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Organizers hopeful COVID-19 doesn’t stall Super Cruise

SALEM — For the city of Salem and Gene Johnson and the cruisers, the Salem Super Cruise is inked into the calendar for June 10-13, dependent of course on COVID-19. “We’re at the mercy of the governor. Whatever he says goes, but we’re hopeful,” city Service/Safety Director Joe ...

Center Township distributes hundreds of PPE items

LISBON — Traffic was brisk up and down Industrial Park Road, Saturday as Center Township hosted its Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) drive-thru distribution outside its location. Center Township Trustee Greg Shive explained that within the first hour of the event, officials had already ...

Ohio Supreme Court accepts resignation of former Sebring Judge

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Supreme Court approved the resignation of a former Sebring judge following her conviction in 2019 in a fraud case, according to news partner WKBN-TV 27. The Supreme Court initially suspended Diane Vettori’s law license after she was sentenced to 30 months in prison for ...

Over 400 get vaccine at clinic

LISBON - Vehicles snaked their way through the Columbiana County Fairgrounds on Friday leading to another 414 local elderly residents receiving their first doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. After one man got his vaccine, he let out a joyful cheer which echoed inside the new ...

Treason claim results in menacing charge

LISBON - A Leetonia man who attempted to file treason charges against Gov. Mike DeWine at Columbiana County Common Pleas Court on Thursday morning appeared on an aggravated menacing misdemeanor charge in county Municipal Court on Friday morning. A Jan. 28 pretrial was set for Jack O. Colon, ...

Additional time granted for sewer line project

SALEM - The city Utilities Commission agreed to give more time to Marucci & Gaffney to substantially complete the Snyder Road sanitary sewer line project after learning of a water line issue near the route. The contracting company from Youngstown asked for an extension to Feb. 12 from the ...

Fundraiser set in memory of beloved organist, educator

SALEM - Ila Jeanne Paxson loved kids, music and helping people - now that love will continue through a memorial scholarship fund established in her name. The retired Salem teacher and organist emeritus of Emmanuel Lutheran Church passed away in November after a lifetime of service to others, ...

SRMC administers vaccines, no more appointments for next clinic

SALEM - No more appointments are being accepted for Salem Regional Medical Center (SRMC)'s Vaccine Clinic Jan. 28. The Vaccine Clinic's schedule is full and at maximum capacity, based on the supply of 100 vaccines expected to arrive next week from the Ohio Department of Health. SRMC is to ...

KSU Salem goes green with solar panels

KENT — As part of a university-wide initiative, the Kent State University campuses in Salem and East Liverpool are going green through a renewable energy project to provide solar panels at each location, resulting in cost savings and reducing the carbon footprint of Kent State. A year ago, ...

Health commissioner rewarded with extra pay

LISBON — While the coronavirus has increased the amount of work and responsibilities at the Columbiana County General Health District, employees and the health commissioners have received merit pay recently. During Wednesday’s meeting, the board approved merit pay for Wes Vins, the health ...

Utilities board goes over sewer rate hike proposals

SALEM — City Utilities Commission members said they’ll review recommended sewer rate increases over the next few months before taking any action. Whatever they decide, Salem City Council members will have final say on whether to increase the sewer rates. The sewer rates have not been ...

Swatting call sends police to Leetonia teen’s home

Staff Reports LEETONIA — Local police officers handled a swatting case Wednesday night, responding to a reported shooting at a Cherry Fork Avenue home. Leetonia and Washingtonville officers responded to a home in the 700 block of Cherry Fork Avenue at 10:23 p.m. Wednesday in reference to ...

East Liverpool sued over bite by K-9 Nero

LISBON — A Wellsville man is suing after he reportedly was bitten last March by East Liverpool’s K-9 Nero. The civil lawsuit was filed in Common Pleas Court Wednesday against the dog’s handler, Patrolman Chris Green, as well as police Chief John Lane and the city of East ...

Fauci unleashed: Doc takes ‘liberating’ turn at center stage

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci is back. In truth, the nation’s leading infectious-diseases expert never really went away. But after enduring nearly a year of darts and undermining comments from former President Donald Trump, Fauci now speaks with the authority of the White House ...

Biden: ‘Democracy has prevailed’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, declaring that “democracy has prevailed” and summoning American resilience and unity to confront the deeply divided nation’s historic confluence of crises. Denouncing a national “uncivil ...

Salem Health board staffs up for vaccine shots

SALEM — The city health board met in special emergency session Wednesday to hire reinforcements for COVID-19 vaccine clinics and to purchase equipment. “Hopefully by the end of the summer, we’ll have a large part of the population vaccinated,” city Health Commissioner Alanna Stainbrook ...

CARES act-funded jail repairs may be finished within month

LISBON — Renovation of the Columbiana County Jail using federal COVID-19 aid is expected to be completed within four weeks. County Commissioner Mike Halleck issued the update at Wednesday’s meeting, reporting that renovation of the minimum security wing of the jail would make it easier to ...

Washingtonville will revisit single trash hauler issue

WASHINGTONVILLE – Village council will revisit discussion of a single trash hauler for the village. Council will hold a work session to discuss the topic at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the administration building. Mayor Herman Frank has invited an person with knowledge of trash collection to offer ...

County prepares for drive-up vaccine clinic at fairgrounds

LISBON — With about 400 doses of coronavirus vaccines available, the Columbiana County General Health District is ready for their first drive-up vaccination clinic at the county fairgrounds in Lisbon on Friday. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the vaccine given on a ...

Leetonia council OKs sewer rate hike, add fee

LEETONIA — Water and sewer customers will see an increase in rates beginning with their February bill. Village Council Wednesday night approved the second readings of legislation raising the minimum and usage sewer rate plus adding a service fee to both the sewer and water capital funds as ...