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This addition to sheriff’s office will do more than police work

LISBON — The Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office is getting a high-tech drone that can be used for other purposes, thanks in large part to a $10,000 donation from NEXUS Gas Transmission. The award of the grant was announced at a recent event held at the county Emergency Management ...

Mahoning County residents asked to renew justice tax

YOUNGSTOWN — Mahoning County residents will be asked to renew the .75 percent sales tax known as the justice tax on Tuesday’s ballot. County residents will see a renewal of the sales and use tax for the .75 percent designated for the justice tax for five years. Commissioner David ...

United Local BOE approves paper and pencil

HANOVERTON — The United Local school board this past week approved a resolution to allow paper and pencil for one of the third grade assessments. The resolution permits the district to administer paper and pencil assessment for third grade English Language Arts. The school board passed ...

New home for economic development

The Columbiana County Port Authority and the Columbiana County Economic Development Department last week held an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony to showcase their new headquarters at 7860 Lincole Place, Lisbon. The new location is also home to the land bank and GIS departments. ...

Sheriff’s Office

— A possible domestic dispute was reported at 7:11 p.m. Saturday in the 7000 block of state Route 9 in Hanover Township. A woman said she was having an argument with her boyfriend and refused to pursue domestic charges on him. — Deputies were sent to a property on Metz Road in Unity ...

Police

SALEM —Leroy Thomas, 60, of Park Avenue, was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence and marked lanes after a traffic stop at 2:59 a.m. Sunday on East State Street near Washington Avenue. He was released to a sober driver. — Police responded to South Lincoln Avenue near ...

Salem teen to travel to college in style

SALEM — Tre Williams’ dream of independence came in a set of keys Saturday — keys that started up a 2016 Chevrolet Trax to be equipped with permanent hand controls so the paralyzed teen can drive himself to wherever he needs to go, including college. “This is a long time coming,” ...

Judgment day nears for judicial candidates

LISBON — Two Republican attorneys will vie on May 7 for a chance to run for the seat of Columbiana County Municipal Court Judge in November. Vito Abruzzino and Katelyn Dickey have taken different routes on the path as both run as conservative candidates for the seat being vacated by ...

County newspapers earn Associated Press honors

Staff members of the three Columbiana County newspapers were among journalists statewide honored Sunday during the annual Ohio APME annual awards banquet in Columbus. Awards in different categories were based on circulation classes. First-through-third places recognition was given. Salem ...

Sometimes slow-paced chase ends in Warren man’s arrest

SALEM — A Warren man suspected of being impaired by drugs after yelling at a trooper, tossing his license out the window and leading law enforcement on a sometimes slow pursuit Saturday morning on U.S. Route 62 is facing multiple charges, including felony fleeing and eluding. Dylan M. ...

911 remains a slave to position of cell tower

LISBON — Columbiana County’s 911 officials cleared up a misunderstanding about whether the new Next Generation 911 system was supposed to correct problems with some calls going to dispatchers in other counties. The issue was raised at this week’s meeting of the county 911 advisory ...

All survive as plane carrying US military crashes into river

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A military-chartered jet carrying 143 people landed hard, then bounced and swerved as the pilot struggled to control it amid thunder and lightning, ultimately skidding off the runway and coming to a crashing halt in a river at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. It meant ...

Sandy Creek hopes to add fuel to firefighting efforts

MINERVA — Voters in the Sandy Creek Fire District are being asked to pass a 3-mill levy in the May 7 primary election six months after they turned down a new 2-mill levy. The 3 mills is expected to generate $638,000 a year compared to $401,000 with the 2-mill levy defeated by voters in the ...

The cycle of life

Boomer, a local search and rescue dog used in helping the Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office with a homicide case about 10 years ago, was given one last ride around in a sheriff’s SUV before being euthanized next week. Owner Richard Smith of Great Lakes Emergency Response Team from Beloit ...

JFS director retiring after 40 years

LISBON — Eileen Dray-Bardon has spent the last 40 years with the Columbiana County Department of Jobs and Family Services (JFS), with just more than half of those years serving as director. With four decades under her belt Dray-Bardon opted to retire recently, although she plans to remain ...

EP council backs 80/20 split for new tax funds

EAST PALESTINE — With only four days until Tuesday’s primary election, Village Council took last-minute action they hope will encourage residents to vote for a proposed increase in the municipal income tax. Acting at a special meeting on Thursday, council adopted a resolution requiring ...

Leetonia Council OKs process to go after delinquent income taxes

LEETONIA — Village Council this week approved action to recover delinquent income taxes for this year. Council approved a two-step process to secure the delinquent taxes through RITA (Regional Income Tax Agency), which collects the taxes for the village. RITA will first send letters to ...

West Branch OKS personnel for pre-kindergarten summer program

BELOIT — The West Branch school board Tuesday night approved personnel action in preparation for its pre-kindergarten summer program. The board approved Damascus Elementary Principal Fritz Schlueter and Knox Elementary Principal Robert Graham as Success By Six Administrators for the Summer ...

Wayne Twp. seeks road levy again

Staff Reports GAVERS — Wayne Township trustees are again asking their voters in the May 7 primary election to approve a new road levy to help maintain township roads. The 4-mill road levy was first placed on the ballot last November but was rejected by narrow margin, so the trustees are ...

East Palestine schools hold public meeting on financial problems

EAST PALESTINE — The local school district has some hard decisions to make to satisfy the state in response to a nearly $4.5 million deficit projected in the five-year forecast. A community-wide meeting was held by the school district on Thursday evening to inform the public of the ...