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The Easter Bunny and buckets of candy!

Easter egg hunts by age divisions were held throughout Salem Waterworth Memorial Park Saturday. Despite soggy conditions, the rains cleared away in time for dozens of eager children to collect over 9,000 eggs. The event which featured an appearance by the Easter Bunny was co-sponsored by BHHS ...

Expansion projects means potential job growth

SALEM — Salem has some potential job growth coming, according to Julie Needs, who oversees economic development for the city. Needs, the executive director of the Sustainable Opportunity Development Center, delivered her quarterly report to city council’s Economic Development Committee ...

West Branch voters being asked to back earned income levy

BELOIT — West Branch Local School District residents will once again be asked to approve an earned income tax on the May ballot. The school board is seeking a five-year, .5 percent earned income tax levy that will generate over $850,000 annually to help battle a deficit in spending. It is ...

Leetonia business owner will help repair sidewalks

By KEVIN HOWELL Staff Writer Village Council this past week authorized village officials to contract with a downtown business owner to fix sidewalks. Council authorized authorized Village Administrator Gary Phillips, Superintendent of Utilities Butch Donnalley and Mayor Kevin Siembida to ...

New legislative plan floated to fund schools

LISBON —All 12 local school districts could see an increase in state funding, some significantly so, under a new funding formula proposed by two state legislators. Southern Local would benefit the most, with state funding allocation increasing by an estimated $1.95 million in two years. ...

Crestview welcomes new administrator

NEW WATERFORD — Crestview Local Schools will have a new person coordinating special education and as assistant principal elementary school next school year after the board voted this week to hire Timothy Pancake. The decision came after an executive session at the end of Wednesday’s ...

2 arrested at Shelby Road trailer

LISBON — When county sheriff deputies went to a Center Township residence Friday morning, they just had been trying to serve a woman with an assault warrant; however, officials encountered a lot more of a problem. According to deputies, the officer arrived at 7327 Shelby Road to serve ...

State Briefing

State warns of timber theft COLUMBUS — State officials in Ohio say timber theft has increased due to high prices for white oak and black walnut. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry is offering tips to help residents prevent thefts on public and private land. ...

Dash for deliciousness: Lions hold annual Easter egg hunt

LISBON — Rain or shine, the Lisbon Lions Club has hosted its annual Easter egg hunt for more than three decades. According to Rod Seacrist, usually members prepare enough goodies for 300 children; however, there is little doubt that the weather did impact participation this year as some ...

The hunt is on

And they're off ... three youngsters run toward the candy at the beginning of the 36th annual Easter egg hunt held in Leetonia by the Leetonia Masonic Lodge and the Leetonia Fire Department last week. There will be an egg hunt at 11 a.m. this morning at Salem's Waterworth Memorial Park along ...

Pa. man charged with stealing own tractor

EAST PALESTINE — A Pennsylvania man arrested last year for impersonating a police officer was recently charged with breaking into a Unity Township business and stealing a tractor. According to the East Palestine Police report and court documents through the Columbiana County Municipal ...

Salem looking for new trades teacher

SALEM — Salem City Schools needs to find a new Precision Machine Trades teacher for next year after the board was forced to non-renew the contract of the current teacher, Travis Holbrook, for failing to complete the coursework for his teaching license. High School Principal Sean Kirkland ...

Salem police charge vandals

SALEM — Police charged two juveniles, ages 10 and 16, with delinquency for criminal damaging after one of the boys admitted they had been at Centennial Park throwing rocks through the restroom windows for fun Thursday night. The admission came after the other juvenile claimed he was ...

Magistrate rejects bid for protection order against Highway Patrol trooper

LISBON — A request by a Rogers area newspaper delivery driver for a civil protection order against a State Highway Patrol trooper was denied by Magistrate Lynsey Lyle-Opalenik on Thursday in the Common Pleas Court, domestic relations division. Jeramiah Bailey had filed the request for a ...

Lisbon school board hires former TV reporter to handle PR

LISBON —The school board is joining with four other area school districts in hiring a public relations person to highlight things going on the district that do not always receive coverage by the local news media. The board on Thursday voted to join with the Columbiana, Springield Local, ...

United school calendar OK’d

HANOVERTON—The United Local school board this week approved the school calendar for 2019-2020. The calendar includes the first day for students on Aug. 22, last day for students on May 29 and commencement on May 24. In his recommendation, schools Superintendent Lance Hostetler said the ...

2018 United audit honored by state

HANOVERTON — The United Local School District has received the Auditor of the State Award for the 2018 fiscal year. “Clean and accurate record-keeping are the foundation for a good government, and the taxpayers can take pride in your commitment to accountability,” Auditor of State Dave ...

South Range treasurer sees budget in black 4 years out

BEAVER TWP. — The South Range school board this week approved a financial five-year forecast that shows a positive cash balance until the final year. The board approved the forecast submitted by school Treasurer Jim Phillips, who said he was presenting the document a month earlier than ...

Fox commentator says Mueller report dirty political trick

SALEM — Fox News commentator Gregg Jarrett delivered his views on the just-released Mueller report live from the Timberlanes Complex Thursday night, first in person to rousing applause from Columbiana County Republicans, then on the Sean Hannity show. In short, he said “this was a ...

Commissioners OK $1 month hike for county sewer customers

LISBON — The 2,100 households hooked into Columbiana County’s sewage system will begin paying a dollar more per month to cover rising administrative fees. County commissioners on Wednesday approved the increase requested by the county’s water and sewer department, which is part of the ...