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Council OKs school cop contract

Village Council Wednesday night approved a contract to provide a school resource officer to Leetonia schools. Council approved the police department to provide an officer to the school district for the 2019-2020 school year at a wage of $16.25 per hour up to 40 hours and $24.36 per hour for ...

Auditor’s finding details theft by former dog warden

LISBON — The state auditor’s office has issued a finding for recovery of public money stolen by the former Columbiana County dog warden, who has already made restitution. The finding was included in the routine audit of county finances for 2018, which was released on Tuesday. The ...

BDD board votes to sell K-Cup machine, give up on coffee

LISBON — The Columbiana County Board of Developmental Disabilities is taking bids from people interested in purchasing a machine which makes K-Cups. Superintendent Bill Devon said the board bought the machine in August 2017 with the idea of helping to employ clients by training them to pack ...

Walmart evacuated for bomb threat

SALEM—Walmart was evacuated for over two hours late Tuesday night after officers responded to a possible bomb threat. Police responded to the East State Street business at 9:02 p.m. after employees reported finding a writing on a stall in the women’s bathroom. The business made the ...

East State to close Aug. 27-29

East State Street between Broadway to Lundy avenues will be closed to all vehicle traffic from Tuesday, Aug. 27 through Thursday, Aug. 29. due to necessary work on the Salem Alumni Building project. Truck traffic will be rerouted to Pershing Street from State Street at Southeast Boulevard on ...

By DEANNE JOHNSON Staff Writer LISBON — A man, who recently received notice about concerns regarding the condition of his septic, attended the Columbiana County Board of Health meeting on Wednesday seeking answers. The man was told someone reported his septic system is going from his property into a creek. An inspector has set up an appointment to come to his home on Tuesday to check into the alleged problem. The man said he has spoken to this person and agreed he would be there to meet him. Laura Fauss, the division coordinator for the environmental department, explained that if there is no problem the matter will be closed and if there is a problem he will be given information on what needs to get the septic system repaired. When he asked who had turned him in, he was also told once the matter is closed he can come back and request a copy of the file, which is a public record. After addressing the man’s concerns, the board went on to issue board orders for two properties that really have been determined to be a nuisance. One is for a septic system on the property of Eugene and Robin Ferguson, Lake Street, Beloit. Fauss said it was determined in September of 2018 that the septic from the home is discharging into what used to be Lake Placentia. Another board order was issued for the England Drive, East Palestine, property of Steven and Debbie Windle. Environmental Director Lori Barnes said the property owners have been cited into court once before and cleaned up the solid waste and tires on the property once about a year ago, but now she believes it may be worse than before. The board also issued two variances, one allowing Shirley Osterling’s well to be closer than five feet from her driveway on state Route 344, Leetonia, and have a bacteria alleviation system added. The other is to have allow two homes on one lot on Y Camp Road, Lisbon, to connect into the same septic system temporarily until the next round of Water Pollution Control Loan Fund money is hopefully approved for 2020-2021. At that point a more permanent solution can be done. It was reported there are already 30 applicants for the next round of funding. In other matters: — Rabies baiting is beginning today and continuing through the beginning of September. Although several animals have been checked for rabies, there have only been three cases in other counties nearby this year. Additionally, none of the 108 mosquitoes checked in Columbiana County have tested positive for West Nile Virus this year. However, the health department does have dunks available to place into standing water and to help control mosquitoes. — The next meeting of the board of health will be moved to 4:30 p.m., Sept. 25 instead of the regular night, which is the third Wednesday of the month. djohnson@mojonews.com

LISBON — A man, who recently received notice about concerns regarding the condition of his septic, attended the Columbiana County Board of Health meeting on Wednesday seeking answers. The man was told someone reported his septic system is going from his property into a creek. An inspector ...

Salem BOE corrects ballot issue

SALEM — The Salem school board Monday approved a correction in the ballot language of its renewal levy. The school board corrected the language to read beginning in tax year 2020 with collection starting in 2021 for the 6.87 mill renewal levy. School Treasurer Michael Douglas said the ...

Fresh start: ESC board meets at new Opportunity School

LISBON — With the new building for the Opportunity School opening this week, the Columbiana County Educational Service Center board decided to meet at the facility. Between May and August, the staff of the Opportunity School repainted and furnished the building, using desks and other ...

South Range hires new superintendent

BEAVER TWP. — The South Range school board this week hired a new superintendent to take over the district beginning with the 2020-2021 school year. The board unanimously approved a three-year contract for Bethany Carlson beginning Aug. 1, 2020 with a base salary of $100,000 and 1.5 percent ...

EL man gets 7 years in prison for ‘vicious beating’ of friend

LISBON — Following a two-day trial in Common Pleas Court, a jury on Tuesday found Lucas Sims guilty of felonious assault and aggravated menacing in the “vicious beating” of Charlie Lewis. Sims, 34, Thompson Avenue, East Liverpool, was immediately sentenced to seven years in prison by ...

More working, yet jobless rate climbs

LISBON — Columbiana County’s unemployment rate went up in July, marking the third consecutive monthly increase since the jobless rate reached a 45-year low in April. The county’s unemployment rate was 5.5 percent last month, an increase of 0.7 percent over June, according to figures ...

Reilly renamed Sebo Stadium

SALEM—The Salem school board Monday night agreed to rename Reilly Stadium in honor of local philanthropist Bob Sebo. The school board approved a naming rights agreement with Sebo, renaming the stadium Sebo Stadium. The agreement runs for 25 years, at which time the Sebo estate will have ...

Board statement details Sebo’s generosity

The Salem school board issued the following press release regarding the naming rights agreement of Reilly Stadium with local philanthropist Bob Sebo: In recognition of his ongoing and significant financial support of the Salem City Schools, the Board of Education voted tonight to name the ...

Official involved in fatal accident

Staff Reports BOARDMAN — A three-vehicle crash on Monday that claimed the life of an elderly man involved Columbiana County Recorder Theresa Bosel. The identity of the 69-old man who died is being withheld at this time pending notification of his family. The accident occurred on Western ...

New Middletown man, 20, pleads not guilty in Jewish center video threat

STRUTHERS (AP) — A 20-year-old man pleaded not guilty Monday to threatening a Jewish community center in a video that authorities say showed him shooting a semi-automatic rifle. A judge near Youngstown set bond at $250,000 for James Reardon, ordered a mental health evaluation and told him ...

First day of school

Six-year-old Molly Bagwell, center, of Columbiana goes off on her first day in the first grade at South Range Monday. Sending her off are her sisters, Sadie, 4, and Josie, 2, who wished they could go with her. They are the daughters of Brian and Dr. Brianne Bagwell. (Submitted photo)

New Quakertown Trolley makes a grand showing

The new Quakertown Trolley made its way through downtown Salem Sunday escorted by vintage vehicles in a short parade. It then went to the Dale Shaffer Library on the campus of the Salem Historical Society's campus. A public reception was held. Visitors were able to walk through the old and ...

Getting ready for a new year

Salem High School’s marching band has been busy preparing for upcoming performances as a new school year beckons. Shown above is Alexa Whitman practicing with her piccolo. Hannah McFarland is in her ninth year as band director. The band has 120 members. Salem’s football season opens Aug. ...

Village still awaiting word on Dollar General plan

LISBON — A month after a representative from Dollar General met with village council about preliminary plans to build a second store in town nothing else has been heard about the proposed project. The clerk for the zoning board has yet to receive any requests from the company for a zoning ...

Recorder renews bid for portion of fees

LISBON — Columbiana County Recorder Theresa Bosel is asking for permission to resume keeping a portion of the fee charged for recording documents after county commissioners failed to act on last year’s request. Bosel submitted her request to commissioners this week, who formally accepted ...