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Damascus church plans craft show

The Damascus United Methodist Church on Valley Road will host its annual Home & Craft Show from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday as part of Light Up Damascus. The event will feature a lunch counter with proceeds going toward a Ukraine missions trip and a cookie walk with proceeds going toward the ...

Allegheny Wesleyan College hosting Christmas concert

Allegheny Wesleyan College is hosting its annual Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Salem High School auditorium. The public is welcome to this free Christmas performance. Choir members include, front, from left, Don and Valerie Quales, director and accompanist; Brooke Quales Abigail ...

Salem Chamber honors contributions to area

SALEM — A fourth-generation family business that’s continuously expanding, a citizen who’s a mentor in both industry and community service and a non-profit hospice that caters to patients and families first all earned honors Wednesday. The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce named Hickey ...

3 area companies are GM suppliers

SALEM—Three Salem-area companies are listed as automotive suppliers for General Motors, and at least one is not feeling negative effects from the recently announced plan to shutter the Lordstown plant. There is also a chance the plant could remain open to produce a different vehicle, ...

Allegheny Wesleyan College hosting Christmas concert

Allegheny Wesleyan College is hosting its annual Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Salem High School auditorium. The public is welcome to this free Christmas performance. Choir members include, front, from left, Don and Valerie Quales, director and accompanist; Brooke Quales Abigail ...

Columbiana man learned magic on G.I. Bill after Army service

COLUMBIANA — When Howard Niland Herbkersman completed his service with the U.S. Army in 1947 he decided to put his G.I. Bill toward something a bit more unusual — learning magic. Herbkersman was drafted in 1945, just after graduating from Columbiana High School. He spent two years in ...

Port Authority pays off debt

LISBON — Selling most of its properties this year has enabled the Columbiana County Port Authority to pay off almost all of its remaining major debt, purchase a new headquarters and help in the creation of 140 new jobs, with $1.1 million left to spare. The port authority board on Monday ...

Holiday Choral Concert set today

The Salem High Choir, under the direction of Attila Samu, will present a Holiday Choral Concert at 7:30 p.m. today in the high school auditorium. The Junior High Choir concert, under the direction of Megan Miller, begins at 6:30 p.m. All SHS alumni are welcome to join the choir on stage in the ...

Council puts $50K back in piggy bank

SALEM — City council unanimously approved the 2019 appropriations Tuesday night, but not without protest by Councilwoman Cyndi Baronzzi Dickey over $50,000 the Finance Committee added to the council contingency fund just prior to the council session. “It just seems like a waste of that ...

Wet weather pushes street repairs into spring 2019

Work crews will finish up the concrete repairs on Southeast Boulevard during any dry days coming up, but the concrete work on East Pershing Street and North Lincoln Avenue will have to wait until spring. City Service/Safety Director Ken Kenst said Tuesday the decision to hold off completion ...

West Branch spells out busing changes for January

BELOIT — Information regarding the new busing at West Branch Local Schools has been made available to parents. Schools Superintendent Timothy Saxton issued a one-call Tuesday evening to report the information regarding the change in busing effective Jan. 2, as well as a new latch key ...

Rule change will avoid legal fight in Salem parks

SALEM — A language change to prohibit soliciting for profit without a permit in city parks while also removing the line that prohibits “fortune-telling, begging or soliciting of any kind” will come before city council next for its consideration. City council’s Parks Committee chaired ...

Annie on stage at Salem Community Theatre

Salem Community Theatre will present “Annie The Musical” this holiday season. Show dates are 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, 8, 14 and 15 and 2 p.m. Dec. 9 and 16. Little orphan Annie is taken from her orphanage and the clutches of evil Miss Hannigan, to stay at billionaire Oliver Warbuck’s mansion for ...

Columbiana adding metal detector for security at city hall

COLUMBIANA — A new portable metal detector will be installed soon at the city administrative building. City Manager Lance Willard said during the Tuesday council meeting that the detector will provide an added level of security for those coming into city hall and Mayor’s Court. Police ...

Washingtonville delays hiring part-time worker

WASHINGTONVILLE — Council tabled hiring a new employee for the street and utilities department during Monday’s meeting. The village is looking for a part-time worker who can be available for up to 30 hours on a on-call basis. Council heard from Michael Clunen who has worked for county ...

East Palestine ends up paying more for turf at stadium

EAST PALESTINE — An error in a contract for the new turf at the Reid Memorial Stadium earlier this year has resulted in the district paying over $6,000 more than what was originally approved. The board of education on Monday approved a modification to the contract that was originally ...

Marching toward marriage

Tyler Howe of Lisbon wasn’t able to finish the last block of the parade route marching with the Salvation Army’s giant kettle because he had another obligation to attend to. When Howe came to the spot along the parade route where Ashley Craver stood in the rain watching the parade units go ...

Probation violations pile up for man who killed Salem girl in hit/skip

LISBON — The probation violations continue to accumulate for the Leetonia man convicted of aggravated vehicular homicide and fleeing the scene of an accident in the 2012 traffic death that claimed the life of 9-year-old Olivia S. Thompson in Salem. Todd R. Roberts, 34, of Coal Alley, was ...

Councilwoman resigns, cites tone at meetings

Citing disrespectful treatment from residents attending village council meetings opposing the income tax that was enacted a year ago and repealed last month, Councilwoman Becky Vignon waited until the end of Monday’s meeting to announce her resignation. Vignon was appointed to council prior ...

YSU locks down after security scare

Staff Reports YOUNGSTOWN — A lockdown at the Youngstown State University Monday morning was reportedly the result of a physical confrontation between a 19-year-old man and a student, according to reports from WFMJ Channel 21. The man, identified as Robert Allen, reportedly turned himself ...