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Hugs make big return

SALEM — The power of touch returned to Blossom Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Friday, in the form of a plastic tent with arms. The hug tent will enable residents to experience a basic human need they’ve been dreaming about for over a year since COVID-19 came to town — the feel of a ...

Walk-in vaccine clinic set in Salem

SALEM—The Salem City Health District will host a walk-in clinic to administer the one-dose Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to the first 200 eligible people who appear from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday. Individuals over the age of 60 or who qualify for Phase 1A, 1B or 1C are ...

Update offered on clinics, cases in Columbiana County

LISBON — Those eligible for the coronavirus vaccine in the county will have several opportunities, including next Friday, March 12 at the County Vaccination Complex at the fairgrounds. Starting on Monday and continuing Tuesday, those age 60 and older wanting the vaccine are encouraged to ...

Leetonia council eyes conferencing system

LEETONIA – Village Council is considering a new conferencing system that will not only improve its online meeting capabilities but provide the ability to participate in online employee training. Mayor Kevin Siembida provided council with an estimate of just under $2,000 for the new video ...

Coroner could face June trial

LISBON — Columbiana County Coroner Dr. George Wilson, who is charged with domestic violence following an alleged incident involving a woman at his home in December, could face a jury in June in County Municipal Court. On Friday morning, visiting Judge David Stucki met with visiting ...

Residents can schedule vaccines in Mahoning County

YOUNGSTOWN – Mahoning County Public Health and other providers are beginning to schedule for Phase 1C and Phase 2 COVID-19 vaccinations. Phase 2 will begin with Mahoning County residents ages 60 and older. More information on Phase 2 can be found at the following link: ...

Report: Southern Park owner preparing to file bankruptcy

BOARDMAN — The owner / operator of Southern Park Mall is reportedly preparing to file bankruptcy after not making a $23.2 million interest payment in February, according to a published report. Columbus-based Washington Prime Group, a retail real estate investment trust with centers across ...

GM / LG Chem considering second battery-cell plant in U.S.

Why not Lordstown? That’s the question asked of some economic development leaders after news broke Thursday that General Motors and South Korea’s LG Chem — a joint venture partnership already building a $2.3 billion electric vehicle battery-cell plant in Lordstown — are considering a ...

Local Scout troop to present Eagle awards

NORTH LIMA – Troop 80, Boy Scouts of America, chartered to Mount Olivet United Church of Christ, is announcing the presentation of the Eagle Scout Award to four local teens. The court-of-honor ceremony will take place Sunday at Mount Olivet United Church of Christ in North Lima. Troop 80 is ...

Salem plans $1.2 million summer street paving project

SALEM — The city is planning a street paving project this summer with an estimated $1.2 million cost, hitting a large number of streets and alleys that need attention. “Everyone living on these streets will benefit from the paving,” Mayor John Berlin said. The cost will be covered by ...

Salvino to leave council for housing inspector job

SALEM — Councilman Sal Salvino confirmed Thursday that he’ll be resigning from city council sometime before he begins working as the city’s new full-time Director of Housing/Housing Inspector. With his first day on the job scheduled for March 22, it’s likely his last meeting as a ...

DeWine sets virus goal to lift health orders

COLUMBUS (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday set a specific target of reduced coronavirus cases as the benchmark for ending public health orders in Ohio, including mask wearing. Those orders will be lifted once the state hits the mark of 50 coronavirus cases per 100,000 people for two ...

EL woman gets 30 days in jail for nude photo extortion

LISBON — An East Liverpool woman who had attempted to extort money from a man in November to keep her from going to the police over some nude photos was sentenced to 30 days in jail. Katlyn M. Tice, 28, Sherwood Avenue, East Liverpool, agreed to plead no contest to the charge of theft by ...

Columbiana St. Patrick’s Day event canceled

COLUMBIANA—The Columbiana Area Chamber of Commerce announced that the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration planned for March 14 has been canceled. The plan for social distancing previously accepted by the Columbiana County Health Department was sent to the state but was rejected due to concerns ...

Runoff determines spelling bee champ

LISBON — After an extra runoff online test, Sarah Thompson emerged victorious in the county’s 62nd Annual Spelling Bee. Thompson, a sixth-grader at Lisbon David Anderson Junior/Senior High School, correctly spelled 18 of the 25 additional words given in a tie breaker test on Thursday to ...

Salem trustees hold special meeting

SALEM TOWNSHIP — The Board of Trustees held a special meeting Wednesday night to discuss personnel in executive session. Constable Dan Valentine was present for the closed-door session, with no action taken. The next meeting of the trustees is 7 p.m. Tuesday at the administration building off ...

Great day for the park

Brandon Hamilton, 36, of North Carolina enjoys an active game of basketball with nephew Jonah Hamilton, 9, of Columbiana at Firestone Park Wednesday on a beautiful March afternoon. (Salem News photo by Danielle Garner)

SRMC Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic is Full

No more appointments are being accepted for Salem Regional Medical Center (SRMC)’s Vaccine Clinic on Friday, March 5, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Vaccine Clinic’s schedule is full and at maximum capacity, based on the supply of 200 vaccines to arrive from the Ohio Department of Health. No ...

It’s a tie: Test today to determine spelling champ

LISBON — Two county spellers emerged at the top of the pack on Wednesday when a test replaced the traditional Columbiana County Spelling Bee. Sarah Thompson of Lisbon and Mya Harsh of Salem will compete in a a second test today in order to break the tie and determine the county’s champion ...

Salvino hired as housing inspector

SALEM — Councilman Sal Salvino said he’ll apply his private sector experience to his new public service position as the city’s full-time Director of Housing/Housing Inspector. “I think that’s very valuable,” he said, referring to the people skills he’s developed the past 16-plus ...