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Gas tax increase to mean more money for Goshen

GOSHEN TOWNSHIP — With the gas tax proposed by Gov. Mike DeWine finally in place, township trustees know how much money will be coming their way. Trustee Rob Spencer last week reported the tax increases of 10.5 cent per gallon in gas and 19 cent per gallon in diesel effective July 1 will ...

Man charged after fleeing cops

SALEM—A Salem man is facing a number of charges including a felony after crashing a vehicle into a house on Jennings Avenue while fleeing police. Chad Curtis Dotson, 29, 537 Jennings Ave., Salem, was charged with a third-degree felony count of failure to comply as well as operating a ...

Powerfull storms kill at least 8 in South

Powerful storms swept across the South on Sunday after unleashing suspected tornadoes and flooding that killed at least eight people, injured dozens and flattened much of a Texas town. Three children were among the dead. Nearly 90,000 customers were without electricity in Texas, Mississippi, ...

Ivanka visiting in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Far from the din of Washington, Ivanka Trump toured businesses run by women in Ethiopia on Sunday while promoting a White House global economic program for women. President Donald Trump’s daughter and senior adviser visited a coffee shop and textile company in Addis ...

Mowing is woe-ing for cemetery board

LISBON — The village cemetery board is again seeking some help with the mowing. Board President Barry James attended this week’s council meeting to present the cemetery’s annual report for 2018 and to also request some additional help. The cemetery has one full-time and one part-time ...

Winona force honored for EMS efforts

HANOVERTON — The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) and Masimo recognized the Winona Fire Department for excellence in fire service-based EMS in the first of two award ceremonies recently. The award was presented during the fifth annual United Fire Services symposium held last ...

Methodist Church Easter egg hunt

Grace Schreiver, 11, Leetonia, pulls up the couch cushions and is rewarded by finding an egg inside during the egg hunt at the Columbiana First United Methodist Church on Saturday. The children also got to help make their own bags to collect the eggs earlier in the day. This was the first year ...

Crews keep chimney fire from getting worse

NEW WATERFORD — A chimney fire in a log home off of Carter Road brought firefighters from four departments on Saturday afternoon. New Waterford Fire Chief Greg VanPelt said when firefighters arrived there was smoke coming from around the chimney and along the roof line nearby, which is ...

Strong storm rolls through county

Special to the Journal/Patti Schaeffer More than 3,000 Ohio Edison customers lost power during Sunday's brief and violent storm. The photo here shows damage in downtown Salem.

Waiting on deck

West Branch’s Tanner Egli waits in the on deck circle as West Branch coach Rick Mulinix and the Warriors watch from the dugout during Wednesday’s game in Salem. (Salem News photo by Ron Firth)

Spring cleaning kicks off today in downtown

SALEM — Residents are reminded of several cleanup opportunities coming up, including the annual Downtown Salem Cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon today, a last chance paper leaf bag pickup next week and the annual household appliance/furniture dropoff on April 26 and 27. The cleanup of downtown is ...

Church makes room for event

For a moment it was looking like there would be no place for vendors during this year’s Springtime in Columbiana event, but then the First Presbyterian Church offered to help. Chamber of Commerce executive director April Brinker told city council at its recent meeting about the chamber’s ...

Bernie Sanders plans campaign stop in Lordstown

LORDSTOWN — The public is welcome to a “town meeting” on Sunday with U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, according to the Vermont senator’s presidential campaign website. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Lordstown High School, 1824 Salt Springs Road, as Sanders’ campaign tour makes a stop ...

Police, fire departments on scene of crash

SALEM — Police and fire department personnel were on the scene of an accident which damaged a gas pipe in the 800 block of Jennings Friday night, causing a gas leak. Columbia Gas was called to respond and the accident was under investigation. As of press time, no residents had to be ...

State budget cuts funds if speed cameras used

LISBON — Tucked into the new two-year state transportation budget bill signed into law by the governor is a provision financially penalizing communities that use traffic cameras, such as East Liverpool and Liverpool Township. Among other things, the bill would result in less state funding ...

Goshen trustees OK purchases for road crew

GOSHEN TWP. — Township trustees this week approved several purchases for the road department for seasonal projects. Trustees approved the purchase of one pallet of crack sealing materials for $1,282.50 delivered from DJL Material & Supply. The road department will receive use of a crack ...

New lights for downtown Salem

About a dozen volunteers, with the help of the Salem City electrical department, this week completed stringing Christmas lights on six trees along South Broadway Avenue in downtown Salem. The Downtown Salem Christmas Decorations Committee, part of the Salem Beautification Committee of the Salem ...

School officials, police pleased at quick response to false alarm

For a short time Thursday, Salem police officers increased their presence at Salem High School during an investigation into a possible weapon on the premises, but determined there was a misunderstanding, with no gun found and no threat to students. “We’re always going to take a potential ...