Local News

County employees can be poll workers

LISBON — Columbiana County commissioners have given officeholders and other department heads permission to let their employees serve as poll workers in the May 8 election. The action taken at Wednesday’s board was at the request of the county elections board, which is having trouble ...

Council backs return of boosters membership drive

The Columbiana Athletic Boosters is bringing back its membership drive. Sean Zentner, who is now leading the club, told city council this week they are trying to get the word out that the club is still active. He said the club has decided to bring backs its membership drive and requested ...

Salem football legend Earle Bruce dies

SALEM —The city lost an honorary citizen Friday with the death of revered former Salem High School and Ohio State football coach Earle Bruce at the age of 87. Former players said they lost a father figure, a friend and a voice in their head — an influential man who helped mold them into ...

Columbiana mayor has tax cap drafted, council cries foul

COLUMBIANA — A proposed cap on city income taxes was tabled by council this week for two reasons. The first was that the move is possibly not legal at this point, and the second was because some on council felt Mayor Bryan Blakeman was in the wrong for having the legislation drafted and ...

Water line to Haltec gets council approval

SALEM — City council earlier this week authorized the extension of a water line to supply the Haltec Corporation with city water at the company’s expense. The North Price Road firm, which is a leader in the tire valve industry according to its website, sought out the water line extension ...

Off the road

Cody Charneski, 20, of Canfield, suffered a minor head injury when his 2003 Lexus went off Randel Road in Hanoverton and struck a tree at 2:45 p.m. Friday. He told highway patrol Trooper Alex Carroll he was going approximately 40 miles per hour when the brakes went out on a turn while driving ...

Leetonia council accepts bid to replace water meters

LEETONIA— Leetonia village council Wednesday night accepted a bid for the comprehensive water meter replacement project and agreed to seek a low-interest loan to help fund it. Council accepted the bid of $417,929 from Neptune Equipment Company of Cincinnati on the recommendation from project ...

Earle Bruce dead at 87

COLUMBUS — Former Ohio State football coach Earle Bruce has died at his home in central Ohio. The College Football Hall of Fame member was 87. His four daughters released a statement Friday on the loss of "a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and a respected coach to many." Bruce ...

Engineering work for Franklin St. utilities planned

SALEM — The Salem Utilities Commission agreed Thursday to proceed with engineering to replace water and sewer lines on Franklin Street between Lincoln and Broadway. “We’ll work closely with you on your timing,” Mayor John Berlin told the commission. Plans call for getting the ...

Man bound over in OD death of Salem woman

LISBON — Rubin L. Williams, a 37-year-old Youngstown area man charged with involuntary manslaughter in the 2016 overdose death of a Salem woman, was bound over to the Columbiana County grand jury following a preliminary hearing on Thursday. A charge of involuntary manslaughter for an ...

Annual Downtown Clean-Up Day is Saturday

Salem Area Chamber of Commerce’s Salem Beautification Committee will hold its annual Downtown Clean-Up Day on Saturday. Volunteers are asked to meet at 9 a.m. at McCulloch Park and bring leaf blowers, garden tools and work gloves. Everyone is reminded to mark their personal items with their ...

Fairfield trustees OK hot patch for roads

FAIRFIELD TWP. — Trustees approved a $15,000 purchase order for asphalt for the road department during Thursday’s meeting. Road Foremen Mel Miller said the purchase from Tri-County Asphalt was needed to “to get busy on hot patching.” He said that in the last two weeks, heavy rain ...

Recorder Bosel tells Judge Pike to limit contact to official business

LISBON — Columbiana County Recorder Theresa Bosel told county Common Pleas Court Judge C. Ashley Pike to limit his contact with her to county business because of a dispute over her decision to endorse his opponent in the May 8 primary election. Bosel contacted the newspaper earlier in the ...

United schools to seek permanent improvement levy

HANOVERTON—The United Local school board on Wednesday approved the final resolution to place its permanent improvement renewal levy on the November ballot. The board is seeking the renewal of the 3-mill permanent improvement levy for a continuous period of time. Originally passed by voters ...

Exploring careers

BOC Water Hydraulics owner/president Todd Olson and engineer Sam Trimm interact with Salem High School junior and machine trades student Justin Moffett during the well-attended inaugural Salem Area Career Fair in the high school cafeteria. The event was sponsored by the school district and the ...

Howells & Baird to engineer concrete street repairs

Howells & Baird will engineer the concrete streets project this summer after negotiating a contract with Mayor John Berlin for $171,000, city Service/Safety Director Ken Kenst announced Tuesday night. The Salem firm scored the highest of the four engineering companies who submitted their ...

United BOE votes to hire mental health coordinator

HANOVERTON — For the second consecutive meeting, the United Local school board approved an additional person to help battle school violence amid criticism regarding a resolution in December to allow select qualified staff members to carry a concealed weapon on campus, with parents calling for ...

Columbiana Council OKs food truck rules

COLUMBIANA — A new law regulating food truck business in the city was approved by city council this week after years of discussion. The legislation adds a chapter to the business and tax code outlining the new required process to operate a food truck. The process consists of having a ...

Weather slows New Waterford water line project

NEW WATERFORD — Phase I of the two-phase multi-million dollar waterline replacement project is moving along but is running behind schedule, Mayor Shane Patrone said Wednesday. All the water customers were hooked up last month, but persistent rain and inclement weather have caused delays in ...

Trump approves aid for February flooding

LISBON — Federal disaster assistance is on its way for Columbiana County communities that sustained damage caused by February’s heavy rains. President Trump on Tuesday issued a disaster declaration for 18 counties in eastern Ohio impacted by the flooding and landslides that resulted from ...