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Jail escapees both nabbed in hometowns

LISBON —The two escapees from the Columbiana County Jail didn’t get very far, with both arrested Tuesday in the same towns where they live. Anthony R. Wagoner, 38, of 741 Cadmus St., East Liverpool, was taken into custody about 8:15 a.m. at a home at 726 Cadmus St., while Michael W. Hover ...

State helps investigate unsolved murders

LISBON — The Ohio Attorney General’s Office is helping investigate two unsolved homicide cases, starting with the 2012 murder of Melinda L. Todd. “Investigators from my office have worked this case with the grim persistence, and a person of interest has been identified,” State ...

Columbiana plans 3 more summer DORA events

COLUMBIANA — The city’s first Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) was such a success that three more DORA events are scheduled for this summer. Walter Kukla of the Alive at 5 Committee asked city council for approval of the events during the Tuesday council meeting. The Alive at ...

Salem to deed downtown lot to county land bank

SALEM — The city will be turning over a vacant lot in downtown to the Columbiana County land bank. City Council Tuesday night authorized Mayor John Berlin to sell the vacant lot owned by the city at 379 E. Sate St. to the Columbiana County Land Reutilization Corp., commonly known as the ...

Song of the cicada

Don’t worry, there is nothing wrong with your hearing. That sound you hear when your step outside — a sort of droning, whirring, buzzing, chirping kind of deal — is the song of the cicada. According to Mr. Wiki, these are the periodic cicadas which spend most of their lives as ...

SR board approves coaching contracts

BEAVER TWP. — The South Range school board Monday morning approved several supplemental coaching contracts for the 2019-2020 school year. The board approved supplemental contracts to Jeff Fishel for girls varsity basketball, John Cullen for boys varsity basketball, Mike Bailey for varsity ...

2 jail escapees remain at large

LISBON — Two inmates escaped from the Columbiana County Jail Sunday night by breaking out a window and using a device to cut through the fence surrounding the facility. Michael W. Hover Jr, 28, last known address Third Street, Salem, and Anthony R. Wagoner, 38, Cadmus Street, East Liverpool, ...

Twisters hit in Trumbull County

WARREN — Templeton Road resident Nelson Toles said he heard loud snapping noises and very windy conditions Sunday afternoon when he looked out the window of his home to see his neighbor’s carport, with concrete posts attached, sitting upside down in his flooded front yard. The area of ...

Beloit man, picked up after chase, waives hearing

LISBON — A Beloit man arrested in April on felony theft warrants following a police chase through Salem waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Monday and had his case bound over to the county grand jury. Kevin E. Wasmire, 46, appeared before Judge Timothy McNicol in county Municipal ...

TownCenter car show to raise funds for SRMC Foundation

COLUMBIANA—TownCenter at Firestone Farms in Columbiana will host a Benefit Car Show from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 29. All proceeds from the event will remain locally in the community and be used to benefit the Salem Regional Medical Center (SRMC) Foundation, which raises funds to support ...

Mountaineer, 2 Missouri casinos sold for $383M

NEW CUMBERLAND, W.Va. — Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort was sold along with two other Missouri casinos for $385 million. Eldorado Resorts sold Mountaineer located in New Cumberland along with Isle Casino in Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Lady Luck Casinos in Caruthersville, Mo., to ...

Fire damages home in Lisbon

LISBON — A Sunday afternoon fire of unknown origin caused major damage to a home at 37846 U.S. Route 30. Fire officials had yet to determine who lived there, and the occupants were not home at the time but arrived as firefighters were combatting the blaze. According to the county auditor’s ...

Driver killed in SR 7 crash

ROGERS — A 23-year-old Negley man is dead after he wrecked early Sunday morning while driving on state Route 7 in Middleton Township. According to the Ohio Highway Patrol, Hudson R. Thompson was driving north on Route 7 at 12:55 a.m. when the F-350 pickup truck he was driving went off the ...

Farmer’s Market will open Thursday

SALEM — Salem Farmer’s Market kicks off the season from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Masonic Lodge parking lot on East State Street with raffles and giveaways. Market Manager Laura Spencer explained that each vendor will have a bucket and for every $5 spent at a vendor’s stand, ...

Woman gets prison, not EOCC, for crimes

LISBON — A New Waterford woman was sentenced to 11 months in prison after continuing to commit crimes despite previous addiction help. Rebecca S. Lucas, state Route 7, New Waterford, was in Common Pleas Court Thursday for a sentencing hearing for charges of tampering with evidence, illegal ...

Crestview passes another marker on the road to building project

NEW WATERFORD — The Crestview school board last week took the next step down the road to constructing new buildings by voting of its intention to participate in the Expedited Local Partnership Program (ELPP). After passing the bond issue in May, Superintendent Matthew Manley said the next ...

County approves septic projects

LISBON — Several septic projects through the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund were approved at last week’s meeting of the Columbiana County Board of Health. The board approved the bids of Windturbines of Ohio for bid group one, $34,233 and bid group two, $31,091; Advanced Excavating and ...

Rogers woman sentenced to prison in vehicle theft case

LISBON — A Rogers area woman was sentenced to attend the Eastern Ohio Corrections Center for her drug problems, which Assistant County Prosecutor Ryan Weikart said appear to be the root of the theft-related activities she was involved in last August. Larissa M. Ritteger, 34, Clarkson Road, ...

Bill mandates valedictorians in all districts

COLUMBUS — A state lawmaker has introduced legislation that would require school districts in Ohio to name a valedictorian and a salutatorian. The House bill introduced by Republican state Rep. Niraj Antani, of Miamisburg, comes after Mason High School in southwestern Ohio decided that it ...

East Palestine family will share love of music with library patrons

EAST PALESTINE — The Rukenbrod family has a long history of musical talent, dating back to when the late Pauline Rukenbrod played piano for silent movies at the East Palestine movie theater. Her son, Pete Rukenbrod, would play trombone in the Salem High School marching band, and went on to ...