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Congressman Johnson works with elementary students

Last Friday, Congressman Bill Johnson volunteered in Mahoning County at B.L. Elementary School in Sebring as part of his pledge to volunteer in all 18 counties he represents in 2019. Johnson will assisted volunteers with the Ohio Reading and Math Corps by reading with, and tutoring students. ...

Committee, vendors favor DORA in Salem

SALEM—With several downtown vendors speaking in favor of a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area, city council’s Committee of the Whole voted Tuesday to take the next step necessary to create one. Councilwoman Cyndi Baronzzi Dickey, who chairs the committee, explained that the state law ...

Salem fire chief: Blaze not suspicious

SALEM—Investigators may be leaning toward electrical as the cause of a fire that destroyed a Newgarden Avenue home on Monday, Fire Chief Scott Mason said. “We’ve ruled out anything suspicious. We can’t rule out electrical,” he said Tuesday afternoon. An investigator from the State ...

Rash of ODs may mean lethal product

LISBON — With several recent overdoses, including four deaths believed related to overdoses in the past few days, the county Drug Task Force is warning local drug users investigators believe there is a potentially more potent or lethal source of drugs circulating in the area. DTF Director ...

Sink hole big problem in Washingtonville

WASHINGTONVILLE— A sink hole beside County Line Road may be a bigger problem that first anticipated. Utilities Superintendent Brian Gudat reported to village council a sink hole along road south of village hall contains a storm sewer pipe, the bottom of which had rotted away. He said there ...

Palestine earns seat on state advisory board

EAST PALESTINE— Only 30 superintendents in Ohio are invited to sit on the State Superintendent’s Advisory Committee to stay informed and involved with decisions at the state level. East Palestine Superintendent Chris Neifer said he has been asked to sit on the committee at Monday’s ...

East Liverpool traffic initiative can remain on ballot, for now

LISBON — The East Liverpool traffic initiative will remain on the Nov. 5 ballot, with the results going uncounted until a final ruling is issued, and that could come before election day. So ruled county Common Pleas Court Judge Scott Washam in a decision issued on Tuesday in the lawsuit ...

Fire destroys home on Newgarden Avenue

SALEM—Amy Custer said she’s thankful nobody was home and that her dog got out safely when a fire ravaged her residence at 1108 Newgarden Ave. late Monday afternoon. As she stood in the front lawn of the Salem Wesleyan Methodist Church and Salem Wesleyan Academy school, looking at what was ...

Counselors on hand after death of popular SHS teacher

SALEM — Counselors returned to Salem High School today to continue offering help to those students and staff grieving the loss of popular high school English teacher Jody McCracken, who passed away Monday morning. “Jody McCracken is one of the most beloved teachers ever in the history of ...

Grass installed at Galchick Field

Salem Parks and Recreation maintenance worker Dave Adams gives directions to co-worker Joshua Faulkner as they begin the process of installing a grass infield at Bill Galchick Feild in Centennial Park. Galchick passed away on July 28, 2018 after having coached Salem youth baseball players for ...

Diesel oil spill in Little Beaver Creek

Firefighters from Lisbon, assisted by the Hazmat team from East Liverpool Fire Department, and also with assistance from the Hanoverton Fire Department worked Monday to control some diesel fuel found flowing in the creek under the bridge before Pondi’s Restaurant. Firefighters installed an ...

Lisbon police chief talks income tax levy on ballot

LISBON — Police Chief Mike Abraham says voters need to ask themselves this one question before voting for a proposed 0.5 percent increase in the village income tax in November: What kind of police department do you want going forward? About six people besides village officials and employees ...

Safety celebrated in Columbiana

COLUMBIANA—When the Columbiana safety forces combined to hold the 13th annual Safety Day and fire station open house, teaching fire safety was only part of the equation. It was also about bringing the community together. “We always want to have the community involved with us,” Fire ...

Fire destroys Salem home

Flames come through the roof of a house at 1108 Newgarden Avenue in Salem which was heavily damaged by a fast-moving fire late Monday afternoon. Salem Fire Chief Scott Mason said he’s called in the State Fire Marshal’s Office and a Salem Police detective to the scene due to the large ...

Annual Quakerfest set for this weekend

SALEM—Area residents can celebrate fall in a variety of locations both in and around downtown Salem during the annual Quakerfest starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. “Quakerfest has been a fall-themed festival for many years under the direction of the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce and is now ...

Committees appointed in Leetonia to discuss issues

LEETONIA—Village council has established committees to review two issues raised by the mayor at his state of the village address last month. Council created a three-man fact-finding committee to discuss creating a storm water utility that includes street committee members of Bill Garlough, ...

St. Paul School raffle starts soon

The Home and School Association 10 week raffle fundraiser helps to support the Fine Arts Department at St. Paul School in Salem. Tickets are now available for purchase from St. Paul students and families or at the St. Paul School office. Students will also be selling tickets after each Mass. ...

Glass no longer accepted for recycling

LISBON — Environmentally conscious beer drinkers should switch to cans. That’s because the Solid Waste District for Columbiana, Carroll and Harrison counties has instructed the public it will no longer accept glass of any kind for recycling. Signs announcing the change first started ...

Lack of notice for utility work irks Columbiana resident

COLUMBIANA—A Homestead Drive resident told council there is a “gap in procedure” when he wasn’t notified about workers from a gas company digging a hole in his front yard. When John Muir looked for someone to address the problem, he said no one from the gas company was taking ...

State inspection finds no violations at jail, allegations unfounded

LISBON —The state inspected the county jail last month after being tipped off about a controversial grand jury report critical of the facility and its operations. David L. Hicks Jr., a regional jail inspector for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, concluded the ...