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Auction at fairgrounds

The annual equipment consignment auction begins at 9:30 a.m. today at the county fairgrounds and as usual they are offering just about everything your heart might desire from lawn equipment and ATVs to heavy equipment, and workshop odds and ends to farm implements. Kiko’s will conduct the ...

Details take shape on downtown DORA

More details are taking shape for the Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) approved by council that is still awaiting state approval. City Manager Lance Willard announced during this week’s council meeting that the city will be publishing a legal ad that outlines some stipulations for ...

County Democrats name Kidder chairman

LISBON — The Columbiana County Democratic Party has announced its election of Charley Kidder as the new chairman. “I’m grateful for this opportunity to advocate for the values of rural Democrats,” Kidder said in a press release issued Friday. “I want our party to champion the ...

Salem woman gets another 2 years in prison for bringing drugs into jail

LISBON — At 25 years old Brandi Cope has already spent a substantial amount of time incarcerated for drug-related crimes. On Thursday, Common Pleas Court Judge Scott Washam sentenced her to another two years in prison. Cope, Ohio Avenue, Salem, appeared in custody in court to be sentenced ...

Leetonia board honors robotics team, county champs again

LEETONIA — The Leetonia school board Thursday night honored the district’s robotics team in its first full year of competition. After winning the Columbiana County Robotics tournament last year, the program this year had two teams compete in several tournaments. Once again, the district ...

YSU student runs own landscape business

GREENFORD — He’s entering his junior year as a business administration major at Youngstown State University, but already Pierce Baird is “pretty much” doing what he wants. The 2016 graduate of South Range High School owns Baird’s Landscaping, a business he started last year and will ...

Loss of bank poses problems for Salineville

LISBON — The loss of the Huntington Bank has created another problem in Salineville. Village council this week discussed the possibility of going with direct deposit for the village’s payroll checks. Fiscal Officer Donna Rudder said the idea was first brought up at a recent finance ...

Kendrick’s Corner sells another winner

SALEM — Kendrick’s Corner owner Bob Patel is wondering who won $50,000 from the Feb. 13 Powerball drawing. It’s the second $50,000 prize-winning ticket sold by the store. The Powerball ticket was sold at his store and the Ohio Lottery furnished him with this winning ticket notification ...

Starting out young

Kaylie McMillan, 5, of East Palestine emulates the varsity cheerleaders as they perform various routines during the boys basketball game against Beaver Local. (Salem News photo by Patti Schaeffer)

Utilities board shocked by higher chemical prices

Money monopolized the agenda at the Salem Utilities Commission meeting Thursday, with a $1.8 million contract awarded for the Snyder Road sewer line project and the bid phase started for the $5.3 million wastewater treatment plant Phase 2 upgrade. Uncollectable debts for water and sewer bills ...

Utilities dept. boosts security, may add additional cameras

SALEM —The Salem Utilities Commission plans to pursue video surveillance for utility building locations off of Second Street and South Ellsworth Avenue in response to the theft of a utility department truck last month. Utilities Superintendent Don Weingart updated the commission on the ...

No better deal for villages

SALEM — For water customers outside the city of Salem, Utilities Commission Chairman Bob Hodgson said “there is no better deal.” That includes Perry Township and the villages of Leetonia and Washingtonville — they all get the same deal. Hodgson said he felt the need to comment based ...

2nd suspect in jewelry store heist in custody

CALCUTTA — The second suspect wanted in connection to the March 2018 break-in at Kay Jewelers in the Summit Square is in custody, facing numerous charges. St. Clair Township Detective Greg Smith reported Thursday that Michele G. Gue, 46, Dayton, was picked up and is incarcerated at the Miami ...

Career Center machining student shares experiences with board

LISBON — Precision Machining Manufacturing student Katie Chludzinski recently met Governor Mike DeWine and this week she met members of the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center board. Selected as one of five student Presidential Scholar Semi-Finalists through the career technical ...

Buckeye Water District seeks funds for new lines

LISBON — With a looming need to run water lines to Fredericktown Heights, Buckeye Water District gave Manager Al DeAngelis the authority to apply for funding for the project. Following the brief meeting held Thursday morning in Wellsville, DeAngelis said they plan to go after every funding ...

Rogers man sentenced for jail incident

LISBON —A Rogers man charged with additional violent crimes while he was already incarcerated at the county jail was sentenced in Common Pleas Court to three years in prison last week. But he will be allowed to serve the sentence concurrently with another prison sentence. Nicholas J. ...

Wizard on a hoverboard

Chase Gee, 11, of Salem spins a basketball on one finger as he rides a Hover-1 board around the court. Gee is a member of the Warrior Wizards team, which is made up of sixth graders at West Branch. (Salem News photo by Patti Schaeffer)

Parks director touts improvements made by scouts

Visitors to Waterworth Memorial Park may notice a new gazebo and walking bridge and spruced up attractions near the duck pond, including a repainted Salem Express stagecoach and informational signs. This summer they’ll notice a new paint job for safety signage around Centennial Pool and the ...

Numbers in Berlin’s report tell the story

SALEM — For residents interested in the State of the City, it’s all about the numbers. Mayor John Berlin presented plenty during his report Tuesday night, painting a picture of the activities keeping the street department busy and economic development moving on the city’s behalf. The ...

Consultant to go over jail contract for commissioners

LISBON — With the contract with GEO, the company responsible for operating the county jail, scheduled to end after this year, county commissioners on Wednesday gave Chairman Mike Halleck permission to have the current contract evaluated. Halleck will have Peter Argeropulos, a consultant ...