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Columbiana County jobless rate jumps in December

LISBON — Columbiana County’s unemployment rate increased in December, something it had in common with the other 87 Ohio counties. The county’s jobless rate was 5.4 percent last month, an 0.8 percent increase over November, according to figures released Wednesday by the Ohio Department ...

Planning for 14th Salem Super Cruise under way

SALEM — During the first planning meeting for the 14th annual Salem Super Cruise, Ken Kenst, Salem service-safety director said, “My job is to bring as many people here as possible.” The event has been managed by Salem for 10 years. The 14th annual Salem Super Cruise is set for June ...

Gas station gone

Demolition continues on the former True North Shell gas station-convenience store at 2203 E. State St. as the building has now been leveled by a crew from SEI Construction. The Eastgate Plaza property is part of the Carnegie Companies portfolio and True North operated the station since 1999, ...

Thief grabs utilities department’s plow truck, a red GMC Sierra

SALEM — The city utilities department is down one truck after someone stole a city-owned red 2017 GMC Sierra with an attached snow plow from a utilities building off of Sugartree Alley/West Second Street/West State Street over the weekend. The vehicle was described as a 3/4-ton extended cab ...

Council OKs higher water, sewer rates

Increased water and sewer rates were adopted by council after a third reading on Monday. The measure was passed with a 5-1 vote with Councilman James McFarland saying no. McFarland said, “I just don't see a need.” The village buys its water from the city of Salem and Fiscal Officer ...

Salem snow cleanup went smoothly

SALEM — City Service/Safety Director Ken Kenst reported no major problems during the snowstorm over the weekend, noting the police only had to tow five vehicles during the snow emergency parking ban. “I think it really helped getting the information out in advance,” he said. The ...

Water line break floods Church Budget’s basement

SALEM — The Salem Fire Department didn’t have to travel far Tuesday night after a water break flooded the basement at Church Budget, according to Fire Chief Scott Mason. The plant is across the street from the fire department on South Ellsworth Avenue and was closed at the time of the ...

Lisbon eyes police levy

LISBON — One year after passing a new fire levy, residents are going to be asked approve a new policy levy. Village Council on Tuesday passed a resolution asking the county auditor’s office to determine how big a levy is needed to generate $100,000 a year. Once the auditor’s office ...

Inflatable fun

Madilyn Ward, 15, has fun creating a star out of inflated rubber gloves in between playing the saxophone in the Beaver Local pep band under the direction of Matt Newman. The pep band was performing at a recent boys basketball game. (Salem News photo by Patti Schaeffer)

Greenford Twp. Fire Department beset by equipment problems

GREENFORD — Problems with the EMS garage doors on the new building, radio tower issues and rebuilding the turbocharger on #214, were all on Green Township Fire Chief Todd Baird’s agenda during Tuesday’s meeting. Baird said the doors work occasionally but won’t go up and down all the ...

Leetonia schools looking for varsity volleyball head coach

LEETONIA—The Leetonia schools superintendent informed the school board that the varsity volleyball head coaching position is currently empty. Schools Superintendent Rob Mehno reported that Leanna Meeks has resigned as varsity volleyball head coach to pursue her master’s degree. She had ...

Salem Club donates $1,172 to Community Hospice

SALEM — The Salem Club had more than $1,100 left over from the veterans poker run it held in 2017 and wanted to make a charitable contribution. Randy Agee, president of the club located at 542 S. Broadway Ave., said it donates a minimum of $2,500 each year to charity. On Monday, Agee, ...

Super moon over Lisbon

The super moon or blood moon is shown in its near full eclipse stage with the stars and stripes flying at the Columbiana County fairgrounds. The super moon event that will not be seen until 2021 was visible to countians only for a short period of time in between the lake effect snow bands that ...

Grant covers repairs, renovations in Salem , East Liverpool

SALEM — A two-year grant through the Community Housing Impact and Preservation Program (CHIP) will allow qualifying lower-income homeowners in the cities of Salem and East Liverpool to make emergency repairs or fix problems to bring their homes up to code. The two cities partnered to apply ...

Lawmakers raised pay for county, township officials

LISBON — State officeholders and legislators are not the only elected officials who will benefit from pay raise legislation passed in the last days of the 2017-2018 session of the Ohio General Assembly. The legislation passed by Ohio House and Senate in December also granted pay raises to ...

Washingtonville council adds another Frank to ranks

WASHINGTONVILLE — Village Council appointed Herman Frank III to fill its vacant council seat during Monday’s meeting. Frank is the son of Mayor Herman Frank and Councilwoman Peggy Frank. Council had 30 days to appoint a successor to Councilwoman Becky Vignon who resigned effective Dec. ...

East Palestine celebrates success of small businesses

EAST PALESTINE — It takes a lot to make a small business successful, and even more to ensure that it remains successful over decades. That effort and hard work put in by local business owners to see that their companies not only continue operating in East Palestine, but flourish and make a ...

Semi overturns

A semi-truck slid off the road and overturned on its side while traveling on snow-covered U.S. Route 172 in Hanover Township. The accident occurred about 11 a.m. Monday across from the Robert Bycroft School. The driver was uninjured, according to the highway patrol. (Special to the Salem ...

County ESC board raises preschool rates

Staff Reports LISBON — At its recent meeting, the county Educational Service Center board voted to increase the preschool rates to $90 per month for those attending half-day programming and $170 per month for full day attendance. While many of those attending the preschools receive ...

Area shovels out of a major snowstorm

LISBON — The snowstorm anticipated all week started early Saturday afternoon with some light snow which turned into rain by evening, leaving many to believe the area had avoided the worst of it, but the storm struck with a vengeance overnight, and county residents awoke Sunday morning to ...