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Columbiana County hasn’t shaken virus just quite yet

LISBON — Coronavirus cases have been rising somewhat in recent weeks across the state and here as well. Columbiana County has now had 8,467 cases, 475 people hospitalized and 225 deaths, according to the Ohio Department of Health. That is an increase of 89 cases over the past week with ...

Energy district could be on the way to Leetonia

LEETONIA — The village could be the first in Columbiana County to establish a special district to help fund energy efficiency projects. Mayor Kevin Siembida reported this week the village is eligible to establish an energy special improvement district (ESID), according to Tad Herold of the ...

Those blessed golf clubs

EAST PALESTINE — Chris Selby, a newly ordained minister, wants to share blessings through his love of outdoor sports. “... you’re out there at the perfect time and the scenery is just nice,” Selby said. Selby, 44, has enjoyed his independent faith and the outdoors by frequently ...

Appointments for mass vax in Mahoning County

YOUNGSTOWN — Mahoning County Public Health is accepting appointments for the area’s regional mass vaccination clinic at the former Dillard’s Department Store at the Southern Park Mall in Boardman. The Johnson and Johnson vaccine will be available at these clinics and for those 18 years of ...

Accused Homeworth killer bound over to grand jury

LISBON — Gary Joiner, the man accused in the shooting death of Ryan Virden in a Homeworth Road home last week, was bound over to the grand jury following a preliminary hearing in county Municipal Court on Thursday. Joiner, 42, Fink Road, Kensington, is charged with murder, an unclassified ...

Route 30 crash victims identified

LISBON — A father and son have been identified as the two victims of the fatal crash that occured Wednesday afternoon on U.S. 30. The driver was identified as James Mullins, 72, and his passenger was identified as his son Jacob Mullins, 34, according to Columbiana County Coroner’s Office ...

ARP funds on the way

LISBON — Local municipalities across the county are expected to see additional $9.4 million through the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan signed into law on March 12. These funds are in addition to the nearly $20 million Columbiana County commissioners are expected to receive. The money ...

No bagged leaf pickup in Salem until the fall

SALEM — City workers won’t pick up bags of leaves again until late October/early November, city Service/Safety Director Joe Cappuzzello announced this week. Anyone who has them on the curb now needs to see if their trash hauler will take them. “We are not picking up any bags in the ...

Leetonia makes fire contract pitch to Salem Twp.

LEETONIA — Village council this week approved an offer to Salem Township to continue fire protection services for the next three months. Council approved the offer which extends the current contract another three months at a cost of $11,500. The current contract expired March 2. Mayor ...

Breakfast with Easter Bunny in East Palestine

EAST PALESTINE — Families enjoyed the Easter breakfast hosted by the Rotary Saturday morning. Children experience a socially distanced Easter Bunny as they posed in front a festive display of treat bags. Bill Strohecker, Rotary member, enjoyed wearing the Easter Bunny costume this year and ...

Slip-up puts EP school staffer in quarantine

EAST PALESTINE — Despite school being open for in-person instruction, the concern about the coronavirus remains. Superintendent Chris Neifer reported at Monday’s school board meeting that there have been six positive Covid cases in the two weeks. One staff member has been quarantined ...

Shale Academy looks forward to move

SALINEVILLE — The Utica Shale Academy is making preparations to possibly move out of its current location at Southern Local High School and into a building in Salineville recently donated to Southern by Williams Energy. USA Superintendent Bill Watson said while nothing is definite yet, it ...

Gastroenterology Center becomes affiliate of SRMC, includes 6 doctors

SALEM — Salem Regional Medical Center (SRMC) has welcomed six new gastroenterologists to its medical staff in March 2021. Gastroenterologists Adel I. Youssef, M.D.; Kevin L. Castillo, D.O.; Thomas R. Geisler, D.O.; Victor B. Lossev, M.D.; Zev R. Maycon, M.D.; and Milan Dodig, M.D., have ...

Late night fire at Newell refinery

NEWELL, W.Va. — The West Virginia fire marshal is investigating what caused a late night blaze at the Ergon refinery Wednesday night. Seven fire departments from Ohio and West Virginia responded at 10:26 p.m to the fire at an unoccupied maintenance shop at the Newell refinery that caused ...

Local districts to benefit from ESCEO grant funds

CANFIELD — The Educational Service Center of Eastern Ohio received $150,000 in grant funding to expand pre-apprenticeships and alternative graduation pathways for their districts. Career counselors from the Educational Service Center of Eastern Ohio (ESCEO, formerly Mahoning County ...

Remember to follow burning rules

Winona firefighters responded to a manufactured home on state Route 45 south of McCracken Corners late Wednesday morning, which was initially reported as fully engulfed. However, when they arrived it appeared someone was in the process of tearing down the back of the home and the debris was ...

Two killed in U.S. 30 crash

LISBON — Two people were killed Wednesday afternoon in a head-on collision on U.S. Route 30 near the state Route 172 intersection just west of Lisbon. At about 4:20 p.m., a 2006 Chevrolet C5 tow truck was westbound on U.S. 30. Another vehicle, a 2014 GMC Sierra, was traveling ...

Second Harvest asks for $200K in ARP money

LISBON — The Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley is the latest organization to ask Columbiana County commissioners to consider supporting them with the latest round of stimulus money expected. According to Kimberly Brock, the agency relations and program manager of the ...

Parking an issue in Salem

SALEM — When is a driveway no longer a driveway and why can’t a resident still park there if there’s no longer a garage and no street parking available? Those are some of the questions the Rules and Ordinances Committee grappled with Wednesday night in a discussion about residential ...

Support for LED lights at Salem park

SALEM — Parks Director Shane Franks said he’s received nothing but strong support for a project to upgrade Centennial Park lights to LED. Franks discussed the project during a public hearing held Wednesday night regarding the grant being sought to help pay for the lighting upgrade. The ...