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Trafficking suspect kills himself

Staff Reports The Austintown man believed to be the center of the recent sex trafficking investigation in Mahoning County has allegedly taken his own life, according to reports from news partner, WKBN Channel 27. Police told WKBN that Charles Krusac, 78, took his life while on the phone ...

Ex-pound employee sues for wrongful termination

LISBON —The county is being sued by an ex-Columbiana County dog pound employee who says she was wrongly fired for her role in the criminal investigation that resulted in the indictment of the former county dog warden. Brenda Austin filed a wrongful termination/retaliation lawsuit late ...

Calcutta Kmart to close as Sears files for bankruptcy

CALCUTTA — After avoiding closure the past few years, the Calcutta Kmart will officially go out of business at the end of the year, this after parent company Sears Holdings filed for bankruptcy protection early Monday. The Calcutta store — located at 15891 state Route 170 — is among the ...

Washingtonville works toward road repairs

WASHINGTONVILLE —The village’s portion of a road resurfacing project has been determined, but council is still waiting for some answers before approving the project. Councilman Al Vignon, the Streets Committee chairman, has been working for months to get a fix for South County Road, also ...

Overdose suspected in death of man found on ground

SALEM — Salem Police Detective Dave Talbert said Sunday that the death of an East Palestine area man is being blamed on a suspected drug overdose, pending results of toxicology and completion of the Columbiana County Coroner’s Office investigation. The deceased was identified as ...

Woman hurt while reportedly jumping from moving car

FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP — A woman suffered serious head injuries Saturday night after reportedly jumping from a moving car at the intersection of state Routes 558 and 164. Ashley Lower, 26, of Columbiana, was taken to St. Elizabeth Medical Center by Leetonia Fire/EMS after the incident that ...

West Branch district residents will vote on earned income tax levy

BELOIT—The West Branch Local school board is seeking an earned income tax levy on the November ballot. Residents will decide on a .5 percent earned income tax for five years on the November ballot. Earned income includes wages, salary, net earnings on self employment income and tips and ...

Gallery: Having fun during the Salem Quakerfest

Salem resident Bob Schuck shows his circus scene creation to 6-year-old Myla Anderson, 9-year-old Graham Anderson and 11-year-old Kaleb Votaw, all of Salem, inside the Dale Shaffer Research Library operated by the Salem Historical Society. Schuck said the circus has been a work-in-progress ...

Should levy pass, Crestview voters will have input

NEW WATERFORD — The public has spoken, and the Crestview school board approved the request to have two members of the community provide oversight on the new building construction project if the 2.43-mill bond issue passes on Nov. 6. The district is seeking the bond issue to help pay for the ...

Arabian Knights agent loses driveway easement lawsuit

LISBON — One of the principles in the Moore Road controversy lost the driveway easement lawsuit she filed against her neighbors. Columbiana County Common Pleas Court Judge Scott Washam ruled last week that Arabian Knights Ltd. does not have a right to an implied easement — permanent or ...

Civil War graves get new markers

SALEM —Two Grand Army of the Republic Civil War veterans who went to their graves in the early 1920s now have new markers at Grandview Cemetery honoring their service to the Union. “As Sons of Union Veterans, that’s what we do. It’s an honor for me and our group to honor those who ...

Panel can’t see way to curbside recycling

The Village Council committee asked to take a second look at the feasibility of implementing a curbside recycling program still does not believe it is a good idea. Councilwoman Dawn Thomas, who was named chairman of the special committee, said they did not find any new information over the ...

Teacher works to take band to Disney World

NEW WATERFORD — A local music teacher is hoping to give students the opportunity to perform on an international stage at least every four years. Eric Bable asked the Crestview Board of Education this week to approve a trip to Disney World for band students next year. The music program took ...

Quaker Fest

Riders on the hay wagon at Quaker Fest wave as they make their way through downtown Salem, braving the cold on Saturday. Salem Firefighters Local 283 of the International Association of Fire Fighters sponsored the hay ride and handed out apples donated by Huffman Fruit Farm of Salem.

Lisbon meadery lines up new location

Staff Reports LISBON — The person wanting to open a honey wine meadery in town has found a new location. Philip Campbell of Buffalo obtained a permit to open his meadery in the former Pozenel Insurance storefront on South Park Avenue. Campbell had planned to open the meadery in the ...

Cross county swingers

Cross country is not all hard work and training. There can also be some play involved. Here, United Local runners and others enjoy a little down time on the swings during a recent meeting. (Salem News photo by Patti Schaeffer)

Solicitor leaving post, takes seat as judge Jan. 1

Village Solicitor Megan Bickerton is resigning at the end of the month as she prepares to become the newest Columbiana County Common Pleas Court judge. Bickerton won the Republican primary by unseating longtime incumbent Judge C. Ashley Pike and is unopposed in the Nov. 6 general election. She ...

High school students to perform with YSU’s Wind Ensemble

YOUNGSTOWN — The Dana School of Music announces a concert by the Youngstown State University (YSU) Concert Band, Brandt Payne, conductor, YSU Wind Ensemble, Stephen L. Gage, conductor, and the 2018 YSU High School Side-By-Side Honors Wind Ensemble. The public is invited at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 ...

Rogers Group Home closes after 47 years

ROGERS — The Rogers Group Home, a residential facility that helped wayward boys try to get their lives on track, is no more. The 16-bed group home is closing after 47 years, with the last remaining resident transferred Thursday to another facility. “Financially, it’s become impossible ...

Hundreds of human trafficking charges to be filed

Staff Reports YOUNGSTOWN — Hundreds of charges are being filed in an ongoing human trafficking investigation undertaken by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and Mahoning County. Attorney General Mike DeWine, Mahoning County Sheriff Jerry Greene and Mahoning County Prosecutor Paul Gains ...