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Officials warn: No water meter, no more water

Water customers who have not yet scheduled a meter replacement will be notified their service will be terminated if they do not comply with the project. Village Administrator Gary Phillips told village council Wednesday night that 101 red tags will be sent out this week for those who have not ...

Officials talk up need to renew Salem 1/4% tax

SALEM — The Finance Committee of city council started discussions Tuesday night about next year’s budget, with both Mayor John Berlin and Councilman Geoff Goll talking about a need to put the .25 percent additional income tax back on the ballot so the money for street improvements can ...

Rollover crash

A 16-year-old Lisbon driver was transported by KLG Ambulance to Salem Regional Medical Center following a rollover crash just after 3 p.m. Wednesday on Adams Road just north of Lisbon Wednesday. The passenger, his 12-year-old sister, was not injured. According to state Trooper Steve Tucci, the ...

Commissioners may aid Greenway work

LISBON — Columbiana County commissioners appear willing to provide the county park district with $25,000 needed to cover additional costs for repaving a section a section of the Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail. Park board president Tom Butch and other board members met Wednesday with ...

South Range forecast shows deficits by 3rd year

BEAVER TWP. —The South Range school board Monday night approved a financial five-year forecast that shows a positive cash balance this year and next. Submitted by school Treasurer Jim Phillips, the forecast does not enter a negative cash balance until the third year, finishing with a ...

Pasta dinner aids scouts

Boy Scout Troop 2 will host its annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church, 244 S. Broadway Ave. Diners will have their choice either to dine in, carryout or use the convenient drive thru. Cost is $9 per meal. Pictured are scouts, from ...

Parks office funding option tabled

By MARY ANN GREIER Staff Writer SALEM — A motion by Councilwoman Cyndi Baronzzi Dickey to use city council contingency funds to pay for the park department’s building purchase has been tabled until the next council meeting, now set for 7 p.m. Nov. 7 after being moved from Election ...

Businessman vows recall push if tax re-enacted

WASHINGTONVILLE—A village businessman and resident is threatening to pursue a recall referendum of any council member who votes to re-enact the village’s earned income tax if it is repealed next month. At the regular village council meeting Monday night, Jim Santini said he will lead a ...

State Street update

SALEM — The State Street project is moving along, with city Service /Safety Director Ken Kenst saying the project is finished from Lincoln up to Woodland. Concrete will be poured from Woodland to Highland over the next few days. That section will then have the weekend to cure and come ...

Columbiana picks insurance broker

COLUMBIANA — The city’s insurance committee, with input from three members of council, has chosen a new insurance broker. On Tuesday, council approved the committee’s recommendation to hire Burnham and Flower, effective immediately. Police Chief Tim Gladis, who is one of the members of ...

Meeting planned on Salem bid for Brownfield grant

SALEM — The city of Salem plans to host a public meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 25 in city hall council chambers regarding its application for another Brownfield grant to check for environmental concerns on properties that could be developed. This will be the city’s second attempt to secure ...

Energy Wise customers file complaints

SALEM — A Salem resident is one of 40 homeowners who have filed complaints with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office since Sunday regarding Energy Wise Home Improvements, a Youngstown firm which reportedly went out of business before finishing projects for customers. The man who lives in the ...

Columbiana ESC board fills vacancy

LISBON — The Columbiana County Educational Service Center board appointed Robert Marra to join the board after interviewing two candidates in executive session to start off Tuesday’s meeting. Marra, who currently works as the transportation coordinator at Southern Local, said after the ...

Community Safety Day

The Columbiana Volunteer Fire Department hosted its 12th Community Safety Day Saturday in recognition of Fire Safety Week. Firefighters, police officers and EMS personnel presented live demonstrations, and talked with guests big and small as they crawled through their vehicles and got a closeup ...

School treasurer foresees deficits down road

Salem City Schools Treasurer Michael Douglas acknowledged a trend of expenditures exceeding revenue in the latest five-year financial forecast for the district, with deficits projected in 2022 and 2023 after positive numbers the first three years. “There are some things we need to look at ...

Trafficking suspect kills himself

Staff Reports The Austintown man believed to be the center of the recent sex trafficking investigation in Mahoning County has allegedly taken his own life, according to reports from news partner, WKBN Channel 27. Police told WKBN that Charles Krusac, 78, took his life while on the phone ...

Ex-pound employee sues for wrongful termination

LISBON —The county is being sued by an ex-Columbiana County dog pound employee who says she was wrongly fired for her role in the criminal investigation that resulted in the indictment of the former county dog warden. Brenda Austin filed a wrongful termination/retaliation lawsuit late ...

Calcutta Kmart to close as Sears files for bankruptcy

CALCUTTA — After avoiding closure the past few years, the Calcutta Kmart will officially go out of business at the end of the year, this after parent company Sears Holdings filed for bankruptcy protection early Monday. The Calcutta store — located at 15891 state Route 170 — is among the ...

Washingtonville works toward road repairs

WASHINGTONVILLE —The village’s portion of a road resurfacing project has been determined, but council is still waiting for some answers before approving the project. Councilman Al Vignon, the Streets Committee chairman, has been working for months to get a fix for South County Road, also ...

Overdose suspected in death of man found on ground

SALEM — Salem Police Detective Dave Talbert said Sunday that the death of an East Palestine area man is being blamed on a suspected drug overdose, pending results of toxicology and completion of the Columbiana County Coroner’s Office investigation. The deceased was identified as ...