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New Salem officer

New part-time Salem Police Patrolman Samantha Collins recites her oath of office administered by Salem Mayor John Berlin while accompanied by her mom, Susan Erwin, and her children, from left, Carson, Cambree and Calista Wednesday morning. Collins, her husband, Marcus, and their children, ...

New shop in Lisbon

Suga & Creme Enhancements opened for business April 1 in downtown Lisbon, the second new business in the village in 2021. Suga & Creme, which is owned by Janita Boles-Cochrane, sells loose leaf tea and bags of gourmet coffee as well as mugs, T-shirts and hoodies. Boles-Cochrane operates ...

Akron man pleads guilty in clash with local police

LISBON — An Akron man reluctantly pleaded guilty Tuesday to nine of the charges he was facing, including three for assaulting law enforcement after refusing to stop the stolen vehicle he was driving in February of 2019. Uriah Timothy James, 35, appeared before Judge Megan Bickerton in ...

Salem mayor: No recourse to higher natural gas prices

SALEM — Residents in the city’s gas aggregation program paid more than expected for both February and March after supplier Volunteer Energy increased the locked-in rate without warning. “It was a shock to all of us at city hall,” Mayor John Berlin said. Under the new two-year ...

Salem council OKs sewer rate increase starting in May

SALEM — Council on Tuesday approved the sewer rate increase that’s been talked about at several meetings over the past two months, effective May 1. The vote was 6-0 to enact a $12 increase to the minimum monthly sewer bill for 200 cubic feet of wastewater plus a 5 percent increase to the ...

Sunny day swing

Seven-year-old Lindsay Anderson of Salem enjoyed the swings last Saturday during a pleasant afternoon at Waterworth Memorial Park. (Salem News photo by J.D. Creer)

Third class action suit filed against Lordstown Motors

LORDSTOWN — Lordstown Motors Corp. faces another class action investor lawsuit, this one — like the previous two — alleging the company misled investors regarding preorders for its battery-powered truck, the Endurance. The latest lawsuit by investor Sulayman Zuod also names company ...

Columbiana residents help namesakes from the South

COLUMBIANA — After a series of tornadoes tore through parts of Shelby County, Alabama on March 26, resident Gregg Sayers in Columbiana reached out through Facebook asking if local residents could help out neighbors. Nicole Ice, director on the Chamber of Commerce, took action and began ...

EP man gets prison for burglaries

LISBON — An East Palestine man was sentenced to three years in prison for crimes committed while he was seeking a way to obtain more opioids. Brian F. Buckley, 28, Wood Street, East Palestine, had previously pleaded guilty to burglary, having weapons while under a disability and receiving ...

Mahoning County launches new alert system

YOUNGSTOWN – Mahoning County residents have a new tool for emergency notifications. The county launched its new emergency alert system called ‘Ready Mahoning,’ according to news partner WKBN-TV. Residents can sign up to get text alerts from the county or weather alerts from the ...

Mahoning County ESC rebrands

CANFIELD — The Mahoning County Educational Service Center is now the Educational Service Center of Eastern Ohio. The organization, founded in 1914, began as a resource for Mahoning County schools. In 2003, the requirements around educational service centers allowed districts to align with ...

Gallery: 2021 Salem Easter Egg Hunt

Area children 10 and under participated in an Easter Egg Hunt Saturday at Waterworth Memorial Park. The event was co-sponsored by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwood Realty-Services Salem and the Salem Parks and Recreation Dept. There were three age divisions. The Easter Bunny was a ...

Salem City Lake opens this month

SALEM — The Salem City Lake kicks off a new fishing season April 13 with a new dock and new kayaks available to rent. Salem City Parks Director Shane Franks announced the opening date for the lake, also known as the Salem Reservoir, located off of Gamble Road, during a recent parks ...

Ryan raises $1.2M for expected U.S. Senate bid

With an announcement expected later this month about a Senate bid, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan reported raising more than $1.2 million during the first three months of this year. It’s more than twice as much money as Ryan has ever raised in a quarter in his 18-plus years in Congress. His previous ...

Columbiana councilman adds a boost to dog park funding campaign

COLUMBIANA — City Councilman Richard McBane is helping residents and the Restoration and Beautification committee come closer to bringing a dog park to the area. McBane is matching donations made to the Firestone Dog Park campaign throughout April. McBane will match funds up to $20,000. ...

Cutrona explains vote against caregiver’s act

Only one of two House members to vote against the Compassionate Caregiver’s Act, state Rep. Al Cutrona said he did so because the bill doesn’t change anything. “Even proponents of the bill said it doesn’t change current law,” said Cutrona, R-Canfield. “I’m not against it, but ...

Salem downtown cleanup planned

Salem Beautification’s annual downtown spring cleanup will be held from 9 a.m.-noon, April 24. It is sponsored by the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce. Volunteers are asked to meet at McCulloch Park to be assigned an area to clean. Volunteers should bring and mark personal rakes, brooms, leaf ...

Health officials watching jail COVID results

LISBON — The number of Covid-19 cases rose in other parts of the state this week and Columbiana County numbers also rose slightly. One location where coronavirus concerns have returned is at the Columbiana County jail, which is reportedly awaiting more conclusive test results after some ...

Salem Community Foundation marks 55 years of community aid

SALEM — The Salem Community Foundation started in 1966 with a meager pot of $2,000 to help charitable, educational, religious, literary, artistic and civic endeavors in the city. Now entering the 55th year, the SCF continues to invest in the community through the management and distribution ...

Catalpa Farms offering a little spring at workshops

COLUMBIANA — Catalpa Farms i1s encouraging families to enjoy the first signs of spring by coming to a workshop throughout the month of April. Jenell Martin, the greenhouse manager, looks forward to making Easter bunny bowls this Saturday (today) with young children. Children will fill bowls ...