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Painting the pool

Salem Parks and Recreation Dept. staff members, from left, Dave Adams and Jim Grimm were busy giving the Centennial Park pool a fresh new look recently. Due to COVID restrictions the pool was closed this past season as were others throughout our area. (Submitted photo)

West Branch addresses changes within administration

BELOIT - The West Branch school board has made a number of moves to address changes at the top of the administration team. The board appointed Lindsey Szymanski, a school psychologist, as acting director of special services for up to 12 weeks at an additional $75 per day effective Aug. 31. She ...

School-based health center serves district students

SALEM — Over the past year and a half, the district has worked on providing a program through Akron Children’s Hospital, known as a school-based health center. While the program is timely due to COVID-19, Superintendent Chris Neifer said they have been working toward this project for a ...

DeWine administration says mandates don’t apply at Trump rallies

Ohio’s public health order in response to the pandemic doesn’t bar President Donald J. Trump, or any other politician, from gathering thousands of supporters indoors for campaign rallies, according to Gov. Mike DeWine’s administration. Campaigns can ignore the state’s mask mandate, ...

Better body cameras for Salem police

SALEM — New body cameras worn by Salem Police officers provide better video, better audio and ease of use, all for the protection of both the police and the public. That’s according to Chief J.T. Panezott and Detective Brad Davis, who talked about the new equipment while thanking Robert ...

Halloween rules issued; county at yellow

LISBON — With only 20 new coronavirus cases in the past week, Columbiana County went down to a level one, yellow, on the state’s public health advisory map, while at the same time Gov. Mike DeWine’s office issued guidance on which Halloween activities have the green light. “Some of ...

SCC fundraiser goes virtual

SALEM—The women won’t be together for a night out this year at the Salem Community Center, but they can hang out virtually and win a designer purse over 10 days in October. Tickets went on sale Sept. 1 for the 10th SCC Women’s Night Out to support children’s programming and the SCC ...

Sheriff to handle security at municipal court

LISBON — The county sheriff’s office will take over the security duties at county municipal court starting Sept. 21. Sheriff Ray Stone confirmed he was asked by the judges and county Commissioner Mike Halleck to take over the security duties just like they did at the county courthouse 18 ...

Salem police investigate robbery

SALEM — Police are investigating a robbery and assault that took place late Thursday in the area of North Lundy Avenue and Sugartree Alley. Salem Police Detective Dave Talbert said the victim, a 41-year-old man, used the ATM at KeyBank at Second and Broadway and was walking home, traveling ...

Grades for county schools: incomplete

COLUMBUS — Ohio’s latest report cards for school districts don’t have the usual performance rankings and some other key indicators, after school closures and legislative changes related to the coronavirus affected the state’s system for reporting and accountability. State testing ...

East Palestine OKs vacant structure ordinance

EAST PALESTINE — Over the past few years, village council and the planning commission have worked toward putting a vacant structure ordinance into the zoning code. Looking for ways to make improvements to the village, an easy place to look was Main Street, where there have been a plethora of ...

Helping hand

SALEM— The Smucker House at 271 S. Broadway, Salem, was left to the women of Salem but available to clubs, organizations, and individuals to rent. The house is maintained by the Salem Federation of Women’s Clubs. Current members are the Salem Book Club which originated in 1910, the Salem ...

West Branch board selects new member

BELOIT — The West Branch school board appointed a new member Thursday night. The board unanimously appointed Bryan Hobbins to complete the term that ends Dec. 31, 2021. He is replacing longtime member John Wallace who resigned last month. He will be sworn in at the next regular board ...

Leetonia mayor seeking info about residential service lines

LEETONIA — Mayor Kevin Siembida is asking residents to fill out a survey expected with their next water bill regarding what type of service line comes into their home— either lead, galvanized, copper or other material. His hope is to use that information to get those lines replaced, if ...

Salem officer sworn in

Salem Police Patrolman Vincent DeRose stands still while his stepmother, Lisa DeRose, pins his new badge into place Wednesday after he’s sworn in by Salem Mayor John Berlin as the city’s newest full-time officer. His father, Jeffrey DeRose, can be seen in the background. A 2015 graduate of ...

Businessman unhappy with virus response

LISBON — While many businesses closed for various amounts of time when the coronavirus first appeared in Ohio, at least one local excavator, Mint Cook, came to the Board of Health Wednesday to voice his displeasure with the decisions made. Cook said he was told he could not work, like on a ...

DeWine administration says mandates don’t apply at Trump campaign rallies

Ohio’s public health order in response to the pandemic doesn’t bar President Donald J. Trump, or any other politician, from gathering thousands of supporters indoors for campaign rallies, according to Gov. Mike DeWine’s administration. Campaigns can ignore the state’s mask mandate, ...

Practice makes perfect

Salem firefighters trained Wednesday in the city hall parking lot with a pair of cars loaned to them by Sinsley Towing, working on stabilization and extrication techniques and trying out new battery-operated cutters and spreaders, known as jaws. Captain Shawn Mesler said the battery-operated ...

8 care facility deaths linked to COVID

LISBON — Eight deaths from the past three weeks of residents of a long-term care facility have been linked to the coronavirus. According to the county health department, the eight deaths were entered at the same time into the Ohio Disease Reporting System instead of as they occurred. The ...

Salem health official making use of CARES funds

SALEM — The city health department keeps receiving grants, so Health Commissioner Alanna Stainbrook said she’s finding ways to spend the money. She updated city health board members on the status of the grants from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, noting it ...