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Having fun at Damascus Community Center Park

The Damascus Community Center Park was busy Saturday during an Easter Egg Hunt and petting zoo that drew a large turnout of eager children along with their parents and grandparents. Shown here, an inquisitive 1-year-old Cayden Early checks out some eggs while watched by his cousin, Ragan ...

Panel takes new look at RITA tax collection

SALEM — City council’s Finance Committee listened to a presentation about the Regional Income Tax Agency known as RITA Tuesday night and asked questions about the service, but made no decision, instead requesting an updated cost quote. This wasn’t the first presentation by RITA, which ...

Goll raises alarm about city emergency sirens

SALEM — Apparently there was an issue with the city’s emergency siren when the severe storm hit Sunday, bringing wind, rain and hail to pound the city. “The sirens went off, just not when they should have,” city Service/Safety Director Ken Kenst said Tuesday. The issue was raised ...

Recycling site closed after animal remains found in dumpsters for 3rd time

The recycling dumpsters are being pulled from the Elkrun Township site on state Route 154 after dead animal remains were found in there for the third time in recent months. “This time we couldn’t get it out, so it ended contaminating the entire load,” of recyclables, said Barbara ...

Idea to hike permissive tax bumped to council panel

An idea for city council to increase the vehicle registration permissive tax by $5 or $10 to keep up with increasing street department expenses will go next to city council’s Committee of the Whole for discussion. The Finance Committee of city council discussed the tax Tuesday night, opting ...

South Range BOE approves raises

BEAVER TWP. — The South Range school board Monday night approved two-year contracts with both the teacher and classified employees unions that provide slight raises for the workers. The board approved the contract with the South Range Education Association effective Sept. 1, 2019 through ...

Woman’s parting shots rebutted

COLUMBIANA — The woman whose handicapped son was known as the Columbiana Clippers’ biggest fan before his passing in 2015 is leaving town, but not before taking some complaints to city council. Cyndi Grate went before council on Tuesday to share her concerns about what she says is ...

Sebring BOE votes to shift 6th grade to high school

SEBRING—The Sebring Board of Education on Monday voted to move the sixth-grade from B.L. Miller Elementary School to Sebring McKinley Junior/Senior High School. Sebring Local Schools plan to introduce a new science and math curriculum to sixth, seventh and eighth grades during the 2019-2020 ...

Little Free Library loaded with books, ready for Salem readers

SALEM — The little box of books near State and Ellsworth is loaded and ready for readers. City Service/Safety Director Ken Kenst said the wooden box, which is mounted on a pole, has been installed just off the Liberty Park parking lot entrance on East State Street just east of the ...

McCulloch Park plan far from funding goal

SALEM — Members of city council’s Economic Development Committee didn’t commit any money, but voted in support of a project to renovate McCulloch Park into a downtown destination, suggesting Salem Preservation continue working on fundraising in 2019. Salem Preservation wanted the city ...

Project will transform Salem High library

SALEM — A place to incite creativity — that’s how Superintendent Dr. Joe Shivers described the Maker Space planned for the New Learning Commons at Salem Junior/Senior High School. Learning Commons is the name attached to a project to renovate the library/media center into a 21st century ...

Man charged with assault on EP cop bound over

LISBON — Todd A. Kirtley, 31, South Washington Street, East Palestine, was bound over to the grand jury after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing in county Municipal Court on Monday. Kirtley is charged with assault on a police officer for allegedly charging and repeatedly punching ...

Washingtonville officials hope for report on water tower

WASHINGTONVILLE—Village officials should have a better idea of what work needs completed on the water tower after today, according to one council member. Councilman Eric Sobek reported Monday night that Howells and Baird civil engineers will be conducting routine maintenance on the tower ...

Storm knocks out power to nearly 4,000 in county

LISBON — A line of storms which swept through northern Columbiana County on Sunday evening caused some damage and knocked out power for some residents. Wires or trees were reported down in the areas of Bowman, Georgetown, Bandy, Jersey Ridge, Knox School, Center, Grafton, Sanor Road and ...

Fire raises Guilford neighbor’s blood pressure

GUILFORD LAKE — A vacant trailer in the neighborhood behind Family Dollar caught fire Sunday afternoon and firefighters from three departments were able to stop it from spreading to other nearby structures. A nearby neighbor said it had been a relaxing afternoon, but when she came outside ...

Good job

The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce’s Beautification Committee held its annual Downtown Spring Clean-Up Saturday. Volunteers brought along their brooms, dust pans, gloves, leaf blowers, rakes, wheelbarrows and related items on a pleasant morning to help spruce up the downtown area.

Coke ovens seen from educational viewpoint

LEETONIA — The Leetonia Beehive Coke Oven Commission is sponsoring an educational program to promote the park next month. The program, “From the Carboniferous Period to the Anthropocene,” is scheduled for 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. May 9 at the Leetonia Community Public Library. “The ...

You CAN

Ohio CAN partnered with the Salem Police Department to provide an Easter egg hunt including a visit from the Easter bunny and refreshments for foster and kinship care children Saturday afternoon in Centennial Park.

Developmental assets: Youth as resources

There are 40 developmental assets designated for youth, “building blocks of healthy development that help young people grow up healthy, caring, and responsible.” Periodically, 7th, 9th and 10th graders across the nation are surveyed by Search Institute to see where they stand with these 40 ...

Sanders brings campaign to shadow of GM plant

WARREN — General Motors said it would be too costly to invest $100 million in the Lordstown plant, but chose to give $25 billion in stock buybacks at the urging of hedge fund managers, padding the pockets of the already rich and whisking away well-paying jobs people depended on, said Vermont ...