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For two months, former world boxing champion (WBC) Kelly Pavlik of Youngstown and Lonnie TK Atkins of Salem have been working through weight lifting routines at the Salem Community Center. Atkins is Pavlik’s personal trainer, a world weightlifting champion and founder of the “Unbreakables,” a local powerlifting team that Pavlik sponsors. Atkins is also the former state chairman for the 100 Percent Raw Powerlifting Federation. Pavlik, who said he wanted “to get stronger on the bench,” is also transforming his health. In this photo, Atkins guides Pavlik through arm training sets. (Salem News photo Larry Shields)

Ex-boxing champ now trains for life and not the ring

SALEM—Members of the Salem Community Center have seen them training together for months now. One a boxer and one a powerlifter . Last December, former middleweight boxing champion Kelly Pavlik began training at the center with his personal trainer, Lonnie TK Atkins of Salem. Three ...

Sewer extension project contract awarded

SALEM—The Salem Utilities Commission awarded the contract for a sewer extension project on North Cunningham Road to X-Press Underground of Petersburg for $77,469, an amount well below estimate. Utilities Superintendent Don Weingart said the main reason the contract came in at that rate was ...

Lisbon eyes electric, gas aggregates

LISBON—Village residents will have the option to participate in both an electricity and natural gas discount program following action taken this week by village council. Council agreed to participate in a natural gas and electricity aggregation program offered through Aspen Energy, an ...

President Donald Trump, joined by coal miners and members of Congress including Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W. Va., right, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., second from right, and Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, third from right, holds up H.J. Res. 38 after signing it in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday. (AP Photo)

Bill overturns coal stream regulation

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has put the brakes on a regulation blocking coal mining debris from being dumped into nearby streams. Trump called the regulation a “job-killing rule” before he signed a measure to overturn it. Lawmakers from coal-mining states stood close by, ...

Columbiana cop nabs suspected bank robber

COLUMBIANA — A city officer recently promoted to full time stopped a man who allegedly robbed a bank in Canfield Friday morning. Police Chief Tim Gladis said that once Canfield police put out a description of the vehicle connected to the robbery, Patrol Officer Jen Calko saw a vehicle ...

The Hanoverton Curio Shop, owned by Ray and Joyce Carnes has been at the center of Hanoverton for years. They purchased the building 20 years  ago and turned the 10 rooms into display areas loaded with antiques. They are pictured with two special quilts. The quilt on the left was hand-stitched from cotton in 1933 by Mabel Pike and came from the old Fort Tuscarora Museum on state Route 172. The quilt on the right is from Bowling Green, Ohio, and is made of satin with each square hand-stitched, probably from the 1940s.  (Salem News photo by Larry Shields)

Hanoverton Curio Shop, 3 floors full of treasures

HANOVERTON — In the center of the county and the center of the village, the Hanoverton Curio Shop is a treasure house where customers can enjoy hours of browsing old, older and many period-specific items. Owners Ray and Joyce Carnes are celebrating 20 years in the store at 30067 Canal St. ...

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Columbiana OKs 5-year contract for superintendent

COLUMBIANA – Don Mook will serve at the helm of the Columbiana School District for the next five years. The board approved a new five-year contract during this week’s regular meeting, and he will earn $104,704, which includes a 2 percent wage increases that mirrors what the teaching staff ...

Lisbon council agrees to expand fire roster in stages

LISBON — Village council decided to expand the fire department roster, but in phases. Council agreed at this week’s meeting to expand the roster from 25 firefighters to 27 by approving the addition of Ryan Glenn, 34, West Pine Street, and Tyler Brown, 22, Elkton Road. Fire officials ...

Proposals sought for residential addiction treatment facility

LISBON — Proposals are being sought to open Columbiana County’s first residential drug-and-alcohol addiction treatment facility for men. If an acceptable and affordable proposal is received, the 16-bed facility would be opened at the former Lamb’s House facility on Union Ridge Road in ...

The Goshen Police District this week hosted advanced building clearance training provided for free by the Ohio Peace Officer's Training Academy's mobile unit through the state attorney general's office. Goshen officer Ryan Connolly checks a doorway before entering a structure while fellow Goshen officer Troy Mackall, left, and Nick Brent look on. (Salem News photo by Kevin Howell)

Goshen cops host training academy

GOSHEN TWP. — The Goshen Police District this week hosted area departments in advanced building clearance training. Funded by the attorney general's office and conducted by the Ohio Peace Officer's Training Academy (OPOTA), the training was part of OPOTA's mobile academy to teach weapons ...

Utilities projects to total $11.7M

SALEM —The city Utilities Commission committed itself and its checkbook to several projects Thursday totaling in excess of an estimated $11.7 million which will come partly from reserve funds and partly from a loan. “We’ve got issues that at some point we’ve got to address,” ...

United BOE narrows field for school chief to 2

HANOVERTON — The United Local school board's superintendent search is nearing an end. The board on Wednesday conducted interviews of the final two candidates to replace Steve Viscounte when he retires this summer. Those interviewed included current United High School Principal Bill Young ...

Salem Police Patrolman Matthew Cochran stands at attention as his wife Angela pins on his badge during his swearing-in as a full-time officer Thursday morning. Mayor John Berlin administered the oath. An East Liverpool native, Cochran joined the department three years ago as a part-timer and will take the place of Patrolman Steve LaRosa on the road. LaRosa has been named handler for Salem’s second K-9 unit and will begin training next month with his canine partner. (Photo courtesy Salem Police)

Police add full-time, part-time officers

SALEM — Patrolman Matthew Cochran moved to full-time with the Salem Police Department Thursday after biding his time for three years on the part-time roster. “I’ve been very impressed with watching him grow as a police officer,” Chief J.T. Panezott said. “Very professional, very ...

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Part-time Salem police officer

Mayor John Berlin administers the oath of office to Salem Police Patrolman Douglas Osberg, who joined the department Thursday as a part-time police officer. A United States Marine Corps combat veteran, Osberg, of Salem, served two tours in Iraq. (Photo courtesy of Salem Police)

More businesses moving into TownCenter development

COLUMBIANA — More businesses — and a museum — will be moving into the new TownCenter development at Firestone Farms. The city’s planning commission approved site plan reviews this week for an optometry practice and retail eyewear store owned by Julie Mackall, and an office for ...

Leetonia council considers closing section of High Street

LEETONIA — Village Council is considering the closure of High Street between Oak and Elm streets. Council Wednesday night approved the first reading of an ordinance closing the roadway, which has been temporarily closed for almost two years. The narrow road is deteriorating and the ...

Columbiana cop nabs suspected bank robber

COLUMBIANA — A city officer recently promoted to full time stopped a man who allegedly robbed a bank in Canfield Friday morning. Police Chief Tim Gladis said that once Canfield police put out a description of the vehicle connected to the robbery, Patrol Officer Jen Calko saw a vehicle ...

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Torch is passed

The Salem school girls record for most points in a game was held by Deb Janofa who scored 37 points in 1983 until Chloe Cheresne recently dropped in 38 points against Alliance. Deb is shown passing the ball to new-record holder Chloe at the girls game Wednesday. (Salem News photo by Gary Leininger)

Committee backs plan to cut parking, renovate McCulloch Park downtown

SALEM — The proposed elimination of six parking spots in the McCulloch Park lot for a renovation project gained the support of a council committee Wednesday night. Salem Preservation President Jennifer Brown presented information to the Streets, Alleys & Sidewalks Committee about the ...

Streets panel OKs additional repaving list

City council’s Streets, Alleys & Sidewalks Committee Wednesday approved an additional list of streets to consider for repaving if there’s extra money available for this year’s project. Mayor John Berlin said it’s unlikely that bids will come in low enough to free up money to do ...