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GREENFORD — A local Boy Scout has renovated a historic cabin in town. Aiden Hammer, a member of Boy Scout Troop 8 of Greenford and North Lima, renovated the log cabin behind the Greenford Library as his Eagle Scout project. According to Aiden’s research, cabin used to be a square, ...

Communities satisfied with RITA

LISBON — The six communities in Columbiana County that switched to RITA are glad they did so. Officials from the communities say contracting with the Regional Income Tax Agency not only saved the taxpayers money and improved tax collections but made it easier for the people they ...

WB board moves toward new treasurer

BELOIT – The West Branch school board will get help from the Mahoning County Educational Service Center until finding a new treasurer. The board this week approved a cooperative agreement with the MCESC for Ryan Jones, MCESC treasurer, to serve as interim treasurer at West Branch retroactive ...

Program to warn of vaping, other social dangers

SALEM — Parents, the public and anyone interested in learning about the dangers of vaping, Internet safety, human trafficking and drugs can attend a free, informative event from 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 4 at the Salem High School auditorium. “We want to be proactive,” School Resource ...

Josie’s changing hands

The new owners of Josie’s Pizza, Gary and Cassandra Eichler of Salem, left, appear with current owners Kathy Jones and John Flick, right, under the familiar Josie’s Pizza sign at 147 S. Lundy Ave., Salem. The ownership change takes effect March 1. Siblings Kathy and John, whose mother ...

Commissioners have moldy records cleaned

LISBON — Columbiana County commissioners are spending $9,000 to clean county recorder books that became covered in mold while stored in Mahoning County. Commissioner Tim Weigle reported during this week’s meeting they agreed to retain the services of Farsight Management of Dover to remove ...

District to close Knox Elementary

BELOIT — The West Branch school board will soon be deciding on a district restructuring plan that will close Knox Elementary. The board Thursday night authorized schools Superintendent Timothy Saxton to develop a detailed plan that will close Knox Elementary and place grades pre-school ...

Mehno quits, BOE agrees to pay $60K

The Leetonia school board and suspended Superintendent Robert Mehno agreed Thursday to sever ties effective today, with the board agreeing to pay Mehno a lump sum of $60,000 within 14 days per the separation agreement. “It is with a heavy heart I tender my resignation as superintendent of ...

Leetonia council to ban parking on part of Cherry St.

LEETONIA – Village council Wednesday night agreed to prohibit parking on a stretch of roadway, but will allow one more meeting for residents to voice their concerns. Council approved the first reading of an ordinance prohibiting parking on either side of Cherry Street between Somer and ...

Leetonia school chief wants 8 periods a day

LEETONIA — Interim Superintendent Dr. Andy Tommelleo explained his reasons for wanting to increase the junior high/high school schedule from seven periods to eight periods to allow for more electives and flexibility. He also talked about a change in the proposed school calendar for next ...

Lisbon man gets 30 months, loses license for life for 4th OVI

LISBON — Michael Raymond Miller, 36, state Route 45, Lisbon, pleaded guilty in Common Pleas Court to OVI. He faces up to 30 months in prison, a $10,500 fine, a lifetime license suspension and a vehicle forfeiture. Miller was driving while under the influence on Feb. 12, 2019, when he has ...

Sheridan’s house listed at $1.3M

Staff Reports LEETONIA — A former home of Ryan Sheridan is on sale for nearly $1.3 million. The former Braking Point Recovery Center was recently sentenced to more than seven years in prison for Medicaid fraud. The luxurious two-story home at 41079 Spring Hill Drive sits on a 22-acre ...

United girls advance

Eagles Head Coach Josh Sigler and the United girls take a time out during their 41-29 win over the Springfield Local Tigers Wednesday in Hanoverton in a Northeast District D3 sectional opener. The Eagles advance to take on Liberty Saturday. (Salem News photo by Mary Ann Greier)

Columbiana OKs tax breaks for businesses

COLUMBIANA — City council on Tuesday passed Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) applications from 308 Pittsburgh Street, LLC and ABL Wholesale Distribution, Inc., proposed by City Manager Lance Willard. The results of the CRA applications, which were also approved by the school board at its ...

Leetonia hires new utilities supervisor

LEETONIA —Village Council Wednesday night hired a new superintendent of utilities. Council hired Edward Allen of Hubbard to the position effective March 2 at $60,000 annually. He was a warehouse maintenance supervisor for 17 years at a Bedford Heights company before being transferred to ...

Man pleads guilty in fatal hit-skip

LISBON — The driver responsible for striking and killing a man walking in the Franklin Square area before driving away in October 2018 pleaded guilty to three charges in Common Pleas Court before Judge Megan Bickerton. Dale E. Dennison, 29, West Salem Street, Columbiana, pleaded guilty to ...

Lordstown council approves tax deal for GM battery plant

LORDSTOWN — Village council Tuesday gave its needed approval to grant General Motors a 75 percent tax abatement over 15 years for a planned 2.5 million- to 2.75 million-square-foot battery plant in the community. The village’s approval, as well as approval last week from both the ...

Aladdin Jr. on SCT stage

There are three more chances to catch Aladdin Jr. at the Salem Community Theatre — 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. For tickets go to http://www.salemcommunitytheatre.org or call the box office at 330-332-9688 Ext 3. From left, Gianna Oliver, Ashley Graczyk, Alexa McCaughtry, ...

Resident asks protest on RITA referendum be dropped

A city resident addressed council Tuesday, requesting Councilwoman Cyndi Baronzzi Dickey to withdraw her protest over the referendum petition to place the Regional Income Tax Agency issue on the ballot. “Continuing the meritless protest will be a waste of resources and time as this issue ...

Salem man pleads guilty in jail escape

LISBON — Michael W. Hover Jr., one of the three men who left the county jail last summer, pleaded guilty to escape, a third-degree felony, and requested immediate sentencing on Tuesday morning. Hover, 29, East Third Street, Salem, was sentenced by Judge Scott Washam to 24 months in prison. ...