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Hitchin’ a ride

United softball player Samantha Lippiatt gathers a foul ball along Route 44 in front of Rootstown High School and jokes with her teammates about hitchhiking during Tuesday’s sectional tournament game. (Salem News photo by Ron Firth)

Salem CRA amendment headed to council

SALEM - A proposal to make additional residential areas in the city eligible for a tax abatement on new construction is headed to city council. The Economic Development Committee agreed Tuesday to recommend city council change the boundaries of the Community Reinvestment Area to include ...

Pollinator garden plans sting council members in Lisbon

LISBON - A proposed pollinator garden brought quite the controversy to Lisbon village council’s Tuesday evening meeting.  The Chamber of Commerce applied for a beautification grant through the land bank and presented a tentative plan last week to the Columbiana County Land Reutilization ...

Social media post creates commotion at Crestview

NEW WATERFORD — A student’s post to social media prompted an investigation by administrators from the Crestview Schools and the Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday. Superintendent Matthew Manley confirmed a student had posted to a SnapChat message a photo of a gun in a ...

Greier, sports dpt. take home AP honors 

Veteran Salem News reporter Mary Ann Greier earned honors in the Ohio Associated Press Media Editor’s 2020 Contest.  Greier placed third for both Best Feature Writer and Best News Writer.  Her features included stories about Salem Police K-9 Simon’s television debut, Salem Councilman ...

Work begins on Columbiana pipeline

Mark Castellano and Derek Farbo work with foreman Chris Dubensky of Miller Pipeline Monday. Miller Pipeline is under contract with Columbiana Gas to replace pipes from Friend Street up to Elm Street. According to Jack R. Stryffeler, lead supervisor, it will be a few months until the new lines ...

Chase Bank closing Columbiana branch

COLUMBIANA—The branch of Chase Bank located at 35 N. Main St. will close on July 29.  Customers accounts will be consolidated to the Chase Bank location at 123 N. Broadway Ave. in Salem. According to Carlene Lule, Chase Bank vice president of media relations, the role branches perform in ...

Jumping into summer

Gracie McGinnis, fourth grader, jumps through a hole in the giant bounce house at Crestview Family Fit-Fun Night for students involved in the Learning’s Cool After School program. The event celebrated the end of the school year and included a Zoom call with the Pro Football Hall of Fame, a ...

Change in street lights off, reassessment possible in Perry Township

SALEM — Perry Township trustees are holding off on any change to their street lighting program with Ohio Edison, but may research whether a reassessment can take place for what residents pay. Ohio Edison/First Energy spokesman Troy Rhoades explained the street lighting options Monday, ...

Traffic violations eyed by Perry Township police

SALEM — Perry Township Police Chief Mike Emigh said he’s looking for part-time police officers and cracking down on violations along the four-lane U.S. Route 62 bypass. Emigh made the comments during his report to Perry Township trustees, who met in person Monday night for the first time ...

Fireworks moved to Shaker Woods

COLUMBIANA — There will be fireworks in the city on July 4, but not at Firestone Park. Heidi Dattilio, president of the Columbiana Chamber of Commerce, and Lana Wilt, chairwoman of the Fourth of July Committee, came before city council this week to announce plans to relocate the fireworks. ...

East Palestine to hold graduation May 29

EAST PALESTINE — Superintendent Chris Neifer announced graduation plans at Thursday’s board meeting. Graduation will be held at the football stadium at 7 p.m., May 29. If it rains, it will be held the following evening. Neifer opened the board meeting with Covid updates, saying all ...

Salem prom royalty crowned

Salem High School Prom Queen Emma Griffith and her escort Jax Booth were crowned Friday. The prom was held at Mr. Anthony’s in Boardman, with the afterprom Saturday at Kennywood. (Submitted photo)

Gallery: Honoring a Salem inspiration

The Salem Waterworth Memorial North ball field was officially named Paul Headland Field Saturday during a well-attended dedication held by the Salem Parks and Recreation Dept. Shown from left, daughter Stephanie Linder, wife Carol Sue and son Dan Headland. The late coach-teacher-minister was a ...

Gallery: Honoring Ryan Johnson

Despite chilly and damp conditions, the annual Ryan Johnson 5K Memorial Run/Walk attracted 170 participants including 43 walks-up Saturday to West Branch High School. The event honors the late West Branch student-athlete. It was not held last year due to COVID concerns. Shown above are the ...

2021 CCCTC nursing graduates

Columbiana County Career & Technical Center’s (CCCTC) Adult Education Program celebrated the graduation of the 35 students from the LPN to RN Nursing program on April 16. The program is a one-year bridge for students who are current licensed practical nurses and are interested in earning ...

Council holds first reading on parking ordinance

SALEM — City council recently held the first reading on an ordinance that will allow parking to continue on an existing original driveway in a front yard, even if the garage is gone or no longer a garage. An issue came up recently when a homeowner on Southeast Boulevard decided to close in ...

Leetonia Council approves pay changes, halts some RITA taxes

LEETONIA — Village council Wednesday approved changes to employee pay. The changes include elimination of step pay for dispatchers and moving the zoning officer from salary to hourly. The changes take effect May 10 In other business, council authorized Mayor Kevin Siembida to advise RITA, ...

Little Free Library and Little Gallery dedication held at Burchfield site

The Little Free Library and Little Gallery were dedicated Saturday as part of a Mother’s Day open house event on the Burchfield Homestead lands on Fourth Street in Salem. Salem Girls Scouts Troop 80774 members thought up the Little Free Library project. Shown at the Little Free Library are ...

Encino Energy makes donation to the Hanover Township Volunteer FD

LOUISVILLE — Encino Energy made a donation from the Encino Energy Community Partnership Program to support the Hanover Township Volunteer Fire Department in its commitment to protecting the residents of Columbiana County. Encino was asked to provide funding for portable radios for the ...