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New ordinance will prohibit illicit discharges

SALEM — In less than a month, city council’s action to prohibit illicit discharges into the city’s storm water system will become law and violators could face both monetary penalties and jail time, depending on their cooperation. Council approved the new ordinance Tuesday after its ...

Some landowners will see first-half tax bill increases

LISBON — When first-half property tax bills are mailed out later this month some landowners can expect to see an increase, and they have no one to blame but themselves. These would be property owners in areas where voters in 2017 approved new levies or existing levies that contained ...

West Branch school board welcomes new members

BELOIT — The West Branch school board Thursday night welcomed two new members. Karen Rice and Courtney Stryffeler were sworn in as new members, replacing outgoing members Eric Glista and Earl Trimmer. John Wallace was also sworn in after being re-elected in November. Following the ...

A roughly 100-year-old farm house on Pine Hollow Road was destroyed by fire Saturday. Crews from Negley, New Waterford, East Palestine and Lisbon spent more than seven hours extinguishing the flames. (Photos courtesy East Palestine Fire Department)

Mattress catches fire; farm house a total loss

NEGLEY — A century old farm house on Pine Hollow Road was destroyed by fire Saturday after a mattress caught fire. Negley Fire Chief Gary Banicki said that assistant chief Jim Wolfe was the first on the scene at 46108 Pine Hollow Road and was told by owner Carolyn Palmer that a mattress was ...

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Crash on Route 558

Jessica Green, 24, of Salem was transported by KLG Ambulance to St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Youngstown Friday afternoon following a one-car crash on state Route 558. According to state trooper Mike Helmick, Green was eastbound on Route 558 in her 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier when she lost control ...

2017 ends with $4.8M balance

LISBON —Like Mark Twain’s rumored death, it seems the talk of Columbiana County’s impending financial problems were greatly exaggerated in 2017, or at least overstated. The county ended 2017 with a carry-over balance of $2.8 million, which balloons to $4.8 million once you include the ...

Salem Community Food Pantry announces new distribution hours

SALEM — The Salem Community Food Pantry announced new distribution hours will begin Monday, with the new times from 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays and 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays. New registration will be required Monday for the first half of 2018, with patrons asked to bring photo identification ...

City to work on drainage over time

It may take time, but addressing the city’s storm water problems on a project by project basis would likely cost less for taxpayers, Jon Vollnogle of Howells and Baird Engineering told council this week. Attacking the problems that way gives the city more of a chance for grant or loan ...

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Ohio Edison makes repairs

Ohio Edison workers are really earning their pay this week. These two repairmen were called to the corner of Pine and North Market in Lisbon on Thursday night to change a transformer. Power was out for a few hours at Circle K and the neighboring homes. (Salem News photo by Patti Schaeffer)

Brown in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court on Friday followed by deputies Bill McGee, Lt. Allan Young and Detective Jeff Haugh. (Salem News photo by Deanne Johnson)

Sentencing delayed in Wellsville murder trial

LISBON — Sentencing will wait for the two Wellsville area residents who pleaded guilty to murdering Scottie Johnson. Both Terry Brown and Alicia Rogenski were scheduled to be sentenced Friday morning in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court. However, Brown’s defense attorney, Jennifer ...

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New Year’s Day baby

At 1:38 p.m. on New Year’s Day, Salem Regional Medical Center (SRMC) welcomed its first baby of 2018, Addison Renee Mattern, pictured with her parents Dana Gorby and Jeff Mattern. The family was presented with gift baskets from SRMC and the Salineville Assembly of God. (Submitted photo)

Wind chill warning leads to school closings

LISBON — It was not snow or ice but a dangerously low wind chill predicted for today that prompted area schools to cancel classes. Area school superintendents made the decision as early as Thursday afternoon after learning that the wind chill is expected to reach 20 degrees below ...

Residents asked to check on neighbors

SALEM — While area schools closed today and some shut down Thursday to protect students from the deep freeze, Salem’s new city Health Commissioner Lynle Hayes asked residents to also check on their elderly neighbors and family members as temperatures plunge. “Make sure their heat and ...

Town hall meeting reset due to cold

BELOIT — The West Branch Local School District town hall meeting scheduled for Thursday was canceled and reset for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 11 in the high school auditorium. The meeting was canceled due to the extreme cold temperatures, according to schools Superintendent Tim Saxton. At the ...

Deputies still transporting some prisoners to Municipal Court

LISBON —While East Liverpool police have begun transporting Columbiana County jail inmates to and from hearings at the city’s municipal court, the county sheriff’s office decided to continue providing the service for county municipal court in Lisbon. Sheriff Ray Stone reported Thursday ...

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Winter excitement

It was not too cold for 6-year-old Teairria Gubesch of Lisbon to enjoy a slide down the hill outside the Lisbon Eagles recently. The snow’s not going anywhere this week, but the bitter cold coming the next few days might be enough to keep even the most dedicated sledder inside. (Salem News ...

Commissioners shift funds to veterans agency

LISBON — Columbiana County commissioners avoided a lawsuit by following through with their pledge to provide the county Veterans Services Commission with the funding it wanted, and in return they received a thank-you letter from the agency. Commissioners on Wednesday transferred nearly ...

Amended zoning affidavit submitted

City officials have met with members of the citizens committee to discuss what was wrong with the affidavit that was submitted a few weeks ago. City Manager Lance Willard said during this week’s council meeting that he and Municipal Attorney Amanda Banner had an informal meeting with ...

Washingtonville receives letter of interest for council seat

WASHINGTONVILLE — So far the village has received one letter of interest in the council vacancy created when former Councilwoman Brenda Briden’s term expired on Dec. 31. Briden chose not to run and no candidate filed to run for the four-year seat for the Nov. 7 general election. On ...

New members welcomed at Leetonia council meeting

LEETONIA—Village Council Wednesday night welcomed three new members and one hold over, as well as selected a president for this year. Mayor Kevin Siembida swore-in newly elected councilmen Bill Garlough, Neal Bayless, Bill Merdich and Jim Pittman, then council elected JR Ferry as ...