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Keeping up appearances

Jan Douglas of New Waterford, a volunteer at the Columbiana County Democratic Party headquarters in Lisbon, was doing some prep work on Tuesday before she resumes painting the building’s facade. The party is hoping to hold an open house on Sept. 23. (Salem News photo by Tom Giambroni)

During an annual 9/11 service of recognition at the Columbiana County Fairgrounds on Sunday, Sgt. Donny Johnson of the East Palestine Police Department, above, received a quilt and a quilted dog bed for K-9 Toney. Presenting him the handmade items are Ginger Riffee, the quilter, and Michalia Ayers. (Salem News photo by Deanne Johnson)

Quilts honor service

LISBON — Their stories included numerous years of selfless service both overseas and at home, but more than 40 people and four K-9 dogs were honored Sunday during the annual Service of Recognition at the Columbiana County Fairgrounds. Coordinated with the annual 9/11 service in front of the ...

Johnny Appleseed Festival to see return of apple butter

LISBON — This year’s Johnny Appleseed Festival will feature the return of apple butter. The Yellow Creek Grange and the apple butter it made and sold had been a fixture at the JAF since the first festival was held in 1967. The organization dropped out last year due to the advancing age of ...

W. Pine Lake Rd. home declared public nuisance

PERRY TOWNSHIP—Township trustees declared a property in the 400 block of West Pine Lake Road a public nuisance Monday due to high grass and overgrown vegetation. “The whole thing is bad,” Trustee Chairman Cliff Mix said. Zoning Inspector Allan Wolfgang made the recommendation, citing ...

Voters will have plenty to decide on Nov. 7 election day

SALEM — Voters in Perry Township and the city of Salem have a lot to decide when they cast ballots Nov. 7, from candidates ruling their schools, city hall and township to issues involving parks, permanent improvements, safety forces and a charter commission. Only one candidate for city ...

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“The Wizard of Oz” opens Friday on the Salem Community Theatre stage

“The Wizard of Oz” will be presented on the Salem Community Theatre stage Fridays, Sept. 15 and 22; Saturdays, Sept. 16 and 23; and Sundays, Sept 17 and 24. The Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday shows at 2 p.m. For ticket information, call SCT at 330-332-9688. ...

Leetonia Artisan’s Festival returns with two-day lineup

LEETONIA — The Leetonia Artisan’s Festival is returning to its original weekend with a classic two-day lineup. This year’s Artisan’s Festival is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Wick Park. “Last year it moved to an earlier weekend (to avoid the Johnny ...

Wellsville police officers and firefighters stand at attention during Sunday’s Sept. 11 ceremony. To their right is the Catherine Salter Memorial, in memory of the 1982 Wellsville High School graduate who was killed that day. (Salem News photo by Tom Giambroni)

Victim of Sept. 11 attacks remembered in Wellsville

By TOM GIAMBRONI Staff Writer WELLSVILLE —When first told by my boss to cover the Sept. 11 ceremony planned for Sunday, I was surprised at first. I did not realize the 16th anniversary of that fateful day was just days away. Time moves on, and I wondered if the memory of the terrorist ...

Talented Crestview High School student Landon Talbert is shown during a performance. He was part of a summer high school program through The American Musical and Dramatic Academy — getting to spend two weeks in New York City. (Submitted photo)

Talented Crestview student develops skills in New York City

NEW WATERFORD — Getting a chance to perform in New York City is the dream of a lot of actors and musicians. For one Crestview student, Landon Talbert, that goal became a reality this summer. Encouraged by his high school music teacher and spring musical director, Eric Bable, Talbert applied ...

A 60-foot mural completed by nationally known artist Ray Simon is now on display in the Main Street Common in Columbiana. (Salem News photo by Patti Schaeffer)

Giant mural showcases history of Columbiana

COLUMBIANA — A giant mural showcasing the city’s history is in place at the Main Street Common. The mural — a digitized scan of a painting done by nationally known artist Ray Simon — was hung along the side of the building earlier late last week.. The mural has been sponsored and ...

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On a Carousel

Four-year-old Marissa Mellot of Leetonia rides the carousel at the 131st Columbiana Street Fair sponsored by the American Legion Post #290. (Salem News photo by Patti Schaeffer)

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Papers survive

SALEM—Retired Boston Globe publisher P. Steven Ainsley shared insights and stories about the news business during a well-attended appreciation event for area clients of Hunter Associates Saturday morning. He advised the clients to support their local newspapers, telling the more than 160 ...

Beverly Clingerman, Bob Bye and Marilyn McCullough graduated from Lisbon’s David Anderson High School in 1967, the same year the first Johnny Appleseed Festival was held in town. The three took a moment to reflect on growing up with the JAF. (Submitted photo)

Half a century later, festival vibe remains

LISBON — The Johnny Appleseed Festival will turn 50 next weekend, and three local people who grew up with the JAF say the popular annual event in many ways has retained its original vibe after a half century. “It’s an opportunity to see people you normally don’t get a chance to see. I ...

Committeeman offers funds for Firestone Park lake restoration

By KATIE WHITE Staff Writer For nearly a decade city officials hoped to improve the condition of Mirror Lake at Firestone Park, but the project never really got off the ground. Some improvements have been done at the lake over the years by the city’s park board, but the entire project ...

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Marine Super Cobra drops in for street fair

A large crowd gathered in Firestone Park Friday morning to get a close look at a Super Cobra Marine Helicopter and talk with Capt. Michael Burnette and Lt. Col. Keith Pierce as they landed for the Columbiana Street Fair celebration. The two officers landed early in the morning and spent the day ...

Columbiana police chief: Violent criminals won’t escape

COLUMBIANA – The city’s police chief is warning violent criminals: don’t come here. “Don’t come here if you are going to do violent crime. We will find you. We will track you, and we won’t give up until we do get you,” Chief Tim Gladis said. Gladis issued the warning during the ...

Homeless man sentenced for abusing boys

LISBON — A pattern of childhood sexual abuse has led a homeless man to spend 15 years to life in prison for abusing two young boys in Salem last year. Sentenced on Friday by county Common Pleas Court Judge C. Ashley Pike was Kenneth P. Stouffer, 22, last known address Wheeling, W.Va., ...

Leetonia BOE goes paperless

LEETONIA— The Leetonia school board has started use of a Cloud-based program to make their meetings paperless. School administrators and board members recently completed training on BoardDocs LT, which enables the district to maximize the effectiveness of their board meetings with increased ...

Members of the Columbiana American Legion lead off the Columbiana Street Fair parade.

Columbiana Street Fair kicks off

Members of the Columbiana American Legion lead off the Columbiana Street Fair parade.(Salem News photos by Deanne Johnson)

Panel backs new Salem pumping station

SALEM —An ordinance allowing the city Utilities Commission to seek bids to build a new water pumping station for the Highland Avenue water tank will come before city council next. The Utilities Committee of city council gave it’s approval for the project and agreed Thursday to forward the ...