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Damascus fire chief responds to rumors

GOSHEN TWP. — Damascus Fire Chief Derek Day responded to complaints and rumors regarding his department at the township trustees meeting Monday night. Day questioned a rumor he heard from the Butler Township community regarding the Goshen Township trustees looking to eliminate the Damascus ...

Perry safety chiefs told to check out dispatching

PERRY TWP. — Trustees directed their police and fire chiefs to talk with Columbiana County Sheriff Ray Stone about dispatching services, after learning Monday that the contract between the township and sheriff’s office had expired. Police Chief Mike Emigh told trustees dispatching needed ...

Crestview board told new buildings some years away

NEW WATERFORD — While new school buildings are in the future for Crestview Schools, it may be a more distant future than some believed. Eric Risinger of Holabird and Root, which is working on the design plans, on Monday laid out for the board of education a timeline for the project. ...

Gallery: 2019 Quakerfest

A “genuine” unicorn was one of many highlights for children Saturday during the fall-themed Quakerfest held throughout downtown Salem. The popular event was presented by the Salem Chamber of Commerce as part of its Salem Second Saturday theme. Many downtown merchants participated, giving ...

Almost New Shop will close Dec. 14

SALEM — The Almost New Shop operated by Episcopal Church of Our Savior volunteers as a church funding source and a community resource since December 1972 is going out of business Dec. 14. “We will miss this and we will miss all of our customers. We want people to know how much we ...

After-school program for Lisbon elementary students draws interest

LISBON — Forty elementary students have signed up so-far for the school district’s new after-school program. McKinley Elementary School Principal Dan Kemats told the school board at Wednesday’s meeting the program began on Monday and everything was working as planned and producing ...

EP Schools touting passage of levy

EAST PALESTINE— When Chris Neifer took over as superintendent, he wanted to stress communication and transparency within the district. So when he held a state of the schools speech Wednesday, it was to inform the community about the academic and financial situations of the district. A key ...

Salem Board of Zoning Appeals denies one request, approves two others

SALEM — The city Board of Zoning Appeals denied one side and front yard variance request for a garage project on West School Street, but approved two other variance requests on Columbia and Eastview during a recent meeting. According to Planning and Zoning Officer Chip Hank, the garage ...

Brew Devil Cafe open Friday morning’s at DAHS 

LISBON — There’s a sweet smell, whether it’s doughnuts, freshly brewed coffee or hot chocolate every Friday morning inside room 101 at David Anderson Junior/Senior High School. Friday mornings are busy for the class, as the students operate the Brew Devil Cafe. “I’m going to do a ...

Gallery: Keeping an eye on students’ vision health

Local optometrists have been making free, out-of-office visits to Salem City Schools and St. Paul School to conduct student vision screenings. Shown here are some images from their visit to St. Paul School on Wednesday. Drs. Rebecca Brown, Julie Mackall, Gail Herron, Will Stamp, Herb Shultz, ...

Family spreading love and faith

— WHAT: A Big Family presented by 321 Ministries. Free and open to the public — WHEN: Noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26. — WHERE: Maplewood Marketplace, 925 W. Main St., Washingtonville. -------------------------------------------------------------------- WASHINGTONVILLE – A ...

Another clean audit for city

SALEM — Once again, the city of Salem had a clean financial audit, earning the coveted Auditor of State Award, which the city auditor’s office has done for several years. “We had no infractions,” city Auditor Betty Brothers said Thursday. The clean audit award from Ohio Auditor of ...

Columbiana: Nicest place in the country

COLUMBIANA — After months of voting and anticipation, the results are finally in. The Today Show announced that Columbiana is the winner of the Reader’s Digest third annual Nicest Place in America award Friday morning. Reader’s Digest traveled to the Main Street Theater in Columbiana to ...

Debris interfering with rock climbing in Lisbon

LISBON—Some Sunset Drive residents continue to dispose of their yard debris by dumping it over the old stone quarry cliff bordering the rear of their properties, and that is a problem for rock climbers below. The stone quarry’s rock face is popular with area rock climbers, and park ...

Work resumes on Franklin, should reopen soon

SALEM—Work resumed on Franklin Street between South Lincoln Avenue and South Broadway and city Service/Safety Director Ken Kenst said the road may reopen to all traffic sometime late next week. “The weather’s been cooperating so hopefully that all helps,” he said. That stretch of ...

Cause of Little Beaver spill found

LISBON — The substance found Monday in the Middle Fork of the Little Beaver Creek came from vehicles being washed upstream at the county engineer’s garage on South Market Street. County Engineer Bert Dawson said some of his workers were washing the distributor trucks that apply the ...

Product spill from truck at American Standard confined to catch basin

SALEM — A product spill from a truck on the American Standard property early Thursday was confined to just one catch basin in the storm sewer system and did not travel any further, Salem Fire Capt. Jeff Olinger said. “It could have been a lot worse, but luckily it was all confined in that ...

Sewage backs up on east side

SALEM — A report of sewage running across the Salem Plaza parking lot Wednesday evening resulted from grease blocking the line, according to city Utilities Superintendent Don Weingart. The fire department was called to the plaza at 5:48 p.m. Wednesday for the complaint, with an employee of ...

Two roofers injured in fall

LISBON — Robert Flory of Robert Flory Construction and one of his employees fell from scaffolding on Thursday while preparing to do some roof work on a house at 313 W. Washington St. The accident occurred at the 11:42 a.m. when some of the scaffolding erected at the 2-1/2 story home broke, ...

Bingo for handbags

Bingo players dab their cards for the latest number called during Designer Handbag Bingo on Women’s Night Out at the Salem Community Center Wednesday night. The evening included vendors, dinner and 10 rounds of bingo, with designer bags for prizes. The Presenting Sponsor was PNC Bank and the ...