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This is baseball weather?

Bundled up against the cold weather, 17-year-olds Chloe Smith, Karsyn Faulk and Cadee Johnson of Lisbon try to stay warm while watching the Columbiana versus Lisbon baseball game Tuesday afternoon. (Salem News photo by Patti Schaeffer)

4 Dems drop out of Appeals Court race

By TOM GIAMBRONI Staff Writer LISBON — Four of the five Democratic judicial candidates for the local appeals court have dropped out of the May 8 primary election, leaving only one. Columbiana County elections board director Adam Booth reported at Tuesday’s meeting Damian DeGenova of ...

Columbiana schools continue study of safety options

COLUMBIANA — The school district is still looking into ways to improve safety and considering a variety of options, including metal detectors. Superintendent Don Mook told the board of education on Tuesday that several options were discussed during a recent district-wide meeting about ...

Salem Twp. trustees OK purchase of road materials

FRANKLIN SQUARE — Salem Township trustees approved the purchase of 1,200 tons of material for chip and seal work for $28,580 and $14,000 to have it trucked to the township during Tuesday’s meeting. The chip and seal materials will be purchased from Lafarge in Cleveland while Ed Wilson ...

Congratulations for outgoing Columbiana County Bar Association president

Incoming Columbiana County Bar Association President Attorney Bruce Williams of Salem, left, congratulates outgoing President Attorney Mark Hutson of Columbiana at the April meeting of the County Lawyers and Judges Association conducted at the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center in ...

Business Advisory Council up to 35 members

LISBON — The Business Advisory Council — which is gathering of schools districts, higher education and businesses organized through the county Educational Service Center — currently has about 35 members. ESC Superintendent Anna Marie Vaughn told ESC board members during Tuesday’s ...

Salem no longer picking up leaves

SALEM — City residents are being reminded that the Salem street department will not pick up leaf bags, cut limbs, grass clippings, shrubs or other yard waste from the curb lawn. City Service/Safety Director Ken Kenst said they’ve noticed some of the paper leaf bags are being put out by ...

Columbiana to seek $300K housing grant

COLUMBIANA — The city is seeking another $300,000 grant for housing improvements through the county. Council approved legislation last week to participate in the Community Housing and Impact Preservation Program (CHIP). The competitive grant money comes from the Ohio Development Services ...

U.S. Rep. Johnson tours Hickey Metal Fabrication in Salem

SALEM — With a 45,000-square-foot expansion to the west of the main facility under way, Hickey Metal Fabrication hosted a visit by U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson (R-6) on Monday. Johnson met with company executives and employees during the tour aimed at learning more about the day-to-day operations ...

Planning board has questions on apartment rules

Salem Planning Commission members expressed concern about the city losing oversight if commercial building owners can put in apartments on upper floors as a permitted use, without going through the Board of Zoning Appeals. Mayor John Berlin, a member of the commission through his position, ...

Deputies probe reported prescription theft at jail

LISBON — County sheriff’s deputies are investigating a report of an inmate’s prescription being stolen when he was booked into the county jail in late March. Jason D. Moffatt, 31, Warren, reported his prescription was stolen while he was being booked on March 26. While in jail, he said, ...

Trustees table Goshen roof repair decision

GOSHEN TWP. — Township trustees Monday night tabled the administration building roof replacement issue in order to better compare the two estimates they received for the work. Trustee Chair Bob McCracken reported he received two estimates for the project - $50,753.33 from Allied Commercial ...

Kindergarten registration planned

Salem Buckeye Elementary teachers from left, Christi Arnoto, Kary Solis, Regina Ziegler, Paula Wonner, Allie Winner, Mindy Hiltbrand, Susie Getz and Melinda Westbrook promote kindergarten registration from 4 to 6 p.m. today and Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Parents only have to attend ...

Perry chief: Don’t call police about cleanup

PERRY TWP. — Residents are being asked not to call the police department emergency number with questions about the Perry Township spring cleanup. Police Chief Mike Emigh made the request during the Board of Trustees meeting Monday night, explaining that his dispatchers have fielded several ...

Drug abuse impacting local children

LISBON — The opioid problem continues to take its toll on Columbiana County’s children, judging by the latest figures from Children Services. The average number of child abuse/neglect cases requiring court-ordered intervention increased by 50 percent from 2014 to 2017, while the average ...

Driven to be the best

BEAVER TOWNSHIP — What is a school bus driver? Someone who just lets children onto a vehicle that takes them to school and back home? Not in the least, according to Anthony and Janet Freedy, bus drivers with the South Range Local School District. The Freedys last month earned the ...

SHS student displays strokes of brilliance

SALEM — Salem High School freshman Grant Menough’s creativity and skill with a paint brush and palette knife is really paying off. The 15-year-old earned a silver medal at the national level of the 2018 Scholastic Art Awards competition for his self-portrait at the beach after winning six ...

Downtown property owners being asked to help out

LISBON — Are enough downtown property owners willing to fix up their buildings if the village is able to secure a state grant to help pay half the cost? Mayor Joseph Morenz wants to know, which is why he is bringing a consultant to town on April 23 to meet with property owners to ...

Columbiana will regulate food trucks

COLUMBIANA — The city has started the process to change the business code to regulate food trucks. By a 3-3 vote that was broken by Mayor Bryan Blakeman, council last week gave a first reading to legislation that would add a chapter in the business and tax code regarding mobile food ...

SHS Alumni Association honors Dr. Apicella

SALEM—The Salem High School Alumni Association (SHSAA) has selected Peter Apicella, M.D., as its 2018 Honored Alumnus. Apicella, chairman of the Department of Medical Imaging at Salem Regional Medical Center and a 1982 Salem High School (SHS) graduate, will be the featured speaker at ...