charged, changing the rate for 100 cubic feet over the ...

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Fairfield trustees hire Booth as zoning inspector

FAIRFIELD TWP. — Trustees hired Adam Booth for the zoning inspector opening that was created when Kym Seabolt resigned effective Jan. 3. He was hired unanimously during Thursday’s meeting. Before the action, Trustee John Garwood said they interviewed all the applicants and noted there ...

The Steel Trolley Diner on East Lincoln Way in Lisbon. (Salem News file photo)

Steel Trolley Diner closed for health violations

LISBON — Citing 27 repeat violations and a few new ones, the Columbiana County Board of Health voted to suspend the food license of the historical Steel Trolley Diner in Lisbon on Wednesday. Environmental Director Lori Barnes said the health department has been working with the Steel Trolley ...

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Police mourning Lt. Shafer’s sudden death

SALEM — The Salem Police Department is in mourning today over the unexpected death of Lt. Charles Shafer on Wednesday, leaving them shocked, saddened and missing a man who always kept them smiling with his jokes. “We lost a brother, his wife lost a husband, his kids lost a father and the ...

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SOD chief resigns to take post in NCarolina

SALEM — The Sustainable Opportunity Development Center Inc. said Executive Director Michael Mancuso has resigned to accept the position of president and CEO for the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce in Smithfield, N.C., southeast of Raleigh. Mancuso’s resignation is effective Feb. 2 ...

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Councilwoman Mancuso to stay into March

SALEM — First Ward Councilwoman Christine Mancuso said she’s planning to remain on Salem City Council through March before resigning to join her husband, Mike, in North Carolina where he’s starting a new job next month. “It’s really a great opportunity for Mike, we’re going to be ...

County GOP names 3 for municipal judge position

LISBON — The Columbiana County Republican Party has settled on the three attorneys they want to replace county Municipal Court Judge Charles “Chris” Amato. The GOP voted at Wednesday’s central and executive committee to forward the following names for Gov. John Kasich to consider: Tim ...

Science says: Michigan meteor could have been meatier

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fireball that streaked through the Michigan sky put on quite a show but as far as potentially killer space rocks, it was merely a flash in the pan. There are much bigger asteroids careening through our solar system. Scientists who watch for them hope they spot them in ...

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Nine-year-old Selma Newcomb of Leetonia walks her dog Skip on a cold winter day. (Salem News photo by Patti Schaeffer)

Panel: Ease path to apartments in downtown Salem

SALEM — Commercial property owners who want to place apartments on the upper levels of their buildings may have a few less hurdles to clear if Salem City Council approves a recommendation coming from the Rules & Ordinance Committee. During a recent meeting, Councilwoman Cyndi Baronzzi ...

Suspect explains bid to withdraw guilty pleas

LISBON — Terry Brown, the Wellsville man requesting to withdraw his guilty pleas in connection to the March murder of Scotty Johnson, took the stand in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday to explain his reasons. Brown, 48, Hillcrest Road, Wellsville, pleaded guilty on Oct. 24 to ...