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COVID cases continue to climb, but vaccine being doled out

LISBON — While those 80 and older are about to begin the process to be vaccinated for COVID-19, more than 55 Columbiana County residents continue to be diagnosed with the virus each day and there have been two deaths over the past week. According to county health department public ...

Leetonia schools offering care program

LEETONIA — The Leetonia school district is now offering a before and after school care program for elementary students. Schools Superintendent Dennis Dunham this week told the school board the program is a free service offered for students in grades kindergarten through six for parents who ...

Goshen trustees OK employee raises

GOSHEN TOWNSHIP — Township employees will be receiving a raise this year. Trustees have granted a three percent pay raise to all full-time employees and a $1 per hour increase for all part-time employees. In other business, the trustee re-elected Teresa Stratton as chair and John Bricker ...

Vaccine spots fill up quickly

That didn’t take long. Less than a day after the county health department announced that the county’s two hospitals in Salem and East Liverpool would be holding coronavirus vaccination clinics, every single spot was filled. Next Friday, Salem Regional Medical Center will distribute 100 ...

United sets board leadership for ‘21

HANOVERTON — The United Local school board this week selected its leadership for 2021. The board re-elected Wendy Doyle as president and elected Denise Rhodes as vice president. Also at the meeting, the board appointed the following: Doyle as delegate and Rhodes as alternate delegate to ...

Vaccination complex at fairgrounds ready to offer drive-in COVID-19 shots

LISBON — The Columbiana County COVID-19 Vaccination Task Force announced the completion of the new Columbiana County Vaccination Complex at the fairgrounds, built in less than four months and just in time to begin the next phase of vaccinations, those 80 and older. The building, which was ...

Newbold resigns coaching position

LISBON — Adam Newbold, who has been questioned by the FBI about his “activities” at the U.S. Capitol protest-turned-riot, resigned as Lisbon’s high school wrestling coach. Newbold’s resignation was accepted at Thursday’s school board meeting after he approached officials this week ...

Resident: Under attack from church noise, run off

PERRY TWP. — A South Lincoln Avenue resident told his side of the noise battle with the Church at the Center, saying he’s being attacked in his own home by a church he has no interest in attending. Brian Bell has lived in his house for 28 years and admitted the area around him has become ...

Capitol resembles armed camp as House impeaches Trump again

WASHINGTON (AP) — The scene in the U.S. Capitol seemed jarringly disconnected. Inside the House chamber, the nation’s lawmakers spoke with solemnity about democracy, the rule of law and the words of Abraham Lincoln as they undertook a vote to remove the president from office. They wore ...

Newbold in FBI’s sights over Capitol riot claims

LISBON — Retired Navy SEAL Adam Newbold of Lisbon has been contacted by the FBI in connection with the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Newbold told ABC News he has been interviewed by the FBI about his “activities” at the protest-turned-riot and expects to be contacted again. ABC ...

Crestview contracts extended

NEW WATERFORD — With so many things up in the air with COVID-19, the teachers and staff at Crestview schools decided to carry over their contracts for another year. On Wednesday, the board of education voted to approve a one-year extension, which includes a 1 percent pay increase, for both ...

Salem council eyes raising fees for repeated housing inspections

SALEM — City council may consider higher re-inspection fees for violators of housing code rules, giving them a monetary incentive to do better. The Rules and Ordinances Committee reviewed the ordinance dealing with the city housing code in preparation for the housing division’s pending ...

New bishop takes reins in Youngstown

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 ...

Utica Shale Academy shows off new gear for maintenance lab

LISBON — The new industrial maintenance equipment is ready for the students of the Utica Shale Academy and the school’s director Bill Watson said now they just need the students to return to be able to use it. Because of COVID-19 restrictions the students have been working on the portions ...

Prison guards sue for hazard pay

ELKTON — Correctional officers at the federal prison in Elkton are suing the federal government for hazard pay for working during the coronavirus pandemic. According to WKBN First News, the guards’ attorney, Megan Mechak, claims they are entitled to hazard pay because of federal ...

United to continue hybrid learning for now

HANOVERTON — The United Local School District will reserve one day each week for remote learning at least through February. Schools Superintendent Lance Hostetler told the school board Wednesday night the district will have remote learning each Wednesday of any week that includes five days ...

Navarros donate $25K to schools for scholarships

SALEM — It’s not every day that someone walks in off the street and hands over a check for $25,000 to help kids in need. But that’s exactly what happened recently at Salem High School when Flor “Shorty” Navarro showed up with his checkbook. Superintendent Sean Kirkland shared the ...

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 ...