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“Joy of Christmas” display opens at Firestone Park

New this year to the "Joy of Christmas" light display in Columbiana's Firestone Park are dancing Christmas trees along the banks of Mirror Lake. As visitors enter the park they will be instructed to turn their radio to 97.9 FM to hear Christmas music that synchronizes with the lights on the ...

Fire pact on hold after numbers questioned

Village council was prepared this week to act on a new fire contract between Lisbon and Center and Elkrun townships until it learned one of the townships wanted more time to review it. The new two-year agreement that takes effect Jan. 1 seeks to scrap the old way of charging for fire services, ...

Crestview eyes water line for NW water

Trustee John Garwood said Thursday the Crestview School District is looking at buying water from New Waterford and exploring grant money for a waterline to tap into village lines. He said the school treasurer would like to meet with trustees. “Right out of the gate,” Garwood said, there ...

Leetonia BOE supports bill to cut mandates

LEETONIA—The Leetonia school board Thursday night approved a resolution in support of a state Senate bill that will deregulate public education. The board unanimously approved the resolution of support for Senate Bill 216. Schools Superintendent Rob Mehno said the legislation is a ...

Disabilities board extends superintendent’s contract

LISBON — Following a lengthy closed door meeting among the Columbiana County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCBDD) on Wednesday, the board approved contributing more toward Superintendent Bill Devon’s state retirement plan and extending his contract by eight months. Devon is set to ...

The 2018 edition of the Salem Super Cruise will again be managed by the city and the Mahoning County Corvette Club will step in this year to organize the 14th annual event. The announcement was made on Wednesday with city officials, members of the Mahoning County Corvette Club, previous cruise organizers along with Michael Iberis executive director of the Second Harvest Food Bank in Youngstown, the designated charity for the cruise. Seated, from left, are Mayor John Berlin, Service Safety Director Ken Kenst, who manages the Super Cruise, and Iberis. From the left, in the back row, are Rob Miles of Salem, MCCC treasurer; Mike Sodomora, MCCC president; Sam Sicilia, MCCC member and spokesperson; Mick Orosz, Super Cruise vendor committee chairman; Carl “Stretch” Roeger, Super Cruise Autocross director; and Santo Sicilia, MCCC member. (Salem News photo by Larry Shields)

Corvette Club to help with ‘18 Cruise

SALEM — The biggest event in Salem just added a new partner and dimension with the Mahoning County Corvette Club (MCCC) stepping on board to help organize the 2018 event. Service Safety Director Ken Kenst manages the Super Cruise for the city and said, “There are things we can take care ...

Streets vs. alleys arguments abound

SALEM — The Streets, Alleys & Sidewalks Committee voted Wednesday for the administration to go forward and get estimates for work on concrete streets for next year. Getting to that point, though, didn’t come without a lot of back and forth talk and interruptions about alleys, concrete ...

Rock climbers want to change pitons in quarry

A rock-climbing organization wants to swap out the pitons in the rock face of the old stone quarry in town, and seeking the village’s permission could inadvertently result in the area being declared off limits. Fiscal Officer Tracey Wonner reported at this week’s Village Council meeting ...

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Columbiana Christmas tree ready for celebration

Columbiana put the finishing touches on the city Christmas tree on Tuesday in preparation for their upcoming annual Christmas in Columbiana celebration. The 16th annual Christmas parade starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday followed by the "Joy Of Christmas" drive-thru light show in Firestone Park. ...

Leetonia Council backs off on Ridge Street parking restrictions

LEETONIA—Village Council Wednesday night withdrew a resolution that would have prohibited parking on a section of Ridge Street. Council unanimously agreed to withdraw the resolution after visiting the area before the meeting. The resolution would have prohibited parking along the north side ...

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Pet Valu sign goes up

The new business sign for the Pet Valu store coming to the 2400 block of East State Street in the Eastgate Plaza was installed on Tuesday. The Philadelphia-based retail chain carries food, supplies, toys and other products for pets such as dogs, cats and reptiles. A crew from Agile Sign and ...

Chamber plans ‘Christmas in City’

Whether it’s a little cash for Christmas that’s desired or raffle prizes, parade floats, music, shopping or even a festive Christmas light up night, Audrey Null said Salem’s the place to be. Null serves as executive director of the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, which is promoting this ...

Bids for new pump station to be opened

Bids will be opened at 11 a.m. Nov. 21 at the Salem Utilities Department for the Highland Avenue water tank pumping station project aimed at increasing water turnover in the tank. The cost was estimated at $161,400 by Howells & Baird of Salem, the engineers on the project. The tank was ...

Lisbon council urged to act on medical marijuana

LISBON — If Village Council wants to ban medical marijuana dispensaries it may have to move quickly. Mayor Joseph Morenz reported at Tuesday’s council meeting that his office has received two inquiries in recent weeks from companies interested in opening a medical marijuana dispensary in ...

Fire breaks out at Strader home in Hanover Township

Firefighters were aided in th quick knock down of a house fire at the Strader residence at 10167 Gavers Road in Hanover Township because the structure was built around a log home. Chief Tim Wood said the fact that the house was a log home on the interior helped slow the fire down because the ...

Salem man arrested in attempted store break-in

Special to the Salem News WARREN — Two men were arrested after an attempted break-in Sunday morning at the Dawlah Discount Mart store at 1104 Palmyra Road SW. Officers found the two men about 2:50 a.m. in front of the store, where the police report states they were trying to hide two ...

NW council accepts Dollar General’s figures

NEW WATERFORD — Council passed a resolution accepting Dollar General's accounting figures in a statewide appeal by the company regarding the way payroll income tax deductions are made. Mayor Shane Patrone said difference for New Waterford amounted to one dollar less that will be ...

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Old Rogers Honor Farm gone

An excavator and some foundation stones are all that remain of the original Rogers Honor Farm building on state Route 7. The old red brick, two-story building was razed last week leaving the newer one-story structure to take its place. According to its website, it is known today as the ...

Lawmakers continue 2018 budget discussion

SALEM — Continued discussion over the 2018 general fund budget touched on a number of areas, including physical agility tests for police and fire personnel, adding a full-time position to the streets department, having K-9 expenses go through the city, looking at how the law director’s ...

6 more charged in Big Oak drug crackdown

LISBON — Operation Big Oak, the joint effort between the state and local law enforcement to disrupt the drug network that operated between Cleveland and Columbiana County, has resulted in six more people being charged. The six secret indictments served since Friday bring to 73 the number of ...