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Columbiana believes in teacher development programs

COLUMBIANA— After this year’s state report card results slightly dipped, Superintendent Don Mook said at last week’s school board meeting he believes that while the various professional teacher development programs haven’t provided immediate results, they will. The Striving Readers ...

Chamber bestows awards at dinner

SALEM —Service, commitment and contributions to better the community — all attributes shared by the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce honorees for Outstanding Citizen, Small Business, Large Business and Non-Profit/Organization for 2019. “No one does the job alone,” Outstanding Citizen of ...

Salem housing could become part of health dept.

SALEM—The city Board of Health agreed Wednesday to the idea of having the city housing department and its inspectors become part of the health department, pending the details being worked out. “I think it’s a good fit,” Mayor John Berlin said. Berlin serves as chairman of the city ...

Salem income tax renewal still stands after the recount

LISBON — The Salem income tax renewal issue still passed and the Washingtonville police will likely remain tied following Wednesday’s recount. Because the levy was tied following the Nov. 5 election and the 0.25 percent Salem income tax was renewed by less than 0.5 percent, both were ...

Blakeman to run for Columbiana County treasurer seat, not commission

LISBON — Columbiana Mayor Bryan Blakeman had changed his mind and will run for county treasurer instead of county commissioner. “At the encouragement of Republican leaders and with the support of my family and close friends, I have withdrawn my petitions for Columbiana County commissioner ...

Bolon intends to seek re-election as Columbiana County treasurer

LISBON — Columbiana County Treasurer Linda S. Bolon announced Wednesday she intends to seek re-election in 2020. “I have always felt that public service is an effective way to give back to the community. I’ve worked hard to be a good custodian of the public funds and to earn the trust of ...

Robotics in Columbiana County

The first of three VEX Robot Education and Competition qualifiers was held Tuesday evening at the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center with four of the county’s 10 high school teams participating. The next two qualifiers will be in January and each team should participate in two of ...

Salem City Council tables RITA to address concerns

SALEM—City council agreed unanimously Tuesday to table pending legislation related to the Regional Income Tax Agency known as RITA, contingent on getting some answers to questions outlined by city Law Director Brooke Zellers. “I would like to have answers to these questions before we vote ...

Bosel case continued once again

CANFIELD — Another continuance was granted in the case of Columbiana County Recorder Theresa Bosel, who is charged in connection with a fatal traffic accident that claimed the life of a 69-year-old man. Bosel, 48, appeared for a second pretrial hearing Tuesday in Mahoning County Municipal ...

Voters overwhelmingly repeal EL traffic cameras

LISBON – When the county Board of Elections met Tuesday to release the results of the East Liverpool traffic camera ballot issue vote, it was likely one of the most anticipated and predictable outcomes in recent history To no one’s surprise, East Liverpool residents voted overwhelmingly ...

East Palestine schools to tackle vaping problem

EAST PALESTINE— In response to the escalating number of students vaping, the East Palestine high school and middle school are implementing a program to combat the expanding epidemic. Superintendent Chris Neifer announced at Monday’s school board meeting that they will institute the ...

Green Twp. trustees look for control of roadways

GREENFORD— Green Township trustees will be looking to obtain control over three roadways in the township. Acorrding to Fiscal Officer Randy Chismar, Trustee Chair Dave Slagle will be contacting the Mahoning County Engineer’s Office to see if the township can take over maintenance ...

‘Festival of Christmas Music’

The seventh annual “Festival of Christmas Music,” sponsored by the Lisbon Music Study Club, will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday at the New Lisbon Presbyterian Church, Lisbon. Featured will be choirs from seven area churches and singing groups, handbells, and the Keller Family and the brass ...

Council expected to OK $5.8M budget

City council is expected to pass the 2020 budget tonight, showing expenses of more than $5.8 million in the general fund, with plans to borrow for the purchase of a new fire pumper truck next year. The Finance Committee of city council finalized discussions for the budget during a recent ...

Judge rules EL traffic camera vote counts

LISBON — The outcome of the East Liverpool traffic camera vote will finally be known after a judge lifted a temporary restraining order preventing the Columbiana County Board of Elections from publicly releasing the results. County Common Pleas Court Judge Scott Washam ruled Friday the ...

Washingtonville hires engineer for sewer line fix

WASHINGTONVILLE — Village council has selected an engineer to plan a sewer line replacement project on the south side of the village. Council Monday night approved a contract with Howells and Baird civil engineers to handle the replacement of a sewer line along the west side of South County ...

Weigle to seek 3rd term as commissioner

LISBON — County Commissioner Tim Weigle announced Monday he is seeking re-election for a third term. “After giving careful consideration to running in the 2020 election, I have determined that continuing to serve as county commissioner is the right thing for me to do. I do this with the ...

Elks donate to Bycroft School

Salem Elks Exalted Ruler Connie Smith presented a check for $1,425 from the NE District Charity Ball to Robert Bycroft Principal Andrew Garber. (Submitted photo)

Gallery: Santa Claus visits Leetonia

Five-year-old Allisyn Leslie of Leetonia had a smile for Santa Claus Sunday evening during the annual "Light Up Leetonia" celebration held downtown. (Salem News photo by J.D. Creer)