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Council will consider EMS billing hikes

Village council has been encouraged to increase the EMS department’s billing rates. EMS Coordinator Seth Randolph this past week recommended increasing the billing rates, which were established over a dozen years ago. He said the action will increase revenue and make the department ...

Salem FD: Overall fire calls decrease but incident calls up

SALEM —  Incident calls increased again for the Salem Fire Department last year over the previous year, with increases in all categories, including structure fires and medical calls, but with a decrease in fires overall, according to the 2018 activity report. There were house fires, ...

Creer appointed executive editor of Columbiana County newspapers

Newspaper veteran J.D. Creer has been named the executive editor of the Salem News, Morning Journal and East Liverpool Review. Tammie McIntosh, publisher of the three newspapers, made the announcement Friday. In his new role, Creer will oversee editorial content for the publications serving ...

Leetonia Council will consider EMS billing hikes

LEETONIA — Village council has been encouraged to increase the EMS department’s billing rates. EMS Coordinator Seth Randolph this past week recommended increasing the billing rates, which were established over a dozen years ago. He said the action will increase revenue and make the ...

Designated Outside Refreshment Area put on hold

By KATIE WHITE Staff Writer Movement on the Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) was halted, at least temporarily, this past week when two members of council opposed legislation outlining some stipulations. The legislation is part of the process the city must go through to receive ...

Beverly A. Fittante

NEW WATERFORD — Beverly A. Fittante, 77, of New Waterford, died at 2:10 a.m. Friday, March 8, 2019 at Parkside Health Care Center of Columbiana. Born June 28, 1941 in Darlington, Pa, she was the daughter of the late Williard R. “Wid” and Ruth (Munyon) Arthurs. A lifetime area ...

Former Leetonia man pleads to child sex charge

LISBON — A former Leetonia area man pleaded guilty in Common Pleas Court this week to sexual battery involving sexual conduct with a 4-year-old child. Jesse R. Jackson, 40, Liberty Street, Salem, initially had been charged with rape, a first-degree felony, and gross sexual imposition, a ...

Loss of GM will have major impact on economy across Mahoning Valley

LORDSTOWN — With the idling of the General Motors plant in Lordstown, $725.3 million in labor income is going to be sucked out of the Mahoning Valley, according to an economic impact study on the effects of the closure released this week. The total estimated job losses represent 4.4 percent ...

Women’s work honored at GM plant

LORDSTOWN — In honor of International Women’s Day, individuals gathered at the Lordstown General Motors plant to celebrate the women who work at the plant and erect a shrine of hope for all of those who have lost their jobs because of the plant’s idling on Wednesday. “Today, March 8, ...

Salem cops get updated safety vests

SALEM — Salem police officers gained some proven protection this week in the form of new bulletproof vests from Armor Express that they saw in action during a demonstration last summer. “It’s all about officer safety and officers going home after their shifts,” Chief J.T. Panezott ...

Plan calls for apartments on Bentley Drive in Salem

SALEM—A developer from New Albany notified the city of its plan to build multi-family apartments along Bentley Drive on ground now covered by woods just west of Continental Drive. To be known as Bentley Woods Apartments, the proposed new construction will include three 16-unit two-story ...

Crestview students go ‘True Blue’

NEW WATERFORD — With the future for so many General Motors workers unknown, Crestview Schools held a “True Blue” assembly rally on Friday morning to bring the message home to the students. The last vehicle rolled off the assembly line earlier this week, but families have known since ...

Ginter named to community, child support state boards

COLUMBUS — The office of state Rep. Tim Ginter (R-Salem) announced his appointment to two boards. Grinter was named to the Advisory Board of the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (GOFBCI). The GOFBCI assists in coordinating charitable activities among local, ...

Man pleads to Salem drug charges

LISBON — A Youngstown man caught with a large amount of drugs in Salem in the fall of 2017 pleaded guilty to six counts on Friday in Common Pleas Court. Allante Donaldson, 27, Youngstown, pleaded guilty to two counts of tampering with evidence, two counts of possession of drugs and one ...

Columbiana County engineer looking to next winter season

LISBON — Winter may not be over but the county engineer is already thinking ahead to next winter. Columbiana County commissioners on Wednesday approved the request of county Engineer Bert Dawson to borrow $380,868 from Farmers National Bank over three years to purchase four new snow-plow ...

Columbiana PD considering another K-9 unit

COLUMBIANA — The city police department is looking into the possibility of a second K-9 unit down the road. Police Chief Tim Gladis told council this week the department has made about 70 arrests with K-9 Csuti that it might not have if Csuti wasn’t on the force. “We are looking into ...

Last Cruze at Sweeney

WARREN — The last Chevrolet Cruze assembled at General Motors’ plant in Lordstown is at Sweeney Chevrolet in Boardman. It has a buyer, but the buyer wishes to remain anonymous at least until next week when he / she takes delivery at the Market Street dealership. It arrived there about 3 ...

East Liverpool councilman to seek mayor’s office

EAST LIVERPOOL—A local businessman and city council member has announced his candidacy for mayor. Three-term Councilman Brian E. Kerr of East Liverpool declared Thursday his intent to run for mayor in November. He is president and general manager of PC Doctors, IT assistant East Liverpool ...

One injured in crash on bypass

Lt. Steve Mix of the Salem Fire Department checks under the truck of Matthew Altman, 49, of Leetonia, who was trapped inside his northbound vehicle on the state Route 45 bypass after it was struck by an eastbound vehicle driven by Bernard Durant, 27, of Salem, who attempted to turn south onto ...

Former recovery center owner back in jail

LISBON — Ryan P. Sheridan, the indicted former owner of Braking Point Recovery Center, is reportedly back behind bars and his wife has filed for a protection order in Common Pleas Court based on threats he has allegedly made against her. Kristin Sheridan filed the request on Wednesday on ...