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Committee members pick through trash issues

SALEM — In the future, trash haulers in Salem could be restricted to daylight pickup hours and required to tell customers about pickup date changes to prevent trash being on curbs for weeks on end. At least that’s what members of city council’s Rules & Ordinances Committee discussed ...

New bishop takes reins

YOUNGSTOWN — Saying it was “the biggest moment in his life, ” the Most Rev. David Bonnar is ready to begin serving as the new bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown following his installation and ordination Tuesday at St. Columba Cathedral. After the two-hour ceremony and ritual, Bonnar met ...

East Palestine approves contract with village workers

EAST PALESTINE — Following nearly three months of negotiations, the village’s Teamsters union has a new five-year contract that includes a new wage scale. Village Manager Mark McTrustry said the negotiations lasted about two and a half months this year partly because of delays due to the ...

DeWine activates Guard ahead of potential riots

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine activated 580 National Guard members Tuesday in preparation for what the FBI identified as massive armed protests planned in Columbus and every state capital in the country leading up to Inauguration Day. “People have the right to protest. They do ...

Leetonia man obtains Lisbon Sparkle building

LISBON — A Leetonia-area businessman is the person who purchased the former Sparkle supermarket after it closed Oct. 31. Center Commerce Development LLC purchased the 24,000-square-foot building and accompanying 3.8 acres at auction on Nov. 20 for $363,000, according to Columbiana County ...

Across our communities

Sub sale to benefit Sophia’s Center SALEM — The Knights of Columbus Council 1818 in Salem will be holding a Super Bowl sub sandwich sale with pickup on Saturday, Feb. 6, one day before the big game. Cost is $5 per sub. All proceeds will support the winning team at the Sophia’s Women’s ...

Southern Local board member accepts plea deal

EAST LIVERPOOL — A Southern Local school board member took a plea deal Tuesday afternoon in city municipal court. Judge Dominic Frank sentenced Patricia Exline, of 10th Street Extension, to pay a $150 fine plus costs on a charge of disorderly conduct, reduced from first-degree misdemeanor ...

Neighbor wages noise war on Church at Center

PERRY TWP. — Police Chief Mike Emigh said Monday he’s considering filing criminal charges against a homeowner on South Lincoln Avenue who’s waging a noise war against the Church at the Center. The noise issue came up during the Perry Township Board of Trustees meeting, with Trustee Vice ...

Perry residents complain about trash pickup

PERRY TWP. — Trustee Chair Steve Bailey said he’s gotten a few calls about garbage not being picked up by one trash hauler. The issue is one that Salem City Council’s Rules & Ordinances Committee will be discussing during a meeting tonight. Salem City Service/Safety Director Joe ...

South Range extends contract with teachers union due to pandemic

BEAVER TOWNSHIP — The South Range school board has approved a continuation of its contract with the teachers union due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The board Monday night approved a “roll-over” contract with the South Range Education Association, an extension of current contract, through ...

Bacon still serving

Roger Bacon was sworn in for a second term with the county Veterans Service Commission by Judge Megan Bickerton at the Columbiana County Common Pleas Court last week. His wife, Ellie Bacon, held the Bible. (Salem News photo by Deanne Johnson)

Healthcare centers get shot of hope

SALEM — Salem West and Salem North healthcare centers kicked off the new year with a shot of hope for residents and staff members. Salem North Director of Nursing Sunshine Champney said they had some sore arms but no major side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine. “I would really hope that ...

December positively problematic for coronavirus cases

LISBON — More than 43 percent of the coronavirus cases in Columbiana County occurred in the month of December, according to the zip code data provided by the county health department. These numbers exclude the cases from the FCI-Elkton federal prison, most of which occurred in the spring ...

Ultium plans on 400 employees by end of ‘21

LORDSTOWN — Ultium Cells LLC — an electric vehicle battery-cell manufacturing plant jointly backed by General Motors and South Korea’s LG Chem — plans to have 400 employees on board by the end of the year. The company has started with three so far with human resources, training and ...

Salem man gets 14 years in beating death of his father

LISBON — David M. Shafer was sentenced to 14 years in prison in Common Pleas Court Friday on charges related to the death of his father, Delbert Shafer, early in 2018. Shafer, 51, state Route 558, Leetonia, told Judge Megan Bickerton, “My father Delbert was an awesome person. He had a ...

Armeni to pull double duty as trustee, recorder

PERRY TWP. — Jim Armeni said Friday he’s staying on as Perry Township Trustee while also serving as Columbiana County Recorder after confirming that holding both offices creates no conflict. His term as trustee will expire at the end of this year. “I’d like to finish it out,” he ...

Leetonia puts hold on virus grants

LEETONIA—The village’s small business grant program has been put on hold for now. Mayor Kevin Siembida this week reported the village’s small business grants, using approximately $9,000 in CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act funds redistributed to the village last ...

Columbiana County confirms 3 more virus deaths

LISBON — As vaccinations of health care workers and those in long-term care facilities continue to happen, Columbiana County had three more deaths and 398 new cases in the past week. Public information officer Laura Fauss of the county health department confirmed Friday there have been ...

DeWine: Trump ‘poured gas on fire’

COLUMBUS (AP) — President Donald Trump “poured gas on the fire” ahead of the occupation of the U.S. Capitol, fellow Republican Gov. Mike DeWine of Ohio said Thursday in his harshest criticism of the president to date. The president’s continued refusal to accept the election results, ...

Salem Chamber hopes for better year

SALEM — The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce is kicking off the new year with hope, not really knowing how membership numbers in 2021 will be affected by COVID-19. “We gained members and we lost members — that’s normal for us,” Chamber Executive Director Lori Jewell said for ...