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District to close Knox Elementary

BELOIT — The West Branch school board will soon be deciding on a district restructuring plan that will close Knox Elementary. The board Thursday night authorized schools Superintendent Timothy Saxton to develop a detailed plan that will close Knox Elementary and place grades pre-school ...

Mehno quits, BOE agrees to pay $60K

The Leetonia school board and suspended Superintendent Robert Mehno agreed Thursday to sever ties effective today, with the board agreeing to pay Mehno a lump sum of $60,000 within 14 days per the separation agreement. “It is with a heavy heart I tender my resignation as superintendent of ...

Leetonia council to ban parking on part of Cherry St.

LEETONIA – Village council Wednesday night agreed to prohibit parking on a stretch of roadway, but will allow one more meeting for residents to voice their concerns. Council approved the first reading of an ordinance prohibiting parking on either side of Cherry Street between Somer and ...

Leetonia school chief wants 8 periods a day

LEETONIA — Interim Superintendent Dr. Andy Tommelleo explained his reasons for wanting to increase the junior high/high school schedule from seven periods to eight periods to allow for more electives and flexibility. He also talked about a change in the proposed school calendar for next ...

Lisbon man gets 30 months, loses license for life for 4th OVI

LISBON — Michael Raymond Miller, 36, state Route 45, Lisbon, pleaded guilty in Common Pleas Court to OVI. He faces up to 30 months in prison, a $10,500 fine, a lifetime license suspension and a vehicle forfeiture. Miller was driving while under the influence on Feb. 12, 2019, when he has ...

Sheridan’s house listed at $1.3M

Staff Reports LEETONIA — A former home of Ryan Sheridan is on sale for nearly $1.3 million. The former Braking Point Recovery Center was recently sentenced to more than seven years in prison for Medicaid fraud. The luxurious two-story home at 41079 Spring Hill Drive sits on a 22-acre ...

United girls advance

Eagles Head Coach Josh Sigler and the United girls take a time out during their 41-29 win over the Springfield Local Tigers Wednesday in Hanoverton in a Northeast District D3 sectional opener. The Eagles advance to take on Liberty Saturday. (Salem News photo by Mary Ann Greier)

Columbiana OKs tax breaks for businesses

COLUMBIANA — City council on Tuesday passed Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) applications from 308 Pittsburgh Street, LLC and ABL Wholesale Distribution, Inc., proposed by City Manager Lance Willard. The results of the CRA applications, which were also approved by the school board at its ...

Leetonia hires new utilities supervisor

LEETONIA —Village Council Wednesday night hired a new superintendent of utilities. Council hired Edward Allen of Hubbard to the position effective March 2 at $60,000 annually. He was a warehouse maintenance supervisor for 17 years at a Bedford Heights company before being transferred to ...

Man pleads guilty in fatal hit-skip

LISBON — The driver responsible for striking and killing a man walking in the Franklin Square area before driving away in October 2018 pleaded guilty to three charges in Common Pleas Court before Judge Megan Bickerton. Dale E. Dennison, 29, West Salem Street, Columbiana, pleaded guilty to ...

Lordstown council approves tax deal for GM battery plant

LORDSTOWN — Village council Tuesday gave its needed approval to grant General Motors a 75 percent tax abatement over 15 years for a planned 2.5 million- to 2.75 million-square-foot battery plant in the community. The village’s approval, as well as approval last week from both the ...

Aladdin Jr. on SCT stage

There are three more chances to catch Aladdin Jr. at the Salem Community Theatre — 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. For tickets go to http://www.salemcommunitytheatre.org or call the box office at 330-332-9688 Ext 3. From left, Gianna Oliver, Ashley Graczyk, Alexa McCaughtry, ...

Resident asks protest on RITA referendum be dropped

A city resident addressed council Tuesday, requesting Councilwoman Cyndi Baronzzi Dickey to withdraw her protest over the referendum petition to place the Regional Income Tax Agency issue on the ballot. “Continuing the meritless protest will be a waste of resources and time as this issue ...

Salem man pleads guilty in jail escape

LISBON — Michael W. Hover Jr., one of the three men who left the county jail last summer, pleaded guilty to escape, a third-degree felony, and requested immediate sentencing on Tuesday morning. Hover, 29, East Third Street, Salem, was sentenced by Judge Scott Washam to 24 months in prison. ...

Kirby murder trial moved back

LISBON — The aggravated murder trial of Kevin Kirby, accused in the death of Melinda Todd in her home in 2012, has been bumped back until August. During a hearing Tuesday morning before Common Pleas Judge Megan Bickerton, motions were granted to postpone the trial, which had been scheduled ...

Robotics Finals held at Leetonia

Sixteen teams from six Columbiana County schools competed in the Columbiana County Educational Service Center’s VEX Robotics Finals on Saturday at Leetonia High School. Participating were Columbiana, Crestview, East Palestine, Leetonia, Salem and Wellsville. Leetonia prevailed as the final ...

Legacy Christian Home Care celebrates first year

In January of 2018, Rachel Jack and Joe Bleacher created the idea of Legacy Christian Home Care, a home care company based in Columbiana. About two years later, Legacy Christian Home Care has celebrated its one-year anniversary of service. Columbiana Mayor Bryan Blakeman and City Manager Lance ...

Wellsville tops list of county tax rates

LISBON — Wellsville has replaced Washingtonville as the most expensive place to live in Columbiana County when it comes to property taxes. The owner of a $100,000 home in Wellsville will pay $1,665 in year in property taxes in 2020, according to a review of property tax rates performed by ...

Board to run EP’s Dog Days

EAST PALESTINE— Village council last week unanimously passed a resolution to establish a permanent Day of Giving board for the village and school district for the purpose of annually organizing and overseeing the completion of all Dog Day projects. The resolution — similar to one the ...

Washingtonville repairs sewage pump station

WASHINGTONVILLE—Repairs have been made to one of the village’s sewage pump stations that broke down earlier this month. At its Feb. 3 meeting, village council approved $20,000 for Utilities Superintendent Brian Gudat to start repairs on the two pumps at the sewage pump station on Walnut ...