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Chasing rainbows

A rainbow stretches out over the farms and homes east of Lisbon. We believe the rainbow ended in East Palestine, with the pot of gold in the village park. (Salem News photo by Deanne Johnson)

Merry named to Salem City Council in split vote

SALEM — Robert Merry is the new at-large member of Salem City Council, selected in a 3-2-1 vote for the seat vacated by former councilman Sal Salvino. Council members deliberated for about 20 minutes in executive session during a special meeting Thursday before returning to open session for ...

Salem water plant upgrades could reach $14.5M

SALEM — Required and recommended upgrades to Salem’s aging water treatment plant on Gamble Road carry an estimated price tag of $14.5 million. That was the bottom line of a report presented Thursday by Jim Rhoades of Alfred Benesch Engineering, who reviewed the project scoping study with ...

Man gets at least nine years for beating, robbing elderly woman

LISBON — A New Waterford area man who beat, tied up and robbed a 91-year-old woman in her own home was sentenced to at least nine years in prison in addition to another sentence he is already serving. Cody Harmon, 32, state Route 46, New Waterford, appeared in Common Pleas Court for ...

New Waterford to open new website next month

NEW WATERFORD — Mayor Shane Patrone announced at Tuesday’s council meeting there will be a new website for the village. The goal is to have the website available by next month. The village will still post events on the Facebook page due to a majority of residents using Facebook to get ...

Warmer weather provides an opportunity to create new healthier habits

SALEM – As warmer temperatures and brighter days return for spring, the change in seasons also offers an excellent chance to start new healthy habits that can help you to live longer. Chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer are among the leading causes o f death in ...

GM to announce location of second battery factory

LORDSTOWN — General Motors and South Korea’s LG Energy Solution today are expected to announce the location of the partnership’s second electric vehicle battery-cell factory — and it appears the companies won’t be expanding one already being built here. The announcement is planned ...

Seed seeker

A squirrel ponders its next moves as it hovers over a bird feeder full of sunflower seeds. (Salem News photo by Deanne Johnson)

Council members question candidates for open seat

SALEM — City council members questioned candidates for the At Large opening on a number of topics, including what they consider Salem’s biggest problem, what they like about the city and how they would handle a budget shortfall. The question and answer session Wednesday night via Zoom was ...

Akron man gets 3 years for fleeing cops

LISBON — Uriah T. James, 35, the Akron man who refused to stop for law enforcement two years ago while driving a stolen vehicle in the Salem area, was sentenced to three years in prison Wednesday by Common Pleas Court Judge Megan Bickerton. A week ago, James pleaded guilty to three counts ...

Southern Local closed after threat

SALINEVILLE — Southern Local was closed unexpectedly Wednesday following a threat believed to have been made by a student or students. Superintendent Tom Cunningham said the threat had been posted on a school platform and with the help of teachers, the technology director and principals, ...

SRMC plans COVID vaccinations

Salem Regional Medical Center (SRMC) will be administering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at three area locations in April: — In Salem: April 21 and 28 at Salem Regional Medical Center, starti ng at 8 a.m. — In Columbiana: April 21 from noon to 6 p.m. and April 28 from 7 a.m. to noon at ...

United combines girls, boys track coaching positions

HANOVERTON — The United school board Wednesday night combined the varsity track head coaching positions for this year. The board approved a memorandum of understanding with the teachers union to combine the varsity boys and girls track head coaching positions and add a varsity assistant for ...

Group working to provide beds to kids in need

Sleep in Heavenly Peace, a registered non-profit organization is seeking sponsors throughout Columbiana County to help build beds for children who do not have them. “It’s just something that once you do it and you see it, you can’t get away from it, it just draws you in,” Junior ...

Columbiana wins gas aggregation argument

By DANIELLE GARNER Staff Writer COLUMBIANA — City Manager Lance Willard announced last week the issue with the gas aggregation supplier going out of market which broke contract has been resolved. Efforts to reverse charges were successful after the city made objections. Willard explained ...

Salem Twp. road chief patching up cemeteries

FRANKLIN SQUARE — A Salem Township cemetery which dates back to the mid-to-late 1800s looks a little neater now, with toppled tombstones back in place. “That cemetery looks the best it has looked in 20 years,” Salem Township Trustee Bill Heston said. Heston reported on the progress ...

County pauses use of J&J vaccine

LISBON — With concerns growing about rare blood clots possibly connected to the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine against the coronavirus, the local county health department has canceled using the vaccine this week. Laura Fauss, public information officer for the county health ...

Goshen trustees OK police contract with Beloit

GOSHEN CENTER — Goshen Township trustees this week approved a new police contract with Beloit. Trustees approved the three-year contract to provide police protection effective May 1, 2021 through April 30, 2024 at $45,000 per year in monthly payments of $3,750. The previous contract was ...

EP councilman raises questions on vacant buildings

EAST PALESTINE — Councilman Alan Cohen this week questioned building and zoning inspector C.H. McCutcheon about how many vacant buildings are in the village. People with vacant structures are required to register each year with the village. Cohen noted there were 27 such buildings in 2020, ...

Leetonia prom court

Leetonia will host its Junior/Senior Prom on April 16 at Avion on the Water from 7 to 11 p.m. The Promenade will be held one hour prior to the prom also at Avion on the Water. Members of the2021 Leetonia Prom Court include, top from left, Michael Miller, Jacob McCool, Joby Buffone, Alex ...