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Buckeye Water District has $4M budget for ’20

WELLSVILLE - The Buckeye Water District adopted a 2020 general fund budget of nearly $4 million after ending last year with a healthy carryover balance of $3.1 million. The BWD passed annual budget appropriations of $3.97 million at Thursday's board meeting, which is $220,000 less than what ...

Homeless count will start Tuesday

Every year the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) mandates communities around the country to conduct a Point-In-Time Count of homeless individuals or families. This year's count will run from 8 p.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday for the count. The count is being conducted ...

Fast food dinner

There were an abundance of gulls at the Highlandtown Lake recently. Pam Smith’s camera caught this one just after it had grabbed a fish out of the lake and was flying off with it. (Submitted photo)

Columbiana council, police unions reach 3-year pact

COLUMBIANA — City council and its police unions negotiated a three-year deal last week. Sergeants, patrol and dispatch make up the three unions that council is required to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement with, and the legislation passed by council authorized City Manager Lance ...

First Cruise meeting set Jan. 22

SALEM — The first planning meeting for the 2020 Salem Super Cruise is set for take-off at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 in council chambers at Salem City Hall, but Gene Johnson and the Cruisin’ Crew already have some events set. All coming back for this year’s cruise, which takes place June 11-14, ...

Wilson hopes for state help with projects

LISBON — New village Mayor Peter Wilson is wasting little time seeking funding for some projects. Wilson told council at this week’s meeting he has submitted three funding requests to local legislators for inclusion in the upcoming state capital budget. This is the time of year ...

EP woman: Can’t sell home with ‘alley’ through it

EAST PALESTINE — Council this week approved the first reading of an ordinance to vacate an unnamed alley that runs through the middle of a house on West Martin Street. Council also referred the matter to the village planning commission. Mary Coie, the resident at 900 W. Martin St., ...

Stark Memorial donates park bench

SALEM— Stark Memorial has donated a bench to Centennial Park in memory of those who passed in 2019. Installed Jan. 2, the bench is located at the water fountain in Centennial Park. “There’s comfort in taking a walk in nature and reflecting,” said Dan Madden, president of Stark ...

Man pleads to car wash break-ins

LISBON — A Mansfield area man involved in breaking into two car washes in the Calcutta area in October was sentenced to a year in prison after pleading guilty to three charges this week. Ronnie T. Nichols, 42, pleaded guilty to breaking and entering and safecracking involving the Oct. 23 ...

County health board to continue to offer help with septic tanks

LISBON — For several years the county health board has been helping low-income homeowners with funding to make necessary repairs to failing septic system. Wednesday, members announced their intentions to continue with the program for the 2020-2021 funding cycle. Through the Ohio EPA’s ...

Cadiz power plant will be $1 billion investment

CADIZ — A 1,085-megawatt power plant will be constructed this year in Cadiz. The project has been in the works for the past few years, but no plans were concrete until now. Gemma Power Systems entered into an engineering, procurement and construction services contract with Harrison Power ...

Application gives details on battery plant

LORDSTOWN — General Motors picked a 158-acre site in Lordstown for a new battery-cell manufacturing plant because developing it would be less environmentally damaging to wetlands and bats than another location evaluated as a finalist. GM’s familiarity with the property, its existing rail ...

Jail operator donates to local causes

Correctional Solutions Group, the firm hired by Columbiana County commissioners to take over county jail operations last July, has donated $500 each to the Christina House domestic violence shelter and the county dog pound. Pictured, from left, are assistant jail warden Tom Mackie, county ...

Salem RITA ballot proponent clarifies error

SALEM—Former city council president Mickey Cope Weaver said she’s taking full responsibility for any confusion she caused over the income tax rate in Salem under the Regional Income Tax Agency — the city tax rate is 1.25 percent on earned income — no more, no less. It’s not 4 ...

Ex-county employee charged with theft

LISBON — A former employee of the county engineer’s office, Melissa K. Brennen, was served a secret indictment charging her with tampering with records and theft in office. Brennen 49, state Route 7, Columbiana, was served the indictment on Wednesday. The charges accuse her of tampering ...

Lisbon facing big sewer line problem

LISBON — The village has a major sewer line break that is sucking it dry. The village has spent $36,000 in the past month trying to prevent a collapsed sewer line at the corner of Saltwell Road and North Market Street from overflowing and backing up into nearby businesses until officials can ...

School drug sweeps come up clean

SALEM — Drug sweeps at both Salem and West Branch high schools and junior highs on Wednesday morning yielded no drugs. “We didn’t find anything. There was nothing in the school or the cars,” Salem Police Chief J.T. Panezott said regarding the Salem search. Police converged on the ...

Siembida takes helm of Leetonia for second term

LEETONIA—Kevin Siembida Wednesday night was sworn in for his second term as village mayor. During the swearing in ceremony, Siembida promised to continue to work to make Leetonia competitive with surrounding communities. He said the last few years the community has caught up with those ...

Team players

The Salem Quakers boys basketball team cheers on their teammates from the bench at Tuesday night’s Salem-West Branch game. The Warriors beat the Quakers, 61-39. (Salem News photo by Gary Leiniger)

RITA foes to collect more signatures Saturday

SALEM — From 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Salem Memorial Building, city voters have another chance to sign a petition aimed at getting the Regional Income Tax Agency issue on the November ballot. Organizers of the referendum petition held their first signature drive last weekend, ...