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Gallery: 2019 Gingerbread Day

The 10th annual Gingerbread Day was held Saturday at the Salem High School cafeteria, attracting over 800 children throughout the morning and afternoon. The free event featured an assortment of interactive fun for the children highlighted by the adorning of personal gingerbread houses with ...

Leetonia officials want surveys

LEETONIA — Village officials are asking residents to return the income surveys they should have received in the mail. Village Administrator Gary Phillips reported the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) has helped the village mail out 360 Low to Moderate Income (LMI) surveys. He ...

Lisbon Area Chamber of Commerce clear of ADA complaint

LISBON — The handicapped-accessible complaint filed by a local resident against the Lisbon Area Chamber of Commerce has been dropped but the organization still intends to explore ways to comply. Chamber Director Marilyn McCullough said Scott Bartholomew recently dropped the complaint he ...

Family, faith and community: Village manager emphasizes all

EAST PALESTINE— Rugby is a harsh sport, filled with aggression and physicality. But that’s not why it’s Mark McTrustry’s favorite sport. Sure he loves the game itself, but the community of people he used to play with is what he craved. While growing up in Northern Ireland, the ...

Initial phase of demos coming to end

LISBON —Five years after receiving its first allocation of federal funding to begin demolishing dilapidated and abandoned homes in East Liverpool, Salem and Wellsville, the initial phase of Columbiana County’s land bank program is winding down. The last of the $3.2 million in combined ...

Columbiana Auxiliary Police Force adds local resident

COLUMBIANA— Police Chief Tim Gladis introduced and recommended Christopher Bell to council before being sworn into the Columbiana Auxiliary Police Force at Tuesday’s city council meeting. Bell, who is 18 years old and lives in Leetonia, graduated from Salem High School in June and has ...

Salem man indicted for leaving kids home alone for days

YOUNGSTOWN — A Mahoning County grand jury has indicted a Salem man on two counts of child endangering. Hiram Diaz, 53, of Calla Road, Salem, is indicted on the counts of felony child endangering after police said he left his two children, ages 13 and 5, home alone for days. Goshen ...

Gallery: Southeast students, staff hold a special observance

Lessons of Thanksgiving were taught across the Salem Schools classrooms prior to the special holiday including at Southeast School The fifth grade observed an entire learning day for Native American Language Arts and Social Studies Day. Each student participated in reading the novel, "The ...

Plan in place to fix wall in Salem

SALEM — The EuroGyro restaurant and building at 110 W. State St. remains closed, along with West State Street between Ellsworth and Howard avenues, but Salem Fire Chief Scott Mason said steps are being taken to stabilize the structure and work on a permanent fix. Mason said he recently ...

Humane societies merge in Columbiana County

LISBON — The former Salem Humane Society has merged with another group to form the Columbiana County Humane Society, complete with a humane officer to investigate animal abuse and neglect claims. Sharon McElroy, president of the Columbiana County Humane Society (CCHS), met Wednesday with ...

Light Up Damascus planned for Dec. 14

DAMASCUS – The annual Light Up Damascus community event will be held next weekend, providing a full slate of Christmas activities for community members to enjoy. This year’s event will again feature a full day of activities Dec. 14 leading up to the tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. in ...

Stadium GM collecting for Toys for Tots

SALEM — Area residents can help break records this year by dropping off as many new, unwrapped toys as possible at the Stadium GM Superstore for the 7th annual Toys for Tots marathon toy drive by the Marines and the Chevy All-Stars. “Columbiana County collects a ton of toys. A lot of ...

EP athletes honored at board meeting

EAST PALESTINE— Athletic director Dwayne Pavkovich introduced high school students Josh Welch, Cole Rutledge, Emily Berger, Abby Andre and Katherine Simon to speak at Monday’s school board meeting about the accomplishments of the fall sports teams and how athletics have been a positive for ...

Columbiana gets grant for storm water project

COLUMBIANA — After years of anticipation and hard work, City Manager Lance Willard announced at Tuesday’s city council meeting that the city received a grant for the West Salem Street storm water project. The Ohio Emergency Management Agency, Department of Public Safety provided the city ...

Welcoming the season in Salem

Community members celebrated the lighting of the downtown Christmas tree and lights in Salem Thursday night.

Cruise organizers oppose DORA during event

SALEM—Cruisin’ Crew organizer Gene Johnson, who’s already working on plans for the 2020 Salem Super Cruise, said the city will lose him and the car cruisers if there’s alcohol allowed at the event. Johnson just learned Monday about plans for a Designated Outdoor Recreation Area (DORA) ...

Washingtonville police levy fails following tie in certified recount

LISBON — The Washingtonville police levy remained tied after the Mahoning County ballots were counted by hand, which means the levy failed. The levy was deadlocked 60-60 following the Nov. 5 election — 31-31 in Columbiana County and 29-29 in Mahoning County. This resulted in an automatic ...

Baronzzi to seek re-election as juvenile judge

LISBON — Columbiana County Juvenile/Probate Court Judge Thomas M. Baronzzi is seeking re-election in 2020 after filing his candidacy petitions with the county elections board on Thursday. A lifelong county resident, Baronzzi, 57, is a 1980 graduate of Lisbon’s David Anderson High School. ...

GM taps Valley for battery-cell plant

LORDSTOWN — General Motors and South Korea’s LG Chem are partnering to invest $2.3 billion to develop and mass produce electric vehicle battery cells near Lordstown, where the automaker shuttered its assembly plant this year. The joint venture is expected to create more than 1,100 new ...

Leetonia council approves first reading of pay raises

LEETONIA—Village council Wednesday night approved the first reading of a new wage ordinance granting raises for employees and elected officials. The new wage ordinance, recommended by Mayor Kevin Siembida, grants a 2 percent cost of living increase for wage employees and 4 to 5 percent ...