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Columbiana teams headed for state DI tournament

COLUMBIANA — Two teams from both the Columbiana High School and South Side Middle School are competing at the state Destination Imagination (DI) tournament this month. High school principal Dave Buzzard told the board of education during this week’s meeting that the Engineering Challenge ...

Lisbon schools eye camera upgrade

LISBON — The village school district is considering upgrading its 16-year-old camera system as part of its continuing efforts to improve security. Superintendent Joe Siefke reported at this week’s school board meeting the idea of replacing the building camera systems came up at the recent ...

Lisbon property owners cited into Municipal Court

Staff Reports LISBON — In an effort to crack down on property owners not caring for their rental properties and business fronts in downtown Lisbon, the village has begun citing the property owners into county Municipal Court. An April 30 pretrial was set for Ruth A. Brown, 80, and Daniel ...

Lisbon councilman wants landlord inspection program

LISBON — Village Councilman Peter Wilson wants his colleagues to consider enacting a landlord inspection program to bring some order to the growing number of rental properties in town. Wilson raised the issue at Tuesday’s council meeting, where he proposed drafting legislation requiring ...

Snow parking ban

SALEM —A snow emergency parking ban begins in the city of Salem at 9 p.m. today and continues through 9 a.m. Monday, meaning there’s no parking allowed on city streets while the ban remains in effect. City Service/Safety Director Ken Kenst said forecasters are calling for 3 to 6 inches of ...

New Salem cop sworn in

SALEM — Patrolman Mike King joined the ranks of the full-time patrol unit at the Salem Police Department Thursday morning, taking the place of now retired longtime Patrolman Austin French. “I’m very grateful I get to serve my hometown. I thank the chief and all the other officers who ...

Salem snow emergency parking ban

SALEM — The snow emergency parking ban begins at 9 p.m. Saturday and continues through 9 a.m. Monday for the city of Salem, with no parking allowed on any city streets while the ban remains in effect. City Service/Safety Director Ken Kenst said forecasters are calling for 3 to 6 inches of ...

Ball field to be renamed in Galchick’s memory

SALEM — The late Bill Galchick spent a lot of his coaching days at the Centennial North baseball field so Salem Parks Commission members agreed Wednesday to rededicate the field in his name. Parks Director Shane Franks suggested the change, reverting the Bill Galchick softball field at ...

WB board trims own pay, cuts school year

BELOIT — West Branch school board members Thursday night agreed to waive 20 percent of their compensation and approved a school calendar that reduces the school year by three days. The board issued a letter signed by all members that stated the board members wished to waive $25 of their ...

Colorful derby race

The 2019 Pinewood Derby for county Cub Scouts was held at Crestview Middle School Saturday. The year saw more female Cub Scout competitors and also had two changes regarding the specifications of a derby car. The event saw the allowance of neon lighting on the cars and the addition of color ...

Columbiana electric customers in HEAP offered free LED lights

COLUMBIANA — City electric customers who are eligible will have the opportunity to get some free LED lights through a partnership between the Columbiana Community Action Agency (CAA) and Efficiency Smart. The city has participated in the Efficiency Smart program over the years, resulting in ...

Residents urged to support GM plant March 8

LORDSTOWN — The campaign to save the General Motors Lordstown facility is urging Mahoning Valley residents to wear blue on March 8 to show their support for the plant, and post photos on Facebook and other social media using the hashtag #SaveLordstown. “The hard working people and ...

KSU class offers marketing plan to county agencies

LISBON — Columbiana County’s two economic development agencies are working with Kent State University on a school project expected to result in a marketing plan to assist the county. County Port Authority Executive Director Penny Traina said her agency and the county Development ...

SHS Band fundraiser is Saturday

The Salem High School Band will host its annual Spaghetti Dinner and gift basket fundraiser from 4-8 p.m. Saturday in the school cafeteria. Sponsored annually by the Salem Band Boosters, the meal includes spaghetti, meatballs, bread, salad, beverage and dessert. Cost is $7 for adults, $5 ...

Youngstown drug dealer guilty in death

LISBON — Rubin L. Williams, 38, a Youngstown area drug dealer, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and trafficking in drugs at the conclusion of a three-day Common Pleas Court jury trial regarding the fatal overdose of Jennifer Bettis of Salem in October of 2016. After hearing ...

Prices at city lake going up

Fishermen and kayakers will have to pay a little more this year for season passes, rental fees and bait at the city lake, to help offset a deficit in the operation. City Parks Commission members approved the new price list Wednesday, but tabled a suggestion by Parks Director Shane Franks to ...

2 Salem cops recognized for role in drug conviction

SALEM — Two Salem police officers received recognition Wednesday for their work on a federal drug case which ended Tuesday with a Pennsylvania man being sentenced to federal prison for more than 21 years. Sgt. John Scheets and Patrolman Michael Garber both testified during a jury trial in ...

Lisbon council sticks with own tax collection for now

LISBON — Village Council officially decided this week to stick with its income tax collection office instead of contracting out for the service despite a projected possible annual savings of $17,000. The issue of contracting with the Regional Income Tax Agency to take over collecting the ...

Attorney told jurors Williams not responsible

LISBON — While Rubin Williams admitted on the stand he sold drugs, his defense attorney was adamant Wednesday in Common Pleas Court that the Youngstown man was not responsible for the death of Jennifer Bettis. During his closing argument, Paul Conn, told the jury he believes the prosecutors ...