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EP still gathering input on school restart

EAST PALESTINE — With the 2020-21 school year closing in, districts in Columbiana County have begun to release their plans for restarting school with the COVID-19 pandemic at the front of everyone’s mind. In East Palestine, Superintendent Chris Neifer and his administrative staff have ...

New Dairy Queen, Dunkin’ on W. State

SALEM — Salem area residents can expect the latest and greatest Dunkin’ and Dairy Queen have to offer later this year as White Donuts modernizes and adds to its restaurant offerings on West State Street. Craig Anton, Vice President of Operations for White Donuts, talked about the ...

Salem fireworks canceled

SALEM — The fireworks display the city had scheduled for Labor Day weekend has been canceled, Mayor John Berlin announced Tuesday. In a letter to sponsors dated Monday, he said the city was thanking them for their donation to the 2020 fireworks display but “unfortunately, due to COVID-19 ...

Hearing due on Salem’s RITA issue

LISBON — Those on both sides of the Salem Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA) initiative petition will get a chance to voice their reasons for the referendum petitions and the protest against it before a decision is made about whether or not it will be placed on the ballot. During their ...

Leetonia home destroyed by fire

LEETONIA — A Grafton Estates family and their dog escaped their burning home on Tuesday evening after a fire started in the garage. Leetonia Fire Department Assistant Chief Jason Hephner said both he and his brother were in the immediate area and arrived in three or four minutes, but the ...

Readers may now vote for ‘Best of the Best’ businesses

A popular annual special section that the Salem News publishes is our Reader’s Choice edition listing nominees for “Best of the Best” businesses. Readers can use a full-page ballot that will appear on our upcoming pages including page A6 today listing 133 categories specific to ...

Red Zone to aid Leetonia students

LEETONIA — The Leetonia school board has enlisted some help to address the behavioral needs of students for the 2020-2021 school year. The school board approved a one-year agreement with Red Zone Behavioral Health Services to provide a comprehensive approach to behavioral modification and ...

South Range sets reopening plan

ANFIELD – The South Range school board has changed course and will now open the K-12 campus this fall with a hybrid of in-person and remote learning as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools Superintendent Bethany Carlson Tuesday night presented the revised plan which is now available ...

Social distance practicing attorneys

Attorneys Fred Naragon, left, and Larry Stacey strike light-hearted poses after meeting in the hallway of the county courthouse. (Salem News photo by Deanne Johnson)

Communities punished for traffic cams

LISBON — Columbiana County’s cities, villages and townships are going to receive significantly less in state funding next year because of a bill meant to punish communities that use traffic cameras to catch speeding motorists. As a result, all local communities and county commissioners ...

Salem financial picture brighter through July 31

SALEM — The funding gap is getting smaller between last year’s income tax receipts and this year’s receipts under COVID-19, according to figures through July 31. “We’re still holding our own,” city Auditor Betty Brothers said Monday. During a meeting in mid-July, Mayor John ...

County school reopening plan unveiled

LISBON — After working for months to create a unified plan to reopen the schools after coronavirus closed them on March 16, Columbiana County school districts unveiled their plan this week. Although each school will be personalizing the plan for their own school district, the common plan ...

Historic Middleton Twp. church burns to ground

NEGLEY — A historic church in Middleton Township was lost due to a fire early Monday morning. By the time the fire was reported by a passerby, the Valley of Achor Baptist Church was engulfed by the flames. After receiving the call shortly after 1 a.m., the Negley Fire Department trucks ...

Plan in place, Crestview ready to take roll call

NEW WATERFORD — With plans in hand to restart the school year, the Crestview Local School District is asking parents to make a decision by noon Thursday if their child is returning to school or learning virtually. A letter to families asks for families to stay with whatever choice they make ...

Administration working to relocate veterans memorial

SALEM — The city administration is working to relocate the veterans memorial from the corner of Lincoln and State to the grounds of city hall. The intention had always been to move the monument after it was learned the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation planned to sell the chamber ...

United Local will rank students differently for honors

HANOVERTON — Incoming United High School students will be ranked differently for graduation honors. The United school board approved a change from the Top Ten honor system to a cum laude one beginning with the class of 2024. High School Principal Bill Young noted the change has been ...

Wide-eyed youngster

A curious Barret Kovacs of Columbus spent some time in his grandparents' garden Friday at their Guilford Lake home. The 2-year-old's mom, Brittany Kovacs, was raised in our area. His grandparents are Tina and Curt Sanlo. (Submitted photo)

Revised Lisbon vacant building ordinance closer to approval

LISBON — The revised village vacant building ordinance is one step closer to being approved. Village council this week passed the revised ordinance on second reading. The measure has to be passed on a third time before it takes effect. The 2018 law requires property owners in the downtown ...