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Mayor calls for funds shift to capital budget

SALEM — Mayor John Berlin urged city council during his State of the City report Tuesday night to put more money into capital improvements, either by changing the tax split or by approving a one-time movement of cash to the capital improvements fund. The issue could be addressed in two ...

Ginter, Pike file for re-election; Dems file for Johnson’s seat

LISBON — An incumbent state legislator and county judge are among those filing candidacy petitions with the Columbiana County Board of Elections prior to today’s deadline. Seeking re-election are state Rep. Tim Ginter, R-Salem, and county Common Pleas Court Judge C. Ashley Pike. Others ...

2018 Columbiana High School Winter Homecoming Court

The 2018 Columbiana High School Winter Homecoming will be held Friday when the Clippers host McDonald. Introduction of the court and the crowning of the king and queen will be held around 7 p.m. — immediately following the jayvees game. The court includes, front, from left, Mandy Moreschi, ...

Dollar General signs go up

The signs are up at the new Salem Dollar General Store building at 1000 W. State St. that is expected to open in a few weeks. The store will be staffed by employees of the downtown Dollar General store at 514 E. State St. which will be closed. (Salem News photo by Larry Shields)

Can’t ‘disguise’ St. Paul winner

SALEM — St. Paul School eighth grader Bailey Staudt couldn’t “disguise” her joy at finally winning the school spelling bee on her last shot. Out of 13 students participating, she won in the 13th round by correctly spelling “disguise” when runner-up Kenna Joing (who was number 13) ...

Salem parking ban takes effect at 8 p.m.

SALEM — Salem residents are being notified ahead that a snow emergency parking ban will take effect beginning at 8 p.m. today and continuing until 8 a.m. Thursday. City Service/Safety Director Ken Kenst issued the order Monday afternoon upon consultation with the street foreman and hearing ...

Top Columbiana speller

Columbiana South Side Middle School Principal Jason Martin takes a selfie with district spelling bee champion Delaney Finsley after the spelling bee on Monday. Finsley earned first place after properly spelling 'pinafore'. She will go on to compete in the county bee in Lisbon. (Salem News photo ...

Ice rescue training on Guilford Lake

After missing out on the field experience of ice rescue training last winter because there was no ice, Hanover Township firefighters along with Winona firefighters braved the 20-degree temperatures and gusting wind to practice their training on Guilford Lake Saturday morning. New firefighters ...

Added deputy means more coverage in northwest

LISBON — The decision to fill a vacancy in the Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office should enable the office to resume patrolling the northwestern part of the county with more frequency. County Sheriff Ray Stone recently hired part-time Carroll County sheriff’s deputy and Perry Township ...

Land Bank to expand beyond Salem, East Liverpool, Wellsville

LISBON — Columbiana County’s land bank program is finally in position to begin demolishing abandoned and dilapidated homes outside the target areas of East Liverpool, Salem and Wellsville. The land bank is prepared to demolish a Lisbon home and afterward will raze one home each in East ...

Court seeks to develop sobriety, fight addiction

LISBON — A group has been gathering for months in the courtroom of Columbiana County Municipal Court Judge Chris Amato, in many cases not to learn about punishment for a crime, but to celebrate milestones achieved. The County Municipal Drug Court meets weekly, providing those selected to ...

Downtown closures impact revitalization hopes

The mayor’s plans to revitalize the downtown business district were dealt a major blow in recent weeks with the closing of two of the town’s most recognizable businesses. The Steel Trolley Diner was closed Jan. 17 after its license was suspended by the Columbiana County health board for ...

Plan to revamp Mirror Lake at Firestone Park on schedule

COLUMBIANA — A project to revamp Mirror Lake in the Harvey S. Firestone Park is on schedule to begin next month, pending council approval. The project received unanimous approval from the park board during its recent meeting following a presentation from the Columbiana Restoration and ...

Senior moment

West Branch Lady Warriors basketball team seniors Shannon Wolfe, front, and from left, Natalie Zuchowski, Kayla Hovorka, Kirsten Plocher and Sarrah Tennefoss celebrate winning back-to-back Northeastern Buckeye Conference championships, with a 70-13 win over Alliance to clinch sole possession. ...

Commissioners aware of talk surrounding nuclear power plant

LISBON — All of the talk about the Beaver Valley nuclear power plant possibly closing has Columbiana County officials paying close attention to what may happen. That’s because FirstEnergy Corp., which operates Beaver Valley, provides two-thirds of the funding for operation of the county ...

2017 police stats: some numbers down, some up

PERRY TOWNSHIP — Service calls and traffic citations were down, but adult criminal arrests, alarm calls, medical assists and narcotics complaints were up, according to Perry Township police stats for 2017. Police Chief Mike Emigh said he’s not sure why numbers for complaints such as ...

Adele’s Place drawings benefiting good causes

SALEM — Adele’s Place will make a $2,000 donation to the Hanoverton Volunteer Fire Department during the next Queen of Hearts drawing on March 2. The restaurant is located at 519 Snyder Road in Perry Township. With the 50/50 drawing reaching the $2,000 mark last Thursday, Adele’s Place ...

Annual Cardboard Sled Run is Feb. 24 at Kelley Park

The Salem Public Library and the Salem Parks & Recreation Department invites participation in its 3rd annual Cardboard Sled Run on Saturday, Feb. 24 at Kelley Park in Salem. This fun and family-oriented "Go Wild in the Park" program is open to individuals, families, schools and/or ...

Salem Homecoming queen

Alexandria Jane Ripley, daughter of Laura and Keith Ripley, was crowned Salem's Winter Homecoming queen at Friday night's game. Her escort is Braydon Gibson, son of Linda and Shane Gibson. Louisville beat the Quakers, 73-53. (Salem News photo by Gary Leininger)

Judge: Woman speeding no matter sign height

LISBON — The speed limit height argument by an attorney for a Detroit woman charged with speeding was not enough for Columbiana County Municipal Court Judge Chris Amato. In a brief, three-paragraph judgment entry issued Friday, Amato ruled Jannine L. Williams, 50, was guilty of speeding and ...