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Salem man indicted for leaving kids home alone for days

YOUNGSTOWN — A Mahoning County grand jury has indicted a Salem man on two counts of child endangering. Hiram Diaz, 53, of Calla Road, Salem, is indicted on the counts of felony child endangering after police said he left his two children, ages 13 and 5, home alone for days. Goshen ...

Gallery: Southeast students, staff hold a special observance

Lessons of Thanksgiving were taught across the Salem Schools classrooms prior to the special holiday including at Southeast School The fifth grade observed an entire learning day for Native American Language Arts and Social Studies Day. Each student participated in reading the novel, "The ...

Plan in place to fix wall in Salem

SALEM — The EuroGyro restaurant and building at 110 W. State St. remains closed, along with West State Street between Ellsworth and Howard avenues, but Salem Fire Chief Scott Mason said steps are being taken to stabilize the structure and work on a permanent fix. Mason said he recently ...

Humane societies merge in Columbiana County

LISBON — The former Salem Humane Society has merged with another group to form the Columbiana County Humane Society, complete with a humane officer to investigate animal abuse and neglect claims. Sharon McElroy, president of the Columbiana County Humane Society (CCHS), met Wednesday with ...

Light Up Damascus planned for Dec. 14

DAMASCUS – The annual Light Up Damascus community event will be held next weekend, providing a full slate of Christmas activities for community members to enjoy. This year’s event will again feature a full day of activities Dec. 14 leading up to the tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. in ...

Stadium GM collecting for Toys for Tots

SALEM — Area residents can help break records this year by dropping off as many new, unwrapped toys as possible at the Stadium GM Superstore for the 7th annual Toys for Tots marathon toy drive by the Marines and the Chevy All-Stars. “Columbiana County collects a ton of toys. A lot of ...

EP athletes honored at board meeting

EAST PALESTINE— Athletic director Dwayne Pavkovich introduced high school students Josh Welch, Cole Rutledge, Emily Berger, Abby Andre and Katherine Simon to speak at Monday’s school board meeting about the accomplishments of the fall sports teams and how athletics have been a positive for ...

Columbiana gets grant for storm water project

COLUMBIANA — After years of anticipation and hard work, City Manager Lance Willard announced at Tuesday’s city council meeting that the city received a grant for the West Salem Street storm water project. The Ohio Emergency Management Agency, Department of Public Safety provided the city ...

Welcoming the season in Salem

Community members celebrated the lighting of the downtown Christmas tree and lights in Salem Thursday night.

Cruise organizers oppose DORA during event

SALEM—Cruisin’ Crew organizer Gene Johnson, who’s already working on plans for the 2020 Salem Super Cruise, said the city will lose him and the car cruisers if there’s alcohol allowed at the event. Johnson just learned Monday about plans for a Designated Outdoor Recreation Area (DORA) ...

Washingtonville police levy fails following tie in certified recount

LISBON — The Washingtonville police levy remained tied after the Mahoning County ballots were counted by hand, which means the levy failed. The levy was deadlocked 60-60 following the Nov. 5 election — 31-31 in Columbiana County and 29-29 in Mahoning County. This resulted in an automatic ...

Baronzzi to seek re-election as juvenile judge

LISBON — Columbiana County Juvenile/Probate Court Judge Thomas M. Baronzzi is seeking re-election in 2020 after filing his candidacy petitions with the county elections board on Thursday. A lifelong county resident, Baronzzi, 57, is a 1980 graduate of Lisbon’s David Anderson High School. ...

GM taps Valley for battery-cell plant

LORDSTOWN — General Motors and South Korea’s LG Chem are partnering to invest $2.3 billion to develop and mass produce electric vehicle battery cells near Lordstown, where the automaker shuttered its assembly plant this year. The joint venture is expected to create more than 1,100 new ...

Leetonia council approves first reading of pay raises

LEETONIA—Village council Wednesday night approved the first reading of a new wage ordinance granting raises for employees and elected officials. The new wage ordinance, recommended by Mayor Kevin Siembida, grants a 2 percent cost of living increase for wage employees and 4 to 5 percent ...

Columbiana believes in teacher development programs

COLUMBIANA— After this year’s state report card results slightly dipped, Superintendent Don Mook said at last week’s school board meeting he believes that while the various professional teacher development programs haven’t provided immediate results, they will. The Striving Readers ...

Chamber bestows awards at dinner

SALEM —Service, commitment and contributions to better the community — all attributes shared by the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce honorees for Outstanding Citizen, Small Business, Large Business and Non-Profit/Organization for 2019. “No one does the job alone,” Outstanding Citizen of ...

Salem housing could become part of health dept.

SALEM—The city Board of Health agreed Wednesday to the idea of having the city housing department and its inspectors become part of the health department, pending the details being worked out. “I think it’s a good fit,” Mayor John Berlin said. Berlin serves as chairman of the city ...

Salem income tax renewal still stands after the recount

LISBON — The Salem income tax renewal issue still passed and the Washingtonville police will likely remain tied following Wednesday’s recount. Because the levy was tied following the Nov. 5 election and the 0.25 percent Salem income tax was renewed by less than 0.5 percent, both were ...

Blakeman to run for Columbiana County treasurer seat, not commission

LISBON — Columbiana Mayor Bryan Blakeman had changed his mind and will run for county treasurer instead of county commissioner. “At the encouragement of Republican leaders and with the support of my family and close friends, I have withdrawn my petitions for Columbiana County commissioner ...