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Protection order hearing held in East Liverpool housing issue

LISBON — An East Liverpool man is claiming corruption within the city, while the city’s safety service director believes the man and his family are out to stop the city’s housing department from enforcing the law. Joe Sears Jr. of Ceramic Street and Safety Service Director Brian Allen ...

Lisbon school board to eliminate weighted grading system with 2021 class

LISBON — The school board is scrapping the practice of weighted grades, starting with the 2021 graduating class, which means the valedictorian or valedictorians that year cannot have a GPA greater than a perfect 4.0. The change was included in revisions made to the junior/senior high school ...

Salem school board approves contracts

SALEM—The Salem school board this week approved several contracts for the next school year. The board approved an agreement with the Salem Community Center for use of the Salem CenterPlex-Multipurpose Courts and Indoor Track, Center Circle-Indoor Turf Field effective June 1, 2019 through ...

Route 45 mudslide

Two Ohio Department of Transportation officials look on at the Wednesday night mudslide that closed state Route 45, just north of Wellsville. Officials said the mudslide is believed to continue about 100 yards further up the hillside, and a large tree immediately above the mudslide could be ...

School board OKs teacher, staff raises

The Salem school board Wednesday night approved new contracts with the teachers and classified staff unions. The board approved three-year contracts with the Salem Education Association effective Sept. 1, 2019 through Aug. 31, 2022 and the Ohio Association of Public School Employees Local 215 ...

Trash hauler survey in water bill

Utility customers are being advised surveys regarding a possible single trash hauler will be included in the next water bill. Utilities Commission Chairman Bob Hodgeson announced Thursday afternoon the surveys, a joint effort to gather information between the city and the utilities ...

EMA plans ‘Stop the Bleed’ training

LISBON — The Columbiana County Emergency Management Agency is hosting training session for anyone interested in learning how to stop someone from bleeding to death. EMA Director Peggy Clark met with county commissioners this week to announce a Stop the Bleed, Save a Life training course ...

Columbiana concert series to kick off Sunday afternoon

COLUMBIANA — A free summer concert series that has grown in popularity over the years will kick off this weekend in Firestone Park. The concerts are held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the gazebo inside the park on two separate Sundays through June, July and August, with the first concert this Sunday ...

Pilot program at Centennial Park

Community Action Agency of Columbiana County’s Head Start Program has launched a Preschool in the Park — a pilot program engaging preschool aged children through music, movement and literacy activities. The program is being held over three Wednesdays at Centennial Park in Salem, taught by ...

Salem BOE moves to seek levy renewal

SALEM — The Salem school board Wednesday night made the first move toward placing its emergency levy renewal on the November ballot. The board approved a resolution of necessity to seek the renewal of its emergency levy for general operations in November. The levy generates $2.1 million ...

Leetonia hikes burial rates

LEETONIA — Rates for burial in the Leetonia Oakdale Cemetery are increasing. Village council approved raising cemetery rates by about $50 each during the Wednesday meeting to fall in line with rates set for other area cemeteries. Cemetery clerk Heather Kelm said rates were last increased ...

Dickey spent $200K to claim GOP judge slot

LISBON — Judicial candidate Katelynn Dickey spent nearly $200,000 in winning the Republican primary election for Columbiana County Municipal Court judge. Dickey spent $56,586 in the final two weeks leading up the May 7 primary election and afterwards, according to her post-election campaign ...

Committee to weigh downtown zoning rules

SALEM — A Rules and Ordinances Committee meeting has been scheduled to discuss downtown commercial district zoning regulations. The committee will meet at 6 p.m. July 16 in council chambers to discuss permitted and conditional uses for commercial district zones C-1 and C-2. The meeting is ...

Jail escapees both nabbed in hometowns

LISBON —The two escapees from the Columbiana County Jail didn’t get very far, with both arrested Tuesday in the same towns where they live. Anthony R. Wagoner, 38, of 741 Cadmus St., East Liverpool, was taken into custody about 8:15 a.m. at a home at 726 Cadmus St., while Michael W. Hover ...

State helps investigate unsolved murders

LISBON — The Ohio Attorney General’s Office is helping investigate two unsolved homicide cases, starting with the 2012 murder of Melinda L. Todd. “Investigators from my office have worked this case with the grim persistence, and a person of interest has been identified,” State ...

Columbiana plans 3 more summer DORA events

COLUMBIANA — The city’s first Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) was such a success that three more DORA events are scheduled for this summer. Walter Kukla of the Alive at 5 Committee asked city council for approval of the events during the Tuesday council meeting. The Alive at ...

Salem to deed downtown lot to county land bank

SALEM — The city will be turning over a vacant lot in downtown to the Columbiana County land bank. City Council Tuesday night authorized Mayor John Berlin to sell the vacant lot owned by the city at 379 E. Sate St. to the Columbiana County Land Reutilization Corp., commonly known as the ...

Song of the cicada

Don’t worry, there is nothing wrong with your hearing. That sound you hear when your step outside — a sort of droning, whirring, buzzing, chirping kind of deal — is the song of the cicada. According to Mr. Wiki, these are the periodic cicadas which spend most of their lives as ...

SR board approves coaching contracts

BEAVER TWP. — The South Range school board Monday morning approved several supplemental coaching contracts for the 2019-2020 school year. The board approved supplemental contracts to Jeff Fishel for girls varsity basketball, John Cullen for boys varsity basketball, Mike Bailey for varsity ...

2 jail escapees remain at large

LISBON — Two inmates escaped from the Columbiana County Jail Sunday night by breaking out a window and using a device to cut through the fence surrounding the facility. Michael W. Hover Jr, 28, last known address Third Street, Salem, and Anthony R. Wagoner, 38, Cadmus Street, East Liverpool, ...