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Children view safety vehicles, get health check

LISBON — On their last weekend of summer before going back to school on Monday, some county children got the opportunity to tour police and emergency vehicles, cuddle a therapy dog, and even have their vision tested. The Columbiana County Health and Safety Day held at the new Akron ...

Haltec, Pennex add jobs in Leetonia

LEETONIA —An estimated 120 new jobs are expected to be created at the Columbiana County Port Authority’s World Trade Park following action taken at Monday’s meeting. Three months after relocating to its industrial park here, the port authority board is moving again, this time to make ...

Schools aim to cut cell phone distractions

The Salem school board Monday night approved the junior/senior high school handbook for the 2018-2019 school year that includes a restriction on cell phone use in the classroom. Students with cell phones will be required to place the devices in a sleeve at the front of each classroom. They ...

Boneshakers liquor petitions rejected by election board

LISBON—There will be one less liquor option on the Nov. 6 ballot, following action at Monday’s Columbiana County Board of Elections meeting. The board voted to reject petitions seeking a liquor option vote for Boneshakers in Salem that would allow the restaurant to sell beer, wine, mixed ...

Stuck combine snarls traffic on Route 7

EAST LIVERPOOL — Traffic was snarled for close to two hours Monday after a combine being hauled by a truck was too wide to fit through a construction zone on state Route 7. According to Liverpool Township Detective Jared Kinemond, the trucker — whose name he did not have available last ...

Union files unfair labor charge against BDD

LISBON — An unfair labor practice charge has been filed against the Columbiana County Board of Developmental Disabilities regarding their refusal to recognize the union president, who recently retired. Through Attorney Stanley Okusewsky III, Deloris Vargo, president of the Columbiana County ...

Washingtonville still looking for part-time worker

WASHINGTONVILLE — Council and Mayor Herman Frank are still looking to hire one person who will work part-time, for 30 hours a week, splitting their time between the utilities department and the street department. Council discussed the issue at length during its Aug. 6 meeting. Frank ...

Negley man gets 11 years for shooting into home, wounding man

LISBON — Nicholas J. Voigt, the Negley man responsible for firing 10 rounds into a Rogers home during a drive-by shooting last October, was sentenced in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court by Judge C. Ashley Pike to spend 11 years in prison. Voigt, 22, Taylor Road, apologized for his ...

Firefighters pull man out of window as EP house burns

EAST PALESTINE — A man was pulled through his basement window by firefighters Monday afternoon as his house was on fire. East Palestine Fire Chief Josh Brown said that Eric Jones Jr., called 911 after he woke up to the sound of a smoke detector and went upstairs from his basement bedroom to ...

Lisbon urged to start curbside trash/recycling

LISBON — The village is the latest local community to be approached about starting a residential curbside recycling program. Tom Butch, recycling educator/outreach coordinator for the Solid Waste District, attended this week’s Village Council meeting to urge they consider starting a ...

Gallery: “Pride of Salem” ready for the school year

The Salem High School Marching Band has been working hard in preparation for the upcoming school year. Besides marching during the upcoming football season, the band will perform during community parades and other activities. A highlight will be the Salem Band Show scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 15 ...

Leetonia residents warned to recycle properly

LEETONIA—Residents are being reminded to only place recyclable items in the bins behind village hall or face possible penalties. Village Administrator Gary Phillips has requested high resolution cameras be placed at the recycling site and individuals placing non-recyclable items in the bins ...

Working with the autistic

LEETONIA—Village first responders will be able to receive training in handling autistic individuals during emergencies. Councilman Neal Bayless reported last week that he has worked with Marcy Patton from the Columbiana County Health Board to secure funding to send emergency first ...

Columbiana schools safety measure gains attention

COLUMBIANA—A new and unique safety measure being introduced in the Columbiana School District is gaining national attention. The district began looking into Threat Extinguisher, a non-lethal self defense system, a few months ago and since announcing it would be used in the district, several ...

OEPA OK with Winona water supply

WINONA — With a solution finally reached in the discussion of what to do with the Winona public water supply, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Director is satisfied. Director Craig Butler announced in a press release that the agency is giving $220,000 in the form of a grant to the ...

New resource officer eager for the start of the school year

SALEM — Patrolman Rich Miller remembers what being a kid was like. He has kids of his own now and knows the perspective from the other side, as a parent. Come Wednesday, he’ll become a resource to four school buildings worth of kids, along with all their teachers, the administrators and ...

Gallery: Huffman Memorial fundraiser

Sixteen-year-old Connor Koopman of Crestview Schools was taken for a ride Saturday by 17-year-old United Local senior athlete Kameron Seaman who ran the entire route while pushing Connor during the fourth annual Run Fast Winged 5K/Dustin Huffman Memorial Scholarship fundraiser at Waterworth ...

Collecting school supplies for needy students

The Brightside Project's Fill A School Bus collection was held Saturday in the Hofmeister Realty parking lot off of South Lincoln Avenue. Donations will be given to Salem School District teachers who will distribute the school supplies to needy children. Cash donations were accepted to be used ...

United to provide greater student, staff support service

HANOVERTON—The United school board has expanded an administrative position beginning this fall. The board on Wednesday established the position of director of pupil and staff support services and reclassified the position of special education director to the new position. The board named ...

Leetonia council ups rental property registration fees

LEETONIA—Village council Wednesday night approved legislation that will increase the registration fee for rental properties and establish a stricter penalty for not paying on time. Council approved the first reading of the amended rental registration ordinance. It will require three ...