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4th COVID case confirmed

By DEANNE JOHNSON Staff Writer LISBON — A fourth coronavirus COVID-19 case in Columbiana County was confirmed late Tuesday afternoon, according to health department public information director Laura Fauss. Statewide numbers released earlier in the day on Tuesday had brought the county’s ...

Berlin looking at virus impact on city’s budget

SALEM — Mayor John Berlin said it’s too early to know the total effect all the business shutdowns will cause to city coffers, but he’s expecting the city to lose some income. The city relies heavily on the 1 percent income tax taken out of the paychecks of people who work in the city ...

Leetonia BOE gets update

LEETONIA – Interim Leetonia Schools Superintendent Dr. Andy Tommelleo provided an update on the COVID-19 closure of the school at the school board meeting Tuesday night. Tommelleo reported teachers attended an in-service day the Monday prior to the shutdown to collaborate on technology for ...

West Branch planning community forum on Facebook Live March 30

BELOIT – A West Branch Schools community forum will be held on Facebook Live at 6 p.m. March 31 to discuss the reconfiguration of the district. Schools Superintendent Timothy Saxton will provide an update on the planning for the 2020-2021 school year. The live stream will be available on ...

West Branch hires treasurer

BELOIT – The West Branch school district has new treasurer. The school board hired Juliana Rozsnyai on a three-year contract effective April 9, 2020 through July 31, 2023 at an annual salary of $85,000. According to a biography provided by the school board, Rozsnyai holds a Bachelor ...

Creer earns honor from the AP for editorial writing

COLUMBUS — Salem News executive editor J.D. Creer was recognized with third place as Best Editorial Writer in the 2019 Ohio Associated Press Media Editors (APME) newspaper competition. Creer is also the executive editor of the county's other Ogden Newspapers, the Morning Journal and The ...

County schools report success with online instruction efforts

By TOM GIAMBRONI Staff Writer LISBON —So far, so good for school districts as they continue educating students after Gov. Mike DeWine ordered all schools closed starting March 16 because of the coronavirus crisis. Most districts used the last of its snow days and so-called Blizzard Bag ...

Commissioners declare state of emergency

By TOM GIAMBRONI Staff Writer LISBON — Columbiana County commissioners declared a state of emergency on Wednesday to ensure the county is eligible for any federal or state assistance made available in response to the coronavirus crisis. “There’s nothing really new here except” ...

Salem schools donate masks, gloves to aid hospital staff

SALEM— Representatives from the Salem City School District recently presented a donation of 590 masks and 1,700 exam gloves to Salem Regional Medical Center (SRMC) to assist the hospital with frontline patient care during the COVID-19 outbreak. Salem Schools Superintendent Sean Kirkland ...

Officials urge residents, businesses to obey order

Ohio’s stay-at-home order is now in effect and Salem health and law enforcement officials are asking businesses deemed nonessential to take heed. Residents, too. “I am asking everyone to please do their part so that we can get back to normal sooner than later. Please take care of ...

Insurer, city of Salem sue brothers over stolen truck

LISBON — The city of Salem and Public Entities Pool of Ohio, the city’s insurance administrator, have filed a civil lawsuit in Common Pleas Court against two brothers believed involved in stealing and damaging city equipment. The city is seeking $1,000 in compensatory damages and the ...

County to file insurance claim for cleaning moldy books

LISBON —Columbiana County Commissioner Tim Weigle said he is going to submit an insurance claim for the money spent to clean county recorder books that became covered in mold while stored in Mahoning County. Weigle reported after a recent board meeting they have spent $17,206, which ...

WB principals outline coronavirus lesson plans

BELOIT – West Branch building principals informed the school board of their plans to educate students during the COVID-19 closure. Gov. Mike DeWine has closed all schools through at least April 3 and schools Superintendent Timothy Saxton said he anticipates it to be longer. The closure has ...

Ohio funeral homes advised of protocol

Two months ago, a man tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Seattle, which was the first known case in the country. Since then, President Donald Trump has declared it a national emergency, as the virus has altered schools, airlines, restaurants and other businesses. As Gov. Mike ...

Funeral homes strive to continue services during coronavirus outbreak

LISBON — Like everyone else, Greg Weber is operating in unchartered territory as he grapples with the new reality of being a funeral home director during the coronavirus outbreak. The Weber Funeral Home is handling its first death since the Center For Disease Control recommended all ...

Closed lines, not clothes lines

Bright yellow caution tape surrounds the pirate ship and swings playground at Wick Park in Leetonia on Monday, one day after Gov. Mike DeWine announced a stay-at-home order for Ohio residents. DeWine encourages citizens to get outside, walk their dogs, but called for the closure of playgrounds ...

Violates intervention plan

LISBON — In Common Pleas Court, Taylor L. West, 22, Oak Street, Leetonia, stipulated to violating the terms of her intervention plan for an aggravated possession of drugs conviction. She was placed on community control under the same conditions and ordered to successfully complete the First ...

Lisbon man denied parole for East Liverpool murder

EAST LIVERPOOL — The daughter of Kandy Culp said Monday afternoon that she recently was notified that her mother’s killer was denied parole. Raymond L. Culp was convicted almost three decades ago of killing Tonya Kelley’s mother in a downtown East Liverpool apartment, after a ...

Salem water bill payment changes

SALEM — Many local businesses are further restricting access to their buildings or taking safety measures to continue serving customers, including the city utilities department. Beginning April 1 until further notice, the drive-up payment window/drawer and the main entrance door on Filbert ...

Toilet paper is a hot commodity

PORTLAND, Maine — There’s no denying Tissue Plus is on a roll. As luck would have it, the company launched production of toilet paper a couple of weeks ago — just as the reality of the coronavirus outbreak was starting to hit the U.S. Consumers began stocking up on the basic necessity in ...