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Botanical garden issue is shelved

COLUMBIANA — In March, the planning commission held a public hearing regarding the ongoing issue of Hippley Gardens, a botanical garden owned by John Hippley that did not comply with the city’s zoning codes. While working with the city to address some of the issues, Hippley proposed a ...

Columbiana County COVID numbers jump

Columbiana County’s confirmed cases of the coronavirus took a major jump from Sunday to Monday. According to Ohio Department of Health figures, the county COVID-19 cases went from 477 on Friday to 478 on Sunday and then 609 in Monday’s daily report. However, from Friday to Monday, ...

A different kind of Memorial Day

There will not be any formal services today honoring Memorial Day but area cemeteries are awash in red, white and blue including, shown here, at Grandview Cemetery in Salem where the AMVETS placed 2,250 flags on the graves of veterans. The Salem VFW placed hundreds of flags at Hope ...

Fatal Salem fire under investigation

SALEM — A fire at a single-story home on Westview Drive where a 64-year-old man, three dogs and a cat died Sunday remains under investigation with the cause undetermined. Fire Chief Scott Mason said the name of the deceased wasn’t being released at this time. An autopsy was pending ...

Sprucing up the parks

Salem Parks Dept. foreman Jim Grimm was out bright and early Friday before the rains came planting flowers at the entrance to Centennial Park. The parks department has been busy getting all of city parks ready for the summer season. (Salem News photo by J.D. Creer)

Utilities Commission considers overflow lagoon topic

SALEM — The city utilities department may have found a use for an adjoining property purchased a few years ago just east of the wastewater treatment plant on Pennsylvania Avenue. But for now, the Salem Utilities Commission wants to see some alternatives after hearing the possible cost of ...

Off to the future

Due to the virus, formal commencement activities were canceled throughout our area. But different ways of honoring seniors were and are being held. Shown here, the Leetonia Class of 2020 Parade was held Sunday afternoon. Seniors drove along neighborhoods while friends and families lined up ...

Firestone poised for big return

COLUMBIANA — The city park board made big decisions last week, including opening the pool in mid-June and postponing the Fourth of July celebration to a later date. However, with almost 30 people attending the meeting, many other topics were discussed, such as the opening of sports ...

Mayor will seek non-binding single trash hauler bids

LEETONIA — Mayor Kevin Siembida will seek non-binding bids for a single trash hauler to present information to the public. Village Council’s street committee authorized Siembida to seek the bids in order to have information to provide the public regarding a switch to a single trash hauler ...

Fatal Salem fire investigated

SALEM — City firefighters are on the scene of a fatal fire on Westview Drive where one man died Sunday, along with some pets. The name of the victim was not being released at this time. Salem Fire Chief Scott Mason said the State Fire Marshal’s Office was enroute and police were on scene ...

COVID recovery a work in progress

LISBON — Steve Garofalo is lucky a man and he knows it. Steve was hospitalized with the COVID-19 virus, and while recovering from the coronavirus he developed another lung infection. All total, he spent 27 days in St. Elizabeth Hospital in Boardman, most of the time hooked to a ...

Nearly 400 virus recoveries in Columbiana County

LISBON — For the first time since the first case of coronavirus came to Columbiana County, the county health department reported Friday an indication of the number of people who have recovered from the virus — 386. Additionally, the county reported the addition of 10 new cases bringing ...

Salem Health District reopening office

SALEM—The Salem City Health District will reopen its office to the public starting Tuesday for birth and death certificates and June 1 for the immunization clinic. “We are setting guidelines to resume services at the Salem City Health District. We are creating protocols to keep our ...

Salem utilities payment drop box getting moved closer to curb

SALEM— City Utilities Commission members on Thursday had no problem with a plan to ease the payment process for customers by easing access to the night drop. They balked, however, at the idea for a credit-card operated bulk filling station for bulk water sales at the wastewater treatment ...

Leetonia council approves coronavirus-related legislation

LEETONIA — Village council this week approved four pieces of legislation as emergencies after the COVID pandemic prevented meeting last month. Council approved a resolution of amending the appropriations for this year in response to projected revenue losses from the COVID-19 pandemic. The ...

House committee gathering virus facts

People connected to nursing homes and long-term care facilities are being invited to share with a state committee how the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted these facilities. State Rep. Tim Ginter (R-Salem) said it’s important to assess the current situation regarding ...

‘Godfather of Grass’ seeks Elkton release

ELKTON — The “Godfather of Grass,” who was sentenced for his role in a large marijuana operation after eight years on the run, has asked a judge to release him from the federal prison here. John Robert “Johnny” Boone vouched for his release on the grounds that he is 76, in poor health ...

Memorial Day services during the time of COVID

In most places across America, there may not be mass gatherings with hats off or hands saluted this Memorial Day. There also may not be a sea of red, white and blue marking the grave stones that stretch for miles across hillsides. But despite the restrictions that the COVID-19 pandemic has ...

As summer begins, fair organizers across the country weigh options

While Memorial Day weekend typically marks the unofficial beginning of summer for most Americans, fair season almost always signifies the conclusion of the same period as people gather in August and September for livestock auctions, carnival rides, outdoor concerts and fair food. With the ...

Fond Farewell

When Deborah Glenn walked out of David Anderson Junior-Senior High School this week, her family surprised her with flowers, a sash and escorted her to a convertible where she was surprised with a drive by car parade from teachers and staff. Glenn retired after 41 years as a Lisbon educator. ...