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Utilities Dept. sees lower water, sewer revenue

By MARY ANN GREIER Staff Writer SALEM — Delinquencies are up and water and sewer usage is down thanks to business shutdowns and people being out of work during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, city Utilities Commission members learned Thursday. “We expect losses to dip down a little ...

Lisbon landmark Mary’s Pizza to reopen Tuesday

Staff Reports LISBON — Mary’s Pizza is scheduled to reopen Tuesday, according to social media posts by the family and the Lisbon Area Chamber of Commerce. Nathan Garofalo, the son of owner Steve Garofalo, posted Wednesday on Facebook that Mary’s will open on Tuesday with adjusted ...

Positivity parade

Maggie May, 7, exchanges air kisses with her great-grandmother, Joann Hulton, during a positivity parade at Whispering Pines in Columbiana. Maggie is the daughter of Jason and Kylie May and the grandddaughter of Jim and Julie Young, all of East Palestine. Girl Scout Troops 80107 and 80191, ...

Career Center adjusts to electronic learning

LISBON — Both the high school and adult education programs at the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center have made the transition to E-learning, with the emphasis still on getting the students those skills they need to gain their career certifications. During Tuesday’s meeting of ...

CERT to assist food distributions

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) sponsored by the Columbiana County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) will be assisting The Way Station in Columbiana and East Liverpool with their April food distribution. A drive through distribution is scheduled for 9 to 11 a.m. today in Columbiana ...

Columbiana County COVID-19 cases increase by 10 including one death

The Columbiana County Health District reported this morning an increase of 10 positive COVID-19 cases in our county including a death. That raises the overall county total to 204 including 18 in long-term care facilities and 62 in the Elkton Federal Prison. There have 17 confirmed deaths ...

Commissioners back COVID housing proposal

LISBON — Columbiana County commissioners took steps Wednesday to insure those who contracted COVID-19 have somewhere to stay if they can no longer remain at home. First, commissioners approved hiring the Community Action Agency of Columbiana County to screen applicants for participation in ...

South Range seeks closure for students

BEAVER TWP. – South Range schools will be working toward ensuring students have some kind of closure to the school year. In response to Gov. Mike DeWine’s announcement this week that all K-12 schools will finish the school year with remote instruction, South Range Schools Superintendent ...

Judge orders virus vulnerable inmates moved

LISBON — The federal prison may become a lot less crowded following Wednesday’s federal court order requiring officials there begin identifying older and medically vulnerable inmates for early release or transfer to protect them from the spread of COVID-19 virus within the facility. U.S. ...

COVID testing in Columbiana

Registered Nurse Niki Lester gathers information from a participant being tested for the virus at the drive-thru COVID-19 testing site in Columbiana. The site opened in the Firestone pool parking lot in Columbiana on Wednesday. Another session will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. The tests are ...

Man gets 3 years for plotting to kill neighbors

LISBON — The East Palestine man who conspired to have two neighbors killed was sentenced to three years in prison during a hearing held Wednesday in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court. Judge Megan Bickerton followed the terms of the plea agreement reached between the county prosecutor’s ...

Lordstown Motors delays production due to pandemic

LORDSTOWN — Lordstown Motors Corp. will delay the production start of its battery-powered Endurance pickup truck until January 2021, one month later than anticipated. Company founder and CEO Steve Burns revealed the slight setback Tuesday in letter posted to Lordstown Motors’ website, ...

Lights on for Class of 2020

Sebring Local Schools lit up their stadium last Friday as part of a nationwide recognition of the Class of 2020 and Sebring sports athletes, as well as essential workers and medical personnel. Sebring teachers were in attendance in their vehicles, and helped light up the parking lot. “This is ...

Columbiana County has 10 more COVID-19 cases including one death

The Columbiana County Health District is reporting as of 9:30 a.m. today, there has been an increase of 10 positive COVID-19 cases including one death. To date, there have been 12 males and four female deaths related to COVID-19 in the county. The age range is 43-87 with a median age of 71. All ...

Salem High makes plans for virtual commencement

SALEM — Hold on to your tassels, Salem High School seniors — the experience of walking in cap and gown to receive that coveted graduation diploma is happening. Not traditionally, but virtually, via technology, meaning family members and friends still get to watch the Salem High School ...

2 new COVID deaths reported

LISBON — The Ohio Department of Health reported two new COVID-19 related deaths in Columbiana County. According to the Columbiana County Health Department, one is a 71-year-old man in a long-term care facility. He reportedly had underlying health conditions. As of 3:15 p.m., the county ...

Council backs liquor license transfer for Sumo Steakhouse

City council gave its blessing Tuesday for Sumo Steakhouse & Sushi’s application for an economic development liquor license transfer. The resolution actually gives Mayor John Berlin authority to support the restaurant’s quest for a liquor license that will come from a different ...

Jobless rate does not tell whole story

LISBON — The number of Columbiana County workers applying for or receiving unemployment benefits exploded in March because of the government response to the COVID-19 virus, but that is not being reflected in the unemployment rate. The county’s unemployment rate only increased slightly ...

ESC work continues behind the scenes

LISBON — The Columbiana County Educational Service Center has been closed to the public due to the COVID-19 epidemic, but a lot has still been going on behind the scenes. Superintendent Anna Marie Vaughn reported to the ESC board on Tuesday the superintendents from various county schools ...

Goshen trustees hire firm to help with grants

GOSHEN TWP. – Township trustees have hired a firm to help with grant applications. Trustees hired Thomas Fok & Associates for project management of grants for which the trustees apply. According to David Bakalar of the firm, payment for services depends on the type of grant. For ...