Coke Ovens closed

Leetonia village council voted unanimously to temporarily close the Cherry Valley Coke Ovens effective immediately for health and safety reasons last week, due to high water from the recent heavy rains. Consisting of 200 coke ovens and built by the Leetonia Iron and Coal Company just after the Civil War, the site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993. The ovens will be closed until further notice. (Salem News photo by Larry Shields)